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Ghost Soldiers

Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 10:40am

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martinbrice

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Rating: +2

My senior project.

Ghost Soldiers.

All footage shot with a cheap $300 Sony TRV-350.


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Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 11:42am

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lol very comic and you have very good ideas... i just dont like the end "this film is dedicated to stupid people everywhere" its a litle ofensive...
Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 11:46am

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LOL that was hilarious. MY only complaint is that you used Chroma key for explosions, which made them look ugly.

5/5
Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 11:55am

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HAHAHA...and the moral of the story is Windoze is garbage!

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Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 1:38pm

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That's great!

Effects were good, the way you tell the story is entertaining (even though I don't like the message wink )

Some really nice shots here, too, that peg it above the rest, e.g. the "romanticised" shots such as walking through valley, the night shots & the zooming out sunset shot (did you use Terragen for this or was it all real?) I really love the forest shot that you 've used as your thumbnail, wish we could have seen more of that.

Keyed shots were good - were the enemy soldiers keyed? Also, did you use a smoke machine for the missile smoke/mist effect? it looked great

So really, he was a ghost writer?! lol wink

5 from me
Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 8:29pm

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Excellent film. Loved the style and realism.
Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2004, 11:42pm

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martinbrice

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I just watched the compressed version and I am afraid that a lot of muzzle flashes and effects are missing because of the different frame rate of the video compression. I will try to post different formats ASAP.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 3:22am

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Alright, I have another entry in my personal top 10!

This was really well done. And made me laugh several times, because I dig comedy.

The writing here was VERY Dave Barry-esque, which is a good thing, for sure. The narrator's voice reminded me of Matthew Broderick, which is also good. Whoever the narrator was has a very good voice for this type of thing.

Other than those things, not much else to say that hasn't already been said. Good work.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 3:54am

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that was superb one of the most entertaining shorts on here. there were a few parts that could have been better like the enemy gun fire and the mine explosion. other then that I loved it!!!!!! smile was the rocket a plugin? if not how did you do it? also did you use my rain overlay?

this movie gets my top 10

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Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 4:08am

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Most entertaining. The writting was very well written crazy ( I assume it was written with a MAC since it was saved at some point wink ) The Narrator was most excellent and breathing life into the words. How can one go wrong with sarcastic hum-drum, McNuggets,Natalie Portman and Windows OS bashing? Everything a good comedy needs. I agree with Aculag, I am adding this to my list of favorites. This is a must see. hugegrin
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 4:15am

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check out some of his other shorts http://macxserver.asap.um.maine.edu:16080/~richards/video.htm

The sound test is the best
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 5:51am

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nice!! i really enjoyed the short alot. it was very entertaining and funny.
a couple questions.

1. How long did it take to film.

2.how long did it take to edit.

3. what kind of camera did you use.

4. how did you do the shot of the zooming out sunset thing?

overall good job 4 stars!!
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 11:45am

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Goody good...

The moral is just so goooood.... I hate PeeSea to, especially those running with MS OS...

...anyway, I had some question but they've all been asked before, so answer other's questions and I'll be very happy!
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 12:10pm

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That was superb. It wasnt what i was expecting either, you had some really nice shots in there mainly the night shots and the shots where the guys are walking to the Crocodile Dundee music. The action sequence with the rocket was done well to.

I enjoyed this was, well done, keep it up.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 2:26pm

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That was really good.
There were a couple of things that I did notice though.
A couple of shots when the two sodiers were in the ditch. It didn't look like they were actually shooting, the muzzle flash was there, but the body didn't react. Aslo, when th 'sniper' was shooting, there was no muzzle flash at all until he shot the camera. Aslo, the scene when they're looking at the flower; it needed to be a litte tighter. I couldn't tell which way the trazers were coming from. When they got to the creek bed, the sniper became an assult. Little details.
The rocket was very impressive. The smoke was a little long, and would have been a really good time to go to a close up while the smoke was still around, but overall, the rocket was very nice.
Again, there were a lot of shots were it didn't even look like the soldiers were shooting their guns.
I liked the story, that was good. The voice over was good. I even liked the way it ended (even though I use MS OS).

I will probably add this to my top ten. Well done. Watch for the little details next time. I give it 4 out of 5.

Calibretto:Making The World A Place.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 2:48pm

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martinbrice

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It would be pretty sloppy of me to do a film 11 minutes long and forget to put muzzle flashes on some of the gun shots. The truth is, there is a muzzle flash on every shot but something with the frame rate messes up and you can't see them. Some the flashes at the night scene at the very end you can't see either.

Oh well. Time to study up on compression.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 3:07pm

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I've put this in my top 10, almost solely because of its brilliant script.

I'm telling you, and hence the rest of FXHome this - because i want to make a point about scripting; the fact that its...er...good, and more to the point: everyone elses scripts seem to be utterly dire. Super-dire. I'm talking dire on a "Red Shoe Diaries with David Duchovny" scale.

It has to be said that the script didn't solely make this short 'work', but as others have pointed out there were many technical issues which without that script, would have made this a rather normal film.

Firstly to highlight the good:

1 - Camera work. Whilst some of it was rather poor, there were some moments of excellence. I particularly enjoyed the Avary-like abstraction of the mine-stepping bit. I feel it could have possibly rewound quicker: the camera shows you press *and hold* the backspace button, and the scene rewinds at a steady pace. Camera cuts to the monitor, where it suddenly speeds up after 'that time' when Word likes to delete quicker, and suddenly the shot rewinds a lot quicker too. I felt this went a little too slowly to be truely great comedy.

2 - As i've said, the script was brilliant. Loads of the films on FXHome are parodies, or comedies, but this actually made me laugh, as opposed to the rest of them which occasionally make me smirk despite their best efforts.

3 - the script was helped by the subtle yet highly effective acting on behalf of the narrator (was that you?). The ability to see the 'light dawning' along with the doubling of vocal with physical emotion was very well done.

4 - the sniping scene. As a fan of every conceivable warfare sim on the market, this bit almost made me fill my pants with glee. I was hoping for a bit of comedy - like someone falling over, thinking they haven't been seen, pausing, peering over the ground and being suddenly shot in the face - but rather disappointingly it didn't happen razz Still - brilliant. I'd have use some kind of blood/dust effect as a squib, to show the hits.


Now the bad. Well not strictly speaking bad, rather the let-downs:

1 - Whilst there were moments of beautiful cinematography, such as the sunset scene, there were others where it was obvious you were filming on a hand-held in a field. I can't really say any more than this to be honest. There was evidence of colour grading at some points, but it needed it throught, i think.

2 - Alamdv effects. Its a shame that the sole reason for this movie being on this site is in fact the most major problem with the movie, in my eyes. The muzzle flashes were too small and too lacking in transparency. The tracer rounds were too orange, too few (given that its 1 in every 5 of a SAW, which i could hear firing in the background) too large, and too slow. The fact that i could hear the SAW firing on auto, was odd given that it didn't seem to match with the amount of tracer rounds that the viewer could see. With the exception of the rocket bit (super-sweet), this scene was rather unfortunate.


All in all, this short was brilliant and was only let down by some rather average use of Alamdv. If you could only tighten up your FX skills, i'll be eagerly awaiting your brand of comedy in whatever you do next.
If you need a mirror for it (700G/m), i'll be happy to help - just PM me.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 8:03pm

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This movie was phenomenal. Let me break down my opinions on it.
1) EXCELLENT camera work, especially the one shot where the two soldiers are walking in the field with the sunset, that was very well done.
2)The whole narrarating, and creating the story while the movie goes on idea was new to me, and I definitley liked it.
3)The effects..well I would honestly give these a 3/5. The muzzle flashes seemed to small at certain points, and you used no blood whatsoever when the enemy was being sniped down. Also, the bullets zipping by effect. In my opinion they were too orange and too few.
4)The costumes were perfect, wouldn't change a thing there, they both looked great.
5)The slight comedy here and there was cool to, you didn't overdue it, or make it slapstick or a stupid movie, but it definitley helped out the overall flow.

Oh, and the narrarator reminded me of Mathew Brodeurick, or however you spell his name lol.

5 stars from me man, great work.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 8:05pm

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This was reallly good!

I cant complain about anything except for the poor use of the effects. The muzzle flashes and that weird explosion a little more than half way through. The narraration was great and so were the ccostumes.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 8:59pm

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Good job, the only thing that put me off was the effects. You did well with the long action sequence in the field, as it was long but you kept it from getting boring. I look forward to future movies.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2004, 10:44pm

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Genius.....that is all I can think of. Except for this.


I loved this film, am giving it a five, and puting it somewhere on my top ten. I remember stubling across man vs. TV a while ago, and thought that you were out of the filmaking game, and you hadn't made anything in a while. Luckily, you returned with the same humor, and applied it to a greater concept and film. Some of the effects were not that great, but in now way detracted from what this film is. I thought it was about time for someone to point out the cliches of war movies, and I'm glad you did.

Make more movies
Posted: Wed, 5th May 2004, 4:18am

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props on camera angle and idea
might want to try a different voice however
and try to have the storywriter more into it
he seemed to try too hard on the booze scenes
Posted: Thu, 6th May 2004, 11:16am

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Hi,
i thought this movie was great, i really did like.

I have a few questions:
1. How did you do that thing with writing, did you just film of the screen, or did you animate the text, so that it would look as if somebody was writing.

2. How did you do the Rocket thing, it really looked awesome.

3. How did you zoom that sunset thing, did you use 3ds max or something and then bluebox yourself and composite it and .....

Sorry for the questions, but it really was an interesting movie, with awesome effects.

Cheer,
devilskater
Posted: Fri, 7th May 2004, 6:59am

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g'day bud,
i loved the way ya did the rocked that was fired over the top of the creek bed and the explosion was done really well!
peace out! \oo/o
Posted: Fri, 7th May 2004, 8:33am

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excellent piece m8, i hope you got a good score on your senior project, had the right balance of stupid and entertaining, not easy to do. You have a great eye for shots too, i loved the night silhouette and rain shots, in fact all the pacing shots of the guys walking to the dramatic music were outstanding.
Nice Job
Posted: Fri, 7th May 2004, 6:28pm

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Wow, that was pretty cool, I like alot of the camera work, like when the soldier was sliding down the rock hill, that was a really neat shot. But I didnt like the humor, or the narrator.
Posted: Sat, 8th May 2004, 10:50pm

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Haha, that was great. I could see that end part coming biggrin
The tracer fire was maybe a bit too big though, and when those 2 people get blown up by the grenade, the decal is laying on top of the grass blades. Also, when you (do) see muzzle flashes theyre sometimes a bit far infront of the gun (and in the sniepr scene, how come there wernt any muzzle flashes?)
But, i like the way you told the story smile
Posted: Sun, 9th May 2004, 2:12am

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Man, i wish i could watch this.....there is an "unknown error" with quicktime player...? could someone tell me why that is?
Posted: Mon, 10th May 2004, 3:12pm

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Really fun little movie with some very nice looking shots - and some not so nice ones unfortunately, but still very entertaining. I liked the idea and the voiceacting of the narrator, that was indeed cool and some of the jokes actually made me laugh.

All in all congrats for your movie, it's a very nice piece of work!
Posted: Mon, 10th May 2004, 7:52pm

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well i think most people wanna know what u did to make that rocket effect of it flying into the ditch and exploding. u used some kind of smoke grenade for part of it?
Posted: Tue, 11th May 2004, 9:20pm

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shaw rated this a 0 but its on his top 10? I dont get it
Posted: Tue, 11th May 2004, 9:23pm

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Pooky

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Heh
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 5:06am

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alright, seriously now, someone tell me why ive download the newest quicktime version and this damn video wont play for some reason.
Posted: Wed, 12th May 2004, 5:15pm

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>>shaw rated this a 0 but its on his top 10? I dont get it<<

<----- is an idiot who hasn't figured out the darn rating system yet. Sorry! If it's any comfort I was trying to go for 5.
Posted: Thu, 13th May 2004, 8:42am

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Alright, that was really slick. Some innovation was good for once. I dig the rocket scene, but ive also done nearly the exact same scene.. I dont know if anyone has posted this yet, but its done a single shot mortar shell from any fireworks stand. it looked like someone threw it really hard into the side of the creekbed, but i could be wrong. Wierd muzzleflash closeup was odd, and the incredibly low recoil guns were alittle strange, but other than that, it rocked the casbah. definately in my top five movies on the site.
Posted: Sun, 16th May 2004, 1:02am

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it's really nice to see a film with a suprise action sequence in the beginning.
Posted: Sun, 16th May 2004, 5:23am

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This movie was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed. For some reason, ever since I've seen it, I've gotten the line "...it's VERY nice to trade your Chicken McNuggets for a cheeseburger, if you prefer cheese over chicken..." I mean, I really, really liked it. Flawless. The voice was excellent in inflection and tone. My only remark is that the camera is a little low quality, and when they throw the grenades the explosion is too fake. All over very awesome. Hoping to see more. (P.S. Really liked Man v. T.V.)
Posted: Mon, 17th May 2004, 7:54pm

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That was a really nice short film. I pretty much enjoyed the whole thing bar the actual 'action' sequences. The narration was good and the whole idea was pretty funny though it did start to lose steam towards the end. I'd cut out the grenade bit, the sfx were not good and your creativity looks much better than those sfx ever could, it drags you down.

Congrats btw smile
Posted: Tue, 18th May 2004, 1:32pm

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Brilliant!!! I love the end! I saw it with my friend at school and we loved it!
Excellent comentaryvoice and nice footage.

Great job!
Posted: Wed, 19th May 2004, 3:41am

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Well written and witty. The special effects were cheesy and the yellow bullet streaks looked bad but overall a very good movie. One of the funniest on FX home. nice sunset scene!
Posted: Wed, 19th May 2004, 1:11pm

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Why quibble over tiny details? Excellent script and excellent if not exemplary use of tiny resources.

B*stard ...
Posted: Thu, 20th May 2004, 5:56am

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that movie was awesome...i solute you!
Posted: Sat, 22nd May 2004, 2:09am

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Awesome movie man! Hey -- what is the name of the song during the end? It plays into the credits and I think Iv heard it before... if you could tell me the name.

And also what is the name of the song when he presses the "Save" button?
Posted: Tue, 25th May 2004, 7:23pm

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this story rocks!!!! I doesn´t understand why this film is 2 on the list...
ROCK!!! smile
Posted: Sun, 30th May 2004, 3:10pm

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Hey... wauuu. What a cool movie. smile
Posted: Sun, 30th May 2004, 3:46pm

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This was very good. Story was funny, well told, well narrated. Kudos to the narrator. great job.

Effects need serious work but it didn't distract too much.

More lighting in places would have been nice.

Some scenes/shots went on for too long at times.

But overall, kudos. Well executed and definitely entertaining. Best thing I have seen on FXhome in a long, long time.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2004, 4:30pm

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Hi!

Really nice story well executed. Nice to see a fresh idea up in the cinema.
Though the effects at times weren't great it shows how if the story is interesting the bad effects can be put a side by the viewer, at least that's my opinion.

Top notch, and good luck with your future movies.
Mantra
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 8:51pm

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i loved it, absolutley awesome, your effects were kinda weird at times, but when you did that rocked, i was like "woah, soo kewl!" what kind of firework do you use on stuff like that? i must know! everythin else was still kewl. keep up the good work
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 5:20pm

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great movie!!!! really it was a good funny movie. the effects were good but still could be better. overall its one of the best i've seen!!!! Good job and Good luck with your future films!
Posted: Wed, 16th Jun 2004, 3:00am

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Very good movie. 5/5 no question.






The Renegade
Posted: Wed, 18th Aug 2004, 6:10pm

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That was a great movie .... We want more!!!! .... 5/5 definetly. At first it looked bad when you had the commentary but after watching the whole thing, Very good.
Posted: Sun, 17th Oct 2004, 2:51am

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WOW. simply hilarious. "you need to check who your hitting, in case its a friend, or an arch bishop, or the milk man." flawless and wonderful.
Posted: Sun, 17th Oct 2004, 7:19am

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Posted: Sat, 30th Oct 2004, 1:51pm

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Very well done. effects were god. didn't show in some spots but that didn't bother me much. The ending was funny. Keep up the good work. tick
Posted: Sat, 30th Oct 2004, 2:56pm

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Very well done.

Goes to show that you really can make cheap cameras work.

Funny story and great camera work / effects kept me watching till the end. Great job. smile
Posted: Wed, 10th Nov 2004, 2:00pm

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Even though you had a cheap camera your film was execulent.

Most people with expensive camera's dont make great films, but you

made a film I cant stop watching I mean it is my most favorite film on this

site.
Posted: Sat, 1st Jan 2005, 8:53pm

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elwopper wrote:

sad
What an amazingly helpful review.
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 12:31pm

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Wow!!! It blew my mind. I Wonderful camerawork and great and funny storyline. Congratulations!
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 3:01am

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how did u do that rocket scene in the ditch? i loved it thanks much

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Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 1:09am

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greatest movie on fxhome! i loved the point of view. yeah id also like to know how you made that rocket. was it alamdv? *hopes*

-Z
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 4:11am

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that rocket was ae i think
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 12:59pm

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which plug-in?

-Z
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 9:16pm

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Rating: +1

this movie was good! I LIKED IT, FUNNY.
THANX
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 9:20pm

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Zea wrote:

which plug-in?

-Z
Probably stock footage.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 11:14pm

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I wish fxhome had a section of stock footage razz

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Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 8:40pm

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That was really good probably better than some hollywood films
tick tick tick tick 4/5
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 10:54pm

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Wouldn't go that far mate.

Ghost soldiers was a good thought out movie i'll giv ya that but not quite epic hollywood.
Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 6:46pm

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That was a deeply going story. very good. Everything was great. Good mix. The zoom shot was great!!
Well, i don't think that the rocket was digital. I know someone in New Zeeland who mixed chemicals from the kitchen, put it toghether and brought it to explosion. That looks very similar...
But nothernless great movie.
Give you a big five!!!
Posted: Wed, 9th Mar 2005, 2:50am

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Rating: +2

For all interested parties, the rocket was digital. It was made in Maya. I had a very difficult time getting it to look right so I added a distortion filter to is in after effects to make it disperse in a more realistic way.
Posted: Sat, 12th Mar 2005, 12:27pm

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Rating: +1

That was an AMAZING movie. Thanks A lot Evan Richards !!!
tick tick tick tick tick (5/5)


But one question, what's the name of the song on the end credits.

thanks a lot !!!


Greetz
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Posted: Sat, 2nd Apr 2005, 5:09am

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Fantastic movie!
Great take on the subject!
I had this on my hard drive for a while, but couldn't watch it because I had to download the latest version of quicktime.. yadda yadda...

Well- I loved it! Great story, real interesting perspective!
5/5 from me!

A note though- I think it would have been even nicer if you had spent just a little more time on the effects, although they were great anyway. Some of the muzzle-flashes were sporadic, or off-center. No matter- it's a minor glitch in a beautiful and entertaining film!

Great job!!

-Logan-
Posted: Sun, 29th May 2005, 9:52pm

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Rating: -1

Amazing
Posted: Tue, 21st Jun 2005, 2:38am

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I loved this movie. It showed great storyline. Also it was realy cool when it rewind and made the story change so he could finish it in th way he wanted! REALY COOL!
Posted: Sat, 2nd Jul 2005, 4:51pm

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This is the best movie on Fxhome.
I downloaded it years ago, and I still like it.
Posted: Wed, 13th Jul 2005, 12:12am

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haha, some stories were never meant to be told.

5/5 bro.

justin jones.
Posted: Wed, 5th Oct 2005, 8:17pm

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HOLY crap.. the rocket was digital.. lol i sat there repeating that part.. lol trying to figure out if it was digital or you shot something.. (firework) did you make the rocket spacifically for that scene? because it looked like some of the smoke was settling on the water...

what were all the programs used to make this?

(it was awesome btw) good story line, decent/good comedy and i didnt get bored..

good work smile
Posted: Sat, 15th Oct 2005, 5:44am

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hey man that was great. really good work....good story line and funny.
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2005, 10:36pm

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I doubt you still read the replies to this movie, but just for the hell of it:

I think this is the best story on this site. (Very well directed as well) And very witty...

My hat goes off to you, sir.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Dec 2005, 2:31am

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I always read peoples comments.
Thanks for the generous words.

Cheers!
Posted: Fri, 2nd Dec 2005, 2:39am

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haha my brother really liked this and showed it to several people...now our friends have filmed a christmas salute to Ghost Soldiers haha. Maybe when they are done theyll let me post it so you can see.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 3:56pm

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Im just wondering real quick, the name of your studio "Green Knight Productions" is that in any way related to the Green Knight in David Farlands "Runelords"?
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:16pm

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Green Knight productions is a little bit of a reference to the King Arthur story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (J.R.R. Tolkein wrote a very interesting rendition of that story as well). But mostly it isn't a reference to anything. Never heard of "Runelords".
Posted: Wed, 28th Dec 2005, 1:35am

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Hehe, I loved this movie!! Impeccable acting, nice special effects, and not once did I find myself skipping to the fun bits. Kept me engaged through the whole thing!
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2006, 12:23pm

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Very well prouced film. The rocket was well produced.
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2006, 12:32pm

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Like i said i loved the fil. Look out for the short practice film ,by
B&S Studios, about assasins etc....
Posted: Sun, 19th Feb 2006, 4:32am

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I loved this movie. I have always been drawn to war movies.

SOme advice though is to add better fx and try to have the camera shaking alot. Adds to the relism

Anyway, Great Movie 5/5
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 9:07am

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This is the best film no doubt, and it even inspired me for my high school short story project, and it gave me sum gd ideas! Can't wait 2 c more of ur works
Posted: Sun, 12th Mar 2006, 9:10pm

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I like this alot, how did you do the rocket effects? was that pyro or something from EffectsLab?
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 2:00pm

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and also how did u do the scope efect for the sniper rifle?

-Simon
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 9:03pm

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Many of the effects in this movie were made in EffectsLab's father, AlamDV. The scope, muzzle flashes, and such wre all stock footage presets that could be added to footage in AlamDV. In EffectsLab, you can do the same thing, just get ahold of similar stock footage and key it in.
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 9:24pm

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Cheers! and what about the rocket? was that a preset or was that pyrotechnics?
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 10:03pm

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I could be wrong, but I believe a smoke bomb was physically thrown in the riverbed, and a digital rocket, explosion, and smoke stock footage was later tracked over the bomb and composited in.
Posted: Tue, 14th Mar 2006, 3:53pm

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Didn't he already make a post a while ago saying it was entirely digital? Or am I just confused? razz
Posted: Wed, 26th Apr 2006, 2:48am

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how did u do the freeze frame black and white shots?
Posted: Wed, 26th Apr 2006, 8:14pm

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alpha54 wrote:

Didn't he already make a post a while ago saying it was entirely digital? Or am I just confused? razz
I remember reading that too. He made it in 3d or somthing, Maya.

Aha, found it!
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=166308&highlight=#166308
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 5:26am

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how did u do the freeze frame black and white shots?
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 6:15am

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brennanmceachran wrote:

alpha54 wrote:

Didn't he already make a post a while ago saying it was entirely digital? Or am I just confused? razz
I remember reading that too. He made it in 3d or somthing, Maya.

Aha, found it!
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=166308&highlight=#166308
Explanation of everything (I'm fairly certain) is below. The rocket was digital, but he threw a smoke bomb, I'm fairly certain.

ben3308 wrote:

I could be wrong, but I believe a smoke bomb was physically thrown in the riverbed, and a digital rocket, explosion, and smoke stock footage was later tracked over the bomb and composited in.
Also, godfather, what do you mean by black and white stills? Could you be a little mroe specific?
Posted: Sat, 13th May 2006, 5:10am

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i think two parts,



one is in the beginning right before the guy gets hit in the face by his freind..... theres a freeze frame, it goes black and white, zooms in a lil n the backround blurs....
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 3:01pm

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Was a very intertaining movie. Loved the rocket effects, but the muzzle flashes were off and some parts didnt even have muzzle flashes. Did enjoy some of the comical relief, such as the McD's on the battle field. Was a good movie though, and I know what you mean about waiting for the last minute then staying up all night to finish a movie.

3/5

Addusion
Posted: Tue, 14th Nov 2006, 8:35pm

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Man, that was so great. 5/5
Posted: Tue, 14th Nov 2006, 10:42pm

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Snazzy camerawork. Loved the terregen anim that recedes to the soldiers, best shot (sfx or not) in the entire film.

Music selection was strong, and the grading was impressive. Great film.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Dec 2006, 6:04pm

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The movie was hillarious, I enjoy it a lot. Keep the good work.
Posted: Sun, 4th Feb 2007, 4:09am

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Not bad for being shot on a $300 camera.

Could have used more muzzle fire FX though.
Posted: Wed, 4th Apr 2007, 7:01pm

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Hey Martinbrice

Very nice movie smile

Question: In one shot you've got a detonating rocket, at the little river, with a fascinating smoke explosion and little burning parts flying away. did you take some explosion footage or actually blew up a bomb? I am doing a big movie project and for some action scenes that's right what I'd need.
I hope you can help me with that wink

greez fisher

P.S.: I read the post above, the suggestion about it and I think quite the same, but have u got some specified, more detailed information?
Posted: Sat, 13th Oct 2007, 1:48am

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that was awesome! i loved the rocket...how did you do that? and the rain...was that real? keep it up sweet job!
Posted: Fri, 30th Nov 2007, 12:20am

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Pure comedic genius! I loved there being no muzzle flashes in some of the shots, it goes along with the campy story line, and we all have had those moments of wanting to write that epic story, that just turns out to be an Ed Wood extravaganza. Great job, totally along the lines of a Trey Parker and Matt Stone type of film. And the footage looked great for a cheap camera!
Posted: Sat, 7th Jun 2008, 10:15am

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WoW!
i thought this film was Incredible - haha and what an ending!
amazing !
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2008, 6:55pm

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hey i just finished watching your ghost soldier this was great! im in the military an you know so much about what we do its funny i like the mcdonalds shot and your filming was great keep up the good work
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awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that was amazing
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that was cool when you did backspace