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Old June 26th, 2004, 11:11 AM   #1
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Please review my shorts.

Hi, my name is David Chao. If you have some free time, could you please take a look at couple of shorts that I recently made and provide me with some constructive feedback? I don't claim to be a film maker by any stretch (yet) but I WOULD like to improve. Specifically in the area of story telling. Here's the link:

http://www.studiotigers.com/films/

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Old June 26th, 2004, 12:56 PM   #2
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I really enjoyed "Damn!". Very funny and some really nice shots.

Bravo.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 11:02 PM   #3
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I liked them both! Thought they were very funny, you are good with visual storytelling, both shorts were coherent and entertaining. I recommend you continue and let your ambition grow.
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Old June 27th, 2004, 02:49 AM   #4
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Hi.

I really enjoyed DAMN!
I thought it was well told and very funny...

Great job
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Old June 27th, 2004, 03:16 AM   #5
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Enjoyed both films very much.
I thought that "Damn" was an object lesson in using a tripod - the pictures have an immediate authority that handheld cameras just can't approach.
Good selection of camera angles with an eye to the editing - you obviously understand film theory and grammar very well.
I wish you luck - and please carry on to make some more films!

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Old June 27th, 2004, 09:37 AM   #6
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Thank so much for watching my shorts and for your feedback. I have a couple more ideas for short films that I'm trying to plan. When done, I'll post them here again. This is definitely a lot of fun and I really want to get better. Thanks again!

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Old June 27th, 2004, 09:45 AM   #7
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Oh, and using the tripod was actually because I didn't have any other resources available at the time. Just me, my dog and a volunteer I met at the park (the girl in one shot) My dog is pretty smart but it might take some time for her to learn how to operate a camera...

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Old June 27th, 2004, 11:56 AM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by David Chao : My dog is pretty smart but it might take some time for her to learn how to operate a camera...
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Why not make THAT a future project? Seriously!

Mount the camera on her collar and block scenes according to the dog's point of view.

It will be a bit chaotic and random as the dog will most likely "aim" the lens at chair legs and walls and not on the actors, but then just have the actors rush over to whereever the lens happens to be pointing - and everyone would get a workout doing all that running around.

Actually, if using 2 or more actors, the job would be easier if the dog DOP were put in the middle, between the actors. That way you'd increase the chances of having a person in the shot at any given time and if the camera were shooting dead space, only one of the actors needs to move into the shot instead of all of them.
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Old June 28th, 2004, 10:18 AM   #9
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The "Dog CAM". Good idea... I'll have to work that in some how!

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Old June 28th, 2004, 02:46 PM   #10
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David:

Both of your shorts were well written, well filmed and entertaining. I *loved* "Damn".. it gave me just the "sinking feeling" you were working for. Keep at it!

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Old June 29th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #11
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Do the Dog cam with a dummy weight first! The first couple of runs could damage the camera as the dog tries to rub it off! ;)

Also, I was laughing before I started to look. The thread title was funny too. "Please review my shorts". Sounds like a plumber's crack video. ;D
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Old July 3rd, 2004, 03:59 PM   #12
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Just saw both shorts. Damn was funny. A quick comment on Bingo

could compress time a bit by cutting out a lot of the walking shots - yea I know, you are never sure how much 'walking shots' to add in so that audiences will follow the action, but trust me, if you show a guy walk around the corner and edit it with him going inside a builing, audiences won't notice.

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Old August 4th, 2004, 10:38 PM   #13
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Young-H. Lee, thanks for the feedback! And you're exactly right. You are never really sure how much you can actually cut out and still have a cohesive story... I'm still working on that.
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Old August 4th, 2004, 11:52 PM   #14
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David, I really enjoyed both of your shorts... very good directing and editing. I especially liked the irony in the endings of both. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 12:52 AM   #15
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Thank you for the compliments, Darrell! Right now, I'm saving up to purchase a Panasonic DVX100A and when I get it, I'll definitely be making more short films!

Thanks again!
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