You are viewing an archive of the old fxhome.com forums. The community has since moved to hitfilm.com.

The Unwritten Rule Trilogy Part III: Ex

Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 11:30am

Post 1 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

In the final chapter of The Unwritten Rule Trilogy the three Unlikely Jedi return for more hilarious arguements and high octaine combat!

True to form, Ryan breaks yet another rule and possibly the most important rule of all: never to sleep with a friend's ex girlfriend. After a conversation about ex girlfriends Jon uses his increasingly powerful Jedi abilities to discover that Ryan slept with his ex girlfriend Rachel! Infuriated by the betrayal Jon pursues Ryan for what could be his final battle! Angered by his friends' constant fighting, Michael takes matters into his own hands with the intention of settling matters once and for all.


More Info
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 11:37am

Post 2 of 93

Simon K Jones

Force: 27955 | Joined: 1st Jan 2002 | Posts: 11683

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User

FXhome Team Member

Loved it! A big improvement on the last two, which I also enjoyed. This had some real effort put into it, with some very innovative shots and a highly amusing script. A fitting end to the trilogy. smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 12:55pm

Post 3 of 93

Kram1563

Force: 1360 | Joined: 29th Apr 2002 | Posts: 388

EffectsLab Pro User Windows User

Gold Member

Enjoyed it a lot. I agree with Tarn i think it was better then the others great end to the Trilogy although i sure as hell hope its not the last we'll see of you guys. Funny script, and good use of effects and camera.

Fantastic.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 12:59pm

Post 4 of 93

Mellifluous

Force: 5604 | Joined: 6th Oct 2002 | Posts: 3782

EffectsLab Pro User Windows User

Gold Member

Heh, that was good. Like your humour...

As Tarn says, it was a fitting conclusion to the trilogy, no doubt though you are planning more - I wouldn't mind smile

The effects were really good, including the sabers (they're some of the best I've seen using Alam) & the air suspension thing.

I also liked your end credits, though no doubt Republicans will be overly offended razz

A 4 from me, I thought the sound during dialogue wasn't great & I thought the interlacing brought down what was an otherwise slickly made fillum.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 1:05pm

Post 5 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thanks for all your comments guys, really REALLY glad you're enjoying it.

Some notes about the quality:

The sound suffers a bit because of the codec I used - Qualcom PureVoice - can anyone suggest a better one that keeps the file size down?

Also, had to drop the frame rate a little to keep the file size down, while ensuring the resolution was high enough to enjoy the film in its entirety, including the credits.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 1:06pm

Post 6 of 93

Xcession

Force: 42802 | Joined: 21st Mar 2001 | Posts: 1964

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 3 Pro User Windows User

SuperUser

This was unparalleled genius.

There have been numerous attempts to make real-life events jedi-orientated, but this is the first good one i've seen to date.

The script was undoubtedly the best bit about this, although the use of alamdv was also pretty good, especially for those awkward angles facing the camera etc.

The gratuitous swearing was also particularly good. There were one or two lines where it grated, where a swearword would have been out of place delivered by anyone. The rest however were superb "stop this bollocks and join me" was my personal fave as i'm a fan of understated british swearing.

The bad points were minor really. The sabers seemed too colourful given the grading (or lack thereof) on the footage. Couple of lines where swearing was out of place. You all seem to be a little unconfortable with what to do with your hands/arms when not holding something or sat down. Interlacing issues in the mov file itself

I can't really say anything more really. I tend to rant when something is pants, but this was great.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 1:09pm

Post 7 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

There have been a couple of comments about interlacing - what can i do to improve this? I don't know much about interlacing and I'm happy to produce a new version of the film with better codecs and quality, if anyone can suggest how this can be done?
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 2:20pm

Post 8 of 93

Mellifluous

Force: 5604 | Joined: 6th Oct 2002 | Posts: 3782

EffectsLab Pro User Windows User

Gold Member

The interlacing are the horrible lines that we see in the film, going horizontally. I don't know what editor you use, but I use Adobe Premiere & that has an option to deinterlace the footage, which removes those lines.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 2:25pm

Post 9 of 93

Xcession

Force: 42802 | Joined: 21st Mar 2001 | Posts: 1964

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 3 Pro User Windows User

SuperUser

Basically you have to deinterlace footage for display on a monitor, so regardless of how you are distributing your footage, if its going to be displayed on a monitor, deinterlace it. Something to do with number of scan lines differing between a monitor and a television, i imagine.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 2:29pm

Post 10 of 93

Simon K Jones

Force: 27955 | Joined: 1st Jan 2002 | Posts: 11683

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User

FXhome Team Member

It's due to a television showing two fields for each frame (due to old TVs being unable to display a full frame at once), whereas a monitor can quite easily show a full frame. Because the monitor shows the entire frame at once, it shows both fields at the same time, which results in the funny lines.

And, yes, interlacing is one of those things that is almost impossible to explain succinctly and clearly.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 2:35pm

Post 11 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Well I used the deinterlace option in my video editor, so I'm not sure why it's still interlaced. Oh well, hope you all enjoy the film anyway!
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 3:36pm

Post 12 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

Seriously, I loved the first two so much, I wasn't sure if the series could reach such a higher note, but it did. If I could go above the five, I would. This is, without a doubt, the second best movie I have seen on this site (sorry, I am turicon's bitch), tied with art of the saber, but I think that AoTS has been there long enough. Welcome to my number two spot.

I guess I can't really say much more, other than I can't wait for the unlikely jedi's return twisted
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 8:33pm

Post 13 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments. We're so pleased you all like it. If it weren't for the support the previous 2 films got on this site, Ex would never have been made. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The Unlikely Jedi WILL return.....




.... in "Return of The French Guy"

IF we ever film it, hehe. Gonna be a big one, a feature-length adventure for the trio. We'll need investors too, so don't get your hopes up about it getting made. We'll do it if we can, but our next project is a romantic comedy. More info on that once we have a script in place.

Thanks again guys.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 9:17pm

Post 14 of 93

Aculag

Force: 8365 | Joined: 21st Jun 2002 | Posts: 8581

EffectsLab Lite User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker MacOS User

Gold Member

I didn't think much of the other two, but I really enjoyed this one. I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said, so I'll just say really nice work.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 9:39pm

Post 15 of 93

er-no

Force: 9531 | Joined: 24th Sep 2002 | Posts: 3964

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User MacOS User

SuperUser

All of the above!

Seriously fun to watch.

Only problem I had with it was the white balance or brightness didn't seem right on some of the shots. Maybe that was just me though?

smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 10:04pm

Post 16 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

There are parts where Michael is supposed to be shrouded in darkness, until his speech. that what u mean?
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 2:17pm

Post 17 of 93

NoClue

Force: 828 | Joined: 31st Aug 2003 | Posts: 279

EffectsLab Lite User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

Gold Member

FINALLY biggrin

We've been waiting for this chapter for ages. All we can say is that it was worth the wait. Great work once again guys. The odd wobbly shot and the occasional dodgey audio on the voices, but a 4 from us none the less. Look forward to more from you in the future.

We still want to work with you! biggrin biggrin biggrin

NoClue & Slayer


PS
We had no problems with the interlacing, since we have a 24" TV connected to our PC, as well as a monitor. We use it to check video quality for the weddings and parties we film (PC monitors are just no good for that sort of thing).
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 3:16pm

Post 18 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thanks guys, glad to know you liked it. Where are you two based?
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 9:37pm

Post 19 of 93

NoClue

Force: 828 | Joined: 31st Aug 2003 | Posts: 279

EffectsLab Lite User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

Gold Member

Harlow in Essex, but don't hold it against us! biggrin

Slayer's originally from Telford and both my parents are Scottish, so neither of us are the typical Essex Boy or Girl (no offence to anyone else from Essex... no really, I mean it) eek
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 10:58pm

Post 20 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

My whole family's from Essex, so don't worry about it :o) Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 6:56pm

Post 21 of 93

TAP2

Force: 1128 | Joined: 8th Jan 2003 | Posts: 1848

Windows User

Member

This was mother frekin shamole QUALITY!

Absolutely Classic, I'm showing this to all my mates.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 10:20am

Post 22 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Sorry guys, it looks like we've exceeded our bandwidth allocation on our server. We don't have anywhere else to host the film right now, so it looks like it might be down for a while - unless someone else offers to host it for us.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Ryan
Posted: Thu, 1st Jul 2004, 2:20pm

Post 23 of 93

bmonger

Force: 820 | Joined: 3rd Sep 2002 | Posts: 16

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User MacOS User

Gold Member

How much longer will we have to wait...

..I'm itching to see the final part!

Loving your work guys.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jul 2004, 3:03am

Post 24 of 93

wdy

Force: 1700 | Joined: 30th Dec 2002 | Posts: 1258

CompositeLab Lite User EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

hey i'll host it for a bit if you want, just PM me or email me at awooday@hotmail.com
Posted: Sun, 11th Jul 2004, 12:55am

Post 25 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

wdy, I've replied to your post. Thanks so much.

Hopefully the films should be up shortly.
Posted: Sat, 31st Jul 2004, 9:59pm

Post 26 of 93

NoClue

Force: 828 | Joined: 31st Aug 2003 | Posts: 279

EffectsLab Lite User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

Gold Member

Stepladder wrote:

My whole family's from Essex, so don't worry about it :o) Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted for a while. We've been so busy trying to get the business up and running, selling our house plus getting married, that I haven't been on here for ages tard

To answer you question, in between everything else we're trying to work on a Vampire movie and the sequel to Reservoir Kats. We'll get there in the end.

NoClue & Slayer
Posted: Wed, 4th Aug 2004, 11:16pm

Post 27 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hey guys,

I've created the Unwritten Rule Trilogy DVD but I need some quotes for the case. Things like "You'll Laugh Your Ass Off!" and "One of the funniest, crudestm screamingly offensive comedies the FanFilm community has ever seen!" (lol) you know, stuff like that! particularly from FXHome.com staff!

Cheers! Much appreciated.
Posted: Thu, 5th Aug 2004, 3:43am

Post 28 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

"Quite possibly the best series on FXhome.com"

Im serious too. also, if you made a dvd, i'd buy that faster than a....um...something that's fast, like a cheetah...yeah, cheetah's are bad ass
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 9:22am

Post 29 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thanks a lot, keep 'em comin'!
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 7:56pm

Post 30 of 93

Evman

Force: 4382 | Joined: 25th Jan 2004 | Posts: 3609

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker MacOS User

Gold Member

will the link be working again anytime soon? I haven't been able to see this.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 9:44pm

Post 31 of 93

bmonger

Force: 820 | Joined: 3rd Sep 2002 | Posts: 16

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User MacOS User

Gold Member

Hey, get in line, buddy!
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 11:20pm

Post 32 of 93

Evman

Force: 4382 | Joined: 25th Jan 2004 | Posts: 3609

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker MacOS User

Gold Member

its online. oh i get it onLINE.. haha! wait. im confusing myself again. there is no line.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 12:18am

Post 33 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

yeah, very soon. But in the meantime.... how 'bout some quotes?
Posted: Tue, 24th Aug 2004, 12:19am

Post 34 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hey guys,

I've created some torrent files for the trilogy, so if you still wanna get hold of them, this is a temporary measure.

Shotgun
3 Seconds
Ex

I won't be uploading all the time, just every other day or so. As soon as we get the files hosted properly again, I'll post.

Ryan

P.S. check out this thread for the DVD!
Posted: Tue, 24th Aug 2004, 12:28am

Post 35 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

If torrents don't work straight away, don't worry, they will. This is my first attempt at creating torrent files so bear with me while I try to figure it out, lol.
Posted: Tue, 24th Aug 2004, 10:56am

Post 36 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Go to http://www.torrentbox.com/index.php and you'll find the DVD and individual parts of the trilogy there. If you can't see them on the front page, do a search.

it's just me uploading right now so be patient smile
Posted: Tue, 24th Aug 2004, 1:40pm

Post 37 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

The torrents that I linked before now work, however the webserver they're hosted on don't support torrent files, so right-click and save as a .torrent file instead of a .html file and it should work.
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2004, 3:39pm

Post 38 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

EX is now being hosted again, with Shotgun and 3 Seconds coming soon. We just have to wait for the admins to update the listing.

Thanks for your patience and sorry it took so long!
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2004, 3:26am

Post 39 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

3 months on from its re-release and no new comments :o( Me sad :cry:
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 10:09pm

Post 40 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

The Unwritten Rule Trilogy DVD is now available. If anyone would like a copy, please email me at ryanb@stepladderonline.co.uk
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 11:02pm

Post 41 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

i want a copy! this series is still on of my favorite things ever seen on fxhome. what is the quality of the first two episoded compared to the fxhome editions?
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 11:25pm

Post 42 of 93

Evman

Force: 4382 | Joined: 25th Jan 2004 | Posts: 3609

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker MacOS User

Gold Member

congradulations waser, you are the first person to post here in 8 posts besides stepladder! razz

wink
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:21am

Post 43 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

The DVD is high quality, designed to be shown on a TV. 720x576 to be exact. Are there any other details you'd like to know?
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:23am

Post 44 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

yes. out of ten, how much ass does it kick? oh yeah, and what special features are there?
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:28am

Post 45 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

12.5!!

Special Features: Audio Commentary for all 3 films, Outtakes, Extended Outtakes from "Ex" including never before seen footage, Teaser Trailers and interactive menues.

Anything else you wanna know?
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:33am

Post 46 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

audi commentary? NICE. no further questions. ill order this as soon as I have the money. AKA tomorrow.

I love me FXHome dvds. I wish more people would do it
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:37am

Post 47 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thanks for your interest. Send me an email when you'd like to place an order and we can sort out the details. That goes for anyone else interested too.
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2004, 9:38pm

Post 48 of 93

Two Gunned Saint

Force: 918 | Joined: 1st Sep 2002 | Posts: 1269

Member

I couldn't help notice a reference to Lincoln university on the end credits there. I don't suppose it's filmed in the student accomodation there is it?

I almost went to Lincoln Uni, decided against it at the last minute. Is it the one actually in Lincoln or the one that's in Hull? 'cos I really want to know. Weird coincidences keep happening, this could be thw weirdest yet.

Oh yeah great film by the way. I've enjoyed the entire trilogy very much.
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 12:52am

Post 49 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Thanks very much ;O)

Yeah we're all students at Lincoln uni in Hull, Ex was filmed in the student halls (but the outside shot at the beginning that zooms into our kitchen isn't actually the student halls building... it's the old one a few doors down, hehe)
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 4:16pm

Post 50 of 93

Two Gunned Saint

Force: 918 | Joined: 1st Sep 2002 | Posts: 1269

Member

I almost went to Hull/Lincoln to do a film making course. (in fact I almost went to Lincoln/Lincoln to do one, it's confusing)

Don't suppose you know a Michael Chew? Big guy with gigs and probably a football shirt??
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 4:56pm

Post 51 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

.. but I know an Alex Chew.

I'm in the second year, don't really see much of other years. Oh my own one for that matter, lol. Game designers don't get out much, hehe.
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 4:58pm

Post 52 of 93

Two Gunned Saint

Force: 918 | Joined: 1st Sep 2002 | Posts: 1269

Member

Meh, maybe they're related.
Posted: Thu, 16th Dec 2004, 8:16pm

Post 53 of 93

bullee

Force: 400 | Joined: 4th Dec 2004 | Posts: 2

PhotoKey 4 User

Gold Member

Hi

I was wondering if you would be good enough to explain how you got the shot of the guy being cut in half,well actually the shot of him falling apart after he had been sliced lol. And the Force Grip shot. We are just starting at doing some movies and were wondering if you would mind helping us out with some of the technical side of things. If you would email me i would appreciate it alot, bullee@charter.net, thanks if you dont mind helping.
Posted: Fri, 17th Dec 2004, 9:55am

Post 54 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hi there,

I've actually just written a tutorials website for a uni project. It explains all the fundamentals for all the shots you've mentioned.

http://www.interactive.humber.ac.uk/website/RBrain/student/l2/s3/dftu/

Oh and the guy that gets sliced in half and levitates is me. And I did the effects.

Hope the site works for u.
Posted: Tue, 21st Dec 2004, 12:12am

Post 55 of 93

bullee

Force: 400 | Joined: 4th Dec 2004 | Posts: 2

PhotoKey 4 User

Gold Member

Thanks

I really appreciate the help hopefully our movie will be here in a few months.

THanks again
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 3:14pm

Post 56 of 93

bmonger

Force: 820 | Joined: 3rd Sep 2002 | Posts: 16

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User MacOS User

Gold Member

Ryan

Your website is down, is that just a temp hiccup?
For the record I loved your movies. In my view they are by far the best on this website (although I do love The Test, that's a classic!)
Great idea to make a tutorial site. I've just started using After Effects and although it's a little confusing at the moment your tutorials are a big help. I love the Superman speed tests, very clever.
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 3:52pm

Post 57 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Must be a temporary thing. University server afterall. Glad you enjoyed the films and very happy you're getting some use out of the fx website. :o)
Posted: Wed, 27th Apr 2005, 5:38pm

Post 58 of 93

nicmar

Force: 260 | Joined: 10th May 2003 | Posts: 173

EffectsLab Lite User

Gold Member

haha.. this was cool!
That's all i gotta say.. hehe..

It's always fun to see the bloopers in the end.. wink
Posted: Sun, 18th Sep 2005, 7:21pm

Post 59 of 93

gUnit

Force: 0 | Joined: 24th Jul 2005 | Posts: 24

Member

haha...hilarious i love it....i want to know how u guys used the force effects, like force-choking Ryan, and the lightsabers and everything...is it on your site? u guys are awesome, i love your series. make more of these!!
Posted: Sun, 18th Sep 2005, 9:13pm

Post 60 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

isn't that stuff in the credits? Havent seen this one in a while....
Posted: Mon, 19th Sep 2005, 10:50pm

Post 61 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hiya smile

Well I have tutorials on my university portfolo site, they shoud cover any questions you may have. The new address is http://www.newmedia.lincoln.ac.uk/rwbrain/

**UPDATE ON "RETURN OF THE FRENCH GUY"**

Not good news, I'm afraid. Michael and I are entering our final year at uni, while Jon has taken a job in Norwich for a web design company. Though the trilogy has been in circulation around London, Hull and Sheffield and we've had some very generous offers from business owners for location filming, it doesn't look like we're going to have the time to actually make this project happen... at least, not for now.

If anything changes, we'll let you know.

Thanks for downloading our films smile We love you all!
Posted: Thu, 22nd Sep 2005, 12:10am

Post 62 of 93

gUnit

Force: 0 | Joined: 24th Jul 2005 | Posts: 24

Member

Ryan, you have to tell me how they cut you in half i need that effect!!!
Posted: Thu, 22nd Sep 2005, 7:49am

Post 63 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

hehe smile Well it's really just an adaptation of the cloning/masking technique, with an added bitmap for the texture. It was just avery well planned out shot and one that took a VERY long time to do.

Can't really talk you through it though, would take too long smile But maybe if you get stuck I could help you along.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Sep 2005, 2:28pm

Post 64 of 93

gUnit

Force: 0 | Joined: 24th Jul 2005 | Posts: 24

Member

haha, well i havent really looked into makin a movie yet, but i am going to really soon...hopefully. i just need to get more equipment (alamDV, adobe after effects, anything i need) but when i do...ah i dont know ill ask you about it again. Thanks anyways!!!!
Posted: Sun, 25th Sep 2005, 1:48am

Post 65 of 93

irishcult

Force: 1965 | Joined: 6th Jul 2005 | Posts: 440

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User

Gold Member

funny funny stuff right there. how did u make the can float i'm guessing its digital or string buit i dont know just wondering. But that was extreamly funny. keep up the awsome work
Posted: Sun, 25th Sep 2005, 9:03am

Post 66 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

The cans are just normal cans on strings that I masked out later.
Posted: Sun, 25th Sep 2005, 9:20am

Post 67 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

make more movies you bastard
Posted: Sun, 25th Sep 2005, 9:41am

Post 68 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

LOL!!!

I'd love to mate, I really would, but I have other priorities right now. Hopefully after uni we can get French Guy made, though I doubt it. I'll have to start thinking about other projects.. I have a few good original ideas.
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 1:16pm

Post 69 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

I'd just like to let everyone know that I've just finished working on a new ebsite for Stepladder Productions over at www.stepladderonline.co.uk Please head over there and check it out and also register if you so desire smile

Thanks!

Last edited Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 2:31pm; edited 1 times in total.

Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 2:21pm

Post 70 of 93

Wizard

Force: 5941 | Joined: 18th Jul 2003 | Posts: 555

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXpreset Maker Windows User

SuperUser

Stepladder wrote:

Please head over there and check it out and also register if you so desire
I would love to give the site a look, but it would appear that the link/site is not working for me at the moment. When I click it, it informs me that it is "unable to determine domain suffix". I haven't had the best of luck with url's lately, so perhaps there isn't anything wrong with it, and the problem is on my end. By the sounds of the message, I wouldn't imagine it is though.

On another note, since this topic has been "bumped" up, I will write a quick summary of what I thought about this. I saw this movie quite some time ago, and I thought it was rather funny. I enjoyed watching this again, just as much as the first time, if not more.

I thought the twist at the end was much better than just having main characters be killed so quickly, and it leaves the door open for much more fun, if you decide to do another that is (the majority of us are hoping you do).

I agree with every one and anyone who has said that you used the AlamDv2 light sabers well. You also pulled off the "force powers" better than most manage, so good job on that. I am not sure why I did not give my vote for this movie way back when, but in any event, I have now. This has received four out of five from me.

Good job guys.
Wizard.
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 2:33pm

Post 71 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

When I click it, it informs me that it is "unable to determine domain suffix".
Thanks for pointing that out... my post had the link with a full-stop at the end. I've fixed it now.

Thanks for downloading and enjoying the films smile
Posted: Wed, 9th Nov 2005, 1:48pm

Post 72 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Rating: +1

Hey there everyone,

I just wanted to make an announcement that the new and improved Stepladder Productions website is now online at www.stepladderonline.co.uk

As well as hosting our own movies, tutorials and other great things, we're offering our members the opportunity to add their own movies to our downloads section, thereby providing another place for fans to download your latest work.

Stepladder Online doesn't have many members right now, but if you're a fan of our Unwritten Rule Trilogy films and/or you're looking for a little more exposure, sign up and add your movies to the list. We'll be conducting interviews with film-makers, holding competitions and loads of other cool things will be coming along soon.

Thanks!
Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 12:01pm

Post 73 of 93

Simon K Jones

Force: 27955 | Joined: 1st Jan 2002 | Posts: 11683

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User

FXhome Team Member

Still waiting for "Return of the French Guy".

Just thought I'd point that out.
Posted: Fri, 10th Mar 2006, 12:05pm

Post 74 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

hehe you and me both mate.

Right now Jon is back in Norwich working, while Michael and I are about to finish our final year at uni, and then I guess we'll be going our seperate ways. Game Design and Effects Design jobs are few and far between, so we just have to go where the money is.

But, if fate should have it that we're all together in the same place for a few months, we'll do our best to get it filmed. But it kinda depends on Damien too, who's.. y'know.. the French Guy lol.

Guess we'll jus thave to wait and see.
Posted: Sat, 8th Apr 2006, 8:32am

Post 75 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Recently I finished working on a Special Edition of Ex, which adds a few new effects and some polish to the original that I thought it was lacking.

In other news, Ex will be shown at Conjure, Australia's premier sci-fi convention over Easter, so if you're in Brisban around Easter, go check it out smile
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 2:33pm

Post 76 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

My computer is either too slow or not compatible with the Special Edition of EX therefore I cannot download it. I signed up as a member on your site (StepLadder.co.uk) and I was wondering if the DVD you offered as a reward for donating included the Special Edition of EX. Wow....did that make any sense? razz
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 8:45pm

Post 77 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

hi there,

right now the DVD doesn't contain the special edition of Ex, but when I get around to doing Shotgun and 3 Seconds Special Editions I'll be remaking the DVD with them on it. No time scale on that though, as I'm moving to Ireland in a month.
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 11:27pm

Post 78 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

If you move to Ireland will StepLadder be making any more movies? And how much do I have to donate to receive the DVD in the post? (I made a mistake in the first post, I meant stepladderonline.co.uk, just lettin ya know razz)
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 2:19am

Post 79 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

As well, do you think you could put the special edition on your website that plays immediately like the normal trilogy? Because I was very grateful that I didn't need to wait and download all of Ex.
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 7:08am

Post 80 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Yes to all the above, as soon as I have time smile
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 2:13pm

Post 81 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

Hehe thanks...I can't wait till Return of the French Guy smile
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 2:38am

Post 82 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

And another question that you might have missed, how much do I need to donate to recieve a DVD in the post? And I live on Canada so how am I going to pay?
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 8:16am

Post 83 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hiya,

well there aren't any DVDs right now. But when there are some more, you can still use the PayPal donate button, just get yourself a paypal account. If you make a donation of £9.99 you'll get the DVD in the post as a thank you... but not right now.
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 8:57am

Post 84 of 93

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

make sure to let me know when. This dvd has been on my "for the love of god, buy that" list for a while.
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 9:32am

Post 85 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

lol excellent smile

Just check the website every couple of weeks. I'll get a new DVD made up as soon as I'm settled in Ireland.
Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 1:57am

Post 86 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

I read the script for "Return of the French Guy" on your site and it's AMAZING!! But it looks like its gonna be soo hard to make.
Posted: Tue, 16th May 2006, 2:00am

Post 87 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

thanks I really appreciate that smile

Will be very hard to make, a lot has changed in the year and a half since I wrote it, so it will need a rewrite before we're able to make it. If we ever do.
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 9:49am

Post 88 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Coming soon... possibly....

"ROUND"

Part IV of the Unwritten Rule Trilogy.
A Trilogy.... in 4 parts!
Posted: Mon, 16th Apr 2007, 2:12am

Post 89 of 93

AntiGrav

Force: 200 | Joined: 28th Apr 2006 | Posts: 37

EffectsLab Lite User MacOS User

Gold Member

Rofl sweet.
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 10:34am

Post 90 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

Hi guys smile It's been a while but I just wanted to let you all know that Stepladder are finally working on a new project, and if you liked the Unwritten Rule Trilogy then you'll love this smile

We're not ready to make any specific announcements at the moment as it's still very early days, but scripts are being written. Head on over to our revamped website (www.stepladderonline.co.uk) for more details, and for links to follow us on twitter and join our Facebook group (and even become a Fan of the trilogy).

It will be great to get involved in the FXhome community again, it's been too long!

Ryan
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 10:42am

Post 91 of 93

Simon K Jones

Force: 27955 | Joined: 1st Jan 2002 | Posts: 11683

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User

FXhome Team Member

Welcome back! I wondered where you chaps had gone. Looking forward to more juvenile japery. wink
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 12:58pm

Post 92 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

It's been a busy few years that's for sure. I moved back to the UK from Ireland, got married and started working with Michael designing video games. Jon's living in Norwich and Michael and I are in Runcorn, so it's not often we all get together again. But we've finally found the right idea that will allow us to start filming again. We're all really excited about it and can't wait to share our ideas with you all, but it'll be a little while yet before we say anything specific. We just wanted to remind everyone that enjoyed the Trilogy that we're back again, and that we're working on something new.
Posted: Fri, 8th Oct 2010, 6:51pm

Post 93 of 93

Stepladder

Force: 1135 | Joined: 20th Aug 2003 | Posts: 177

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User FXpreset Maker

Gold Member

I know we've been quiet for a long while, but as it turns out working for a living is time consuming!

Anyway, I'm looking for an artist to work on a project with me that's related to the Unwritten Rule trilogy. If anyone would be interested, please drop me a line smile

Thanks!