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Old October 31st, 2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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UWOL 15 - Montana in Fall

Here is a link to the vimeo version :
If you click on HD it will take you to the vimeo site and the HD (1280x720) version.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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Chris,

You have some realy nice shots. I particularly liked the birds.

I really was fond of your opening graphics work. what did you build that with??

the subtitles we well done and I liked the backgrounds for them too.

Really a nice piece.


thanks for taking the time and sharing.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Dale, thanks for your comments and kind words.

The intro background, lower 3rds and transitions were from Digital Juice, a Themekit called FALL LEAVES (#8). When I came back home I realized the bulk of my footage was of Bison (did you know that American Bison are NOT really "Buffalo?... But ....well I digress), Antelope and Deer and the "Home on the Range" theme struck me...it references them all in one song. Now I know it is the Kansas State song, but I have always felt it fit present day Montana better than present day Kansas...(another digression).

I don't have a lot of experience filming birds, but know now better than ever the special difficulties it presents, and I have only scratched the surface.

I was hoping that some of the Mountain Ash berries might have started to ferment internally as they often will. I remember well as a kid watching Cedar Waxwings drunk as skunks eating fermenting Mountain Ash berries.. hilarious. No such luck this time.



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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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I kind of recognize the narrator. My favorite, as you know, is the antelope piece, because I tried to track those buggers down in a film for UWOL challenge a few challenges back... You got a bit closer.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:20 AM   #5
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Chris,

That was fantastic. You had some great shots and your voice over was perfect. I'm still pretty new at the voice over thing, but I am learning (did you have to use a blanket like I did?).
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Old November 1st, 2009, 01:03 AM   #6
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Oliver...thank you.

The VO I did in my "computer room" and I had my Oktava MK-012 on a boom and had a foam windscreen on it and a mesh screen (pop filter) between my mouth and the mic. I used a hypercardiod capsule, and was about 6 inches from the mic.

I did not have to cover myself with a blanket, but did remove a clock from the room and put a blanket(!) over the computer. I figured any residual background noise would get lost in the music... and it did.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 01:04 AM   #7
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Old November 1st, 2009, 02:25 AM   #8
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Chris, the opening graphics were great with the song. That opening is a winner. It looked like the roving buck in the beginning was looking for a way to get over the fence, while the group huddled, then there was a cut, and it looked like that same roving buck found the way under the fence, and the herd followed?
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Old November 1st, 2009, 05:49 AM   #9
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Chris,
The opening graphics is very good! I second Dale's comments about the subtitles. Nice!
The favorite shot is of the antilopes sneaking UNDER the fence as I was prepaired watching them jumping over it. So funny!

Well done, this was very entertaining and a pleasure to watch.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 07:00 AM   #10
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Chris,
You have made a fine film. I specially liked to watch the birds and the antelopes. Your voice over is very good.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:05 AM   #11
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Chris,

I think you have a winner here! Your execution of the theme is perfect. You give us several examples of the animal kingdom with a wonderful voice over and excellent movie selection.

The segment with the antelope is priceless. I guess it's easier to go under than over.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:35 AM   #12
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Hi Chris- I liked the season themed DJ anim at the beginning, but I thought it went on a little too long. If it were shorter we could have seen more of your great footage! Good job tying in “Home on the Range” with the subject matter. I touch briefly on pronghorn and fences in my Long Form. They have modifications to their spine which allow them to run fast, however it makes it difficult for them to jump. They rarely do and never cross over fences. There have been instances of a new wire net fence being put up trapping a herd which then starved to death. Most states where they occur now require ranchers to leave a span every so often with the bottom wire no less than 18 inches above the ground. As your video so well shows, they usually don’t need the whole 18 inches. I think they must be the best limbo dancers in the world! This is really well done. Congratulations!
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:47 AM   #13
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Thank you all for taking time to view my entry. I had entered this round mainly because I was going to be in Montana during the time to shoot the footage and I thought I might be able to find something I could make a film from. Once I got there, and things started unfolding, I really took the theme to heart and tried to keep the theme idea in my mind as I was figuring out how and what to shoot. That was particularly true as I was editing.

Bill: What you described was exactly as it was going through my mind as I was watching them in the viewfinder. I was thinking he was trying to ponder where to leap over the fence and I was actually kind of excited at the prospect or filming them all jumping a fence! Then when they started to shinny under, I really did almost bust out laughing. My task was to try and bring my viewer through that thought process... so I tried to do that by leading you there in the voiceover, making you think for a moment I was going to show you Antelope leaping - and then...NOT. I decided to add a quick break in the clip to let your mind prepare for what was NOT going to happen, to make what DID happen that much more poignant and amusing.

Tronde: I'm glad you liked it. Glad you had the same reaction to the antelopes as I did. That was pretty priceless.

Finn-Erik: Thanks for the encouragement. I doubt I will ever be comfortable hearing my own voice in voiceover, and am getting a little more comfortable with it. As I was editing this time I caught things in my delivery- volume and tone wise -that I ned to work work on, and I hope to get better.

Ryan: Thank you so much for your post. I appreciate your noting the efforts I made to stay in tune with the theme. I'm glad it showed. And the antelope were my favorite part too. Candidly I was expecting the Bison to be some good stuff, but in the end, it reminded me of watching a bunch of cattle standing around chewing their cuds.

Mike: You always add to my knowledge base! Thanks. As for the opening I wanted to have it last for the duration of the song clip, but see how one might feel that it did appear a tad long. However, it is 30 seconds and since my overall piece is 3:30 seconds, that means that the actual film is already at the 3 minute limit, so had the intro been shorter, I would not have been able to add more to the film. (And, I had a lot of footage and could easily have made a 5 minute film this go around....)

As I have said in other areas (Long form) Mike, you are a good scientific fact checker, but this time I wish I had been possessed of your knowledge about antelope (instead of ancient bacteria), and might have presented a good teachable moment. Although, I had to cut out another teachable moment due to time, so maybe I couldn't have gotten it in. The other moment? Well, (and Mike I invite you to amplify on this point,) did you know that what we call Buffalo here in North America are not really Buffalo? They are Bison. The "Buffalo" family, which includes water buffalo and the smaller Asian buffalo are a different animal. Taxonomically we have what scientists call "Bison Bison" - almost as if to drive home the point. However, after a couple of centuries of Americans calling them Buffalo, I'm not gonna buck the tide - and I will keep my Buffalo nickels too, and I'll resist calling Buffalo Bill Cody "Bison Bill."

One thing I thought was serendipitous were the aerial shots in the antelope clip. As I was flying home, I was looking out the window following our progress west and suddenly it hit me that we were likely to pass over the long high valley where I saw the antelope. Sure enough we did, and I snapped a couple of stills so that I have a vantage to set the stage for the Antelope. That was the actual reservoir from the air.

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Old November 1st, 2009, 11:29 AM   #14
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Chris,

I just LOVE that opening sequence! The music and the falling leaves were perfect. You guys really raise the bar for UWOL contests,

Great birds shots, a good variety there. You have of the same birds we have in Europe, but you guys over the pond really ought to learn what a Robin is!

Overall, well edited, beautiful colors, excellent graphics and a great script and voiceover. And what variety - you have a lot more animals in your kingdom than I have in mine. I would've given anything for a herd of antelopes or bison, although it's unlikely in Ireland.
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Mike... thanks for the feedback. And, I stand corrrected. My bird is not a "Robin" (Erithacus rubecula) but ratherly an "American Robin" but whoever gave it its scientific name should be shot. (Turdus migratorius). Sounds like a... well... nevermind.
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