Monday, February 13, 2017

MZUNGU to Screen at the Arivaca Film Exhibition

Psychotropic Films is proud to announce the screening of MZUNGU - A Stranger's Dream in Africa at the Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition on Saturday March 4th at 12:45pm, as part of the program's afternoon documentary program.

Post-production for MZUNGU took 10-years to complete due to both the artistic and technical challenges inherent in the complexity of the production.

Bart Santello, MZUNGU's director says that the technical challenges stemmed from the fact that filming used a 2005-vintage Sony TRV-38 digital camera, recording onto Mini-DV tape (SD). The film also used a couple of consumer-based digital cameras at the time that only recorded in 480P!

So scaling-up the footage to look presentable on today's modern HDTV's (2K) was a considerable effort.  Where the imaging was inadequate, the images were processed to create and artistic effect.

Psychotropic Films employs a 'sub-conscious' filmmaking process in which a film is created based inspired images based on an idea (concept).  The film was assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle of visual 'elements', over the years slowly revealing the experience of two months in Rwanda and Uganda -  a memory of that experience.  The result is a 'dream-like' imagery and sound experience, which provides the viewer an experience as if they have woken-up inside a dream.

New Video Editing Computer

Psychotropic Films has added a new high-performance Video Editing Computer to handle 4K footage from its Samsung NX1 Digital Camera.  Primary editing software is Magix Vegas Pro 14 & Video ProX.

Built Specifications:

CASE: Corsair Carbide 300R w/USB 3.0
CPU: Intel(R) Core™ Processor i7-6800K 6-Core 3.40GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3
MOTHERBOARD: MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, USB 3.1 Type-C, Intel GbE LAN, 5x Gen3 PCIe x16, 1 PCIe x1, 2x M.2 PCIe9
PRIMARY DRIVE: M2SSD: 256GB Intel(R) SSD 600p Series PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD - 1800MB/s Read & 560MB/s Write
SSD: 480GB SanDisk Z410 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 535MB/s Read and 445MB/s Write
VIDEO CARD: ASUS GeForce(R) GTX 1070 Dual-Fan OC Edition 8GB GDDR5 (Pascal)
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR4/3000MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network & built-Wifi Dual band
SOUND: High Definition On-Board 7.1 Audio
OPTICAL: LG BluRay 16x Reader/Writer w/M-DISC support
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Certified Power Supply 
FAN: Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler w/ PWM fan Plus 3X 120mm Case Fans
USB HUB: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit Edition)