March Recap

March has been a busy and fun month for Metro, and we're excited to share behind-the-scenes details on what we've been doing! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date with our projects and activities as well!

Filmapalooza 

This past summer, team Pixel Drop's (composed of Metro Productions employees + freelancers/volunteers) entry "Fool Me Twice" won the Best Film award for Richmond’s 48 Hour Film Project before moving to the next level: Filmapalooza, an international film festival!  

Seven Pixel Drop members headed to Atlanta at the beginning of March to attend the Fool Me Twice Filmapalooza screening. The entire group had a blast, saw amazing movies, and met fellow filmmakers from around the globe. While Pixel Drop didn’t receive any additional awards, it was still a weekend to remember. 

L to R: Richie Ellison (director, writer), Alee Caldwell (editor), LauraBess Kenny (writer, production assistant), Tricia Dewey (producer, writer), Ryan Farriss (writer, editor), Lauren Whitley (writer, assistant director, casting director) Deven Langston (graphic artist, still photographer). Pictures of the W Hotel, where we stayed, are below.

L to R: Richie Ellison (director, writer), Alee Caldwell (editor), LauraBess Kenny (writer, production assistant), Tricia Dewey (producer, writer), Ryan Farriss (writer, editor), Lauren Whitley (writer, assistant director, casting director) Deven Langston (graphic artist, still photographer). Pictures of the W Hotel, where we stayed, are below.

           L to R: Deven, Lauren, Alee, LauraBess, Ryan, Beautifully Bronzed Statuette, Tricia, and Richie

           L to R: Deven, Lauren, Alee, LauraBess, Ryan, Beautifully Bronzed Statuette, Tricia, and Richie

 

graphics team takes model aircraft to new heights

Our graphics team, aka the talented Deven Langston and Joe Ryan, recently brought LightingStrike, a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) model aircraft, to life for Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation. Aurora was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the plane.

Based off an early-stage CAD model, photo-realistic content that demonstrated LightningStrike’s capabilities was created, including its vertical and horizontal takeoff, speed and efficiency. Taking a personal approach, Joe carefully built textures, formulated a background that incorporated pictures he’d snapped from an airplane window to give the clouds a lifelike look and added various layers and textures to make the images pop.

Once Joe finalized the overall environment, Deven constructed the video portion, ensuring that proper shadowing, lighting and texturing lent the right amount of authenticity to the project. After three weeks of collaborating with Aurora, the graphics team rendered the final program. The end result was incredibly well-received and provided Aurora with the tools needed to receive the DARPA contract.

 

kaboom!

In the morning hours of March 13, Metro Productions covered the implosion of the Lincoln Park public housing tower in Hampton, Va. Ryan Bedall and Kyle Head captured the building’s demise in full 4K glory. The space left by the 46-year-old complex, now a pile of rubble, will be transformed into affordable housing.