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Somthing was Watching

Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 3:02pm

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ssjaaron

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This is a short movie made in one day with my cousin. It is about a soilder looking for somthing, but what he does not know, is somthing is watching him.
This was a huge color corection test, and test for other things.
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Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 4:37pm

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I cant help but be reminded of A Soldier's Breath when I watch this. Some of the camera angles where identical. Nice color correction.

EDIT: One thing was that it was a little dark. I liked the contrast but maybe boosting the mids a little would be better.
Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 8:38pm

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sorry if i used some of your camera angles, like the back of the feet. that is the only one.
and ya this was pretty much a colorcorection test.
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Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 9:58pm

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No not at all. Dont worry about it. I geuss i cant even say they were mine.
Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 10:02pm

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I have to say, I didn't like it.

The camerawork was really, really, really offputting. Sometimes handheld shots can add to the energy of a scene, but sometimes they can make a film look amateurish and rushed. Unfortunatley, it didn't really work for me at all, and it created a sense of the latter rather than the former.

The editing also felt 'jarring', if you get what I mean, in that it didn't have a real flow to it - it felt as if it was a collection of seperate shots rather than a continuous sequence.

I also agree that whilst the colour correcting was nice, it was completley pointless given that you couldn't really see what was going on because it was far too dark.

I did quite enjoy the concept, but I just feel that it could have been improved with a little work.

So, two-stars for effort I guess smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 11:16pm

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therenegade wrote:

Some of the camera angles where identical.
What is it with people saying Aaron's shots were identical to other stuff? It's rather hard to come up with a completely original camera angle, so of course angles are going to be similar.

And this was all handheld, I wouldn't really call those angles, more like "shots".
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 2:55am

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The camera work in this was a biggie for me. Some shots looked 'okay', but others looked like "Hurry up man, we gotta get home and edit this!"-ish. Sorry Aaron, man, I usually like ur stuff. What kind of camera do you use? Some parts look like they were done with a GL2 and some look like a standard MiniDV cam.
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 4:19am

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ssjaaron

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ok ok ok, enof with the shaky handheld comments, i realize it was, i did this all in ONE day! and i am still trying to figure out how to stedy it in AE. so insted of saying the same thing over, help me out insted. thanks guys
i am sorry this movie sucks, i made it was 2 people and they are my younger cousins. so cut me some slak.

-ssjaaron unsure
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 9:23am

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Arktic

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Rating: +1

i am still trying to figure out how to stedy it in AE
Baaaaad idea.

It's a thousand times harder to create a steady shot in post than it is to get one while you're filming (i.e. use a tripod - or failing that, if you can't get a tripod, ANYTHING to ballance the camera on and get a steady shot is preferable to trying to make shots steady in post-production).

Hope this helps biggrin

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Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 1:12pm

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ssjaaron

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Thanks arktic, for acaully trying to help.

-ssjaaron unsure
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 10:10pm

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TimmyD

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aaron, how did you get so much force? i thought it was good... considering the circumstances. i have always liked your movies, but this one was not the best. what did you do the color corection with?
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 10:36pm

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ben3308

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Umm....maybe because he's bought two products and getting force isn't that hard.
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 11:23pm

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ssjaaron

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ya products will boost you, becuase i dont get alot of +1's lol
the colorcorection was all done in final cut
thanks guys
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Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 1:05am

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just wondering... because im rather new and have no idea how to.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 1:34am

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I liked the colors in the movie. Try to steady your shots a bit more. Make a steady cam they only cost like 20 to 30 bucks to make and they make a big differnce. Talk to therenegade about it he made one. Other than that it was a pretty decent movie.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 1:43am

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Evman

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yeah, I built one -

http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/

It works great.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 1:51am

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Is it me, or does that guy have down syndrome?
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 1:58am

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Evman

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If you're talking about the guy who made that tute for the stabalizer, I doubt he could make up the design if he had DS.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 2:03am

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It would be that much funnier.
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 2:04am

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Evman

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well I made one so I hope that's not the case! razz