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Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 10:49am

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When a man comes home one day... He is greeted by a host who is out of this world!

I came up with this plot last week, we shot it yesterday in about 45 minutes, and I edited last night.

This is the first movie I've scored the music for, so if the music sucks, that's why. This is also the first movie of mine in a long time that I've acted in. And it will be the last for a long time, so savor it.

Enjoy!

Advance apologies to JohnCarter for the audio quality, and the overall lack of budget.
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Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 5:37pm

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LOL, that was great. I love he does the stereotypical "run into another room in to the house" instead of the common sensed "not even go into the house". The music was pretty good as well. It looked as if you were making fun of alot of "clicheness" (is that a word?) in that movie. I liked it.
Posted: Wed, 9th Jun 2004, 6:33pm

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aculag was kind enough to show me this movie last night, and my opinion of it hasn't changed. this is the best D and R film I have seen. I loved this film. The concept, the acting, and the overall over-dramtization. f-f-f-f-f-5ive stars
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 1:53am

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Very cool. Another good one from you. The acting is great, over-the-top, and funny. Edit - Nothing used to be here, promise.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 2:03am

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As usual, great filming, bad sound, great acting, original story.

4/5 from me wink
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 8:04am

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My acting was a little off because that day my doctor told me I came down with colon cancer, so I was a little bummed. That's also why I'm somewhat hunched over when you first see the alien, because of the pain.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 2:14pm

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Aculag good job acting man. Its to bad you wont be acting much more cause you are really funny. Also nice job framing your shots. Its nice to see someone taking the time to frame a shot instead of all the crap on this site that is ill framed. I rate it a 5.






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Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 2:37pm

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Aculag wrote:

Advance apologies to JohnCarter for the audio quality, and the overall lack of budget.
From a guy who claims to take criticism well... LMAO. I'm in tears already....

That being said, your audio isn't half bad for a change compared to what you usually serve us - seems like you actually put some effort on it - except for one thing, but it's a technical one - seems to me that your levels are slightly too high. For digital or web output, your VU meter should be around -12.

Seems also that one of the gun sounds in the second part where you slowed down the footage seems to be crushed because your levels are, again, too high. Another side effects of badly balanced audio levels in the digital world.

Good music though - works well with the piece. Not bad at all.

Story is ok.

It was overall well lit except for one shot - you have duplicate shadows on the wall when the guy shoots at the alien - it's a classic mistake: it betrays that you are using external sources. If the light is supposed to come from a natural or central source, there should be only one shadow. There was no other light source established so I assume it's either the sun (through windows) or a ceiling fixture. For shadows like that, either put both spots next to each other or use only one.

As for your budget comment, for the record, I have NEVER faulted anyone for lack of budget. What upsets me is lack of efforts. Lack of budget can always be worked around. I shot over 50 shorts. Most of them with no money at all, except the money I used to buy tapes. Your comment was out of line.

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Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 2:46pm

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/me handbag
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 6:32pm

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You know, I just watched Full Moon about 25 minutes ago, and I wasn't really impressed. After reading the forums about it I got excited, but it wasn't that good. Same here, everyone seems to be saying how great it was, but what was so great? I didn't see anything that made me go: "Nice!" or even a giggle.
I dunno, maybe I don't see your humor, or style of shorts, but they just seem incomplete to me. Like the story is lacking something, or the concept isn't enough.

To each his own I guess.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:12pm

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To JohnCarter - TeeHee!
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:20pm

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Calibretto wrote:

I dunno, maybe I don't see your humor, or style of shorts, but they just seem incomplete to me. Like the story is lacking something, or the concept isn't enough.
They're definitely an acquired taste and not to everyone's humour. But the incomplete feeling is very deliberate, I feel - their arbitraryness is precisely what makes them funny to me. The delicate balance of deadly seriousness and complete normality, based around an entirely ludicrous idea. No rationalising or explaining, which is where the joke lies.

To each his own I guess.
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Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:23pm

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Tarn, yours is a good explanation. I thank you.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:24pm

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Was I right?
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:29pm

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that was really good. great work. That was funny and cool at the same time. Great editing, sound, as mentioned, could use some work, and the music was good.

I like all of your films, but this one is better, in my opinion, than the others.

Way to go!
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:53pm

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Tarn wrote:

They're definitely an acquired taste and not to everyone's humour. But the incomplete feeling is very deliberate, I feel - their arbitraryness is precisely what makes them funny to me. The delicate balance of deadly seriousness and complete normality, based around an entirely ludicrous idea. No rationalising or explaining, which is where the joke lies.
But you can't say that they are 'great'. I keep seeing that all of these forums. There isn't anything 'great' about them. There doesn't seem to be any thought behind them, just a 'hey lets make something stupid' kinda concept. I haven't seen anything in these films to say that they are 'funny'. I mean, someone please explain what makes these films derseve such high ratings? Or even anything above a 3? I am not seeing it. Please explain, I must be alone in the dark or something.



To each his own I guess.
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Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:56pm

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Aculag

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Calibretto wrote:

To each his own I guess.
Indeed!
I think you kinda summed it up right there, chief. If you don't like it, forget about it and move on. It's not like there's a "We Like Dennis & Ronnie Films Club" that you're missing out on.

I'm taking it as a compliment that you're so hard pressed to see what's good about this, since that tells me that even if you didn't like it, you've spent some time thinking about it.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jun 2004, 11:59pm

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Aculag wrote:

To JohnCarter - TeeHee!
You know what? Trying to give you constructive criticism seems like a total waste of time. It's obviously going unappreciated.

Keep on trucking cowboy. Last time I bother with your crap though.

Cheerio!
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 12:06am

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Aculag

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You know, you have got to be one of the touchiest people I have ever conversed with.

I was saying TeeHee, not because I don't appreciate your comments, but because the whole "Advance apologies to johncarter" thing was meant to be taken lightly, not as an insult.

Just because I don't bend down and kiss your toes doesn't mean you have to get all fussy over something like that.

I definitely appreciate your comments, and you KNOW that, I've told you on numerous occasions, but there's not much I can say about them, since they're always about the audio quality. I know the audio quality is off. If I really cared that much, I would spend more time making sure it pleases you, but since (and I've said this before as well) I'm not trying to win any awards here, I don't feel it's necessary for everything to be perfect.

Take it or leave it.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 2:30am

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In my opinion i didn't think the audio was that bad at all. Could have been a bit cleaner but meh its not like it took away from the whole film. Anyways I noticed the music was by someone who is in Dennis and Ronnie Films and i must say the music score composed fit very well and I was impressed. There was definatly a clear story being told that is evident to the viewer's and it basically kept me watching till the end. I enjoyed this little short. Keep up the work. Also the flower shot at the start and the end was very well taken.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 4:29am

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Calibretto wrote:

But you can't say that they are 'great'.
Yes, I can, if that's what I think. The whole point with entertainment is that it's all about your own personal tastes. Especially so when it comes to humour. Me and CX3 thinking it is 'great' is just as valid as your opinion that it isn't.

I mean, some people think that the Matrix films are the best films ever made. Some people think that Citizen Kane is rubbish. I disagree with them both, but doesn't make their opinion invalid.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 3:47pm

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You know why I like this? Cause it actually made me feel sorry for that poor bastard that got shot. smile
Even though it's totally random and makes no sense, it touched me. Heh...
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 2:25am

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Ah man, I loved this one. It's just as good as Car Trouble. All your ideas are genious Aculag, and it's nice to see you on-screen in some of your films. The accent made it even funnier. Keep up the good work. If your website ever goes up, you should think about selling a copy of your films on DVD. Y'know, you could add behind-the-scenes, commentary, stuff like that. Just an idea. You never cease to amaze. Keep up the good work.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 2:27am

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atom wrote:

The accent made it even funnier.
I'm sorry... what?
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 5:11am

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y'know, 'josiah' say "aaaah my friend. C'meen, c'meen." He's got kind of a Nigerian-style accent. I think.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 6:12am

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Oh ok. I thought you meant MY accent. I was like, "whaaaaaaaat?"
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:03pm

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oh, okay. sorry then.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:04pm

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Sorry for what? I'm the one who misunderstood.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:07pm

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even metioning it.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:12pm

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Don't worry about it...
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:15pm

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Okay. Any chance you'll make a DVD?
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:17pm

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Yes, but I'm sure it won't be as impressive as yours.
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 4:26pm

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hahahahaha. (If that was a joke.) If not, then: Of course my DVD is good. * atom chuckles nervously, beeds of sweat rolling down his face, knowing that the only DVD that exceeded the crapiness of his was 'Gigli: Special Edition' *
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 10:00pm

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atom wrote:

hahahahaha. (If that was a joke.) If not, then: Of course my DVD is good. * atom chuckles nervously, beeds of sweat rolling down his face, knowing that the only DVD that exceeded the crapiness of his was 'Gigli: Special Edition' *
hehe good one...
Posted: Thu, 17th Jun 2004, 10:32pm

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haha. Thanks man.
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2004, 12:33am

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LOL, that was sweet. Another one by Aculag!!

Yeah, work on the sound... razz