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Old March 17th, 2004, 09:03 AM   #241
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Interesting Clark! You had some great shots and composition
in there. I was a tad distracted by all the different looks though.
Also I thought it was a tad to long and most of the "text" passed
me by. But it looks very interesting!

Nice job!
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Old March 17th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #242
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This is a difficult short to give your opinion about. I really liked
some sequences but felt others were moving to slowly for my
taste. Also the story was a bit hard to follow for me.

One warning: I assume you haven't gotten the rights to use
those (famous) people and there voices. That might be a bit
dangerous to do!

I also thought that the music ended to abruptly when we
switched to the TV. I felt I was yanked out of my watching
experience.
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Old March 17th, 2004, 10:50 AM   #243
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Rob, thanks for the comments.

Regarding the pace, I've been heavily influenced by the works of Jon Jost, Eric Rohmer, John Cassavetes, and the like, which would likely have affected the pace of my stuff. Jost felt the piece was too obviously spelled out in meaning, so I've actually tried to slow future projects down and allow for more ambiguity in meaning. I'm working on a feature at the moment that will likely be even slower and more challenging to understand on the suface than this short. I've tried to make the allusions to the state of our country, values, and violence subltle (more so than in The Dance, as many have said I was a bit heavy handed...that I didn't give the audience the chance to figure it out for themselves) in my next project.

I agree with you on the abrupt music mixing...I need to get better at that.


Regarding the use of the Oprah show, I sent a copy to them hoping for a responce (positive or negative), but never heard back. I suspect they wouldn't bother, but I hoped they might have some reaction. Given her past free speech battles with the beef industry, I doubt she would want the publicity, but who knows. It was certainly an intentional risk.

Thanks again for watching,

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Old March 17th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #244
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Well I did have some thoughts on the story. I'm not sure if that
was the way you intented it <g> I don't mind a movie where
you need to think for yourself. A challange is much appreciated.
I just wasn't too sure about this one.
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Old March 17th, 2004, 03:38 PM   #245
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awards show video.

Just wanted to get some crtique on a little spot we did for an awards show. I used an XL1 and a desktop halogen lamp with paper plate diffuser. :)

everything is live action aside from the games that were composited onto the arcade screens. All done in around 13 hours straight. Needless to say there wasnt enough time to fidget with the good stuff but tried my best.

I dont shoot live action very often so would love a few pointers for next time.

Thanks in advace

http://client.eatdrink.net/merica/addys/2004/intro.html

BTW....it is a Quicktime @ 19mg
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Old March 17th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #246
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Dude! those little kids that would come into the arcades and would just bang on the buttons when playing me in street fighter or mortal kombat, i hated them! i was a good palyer too, but somehow those little guys would occasionaly kick my butt! just from bangin on the buttons...not sure if u had the same experiences.

anyway, Not bad for such little time invested. the compositing isnt to shabby either, it looks like blown out video, good job! love the old school video game soundtrack, maybe its not old school...at first reminded me of legend of zelda, but now maybe its like final fantasy or something...

anyway, i dig it.
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Old March 18th, 2004, 06:34 AM   #247
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Band Compilation

One of the regular crew (Allen - Video777) in the Liquid Edition forum was kind enough to host part of a compilation I made of this year's band performances. I still do not like the editing on some of the transitions, but I finally had to move on to finish the project so they could have it before Christmas.

The challenge is that this is not 1 show with multiple cameras. This is multiple shows with one camera, a Sony consumer 520. To make it more interesting, no two shows are alike. They were always tweaking the show, and under direction, the timing is never the same. Hence, I could not pick on audio track and sync to it. The end is just an add-on of "remember when" we started the season and did not have all the show, changed this part, or did not have our new flags? :) In the beginning, the strange note comes from one of the students in the stands with a horn. I was annoyed when it happened, but we had some fun with it.

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Old March 18th, 2004, 08:14 AM   #248
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I loved the "older" man in this, good acting. I'm not to sure on
what the movie was actually telling us though....
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Old March 18th, 2004, 11:18 AM   #249
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<<<-- Originally posted by Rob Lohman : Interesting Clark! You had some great shots and composition
in there. I was a tad distracted by all the different looks though.
Also I thought it was a tad to long and most of the "text" passed
me by. But it looks very interesting!

Nice job! -->>>

Thanks! We originally had a shorter teaser (about 1:50) but our composer delivered us the music piece at 2:30 so I recut it to build to his piece.

By different looks do you mean the color corrected scenes or just in general?
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Old March 18th, 2004, 12:26 PM   #250
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Hi,
Alex thanx for the comments... Im taking it in consideration for the final Cut.

But I would like to have some more feedback.
Anyone else?

Im a tough guy, I can take it like a man.. Come on.. Bring it to me!
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Old March 18th, 2004, 05:24 PM   #251
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Space: The Documentary

http://myhome.spu.edu/bhuey/UGA/Spac...ocumentary.wmv

Just a fun little project I put together with some friends for a small art festival they had at their house. The theme was "Space" so we did the project on the space of their house.

It's three and a half minutes long and I shot most of it using my homebuilt semi-steadicam.

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Old March 18th, 2004, 08:17 PM   #252
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Pretty cool, nice vibe, and one more thing: steadicams rock.
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Old March 18th, 2004, 10:18 PM   #253
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I thought that in the beginning of the movie there were a few places where there were too many cuts. It seemed like your intentions were to cut to the music more so than for dramatic effect. This happened right around when he fell in the grass, and was getting back up. I also noticed a continuity error around there. It seems he gets up twice. At some points in your movie, the cutting to the music works well.

It wasn't at all dark on my monitor, but nothing ever is.

I agree with alex on the alarm sound timing.

The idea of the eye effect was cool. It seemed a little too strong and unnatural at times though. Is it possible to give the effect a 50% opacity to the natrual eye?

Consider cutting part of, or changing the part where he is putting the arrow on the bow. Mabye I'm completely wrong, but it seems like hunting is what his guy is all about, and the way he fumbles with the arrow seems unpro.

Also, when he starts to chase after him, consider cutting a half of a second there because it looks like he was waiting for a cue before starting to chase after him.

Possibly try adding a slow motion on the knife portion of the cut. Along with a intensifying sound/music effect.

I enjoyed your movie, so don't get me wrong. It sounded like you wanted alot of feedback so I watched your movie a few times. Hopefully all of it was very constructive, and if you agree with any of it, you can try it out.

Best of luck,
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Old March 18th, 2004, 10:38 PM   #254
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You need one of those bad 80s sound effects for when the killer fires the arrow.:)
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Old March 19th, 2004, 02:05 AM   #255
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Hey Brett nice demo reels.

Thanks Brett. Guess no one else liked them.

Yeah they did Brett.

Well Brett your the only one that replied.

Well as long as you like them Brett. Just dont let it make you crazy.

Alright Brett.

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