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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:49 AM   #1
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House of Dead - 13:00 Short

http://rarshow.com/houseofdead.wmv

I completed this movie last year (the anniversary of our first production is actually coming up real soon, come to think of it.) It was shot mostly with house lights...only production lights were used for the computer scene and outdoor night shots. White balance was set to 5600K preset to get that orange look.

Feedback is definitely appreciated, as I'll be shooting another movie sometime later this year.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 07:06 AM   #2
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Adam, I don't mean to be harsh, please take these comments constructively.

For my money this film is let down, like so many short films, by acting so wooden you could eat your dinner off it and a script weaker than a root beer at an AA meeting. There's too much exposition, far, far too much. My suggestion would be to cut it tighter. It's twice as long as it needs to be to tell this story.

You've shot some nice angles at times but the lighting is too one-dimensional, it looks flat and uninteresting. It's all very well going for an orange look, but you still need a degree of separation between foreground and background.

Finally, when you're shooting on a micro-budget you've got to look after the details - the shot of the computer screen had spelling and grammatical mistakes.

Again, please take this constructively. I learn something on every job.

Good luck with your next film.

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Old March 9th, 2007, 08:50 AM   #3
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Adam, Liam's actually being nice. I agree with him totally. The acting is twice as bad and robotic as that in Soap Operas. I always blame bad acting performances on bad directing. The dialogue should've been revised 4 times over. There are some interesting shots though-nicely captured angles. Something about the whole piece reminded me of "Dark Shadows" but without the excitement. Adam, just the fact that you're out there making things happen deserves KUDOS from us to you. Keep up the effort 'cause the more often you do it, the better you'll get until you reach that point of self assurance where you won't need outside advice in order to realize where things can be improved.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #4
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Adam, Liam's actually being nice. I agree with him totally. The acting is twice as bad and robotic as that in Soap Operas. I always blame bad acting performances on bad directing. The dialogue should've been revised 4 times over. There are some interesting shots though-nicely captured angles. Something about the whole piece reminded me of "Dark Shadows" but without the excitement. Adam, just the fact that you're out there making things happen deserves KUDOS from us to you. Keep up the effort 'cause the more often you do it, the better you'll get until you reach that point of self assurance where you won't need outside advice in order to realize where things can be improved.


Yeah...

But it's still 4x better than the Uwe Boll film of the same name!
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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:00 PM   #5
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maybe it's my internet connection but was gettiing pixelated images.

Acting wasn't so hot. esp the mom.

I thought photography was fine mostly though the suffocating scenes needed more heat and the photography could've assisted with that I think.

I didn't like the edit though. Seemed disjointed. Could've flowed better.

The music was often intrusive.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #6
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Please also take my comments as constructive criticism. I am also a filmmaker and I know itís difficult to hear negative comments, but in the end it only makes you stronger.

My main issue, besides the acting was the music. Itís too much. Didn't fit the images. I don't subscribe to the theory that if you have "scary music" you'll have a scary movie. It almost becomes comedic rather than what the filmmaker intended.

I wanted to turn it off after a few minutes actually. It needs tighter editing. It could be 1/2 the length.

It was bascially a short "6th Sense." Next time try to come up with a new concept or do it in a completely different way.

Keep at it though. Never let your first project dictate your future if this is what you want to do.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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I think

- over-exaggerated music
- un-inspired dialogue - (this is my angels room - i left it exactly the way it was when she died - this is where i first heard the noises)
- un-inspired actors (especially the mother - terrible)
- storyline needs more originality
- editing is slow and similarly uninspiring

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Old March 10th, 2007, 10:58 PM   #8
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I thought it was good "B" grade movie making. The mother was hilarious. Could it be tighter? Of course it could, but technically it was quite sound considering what the budget probably was. I liked the 5600K setting as it got you further away from that video look.
Good luck in your future projects.
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Yeah...

But it's still 4x better than the Uwe Boll film of the same name!
Chuckle.... That's rich.
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Old March 20th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your feedback. Hearing ways that I can improve on the next movie I shoot helps me a lot! I don't take any of your comments harshly...I know you're just trying to help me out so again, thanks for that.
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