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The CHALLENGER Mission

Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:09am

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This is a wierd film to tell you the truth. I was thinking of a way to put a Chromanator and AlamDV movie, but not have it revolve around FX. Then I remembered that people liked my 'Mars Test' that I did, so I thought...SPACE.

After all the mars rover landing, and the President's bill to boost the space program, this is what I came up with.

Now granted, I know the video, at some points, is choppy. Thats because the quality wasn't great in the first place. The clips that I filmed are good quality though.

Basiclly I would like to know the following about it:
A - how did you like it?
B - what needs work
C - what are some things you liked, if any?
D - Camera-angles, of MY CLIPS.lol. They aren't anything spectacular, but do they work, do they suck..what?
E - Anything else!


Special Thanks to Jordan "Aculag" Rousseau for doing the voiceover for the film!

Enjoy!


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Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:12am

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By the way, there are several things I know about in this film, when the shuttle takes off, its actually an Apollo type of rocket in the long shot, and the thurster shot! That was a little thing you have to be obeservent about to see, I wanted to keep it in to see if we had some observant people on this board wink .

Also, Tarn says he has the same alarm clock biggrin hehe Also when the little boy wakes up and plays with his space toys, he plays with a Mars Rover (the first one that landed btw) and the Mars Rover didn't exist BEFORE the Challenger Time! Ha.

Andrew biggrin

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Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:19am

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Great stuff Andrew. I'm really into space exploration of all kinds, having been a massive fan of science fiction and fact since I was but a wee lad. Your movie was handled just right, with a perfect tone that captured the sense of wonder as well as the loss, and the continuing drive to see what's out there.

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Isn't that what they say?

On a more technical note, I thought the clips were well-chosen, music matched nicely, Aculag's voiceover was just right and the newly-shot footage was very well composed. Your footage melded with the archive footage in a natural way.

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Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:26am

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Liked it. Good to remember those crew members.

You have a good idea, this movie can continue. With all the images from Mars, and the video animations nasa gave us, you can actually go there. I'd like to see you, maybe, inside that thing bouncing around, and then stepping out onto the surface yourself. Maybe rolling out in a litle wagon LOL. Hmmm. Late here, maybe goofy, but I would crack up laughing at that. You've worked hard learning to use, and use well, Chromanator. I'd love to see a longer movie exploiting its' power, and I think the Mars thing has lots of potential.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:32am

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Thanks for the comments. I dont know if you noticed, but the wife of the crew member (my mom)'s hair was blowing in the wind. I was standing there behind her with a hairdryer..haha. Once again, thanks for the comments!

And about the Mars thing Bowie, I actually might do that, it has been an idea in the back of my head!

Andrew biggrin
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 2:06pm

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not bad andrew, not bad at all. it had a nice story and i enjoyed it wink
peace out
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 10:51pm

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Nicely Done! The only thing that looked sketchy to me was you jumping on mars. It looks like you tried to modify it a little but it came out a little weird. Other than that, drum roll please---

4 Stars great job.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:41pm

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Yeah, Aculag's voice-over SUCKED. WHy'd you choose him? Haha, I kid, I told you that Aculag would be a good choice, so I'M the idiot.



I'm sorry, do I know you?
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:44pm

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LtMcMurphy wrote:

Yeah, Aculag's voice-over SUCKED. WHy'd you choose him? Haha, I kid, I told you that Aculag would be a good choice, so I'M the idiot.



I'm sorry, do I know you?
*Brettsta is confused by this
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jan 2004, 11:44pm

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Brettsta wrote:

It looks like you tried to modify it a little but it came out a little weird.
Yeah, I was adjusting the contrast and stuff too much, and also, the video was MUCH smaller than that when rendered from Chromanator - thus i had to enlarge it in Premiere causing it to look REALLY strange.

Thanks again!

Andrew biggrin
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 2:00am

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The Mars thing has been in the back of my head too, except it would be that the rover looks around, sees me and then chases me and stuff, though I don't have chromanator, so I can't anyway.

Anyway, good job Andrew, nice subject and I thought the camera angles were good. Did you color grade them a bit? They seemed kinda blue-ish, which helped.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 2:55am

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Yes, i did lots of color grading..

Anyone know of a way of getting rid of that horizontal line that you get when you film a light?

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Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 4:27am

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Can someone give me color grading tips with adobe premiere pro. I just dont get how to do it.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 7:06am

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Good work, Andrew. It came together very nicely.

I've been able to get rid of the line from a light by putting a filter on the lens. Something like a soft focus filter or something like that. Doesn't have to change the look too much, but it took that away for me. It's just the refraction of the light in the lens, so if you can block it, that's the way to go.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 10:32am

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Allright Aculag, I will look into that...

Brettsta, If you want to learn "How" to colorgrade, you can't. Its basicly (at least in my case) fiddling around. Try adjusting the Brightness & Contrast levels, Color Balance, Saturation (in Premiere 6.5 - I just set that, then ad color w/ color balance thus lowering the color....), and try adjusting Blue to a VERY small one.

Its all how you want the film to feel and look in that particular scene.

Yeah, as you can tell, I don't know alot, so any other tips, feel free to give biggrin


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Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 11:01am

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Well, Andrew, you work has improved alot since last i was active on "fxhome", thats 6 months ago.

Your effects are better, but I don't like the quality of the DivX file, you should atleast make one a l"high" quality.

keep ut the good work little man smile
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jan 2004, 11:55am

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This has been bothering me..

One shot in the film of the little boy (me, boy did i have fun making myself look alot younger), I turn and turn the clock off, and it bounces. Then it turns to the camera's right and the window reflects on it. Did this ever bother anyone? Its been bothering me...I should have used my polorizing filter on it.

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Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2004, 4:28pm

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Overall I thought it was pretty good! Although there was one thing bothering me when the "Challenger" lifts off the video of the rocket motor appears to be of an Apollo or Gemini. It looks like it based on the rocket motor anyway.
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2004, 4:36pm

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AndrewtheActorMan wrote:

By the way, there are several things I know about in this film, when the shuttle takes off, its actually an Apollo type of rocket in the long shot, and the thurster shot! That was a little thing you have to be obeservent about to see, I wanted to keep it in to see if we had some observant people on this board wink .

Yup! Thats what it is!

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Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 5:06pm

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well done top marks,.
Posted: Wed, 28th Jan 2004, 3:43am

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Don't know if you caught the story, but...

http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hscov0127,0,442476.story?coll=ny-health-headlines

may be of interest.
Posted: Thu, 29th Jan 2004, 11:43pm

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A - it was meh, I have nothing against it, but i didn't really like it
B - I guess nothing really need work, I just like different things. THe greenscreening looked a little wierd, but that could just be me
C - The music was alright
D - the camera angles were actually pretty good
E - I think there were too many clips from other stuff and not enough csb prduct. again, just me.

2 stars
Posted: Fri, 30th Jan 2004, 12:10am

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Movies on this site dont have to have a million alamdv effects to be good. One smooth composite with Chromanator is enough. I dont think he was doing this especially for CSB. Because its on the website, it doesnt mean the person has to overuse the software. I dont know what you mean by not enough CSB product. It really doesnt matter, as long as it has one of them in it. It can be as crazy, or as subtle as the creator wants it to be. Take a look and The Low, Down of It, and Spare change. Both subtle, but highly effective uses of a CSB product.
Posted: Fri, 30th Jan 2004, 1:13am

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i know, i mean fallen angel is one of my favorite movies here, and there wasn't many CSB effects there. anyway, I just didn't like the movie that much, not because it's lack of original footage/CSB effects, it just didn't do anything for me
Posted: Fri, 30th Jan 2004, 2:32am

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Thats understandable. Everyones entitled to their own opinion.
Posted: Fri, 6th Feb 2004, 9:49pm

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bump!

and also, if maxicube ever looks around at this topic, i would like to know why you gave it a zero? Dont have anything against it, just wonder what was wrong with it in your opinion.

Also, Waser...I dont have a space ship, thus i couldnt launch one and film it, lol.

Thanks for your comments.

Andrew biggrin
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2004, 12:12pm

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The Movie File is back up!

Come and watch this spectacular, awsome, oscar winner, top ten worthy, super dee duper movie!

....


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Posted: Sun, 29th Feb 2004, 5:33am

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That was an effectively made movie. good job