You are viewing an archive of the old fxhome.com forums. The community has since moved to hitfilm.com.

"Darker Than You Think" Test Clip

Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2005, 10:15am

Post 1 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

Just a test clip-The story involves a man named Alan Smithee, who is a self proclaimed "zombie hunter". He has taken on the help of a student documentary film crew to help him prove to the world that zombies do in fact exist. Really sorry about the poor sound-all in camera for this one, and no tweeking done-just a test clip! Feedback please!
More Info
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2005, 10:50am

Post 2 of 17

b4uask30male

Force: 5619 | Joined: 22nd Feb 2002 | Posts: 3497

Windows User

Gold Member

Hi
Did you know that there was a forum member on here called Alan Smithee and the also the director of Mcgyver was called Alan Smithee.


I like the feel to this clip ( a little dark in the interview room )
i want your boom mic sad
acting was good.

To be honest I will gladly watch the whole film when done. ( not bad coming from someone that don't watch zombie films )
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2005, 11:09am

Post 3 of 17

Sollthar

Force: 13360 | Joined: 30th Oct 2001 | Posts: 6094

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User MacOS User

SuperUser

Very cool makeup effects! loved them (except for the ripped of face, I thought that could have been done more efficiently).
The acting was really well done too!

I'm definately going to watch the full film! cool
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2005, 7:03pm

Post 4 of 17

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

I thought this was really cool. GREAT special effects and such, and some of the acting was good, but at some times it was a bit off. My only beef is that I felt some of the music cuts were odd, and the one liner right before the guy hits the zombie with the shovel seemed out of place. very cool none the less.
If this is just a test, I can't wait to see the real movie.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 1:26am

Post 5 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

Thanks for the comments!Like I said these are just some scenes out of the storyboards, so we didn't use a good camera, or sound for them. The actors didn't have any lines memorized or anything, but we had a weekend off, so we thought we would shoot these two scenes as a runthrough, to see if we could even pull off the special effects in post. The boom mic that you see in the shot isn't even our actual boom mic-this is a prop, a piece of foam on a mop handle! Anyway, I posted these two scenes to get feedback on how I might be able to do the special effects better. Thank you to anyone with suggestions on compositing or gore effects!
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 1:29am

Post 6 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

Hey b4uask-the name alan smithee is a generic name used by flimmakers when they don't want to be associated with the film that the production company releases to the public-kind of like Dune was an Alan Smithee film, as well as Hellraiser3. This film will be full of slapstick, campy horror, with a pretty twisted ending that I cannot reveal yet, but judging from the test clips, I have a feeling that it will be a whole lot of fun to shoot!
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 1:58am

Post 7 of 17

Xog2

Force: 20 | Joined: 3rd Jun 2004 | Posts: 167

Member

I thought the music of the first part did not go with the movie.....the effects were done pretty well....except for the ripped off face (like Sollthar mentioned)......but it was down right sick....haha.........I almost threw up.....


3/5
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 2:53am

Post 8 of 17

Steeb

Force: 1650 | Joined: 14th Nov 2004 | Posts: 217

VisionLab User Windows User

Gold Member

trevinator13 wrote:

Hey b4uask-the name alan smithee is a generic name used by flimmakers when they don't want to be associated with the film that the production company releases to the public-kind of like Dune was an Alan Smithee film, as well as Hellraiser3.
Didn't David Lynch direct Dune?
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 3:08am

Post 9 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

Yes, he did direct it-but if you get ahold of a copy that is NOT the director's cut, it says Alan Smithee.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 3:36pm

Post 10 of 17

Steeb

Force: 1650 | Joined: 14th Nov 2004 | Posts: 217

VisionLab User Windows User

Gold Member

trevinator13 wrote:

Yes, he did direct it-but if you get ahold of a copy that is NOT the director's cut, it says Alan Smithee.
From Amazon.com:
The DVD contains the original release version; a shorter version cut for television has been disowned by Lynch, who insisted his name be replaced by that famous Hollywood pseudonym "Alan Smithee."

I'll be damned... that'll teach me to open my big mouth, won't it? biggrin
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 6:57pm

Post 11 of 17

obidean

Force: 300 | Joined: 22nd Sep 2004 | Posts: 193

EffectsLab Lite User

Gold Member

why did this film get the 15+ rating? does it have language, or is it just gory?
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 10:42pm

Post 12 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

There is some slight language, and some gore.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 10:43pm

Post 13 of 17

jonky64

Force: 0 | Joined: 11th Sep 2002 | Posts: 116

Windows User

Member

That was good. I noticed you made it kind of like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Trailer.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 11:05pm

Post 14 of 17

KKB-FILM

Force: 1400 | Joined: 4th Jan 2005 | Posts: 37

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker

Gold Member

That was really great! but i just wondred..How do u make the head of thing? i really need it for a project i just started! Thanx!..
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2005, 11:16pm

Post 15 of 17

trevinator13

Force: 210 | Joined: 16th Jun 2002 | Posts: 74

Gold Member

thanks kimmik-the head off was done using a method perfected by Solithar-I have to give him all the credit. He has done similar things(only much better)using 3 different layers. In one layer we have the actual footage as it is, and the other layer we have the girls head erased, and then the next layer we have a clean background shot. Once all of these layers are composited together, I had another layer of just her head, and then added some motion blur and moved it off the screen. Solithar has some tutorials on exactlt how to do this sort of thing. I highly recommend them to you.
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 8:17pm

Post 16 of 17

KKB-FILM

Force: 1400 | Joined: 4th Jan 2005 | Posts: 37

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker

Gold Member

Hi again.. hehe.. i was also wondering if i could get the recepee for the blood... it was reallllly good! I really need it! Thanx! Kimmik biggrin
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 12:15am

Post 17 of 17

Waser

Force: 4731 | Joined: 7th Sep 2003 | Posts: 3111

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 2 Pro User FXhome Movie Maker Windows User

SuperUser

http://www.shades-of-night.com/painneck/blood.html#buckets

though im not sure how he made blood, this is the site I got my recipies from