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As Sombras de Gabriel (Gabriel In The Shadows)

Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 1:55pm

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Disturbed by a computer game sent through an e-mail of unknown origin, GABRIEL travels to PIRATA's home, his old friend who is a computer game expert, to tell him about this event.
Although PIRATA compromises to help him unravel the game's author identity, strange events will put at risk GABRIEL's own life, who in return, bit by bit, will acknowledge the macabre truth behind this cruel game.


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Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 3:07pm

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Hey, nice film.

The photography, bar some shakey shots in the car, was superb, with some very nice colours. The beginning seemed a little dark lit, but that could be on purpose.

The soundtrack was superb too, with the horror sounds often reminding me of the original Ring soundtrack. I liked the sounds for the footsteps in the computer game, they seemed very well synchronised (or were they real? heh)

Little things, too place this film above most here...the settings exuded mystery & contributed to paranoia, the zooming actually worked (usually, zooming in films looks really bad), & the way you synchronised sound with picture shows you have a great affinity for both. For example, in the last scene, there are the minute changes in the movement of the camera to complement the sound & movement of the clock (was this done then or in an effects program?) Another part I really liked was when the train went past, you preceded it with a nice scary sound.

The story was interesting, & it explores what we do & what effect that can have & the concept of the personal hells we make for ourselves. I guessed where it was going, & what the game represented, but you did it in great way. And the way you showed Pirata as a demon was well done too, especially his voice change.

There were a little too many walking shots, which didn't seem to have a purpose. You didn't focus on the character, e.g. a closeup while he was walking, so it wasn't immediately apparent that he may have been in personal torment. I did like one shot though, where his shadow came a while after him so it seemed as if it was following him - more of those shots would have been intriguing.

This is a class above most films here...a 5. Hope to see more films by you
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 9:43pm

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YOW! I loved it. The concept really reminded me of something like a Silent Hill plotline. I'm not going to say this was very professional, because it wasn't. It is definitely an amateur film, but a VERY good one. I was really gripped through the whole thing.

I liked the one or two frame flashes of stuff in the black. Stuff like that that's almost subliminal really helps make movies scary/suspenseful. Dunno why.

I forgot what I was going to say... If I remember, I'll edit.

5 stars.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 9:52pm

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There was that one shot in the corridor that was very creepy, with this lampshade on the right. It had the same amount of creepiness as the hallway in Lost Highway, especially since you repeated that shot.

Another half qualm, there's a scene with him in the bathroom where he changes in his reflection. The actor doesn't react to it.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 10:54pm

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I LOVED that, seriously the atmosphere was fantastic, direction was nice and the acting was great to. Some of those shots were pretty darn creepy fantastic job make more smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 11:47pm

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That was really great! Definitely going on my top 10 list!
That was the first amateur film that really creeped me out.
The acting was really good and the story was exceptional!
I would love to see more of your work in the future
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 7:10am

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It is really rewarding to create something that other people come to enjoy.

Thank you all for all the criticism, the good and the bad.

Just out of curiosity:
I made this film because i started creating the computer game, and wasn't able to finish it. (It's just too darn time consuming)
So lightning struck:Ey, why don't i make a film around it?

And there you have it.

About some of the questions made:
Melliflous, first of all, great comments and analisys of the movie. About the clock scene, all the sound, even the dialogue, was post production (thus some disincronization).
About the bathroom scene, he does react, but in a very subtle way. Notice he approaching the mirror. It was on purpose, to give the impression of 'did it happen or not??'. Anyway, i totally agree that it may not work, but the fault is all mine, not the actor (who happens to be a close friend, and in my opininon made a very nice job with his acting. Oh by the way, i play Pirata in the movie twisted ).

Any questions you have, please, don't be shy, post it here or mail me at pfac@hotmail.com. I'll be glad to oblige.

Once again, thanks people.
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 8:12am

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I'm with the positive comments on this one. I thought it was really nicely done.

You obviously have a gripe for filmlanguage and managed to get some really creepy minutes out of the film.
I thought the script was cool and the acting was very good. Exceptionally good.

I liked the cinematography a lot in this one, and the colorgrading as well as how you edited it all together.


I'm not sure about the length though. I think it does drag on a bit too much. There is a middlepart where the length becomes a bit of an issue, but at the end, tension comes back and delivers a great ending!

Congrats on this great film!
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 9:07pm

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I though I saw some subliminal messages in there, or just some images that flased up for 1 or 2 frames. Maybe its just me but its freeky how you wanted it congratulations on a great film.
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 9:33pm

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Excelent movie. I really enjoyed the clock ticking / camera movements at the end there. Keep up the great work.
Posted: Tue, 8th Jun 2004, 11:43pm

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~WOW~

Ok, I gave that a 5. Sure there were some flaws as everything does, but overall, it was awsome!

You have an EXCELLENT style in this film. The whole game idea is an interesting idea, but I was curious - did you get a screen capture of the game and stick it in your film? Or was it diffrent?

NICE ACTING

That entire walking down the hall thing and turning back at the painting scared the crap outta me, It was just so cool. And the nude woman i guess? painting was interesting...

Once again, it was magnificent, and i think i will watch it again!

GOOD WORK! I WANNA SEE MORE FROM YOU! LOL

Andrew biggrin
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 2:10am

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hey, great movie, that actually kinda freaked me out. Especially the parts in the game. Maybe im slow, or maybe its just late, but i wasnt too clear on what everything meant. I kinda have a blurry idea of what everything means, anyone want to give me a quick synopsis?
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 7:16am

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OK, first to AndrewtheActorMan:
The game parts of the movie were recorded directly from the computer to the video camera, as i played it.

To The Muffin Man:
I could make a quick synopsis of the movie, but i think you guys should do your own interpretation of it. That's what movies are all about, i think.
Even so, Muffin, if you tell me what you perceived of it, i can give you a hint if you're on the right track.

To Melliflous:
Sorry i didn't undestand the clock question at first.
That final scene was created using:
A: Filming. I filmed it with the intention of editing the way it turned out. Like, i filmed the actor, and then slowly went to the clock, then came back again to the actor, etc, etc...
B: Screen capture. I then proceeded to capture like three frames from the scenes beetween the actor and the clock, and used them on the quick movemente from the actor to the clock, and back.
C: Editing. Lots of time doing the collage, beetween film sequence and static frames.
Actually this clock scene was longer, but for the sake of rythm, i cut it down a notch or two.

Once again people and fellow filmmakers, thanks for the support.
Any questions, shoot. smile
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 7:59am

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Yeah man, that was great. I really dont know what to say because most has been said. But i will say this... Im sleeping with a nightlight tonigt

eek


-Chris

p.s. just kidding about the nightlight... i mean ha, who would... ha, honestly, im 20 years old, i dont need a... confused ........ *goes and finds his nightlight*
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 6:20pm

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Sorry man. I hit 1 instead of 5 on accident. REALLY SORRY.
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 7:25pm

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I liked the movie. Didn't mean to slam you by voting. Again, really sorry.
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 7:45pm

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Atom - u cant ask the admin's to fix it for u if u want, they can change it
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 7:51pm

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thanx CX3.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 7:39am

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That's ok, atom.
Just hope you really liked the movie.

sniff... frown
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 10:00pm

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As sombras de gabriel?? es portugues? se sim entao percebes o que estou a escrever... é uma pena nao conseguir ver o filme porque o teu link nao esta a funcionar... se es portugues es donde? sou de lisboa... manda resposta



cumprimentos l. Paulo Dobreira

a minha pagina em http://justangel.planetaclix.pt
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 12:18am

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don't worry pfac,
it scared the bejesus out of me , but I liked it. smile
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 8:10am

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Okay, i didn't think i would run out of Bandwith, but a lot of people downloaded the movie, so the server where the film is, frozed up.

I've just bought more bandwith, so it is supposed to be up any minute.

Bear with me. Thanks.

To justangel (in Portuguese, sorry people.):
Sou de Lisboa, mas estou a viver no Algarve.
Vi o trailer no teu site e achei muito bem conseguido, Muito fixe. Tás de parabéns. Vai sair o movie?

Andei à procura dele aqui, mas não encontrei.

Vou tentar outra vez, para te dar nota 5. wink
Posted: Sat, 12th Jun 2004, 7:57am

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to pfac:
O movie que viste sao apenas pequenas brincadeiras que fiz... ando agora a fazer uma curta metragem para enviar para a sic radical. É uma pena estares no algarve pois tinha todo o prazer em te convidar a te juntares comigo para fazermos umas coisas juntos, percebo bastante de efeitos especias e vais poder comprovar isso quando tiver o meu trailer feito, e depois quando a curta sair. tems msn? se tiveres adiciona-me nos teus contactos. (justpauld@hotmail.com) Estou ansioso por poder ver o teu movie. biggrin

fica bem e ate breve
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:30am

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Well done...but two things bug me.

Actually, three.


First:

You've played one of the Silent Hill games. So have I. Sitting down and turning a game like that on doesn't immediately send one into shock. This guys starts a game less gruesome than Silent Hill, and immediately gets freaked out. You need to make a plot point like this stronger in the future. I won't necessarily go into depth on the details of what you should change, exactly, because you'll likely not redo this movie. smile

Secondly:

While your good cinematography is nice to look at, it's not nice enough to stare at for ten seconds per shot. You should overload our senses with a movie like this. Fast cuts and a large variety of shots to support those cuts are key.

And finally, back to Silent Hill...

Unless this were to be a fan film of sorts, it's way too similar. Makes it feel unoriginal, you know...

THE BEST THING IN THE MOVIE

The motion of the camera as the clock ticks before he shoots himself.

WAS THEN RUINED BY

showing him actually shooting himself.

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Enough with the bad stuff. Everything else was good. I just find bad things more fun to describe.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 6:33am

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Good criticism.
My reply:

First point:

I have played all the Silent Hill games. It's true, it doesn't send me to shock, not imediately, not ever. This guy receives the game from an unknown origin and the first thing he sees is a painting of a man eating a woman at a table. Since he did something awful to his girlfriend, i thought it was credible to show him preocupied from minute one. What do you think? The plot point is explained in the end, when the viewer realises (or not, depends on the viewer and my competence as a director and storyteller), why did he receive the game.


Secon point:

Accepted point. Rythm is key, and while some like to see more of the game and other scenes, some think it is way too much. If i was to do it again...
probably would do it the same way. Anyway, point taken, good one.



Third point:

Although i'm a fan of Silent Hill, i'm also a programmer and besides the ambiance, nothing relates much to Silent Hill, now does it?
SH uses a 3rd person's view while this game (well, not game, more like a sample really) is played in a 1st person prespective.
The graphic part is original since i made it myself.
Besides, this is a movie about a vengeance from a ghost, and SH is (for now) a series of games about a town and people and inner and outer demons.
Different media.

And Silent Hill is one hell of game.
Mine is just a lousy game from hell. twisted


About the suicide:
You're right, i could have benn more subtle. Maybe show blood on the clock, while the shot was being heard, or something. But anyways, it was my choice, and i didn't wan't to show blood, so...
done with it. Next.


Thanks for the comments SIDEWINDER. It shows you really watched it and put some time in the critic.
Appreciate it.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 7:01pm

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this was a brilliant and unnerving film. I liked the silent hill feel of it ( I am a huge fan of the series) but loved how you were able to dance around with your own ideas to create such a unique piece. 5 stars
Posted: Mon, 21st Jun 2004, 7:15pm

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wow... kinda creepy... NO! REALLY CREEPY! ive made really good horror movies but this one had... "the feeling"... u know?


PS: Im confused 2... (thats what i like about some horror movies wink )
Posted: Fri, 25th Jun 2004, 1:40am

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The film borrows many ideas from films and computer games such as Ring and Silent Hill. But they've been used thoughtfull to build upon ideas that you, as a film maker has created. Top stuff, I shat my pants.
Posted: Sun, 27th Jun 2004, 9:13am

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enjoyed this one, very atmospheric and found the game elements to be very effective (too effective in a way as it was those sequences as opposed to the live action that scared me the most).

if i have a criticism however, it would be a pacing issue, some scenes run for too long in my opinion. a little sharper editing could have made this a film that I wouldn't have diverted my attention from for a single frame, however, during some of the "travelling" scenes i found my attention wandering.

still - its only a small criticism for an otherwise excellently put together short. good cinematography. well done.
Posted: Sun, 27th Jun 2004, 7:47pm

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Very nice. I am impressed by your use of light and music. We actually prepared some popcorn and enjoyed the movie. Congrats!
Posted: Mon, 28th Jun 2004, 2:50pm

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Pfac sou o administrador do www.cinetuga.com uma comunidade que nasceu hoje estas convidado para la aparecer e mostrar o teu filme ao pessoal...

Aquele Abraco
Posted: Tue, 29th Jun 2004, 5:04pm

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This was definitive one of the best I've seen here.

Really nightmarish. eek
Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 10:46am

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Astonishing. 5
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 8:27pm

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i just finished the movie.it was realllllyy scary eek .it was so scary that i am just criticizing you to remind myself it wasnt real.ok maybe im not that freaked out,but it was pretty scary.The ending was lame.It would have been better as sidewinder said.If you didnt actually see him shooting himself.Or if he died in the game ill explain.

remember the guy who said finish the game, and remember the guillotine
what if (in the game) he walked back to the room with the guillotine,and right clicked on it (a little box pops up that says use and cancel) he clicks on use.screen goes black.swooshing sound.END
Posted: Sun, 10th Oct 2004, 8:58am

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Well done. The use of camera, pacing and game footage worked well to create a scary presence.

My only complaints would be that it is predictable. But so many films are. And it's rarely about guessing how it will end as it is about seeing how it is executed. Just like the saying. "It's not the destination but the journay."

Also the whole shot of his friend telling him where the game is from was a little chessy. It could have been more subtle and freaky. But no big deal.

The movie did freak me out from time to time. Certainly left an impression. So great work. 5 out of 5.
Posted: Sun, 10th Oct 2004, 7:21pm

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I havent downloaded this, But the title sounds like a spanish softcore porn...
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2004, 5:02am

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Thanks people, for all the criticism on the movie.

To Bryce007: biggrin
Nice one, but no cigar.
I'm from Portugal, not Spain.
And if i would do a porn, would definitely be a Hard one. wink

Cheers, and once again Thanks.
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2004, 5:09am

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oh the sexual innuendo! surprised

anyway, I was wondering, and if you have been asked this allot forgive me, but when is your next movie coming out? You're 2 for 2 right now, and we all want a third razz
Posted: Sat, 25th Jun 2005, 3:51pm

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pfac

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I know this comes late as Hell (get it? twisted ), but i've been busy producing 3 different shorts.

One of them has a trailer, and it's intitled FaceX.
The trailer is now online.

About Shadows, it has been selected to appear in the 2005 International Festival of Cinema and Technology (probably in the Los Angeles part of the festival), and in the Action on Film Festival, also in LA later this year.

Once again thanks for the comments.
Posted: Sat, 25th Jun 2005, 8:18pm

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WOAH! I didn't even realize YOU made face x. awesome! that movie looks boss
Posted: Sat, 9th Jul 2005, 11:31pm

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For an ameteur film it was done really well good story, acting, and effects.