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Old February 14th, 2003, 07:42 PM   #61
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mini35 stills from my new film

Dear one and all,

I just thought I'd share some stills of my new film, Last Day of Work with you. Presently, it in the rough cut stage so I'm not posting the film. It tells the story of man who is having problems dealing with the loss of his wife. It currently runs at 8mins but I'm hoping to trim it down a little bit.

http://homepage.mac.com/ilovedumplings/PhotoAlbum1.html

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1 month of pre-production- finding actors, locations, refining script, hunting for props, begging for equipment etc.

shot in 1 day

Canon XL1S
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Canon EF lenses, 17-35 f2.8L, 50 f1.4, 70-200 f2.8L

Cheers!

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Old February 16th, 2003, 12:58 AM   #62
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Looks great. Totally has that film DOF going for it. Is it a thriller of some sort? Shot #6 scared the **** outta me. Guess I'm just afraid of basements, heh.
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Old February 16th, 2003, 01:21 AM   #63
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Looks very intriguing, Adrian! Has a very dark, sullen feeling. Within the context of the deep personal loss subject this should be good. I'm anxious to see your final cut.

I gather you had fun with the Mini 35! That stair shot was really rubbing it in. <g>
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Old February 16th, 2003, 04:14 AM   #64
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heheh... yah I guess, because I had the mini 35 for one full day only, picked it up the evening before and returned it the morning after, so I guess I went a bit crazy with the DOF thing... and shot everything wide open. But as it turned out, I didn't have enough lights, 2 cheapo 300W halogens (that started smoking after 5 mins) so I had to shoot everything wide open anyway.

Now my XL1S looks so lonely with just the stock 16X lens...

anyways.... I'll endeavour to finish the film as soon as possible and will post a link up as soon as its done!

Cheers everyone!

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Old February 16th, 2003, 10:30 AM   #65
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looks great Adrian, I really love the tone you've got going on in this one. Can't wait to see it!
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Old February 16th, 2003, 02:08 PM   #66
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The more I see from the mini35 the more amazed I am. I'm gonna
try renting one near the summer overhere. Those are beautiful
shots, keep up the great work!
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Old February 21st, 2003, 11:07 PM   #67
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Baby steps

After having snooped about at the professional and near-professional work of the people in this forum, I feel a bit over my head, but what the hell.

My fellow compatriot and film geek extrodinaire, Curt, wrote a little short because he thought he could make something better than your average atomfilm... we just so happen to be putting the finishing touches on a feature length dv film, but that's for another day.

Two things, 1) nothing revolutionary here, just having fun 2) we can't afford a damn G4, so we edit on my ol' trusty PC, the file is in Windows Media format - sorry MacHeads...

www.american-ocean.com has it right there at the top, just look for Stuffing.

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Old February 22nd, 2003, 12:12 AM   #68
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Nice work, Shane! It looks like you had alot of fun on this project. Give us some production and post-production notes.
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 12:19 AM   #69
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Heh, I liked it!
Good script. The actors were interesting. It held my interest to the end, and that's all I ask for.

My only major complaint is that the sound level was so low I had my speakers set on max and was still straining to hear some of the dialogue.

Do you want a detailed technical review/breakdown or just general comments? There were some things I would edit differently for smoothness.

I guess it's too late to point out that you should have put something over that window/light source to bring the intensity down a bunch. :)
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 09:13 AM   #70
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That sound problem has been noted by a few people... for some reason it sounds great on my machine. My sister couldn't hear it at all... Anyone have any thoughts on that?

As for the overflowing light, we tend to overlight our stuff to play with it in Premiere later... but for some reason Curt wanted to keep it like this... I didn't agree with him, but hey - far be it of me to put down someone's opinion ;)

As for production notes, Curt and I are roomates and just wanted to do something to tide us over. We shot this in about 4 hours on last Saturday. We had a bunch of outtakes and just had a great time. The last effort we went through was our feature length - 20 plus speaking roles, none of which being paid, over 6 locations not including our house... so this was a nice change of pace. Just Curt, Me and the camera... oh, and the remote ;)

This was my first time just acting, was a great change of pace... this was also Curt's first time directing and editing. I was teaching him how to use Premiere as he went along, I think it was a worthy effort for an amatuer, amatuer.

He was having fun yesterday putting together the outtakes, but that was longer than the short... so who knows what's going to happen with that... Keep the feedback coming, I keep passing it along to Curt.
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OK. Well aside from Dylan's observation about the window's brightness here are my thoughts.

You shot selections were pretty good! Your technique of shooting the car trunk sequence from the dead frog's pov was excellent and really draws the viewer's imagination into the shot. I think that the stretch of voice-over blackness (from within the closed trunk) went just a bit long. I began to wonder if I'd lost video. I'd cut it in half.

I like to walk away from a "final cut" for a few weeks and then view it with new eyes. I always see something I didn't originally see when my nose was pressed against it.

Hey, you guys need to stay at it. A great way to spend a Saturday!
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Old February 25th, 2003, 08:56 AM   #72
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What can I do with these videos?

I've been doing travel videography as a hobby for a number of years. I've finally gotten to the point where my technique and my equipment are good enough to produce some fairly decent stuff. My videos could almost pass for the kind of travelogues I see on Globe Trekker and similar programs, except for the inclusion of some "personal" things (these are really "home movies" after all) and lack of a narration.

I've seen a number of websites that feature clips of travel videos, and they seem to be well-received. My projects range in length from 90 to 150 minutes or so, making web-based distribution impractical.

Does anyone have any ideas about what I can do with these things? My audience is currently limited to my wife, my mother, my in-laws and a few select friends. Given the amount of work that I put into these (post takes me one to two months of working nights and weekends), I'd like more people to see them.
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Old February 25th, 2003, 11:21 AM   #73
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Contact all the travel agents in your area and see if they are interested.
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Old February 25th, 2003, 05:01 PM   #74
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Can somebody tell me the name of a movie......

Does anybody know of a movie, new, old, or upcoming, that has been shot on DV? Completely? I don't mean the Blair Witch Project. I want to see something that has used DV to it's advantage, so that obviously excludes Full Frontal.

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When you say "DV" what exactly do you mean? On prosumer cameras like the XL1s? On higher-resolution SD or HD digital video formats?
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