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Old December 19th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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WW2 Short Film shot on a V1

Hey all,


Just recently shot this short film for a TV competition....

YouTube - The Battle For Crete (ep 1) || New Zealand WW2 Series


Let me know what you think!


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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #2
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excellent - in fact, i'd say it's one of the best short's i've ever seen (and i'm 35+ years in tv).

well handled, beautifully executed.

very well done!!!
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Old December 20th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #3
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that is awesome , of course i like the action war flick stuff too.

but V1? V1 and What? how do you get human hairs flipping on frames with a video camera?
is that an effect you added or does the telecine guy need a hair net?
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Old December 20th, 2009, 01:43 AM   #4
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Nice one Logan; congrats. War is not my thing but hats off for production values. If you don't mind me asking what was the budget and how many hours, roughly, from go to DVD?

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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #5
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"very well done!!!"

Thanks!

"but V1? V1 and What? how do you get human hairs flipping on frames with a video camera?
is that an effect you added or does the telecine guy need a hair net? "

Yes - V1 with a free FCP 'old film' filter in post.

"If you don't mind me asking what was the budget and how many hours, roughly, from go to DVD?"

The budget was $200 - this just covered the hiring of guns, blanks and uniforms.

Mostly had a crew of just me - had a little help for the grenade hits etc.

Took about 3 days to shoot and edit together. Am working towards shooting a kiwi WW2 feature in 2012 - so this was just a short test. Will be doing a few more shorts next year.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 08:56 AM   #6
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Logan,

You make me very proud to be a fellow V1 owner. :-)

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 08:23 AM   #7
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Brilliant! Loved it!
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Old December 25th, 2009, 11:57 AM   #8
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Man, that was awesome work.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 12:16 PM   #9
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Well done Logan, very nicely done, the best part was the opening. Very nice warm look and feel to it. Question - did you use a jib or something for the opening shot?

Also, anything other than the free post filter? Thats impressive.
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Yeah - used a home made jib. It's a real piece of junk and is quite wobbly - but I added 'Smoothcam' in FCP to the shot and it came out ok.

Just added a little colour corrector in FCP to the shots - nothing else.

I have the sharpness and contrast in the camera set to minimum - I find that gives it a nice soft look and gives you room to play with the blacks in post.
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Did you record to tape, or some other device?

Did you use an intermediary codec, or edit HDV?
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Old December 27th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #12
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"Did you record to tape, or some other device?

Did you use an intermediary codec, or edit HDV?"


I recorded to the Sony Flash recorder. Only because my camera has water damage and can't record to tape.

I edited it in HDV.

Due to the water damage the camera can't record audio in HD mode either so for the dialog I do the scene in HD then switch to SD, get the cameras boom mic in close and get the actors to redo the lines.

It's a bit of a hack and pretty rough - but worked for what I needed.
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Colour me "impressed".

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Old December 27th, 2009, 05:51 AM   #14
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Heh, well done Logan! Your poor camera though! Water damage, not nice. I take it warranty's out the question?

How about some pictures of that home made jib? You did a great job considering its a 'piece of junk', i know you used smoothcam but i never would have guessed it was a wobbly home-made job. :)
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Old December 27th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #15
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Logan, did you also write and direct this short?
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