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Tuuwang Battle

Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 10:35am

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Daveeyboy

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This movie was made for my "Filipino Drama Class" at UCLA. (Yes there is such a thing...easy A!!!) The story (if you can even call it that) is taken from an old Filipino legend called "Tuuwang in Battle." Most of the dialouge is taken directly from a translated version of it...which explains why it is so bad. I've taken liberties with the action, of course. I've included some nice fireball/beam explosions that were inspired by DBZ. Some of the voice effects are taken from DBZ as well.

The Plot: Good guy, Tuuwang, fights bad guy. They trade blows and eventually Tuuwang manages to throw the bad guy into the Underworld. However, the bad guy cannont be killed. He re-surfaces only to throw Tuuwang down to the Underworld. Once there, Tuuwang discovers the only way to defeat the bad guy is to destroy his "mask" he carries on his belt. Find out and see what happens!

The whole movie took a total of 2 days to do. From its conception, to the filming, to the editing. It was a fun time had by all. I hope you enjoy it. This is my first movie I made using AlamDV. The movie is about 6 minutes long.
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Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 6:05pm

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Andreas

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Well, i think it was great, it really felt like a video game, both the sounds and the fighthing, the effects were well used! Good work
Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 7:08pm

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Daveeyboy

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Thanks for your comments. I'm really excited about finally getting a movie up on here. I've had AlamDV since AlamDV 1 was out, but I hadn't given it much use. Recently the movie making bug has bitten me again and I started planning another project. I hope to actually get through with it, but I don't have the money for suitable equipment right now. (Like a camera 0_o) I can guarantee you it won't be as...well...poorly made as this last one. I, like everyone else here I assume, am a perfectionist. I had a really limited amount of time to do this movie so it came out somewhat unrefined.

AlamDV3 sounds like it's going to be awesome, so hopefully that will be out when I try again. Right now AlamDV2 is so clumsy....

Ah, sorry, I'm gushing a little. I get so excited when I start thinking about movies...
Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 7:09pm

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4036Douglas

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everyone else on here is a perfectionist? you obviously havent seen me writing.
Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 9:12pm

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Aculag

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Why did you have the preview titles at the beginning? You could have done without that. Also, a little more variety in what they did would have been good. It seemed like they just exchanged some kicks, punches, then threw lightning at eachother each "round". Other than that, nice job. I love the dubbed voices, and the music is cool too. What was the second rockin song? The one that comes in when they start fighting after the first visit to the underworld. That was cool.
Posted: Fri, 10th Oct 2003, 9:37pm

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Daveeyboy

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Aculag,

Hmmm, I'm not quite sure which song you mean. The song that plays as the Bad Guy's "theme" music is from WWE. It plays when the Bad Guy first appears and also plays when he comes back from the Underworld. It is the theme song for "The Brood" or "Gangrel" from the WWF (now WWE), maybe 3 or 4 years ago.

The song for the final "round" as you may call it, is from Blade. It's called Confusion by New Order. They play it during the blood shower rave scene. There is a little sound clip from some rock song at the beginning of the fight scene though. So maybe that's why you didn't recognize it. I believe the clip (the ooo-ah ah ah aah) came from the movie "The One," starring Jet Li. I think they played it during the fight where he beats up a bunch of cops.

Hope that helps! I'm really big on using music in my movies. I like to direct my movie "around" the song...as opposed to how you're supposed to do it. (Get someone to write a song to match the movie.)

Oh, the preview title really has no point. I was just playing around with AlamDV and decided to leave it in there.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 1:44pm

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Rating: +1

You need to put some serious effort in your editing. The timing is off, you can clearly see the actors wait for their cues, etc.

Some of the worst editing I have seen on this site.

You seem to have some skills. Please put some more efforts on your editing!
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 4:38pm

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MattP702

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i have wanted to be able to do this for some time. When the guy falls to the ground and the camera shakes, what are you using to do that? As everyone knows to make a good alamdv movie u need a lot of tripod useage, and i kind of want to break the monotony.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 7:15pm

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Daveeyboy

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Matt, I used Adobe Premiere to make it shake. It's a simple "motion" function. I would NEEEVVVERRR take my camera off my tripod! me What I really should have done to make that "fall" into the Underworld better is film it twice, once without the body, and make it so the body drops down and disappears. Oh well, live and learn.

John, yeah, some of that editing is pretty poor. I cringe when that part where Tuuwang attempts to knee the Bad Guy while he's crouching on the ground. (near the beginning.) Ooo, and those "falls" to the Underworld too...my gosh. I suppose I could easily go back and fix a lot of that stuff, but computer problems don't allow me to. Like I said, I was on a huge time constraint so I couldn't really do what I wanted to do. I usually don't take to criticism so well, John, but everything people have said so far is completely true.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 8:03pm

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You should enlarge the frame when you shake it, because it looks really crappy when you see the edge of the video...

If you want to see some nice digital sakes, you could always watch Deus Ex Machina... wink
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 8:49pm

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Daveeyboy

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Good idea about enlarging the frame. I never really bothered before because when it plays on a television, the edges are naturally a little cut off so you can't really see the black background.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 9:06pm

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Viper54

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hum, few things, when you where kneeing him in the face, it was clearly
evident that it was fake. Like 1 foot off. Some sounds need to be changed
that didnt sound realisitic, and i also agree with the enlarging the frame
or something else along those lines because the black was not right.
Like 1/4 of the way, the waves kept changing like you had to make
several shots of just a 10 sec long segmont. but good work overall.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 9:48pm

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Daveeyboy

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Wow, you guys sure do notice everything!!! Yeah, the wave thing is just a repeated clip because I ended up using that shot for some of the dialogue that I hadn't originally planned. That particular shot had only one or two seconds of usable footage, so I had to repeat it. Good eye, even with the bad resolution and quality!

A lot of the hits looked pretty bad, but I didn't feel they needed to be better because the whole movie is so campy and corny. I kinda like how it was off by so much...especially the repeated knee strikes to the face. me

Sound effects weren't the best...I couldn't find great ones online for free. I used to have a great set up where I would jack sound effects from VHS and DVD kung fu movies. I can't do that for now, so I had to make do with the free stuff online. =T

By the way, anyone know where I can get some bruce lee fight sound effects? I'm especially interested in the striking sounds...not so much his vocals. It's so hard to find good samples without a soundtrack in the background.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 9:50pm

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I'm gonna be honest, i'm not sure why this movie has 5 stars.

Its got some reasonably good fighting in, to be sure. And the deliberately bad dubbing is - i suppose - amusing and kitch in an 80s-revival kinda way. But by nature of its badness, i can't really tell if it is actually bad or purposfully bad.
I don't think its a good idea to try spoofs unless you can make things blatantly poor, otherwise you run the risk of people thinking its properly sh*t.

Its also unfortunately lacking in any of the other more stereotypical things that might define the line between spoof and real i.e: characters mouthing 2 words yet the dubbing having an entire speech. Or possibly over-using the mortal-kombat style effects. Or use of the Standard Anime Big Blob Attack (SABBA).

Having said all this, perhaps i'm giving you more credit than is due. Perhaps this film was intended to be serious. I certainly hope not.

Good effort tho. But i'm afraid it just doesn't float my boat.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 9:58pm

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Daveeyboy

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Well, like I said in the summary, it really was for a class assignment. There is a lot of stupid needless dialouge and a rather lame story. The movie is what it is because it had to be based on a Filipino legend.
If I were making a movie for putting up here online, the end product would be much different than what you see here. A classroom full of non-movie buffs vs. a community of special effects movie making fanatics is a big difference. I just decided to post it online a year and a half after making it just for kicks.

However, like I mentioned before, the movie making bug has bitten me and I look forward to submitting a decent movie on this website when I do get around to making my newest project.

About the dubbing...if you ask me, when someone mouths two words and out comes three sentences, it's going overboard. It's funny when you make it somewhat reasonable, but still ridiculous. Just my two cents on that.

Anyway, thanks for your comments. I appreciate all input.[/b]
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 10:32pm

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JohnCarter

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Re-reading mmyself I realize my comment could have been interpreted as harsh. What I meant is:

you obviously put some effort into this, color grading, some nice effects... But somehow the editing isn't up to par with the rest of the film and it's a big letdown - at least for me. It took me out of enjoying the film.
Posted: Sat, 11th Oct 2003, 11:59pm

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Daveeyboy

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No worries, John. I appreciate your comments. I didn't realize the editing problems had such a profound effect on the way you viewed the movie. While I can't say I didn't notice them before, I can say I didn't expect them to be THAT important. I will make sure that in my future endeavors I will put more importance on my editing. Maybe I will re edit some of the rough spots when I am able and re submit the movie online.
Posted: Sun, 12th Oct 2003, 12:05am

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JohnCarter

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Well, editing is like punctuation. It's more than that, but for the sake of argument... So it's like reading a sentence with the punctuation all over the place. Doesn't flow well...

I am an editor so it really bothers me when a film is badly edited. It is the spine of your storytelling. Of course it'll affect how people perceive your film. Because other than that, it was fairly well done for what it is. The editing kills it.
Posted: Wed, 15th Oct 2003, 7:55am

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herokekeke

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I thought the movie was cool. Voices and acting was hilarious. I loved the music and how it fit in so well with the movie. Probably the best aspect of it all was the soundtrack integration. Good job.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Apr 2004, 2:04am

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anonymous

When you applied that combat make-up on, didn't it make your face all hot when you were fighting?