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Old November 22nd, 2002, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm new to this board, I'm from Phoenix. I go to school for digital video. Anyways I am wondering if anyone has a website or list of all the movies made using strictly DV, and any information about how star wars was made using dv would be helpful to also.. Thanks
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Old November 22nd, 2002, 11:01 PM   #2
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By no means complete, here's a list of some movies shot on DV:


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Old November 22nd, 2002, 11:09 PM   #3
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Here's yet another, even longer, list of movies partially or completely shot on video.


Re: George Lucas' Star Wars work you'll find several threads here on the subject by using the Search button. I believe that the live footage (probably at least, what, 15 mins worth <g>) was shot with some form of Sony's CineAlta HD gear. Their site features an interview with George Lucas as well as a load of other info.

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Old November 24th, 2002, 01:52 PM   #4
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The King is alive

I just rented 'The King is Alive' last night from Blockbuster.
Excellent powerful feature. Shot on PAL PD100 by Dogma95 rules.

For anyone hoping you can make a great feature without a film camera, expensive lighting kit and top of the line audio recording tools, see this movie.

The entire cast give outstanding performances, with
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Davison giving the most powerfull of all.

spoiler, don't read past here if you don't want to know more about the movie before you rent.
The feature is about a bunch of not very nice people getting stranded in the desert on a bus. The end up at a WWII era german mining camp with an old african man watching over the place.

To keep themselves busy until help arrives, they decide to put on King Lear. The subplot is how each and every character is exposed and torn down by their circumstances. Bigotry, Mysogony, covetness, laziness, murder, sexual jealousy, arrogance, naked fear, all of these 'traits' and even a few good ones come out under the glare of the desert sun. Much of the ugly side of humanity comes out in this one folks.
All that combined with bad food, little water and the need for constant rehearsal, makes for one hell of a time for all.

Like watching Shakespeare, the outcome is predictable. What I didn't expect was the outstanding performances that were both compelling and believable. To the directors credit, the film never
decended into cheap politically correct cliches. Even as bad as these people are, they retain just enough of their humanity to be sympathetic.

In the end, this is definitely an actors movie. One that unleashes their talent in a way that main stream films never allow. We need more like this. Actors want more like
Worth the rent.
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Old November 24th, 2002, 04:56 PM   #5
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There also great one called "Hell's Highway". It's filmed using "we don't really have a budget" rules. It's about a group of teens who pick up a hot chick hitchhiker. Seriously as silly as it is the thing I like about this and many new straight to DV/video horror flicks is that they're done in DV then straight to video. Not done on DV, put on film then back to DV and video. It makes no since to do this unless going for a film look which many new indy horror films don't. It's a good piece to use for research. I'm a big fan of the "film look" in many instances except for horror, but Mike Figgis' "Time Code" is a great movie to see good DV moviemaking (with no film look). If you like serious horror check out HPE (Hardcore Poison Eyes). It's won some awards and everyone seems to think it's great. It's shot on DV but has won some awards.

Hell's Highway Spoiler: Don't read below this line if you don't wan't to know the secret to this cheesy yet fun horror movie.


The hitcher ofcourse kills everyone only to be found out that she's a clone, but the question is is she just a clone or is she "the Devil".


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