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Old June 25th, 2007, 06:00 PM   #601
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John Woo tribute film - Price of vengeance

I threw a short film together for a film contest on MySpace. John Woo is promoting his new computer game Stranglehold. Filmmakers get to make a two and a half minute short film to pay homage to John Woo's work.

Check out our film. It was a lot of fun to make. I found out about the contest late so we only had 5 days to shoot, do post and get it entered into the contest.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 07:10 PM   #602
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Y.A.F.I.:Underground's 2007 - 48 Hour Film - "9th Life"

We shot fabulously (really cool looking footage), then fell asleep (literally) on the year, we'll have more than one editor working together on it to keep each other going. I would've woken him, but I was downstairs shooting.

We need to add a second camera just for tape import.

We need to push the schedule...moving forward always, no time to rest. Our shoot was pretty relaxed except for the main 5 folks on our shoot (DP, Director, Script Sup, Producer, 1st AC)...but that was a good stress.

We had one new actress who just couldn't get the lines down, so we had to rewrite at about the 3/4 mark for footage on the first day!

With 15 minutes to go, I was given the score to drop onto the timeline (not the composers' was due to the editor falling asleep, which is a risk you run in a comp like this)...the mix was too high on the music, luckily, the theaters' sound system pushed the mids for the voice and the music toned down miraculously! There was no time to work the audio to get rid of stage directions either...oops.

The audience laughed in all the right places. We're currently re-editing for other festival releases to try to get some awards! The re-edit is much better so far.

Here's the piece that was shown (we're not as proud of it as we will be of the re-edit):

Here's a rough of the re-edit:
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Old June 25th, 2007, 07:57 PM   #603
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From Russia with ACTION!

Today we released the first Webisode of our fourth Colonel Crush movie: From Russia with ACTION! Expect a new Webisode each Monday at noon PST.

Nathan, the director who also plays Professor Pow!, has done his best work yet. The film opens with a horror spoof and closes in a dream sequence. I get credit (or otherwise) for the music and audio mixing.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 04:21 AM   #604
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Underwater Adventure in the Philippines

Just got back from a couple weeks of incredible diving in the Philippines with my Sony HDR-HC1.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:22 AM   #605
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Wow this does look incredible.....great stuff! The vis looks fantastic and what an array of fish sharks ??? That camera is very capable huh....what housing are you using with it by the way?
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Old June 27th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #606
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WOW. i loved it! that was pretty amazing. what an experience. tho i did think it was a bit slow at the beginning, but then again, it was record of traveling. :)
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Old June 27th, 2007, 12:57 PM   #607
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The HC-1 is a pretty good camera for how relatively inexpensive and portable it is. I was using an Equinox underwater housing with a wide angle conversion lens, and UK Light Canon with one diffuser. Probably get a 2nd Light Canon. Didn't see any sharks this time.

I'm trying to render a 720P wmvHD version, but am having serious difficulties with Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 6.0 crashing:
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Old June 27th, 2007, 05:44 PM   #608
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So were you auto exp/focusing on this piece? Also does this camera shoot 25p?

Some of your turtle shots, expecially the first were fabulous the lighting is just perfect.

I'm considering an underwater rig. I have an XL2 but the housings are just to big and've certainly opened my eyes to this cameras potential.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #609
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Yeah, everything on the camera was set to full auto. Autofocus performed just fine as long as there was enough light. I used a red filter for the shallow scenes shot in clear water where there was enough available sunlight. The visibility was 150'+ that particular day when I filmed the first turtle, so that helps. Then took the filter off and turned on the Light Canon for all the point blank close-ups.

Equinox controls are not really set exactly on the camera buttons, rather you have to kind of fish for them a little, so it's kind of tricky to do much more than on/off, record, and maybe zoom a little, though the capability to adjust everything underwater is there. There are much nicer, more expensive housings available, but I didn't want to spend more than the camera. It's a solid housing that has never leaked, bottom line. I've also got a much nicer Canon XH-A1, but by the time you put it in an underwater housing, you're looking at quite a big heavy expensive unit to be traveling with. The HC-1 is a great toy that's easy to lug around. It only records in one frame rate, but lately I've been into rendering at 60 frames a second. Makes clips appear smoother and more lifelike to me.

The HC-3, 5, and 7 are all good too, but the biggest difference is shooting in HDV, even if you render to standard definition later.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 11:13 PM   #610
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For those that are interested my documentary is finally ready!
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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #611
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Religious/Atheist Documentary. (On Z1U) “Why We Believe”

I have been working on this documentary since last fall. I wish to eventually make a feature out of it. It’s currently 10 Min. I hope you enjoy. I love to hear any advice on how to improve the video.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:10 PM   #612
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All My Latest and Greatest!!! Check it out-

Alright guys I've made a new video since I last posted and I also uploaded some of my old Halo videos that are VERY enjoyable to watch from an editing standpoint. Well here they are, enjoy! AND TELL ME WHAT YOU ALL THINK!!


Confusion Trip::

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Old June 30th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #613
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Good job. I thought it looked good and, more importantly, it delivered a message in a thoughtful way. It did not seem too condescending to anyone, but rather used some people's odd viewpoints about damnation to illustrate your point. I thought the point was fair to both sides and that is what is important when you are trying to open up people's internal dialog. I don't like the "beat them over the head till they listen" approach used by Michael Moore in "Fahrenheit 911".

The only technical problem I found was with the microphone. It got in the shot (I think it was the mic) several times as you were walking and talking. Maybe you had image stabilization on and it moved the lense POV a bit? Also, there was a lot of room reflections in the office interview. Getting the mic out of the shot in the future should be an easy fix, but it takes a really good mic and maybe preparation of the room to get rid of reverb. Don't worry, it's not a problem on this shoot. The important thing is that everyone can be understood.

Again, good job.
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Old June 30th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #614
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Live Band Footage

The first one I edited clips from the entire set to match up with a song from their album

The second one is live audio from the front mic, actually turned out sounding pretty good.
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Old June 30th, 2007, 01:29 PM   #615
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Dr. S battles the sex crazed reefer zombies

forgive the really terrible myspace compression. this was directed by a different Ortiz, and all the cinematography (camera work, lighting) was done by me. nothing has been color corrected or adjusted yet.

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