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The Complete Home Defence System

Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 11:24am

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The Complete Home Defence System was my final year individual University project; it was completed in January of this year. The brief was to create an amusing infomercial selling a system for defending your home, using the skills I had been taught throughout my media production course.

It was well recieved at the screening session and the audience had a good laugh.

I hope you enjoy, thanks for watching.
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Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 11:29am

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Looks good - but any chance of a more compressed version for us poor souls lumbered with 56k?

Cheers,
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Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 12:23pm

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Yeah sorry about that.

I do have a lowbandwith version on my website that plays in the window:

http://www.taiga-studio.com/index.php?id=14,17,0,0,1,0
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 3:16pm

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hilarious. a great parody of tv-shop and great entertainment. some parts of it and sentences used reminded me however of bob chipowskis world of home defence. nonetheless. great. 5/5.
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 3:41pm

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Yeah I have to admit I was inspired by the Bud Chapowski film, but then a lot of what was said was lifted directly from the crazy infomericals that sell these sort of things smile

The hours I had to spend watching infomerical channels just to get some good ideas mad biggrin
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 1:09am

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this video far exceeds the bud version despite it being "original" perse
for it feels like an actual infomercial
good use of music
and decent acting
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 6:28am

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Nice one man! How'd you get the phone number in the corner?
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 9:59am

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That made me chuckle, well done. The outtakes brought a new light to your acting too, Stella + filming = outtakes...
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 10:08am

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this video far exceeds the bud version despite it being "original" perse
I'd beg to differ. Whilst technically the use of alamdv was better, it should probably be taken into consideration that bud chipowski was done with Alamdv 1!. The acting in Bud was also much better, although you do beat Bud in terms of props/sets, at least in the outside scenes - sitting in your living room is rather lame.

Your QVC-style adverts are, however, quite amusing and the screen overlays etc are spot on.

What Bud has that yours fails to capture, i feel, is the flagrant cheesiness. This is probably related to the acting i suppose, but yours felt like it was *actually* a bad QVC advert, as opposed to Bud which was stylised and deliberately crass.

Your was good, but for my money this still doesn't beat a bit of Bud.
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 12:33pm

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That was pretty funny smile

nice QVC like graphics, those were well done smile
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 1:01pm

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Very cool, 5 stars nice use of effects.

Now whats that number again, I need this for my home eek A light saber!
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 4:33pm

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COOOOOL! Wow this was a great movie! Could not see how u did make all that screen look. Looks just like a TV Shop movie. Heh. Great use of effects. This movie made me laugh btw! biggrin

Of course I'll give this one a 5. Keep up the good work! wink
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 5:02pm

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I really loved this movie.. And you know why ?! The lightsaber you used is exactly the same as mine biggrin just a simple flashlight hehe ^^
Soo... I ordered the Complete Home Defence System and it better be good ! wink

and I also watched youre other movies.. they are good. Keep up the good work.
sayonara
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 8:42pm

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Xcession wrote:

this video far exceeds the bud version despite it being "original" perse
I'd beg to differ. Whilst technically the use of alamdv was better, it should probably be taken into consideration that bud chipowski was done with Alamdv 1!. The acting in Bud was also much better, although you do beat Bud in terms of props/sets, at least in the outside scenes - sitting in your living room is rather lame.

What Bud has that yours fails to capture, i feel, is the flagrant cheesiness. This is probably related to the acting i suppose, but yours felt like it was *actually* a bad QVC advert, as opposed to Bud which was stylised and deliberately crass.
notice how i use the word original
i am aware that bud used early version of alamdv
however, that shouldnt matter in the gist of things when considering how good the video is
b/c even if this video used old alamdv, it wouldn't have made a difference
also, i dont think the acting in bud's was better
the acting in both weren't great, but this one had better acting (meaning, the acting matched the mood and feel of the video better compared to bud's)

flagrant cheesiness
i dont think it came off as that
moreover, if bud intended it to be cheesy, it wasn't done well
it came more off as cheap
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 12:59am

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I'm always watching Infomercials on TV late at night with friends, just cus theres nothing else on. I thought this movie was great! You copied the style of an infomercial very well. The graphics were awesome, the tone of the voice, the whole "30 day money back", the 1-800 number, the order screen was just exacly as how you would see it. Plus the special effects were cool!

I thought this was a totally cool movie...
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 1:24am

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Rating: +1

This was good for the "this is a real advertisment" stuff, but I prefer Bud Chipowski as well. Still, a quite good job.
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 5:42pm

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Rating: +1

Great work! It really made my laugh real bad some times. Nice work! 4
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 6:03pm

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Yeah, really good movie. It was fun, very good effekts and I learned alot about safety. 5/5
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 12:50pm

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I really enjoyed this, OK some of the acting was a little questionable and I'm not sure a living room gave quite the right effect but hey it was still good, one of the best movies I've seen on here.

Look forward to your next release
Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2004, 6:29am

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This is prob one of my favorite comedys on the site. I was either laughing or had a smile on my face the whole way threw. If i could id give it a 8/5 buuut ill guess youll have to settle for the 5/5.

-Chris
Posted: Mon, 11th Oct 2004, 11:56pm

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This was hilarious! Effects were well-placed and you had a nice tight script. I think the only thing was really the indoor lighting. It made things look a bit dark, but overall it didn't get in the way of my enjoying the film. I would have rated it a 4, but the ladies made it a 5 for me...

-- Jay
Posted: Thu, 14th Oct 2004, 3:34pm

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Yeah I have to admit the lighting wasn't great. I had to shoot away from university so didn't have access to a lighting kit. Instead I used a couple of Halogen work lights, which are obviously the wrong colour temp and don't have lighting gels etc.

My personal real issue with my film though is the sound, I did not have access to a sound kit either at the time, and I think the dialogue suffers from being too far away from the camera. With hindsight I should have pherhaps rigged up a basic microphone on a stick or something.

Thanks for you kind comments people. smile