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March 25th, 2006, 10:09 AM
This was a university project. I am looking to work on it for another month and then submit it to some festivals. There are certaintly some issues that need sorting out, for example next week I'm doing another sound mix to get all the levels spot on. The music is an original score written and performed by Todd Howe of the The Boxer Rebellion (www.theboxerrebellion.com)
Any comments or suggestions would be very useful now.
I am incredibly impressed with Wayne and the SG. There are certaintly shortfalls but the compromises are worth taking. I had to write an 8000 word critique on the film which if you really want I can post somewhere. One of the interesting realisations from using the SG35 was how the shallow depth can really save you money.
Anyway - I hope you enjoy the film and come up with some interesting suggestions!
Kit used - DVX100a + SG35, Lighting kit, Rowe Cine Dolly, Stickypod, etc.
March 25th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Congratulations on producing the quintessential "short film"!
It was delightfully simple, yet managed to be much much bigger in the way it has left its impact on the memory - certainly, I'll remember it.
One could almost liken it to a Haiku... simple analogies, but with the great truth arising out of them.
I'll remember those skies as well.
March 25th, 2006, 12:17 PM
I really liked your shot composition and lighting throughout the whole piece. It really conviced me that the whole thing was shot on film.
Was there any color-correction at all, or was it all in camera settings?
Overall, nice job!
March 25th, 2006, 10:45 PM
This was really really nice! I would love to see a higher quality version of it. All around top notch!
March 25th, 2006, 11:14 PM
I thought it was brilliant. Really well done.
March 26th, 2006, 05:43 AM
Daniel BEAUTIFUL composition of shots all round. I'm going to look out for your name mate. Well done. Great movie. If anyone here wants know what a short film should consist of, look at this film.
March 26th, 2006, 10:42 AM
Great looking film. Wayne, you should also be proud, there are some nice images from the SG35!
March 26th, 2006, 11:00 AM
That was stunning, and not just for the SG35 footage. Beautiful compositions, wonderful editing, nice, fluid camera work. Great work -- I really have no suggestions that would add to it.
March 26th, 2006, 11:47 AM
lovely. beautifully crafted. amazing how much meaning silence conveys.
March 26th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Thanks alot for the kind words everyone. I'll continue to work on it and let you know what happens.
Robin - your the director of 'Pam Fi Duw' right?.. unbelievable... Definetly the most interesting part of Welsh lessons. I'm in Pembroke at the moment on a short break.
March 27th, 2006, 01:33 AM
Sorry to destroy your illusions - I've never directed "Pam Fi, Duw?"
Lots of other Welsh dramas, including Pobol Y Cwm though...
March 27th, 2006, 05:05 PM
daniel what kind of lens did you use on the SG35?? shots look amazing. :)
March 28th, 2006, 02:58 PM
Wow. That was a beautiful piece - amazing what a great story can be with great storytelling! Great work!
March 29th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Very nice! I'd love to see a full res / quality clip -- do you have any plans to post it for viewing?
March 29th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Great work, Daniel. It's amazing how rich of a story one can tell without any dialogue or voiceover narration. I am reminded of a great Hungarian movie called "Hukkle" (Hungarian for "hiccup") that I saw a couple of years back at a film festival. The feature tells several interweaving stories (including one of police investigating a murder) with no substantial dialogue whatsoever. Maybe a few words here and there, most are inaudible.
Very nice images btw. Did you use any color correction? What lens did you use?
March 29th, 2006, 03:56 PM
The FD lenses used were ;
Vivitar 70-205 3.5 - with macro
There wont be a full res version up until I'm 100% happy with the film.
March 31st, 2006, 12:19 AM
Wow. This film was REALLY good. The acting, directing, cinematography, editing, etc. All top par. With the music and the shallow DOF, colors, and visuals, I honestly thought I was watching something shot on 35mm film.
If I could though, make a suggestion, it would be the fact that it is very long. Because it is a silent drama, it obviously deserves length. But it did stretch at certain spots. Just a suggestion.
Other than that, I am VERY impressed. Great job.
March 31st, 2006, 12:58 AM
DANIEL MORGAN . . .
Inspirational video-making of the highest order.
The music carried the piece along.
The ambient sounds were allowed to breathe into the tonal qualities of the piano and the "other" very atmospheric sounds.
Beautiful .. if not a little sad.
Please don't over-work it with too much further attention to detail . . Remember this WAS the first time I saw the piece, and I feel it is good to go. And yes there is always further work to do on any project.
March 31st, 2006, 03:09 AM
Beautiful. Good directing. It's not my kind of story, but when it's done this sincere, I can surely appreciate it. Thanks!
April 3rd, 2006, 11:32 AM
Beautiful, atmospheric piece with great compositions and the kid is fantastic, very photogenic.
Although I found the story a little unclear, your film lingers in the memory and thats a really good sign. Your script may need a little tightening but as a director you really succeeded in conveying the mood.
If you want a few editing suggestions from me,
I would cut out the first tracking shot with the books, it's unneccessary and makes the next shot more conspicuous. I imagine it would be a nicer cut to come in directly on the 2nd tracking shot.
If you could get some cut aways of seagulls (shouldn't be too hard) it would really add to the beach scenes.
Amazing cloud shots, how did you achieve them?
Are they composited?