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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Learned to use DV on the fly! Check this out...

Hi folks, thanks to the folks and the great articles on this forum and website (Watchdog rocks!), we ventured forth a couple of years ago, bought an XL-1 and made a movie. We had no idea what we were doing when we started - but the end result is pretty impressive (IMHO)!

We just posted the teaser trailer on ifilm - and we expect to be finally finished sometime in the fall - the post is almost done. You can find it here:

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2748108

or just type ISHIN in the search feild.

Please tell me what you think! You can reach me at barking.dog@sympatico.ca; or just post a reply here.

What this truly testifies - is the power of DV in the hands of anyone! We had no training - no skills really - just an idea and an urge - and we figured out everything on the fly! I could write a book on what we spent (wasted)days (weeks!) trying to figure out - only to find out it's a switch or just a click we didn't know we should have used.

Please, check it out - and provide me some feedback - but please - nothing too overtly scathing or overwhelmingly negative - I get enough of that from my wife :)

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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #2
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No Experience?

I have no experience, and certainly am not an expert, but I will say that if the trailer is any indication of the rest of the movie, I'd say you have a winner. Hard to believe you had no experience when you started it.
Great work!
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Old June 26th, 2006, 09:03 PM   #3
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Telling you... not an oodle of experience - just bought some crap (with the help of the watchdog!) off ebay and starting shooting. Took us a week just to figure out how to capture it properly onto the computer!

Thanks for the words.

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Old June 27th, 2006, 01:04 AM   #4
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Terry,

That's a neat trailer. A very unique vision. I'll admit, I'm interested. Have you seen Cashern? Another DV/green screen samurai-infulenced epic worth checking out.

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Old July 7th, 2006, 02:19 PM   #5
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That looks really great. You really have a nice style worked out there. Great props and costumes and effects and everything. I did notice the quick shot of 4 red dudes that looked a bit strange (I think it just clashed with the background or something). I'm really impressed though I can't wait to see the final thing.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 03:56 PM   #6
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you should go ahead and write the book on the stuff you've learned and sell that too!
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Old July 11th, 2006, 05:06 PM   #7
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I like the props and the costumes a lot more than the trailer...

I think actually think the trailer has some great shots: (the branch with the moon behind it, the guy walking along a mountain - at beginning, the cave shot and the shot of the guy looking out at landscape.

but it also has a lot of not so good at all shots...

...and then you have the real bad ones: Effect shots of small spacecraft - doesnŽt work for me at all, the red lobster monsters looks like something from a terribly bad 60s sience fiction film, and the guy screaming at the end... ohh loose that!

All that said, for a beginner youŽve come a very long way and there are certainly a lot of good shots/things here, but I just thought IŽd warn you since the people commenting above are all two thumbs up... this isnt exactly A class material.

Keep up the good work!
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Old July 14th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #8
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I agree with most of the things that Erik pointed out.

I seem to remember the moon + tree shot, or almost exactly the same, somwhere before...in a full feature movie...
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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:10 PM   #9
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Very good work Terry! Especially given that you had no experience. Let me know if it screens anywhere in T.O.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 08:25 PM   #10
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I don't know, I thought it looked cool.
Yes, I agree, your red guys looked like a science fiction movie from the 60's but I thought that was charming, to see something more 'fresh' in that sense.

Show us more when you have more
(trailer, film, behind the scenes pictures,...?)

Keep up the good work.
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Old July 23rd, 2006, 09:45 PM   #11
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Thanks Y'all!

Thanks Folks for all your feedback.

We are pounding away (the shot of the red guys is staying - but it needs work - always bugged me) to get this thing done. It's actually an 8 part serial - lossely bound together as he travels along.

Will let you know more as we get there!

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Old September 18th, 2006, 06:18 AM   #12
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Wow...

Dude, I thought that looked fantastic! I've been shooting for about a month and have just turned off the automatic settings on my GL2. How the heck did you get so good so quickly?

I'm also a samurai movie fan so I can't wait for the full length version. Sci Fi meets samurai. Awesome. And those costumes...
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Old September 18th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #13
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This is coming from a beginner myself, but I thought it looked great. I loved the costumes/props. I can't wait to see the full version. Nice work.

Thanks,
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