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Julius Caesar

Posted: Thu, 15th Apr 2004, 10:47am

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In a time when power was everything...When the cause was greater than life itself...A story unfolds, a story of betrayal. This is a short preview I put together for my cousin's school project on the book Julius Caesar. Lots of people really liked it so I thought I'd submit it here.

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Posted: Thu, 15th Apr 2004, 7:15pm

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Hmm Lets see.

I liked the titles and the music. Those were cool. It was consise which was good too. Didnt show too much. But...

I didnt really like the look of the actual shots.

Use a tripod.

Get some lightage. I couldnt make out the faces in the beginning

Also, the angles were ok, but the cuts were not that great. I noticed one time the camera cut to a plaace a foot to the left of where you were before, and it just looked a little weird.
Posted: Thu, 15th Apr 2004, 8:08pm

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This really didnt interest me that much, and seeing how its a trailer, and that's what it is trying to get me to do, it lost some points there. also, i just wasn't impressed with the acting (although there wasnt that much), the action, or the cinematography. Are you going to post the full movie?
Posted: Thu, 15th Apr 2004, 8:14pm

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I didn't really think too much of this either. It didn't really get me wanting to see it or anything, but hey, it's a school project, what are you going to do?
Posted: Thu, 15th Apr 2004, 8:15pm

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My teachers always give me such good grades when I make movies for class. There suckers for it smile
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 1:16pm

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Brettsta, what can I say? I worked with what they gave me. I agree with everything you said, except the lighting. Personally I kind of liked the fact that the faces were in shadow at the beginning. Thought it was a little more mysterious. Thanks!
Posted: Fri, 2nd Dec 2005, 3:15am

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hey, im doing a movie for Julius Caesar too, u know how at the end there a giant battle, but the main characters dont really fight, how did u do this part, did u bring in massive armies or did u change the plot so the main characters do fight??
Posted: Sat, 3rd Dec 2005, 7:35pm

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Hey there Smates, godfather,

I'm glad to see people doing video school projects on Shakespeare. That's exactly the same way we fell onto Macbeth- we did Hamlet and King Lear 2000 as little backyard shorts with no production values, and just thought logically, the next step would be to bring Shakes to the feature realm.

As far as the quality, obviously it's that hokey feel, but that can work- if it's a comedy.

I'd say the best way to approach Shakespeare (and your teachers will [should] agree) is by finding the universal themes, and modernizing the subject. One of the most time-testing virtues of Shakespeare is that he wrote about human problems and the human condition- and however technology has increased, the fundamental emotions are still there: greed, love, betrayal, jealousy, ambition, ignorance, depression, etc.

You can make it comic, by putting anachronisms in the story- people still talking Shakespeare versus normal dialogue, still acting as if it were a straight stage adaptation, but having the locations be modernish, and throwing wierd references into the script. I find it a great place to pad it with homages, and other self gratifying acts. By all means, make up a new plot along the original guidelines!

Good job, and keep up the good work.
Posted: Sun, 4th Dec 2005, 2:58pm

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Hey there Godfather! Yes they did modify it so the two main charaters fought. Thanks Madmanmatty for that great advice too! I'm glad someone was interested in this one! smile
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 12:10am

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yeah i love making movies on shakesspear, i made a romeo and juliet one, jsut the battle scene with tybalt and romeo, my school went crazy over that one,

but about Julius Caesar... u had Antony fight Brutus and Cassius??,thats waht im thinken and for the the assisination, ill do it in the parking gaurage ( by the way this is modern day) of the senate and just pretty much have cassius, brutus, antony and of course julius at the assasination, iv gotten really good at editing and compositing, the movie will be a mix of scarface, the new derailed movie, a lil matrix of course (bullet time with compositing)


but basically how did u guys go about plotting your julius caesar movie
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 12:12am

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by the way i really like ur trailer for macbeth, awsome, really , one of the best movies on the site, im hopen to make mine like urs
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 12:35am

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also did u have octavian, how many actors did u have?
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 1:48am

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also what song is in this trailer???
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 4:59am

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>by the way i really like ur trailer for macbeth, awsome, really , one of the >best movies on the site, im hopen to make mine like urs


Thank you! G.W. Meech cut that trailer.

Just a tip, on your Caesar- when modernizing, you do have an amount of creative control- but try and think what in terms of plot points...
Use the plot points, and ask yourself what you think would happen in real modern life... unless you are making a comedy- then you can go any way you want.. if you want to keep it real, keep it real.
Posted: Wed, 7th Dec 2005, 1:46am

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no, this is to be a action drama, not a comedy, thanks for the tips!
Posted: Wed, 7th Dec 2005, 2:24am

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hey do u think i would be going to much agisnt the plot, if i have octavian die during the battle at the end,he goes agianst antonys orders and gets hit with a shotgun, slow mo...?? ( by the way this is not a graded assisngment, this is just for the fun and excitment of film and showing it, extra credit wouldnt hurt either)



any idea are very welcome!!
Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 7:48pm

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well...does anyone know shakespear here jesus, bunch of retards
Posted: Fri, 23rd Dec 2005, 3:08pm

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the godfather wrote:

well...does anyone know shakespear here jesus, bunch of retards
Charming. I doubt you'll get any responses now.

Perhaps you should just get on with making your film instead of asking for peoples advice on every tiny apect of it?
Posted: Fri, 23rd Dec 2005, 11:10pm

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come again? hey buddy listen up, "every tiny" detail, if u knew anything, anything at all about history, ha, u sould understadn the importance of this,