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Night Of The Comedians (Test)

Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 1:51pm

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Deepcoiler

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This is a simple test that my friends, brother and I made. It was a horrible concept with no plot, and we shot the whole thing in front of a green screen, only to discover that we were never standing in front of it. However, if you like comic and senseless stupidness and violence, check this out!
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Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 2:59pm

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Pretty good for a first try. Altough I couldn't here a word what the actors were saying. Effects were strange, and randomly placed. Although the rain effect, which actually looked quite good.

Sorry, only 1 out of 5 from me.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 3:56pm

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I couldn't hear what the actors said and the whole movie was quite wierd, so I'll only give this 1/5
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 4:03pm

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You need more angles, and a better story, and, better audio.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 5:20pm

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Rating: +1

So tell me, how are the "Bloopers" different from the rest of the "movie?"
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 7:11pm

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You need......movie. That was a bunch of random stuff, and not funny random, just random. I didn't know what I was watching the whole time. Thankfully, you said yourself that this sucks, so don't think too bad of my review. Also, if you knew it was that bad, why submit it?

the funny thing is though, if you made this black and white, slowed it down, and replaced the audio with slow piano music, you could win sundance.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 7:33pm

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Rawree

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I take it that you only submitted this because you thought it'd be cool to see your "movie" on a website. I realise I may be asked to "cut you some slack because you're only kids" or something similar but this really did not seem worth submitting. I really am sorry but have nothing much positive to say about it, this is the kind of thing that should be kept on your harddrive for your friends and family.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 11:29pm

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BOO!!!!










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"Lucky!!!"
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2004, 11:34pm

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definately not worth submitting, as Rawree said. Nothing at all special. What why did you film in front of a greenscreen and not key out the green? I had no idea what anyone was saying. 1 out of 5 for a a few hours of your time, but it doesn't deserve anything more than that, IMO.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 12:08am

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Well sorry, that was kind of the point, I just wanted to get some "constructive critcism", and about the green, I planned on keying out the green, but since it was so badly filmed, we could not even key it all out..........
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 12:09am

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You need chromy then biggrin
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 12:11am

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Evman

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then reshoot it or something before submitting it as is. It looks really bad.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 12:32am

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Okay I've been trying to stay on the positive side of things lately what with everyone being negative towards me recently, so I'll give you my two cents. The titles and the music went well......the source footage, however, didn't. You need to either reshoot the whole movie or just scrap the whole thing altogether. I'd say this is an instance where the intent was there, but the execution wasn't. Try again. And if its not good, try another time. All filmmaking takes is practice. Practice, practice, practice. Oh, and don't forget the best thing of all....CAMERA ANGLES! Add more of 'em!
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 12:56am

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the bloopers were the same as the whole movie!
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 1:47am

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Thanks for the, um, criticism......I know it was really bad, but I just wanted to get a reaction for it, and I will try to make my next one way better........
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 1:54am

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Just remember that the equipment doesn't make the filmaker. Before you go out and buy a G5 and an XL2 and stuff, just remember it won't make your movies any better. Practice will wink
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 10:26am

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Rating: +2

To get that greenscreen "keyable", you need to make it so that it's all as much of a single colour as possible.

And how do you do that? By making sure that it's VERY flat indeed. If you look at your shots, the greenscreen is all scrunched and wrinked, and this means that there are multiple shades of green on the screen rather than a single, flat colour. When attatching it to the wall or whatever, pull it really taught, and stick it down with LOTS of duct-tape or similar. That'll make sure that there aren't any creases which would make keying impossible.

You could also do with some extra lighting on the screen, behind your actor. If you can't do this with actuall lights (cheap ones from a hardware store will do) - then you can make some 'reflectors' for next to nothing that will help you make the most of your natural light sources. To do this, get a big, thick cardboard box, and cut it so that you have a large, flat section of cardboard. The larger, the better. Then, take some aluminium foil, and open it up. There are two sides to the foil - one's REALLY shiney, and the other is sorta dull. You want to stick the aluminium foil down so that the DULL side is upwards (so that you can see the dull side and not the shiney one). Try to stick the foil down so that there are no crinkles, creases or wrinkles. Once it's stuck in place, you're done.

Now, with those reflectors placed (out of shot) angled towards the screen, between the actor and the screen itself, you'll be bouncing the natural light away from the actor, and onto the screen instead. This should make the thing easier to key. Make sure you try and get a 'flat' lighting - in that you don't want parts that are lit better than others (you can play around with this by moving the reflectors further or nearer to the screen and angling them differently).

Here's a [very hurried and pretty rubbish!] picture to help you understand what I mean about their positioning :



You also need to sort out your sound. Get a set of headphones, and plug those into the camera's headphone socket, so you're able to tell how the sound levels are (in this case, they were far too quiet to be heard). You might also want to invest in a cheap mic - you can get them from audio shops for very little. Then, get a broom handle (they're only about £1), an audio extension cable, some duct tape and someone to hold the damn thing - and you've got a crude boom mic for very little money indeed! Obviously it won't be as good as a proper one - but it should be a massive improvement over what you've got at the moment.

I think it would also help you to get a better idea of what it is you want to shoot before you do - scripting and storyboarding are very important here. Just take a couple of sheets of paper, and sketch out how you want each scene to look, shot by shot. It doesn't have to be incredibly detailed - but just as long as it's enough to help you clear up your own mental picture of how you want the film to look. You might also want to let your actors learn their lines a couple of days/weeks ahead of time, and then do some 'dressed rehersals' or dry runs - going through the exact thing as if you were filming it, only without videoing anything.

I hope this helps smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 3:20am

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I don't mean to be a pessimist or anything but... I'm glad you found this website. Like me, you'll have a lot to learn. I should have read the caption more closely because I just wasted 2 minutes of my lifetime watching and downloading this. But, as with me, you'll learn. However, try to establish atleast some concept.