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Divorcing Darth Vader

Posted: Fri, 18th Mar 2005, 11:44am

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The 'Divorcing Darth Vader' short film is set in the context of events that take place after Star Wars Episode II and during Star Wars Episode III.

Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, gives an exclusive interview to Coruscant City News (CCN). She reveals the details about her marriage breakdown to Anakin Skywalker, the man who became Darth Vader. During the interview, viewers see numerous flashbacks of her time dating and being married to Anakin/Darth Vader.

More details (and mirrored downloads) are available at the web site: divorcingdarthvader.blogspot.com


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Posted: Fri, 18th Mar 2005, 10:02pm

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Well, the acting in this was... okay. Better than a lot of what I've seen, but nothing brilliant. But that didn't really detract from the film at all. Personally, I thought it was absolutely hysterical, and I was laughing out loud the whole time. The part where Padme was trying to sleep was definitley my favorite, along with, "Tell me about your childhood, Darth". Great stuff. Keep up the good work.
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2005, 12:28am

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I enjoyed it.....but honestly, I guess it just wasn't what I expected.
Acting was ok, some of her jesters started to bug me after awhile - cause they were a lot alike.
I did laugh a couple of times, pretty well thought out.
lol, it would be been cool to see a little better saber fight, but it was good.



Maybe its just me.
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2005, 5:02pm

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Not bad. I gave it a 3 as I chuckled but a few times. It's an interesting idea, original, and executed pretty well. The "I can't sleep" scene was the best. Your actor did a pretty convincing American accent. The only time it slipped was with the word 'dodgey,' which gave it away of course, as state-side that would have come out as the word 'gay.' Not that there's anything wrong with that. ...Seinfeld reference for the day.
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2005, 8:23pm

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It was good to see something different about star wars on here. I'm not the biggest fan of star wars, so I guess I liked this perspective better than the usual serious star wars fan films. Acting was decent, although I think the dialogue could have been a little sharper/more witty, and I didn't quite get why her clothing kept changing. The sleeping scene was by far the best. Good work!
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2005, 11:28pm

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Hmm. can't say anything about it. Didn't realy liked it, thought...
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2005, 10:01am

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Thanks for your feedback. If there's anything that you think is good, please let me know so that I can remember to do it again in the future. For the things that are bad, I'd appreciate it if you could point them out and also suggest how I can improve.

Thanks,
Hendo
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2005, 2:45pm

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Great effort. I like your idea.
The table tennis skit was very funny (background music added to this) and the counselling session and especially the Henderson Pictures title screen with Chewy.
What were you trying to achieve with so many costume changes? If it was trying to show that the interview was conducted over many sittings then changing the hair-do and daylight hours in the background would have added to this effect.
Two more camera positions (one with a close up) would have kept it visually engaging.
The principle (Carla Henderson) delivers her lines well (in line with Natalie Portman's delivery). Her lines are written in Lucas vein.
The background music could have been a touch lower in volume.
I did enjoy this. Again, great effort.
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2005, 8:02pm

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That was impressive, most impressive. Good all around in everyway, especially the bit about the grounds for divorce. My only problem was that though the jokes that were there were great, I didn't think there were enough jokes, and I know that if you had put more jokes in there, I would have loved them.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2005, 3:49am

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Good stuff- I got the costume change thing, but I think other people arn't because of the angle, the timing and the dialogue. If you watch the South Park Season DVD, the intros with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, every time it goes from close up to wide shot the dog they are petting changes. Because it's the same location but different angles, it works more clearly there. the sleeping scene was the best- it really got the whole idea of taking a device and transcribing the problems into everyday, relatable life and made me laugh harder than a plank of wood.
I think the pace needed to be quicker, and the screenshot flashbacks less time. There also should have been a joke right at the start to hook people into the humor.
The style and acting was great, and all the lightsabre stuff was riotously funny. Great job, just quicken that pace to make it funnier!

-Logan-
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2005, 3:58am

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This movie was hilarious! Great job! I gave you a 4 because the acting good have been much better.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2005, 6:08am

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I liked it a lot. I thought the acting was good. It is hard to give a convincing acting job in a home movie. Show me one that can do a better job! Anyway, I am not so much a fan of Star Wars but I thought this was really funny. It doesn't need to be wall to wall jokes, but just enough to keep me interested. I was interested and my favorite part was when the girl (don't know her star wars name) couldn't go to sleep because his breathing was too loud. And the therapy scene was funny. Very good job. Next you need a video therapy with Luke and Carrie Fisher after they find out that they are brother and sister.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2005, 8:20am

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+5

Because I loved it. And it made me laught.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 12:57am

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Hi i represent FX Studios a film company by kids under 18.
I rate you like this i give it a 1 out of 5.
SORRY HARD TO GET GOOD RATES! wink
Also you did not make much use of Alam DV2 i noticed.
Also behind Padme Amidala's earis blur. You might want to clean that up.
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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 1:00am

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I want my movie rated by the best
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 2:52am

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A decent film. I laughed a little, and although it lacked any real special effects or anything that most of these filmes have, it was still pretty good.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 5:00am

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I guess the whole effect thing would have been the greenscreen.. people tend to forget the little things, lol

Melliflous- I'm not the best, but I think you're a swell guy
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 5:01am

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Double post... oops... more proof I'm not the best
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 6:22am

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Thank you very much for all of your feedback. I really appreciate it and will try to learn from the tips/suggestions that everyone has made.

In respect to individual questions/points:

Costume change: This was meant to be a subtle reference to the SW films where Padmé seems to have a costume change in each and every scene that she appears in. In addition, I thought it would provide some amusement as a running sight-gag type of thing.

Timing/pace: This is the biggest criticism it's received and an area that I'll try to work on in the future. I can see now in hindsight (and being more objective) that the pace needed to be quicker. But while consumed in editing, it was quite difficult to objectively analyse it. I tried a few "screen tests" with some friends and got some early feedback, though.

Special effects (or lack thereof): I take it as a compliment, actually, if the viewer doesn't notice any special effects. In terms of the tasks ordered by effort (from highest to smallest), it would probably be: compositing, 2D animation, 3D animation / modelling / renders, editing/sound/music, then rotoscoping.

Keying fringes: Yes, you can see some fringing around Padmé's head and hair. This is completely my fault and not a bad reflection of Chromanator as a product. In the rush of filming (only had a day), I used the best that I could get: a wrinkly, shiny, blue-ish tarp for a bluescreen!! Chromy saved what would have been otherwise some useless footage. :-) I'll post a link to an original frame later, to show you how bad it was!!! (And how feature-rich Chromy is, that it could do wonders with such terrible footage.)

Thanks,
Neil
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 6:44am

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lol- i didnt even notice the costumes in the real star wars.. I'll have to watch them again (saw them once in theatres and scoffed... quite hard... never to see them since)...

I thought that was what you were going for, but it all happened so fast, and probably should have been more subtle.. Still, great idea.

I agree- the fact that people didn't notice the special effects says a lot on your part at creating good believable scenes where the people won't pay attention to special effects, but the scene itself (augmented by the effects).
God bless Chromanator eh? We had the same problems with a (fairly) decent greenscreen, and until we found Chromy-poo, it looked like hell.

Well, good job with the whole thing, you can always do some more creative editing and I'm sure it'll be a real keeper!
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 11:51am

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As promised, here are two frames showing the original bluescreen (if you can call it that, hehe) footage and the result:

Before:
http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/DDV/before.jpg

After:
http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/DDV/after.jpg
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 12:08pm

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Holy cow! Thats the worst blue screen I've ever seen! lol Chromy is even better with green screen biggrin

You did an amazing job!!

Can we use this in our advertising? smile
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 3:17pm

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Hey guys, I thought that movie rocked...it was funny and the story had a great idea
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 4:00pm

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HHAHAHAHA- that IS the worst screen ever- oh my god- that's hilarious!
I can't believe that even worked! Congrats!
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 10:32pm

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Well, actually, I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge, you know? Perfectly lighted greenscreens... pah! It's been done! But a shiny, wrinkly, metallic blue tarp? Now that's where it's at!!! :-)

Haha, not at all... it was just down to my poor time-management and inexperience.

Needless to say, I never want to see another animated 100-point garbage matte again... :-)
Posted: Sun, 14th Aug 2005, 9:25pm

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LOL. As stated before, worst screening ive ever seen. lol. But i dont mind. Cause after watching about 2 hours of Counselign TV shows this really hit the spot. Salutations.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Aug 2005, 6:15am

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alexcull wrote:

LOL. As stated before, worst screening ive ever seen. lol.
Hehe, I look forward to the day that I can pass on this award to a worthy newcomer!
Posted: Tue, 23rd Aug 2005, 9:04pm

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Very nice movie. I always love parody's brought in a New's/Sitcom version.
The only thing that actually bored me was the irritating Background music.
But the clothes thing. Nicely Found.
The marriage Coucil. Very good.
and indeed the bed scene(s) was nice smile

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Greetz.
Posted: Tue, 1st Nov 2005, 5:32am

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Very nice film. And very funny! Especialy the Naboo-Fighter what goes backwards! wink
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 7:52pm

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Hehe, very funny film! biggrin I laughed best at the scene where Padme tries to sleep while Vader breathes...! How do you come up with all this stuff? biggrin And I noticed that her clothes changed by every shot, just like in the original films. Great detailes and very funny! 3/5

Oeyvind
Posted: Sun, 19th Mar 2006, 6:00am

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haha, Loved it, Breathing in bed, AWESOME haahha, cracked me up