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Daywalker

Posted: Sat, 1st Jan 2005, 8:29pm

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Daywalker - a fan film based on the popular film and comic book character "Blade" - It takes place before the first "Blade" film. Directed by A.J. Rickert-Epstein, Starring Chris Cowan, Written by Logan Nalliah. Shot in a total of 5 days over the months of September thru November 2004. Edited on Final Cut Pro 4. Made for $700 dollars with freely rented equipment from the student organization M.A.F.I.A. (Miami Association of Filmmakers and Independent Actors).

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Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 1:24am

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The File is too big but I am downloading it cause I got broadband but try and lower the MB of the file please and put it in Windows. I will write what I think of it later.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 1:41am

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I caught ahold and downloaded this yesterday.
Firstly, I'm quite sure its bad compression that causes the image to be so dark, try and have a look at that one Ajjax, it kinda ruined the viewing a tad.

Onto the actual film. Overall it's fantastic. The editing is top notch, the sound could be a little better (the voice over at the beginning - but again that could be the compression). The acting is pretty good, nice one CX3, you carry off Blade and well... you guys have made a superb fan film which reveals why the Blade character is so cool.

Nice fight scenes too, definetely going to be watching them again to see how you achieved some of the shots/edits.

Worthy of the big file size, you just need to make a better quality version smile

Well done guys, let me know if you get a better version up so I can rewatch one of my fav movies on fxhome! smile
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 5:06am

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Excellent stuff, very professional presentation. A few sound effects didn't quite live up to the quality of the movie, though, but other than that I don't have any complaints.

Though I'm hesitant to vote on this one until I can see a higher quality version.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 5:15am

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Thanks for the comments - working on a better compression...I'm not going to be able to do windows media because I'm on a mac. Sorry Justin. Also, if you want a better quality compression - it's most likely going to be a larger file. I'll do what I can to prevent that - but this film is shot with darkness intended - unfortunately compression ruins detail in darkness. I'll do my best to get a better one uploaded soon. Also - Psyberkenetik - what sound effects didn't suit you? Just curious. Thanks again for checking it out and commenting. smile
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 5:18am

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I thought the sound was superb and the actor who played Blade really lived true to the character.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 5:25am

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Im thinking of filming something with a night shot, but they always turn out crappy for me. What did yall do that wont cost me a pretty penny?
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 5:29am

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Frozen - I used a light kit....rented a generator from the school for very cheap through our student organization. It played hell on our sound though which was a pain to fix. I recommend shooting no more than 500 feet away from an outlet that you can rig a bunch of extension cords to and get a light kit from your school or the local public access station. Often times they rent out equipment to community members free of charge.

Sk8npirate - thanks for the compliments!
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 6:55pm

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Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of the sound effects were excellent. I just thought a few of the weapon sounds were a little fake. The scene that comes to mind is when the Nightstalkers are readying their weapons for the mission.

Perhaps I sounded too serious earlier. Even those SFX that I noted are far better than those in most movies on this site. They just stood out to me because the rest of the work was so superb.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 7:54pm

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I read about this film and it was the best news I've had all day. Downloading now. Should only be a few more months. smile
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 8:21pm

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Okay finally another fan film to cheer about, I liked this movie alot and it did have the blade dark feel. The person who played blade actully made me belive he was weasly snipes, very good acting. The fighting sequences were good overall though some moved a little fast. The Quility of the film was kind of bad, the film moved slow on my computer and it dosent usually do.
Nice blade film and I hope to see a sequal if any. A 5 from me.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 8:52pm

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Trying to download, but keep getting "site not found" error message.

edit - working now. will post comments later
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 11:37pm

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Hey thanks everybody for your comments.

Er-No/Justin - Thanks for your comments on my acting. Ha, I watched blade 1 and 2 about 50 times each to try to get the feel of Mr. Snipes down and I was hoping I had pulled it off.

Thanks
-Chris
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2005, 11:40pm

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CX3 wrote:

Hey thanks everybody for your comments.

Er-No/Justin - Thanks for your comments on my acting. Ha, I watched blade 1 and 2 about 50 times each to try to get the feel of Mr. Snipes down and I was hoping I had pulled it off.

Thanks
-Chris
No problem! smile Make sure you watch the Commentary of Blade 2 with Mr Snipes as well. He is a funny guy smile (although I'm sure you have already)
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 5:53am

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Would anyone like us to post some varying compressions? Seems like some people are having issues with the mp4 codec and others think it looks superb. Some of you can handle a larger file size and others seem to have difficulty. It's hard to balance file size and quality with this long of a film though, and I've been up for two nights straight trying to figure out how to manage it. I can try adding a Sorenson 3 version maybe - but that doesn't help the file size. Any suggestions are welcome.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 6:51am

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Rating: +3

You should make a Sorenson version. The size will be a bit smaller and the picture quality will be a lot smoother.

Here is the best preset I have been able to work out.

Video

Sorenson Video 3
Quality: 40 (don't worry it looks great)
Motion:
FPS: 30 (unless it is 24p in which case you should use 24)
Keyframe: 30 (unless it is 24p in which case you should use 24)

Audio

Compressor: MPEG-4 Audio
Rate: 44.100 kHz
Size: 16 bit
Use: Stereo

The frames will look really smooth without all that pixelation. Do a little test with a minute or so of footage so you can get an idea of the file size and the look of it.

Canta unsure
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 8:42am

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Hey canta, thanks a lot - I've been bangin my head against the wall for days tryign to get something worked out. I'll try it. Thanks again.

AJ
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 4:41pm

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Yeah tried to watch the whole thing but it was just jumping and spluttering. Not good, a much smaller filesize would enable me to actually watch it properly. Look's great though, the cinematography looked amazing, but I'd like to see it properly please.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 5:19pm

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Good news:

Canta's compression presets worked pretty damned well and I'm uploading the new version. It will just replace the .mp4 that it is currently up. in about 15 minutes you can download the sorenson video 3 version. It looks much cleaner and I hope you all enjoy it more!!! Thanks for your patience.

ajjax

PS: Thanks again Canta - that was clutch

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Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 5:20pm

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I love you man.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 5:30pm

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I also brightened it up just a hair and the detail that comes out now it pretty hot. Latz.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 6:44pm

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cantaclaro wrote:

You should make a Sorenson version. The size will be a bit smaller and the picture quality will be a lot smoother.

Here is the best preset I have been able to work out.

Video

Sorenson Video 3
Quality: 40 (don't worry it looks great)
Motion:
FPS: 30 (unless it is 24p in which case you should use 24)
Keyframe: 30 (unless it is 24p in which case you should use 24)

Audio

Compressor: MPEG-4 Audio
Rate: 44.100 kHz
Size: 16 bit
Use: Stereo
Just thought I'd chime in on cantaclaro's info as its pretty good. Some things I'd add in case you're looking to fine tune some things to save on file size.

Audio
Compression:You might be able to get away with a compression rate of 32.00 kHz. You can also use Mono (instead of stereo) if you're not concerned about having dynamic audio in your submissions (i.e. having a bullet whiz from the Left to Right).

Codec: If you have nothing but music in your movie you also can consider using the QDesign Music Codec. However MPEG-4 audio generally seems to work the best.

Honestly Audio takes only 20-35% of your overall file size - Video is the biggest contributor to any file size and thus the most complicated to work with


Video

Codec: Sorenson 3 handles some "transitions" and blur effects better than MPEG-4. MPEG-4 is a bit better in creating files with a smaller file size. If you use Sorenson 3 you may have to compensate by decreasing the video size of your movie. (i.e. 640 x 427 or 500 x 333). Obviously decreasing your video size will change your overall filesize

Quality: I tend to use a quality between 50-75, but for a movie this size, I suggest doing what Cantaclaro says.

Motion: You might get away with 15 or 24 fps, but note that you'll lose sfx shots as you're telling the codec to "ignore" half your frames.

Keyframe: The keyframe (also known as i-frame) option allows the user to scroll through the movie to get to exact spot within the movie. I've gotten away with setting the iframe between 500-1000 instead of the 30 that Cantaclaro suggests.

Again Cantaclaro's settings are pretty accurate for those Quicktime users. For those of you who are looking to save those extra few megabytes consider tweaking some of these settings. I've done some partial research at school here so don't take my post as law as so much an agreement with Cantaclaro using some of my own experience as justification.


As far as the film, A.J. I'll be looking at it after I get off from work. I like the whole Blade Series so I'm sure it will be worth the wait! (How the heck do I have more "force" than you? To be honest, the force points aren't really important to me, but you've always submitted solid work...eh go figure)
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 7:32pm

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Yes a very cleaner version on the way cant wait
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 8:17pm

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It's up now. Hope you enjoy!
Edit- Rudy - thanks for the extras. I'm pretty happy with the way this one turns out. Let me know if there's any problems for anyone with this new version.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 10:15pm

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Errr... stupid question. Where is it?

EDIT: there it is!!! New version didn't appear online straight away. Confusing.

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Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2005, 10:20pm

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Wow, once again really nicely done Cobra and Mafia productions. You should really be proud of this project, as u have proved that u have developed in your acting, masking, effects and choreography skills.
I liked the way u tried to find new camera angles, some of them were good (using a lil zoom here and there), but some didnt really work all too well.
It all looks very professional, but as mentioned before some of the sound effects arent as good as the movie, you should maybe consider recording some of them on ur own.
Also some of the dialogue audio wasnt all to good, You should use a directional microphone, and hold it a lil more away from the actors, especially in the part where the chick screams in the car... (sorry, not chick, the beautiful lady wink )
In the car scene, where the guy turns into a vampire, jee that was scary as hell, in the backshot of his head, one can still see that he has his sunglasses on. I didnt notice this at first, but after watching it a 1000 times i did see that minor mistake.
I truly loved the way u used some of the effects from FXHOME, and that "Equilibrium type dark scene" was really well done..wonder how u did that. Film normaly, then apply the muzzle flashes, and darken it with a sligth blue tint ????

I am a huge fan of Blade, even though rather alot might consider this movie as crap, IT IS A CLASSIC, and I was so happy to see a fan film, and a realy good fan film of this movie.

SO ALL IN ALL, I loved this film... Hope u will make more movies soon !!!!

5/5

Cheers,
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Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 12:03am

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another 2 thumbs up to the folks over at Cobra and Mafia productions. well done!
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 12:35am

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EDIT - Link's back up. Enjoy.

PS: devilsk8r - I was wondeing if you could clarify what angles "didn't work so well". That just seemed kind of vague/subjective to me. Thanks for the other comments/suggestions.

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Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 10:44am

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Compression is much better on the new version, but you forgot to deinterlace it, which causes lots of problems in the action sequences.
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 5:00pm

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The movie got a lot better at 21:00 minutes in. I thought the scene in the Night Stalkers lair would never end.Too much dialog.

The thing I love mos about the Blade franchise, at least the first two films is that so much exposition is handled by Blade one liners and action.

The actor playing Blade did a great job of approximating the voice. The costume, hair, weapons & Blade tatoo all looked super cool!

Now, I do realize this is a personal pet peeve of mine, but what the hell was with all the smoking in the film? It's not cool, it's just nasty. More importantly, it had no real expositive purpose. I had similar issues with Trinity.

The music was great. The fight coreography seemed to improve toward the end of the film and was pasable by the end. The locations all looked great!

Overal, I have to give respect for this effort. Not only did you tackle something apart from going postal or the typical Jedi or Sith saga, but you also manage to tell a story! Big, big ups for that! This film could lose 8 to 10 minutes with tightening up the editing and still be effective IMHO. I have to give this film a 4. Nice job guys!
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 8:17pm

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I thought this was very well done in many diffrent ways. The only real question I have is how did you do some of your muzzle flashes...and which ones did you use. I only recognized the ones I believe your anme is AJ? When you were on the stairs firing the M-16 I recognized the front muzzle flash plugins you used, however I was very impressed with the ones you used when one of the fighters fell in the hallway with about 7 vampires on his tail and than his friend came out and fired. Those muzzle flashes looked very good. Also how did you manage to get that blue flash silhouette around the shooter? Did you really spend all that time masking it on alamdv? Thank you and 5 stars.
Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 8:19pm

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Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry some of it didn't work for you. It's all gravy though. Just had one thing that I wanted to let you know regarding:

Greybro wrote:

Now, I do realize this is a personal pet peeve of mine, but what the hell was with all the smoking in the film? It's not cool, it's just nasty. More importantly, it had no real expositive purpose. I had similar issues with Trinity.
I put it in there because the film takes place before Blade 1 and I believed smoking in films is a bit of a thing of the past as well. I was going for a throwback to older action movies (Die Hard, Arnold Movies, etc...). And only one character smokes - Conner. I got a laugh from most audiences who's seen the full qual version when Conner pulls out his cigarette when he starts turning into a vamp at the beginning of the templar fight. Some people don't care for it though and that's ok.

EDIT: Also I thought having the audience expect Conner to pull out a cig when he gets stabbed would make the fact that it's serum be more of a "wow" moment as opposed to him just pulling it out and there it is.

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Posted: Tue, 4th Jan 2005, 8:29pm

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movieguy5 wrote:

I thought this was very well done in many diffrent ways. The only real question I have is how did you do some of your muzzle flashes...and which ones did you use. I only recognized the ones I believe your anme is AJ? When you were on the stairs firing the M-16 I recognized the front muzzle flash plugins you used, however I was very impressed with the ones you used when one of the fighters fell in the hallway with about 7 vampires on his tail and than his friend came out and fired. Those muzzle flashes looked very good. Also how did you manage to get that blue flash silhouette around the shooter? Did you really spend all that time masking it on alamdv? Thank you and 5 stars.
Thanks for the compliments! You'll have to ask CX3 what exact muzzle flashes he used - I know they were Alam, of course, but we varied it up for the strobe sequence. Basically to do that sequence, it was kind of a cheap way to get some cool action done: Just set up in a TV studio with all black interior and put on a strobe with a blue filter on the light itself and had each actor do their thing for like 5 min. That was the last scene I edited, and basically I just cut a bunch of 15-20 frame sections of those fights together and CX3 added muzzle flashes over the frames that lit up. In the hallway - we just used a strobe to light the muzzle flashes again. We shot that strobe sequence, the Templar fight, the dialogue scene btw. Kain and Blade, some of the outside scenes/slo-mo stuff, and some of the end dialogue all in the same night if that gives you any indication of the schedule of this shoot and how convenient a strobe light is to use in tight situations like that.
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2005, 10:02pm

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I really enjoyed this movie, it looked really proffesional and apart from a few glitches in the compression it was good quality. The fights and gun battles were very cool, and I was really excited when I saw all them guns on the table, expecting (and got) a good solid (tho short) and satisfying bloodbath (well, bath wink ). The sound effects were terrific (apart from one sound effect when Daywalker closed the door was a little low). Where did you get those sound effects from because i have searched for weeks for The Matrix whooses and hits and had no look.

Anyway great film 5/5. smile
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 2:09am

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*me applauds*

The effort put into this is great and does show! Lighting was absolutely fantastic. The light is what I like most about this film. Absolutely professional.
The camera was mostly top notch (only down were a few shots that were too still for too long or a bit less smooth then the others). Definately among the best on fxhome, no doubt.
About the acting - I can only say what has already been said... Acting is very very good. Especially you, CX3. You rule! wink
Props and Sets were very good too. Especially the location for the final battle totally made it for me.
Soundwork was good, though not on the level of light and camera (I didn't bother too much about the soundfx but the actual voicerecording. Might be the compression, but it was lacking some power and/or wasn't clear in many shots).
The FX were, apart from the muzzle flashes with the light in the corridor, imho on a level that couldn't compare with the rest of the film. They were only "ok" to me. (might be though cause I've seen every AlamDV plugin 1000 times now and it just keeps looking the same and therefore keeps looking somewhat random) smile


There is one unfortunately large letdown for me though. There was one thing I thought has put the whole film down. That being the pacing.

As mentioned before, there is by FAR too much talking in the film. And many scenes wich seem to go just this tad too long. But through the whole, this sums up.
The whole film feels like it could have been shortened down by at least 30% without losing anything really.

So I think the editing is by far the weakest part of the film. Editing not in the meaning of putting one shot after another (because this is done well and mostly with a good feel when to cut to the next shot), but in the sense of giving the film the right, consistent speed and flow. It also didn't help, that many of the long dialogue scenes were filmed static and with only 2 or 3 different angles as well as that the actors mostly didn't move in any way.

This is where the film fails for me. sad
Wich is very sad, because the rest is absolutely top notch.
If it wasn't for the pacing, this would be my top 1 film on fxhome.


Nevertheless my absolute congratulations for that piece of film. And I think everyone on fxhome should watch this and take it as an example. Because from a technical point of view... THIS is how to make a movie! wink
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Thanks for the comments and the compliments Sollthar. They're much appreciated.

I'm glad you liked the lighting as it was something of great importance to us. I will admit that sound was kind of overlooked compared to the rest of the film. Looking back, that's probably the one thing I'd change if I were to do the film over again, but what's done is done and I'm very proud of the film...mistakes and all. smile

Since we weren't concentrating on the special effects aspect of this film, I'm actually glad that they didn't stand out to you. We've never been as good as you or Sidewinder and Mechaforce at that kind of stuff and we knew that was a limitation we'd have to deal with. Instead, I wanted the story to shine and the effects to serve their purpose well enough to move the plot along as sufficient details.

Our goal was to push each each other - the cast and the crew - to improve and develop our various skills. As a director, I wanted to develop my storytelling skills. Having said that - I agree that shooting the dialogue scenes with more camera movement/varying angles would help keep the audience's attention. I might have made that decision had I not been acting in the film - but once again that's hindsight.

(I take it back - there's TWO things I'd change if given the chance to redo the film - I would not act in the film and I'd pay more attention to the audio. I had no choice to be in the movie because we couldn't find someone who was willing to commit to play Kain while also being able to look intimidating. HA!! tard ) However, I strongly believe that the dialogue itself was necessary to sustain the storyline.

At first glance, I guess I wasn't even sure that we'd be able to complete the film from the start given the fact that the cast/crew was going to two different schools 2 hours away from each other. But we did it anyway and therefore, I'm rather proud of the story and the film that emerged from the raw footage. I could have gotten the dialogue across better with even some slight camera movement: I agree. But the plot was an important part of the film to me and in my opinion the dialogue was necessary to tell the story.

Thanks again for your comments. They were well articulated, and I was honored that you shared them. Stay classy San Diego. I'm Ron Burgundy?
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 11:30am

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You have absolute reason to proud of your work man. Because it really stands out! (btw, it would have been a shame if you didn't act. Because you're very good at that too) wink

I didn't mean cutting out dialogue. Just shortening the pauses between the words / Sentences.

The first thing they tought me at the actors academy was quite a good lesson. My teacher actually said it like this: smile

Many actors... try to... do dramatic pauses... on many keypoints... of the sentence. And also... between the sentences. Or in a... dialogue. To give... drama. The problem is... when you do that... in a long sequence...over... and over again... it gets... much... much... more boring... then it should have.

Even though of course hardly anyone actually does it like that, the point he made is true though.
To focus on the right thing is a very very difficult process I regurarly fail at too. I can totally understand it. You fall in love with your product and you want to show it all. It would hurt too much to cut something out.

I had the same problem with Face to Face. I didn't have the distance to it and premiered a version wich was okay, but had too much in it that simply wasn't necessary. And on a feature length film, this summed up even more. People liked the film, but it was exhausting to watch and somewhat boring in many places.

1 year after the premiere, a couple of weeks ago, when we had to get the film ready for distribution I reedited it and shortened it down. I did edit some sentences out wich weren't absolutely necessary, but mostly I just took a second of nothing out here, a few frames there, another 2 seconds there. And it summed up to be 16 minutes shorter (!). But it didn't lose anything, it gained a lot.


This is were filmmaking really becomes an immensly difficult artform for anyone doing it. Because as I said, technically, you're at a completely professional level, no doubt for me. I mean seriously, the occasional odd shot, unfitting soundeffect, weak moment etc is nothing a 200 mil $ production wouldn't have. The so called "perfect" film has yet to be made by anyone.. wink

Shame you're not in switzerland man. I'd hire you for NightCast right away. biggrin
(Because honestly, this film looks tons better then many democlips we got from so called "professional" people) smile
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Yes, yes, yes. Fantastic!!! I'm ludicrously jealous of the cinematography here. As well as the fights and the amount of people and props and costumes. (I even digged the blood in a sandwich box thing).

Funky titles and characters and locations and props and costumes and alot of firearms.

Like I said, amazing shots. Pick of the bunch, hero walk shot, window reflection shot and... all the others really. Supoib use of colours and editing gave it an excpetional visual style and flare. Good acting all round. Gotta dig Wesley.

Mini-Blade's exceptionally cool, vampire in Top Gun sunglasses and all the other's were cool (special mention to Big Vampire at start). As is Smoking bad-ass is, if a little scruffy and underdressed. Muscle bound acro-vamp was rock. Even if he did have popcorn on his head.

Great fights, better than the ones in "Blade II". Those fights at the end were exceptional, kept on expecting Donnie Yen Jie-Dan to smash through a window or something.

Token innocent girl at start was hot and a good actor, though she was criminally underused.

I liked the smoking, it is cool in films, why do you think Bogart did it all the time? I didn't mind that it was long, it made it better. Can't have too much of something as good as this. Film a bit more and make it an hour.

Coolest character: Kain, wasn't set up as a bad ass like Blade and Templar dude, so whe he becomes the bad-ass it made it that more satisfying. Seriously best Blade bad guy ever when it comes to the actual fight bits. Luke Goss from "Blade II" had no personality so better than him, not just in the fights but in the whole film. and harder than Stephen Dorff from I.

So hello a five pointer and number one slot.
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Two-Gunned - Lol about the Top Gun glasses. My brother said that was his only real demand for being in the scene was he wanted to wear those glasses. After he put them on, I was totally cool with that. About the girl - I seriously thought about bringing her back in the end - having Quinn go after her once more, but my dad was on the set and I had to get him in there as he'd never been in one of my films before. I'm glad you enjoyed the film. smile

Sollthar - Switzerland? Hmm.... smile That could be sweet...but dang that's far. Again, thanks for your comments. Maybe I'll see the light some day and gather the energy to try what you did, but for now I'm pretty content (and pretty exhausted) with it being a little too long for some eyes. Good luck on NightCast man. Looks tight so far.
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Holy crap... that was pure amazingness eek .

Chris and Aj, you guys have amazed me again. This film looked very professional and well planned. The locations, the lighting, the choreagraphy, everything was amazing. When I was watching the fight scenes I really felt like I was in a theater watching a hollywood film.

The best part I thought was the amazing choreography. That hallway fight was flawlessly done. You guys have come a long way.

Another cool part was the shootout done with the strobe light... that was really nice.

And, Chris, great acting as blade. You look pimpin in that sleek black coat biggrin .

As always you two never cease to amaze me. Keep it up, you guys are goin somewhere.

Can't wait for more X3i.

Peace.
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Hey guys, I just wanted to compliment you on your film-you can really tell how far preproduction will carry a film-this must have been detailed out SO well! Good fight choreography and effects as well, my favorite effect was like many other peoples-the use of the strobe. Some of the scenes really could have been cut down to size or even left out in my opinion. Tighten up the final cut even more-I think you'll be much happier! If you were to watch this on a large screen, those slow scenes get immensely slower. There was a sense that the pace really needed to be picked up in a few of the scenes. Acting can also be brought up a notch, but overall a fantastic effort. A 5 from me.
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Trev13 and Portalmaster - Thanks both for the comments. EDIT: I can't sleep - so I've decided to cut some of the pauses away like you guys say and hopefully it'll look better. It's a good thing I have insomnia. smile Maybe I'll upload a newer version soon if Tarn doesn't mind downloading it again wink I appreciate your opinions. I'm also fixing the sound up in the bar scene. I felt it was a little weak and others seem to agree. Hopefully after that, there's not much more to do!

Also - I really suck at preproduction - I'll be the first to admit that. I'm pretty sure your film had a lot fo pre-production trev13 and I envy your efforts in that area. For me that's the most difficult and time consuming aspect of filmmaking and it just drives me nuts so I often ignore it (come to think of it.....I've never really done much - if any pre-prod up until this point). We did do some pre-prod with this movie, though. It included the test shots you can download above - as well as some scene lists scribbled on the back of the script in permanent marker that we checked off as we got through shooting a scene. And of course the scheduling - which in itself was never on paper - just a bunch of phone calls and knocking on doors. I think we started to draw a storyboard once - but we just quit after a few minutes because we found we just wanted to shoot it - not draw it. I actually have a picture of the attempted storyboard that my cinematographer started to draw on a chalk board...I'll post it on the screenshot section so you can see the results of that attempt and understand what I mean when I say we are terrible at preproduction smile

Thanks again for the comments.
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Awsome camera work guys
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Great movie. You truly had a vision for this one. The cinematography was truly excellent. From the window shot to the heroic group shot I thought it was good. The story line was a little lacking I thought but I was overly impressed with the ending. I am usually one who is quite accurate wbout guessing the ends buit this one threw me a bit.

I like how you only showed part of whistler and never truly had him talk or showed his face. I felt this was the right move since the real whistler is such a tough character to replicate.
I watched your practice fight footage as well and i felt it actually had a few key things you should have put in the fight scenes. I thought overall you fight scenes your good but on the whole a little unbeleivable. There were to many shots of him just standing there with a badguy in his grip....just kinda standing there...that doesnt happen in a fight.

Again while I critic it its really better than i could pull off right now and i thought it was a great movie. But what good is a movie if you cant get the good and the bad critics.
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Thanks for the comments. We wanted to put a lot more stuff in the big Templar fight, but we only had 45 minutes to shoot that, as the sun was coming up. I actually wasn't even able to see if the shots looked good cause we simply didn't have time and had to keep moving - that ended up being the case with most of the production. Luckily it worked out all right once I got in the editing room - but I was REALLY worried at first because we were pretty rushed.

I'm glad you liked the Whistler thing. Some people have complained that we should've showed him, but since the film (for me, at least) was about Blade making a decision of his own volition to fight for the humans, Whistler was more of a mysterious background detail.

What did you mean about "standing there" during the fights? I'm guessing you're talking about the beginning fight when there's some struggling going on between Big Vamp and Blade. I'm glad you enjoyed watching it though smile
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Very good work. This is one of the best fan film i seem.

Shadu
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Thanks Shadu.
AJ
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Awwww, you glued a little bit of something to your forehead! thats so cute!

I didn't really watch all of this, to be quite honest. For me (or anyone for that matter) to watch anything 34 whole minutes long, it has to keep me interested. Alas this production suffered the curse of many an amateur short - ungainly dialogue, delivered poorly, way too much of it and nothing else in the shots to grip me.

The point where i started zoning out was about 3 minutes into the scene where he wakes up - about a quarter of the way through. From there i skipped about a bit, but just couldn't be arsed - theres just so much ...'nothing' hapenning. Sure theres dialog, theres plot, but its just so pretentious and labored! You can get away with long periods of dialogue when you've got a cool set, or the character is doing something cool as they talk, or are in a really tense situation, or it has interesting camera work, or beauty in scenary, or an interdispersion of other footage etc - but it was all just so turgid.

If i could try and describe it using a metaphor, it was like you were wallowing in Blade - rolling around in its cliched, forced cool, laughing with childlike glee as you recreated the film's aura, blissfully unaware of how much it feels like you're trying to cram the cool down our necks, repeating the same once-cool soundbites over and over again to the tedium of those around you. You can't force-feed your enthusiasm for something. Unless that something is itself, naturally cool, no amount of force will make it become cool.

The fighting was really good, it has to be said. Your choreography is superb and the fights were well ordered and watchable. Even then, due to the thirteen-to-the-dozen band-wagoning matrix fan films, theres only so much Rob D and deepenned 'swooshing' sound effects that i can take in one decade and this pretty much tipped the scales for me.

Doing a fanfilm of Blade, where one of your characters IS blade requires a level of Snipes-mimiking that i'd imagine only Snipes himself is capable of. Snipes is cool. There is no doubt about that. Blade is a f*cking badass. To emulate that requires you to be exactly that cool. I'm afraid you simply aren't, try as you might.

Excellent fan-film in many respects, but i'm afraid i just can't like it. I can respect your amateur talents for what they are, but i'm afraid this film had almost no appeal to me, despite loving the actual Blade.
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I can't really add much in terms of Criticism that xcession hasn't already. Though I feel he was a little harsh in some areas of his judgement I too agree that there was too much dialogue that lasted too long for me to not fast forward it.

The first fight scene though badly lit is very good, And later on the Gunfight in the darkness was a truely awesome bit of editing and filmwork. The Templar fight and actually the fighting choreography on the whole is easily some of the best amateur choreography I've seen, making the areas of your film where action is involved enjoyable to watch.

Blade is a very hard character to impersonate, mainly because he is so cool. And whilst CX3's attempt was amicable. There were a few lines that made me chuckle in a bad way. Namely the opening monologue.

All in all, This is a really, really good effort. And as usual, you've gone for something ambitious which is something I really respect. The result you've ended up with has within it some of the best film in the cinema. And for this reason alone you're getting full marks from me.
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Hi. I don't know if it's already been mentioned already (if so I appologize), but which camera did you use this movie?
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Very well done, one of the most professional looking movies on this site. Nice visual look as in the colours & hues. Some of the editing was superb, such as strobing, flashbacks etc.

I wasn't too gripped by the story though. Although there was meant to be friction between some characters, this was simply said rather than really shown or acted. Acting was good though, although of course you're constrained by the style & rules laid down in the previous Blade movies. Because of this, I would have concentrated less on trying to emulate Snipes & brought more of you (CX3) into the role, e.g. interpreting the comic books rather than the movie.

Some of the action scenes weren't as well done as others. There were 2 great ones in the film, the first scene involving the girl & the strobing gunfight. I especially liked the gunfight, with its blue look & frenetic action (good acting too), but the later action scenes weren't so well done for me. I thought the later fights could have done with more pace, maybe more angles & varying shots (but I do know that this would have been time consuming).

Other than some criticisms I make, this was a notch above most of the films here, & there's no doubt you all have the talent to make it in the industry

Oh yeah, something freaks me out a bit - on 20:28 there's some shadows going up the stairs, but the actors are actually going in a different direction...heh
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I posted something I think on the third page of this forum about this but I'll re-iterate: I've been re-editing this since the first few days of the release - taking into account the comments about dialogue and pacing and stuff (these were things that many people mentioned before as well and proved to be great suggestions). The re"vamp"ed version will be up next week once the building at my school where we house our computer opens back up on Sunday and I get a change to recompress, etc...

Xcession - I've replaced the Rob Dugan song in this new version - that was in there as temp music while I was editing. Never got around to changing it cause the composer we had scoring wasn't finished with that final song yet. Guess I jumped the gun on releasing the film, but I was worried I'd lose the computer once we got back to school - not being able to finish the film before our major film festival this coming Thursday. Fortunately, I have the comp until the day of the festival - so I can get it in before then. New song's done and will be included in updated version. Appreciate your other comments/suggestions/quarrels with the film - sorry I couldn't fully satisfy your taste for film, but we did the best we could within our means. This film isn't perfect but as long as we keep improving - that's what's most important to me.

Mellifluous - Glad you noticed the shadows - it was one of the many things I was experimenting with/working on with this film - weird things happening with shadows in some of the scenes like the one you mentioned - also - in the beginning when the two thug vamps walk towards blade from behind Quinn. Grazie for the other comments.

Skital - Shot with a Panasonic DVX100A.

Appreciate the constructive criticisms everyone - they've been useful.

AJ

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I watched the movie yesterday. I am VERY impressed. That was the most impressive looking dv movie I have seen. It felt and looked very close to a movie you would pay to see in theaters.

I thought it was the DVX100A that was used (and I was secretly hoping, because that most likely will be my next camera). Good to know.

What mode did you use? 24p advanced or the other 24p mode?

Also, what kind of lighting kit did you use? I was impressed by how good it looked during some of the night scenes.

The guy playing Blade imitated him about as well as it's possible too without actually being Wesley Snipes.

The only problem I really had was that I couldn't follow the action sometimes, because of severe combing artifacts. If anyone has the same problem simply play the movie with a VLC player and set the deinterlacer to "Blend". That will take care of the combing artifacts.

Great movie.
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There's just one thing that ticks me. You guys, along with a couple other filmmskers like ssjaaron, seem to use the same title font on all of your movies, which gets a little old. But, other than that, this movie kicks arse!
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Well, seeing it's the actual Blade font I think they may be excused in this instance razz
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Whoops! No, Mel, not the 'title', I mean the sans-gothicky style font for the end and beginning credits.
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Atom: What can I say...it's a sentimental thing. Been using copperplate bold for our films since I was a little kid. It'll change one day, but seein' as this was the last movie I'll probably do for a while since I'm moving to LA soon...we just went with it.

Skital: We used 24p regular mode. Advanced wasn't necessary as we don't intend to blow this up to film. We used a Lowel Light kit from the 80's...most of the time we only used one spot with an umbrella attached to it - but outside we used 2 light kits in some parts. Hard to see the trees at night unless you pump a bunch of light onto them, so that's why the multiple kits.

Thnx 4 the comments.
AJ
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Rating: -2

Xcession might want to start adding a message like 'warning... I'd advise sensitive people to not read this,' before posting.
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Rating: +1/-1

....or not. If you can't take criticism, are overly sensitive, have a weak heart or are a simpering dolt, don't open your work to comment.
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But maybe, people would take your criticism more seriously and listen to what you had to say with more respect. If you didn't write it with such a patronising attitude.

Just a thought. smile
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Noted, thanks for the input!!
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Awww, don't change, Xcession
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weee, i created a potential scandal for all of 2 hours.

Heh, my previous post's sarcasm may have been just a little too subtle - i have utterly no intention of changing, fear not razz
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I only post if I'm really inspired. That said here are some thoughts

I'm going to have to agree with everyone on the pacing thing. Just doesn't work. Mostly because the dialogue isn't interesting enough to warrent so much time put on it. That and the sound quality. I really do think it could be cut down by anywhere between 10-15 minutes.

The filming and fights however are unfriggen believably good. I mean that first fight in the hallway when Kain and Blade had to fight that other vamp was simply awesome. Everything from the sounds, editing and actual moves themselves. I loved it.

Oh and the car jump thing was more than a little weak in the actual film. The test was very nice but for some reason the final product seemed not half as good. It might have just been too dark or due to the compression.

Anyways all said and done I liked it. Not my favorite of yours but that's because I prefer your original stuff as opposed to the fanfilm alternative.

Keep up the good work.

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Hahahahaha.

"I only post if I'm really inspired" and then right next to that "posts: 2" that kinda sums it up really.

smile
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Honestly dude, this is effing incredible.

It's better than Blade Trinity...well, except there's no ryan reynolds.

5 days? I am thoroughly and utterly impressed.

Say hello to my top 10 list.




only thing....deinterlace next time!
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it's all basicly been summed up. exelent job, nice equilibrium effect
keep it up. one of the best films on this site. 5/5
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I'm sorry the new version isn't up yet. We were busy getting a completed DVD ready for a film festival we had entered last week as the submitted screener was of the first cut that we released. I should have the final cut uploaded by the end of this week for certain. As for the festival - Daywalker ended up winning best picture and best technical achievement. Woohoo smile
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Clever marketing wink
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wow. from the funny film when dood got wet up and did the harlem shake to this... wow i am so impressed you all came up mad props.
5 rating and one of my top 10.
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I Liked your action, your actors, your lighting and the locations and props weren't lame either.
1. Deinterlace for sure.
2. the scene of the hunters walking in slow-mo should've been around 3-4 seconds.
3. The scene where the one dude is jumped bye three vamps, the vampires should've been in mid-action rather than mid-snarl and the camera doing all the movement.
4. Cut the dialogue quicker, because the action needs it.
5. Never take any project too seriously. (not that you did, just try for some subtle "lightening".)
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"the scene of the hunters walking in slow-mo should've been around 3-4 seconds."

Nah, I disagree, can't have a hero walk shot last only 3-4 seconds, otherwise it 'aint a hero walk shot, it's just... walking.
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Just so you know - we didn't really take this seriously. I mean - we got stuff done and we did it the best we could - but we were goofing off hardcore off camera. We did our best work yet on the film - but only because we were having so much fun with it - the creative juices were flowin'. Maybe I'll throw a outtake reel up later so u all can see.

As far as the scene when "the one dude gets jumped by 3 vamps". All I can say at this point is - if the image doesn't please you - feel free to make one that does. smile

I'm still trying to get the compression right for the upgraded or "re-vamped" version. Mainly I'm trying to rid the combing that is the general issue with the current cut - I tried de-interlacing in FCP and the film got way wack - sound was helluh off as well as the picture quality severly diminishing. Also - it looks basically like film on TVs and even on computer screens when I don't touch the full quality quicktime cut - never any combing - just smooth motion-blurred movements. Only when I compress it am I getting this problem. Any suggestions are welcome.
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I'm sure at lot of this has been said but Daywalker is awesome.

Everything about it FEELS like a blade film, you got the pacing of the action sequences exactly right, Bang on the money. Id be interested to know if thats your regular editing style or whether you 'funked' it up for the blade feel.

It's really well shot too, the edges of the frame are often busy and never too clean. Especially the scene where he first meets the daywalkers. Really nicely shot. Groups scenes are hard to do and you pulled it off flawlessly. Lighting has been mentioned, It's dark but not to dark to see. Again, nice work.

Special mention for Chris playing Blade. Wow, how much did you watch the Blade films? Everything from your movement to delivery of lines and costume was perfect.

I know its been mentioned that its a little dialogue heavy but you told the story you wanted to tell and it all progresses logically. Hell major movies have problems with pacing and story. Lets not loose sight of what you've achieved.

If I can look back in a few months and be this pleased with my Catwoman film i'll be a happy bunny. Have you guys plugged this anywhere else online?? It should be showing at comic conventions n stuff!

This has gone straight to number one on my fave list and keeping the download in the same folder as Dead End and Grayson. Really inspiring stuff guys. You nailed it.
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Hi, only me again. Just a thought if your still playing around with compression..

As an experiment try halfing the res of what it is normally. I used to get the de-interlacing effect if mt compression software didnt like the res i was shrikning it too. I had to make sure it was half, or quarter. It may help you out?

IE. i work with pal and start out at 720x576 so if i made a web file thats 320x240 i would sometimes get the combing effect your getting. whereas 352x288 would be comb free (pal vcd res. i know its not half exactly but its funny like that)

Dont have that problem any more these days but ive re-built my pc since then. If youve tried other suggestions and nothing is working its worth a try? (try ntsc vcd res)
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Thanks for the comments CMB. I appreciate your input and your compliments. We've posted this on a number of other sites. It's been reviewed as well, which was neat. Aside from that stuff, we were thinking about submitting to comic-con. I've been looking online though and they keep saying they don't accept material based on previously created characters....(which is wierd, cause Batman: Dead End much?). Anyway, as far as compression goes - I've tried almost everything. I just went with the old way and exported the same as the first version. It's still got some combing. I hate it cause the full qual looks so much better - but the film is 35 min long. I'd have a tough time keeping it under 200mb if I put the quality where I want it. The new "re-vamped" version has been uploaded and should be up as soon as Tarn OK's it. Thanks everyone for your comments. They were all taken into consideration when re-editing and re-working the sound. I hope you enjoy the final cut.

PS: I threw up a teaser trailer too. I wish I could get the final film's compression to look as good as the trailer but if I exported at the same quality the trailer is -- the film would be like 300mb.
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Great effort!

As others mentioned, the dialogue was a bit slow. Editing could really improve this.

Blade's acting was great. This guy should take over after Snipes retires. Also, Blade's vampire friend at the end (sorry, already deleted the movie so I can't look up his name) was a great actor. Everybody else did okay.

Nice FX work all around.

Lighting of web version is too dark on my calibrated monitor, but might look all right projected. Compression, of course, makes it even darker.

Writing was cliched but not too bad.

Assuming the lighting is better on your end, this is definitely one to be proud of. Nice work.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2005, 7:56pm

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Hey Ive posted on this movie before, found it to be excellent. Anyways I just watched it again and noticed i really liked the intro music you used for the first 2 minutes or so, that suttle background ambient type music? i was wondernig if you could give me the name of that song? Thank you.
Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2005, 2:05am

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All the music was original man. It was made specifically for Daywalker, so there were no names.

AJ
Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2005, 3:18am

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do u think u could send me that song than?
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 4:38am

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My friend who scored the film said it's only for Daywalker. Sorry dude, it's not my call.
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Was impressed with what I saw. There were a few spots that could have been polished a bit more, but all in all a great project.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2005, 5:05pm

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Both versions are now updated. Small and Large. Thanks for the comments.
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Xcession wrote:

....or not. If you can't take criticism, are overly sensitive, have a weak heart or are a simpering dolt, don't open your work to comment.
Yes but you could still show a bit more respect to begginers. Constructive criticism is far more appreciated than an extravagant diss.
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Yes but you could still show a bit more respect to begginers.
.... W'chu tryin to say?







ha
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THat was cool. Great job. Is the firery plugin you used for the vamire dead still avaliable? I didn't found it...
Thanks.
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Actually, that was an aftereffects transition. We used some of the spark plugins from Alam for the initial stake impacts during the parking lot sequence, however. Those are available in the library still as far as I know. Glad you liked it smile
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Correction my directing friend ha. The fire plugin actually was a alam plugin and it used to be in the plugins library page but for some reason its not there any more. It was called firewipe, not sure who made it though neutral
Posted: Wed, 9th Mar 2005, 7:59pm

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my bad smile
Posted: Sat, 14th May 2005, 8:48pm

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That movie was extremely good !

It hits on ma personal top 10 !! NUMBER 1 !!

And a 5/5 rating !
Posted: Thu, 30th Jun 2005, 3:19pm

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Thanks rrf. Much appreciated! Check out the new trailer that CX3 put together for it in the cinema. smile
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wow great job,nice work captured the blade movies greta
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Thanks dude. Glad you dug it. smile
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 12:14am

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hey how do u film ur night time scenes?
Posted: Tue, 6th Dec 2005, 1:08am

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With a generator and some lights. For the entire first 6 or so minutes of the film, I had to build the audio from the ground up (including ADR for almost all of the dialogue) because the generator we rented was as loud as a lawn mower. We used two Lowel 3 light kits for the scene in the parking lot. For the rest of hte film we just used the same 2 light kits indoors. Pretty much started dark and painted with light. If you have any specific questions about the lighting in a particular scene, I'd be glad to share. Thanks
Posted: Wed, 17th May 2006, 12:14am

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Great job on the movie. I really liked it. I was alittle sketical about a Blade fan film, but you really pulled it off. Nice Job. Any chance I could get some of the sound effects you used? They were very well done, and I always have trouble finding decent ones. Thanks
Posted: Wed, 17th May 2006, 8:00am

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Thanks ecto. I'm glad people are still enjoying it after a year and a half in the cinema. You can find a great deal of sound effects in this post by Mellifluous
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Thanks for the link.
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No hay problema, amigo.
Posted: Fri, 14th Jul 2006, 3:13pm

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This is a top class production and worthy of high praise.

Wesley....give up your day job....... biggrin

You can see the "darkness" created just the the right mood as did
lightning, editing and acting......superb...well done......
Posted: Sat, 15th Jul 2006, 3:13am

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Thanks Davlin. Glad you enjoyed it!
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g0dd4mn 3x3ll3n7 j0b
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Incredible! All of it too!! I loved the use of music throughout and the fast moving cuts and different views during the fight scenes. It was very well put together, from the script to the suspense to the twist and turns. I loved it!
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That was great, i really injoyed the whole movie. love the effects and music what is that music called?
Posted: Sat, 7th Oct 2006, 6:54pm

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Thanks for the compliments everyone. I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually watched this movie myself! I'm glad to see it's still providing some entertainment for people.

Razrox: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Music was all originally composed specifically for the film save one song: Death March by AgileMC (www.agilemc.com) The composers are friends of mine and include: DJ Criminal, Jason McKay of QWERTY Music in New York (www.qwertynyc.com), and of course, Agile as I mentioned previously (he raps).

Hocus: I'm glad you enjoyed the editing. I spent the better part of my Christmas break in 2004 down in my basement chopping it up while CX3 was across the room doing the explosions and muzzleflashes.

Check out Cobra Productions for the new stuff we're working on if you're interested. Soon there will be a website for Fingerman: Dr. London and the Triangle Force as well as a website for X3i: Divinity, so I'm told...
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Very nicely done, good night shooting, good effects and a damn good story.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Dec 2006, 2:02am

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Thanks pyron. Glad to hear this thing still gets watched. I am writing to you from the editing room while I am cutting our latest project, a feature film called Fingerman: Dr. London and the Triangle Force. Hopefully 2007 will contain it's maiden voyage and you may enjoy that as well.
Posted: Wed, 31st Jan 2007, 2:58pm

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Wow, the film is amazing!Looks very professional!
I have a question:How did you do the effect of vampires turning into smoke?It would be very helpful to me!
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Hey we appreciate it Hugo.

The vampire deaths were done with a combination of plugins and layers. We used old AlamDV2 Plugins. (Night Crawler Smoke, Sparks, and a Flame Ring type plugin that isnt up anymore for some reason) I placed the Fire over the vampire and masked him out from the inside of the fire to make it seem like he was burning away. And then dissolved in the black smoke over top.
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As soon as the administrators approve, just wanted people to know that the new version of Daywalker is online. It's slightly different than the old one and a smidge shorter. Hope you enjoy.

AJ
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Yo we are huge Blade fans, that was extremely awesome we would watch that on Tv as a series.. This also could be the next install of the blade series to motion picture form.. Nice Karate also..Blade was a bit Heavy and needed to be more ripped but for the most part with his personality and acting he sold me by the end of the movie!!! Great work I wish we could produce something like that.. we have the ideas but CG & effects we cant do..
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Excellent cinematography! Fantastic action!
The sound could have used a little work, as there were parts that I couldn't hear at all. Maybe take the time to redub sections?
There were also some great opportunities to break up the scenes with closeups.

I really enjoyed this!