In the end of 2006 Mihail Popov finds out about a contest organized by CG SOCIETY, called “EON - Worlds within Worlds”. There are tree categories - 2D image, 3D image and a film trailer. For Mihail this is a great opportunity to move from creating computer animation to making films. After a short consideration he contacts with his friend Ludmil Lazarov and together they start working on the future trailer of EON.
The contestants’ task is to make a film trailer of Greg Bear’s novel – “EON”. There isn’t an existing film after the book, which gives the candidates the chance to show their own view on the eventual movie. Mihail and Ludmil’s decision is to make their trailer as if it is for a big and expensive Hollywood blockbuster. Their idea is to make the trailer as real as possible, so that people would ask “ When is the film coming out?”.
Without much delay Mihail and Ludmil come up with a scenario which the trailer would follow and set a date for shooting the scenes. They have to deal with an extremely low budget which restrains the places where they can film in, their choice of actors and filming equipment. This turns out to be an amateur project but one that has a lot of potential. Without fearing the restrains the two authors struggle to achieve the best they can with their budget. They shoot with a camera on high resolution in four locations – one exterior, two interior and in an improvised studio in front of a blue screen. Five actors agree to take part despite the minimal payment. Because one of them doesn’t show up at the shooting day Mihail plays his role.
Ludmil Lazarov succeeds in drawing Jivko Grigorov, who is very experienced and manages to cope with the shooting and the lights brilliantly. In spite of the cold weather Mihail and Ludmil convince the actors to stay for a twelve hour exhausting shooting day. They spend five hours at the rooftop of a building that is under construction. The length of the material that is shot is one and a half hour when the maximum length of the trailer according to the contest’s rules has to be minute and a half.
After filming Mihail and Ludmil make a preliminary montage and assemble a trailer of nearly two and a half minutes. Of course this more than the permitted time so they have to shorten it. The trailer consists of 49 shots, 38 of whom have to be computer generated. Aside of that all of the shots have to undergo a colour correction. After this assumption it turns out that if the trailer is to be finished on time, work on each shot had to last no longer than 2-3 days. All of the effects had to be done by Mihail Popov but because of his fulltime job he is able to work on the trailer only in the evenings, at night and on weekends. This turned out to be a big challenge,
But the good news for the two authors is that they win second price at the contest, which earns them many prices and most of all fame. Mihail Popov is one of the few Bulgarians who manage to win such a contention. All of that gives him the opportunity to realize his next projects.
Worlds Within Worlds
director of photography
special effects and animation
MIHAIL POPOV and LUDMIL LAZAROV
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