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The Final Day

Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 4:17pm

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This is a little shortfilm I did in this week's videocourse at uni (which I had to visit). Was quite funny, even though we had very little time to work on our film. All neded to be done in 2 days.


A survivor of the world war 3 leaves her bunker to look for other survivors and finds the world in ruins...


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Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 4:44pm

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Downloading it now, can't wait to see it. (becouse it's you're movie Sollthar)
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 4:45pm

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OH MY GOD!!!!!

That was superb, I'm speechless.

5/5
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 4:55pm

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Just as I thought. A very good movie. Briliant, genious. Do you mind telling us what you used chromy for?

Exelent movie Sollthar. 5/5
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:00pm

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He probably used chromy for that last shot, and compositing the fire and smoke and possibly some fake camera movement in there too.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:11pm

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Man I hate DiVX!!!! It's the foulest codec ever.

I got to see about 3/4 of the film (although with annoying pops throughout the otherwise very engaging audio) before the screen turned white... I have no idea how it ends now. It cut when there's a close up of a flower in the foreground.

From what I could see:

- Excellent choice of music.

- Good locations (I keep forgetting you Swiss have those nuclear bunkers in every appartment complex - ain't it cool!);

- Amazing sound design;

- Good direction, composition and framing for the most part;

- Engaging as it keeps holding my attention despite a slow pace and a no dialogue - not an easy feat.

- Some really good compositing.

The bad:

- Some flames in the composites didn't seem strong enough for what they were burning;

- not enough devastation (I know what you were working from) but truly it needs to have more ruins. Maybe matte paintings?

- Why are there so many fires? Did they leave the bunker as soon as they stopped hearing noises?


I'd like to know how it ends. An mpeg-4 version maybe?
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:28pm

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Thanks for the comments! smile


Yeah, Chromy was used for compositing the fire in and for doing rotoscoping where necessary.


John... I had 2 days time in that course... That includes planning, filming, editing, adding fx, doing sounddesign and render the whole thing out... Trust me, I didn't lose one second of it, but there was no more time for anything else. smile
Mattepaintings would have been great, no doubt. Allthough completely out of question in the timeframe we were given. sad

Heh, yeah. The fires make no sense, I know. They're basically there for the same reason above: I needed to find a method to devastate around 20 shots within a timeframe of less then 6 hours. smile



Hm, no idea why you have such problems with divx all the time... crazy
Will see if I can get you the end. Cause I like it the most. You basically missed the one final shot. wink
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:34pm

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Someone really needs to look at your PC John. You seem to have stupid issues with DivX that really shouldn't happen.

Anyways, onto the short film.

Sollthar, firstly, in what the short offered it was nearly unflawed. Lovely music and great editing... the style chosen was perfect too. The first shot was brilliant as was the wide angle shot of her crotching in the shopping centre!

However, for someone who has just survived a bombing in WW3. I'd imagine a lot more of a panic, a more dirty face, a more horrific feel to it all. She seemed amazingly calm with all the fire around her.

I woulda much preferred her panicing - eating the banana quickly.. then rushing around looking for survivors - then finding the male companion; then maybe things could have slowed down with some romance (hope).

Just the way it rubbed with me. Still as a production. It was solid!
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:38pm

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I admit it. I wanted it to turn into a porno....

wink
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:40pm

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er-no wrote:

Someone really needs to look at your PC John. You seem to have stupid issues with DivX that really shouldn't happen.

Anyways, onto the short film.

Sollthar, firstly, in what the short offered it was nearly unflawed. Lovely music and great editing... the style chosen was perfect too. The first shot was brilliant as was the wide angle shot of her crotching in the shopping centre!

However, for someone who has just survived a bombing in WW3. I'd imagine a lot more of a panic, a more dirty face, a more horrific feel to it all. She seemed amazingly calm with all the fire around her.

I woulda much preferred her panicing - eating the banana quickly.. then rushing around looking for survivors - then finding the male companion; then maybe things could have slowed down with some romance (hope).

Just the way it rubbed with me. Still as a production. It was solid!
Now that I'm not speechless anymore, I ditto that wink

...oh except the porno part smile
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:40pm

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Rating: -1

er-no wrote:

I admit it. I wanted it to turn into a porno....

wink
He he
*LOL
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Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:43pm

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Heh, we swiss are a bunch of tough bastards you know. Thats why she isn't scared. wink
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 5:58pm

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Let's se if it can reach the top ten!! biggrin
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 7:20pm

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That was pretty sweet. It kept my attention throughout. Wondering tho, what did you use for your fire effects? Even tho (like people said and even you) some of the fire was pointless, it was still placed well and was believeable.

-Chris
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 7:26pm

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Sollthar, don't get me wrong - I did say I knew what you had to work with. I understand the circumstances and all. I just find it diminishes the strength of the film a little. But I'm picky, as you know.

The only other thing that bothers me is that some (not all, some) flames do not seem "strong" enough for what they are burning.

Minor things overall.

And for the record, I'm on a Mac, downloaded the latest DiVX from the official site, and it never works right... At least this time I'm grateful to have an image for most of it. The sound is always shit. I never have these problems with quicktime.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 7:35pm

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that was pretty cool. I loved the cinematography, and how you used the music. I just started writing a post-apocolyptic script and was straining over how to make my city looked destroyed

Klut wrote:

Let's se if it can reach the top ten!! biggrin
heh, Im sure it will. Sollthar is synonymous with the top ten list here
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 8:04pm

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Hey John, im on a mac, and this file plays fine with quicktime for me. I dont know if youve tried that yet.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 8:40pm

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I did try with Quicktime...

Also with VLC player, Mplayer, and another one I can't remember the name...

Various results but never a full film. And audio is always crap.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 8:47pm

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Very odd that. I'm on a mac too. Even made it on a mac. Runs without any problems here in quicktime.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 9:01pm

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Well, that Marco, was fantastic.

What was the exact task set for the film course thing, if you don't mind me asking? Was it specifically to make a post-apocalyptic film, or was that your idea?

Anyway, it was top biggrin

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 9:03pm

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Thank you Arktic!


Nah, that was our idea. The task was just to make a shortfilm. Fiction or Documentary, in 2 days time (Around 12 hours working time) from scratch.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 9:06pm

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Well, kudos to you for the cool thinking.

Great to see you about again, anyway smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 7:10am

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Well, this was great! cool I really liked how you made flame and smoke fit in. And the ending was fabolous! A 5 from me. wink
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 7:18am

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My friend and I both agree- this is good. But i do have one comment- while the fire was good in some parts (the flames coming out of the windows) it was overused as well (just about everywhere else). Good all except for the overuse of the flames. But still good.
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 12:45pm

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Wow! Nice Movie Sollthar razz !
Only one thing the fire stock is a little repetative, so why dont you go out and shoot some more fire stock, and make some alamdv plugins outa it too? biggrin The end shots camera movement looked a bit fake, but my eyes were on the remains of the city, so i could barley notice.

billy3d
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 5:45pm

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Great stuff Marco....you can achieve in two days what i can't in a lifetime.
Well done......just another hit to go with your never ending list of winners...lol
I'm thoroughly depressed watching all this talent and saying to myself...why can't I do that.......hehe.

All the best Marco
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 6:14pm

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Well done, looks like it may top AotS. Can we see a still of the last shot with nothing done to it?
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 6:20pm

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*hugs davlin* You're young still, you'll do it! wink


Here you go serpent:

Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 6:32pm

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Woah, you did a good job destroying it. smile
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 7:16pm

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Sollthar is the Official:Pyrotechnic-Explosive-Flame-Destruction dude
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 9:23pm

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No, he does it digitally, now Twisted Studios on the other hand...smile
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 9:24pm

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Don't forget those digital explosions are real, almost 3 metres high and done by myself. wink
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 9:33pm

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Great camera shots and effects, but litlle boring story.
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naciek wrote:

Great camera shots and effects, but litlle boring story.
He only had two days you know! (or was it more?)
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2004, 10:20pm

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Yeah, it was 2 days for all. That doesn't excuse a boring story though. I just don't find it boring. smile

Would have done the same "story" with more time, would just have spent it on doing more mattepaintings and more exact compositing.
Posted: Sun, 29th Aug 2004, 12:34am

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That was cool. Great style as always.
Posted: Sun, 29th Aug 2004, 1:39am

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I'm having the same troubles as my friend JohnCarter.

I converted it with DivxDoctor, and the NCC intro played fine, but the rest of the movie's audio was really stuttery.

Looked great though.
Posted: Sun, 29th Aug 2004, 2:59am

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hmm... you guys have real problems. do you know that vlc player?
maybe you guys should use that one player, it really can play almost everything in the world: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

to the movie. I am not going to rate it, because I won't rate it fair enough. I liked the beginning, but what I didn't like about the rest was that there was no tension, no questions, no real why, etc.

well, it's just me... biggrin
Posted: Sun, 29th Aug 2004, 5:02am

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I must say, Sollthar, you'll probably never make something that I don't like. And this latest flick just proves the rule. It was masterfully put together, but compared to other films such as "Ghost", its just not top quality for me. Still, nonetheless, amazing and visually pleasing. 3/5 from me. smile
Posted: Sun, 29th Aug 2004, 5:21am

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Very good cinematography. I liked it. The only problem that I had with it was that it was sort of long and boring in places. Because of that, only a 4, but still better than most stuff on here.
Posted: Mon, 30th Aug 2004, 2:55am

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wow dude REALLY NICE JOB!
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I tried VLC to no avail...
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I am on a Mac, and can not play it on the web, it either doesn't work (this is on all avi's) or it works, until it fully loads, then it turns white, but I can play the audio fine, so I have to download it. A little annoying, but I'll live.
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VLC doesn't work for me either. In fact, I've never had good luck with that.
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ROFL @ Aculag's sig
Posted: Tue, 31st Aug 2004, 12:28am

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Aculag wrote:

VLC doesn't work for me either. In fact, I've never had good luck with that.
well, then not even I can help right now biggrin
Posted: Tue, 31st Aug 2004, 2:51am

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I liked it. Solid production. 5/5. I liked the classic ( or else it seems to me to be classic) No Control Dutch angle shots. Classic.









The Renegade.
P.S. I hope poeple understood what I said.
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Divx works great for me. I am on a mac by the way.








The Renegade
Posted: Sun, 5th Sep 2004, 9:46pm

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It felt very 28 Days Later to me (despite Tarn and schwar's feelings, I say that was a damn good film and im sure many others agree)...so in effect Sollthar, this is a compliment wink

the one thing you keep doing that gets annoying are the "fake camera movements" stop zooming in so generically. In steady of a constant zoom, can't you just make the camera have some fluid movement in it...as if, its not static but it kind of flows a millimmter or two to the left, then to the right, then up, then right again. Do you know what I mean? As if it's on a stationary steadycam - that would make it much more dynamic.

You've overused that trick and ruined it for the rest of us wink
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I'd blow up the world to have better odds with that chick too! LOL!!!

Decent little Vid. Needs more then just burning stuff though, could have used a little action (rocks falling from buildings), and commentary or something. Was really good but incomplete, fun learning film. I would have liked more scenes like the one with the girl eating the bananna in an empty food court. Maybe could have had her throw rocks through windows, or walked into empty houses and stuff like that. What else can I say, it was enjoyable, and left me wanting more.

GREAT CASTING!!! wink