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Old May 23rd, 2004, 07:28 PM   #1
 
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GRATUITY - a 60 second short online

CLICK HERE to watch "GRATUITY", a 60 second Sonnyboo short

Now playing (and in need of good votes) and soon to be a part of the PLUM TV screenings in New England!!

The Sonnyboo plan to infiltrate all American homes with short films written & directed by Peter John Ross will soon come to fruition. VICTORY WILL BE MINE

GRATUTIY (60 seconds)
stars Jack Hourigan (host on
The Food Network), Cody Dove (from WUAB's THE BLOCK), and Brandy Seymour (Brandy's site )

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Old May 24th, 2004, 03:12 AM   #2
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Is there a reason why the timecode is at the bottom the whole
time? That was a bit distracting.

I thought the movie looked good but was over the top and not
that good acted for my taste. I highly doubt the girls would have
such a loud conversation in front of the customers. So it might
have been more effective in some place with less customers.
I also had a feeling they all needed to talk and yell louder for
not having a microphone nearby?
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Old May 24th, 2004, 06:49 AM   #3
 
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The timecode was required by their site... no idea why.

The acting is meant to be over the top. It's not a reality show, nor a drama, so over the top was intentnional. The boom mic was right over their heads and it was a shotgun mic.
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Old May 24th, 2004, 03:43 PM   #4
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What mic did you use?
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Old May 25th, 2004, 06:48 AM   #5
 
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<<<-- Originally posted by Gustavo Godinho : What mic did you use? -->>>

Senheiser, I don' tknow the make & model. I was not the boom operator, you'd have to ask him.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 07:53 AM   #6
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The video looked thrown together in 60 seconds. Pacing was poor. Writing cliche. Embarrassingly unwatchable.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 01:02 PM   #7
 
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It was shot on location at the Second City theatre with two mainstage cast members and the dialogue improvised by professionals.

It's not to everyone's liking.

Thanks for watching anyway.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 10:02 PM   #8
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I liked it. Gave me a laugh. Comedy is tough. Thought the criticism was a little harsh.

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Old May 25th, 2004, 10:15 PM   #9
 
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Sooner or later, everyone has got to learn to take it like man.

Harsh, yes, even assholish, but probably exactly how he feels, so it's an honest review. I couldn't ask for anything else. I'd rather have a nasty, evil review that's honest than a tarted up, polite one that makes me think my short is better than it is.

Not everyone will like your stuff. Get used to it. You'll take criticism better that way. Critics bash movies all the time.


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Old May 25th, 2004, 11:02 PM   #10
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The audio was definetly a problem as it was hard to hear what the actors were saying. I agree with others about the pacing and the payoff at the end really didn't land for me.

On a side note though, are those the actors from the Cleveland second city? I thought they looked familar and then you mentioned Second City and I realized where I had seen them before. The one guy at the bar is absolutely hilarious in real life, although unfortunately I don't think you were able to capture his talents.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 08:24 AM   #11
 
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<<<-- The one guy at the bar is absolutely hilarious in real life, although unfortunately I don't think you were able to capture his talents. -->>>

That's Cody Dove

try this one instead...

http://www.sonnyboo.com/onlinemovies/therapy.htm

He's more of the star on that one
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Old May 27th, 2004, 01:11 PM   #12
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Hey Peter, I kinda agree with all thats been said before, I think the biggest thing that feels off to me is when the beating SFX come in a second before she actually "hits" the guy. Also the flashes could be timed a little bit better.

But that last one you just posted, "Therapy", the song at the end is from The Lucky 13 Band. My good friend Ryan from high school plays lead guitar in that band. Do you know them well, if so how are they all doin'?

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Old May 27th, 2004, 02:00 PM   #13
 
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Ian Ross, lead guitar & vocals from the Lucky 13 Band is my cousin.

All the music in Gratuity is ALSO from the Lucky 13 Band and Ryan & Ian Ross.

They are at the univsity of Cincy and doing well. I saw them here in Columbus at my house before the GOVERNMENT MULE concert. I introduced them to TENACIOUS D and Jack Black. What kind of education system is it where two guitar players don't know about the D?
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Old May 27th, 2004, 02:35 PM   #14
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I think you could have turned that into a good :30 or even :15 spot. The dialogue could have just been the blonde walking past the bartender giving that knowing look as the patron is patronizing... she drops the bottle and as the blonde comes around the bar she takes him out with one really harsh blow to the face with the edge of the tray... spilling drinks off of it at the same time (ha!) cut to gratuity copy and then back to the "hand me my drink" line.
it's too long and the dialogue isn't there- possibly because it doesn't even need to be there.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:22 PM   #15
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Hi Peter...

I enjoyed your short feature. Here is my take:

I thought the girl bartending could've talked a little louder and had a little better acting.

I know why the girls were talking loud (from observations in bars). They were talking loud to be deliberately heard... not to tick anybody off, but to make a point on how they feel.

Anywho.... I liked it in general. Very funny! Oh, by the way... where was this filmed?
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