Discovered in January of 2019, Project Redwood is a film style made to mimic the similar feel of a Hollywood production while retaining its arthouse atmosphere. Every aspect of the style was considered to ensure deep immersion, flow and elegance.
We have opted for subtle camera tracking and dolly movements rather than still shots to add depth into a scene. It is one of the few aspects of the style that is synonymous with Project Redwood.
Project Redwood uses the 2:1 aspect ratio across all films which is optimised for mobile devices released from 2017 and later. This is the sweet spot between full cinematic and optimum screen visibility for displays of all sizes.
This is a common, but powerful tool used in many arthouse and Hollywood productions. Project Redwood takes advantage of basic colour grading tools and is applied to reflect the mood of a project or scene.
We believe in reaching for the skies, standing tall, and uniqueness like the Redwood tree counterparts. It is a film style that has quickly become a recognisable trait to Corrupted Films and one that is persistently praised by the small, but growing, Minecraft Machinima community.
We use Minecraft as our main tool for machinima creation and run mods alongside for an enhanced experience. The mods we use are not limited to Aperture and Blockbuster. Most of our writing is inspired by events of despair and psychological horror. We take this inspiration and make short films of different genres.
Firstly, we think of story ideas. We take inspiration from well-known films to video game stories. Once we have found a story we liked, we start script writing. In conjunction, we research for suitable character models (with credit), create the film title logo, make a storyboard, and write a synopsis of the film.
After all the scripting and graphics work is finished, we open a casting call for the project. This is where we get our voice actors, and it usually takes about a month to get all the roles filled up. After the audition period is over, we cast the best auditions and send them a copy of the script to record the full script.
Before filming and editing, we research Minecraft maps that best suit the film we are making (with credit). Sometimes, we have to build the maps ourselves to get it to look the way we wanted. We only pick the best Minecraft maps to maintain a high-quality standard to match the flawless nature of the Project Redwood style.
Finally, we get to start filming all the scenes. We render our footage with Minema mod which ensures high-quality playback with zero FPS stutters. We use Final Cut Pro X as our video editing software of choice. Occasionally, we get some help from other creators to make some assets for the film like animations.