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Old September 19th, 2005, 03:54 PM   #1
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Cell phones ... the new cigarette?

Ok, since when did cell phones become the new cigarette? I noticed a lot of entries using cell phones as a way to give actors something to do while they were "acting". They even became part of the action.

You used them well, but just I was just tickled by how prevalent cell phones were in the shorts.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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Michael:

I'm not sure if you noticed the cellphone in Gardens of Tomorrow but it played a very minor role. Even though it is visible in the final cut, I basically did not utilize it for what I had originally intended.

We used a tire pressure gauge as a high-tech nano probe injector, a small, glass picture frame as a futuristic communication device, an old cordless phone as a medical device, a $9 folding table as a lab table, and some glass vases as scientific instruments.

I like using everyday objects as unusual props. It's fun utilizing these objects in a way that makes people believe they are unique devices even though they can clearly recognize what they really are. After all, it's all about setting the mood so that your viewers can suspend their disbelief.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 05:05 PM   #3
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I think I might be guilty of overusing cellphones... after all we use them a lot in society today :) But the real reason was that I couldn't get enough actors in such short time so I took the easy way out and used them to make the audience aware of what's going on. So... it was a "dirty" way to deliver my message... *feeling guilty*

I figure that without the cellphones I would have to take pictures of the murder, a car chase around town, probably some shoot outs... actually things that would be quite fun to do... but they would of course need more time and I was already late on schedule.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 05:46 PM   #4
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Fredrik-Larsson had both ;), (cigarettes and cell phones), he should go to cliche prison (just joking bud, i loved your video, i had a similar concept in the begining so probebly better for the bost of us i decided to go an alternative route)
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Old September 19th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #5
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I used one in "Secrets" and there's one in the first shot of the new one too. Used like a regular phone these days. Could almost substite this "film device" for the old VO over a shot of someone reading or writing a letter from WWII and further back films. It's a quick way to introduce a character or idea that would otherwise remain hidden from the viewer I suppose.

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Old September 19th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #6
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Ok, since when did cell phones become the new cigarette? I noticed a lot of entries using cell phones as a way to give actors something to do while they were "acting". They even became part of the action.

LOL, wait for day 5!
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Old September 19th, 2005, 09:38 PM   #7
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We used a tire pressure gauge as a high-tech nano probe injector, a small, glass picture frame as a futuristic communication device, an old cordless phone as a medical device, a $9 folding table as a lab table, and some glass vases as scientific instruments.
Jeff, dude you're freakin' awesome! I love the creativity.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #8
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Jeff, dude you're freakin' awesome! I love the creativity.
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Jon:

Thanks! I'm afraid half of it was creativity and the other half was desperation.

Of course, after I was done editing, I realized that I truly did like the weird juxtaposition of obvious objects used in unexpected ways. I intend to continue doing that in the future!
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Old September 19th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #9
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I know I'm one of Dylan's guilty day 5'rs. Anyone else want to fess up ahead of time?
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Old September 19th, 2005, 11:04 PM   #10
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Nick? But did you use a camera that's talking on a cell phone?
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Old September 19th, 2005, 11:23 PM   #11
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What I should've done was use the cell phone camera, so stupid...
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Old September 20th, 2005, 12:47 AM   #12
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Fredrik-Larsson had both ;), (cigarettes and cell phones), he should go to cliche prison (just joking bud, i loved your video, i had a similar concept in the begining so probebly better for the bost of us i decided to go an alternative route)
I know... I hear this godly voice in my ears... (the camera god)

Voice: Fredrik, what were you thinking?
Fredrik: uuhh..
Voice: You weren't thinking, were you?
Fredrik (blushing): eehh.. no? (giving puppy look)
Voice: What are you going to do about it?
Fredrik: a new movie?
Voice: And?
Fredrik: Without cellphones and cigarettes??! (happy)
Voice: Good!

So, yeah... I think that next one MIGHT be without cellphones and cigarettes. Secretly thinking: I can use a landline phone and cigars... he he :)
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Old September 20th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #13
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So, yeah... I think that next one MIGHT be without cellphones and cigarettes. Secretly thinking: I can use a landline phone and cigars... he he :)
Why not just go for broke and write in two walkie talkies and a pinch of 'chaw'.

or maybe even two cups and a string along with a corn cob pipe.
(mmmmmppphhhhhh..

...what?

..mmmmppphhhhh...!

...what??

...[pulls face out of cup and shouts across the street] I SAID PULL THE STRING TIGHTER, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING YOU'RE SAYING!!!

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Old September 20th, 2005, 01:16 AM   #14
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Jon, great ideas! :)

And btw, if I could vote in USA you would have my vote. You seem like an "honest" candiate. :-D
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Old September 20th, 2005, 01:26 AM   #15
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Jon, great ideas! :)

And btw, if I could vote in USA you would have my vote. You seem like an "honest" candiate. :-D

Thanks...that is one of the things I hope to change when I'm King'a'here. I want to open up elections to anyone anywhere who live in a region that in some way might end up being effected by US policy - which at least under current administration seems to be anyone anywhere. Thanks for the vote of confidence...I'm slowly moving towards my hundred million votes..(real slowly)
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