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Car Trouble

Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 11:55am

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When a man goes out to grab something from his car one sunny day, he has a big surprise waiting for him...

This was shot, edited, and uploaded in one day. Short and sweet. Because that just works.
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Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 2:28pm

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One word... Hilarious. Haha, I've never seen that situation done before. Your guys's humor in your movies comes threw great. My roommate is still sleep and i just busted out laughing when the guy in your movie says "alright... alright well, pop the hood and let me take a look." Now hes lookin at me all weird. Anyways, funny ass short.

-Chris
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 2:34pm

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Yep, more great stuff. Keep the comedy coming Aculag, it's great. I love the tone you go for, in the acting and filming. The timing is just perfect - like the little pause before he pulled the guy out of the car the second time.

And I just knew it was going to have a fantastic final shot. That line "I just got that fixed too" was the equivalent to the other guy's split-second expression at the end of 'Animus'.
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 7:57pm

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Fantastic! Man I love this humor! really funny! You are one of the only guys who can make me laught infront of a computer! Extremly good! Love it!
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 8:46pm

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that was so funny, reallly enjoyed it.
do somthing longer and funnier aculag.
peace out
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 10:31pm

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simple, yet great. I love it.
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 10:32pm

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Aculag, you genius, you've done it again!

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Oh yeah,

PEACE OUT
Posted: Mon, 26th Apr 2004, 10:35pm

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I was laughinh the whole way through. Good job.

PEACE OUT


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Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 1:27am

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heh... heh, heh, heh HAAA!!

Nice work gentleman, very funny. The parallel parking bit made me roll.

Keep um coming!

That bit reminds me of something one might see in a "Kids in the Hall" episode. Perfect comedic timing. I really like how you used the obsurdity of the situation to its fullest extent. lol
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 1:56am

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averagejoe wrote:

That bit reminds me of something one might see in a "Kids in the Hall" episode. Perfect comedic timing.
Hey, thanks. That's a really good compliment!

Thanks a lot everyone. Don't really know what else to say...
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 2:11am

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I didn't expect something different from the title, but that was well done and a nice short film with a could little story behind it. Like the car too...that a 7 series?
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 7:11am

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wdy wrote:

I didn't expect something different from the title, but that was well done and a nice short film with a could little story behind it. Like the car too...that a 7 series?
Its a 3 series. 1990. 14 years old but still runs pretty well. A good year for BMWs. Glad you all liked it.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 2:37pm

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You really oughta find a way to capture better sound and learn how to mix because it brings down your movies.

Some shots need a tripod bad.

Interesting angles and obviously well planned but editing is at times sluggish. You could have milked the whole problems of the thief getting out of parking with a clever little montage instead of those long boring shots where nothing happens. A montage would have given it more humor by intercutting with the "robbed guy" and the thief struggling to get out of there, and a few shots of various angles of the car very slowly getting out of there. And that's just an exemple. There is various ways to achieve the same result without the boredom...

This movie has a sucky timing - had it been half as long, it would've been funnier and the punches much stronger.

You obviously have skills - polish them.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 2:40pm

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I was waiting for your reply, because I knew it would be negative! biggrin

Well, thanks for the comments. Don't really know what to say, since it's done now, and I'm not going to change anything...

Once I find a portable phantom power source, I'll be using a good mic outdoors (and in), so audio won't be a problem anymore. Well, you'll probably find SOME problems with it, anyway... Heh.

Were the shots really so shaky that they badly needed a tripod? I thought they looked pretty good.

Oh well, sorry to have let you down once more. wink
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 2:45pm

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I am not saying these things to put you down or make you feel bad. I am not asking to redo your film either - that's your own choice - I am merely trying to give you avenues of concern for a next endeavour.

And as for sound, there are ways to get decent sound even with the crappy on-board mike. Using headphones while you tape is also a good way of keeping track of what the camera "hears"...

As for shakiness, I said SOME shots... Some shots shake so bad they take you out of the story yes because you feel the cameraman... Ain't supposed to happen if it's fiction - it's okay in news, documentaries and fictions where a cameraman follows the story - or I guess in reality TV. There was no indication this was any of those cases.

Your weak points are usually in editing and with sound. It's a consistent trend in your stuff. You obviously have some good comedic skills but you undermine them yourself with sloppy editing. And bad sound undermines any movie. Funny that we can ignore a visual glitch but bad/missing sound makes us take notice, huh?

It frustrates me to see you excel in some areas and yet put so little effort in others. I brought both positive and negative points but I feel the negative outweighs the positive in this particular case. Despite its raw and unfinished nature, your werewolf movie was MUCH better. The movie drags. That usually kills comedy. You don't have too much more work to do to make your films decent - just spend a little more time and efforts doing them. You ar enot on any deadline or budget, therefore you have the luxury of time. USE IT!

I don't understand why anybody would venture to make a movie, especially somebody who obviously wants to make a career out of this somehow like yourself, and not put all the efforts necessary within his means to make the best movie he can.

When things are good I say so - when they are bad - I don't mince words either. I feel I am being consistent. And my reviews have nothing to do with our feuds. I don't mix business and pleasure. wink

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Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 2:59pm

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I don't understand why anybody would venture to make a movie, especially somebody who obviously wants to make a career out of this somehow like yourself, and not put all the efforts necessary within his means to make the best movie he can.
well thats an easy one - because people have time constraints, and may feel that they just want to do something fun, rather than something professional. Is that really so hard to understand?
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 3:02pm

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As far as I know, there was no deadline here.

I would think everybody makes movies because it's fun.

But why is it so hard to put a little extra effort to make the movie actually good?

Is that so hard to understand?

When I am asking people to take time to watch my films, I try to make sure it was the best I could do with what I have. It's called respecting it's audience.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 3:04pm

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Because they can't be arsed? I think its good as it is. Of course it *could* be better, but my world is not in tatters just because the movie isn't a blockbuster. I think people have a right to put as much or as little effort in as they deem neccessary. The resulting movie is the judge of whether they needed to put in more (or less), and as it stands, i was amused by this movie - it has achieved its effect.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 3:13pm

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Xcession wrote:

The resulting movie is the judge of whether they needed to put in more (or less), and as it stands, i was amused by this movie - it has achieved its effect.
I guess you are either not very demanding or very easy to please.

Good for you.

For my part, I think Aculag definitely has talent and potential and if he could be "arsed" to put some efforts in his output, he could go somewhere. But that's just me.

Most of the time, he posts movies that could be good but are usually let downs because they were abandonned before they were properly worked on.

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Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 3:13pm

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JohnCarter wrote:

Bunchastuff
I know you're not trying to put me down. And I don't feel bad.

For me, the things I wish were better are editing and sound. In all my movies. Sound is a major concern for me, but not for little trivial things like this. It's not that I don't care, it's just that I don't always have the time/people/equipment do really good audio. In The Low, Down Of It, I DID, but we didn't have a phantom power source, because we didn't know we needed it. Mistake on my part. For these little things, I haven't had my good tripod. If I use a cheap one, the camera is too heavy for it. If I had my good tripod, I could hold the boom and operate the camera, as it stands now, we'll have to do with what we have. I'm not going for "pro" level stuff here. Just something to entertain.

As for editing, I've spent almost a month on the werewolf movie, longer than I've ever spent editing anything. Which is odd because it wasn't intended to be anything special, it's just turned out that way. When I edit things I care about, I try and fix it up as good as I can. I cut away when there are glitches in the video, camera shakes and what not, etc. etc. I agree that I should take more time with my editing, but with stuff like this, I don't care, because it's not like it's going to get me any awards or anything.

This is just my style. I'm not going for outright, piss your pants comedy. I like my comedy like I like my martinis. Dry.

EDIT: Thanks, xcession.

EDIT AGAIN: John, I'm glad you think I have potential, but like I say, this is just something for fun! I'm going to write a script over the summer that I want to take to festivals, and that I will definitely spend ALL of my time on. I'll be a regular A.J. Rickert-Epstein. But for now, I'm just making short stuff to hone my skills and to entertain myself/friends/y'all.

EDIT AGAIN:

JohnCarter wrote:

I guess you are either not very demanding or very easy to please.
Aren't those basically the same thing?

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Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 3:15pm

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I'd disagree about JC's comments on the comic timing. Sure, some humour (slapstick, mainly) benefits from fast cutting, quick pacing etc. But other humour (the kind of humour I prefer) often benefits from lengthy shots, holding the joke to stretching point. The deadpan style of filming in this matches with the deadpan acting, which (for me) adds to the humour. For my money, doing some kind of montage sequence when he's trying to get out of the parking space would have ruined it for me - it was perfect as they chose to do it. Perfect for my sense of humour, that is.

I'm not sure you can say that there's a definitive way of doing comedy. Humour is such a subjective thing, as shown here. The pacing and timing here I found to be spot-on, and it cracked me up - same with Animus. It didn't work for JC.

No different from the way some people find Not Another Teen Movie funny, and others don't. Some people find Fight Club and Dr Strangelove funny, some don't. Action, suspense, romance - that tends to work largely the same for everyone. Humour doesn't.
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I guess you are either not very demanding or very easy to please.

Good for you.
I think that pretty much sums it up really.
If some guy wants to post some random amateur movie on some random amateur website frequented by random amateurs with an amateur interest and a (largely) amateur ability; and the resulting movie is amateur.....well QED i guess.

I didn't expect the film to be a masterpiece, so had no hopes capable of being dashed.

Any art/hobby requires some kind of learning curve, and if Aculag has missed out on a couple of opportunities, so be it - alert him to the options, and move on.

I doubt he put the film on this website expecting a broadsheet high-brow critique on it. I doubt he put it on here for his abilities - still being honed, understandibly - to be trashed either.

In conclusion - when you're still half-way up the learning curve, and you're young, and you're making movies for the sake of experimentation; its practically expected for the resulting movie to seem incomplete or lacking in ability. Anything better than that is just a bonus.

I'd imagine that for aculag, the interest is more in trying stuff out than providing the embodiment of perfection for the insignificant minority on a random website who seem curiously opposed to anything short of brilliance.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 4:16pm

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Funny stuff in my book. I don't see what the fuss is all about - I didn't really care whether the audio was perfect or not because the idea still came across well and I understood it.

Developing technical skills is something nearly everyone can do with enough practice. Coming up with good ideas and telling stories is a lot tougher and is what makes you distinct from other filmmakers. I believe that story telling skills are more important than technical aspects. Storytelling is something that makes the greats stand out. After all - when you're doin it for a living you can always hook up with a good DP who will translate your awesome ideas into visual beauty. Having technical knowledge is useful - true - but without storytelling it's like having a McClaren F1 but no gas to put in it - beautiful but that's all. No juice in the veins. Visuals are great and all but if you don't care about what's going on - they're kinda boring to most people.

I'm a big fan of people who constantly get things done regardless of their constraints. Every time you get something new done, you learn. Every mistake you make - you learn. Rather than dwelling on things you've done in the past, you simply take those mistakes in stride and do better with the next film - that way you're growing. You're trying to become better. In order to get better you have to do. That's what you're doing. I applaud you. Doing new projects and excercising storytelling skills as often as possible is beneficial to all filmmakers regardless of what type of films they make. Good one. "What a Mess" is still my favorite though - that was classic.
-AJ
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The point I am tryingto make is that Aculag makes the same mistakes film after films:

Editing is always sloppy;

Sound is always bad;

I don't know about you Ajax but in film, storytelling goes through both in the script and in the editing. Editing is the grammar of film. You punctuate, structure 'paragraphs" with it.

As for sounds, how can you communicate well if you have a hard time hearing what is being said or if the soundtrack is windy or whatever else.

Time is the fortune of amateur filmmakers. There is no budget or deadlines to worry about. Even if it is a hobby - take the time to do it well.

What is so wrong with that?

All I am saying is that Aculag can do better - and he knows it. I was trying to be helpful. God forbid! What if his movies got any better? Would it be a crime? The potential to be really good movies is there. But no, it's much better if he doesn't do anything about it, heh, Xcession... Let's just all keep sucking because we are amateurs... That's the true way to go.

Since when do we post movies in a public forum and we are not allowed to say what's we feel is wrong with a film that could be potentially good but is not because of simple faults that could be resolved with some time spent on it. Who wrote a rule that a movie had to be edited in one day? I try to pick and chose the movies I watch here because I hate having my time wasted with crap. Aculag movies are usually entertaining - but always technically flawed. What so wrong in trying to encourage him to get better?

Interesting culture of low standards here at FXhome... And bring the -1's for expressing an opinion...
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JohnCarter wrote:

Interesting culture of low standards here at FXhome...
Hardly. It's more about keeping things in context.

This was clearly just a bit of fun, put together one evening to pass the time. Is it funny? Yes. Did it succeed in what it wanted to do? Yes. In my opinion, anyway.

If Aculag had presented this as some major project, then I expect a lot of people would have approached it differently. The Low, Down Of It did suffer from the really bad sound because it clearly had a lot of effort put into the other aspects, and the evident passion behind the project was let down by the sound work.

This, on the other hand, did it's job fine.

I'm not sure how other people approach films, but I tailor my expectations based on what I'm getting. Consequently, I judge your Power Corps trailers much more harshly than a movie posted by one of our 12 year old users, because I know the stakes are much higher and you're at a completely different point in your career and life.

Similarly, if Aculag made this with the intention of submitting it to film festivals or some such, I'd have commented on some of the technical issues (yes, it could have done with a tripod). As it's just for a laugh, though, I just enjoyed it for what it was, and moved on with a chuckle. It's a sketch, not high art and, as such, it uses the mechanics of film to achieve its aims just fine.

Also, I'd disagree about Aculag's editing. It has a very identifiable style to it and it's one that I like. From 'What A Mess' all the way through to 'Car Trouble', his comedies all have a rough, almost documentary-style spontaneity that really lends itself well to the particular type of humour. Check out the moment he cuts away at the end of 'Animus' - knowing to cut at that exact point is not the sign of bad editing: it's the sign of someone who knows exactly how to deliver that kind of humour.

But as I said before, humour is such a subjective thing.

And bring the -1's for expressing an opinion...
Erm, just thought I'd point out that you're the one that started giving the -1s in this thread. smile

Oh, and if you think that xcession has a habit of holding back his opinions about films, I can only presume you have never read any of his other comments.

What so wrong in trying to encourage him to get better?
Absolutely nothing. I think we've all done this argument a hundred times.

Telling people how to improve and where they went wrong is vital. But making pointlessly snide comments such as "I guess you are either not very demanding or very easy to please. Good for you." and "Interesting culture of low standards here at FXhome..." is simply uncalled for and helps nobody.

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JohnCarter wrote:

Interesting culture of low standards here at FXhome... And bring the -1's for expressing an opinion...
What's interesting to me is why you have such HIGH standards. What do you honestly expect here?

Like aj said, I'm still learning. I know for a fact that I don't make the same mistakes constantly, because I'm always learning from my mistakes. My editing might seem like it's a mistake to you, when in fact it's exactly how I meant it to be. I'm not saying that's the case in all cases, but do you see what I mean?

If the editing is always sloppy and the sound is always bad, get over it. You should expect it by now if it's so consistent. And it'll get better. This year has been the first I've really focused on trying to make some good stuff, so give me a break.

You started somewhere too, didn't you?
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Funny, heh. Made me laugh at the situation and lines. Short and sweet, I liked it a lot.

Just a couple technical things. There was a bit of shaky camerawork of course. The hand going over the camera freaked me out a bit, was that intentional? Also, at the end, was there a point in the other car's bonnet being up? You didn't dwell on this so I assume not.
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I don't really hear any problems with the audio, and the waveform looks fairly clean. Using just the microphone on the XL-1 to pick up sound seems to have worked pretty well, and with a crew of one you can't expect him to shoot and hold a boom. JohnCarter I'm not really sure what your beef is. Not one other person has complained about this movie, and rather than picking on some crappy movies you pick on one of the better ones to have come out as of late. I didn't see any editing problems or hear any issues with the sound. I know since you are the resident "professional" you believe that it is your job to criticize, but your critiques were unfounded and not constructive. You being so critical of something that was obviously made for fun is like going to the beach and making fun of a kid making a sand castle because he didn't spend all day perfecting the making sure that it looks historically accurate. I think that all of your "sucksess" may have gone to your head. Just calm down because you are just coming across as a jerk.

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But no, it's much better if he doesn't do anything about it, heh, Xcession... Let's just all keep sucking because we are amateurs... That's the true way to go
I particularly enjoyed this bit, where its clear you didn't really read what i had to say. Namely...

Any art/hobby requires some kind of learning curve, and if Aculag has missed out on a couple of opportunities, so be it - alert him to the options, and move on
...from which it is clear that i'm whole supportive of constructive, pleasant suggestions.

Its the blankets statements followed up with petulant retorts that i oppose.

I can understand that its frustrating to see someone talented "waste" their abilities, hell i made my teachers think that all through school! - but you aren't a teacher, Aculag isn't your pupil and...well...just chill out ffs, hes not squandering *your* abilities, its only a movie, its only a website etc.

...low standards
You mean anti-irritatingly-anal?

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JohnCarter wrote:

I don't know about you Ajax but in film, storytelling goes through both in the script and in the editing. Editing is the grammar of film. You punctuate, structure 'paragraphs" with it.
This is true. But I happen to disagree with you on a certain point - at this level - I don't think it is that important to be as perfect as possible in all aspects of technical production. I say make mistakes. Experiment. He's using that "fortune that amatuers have" - time - in a good way by making films and figuring out what he's good at and what he needs improvement with. I can relate to that. You've made him aware that the audio didn't suit you - but it's up to him to decide if he wants to take that opinion and act on it - just like anybody else. That's all I'm tryin to say.

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As for sounds, how can you communicate well if you have a hard time hearing what is being said or if the soundtrack is windy or whatever else.
Personally, I didn't have as big a problem hearing the film. I still got the message. It's not that bad. Sure it could use improvement - there's no argument there. I'm just saying that I would rather Aculag get a film done and move on to the next than waste his time waiting until he saved up enough money for a phanton power source. He'll get it when he gets it. Until then - let the filming commence.

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All I am saying is that Aculag can do better - and he knows it. I was trying to be helpful. God forbid! What if his movies got any better? Would it be a crime? The potential to be really good movies is there.
Man I think his films are pretty good. They're not perfect but neither are anybody else's. They can get better - but he'll only get better by making more films - in turn giving him more opportunities to improve. He could go back to camera on this and re-record sound if he wanted - but I feel it'd be a waste when he can just make another film - learn something else - and fix the audio while he's at it. Does that not make sense? This way he builds a body of work while he improves.

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Since when do we post movies in a public forum and we are not allowed to say what's we feel is wrong with a film that could be potentially good but is not because of simple faults that could be resolved with some time spent on it.
Since never. It appears from your post that you beleieve we're trying to oppress your voice in this forum. You've had your say at least as well as we have. No one has tried to prevent you from saying what you want. We're just having a friendly disagreement. If you have a problem with that, than you should look closely at what you're saying because if you have a right to an opinon - we do too. You obviously don't agree with our opinion and that's fine with me. But we don't have to agree with you either - and ultimately it's up to Aculag to sift through all of this BS and pick out what he feels is necessary for him. THAT'S what these forums are about.

JohnCarter wrote:

Interesting culture of low standards here at FXhome... And bring the -1's for expressing an opinion...
I appreciate a funny film regardless of the production value. Low standards? I disagree. Maybe - good sense of humor instead. That's my opinion.

AJ
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Mellifluous wrote:

Funny, heh. Made me laugh at the situation and lines. Short and sweet, I liked it a lot.

Just a couple technical things. There was a bit of shaky camerawork of course. The hand going over the camera freaked me out a bit, was that intentional? Also, at the end, was there a point in the other car's bonnet being up? You didn't dwell on this so I assume not.
Yeah the guy behind us was working on his car. Kinda funny.

The hand going over the camera... I think I know what you're talking about. Oh well.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 5:56pm

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You should have tried to steal his car.
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There were too many witnesses.
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If the other guy succeeded... wink
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Mel... That was just a movie. This is real life we're talking about here. Real life doesn't have a script.








Unless it's on your local cable channels. Check your listings.

Ba-dump PSH!
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 8:56pm

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It made me laugh... lol
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Heh, I chuckled. Not hilarious, but funny. I think it was a little too long, especially the pull out...if anything, it took away from the line of the other guy...and didn't he start the car twice? or did i miss something?

what's the compositing effect?
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I may have missed it but where was alam used? Also, maybe you can load some smoke effects like the one from your coolio logo in the beginning as plugins, but maybe ones that dont exit the quad as much.
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Cypher wrote:

what's the compositing effect?
Thought it was going to be that easy, eh?

I'll use one of your own tricks against you! Anyone who guesses what plugin was used and where gets 20 force points! (Excluding people who already know of course... you know who you are..)

Oh, and yeah the car was started twice. Shh....

Brettsta, all of the smoke effects I have, except for a select few, exit the quad. They're not too useful as plugins. Maybe I could find something... Who knows?
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I'm totally stumped eek
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So were tarn and timbuk2, apparently. It was rejected at first. It's very subtle!
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 10:19pm

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And I thought Tarn had some plugin identification powers!
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well, I didn't laugh, but it was funny. wink

oh by the way... what was done with AlamDV? just Dennis and Ronnie intro?
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Any clues? Is it something obvious that if we look carefully, we can find, or is it something that we will never see?
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I was thinking the Dennis and ROnnie intro, but it didnt look like alam.
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yeah, well I thought about the smoke in the intro. that's all I can come up with. there is otherwise no other effect visible.
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It appears you used one of the smoke plugins for the exhaust as the carjacker/shade tree mechanic pulls away from his not so perfect parrellel dismount.
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You got it, now it looks so obvious unsure

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AHAHAHAHA!

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10442

read aculag's post (3rd or 4th down) and it all makes sense.
Posted: Tue, 27th Apr 2004, 11:28pm

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yeah, really good.
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Heh. Yep. Averagejoe got it first. But it's a breath vapor plugin doubled up and rotated around.

I was hoping you would have figured it out sooner, cypher. wink
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Tell you the truth...I only skimmed through half of it...didn't get to the end wink
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No wonder you didn't think it was funny. smile
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I mean when I went to try and find the effect. i saw the whole thing

and ur opening kicks ass...add some sound tho, even if very faint.
Posted: Wed, 28th Apr 2004, 12:08am

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Thanks. Yeah, I've been wanting to add some sound, but I can't think of anything to put that works.
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Aculag wrote:

Thanks. Yeah, I've been wanting to add some sound, but I can't think of anything to put that works.
some Jazz music? biggrin
Posted: Wed, 28th Apr 2004, 1:14am

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I'm gonna go with the shot of the open hood - it appears to zoom in slightly but it seems like a post production choice (right before he turns the engine on - "try it now") - am I right?

AJ
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EEEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH (Sen. Howard Dean style)


thanks for the points. As far as your intro. The smoke appears to be moving backwards in time not forward. Maybe you could just have some subtle music "back masking" as the smoke disapates. Or just something errie followed by a fart. At least on the funny flicks a fart would work good smile
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Am I seeing the same movie as everyone else? It was a strange situation but only had about three "jokes", if they can be called that. I appriciate a wide variety of humor but I'm not seeing any here. Also, no special effects (are there? because you said you used Alam DV for them), no music, just a dry skit.
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When u read earlier posts... it helps with some of the questions u have. And if u downloaded the movie from this topic like every1 else did, then yeah, u are seeing the same movie as everyone else. A movie doesn't have to have music to make it good too.
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Dimbus wrote:

Am I seeing the same movie as everyone else? It was a strange situation but only had about three "jokes", if they can be called that. I appriciate a wide variety of humor but I'm not seeing any here. Also, no special effects (are there? because you said you used Alam DV for them), no music, just a dry skit.

Yeah, it's dry... That's the style. You must not actually appreciate that wide of a variety of humour if you couldn't figure that out. It's a three minute movie. Three "jokes" aren't good enough for you?

There are special effects, read the other posts in the topic.

No music was needed.

Too bad you didn't like it.
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Dimbus wrote:

Am I seeing the same movie as everyone else? It was a strange situation but only had about three "jokes", if they can be called that. I appriciate a wide variety of humor but I'm not seeing any here. Also, no special effects (are there? because you said you used Alam DV for them), no music, just a dry skit.

PEACE OUT
You forgot that Aculag... You should be ashamed...

PEACE OUT
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I liked the idea of the thief helping him fix the car, and at first thought it would have been funnier of the theif had just walked away, but the theif actually stealing the car set up the great "I just got that fixed" line. Also, I liked how long it took the theif to get away, that is some nice subtle humor.

probably the best I have seen from you aculag. 4 stars
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W00t? Have you seen the Low Down of It?
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yeah....I didnt really like....it


*awkward silence*
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heh, ok razz

the silence is deafening
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Aculag clearly put his effort into this film, sure there is time to make suggestion but don't make it sound like this guy doesn't know what he's doing. He know's what he's doing and look at all the films he has created...out of the majority of the fxhome films Aculag has made some of the more impressive and professional films without mentioning the creative ideas thought up for them. Sure we can suggest nicely some things that could be improved or that other may have done different but overall Aculag has done a good job and we must also compliment him on his film.
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well, I'd like to see or read a film or scipt aculag has written. They surely are worth it.
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I'm a little late getting to this, no offense Aculag. As always, I leaned back and laughed. You sure know how to make a movie fun to watch without resorting to random shooting (but Animus was great) and 20 minute intros. You are obviously a very creative guy, It shows through the variety of films you bring us. 3 minutes, a simple idea, and it worked. You seem to be able to create some nice work in a spare evening. Too bad people find problems with this. I wish I had your talent. Good luck with your future festival ideas.