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Fallen Angel

Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 4:47pm

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Rating: +2

From the Writer/Director/Producer and Actors who brought you The Matrix: An Untold Story, comes Fallen Angel. Starring Ajjax44, CX3 and Brandon Lea. A man is desperately searching for the cure to his wife's illness. His prayers are answered by a mysterious figure. Shot in 6 days on digital video. Edited in 3 days on iMovie.
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Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 11:52pm

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Hey, I had trouble viewing it. All I see is the M.A.F.I.A. logo before it turns gray.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 12:51am

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that was really good biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 12:58am

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thanks kungfu kid,

krazy, try downloading to disk
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 2:59am

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First off, I enjoyed it. The Darko music felt right, it had a reall Donnie Darko kind of feel (which is a good thing, in my book).

This is just my opinion, but some of the dialogue seemed a bit over the top and forced. Maybe it was intended that way. Most the shots were, more or less, nicely framed and the editing was on the clean and tight side.

I don't have a whole lot else to add. Except, maybe, to repeat that I really enjoyed this movie.

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Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 3:12am

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So it worked with sound this time, and I must say you guys did a VERY good job. I'll say again, the Donnie Darko music was well put. The acting was very good, especially on the part of the devil man. Nice and creepy. Also, as I told you before, the shots were very nice. Good composition for the most part. I really liked the opening shot from inside the car. That was nice. Yes yes. Bravo.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 4:34am

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Hey Aculag, Kung Fu Kid and TurManveru,

Thanks for the comments; I really appreciate it. We worked so hard on this, and I'm glad u noticed some of the things that I myself enjoy most about it. Wish us luck in the film festival that we're in this weekend. Thanks again. Peace.

AJ
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 5:55am

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good luck wink
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 3:05pm

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Okay guys, A+ for a good story driven piece. I hope that's a new trend here. Aside for a few small editing issues, Fallen Angel really had me sucked in. Obviously best acting goes to the Devil man, and I'll agree with another post here that the music was appropriate at the right times. I would've liked to see a little more developement between the main character and his wife/girlfriend...for the audience to care a little more about them, but other than that, a goof piece with an original storyline. 4 Stars or are those actually circles? LOL biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 4:08pm

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Guys... Wow! Great job...

Critical Appraisal.. well, one or two shots could have been framed better (namely, the shots of the "hero" in the car") but I can live with that as the other 99.9% of shots were tight and composed very nicely.

The cinematography was good throughout, and I dont know what (If anything) you used for grading, but I felt like I was watching something on 16mm.

When the guy was in the back of the car, kinda reminded me of "The Shadow" and I would have lit him more obviously "sinister" (hey, sometimes the audience need beeting with the obvious stick)

Your productions just get better. Keep up the good work, and good luck with the film festival.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 4:25pm

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Wow, thanks for the comments. Beleive it or not....I didn't use any grading. All I did was shoot it, digitize it into imovie, edit the hell out of it before my film festival deadline, and export it. Unfortunately I was using one of those ugly canon Zr40's so when I shot it in widescreen it digitized in imovie all smashed, so I threw it into fcp and rendered it 16x9. Then I compressed to .mp4, exported to .mov and threw it on here. (takes a breath). So thanks.

AJ

PS: as far as the back of the car is concerened...I didn't want to light him toooooo sinisterly because I wanted the audience to not be too sure about this guy's intentions just as the main character isn't. Anyway, thanks again.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 5:52pm

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TurManveru wrote:

Alam effects were used VERY well. Nothing spectacular, just nice ans subtle.
Errr? What effects? I must have blinked at some point, 'cos I didn't see ANY effects. Even the gun shots were off screen, so no effects were needed. What effects were used?

While I will agree that this was filmed quite well and the story was a nice idea, I don't think it was pulled off very well. Editing was ok, not great. Audio was no better than a lot of films in the archives and lighting was average (note - in a couple of scenes on the bed you've used a big light of screen which is casting shadows TOWARDS your Practicals. This looks starnge).

I can't believe this is getting so many 5's. Sorry, this only gets a 2 from me.
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Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 5:58pm

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Thanks for the constructive criticism. There are some editing mistakes, and the lighting is not perfect. It was my first experience using a lighting kit (or 2/3rds of one lighting kit), as well as an external mic, and I had a deadline for editing. I don't have a problem with that scene though. I lit that scene strange because...well...it was a strange scene. I'm going to re-edit it in Final Cut Pro 4 sometime soon. I was anxious to see what people thought, however, so I put it on Alam's site. There was an alam effect - in the opening title sequence. What did you think of this film as a story, rather than the technical aspects? You said u liked it, but could you elaborate? Just curious.

AJ
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 8:55pm

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I liked the idea of the story. i.e. what lengths a person will go to for the person they love and the way "the Devil" preys on our fears and weaknesses. Also, the way our own hopes sometimes make us hear what we want to hear (as in when the Devil says he can arrange it so that she comes home. He never said she would be ok. Thats the bit that costs, but the main character was so ready to jump for the deal, he didn't really pay attention to what was actually said).

This was actually a weird film to watch. Part of me feels that it was quite slow and it seem to drag on and on and on. That may be due to the dialog or the acting or any number of things.

On the other hand, part of me feels that it was rushed ( tard ) and it jumped a head too quickly and I wanted to see more before the too obvious ending. Weird eek

I think with some stonger work on the dialog and acting and a lot more depth and background to the characters, this story could actually be made into a full movie (not for on here, I mean for TV). The more I think about it, the more potential I think it has. Build on your characters, do some earlier scenes to show what actually happened to the woman, why is she in hospital?

From watching your other films I think you have a good ability to create stories. But for whatever reason, you only ever seem to film the middle and end, never the begining (hope this makes sense). The begining of a story is what normally gives characters depth, or at least a starting point for that depth, to grow through a film.
Because there's no clear background for your characters, there's nowhere for them to go and you can't see where they've come from or whats driving them. They come across as flat with little or no emotion (shouting and pointing a gun doesn't convey emotion, we all just like to think it does).

Of course, a lot of this could just be down to bad acting ( cool ). Put Kevin Spacey in as the Devil and someone like John Travolta, Nicolas Cage or Samual L in as your lead and I think a lot of my perceptions will disappear. biggrin

I say, work on it, give it some depth and pad out the characters a bit and you will have a film not only worthy of the 5's your getting, but also with a shot at real TV.

NoClue

PS
Did you read my post on Hope trailer? I seemed to waffle on a bit as usual biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 10:09pm

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I am working on a wwii film and I'd like you to contact me about it.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 10:42pm

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Yea, I agree with almost all of what you said. I have intentions of making this into a feature script to hand to producers at some point if I make it there. I also have a 30 page script which DOES have some background information for the characters...how they got to where they are, and why they feel the way they feel. This is half of that script.... if that makes sense. I had a 15 min limit for a film festival and so I cut and chopped to make weight basically. As far as bad acting - I suck as an actor but I was also the only one I knew that has acting experience and whom I could trust to be the main character without bailing as I have experienced in the past. I'll show you an earlier version of this movie that I began to film but stopped because the main characters bailed and lost interest or whatever after the first day of shooting. I guess....I've had bad luck with getting this thing done, and getting it done for me was an accomplishment in itself. OK i've "waffled" on enough as well. I'll go ahead and let some other yahoo get his shots in, hehe. (jk)

AJ
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 11:07pm

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PS

But I like the movie. I feel pretty good about it actually.

And punkmisfitzguy, pm me about your movie if you want. I am pretty good about getting back to people quick. Latz.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 11:27pm

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AJ,

At the end of the day, thats all that matters. As long as you feel good about what you do, keep doing it. Don't worry about what us lot say, 'cos most of us talk crap anyway. biggrin

Remember Spielburg and Tarantino have thier critics too. It doesn't stop them!
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2004, 12:05am

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Right-o. Check ur movie's forum. I took the liberty of watching it, and giving you a few helpful suggestions that came to mind when watching it. Gain from them what you will, if anything.

Latz,

AJ
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 3:27am

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haha...I just noticed our rating is 4.666 - unimportant, but humorous - given the plot of the film.
AJ
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 6:10pm

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Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 7:07pm

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Rating: +1

alright, first of all, i'd like you to screw any criticsm anyone gives you. there is no standard for how a film should be made. a film should remain unique to the taste and skill of the director. secondly, pay no attention to the scores you recieve. you know your movie was hot. i loved your cinematography. the framing was beautiful, with the characters off-center and in the corner. its your style, go with it. the lighting was nice. *at least you used some* screw special effects, you didnt need them. acting was solid and well-rounded, somethin i dont see often 'round these parts. and i also enjoyed how you had a little thing called a STORYLINE, with a PLOT, and DIALOUGUE, and how it had nothing to do with STAR WARS and LIGHTSABERS. most of all, thank you for NOT WASTING MY TIME. it was very entertaining. good job, and good luck at your film festival.

if ya wanna hear any more from me, lemme know.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 7:22pm

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Blaine - Thanks for your comment man

ijohnson33 - Thank u very much for your response as well, we all really appreciate that. Im glad we didnt waste your time haha wink
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 7:32pm

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Rock on bra. Thanks for the comments. PM me if you want, i'd like to hear what else you liked (or didn't like) about it. This film's been on the backburner for over a year. It felt really good to just get the f***er done over Christmas break. Thanks again, and payce.

AJ
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 8:03pm

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Good Show AJ - you're supposed to pop me a notification when you have new material to view. Liked it a lot. Keep me posted - relative in Boston
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 8:38pm

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oops, posted under guest =

Rock on bra. Thanks for the comments. PM me if you want, i'd like to hear what else you liked (or didn't like) about it. This film's been on the backburner for over a year. It felt really good to just get the f***er done over Christmas break. Thanks again, and payce.

AJ

=just to clarify.

Also, Sorry (Relative in Boston) - I've been busy and stuff. Glad you got a chance to take a look at it. My mom's been sending stuff to relatives about it, so I guess I was kinda counting on that to inform you, hehe. Thanks again.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 10:53pm

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This film was garbage. But the garbage smelled like roses and tasted like a 1970 merlot. It intoxicated me, but as we all know after a good night of drunken stupidity we wake up with morning sickness. My friends, this movie left me with morning sickness. This movie is @$$. I gave the film what I thought it deserved.
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 11:37pm

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lol, and we thank you joe or fred. Gotta love that morning sickness.
Posted: Sat, 17th Jan 2004, 4:22pm

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(ajjax scratches head, pondering how to respond to that statement.)
Posted: Sat, 17th Jan 2004, 10:25pm

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Well, that was pretty spiffy. smile I did enjoy the editing but the story was really what drove this piece. I found it interesting because of the main character's lack of perspective. I mean, death is only the beginning although he was willing to sacrifice everything for just a little while longer on this earth with his wife. Makes me wonder if I would do the same or be wise enough to understand eternal choices..... interesting. You made an effectively moody piece and I appreicate the effort that went into the story telling. I don't know why, but I think my favorite sequence was the opening. I loved the blurred shots with the water on the window and the music was just right.

One comment though on the gunshots- I would imagine that a gun going off in a darkly lit room like that would give off some kind of a light flash- didn't see anything visually that made me believe the gun actually went off. A quick light flash in the room would have sold that shot alot more than just using a sound effect. You could even do that in post.

Good luck in the contest.
Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2004, 1:58am

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Yea, I was thinking that about the gunshot when I was editing, but I had literally no time to do anything of the sort for it. Maybe I'll fix it some day. Thanks for the other comments though. I appreciate your appreciation...hehe. Latz,

AJ
Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2004, 10:42am

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goodness I think that might have been the best movie i have seen on this site. everything was perfect. the shots, the acting, the bitchin donnie darko music, and especially the ending.

DAMN you bastards though, I was just thinking today about how I wanted to make a movie with the donnie darko music.

you guys rule, and now this movie will take the #1 spot on my list (though art of the saber will be at a close second)

5 stars
Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2004, 5:09pm

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Waser,

Glad you enjoyed it. It took a lot of effort by the whole cast and crew to complete, and we're all pretty happy with the outcome as well - considering it cost us nothing to make (aside from tape costs and food which we would have purchased anyway). Today, Fallen Angel is featured in the Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival www.underneathcincinnati.com Hopefully the reaction to the film on FXhome.com is an accurate forecast of how it will do in the festival. We have many more films on the way, so keep an eye out! Here's an unofficial list of what's to come -

Volition - Comedy
Crew - M.A.F.I.A., Cobra Productions
Release Date: April
Status - Pre-Production

Fingerman 2: Dr. London and the Triangle Force - Action/Comedy
Fingerman 3: The Final Confronation (Title Pending) - Action/Comedy
Crew - M.A.F.I.A., Cobra Productions, Triplec Films, and Ronin Pictures
Release Dates: End of May (2), Early June (3)
Status - Script Touch Ups-Pre-Production

This Just In - Suspense/Thriller/Action
Crew - M.A.F.I.A., Cobra Productions, Triplec Films, and Ronin Pictures
Release Date: Summer
Status - Scripting

Thanks again

AJ
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Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2004, 5:17pm

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Not to mention

X3i - Action (TV Series)
Crew - Cobra Productions, M.A.F.I.A.
Release Date: End March Early April
Status - Pre-Production

Just Another FXhome Movie - Comedy/Parody of all the movies on this site (basically like a Scary movie or Not another teen movie)
Crew: M.A.F.I.A., Cobra Productions
Release Date: July/Aug
Status: Scripting

Im looking forward to all of these.. we're gonna be busy over the summer... confused ... i love it cool



cool cool unsure cool cool
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the best film ive seen here yet. an original storyline instead of another film with the sole purpous of fx. great acting, lighting, cinematography. and great use of ketchup too!
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2004, 11:01pm

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hey how did the film festival go?
Posted: Tue, 20th Jan 2004, 6:00am

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It went OK (I think). We felt a little out of place because we had a narrative film playing behind art films that I found myself scratching my head at. We will find out if we won the audience choice award within a week or so. I am really clueless as to how the audience reacted because everyone just left after the movies were over... It was a strange phenomenon...no one stayed to talk or mingle or network. I've never seen that happen at a film festival. Anyway, hopefully we did well. I'll keep posting though, thanks for the interest!

AJ
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Chuter,

Thanks for teh comments. Believe it or not, it was spaghetti sauce (we totally forgot to buy fake blood - or we couldn't afford it...either way we didn't have any), but good guess!

AJ
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 7:26am

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is Imovie the best editing softwhare you guys have?
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 3:08pm

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No. I just got Final Cut a while back. I don't know how to use it though. I'm gonna take some classes this month.
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cool now you guys can do some real damage biggrin
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 8:45pm

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Nice short, it keep my attention with the exception of a few places where the cut was a bit rought one place when you were showing the ceramic angel, and there were a few line in the dialog that sounded right, but was said in a fast tempo. I like the devil character, he did a great job there were a few places where the pauses could be longer. The blood could have been somthhing other then tomato sauce.. its kind of took away the last shot. I would also probably have not used a gun, I think it would be much more emotionaly involved if he used his hands (Vanilla Sky?) oh.. and the F* word is out of place... overall good sequence!
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Just wondering how come you were allowed to enter a film festival with a film that has copyrighted music in it?
Or did you get permission?

Other than that, it was cool. I wish I could make a film like that.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 12:21am

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Guess it was cause it was a student film festival. No one made money off the films, or the festival. Thanks for the comments.
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Well I'm a little late in posting sooooo...pros and cons have pretty much been discussed, but I did want to say great job on the movie. 5 from me.
Looking forward to more good stuff smile
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2004, 1:24am

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What a great movie, this has to be one of the best movies on this site i've seen, and i've seen quite a few. I especially liked the guy who played the devil, he could definitley make it as an actor someday, especially the car scene. I thought the camera work was very good too, especially the shots of the devil, where you could never actually see the full feature of his face. Storyline, not bad at all, the only thing I kind of didn't like was the gun factor. You just dont aim a gun at an angel or attempt to cap the devil. The gun thing was just wrong. This was one of the few movies that actually could of done well without a 9mm. The music was excellent. By the way, whats the name of the song in the very begining? All in all this is a 5 star movie by me. Keep up the good work and give whoever played the devil some shady roles in the future, he definitley enhanced this one in my opinion.
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2004, 5:36am

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Ferral,

Thanks for the comments and the vote.

tcaparzokid,

Yea, in retrospect, the gun was a little unexplained and unbelievable. We've been discussing this (me and the devil, or Brandon Lea - who by the way IS an excellent actor and someone you'll see more of in my films) and we think the gun could be better explained if there were some backstory to it. I kind of assumed people would get that idea he contemplated suicide with the gun in the car scene, and with the other parts, the use of the gun was more to suggest that violence isn't the answer - plus he's kinda paranoid and insane by the end of the film. I guess...it was a bit too unrealistic, but so is the rest of the film...talking to angels and the devil. We think that because it's a short film, justifying the gun with a flashback scene or something else would be inefficient and detracting to the pace of the film. That's why we left it alone.

As far as the devil getting shady roles - he's going to play the villain in the next two fingerman episodes (coming this may). Keep an eye out!

That aside - Thanks for the comments and the 5 (I think u said u voted a 5). Arrivederci.

AJ
Posted: Mon, 26th Jan 2004, 5:35pm

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Great job guys! It's nice to see a movie not centered around special effects and action, but focusing on a good story. My one question is what mic did you use? Thanks, and keep up the good work!


-johnny
Posted: Mon, 26th Jan 2004, 6:18pm

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Used a Sennheiser mic model something 54 I think....it's basically the most popular model - the one most advertised at least. Worked pretty well in my opinion. Just gotta make sure the battery is working right and that it's clicked on!!! hehe.

Thanks for the comments

AJ
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Are you sure it isn't the me66, because it seems that is the most popular model from Sennheiser. Thanks!
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ajjax44

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Yeeaaa Da Sennheiser Me66 - we just lovingly referred to it as the Dar Schnell Sennheiser (with a german accent). Good times. You are correct. I was thinking of some other piece of equipment that we used, like boom pole or some cable or something.
Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2004, 6:24pm

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hey ajjax, i dont often say how good someones film is because im a nasty person razz (and also i get jealous) but that really was good to watch, well done and keep it up.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2004, 3:20pm

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Timmy,

Thanks for the comments - much appreciated.
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"Fallen Angel - Cobra Productions, M.A.F.I.A. (ajjax44)
From the Writer/Director/Producer and Actors who...(more info)
4.666 9 days left in chart "

4.666 eh.... spooky smile

I don't know if I've posted here already....

I liked it, good work guys.
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 2:01am

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Well, i downloaded this without looking who made it, and after watching it, i figured it out without even having checked online...

You guys do have a distinctive style, and certainly have far superior lighting than most movies on here, where most either unrealisticly overlight, or have no lighting at all, yours certainly adds to the atmosphere.

The cinematography was better than most, but the matrix fanfilm was slightly better in that respect. the car scene was the best part of the movie, and the "what the hell" line was effectively cut together, making the devil seem deviously nasty (the actor was convincing as well).

Buuuutt, heres the problem you all might be facing (only in my opinion)

The actor playing main character wasnt very convincing, and neither was the one playing the angel. I would say the reason being is the topic and content was weighed down with emotional script to the point where the actor couldnt convince themselves of it while acting.

The gun?...im sure you could have gotten by without it. it seems to be the one thing that makes it into almost all of the movies here.

All together, a well thought out and shot movie with an above average actor, and a good lighting tech (sounds professional eh?)

good job
Posted: Wed, 4th Feb 2004, 9:25pm

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Hey great film, I especially like how you used lighting to set the mood. However, I noticed that while the scenes with the devil had almost perfect lighting, the scenes with the main character had a strong shadow on the wall, which sort of detracted from the movie (but it was better than having a grainy picture smile )

Also, one thing I can't help commenting on because of my religion. Most of the dialogue with the angel was accurate. However, when he said "...the All can't answer everyone's prayers", this is innaccurate, as he does answer everyone's prayers, just not neccessarily with a 'yes'. But I did like the way you used Scripture in the angel's lines, that made him seem a lot more believable for the character.
Posted: Sun, 8th Feb 2004, 4:41pm

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Lloyd66,

Thanks for the comments - regarding the lighting - yea, it was my first REAL experiment with video lighting. We were only working with 2 thirds of a Lowell Lite 3 lighting kit - and lighting the very small space we had to shoot in was a pain - especially cause most of the film takes place in that room (only it's lit differently). There are a couple parts where I hate the lighting - like when me and CX3 (the angel) are arguing and I pull the gun - there's something awkward about that scene - for a number of reasons aside from the poor lighting. I think if I were to throw together a highlight reel of my work - only the devil scenes would go into it (from this film at least). It's very tough to get a film such as this off the ground, let alone completed. I learned a lot throughout the process, so hopefull next time I'll be able to do a better job. Thanks for the comments.
Posted: Mon, 9th Feb 2004, 10:40am

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how did you manage such good compression with such good quality of image?
Posted: Mon, 9th Feb 2004, 6:56pm

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I first exported to .mp4 medium quality (approx. 538kb/s) - then I exported the .mp4 to .mov - it was kind of an accident really. I had to add the mafia logo in the beginning of the .mp4 - (which I just cut together in quicktime pro really fast) and I meant to export as .mp4 again but I hit quicktime movie instead. The result is what you watched.
Posted: Mon, 9th Feb 2004, 6:59pm

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guest post below was me - forogt to sign in while I was in class (hehe)
Posted: Mon, 9th Feb 2004, 10:24pm

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congrats on being in the top 10 (the entire time Ive been coming to this site) to bad that its almost over.
Posted: Mon, 9th Feb 2004, 10:52pm

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Thanks frozen. Hopefully this isnt the last movie that we've made that'll be in the top 10 ha
Posted: Wed, 11th Feb 2004, 10:20pm

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So long top ten. It was fun while it lasted. Luckily I'm coming out with another film soon. I hope you all like it. Take care!

AJ
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 3:32am

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im about to watch this then rate it
Posted: Sat, 6th Mar 2004, 1:25am

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The best movie in the fxhome cinema! End of story.
Posted: Sat, 6th Mar 2004, 3:59am

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You're slick, slick. Thanks for the flattering. I'm workin on another one so keep your eye out. Thanks again.

AJ
Posted: Sat, 6th Mar 2004, 6:37am

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Masterfully done. A very enjoyable piece. I must say that I'm a bit surprised that the only alamdv effect was the lense flare during the opening titles. . . . I thought for sure that the devil lighting his cigar at 5:27 was an effect. It seemed like you were trying to make it seem as if he was lighting the cigar with flame generated from his finger; which I thought was very cool, by the way.

I also liked the symbolic clips during the climax (angel statue falling and breaking as he shot her) very tasteful, not done in excess. 'Twas definitely a good choice to not show a horribly bloody messy dead wife, much as it was better not seeing the devil being shot. It played out better in my mind than it would have if you had actually shown it. Bravo.

My one complaint, if I had to pick one, would actually be that 'wooshing' type sound effect you used to flash between shots (you used it a bunch right around the 13:46 mark). that particular sound seemed a little too campy, thus throwing the feel off a bit.
I did, however, like the sound effect for the devil's entrances and exits.

Considerable props to whoever was on camera, particularly during the shot where Lucas goes to the bathroom for the pill. I was on the edge of my seat thinking he was going to show himself in the mirror (as simple as that seems to be to avoid, it surprises me how often people seem to let that stuff slip in)

And in closing, Brandon Lea did a terrific job acting, as did Chris Cowan as the angel, and mayhaps I'm the only one, but I didn't think you did that bad a job as the lead, AJ. Kudos all around.

Definitely keep up the good work, fellas.
Posted: Fri, 12th Mar 2004, 3:26am

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ICE MAN thanks for the detailed comments and for the great compliments. I really appreciate it. We put tons of work into everything we do (except cuz he white, hehe). It makes me happy that you appreciate the film as much as you do. I'm putting my newest on the site tonight, it's called DEVIANCE, I hope you enjoy that one as well. T'care.

AJ
Posted: Fri, 12th Mar 2004, 5:35am

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You guys shouldnt rush the movies you make. Instead of creating all these short movies take the time to create a full feature biggrin.

I still enjoy the short ones though biggrin
Posted: Fri, 12th Mar 2004, 12:49pm

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Haha, thanks Slick. Yea, we've thought about making a feature (we actually thought about makin fingerman a feature length.) But we never really have the that much time when were both together. If we do plan on making one, it would be done not this summer but the next. I cant wait until we do get to work on one tho!

-Chris
Posted: Tue, 23rd Mar 2004, 11:23pm

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I liked this movie it was really good. The person who played the devil was a really good actor in my eyes.
Posted: Sun, 18th Apr 2004, 8:22pm

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Alright- I'm sure you remember me as I did not like your Matrix movie- BUt I must say this film was really good. BUT before you get excited let me tell you how it happened. The first Time I watched it I was like "OH MY GOSH" This is HORRIBLE. But Part of the reason was I was at a friends house and his Speakers couldn't get very loud so I missed out on a lot of music and some dialouge- And I was seriously thinking on remaking the same movie then giving it to you- Only better- I know, I know, I'm a dick. But When I watched it again today to I liked it. Although I think you can use better Camera angles and I saw that you were trying to be artsy with the angel which it was but I think you could have done more with that- (More I will say later) Ok Whoever was Satan did an awesome Job- The main Character...Umm You have an awesome voice (you should do voice acting) but you were kind of monotone the whole time and wearing that Necklace made me think you wanted to be Max Payne. lol. Like the only thing that bothered me was "Get out" and then when you said "Now" it didn't seem very......ummm...like you wanted him to leave- I think you should have yelled it. I really liked how it flashed to the devil and the wife/girlfriend. Now when you shot him/her I think you should have had Light falshing on the face resmebling the gunshots then switch to the procylin angel falling in slow motion swithback shooting in slow motion (With Emotional music Passion of Christ Style) and switch to the angel falling somemore then when the Angel hit the floor you should have had a LOUD gunshot- I think that would have been artsy as all get out. But I liked the bloody picture- The book- and LOVED the old video. Seriously I think now that I took the bitterness out of me from the Matrix film I think that if you guess keep working you're only going to get better. So in Eseence I enjoyed this Film. I'm definatly giving you a good rating. Soon I should Have that film of mine I talked about on here called "Blood Tie" I'd love to hear what you guys have to say- But first know that it wasn't about acting cuz the acting sucked in it- I couldn't get anygood actors cuz It was a quick action test- This is our first movie being are test. Well first real movie that was done well. AND this one fight in a hallway was supposed to be awesome but the two guys couldn't come to the day I had to film so I had to get two nerds to do it and it's TERRIBLE. But other then that I think it's an alright movie- and I'm so anal I'm not happy with it cuz I think the martial arts could be better and better camering but it was a good learning experience as I'm sure "Fallen Angel" was for you. Alright Peace. Keep up the good Work!
Posted: Mon, 19th Apr 2004, 7:56pm

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I think....there was a compliment in there somewhere......but...if there was, it was pretty well buried under a lot of other stuff that I'm not sure was supposed to be nice or critical or neither and I'm kinda confused about it all...but I'll go ahead and say thanks, I guess?
Posted: Sun, 4th Jul 2004, 3:40pm

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I think, this is your best movie, from how you filmed ahe movie and told the story.
Great lighting, great acting, great story, just perfect !!!!

Really enjoy your movies, keep up the great work wink !!!

cheers,
devil
Posted: Sat, 31st Jul 2004, 1:12am

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Thanks a lot Devil - sorry for the delayed response - I've been pacing myself with filmmaking and stuff lately - it had become work - and I didn't want that. BUT my break is over with the latest commercial we did. Glad you enjoy our films - we'll be coming out with a bunch more this year. T'care

AJ
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 8:24pm

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I apologize, for I realize you put a significant amount of effort into this project, but I thought it was poor. The acting needs a lot of work, your sound synch was WAY off, and the video was far too grainy. I got tired of it within the first five minutes. A bit harder work and better casting will get you there. Keep trying, for I do like your shot sequences. I smell potential.
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2004, 10:18pm

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Oh dont you worry, we'll keep trying are darndest! You betcha!





......... unsure
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 1:59am

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oops