Magazine article Variety

A Willing Jack of All Trades

Magazine article Variety

A Willing Jack of All Trades

Article excerpt

DAVID STUMP IS BOTH a cinematographer and a visual effects specialist, but that didn't stop him from taking on even more jobs for "The Unwilling," a low-budget indie horror feature that centers on the family of a recently deceased and hated patriarch forced to confront their own sins. The film is set for DVD, Blu-ray and VOD release by Vision Films on May 1. Stump, who in 2001 shared a sci-tech Oscar for data-capture development, served not only as DP and VFX supervisor on the Jonathan Heap-directed film but also handled post-production and digital intermediate work, oversaw the deliverables and served as executive producer to boot.

Why so many hats?

Because we had so very little money and because I know how to do all of those tasks.

What did you do to get the film started?

I organized a crew that would help me shoot on our tiny budget: lighting, grip, camera, DI and VFX. I did a lot of entertaining, begging, borrowing, arm-twisting - and even more begging - to get a movie made.

How many production days?

Fifteen days in the summer of 2016 and a few insert stage days of things like creature shots and elements on greenscreen. I had a couple of friends from Henson Co. who brought some puppets and did some effects shots with me.

What format did you shoot it on?

Sony F65, F55 and some FS700, all in 4K.

Where and how did you edit, post and do the DI?

Editing was done on Adobe Premiere running on a Mac at the director's house. An edit decision list was generated for [color correction] on DaVinci Resolve.

What systems did you use for the VFX? …

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