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Old July 17th, 2005, 09:13 PM   #1
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The Cask Of Malta: DV challenge #2 movie

http://home.comcast.net/~raffertygibbons/malta2.mov


Shot over four days, with a sony pdx10.
I welcome any questions or coments.

edit: warning, the audio is too loud at the end.
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edit: I have changed the link to a version with slightly better audio
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Old July 17th, 2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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A bit dark, but not too bad. My main complaint is the uneven audio. I watch movies after my wife goes to bed. Yours was hovering below -30 dB and then got louder, to about -18, then all of a sudden peaked the meter at zero!

There is only audio in the left speaker even though the track is stereo.

If I had been wearing earphones, I would have busted my eardrums. As it is, it merely woke up my wife.

I understand the desire for shock value, but peaking the meter is just unreasonable. Double the audio from -18 to -12 - that should be sufficient. Although probably still too loud.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 09:56 PM   #3
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I also was glad to have quality amp/speakers otherwise I might have blow something too. Fix the audio is a good recommendation.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 09:57 PM   #4
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The uneven audio was more a matter of ineptitude than any concious desire to shock. sorry. when you say "dark", do you mean the lighting of the piece, or the mood?
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Old July 17th, 2005, 11:07 PM   #5
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Both actually. The lighting could have used some work. Perhaps just playing with the levels if it really had to be done after the fact. The story is a bit dark as well, but that usually isn't a problem. :)
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:39 PM   #6
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And now for my feedback.

Funny story, because the dialogue was so low, I turned my KLIPSCH 4.1 system up to about 60% to hear it (from the 20% it is normally at).... Yeah, I bet you know how this ends... :)
While deafening me doesn't cost you any points, the other audio issues may have. I really think you had something with this story, but I would like to have seen a little more develop around the end, and less of the beginning, if I had to balance time out.
One of my top five favorites for sure though.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:47 PM   #7
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Thanks Dylan

The audio issue has been addressed, and I will have a better Idea of what I can do with three minutes next time- more development fro the end was written, and some of it was shot, but there was no time to include it.
Thank you for your kind words.
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