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X3i (Second Episode): Fools Rush Out

Posted: Wed, 30th Mar 2005, 2:14pm

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X3i Episode 2: Fools Rush Out

This is the second installment in the X3i series.

(The color bars are necessary for the television station to put commercials in. I didn't feel like exporting a separate version so I hope you all don't mind. It only lasts for 3 seconds.)

Hope you enjoy.


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Posted: Wed, 30th Mar 2005, 9:58pm

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That was really cool, i liked the strong guy the best, because he has the coolest moves. the guy with the duplicate was awseme aswell. and the guy that shoots those power balls awsome ability BUT agian try to like the area around where his powers are. some of the acting was good some bad. keep up the good work.
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Posted: Wed, 30th Mar 2005, 10:54pm

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I really like it! Good work.

Shadu
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 2:34am

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Yeah I watched this last week and I really liked it. That part with the architectural scan looked really cool. I was waiting a while to see this. Keep it up. Can't wait for episode III.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 6:09am

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Man I was waiting for the next episode since your last post. The writing and dailogue was much better than the previous. A few of your actors need a bit more polishing on the delivery of lines to make it seem more natural and less rehearsed, nothing a good table read couldn't cure. Chris as usual your direction was on point, you've achieved a certain cinematic feel to your visual design and that is truly a talent. I might suggest tapping into your local college drama group or community theater for actors, everything else is slamming. Where do you get your music beds from? They are decent!

Overall I gave it a five cause you all put alot of work into this and that is commendable. I was entertained and carried by the story. Great work!

PS. Try using a bit more lighting when shooting in tight dark, nightime locations...500w using a dimmer and soft filter should sweeten the shots!
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 6:08pm

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Hey thanks you all for your replies, comments and feedback.

EddieOue5 -

The writing and dailogue was much better than the previous.
Yeah Alex's (The Writer) scripts are getting better and better. I think most of you will be impressed with the storyline when it's all said and done. I just recieved the script for the 8th and final episode and if we can pull it off right, it could be one of the best.

Chris as usual your direction was on point, you've achieved a certain cinematic feel to your visual design and that is truly a talent. I might suggest tapping into your local college drama group or community theater for actors, everything else is slamming
Thanks a lot man. I'm trying to keep a certain look to this show and not have each one look like a diff short film. I'm glad you can see that throughout the work. Also we are trying to have some read throughs this quarter. It's tough though because we have to finish 4 and a half episodes before june. Thats about an episode every 2 weeks. Ha, its killing us but we are working as fast and effeciantly as possible to get these finished. And after shooting episodes one and two so quickly, I'm starting to get a feel on how to do this and make it look even better visually. I'm sure you will find that every episode will look better and better from now on. (One because episode 3 and 4 have been filmed on the dvx100a already.)

But thanks again to all that responded. Hopefully you will keep watching in anticipation on what happens next in the story.

-Chris
Posted: Sat, 2nd Apr 2005, 3:18am

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Classy, classy, classy. That's all I can say about this. I've been waiting months for a new X3i and this new episode both assuages all of my fears and gave me the inspiration to start working on my comics-inspired movie again. The effects and fighting were tight, the power usage was great and the acting was much improved. Props to you, Chris, and also to Alex, who is the best part of the show as Arsyn. You're a great writer and actor.
Keep it up, guys. Keep it up.
Posted: Sat, 2nd Apr 2005, 4:34pm

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Again, I loved this. I didn't want to knock "The Test" off for every episode you realease (from my top 10), so i will have a single slot reserved for each episode (if they keep getting better. Very good, again. I love the story, etc.
5/5
Posted: Sat, 2nd Apr 2005, 8:17pm

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i honestly think that this is one the best films on fxhome, becuase it does the best job of making an actual cinematic experiance WITH special effects. most people throw in some crappy story and some lasers here and there and think they got something......chris is dam good at this, and i can already see him hitting the big screen ! ;0
Posted: Sat, 2nd Apr 2005, 9:15pm

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Thank you for all of your great reviews and feedback. We really appreciate it.

Kid Entropy wrote:

and also to Alex, who is the best part of the show as Arsyn. You're a great writer and actor.
Boy, is that flattering! I definitely think Chris is a better actor than me, but i'm trying to get a hang of it. As Chris said, the scripts for the show get better as i write them. I'm getting a feel for the characters and their situation, and all the experience that Chris lends is really helpful.

Episode III isn't far away so keep your eyes open and wish us luck. We have a lot of work ahead of us to finish off the season. smile

~Alex, a.k.a. Arsyn
Posted: Mon, 4th Apr 2005, 4:05pm

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I would absolutely Tivo this program were it on my local programming. Fantastic job.
Posted: Tue, 5th Apr 2005, 12:32am

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Just like a better, non animated, and more violent version of dragon ball z. Except you don't take 100 episodes just to do one simple thing. It was very good. Good TV. But I swear to God, your interuption things were as annoying as hell. It would have been better if you had made commercials and put those in place of the beeps. So fix that, and you'll have yourself what could be a very nice prime time action show immatation, thing.
Posted: Tue, 5th Apr 2005, 1:51am

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Haha thanks all.

Greybro - you're comment thus far has got to be one of my favs haha. I appreciate it man.

Gnome - About the color bar breaks. I have to have those in the film unless I export a whole 'nother version. This show actually plays on channel up here and Columbus and the station requests that you have color bars so they know when to put in the commercials. If this was just for the web those color bars would def not be in there ha.
Posted: Tue, 5th Apr 2005, 3:14am

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eek I really like it! Can't wait for episode 3 biggrin
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 3:39am

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No suprise. Another excellent composition, CX3.

The editing, and SFX were terriffic. The progression of the dialogue/plot was fairly well played out, and the acting was def. up to par with everything else, if not exceeding it. (with the exception of one or two individuals.....but not you, CX3 wink ) I have also noticed that, after reviewing the previous episode, both the FX, picture, and sound quality are all incredibly improved. New equipment perhaps? smile

A Sugestion or two, though. One thing that got to me a little bit was your constant use of movement with your angles. Yes, it creates a more fluid motion for the film, but it just seemed like you needed a couple more locked shots. Other than that, myt only second glance at the film was the SFX during Arsyn's fight. They seemed a bit out-of-place, or something. I couldn't really put my finger on it, though.

Kudos, though, guys. I really hope you keep up this series, because it's a blast to watch. Great direction and editing, CX3, very inventive and professional. And nice writing and character development, Arsyn. It was very natural-sounding and suave-like. (which really fit certain characters)
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 7:06am

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atom wrote:

New equipment perhaps? smile

And nice writing and character development, Arsyn. It was very natural-sounding and suave-like. (which really fit certain characters)
Thanks atom! I had a personal struggle writing this with the importance or charactertization versus plot develpement. With such a limited time span, and such a detail plot line that I was trying to create, capturing character detail was really hard. I appreciate someone taking notice smile

Also, there wasn't any new equipment. Chris just used some new techniques and was especially concerned with the quality of this production more so than before. We've both realized the potential of show and hope to actualize it to the best of our ability. The new equipment comes into play after episode three. Yes, it gets better smile

Thanks for the reviews everyone--truly appreciated. smile
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 11:51am

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Hey thanks guys.

Atom:

A Sugestion or two, though. One thing that got to me a little bit was your constant use of movement with your angles. Yes, it creates a more fluid motion for the film, but it just seemed like you needed a couple more locked shots. Other than that, myt only second glance at the film was the SFX during Arsyn's fight. They seemed a bit out-of-place, or something. I couldn't really put my finger on it, though.
Yeah man, my tripod broke while shooting this 2nd episode haha. It sucked, but I got another (as of yesterday) so expected some locked shots cuz not being able to do it when I wanted to really bugged me as well. And I know what you mean about the SFX during the fight. But its one of those things when u are against a deadline and u just can fix on time and u say "DAMNIT FORGET IT!" haha. Aaaand thats pretty much what I did.


I have also noticed that, after reviewing the previous episode, both the FX, picture, and sound quality are all incredibly improved. New equipment perhaps?
Actually yes we did have newer equipment to shoot this episode ha (you'll have to excuse the sphere throwing writer haha). It wasn't the best but we did have a 3chip camera that time and some mics, so that came in handy. Ep's 3 and on are shot on the dvx now. But thanks again man. The stuff that were shooting is starting to look better and better. Actually yesterday we had one of the best shoots ever for ep5, everything looked great and hopefully we'll be able to get ep3 out fairly soon.

-Chris
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 2:42pm

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i know that u sue the matrix sound effects for the fighting parts...but what exactly is your method for the timing. Ive looked up and down the sound effects packets and cant find the good hit sounds. can ya help me out? smile

thanks alot bro,
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 3:50pm

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Some fine movie making Chris and Crew. The FX are some of the best on the site and could easily compete with the big boys in Hwood. Editing is top-freakin-notch. Fight scenes looked real and that's the highest compliment you can hope for a fight scene. Music and sound were grade A. It's so hard to get great sounding audio but you all pull it off like it ain't a thang smile Is some of the score original? It fit and fit well. Writing = very good and of course the direction was strong. Did you use any lighting setups?

Acting was good overall but it was weak in places. Not too much I didn't like about ep 2. Really good job to all involved.

Eric
Posted: Thu, 7th Apr 2005, 8:28pm

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what is the name of the music that starts at 00:09:53
Posted: Mon, 11th Apr 2005, 6:38am

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Baseer: Haha, u know my screen name.

Ferral: Thanks a lot for the compliments man. Some of the score is actually original. All of the music up till the 07:04 mark was done by me. We also did use a few light setup's. Mostly in the car. If I could have my way I would want to light every scene properly but then I would prob only be able to produce one episode every 3 months ha.

justangel: That song is by N.E.R.D. Its the "rockstar (remix)"

Icken9: Haha, its cool man.


Thanks Again
-Chris
Posted: Mon, 18th Apr 2005, 5:01pm

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The links are now back up and working. Sorry about that. hopefully should be updated soon on the site.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 8:09am

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Overall i thought this was ok. The things i didn't like were that it looked homemade and the acting wasn't great. There were some good parts though. The characters need defining but i'm sure that will change over the course of the series. I'll watch this with interest over the coming weeks

P.S I meant to rate this a 3 but for some reason it came out as a 1 i don't know how to change it sorry sad
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 5:31am

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Finally got around to downloading this, and heres a few things i noticed.

Considering the type of style this show was apparently going for, you might consider Implimenting some Color grading, and it would go along ways towards making the look more professional.

I noticed in your profile you have a dvx100, why were you shooting this on a crappy low end canon?

The acting was probably the biggest hinderance. Im thinking that if you used less static medium shots and used more closeup and cut more often during dialogue, it would help out the acting. Also, It sounds like they are reading off of a scriptsheet..

The camerawork could have been better, although i remember how annoying it was to keep those damn tiny dv cams steady and fluid, you should stick some more interesting static angles with more depth of field on them. the thing that really kinda seemed odd is when you would go to a character, and then would try to turn/pose dramatically, but it just looked really awkward and unnatural.

Aside from when the guy fly across the hallway and hits the wall, the Fx weren't too good, Which i can understand because working with deadlines can require scaling back the fx quite abit.

Overall, much better than the first one luckily, but i assume the third one will be alot better.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 10:11pm

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I haven't seen any of the other episodes, but I really enojoyed this one.
By the way, how did you make the kind of "ripple" when you punched someone on the stairs?

-Logan
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 4:12am

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Thanks for the feedback.

Silencer - Yeah, the acting is brought up more in episode 3 and on. Not to mention I believe it looks a lot better. Haha, I dont care about the 1 rating, its okay.

Bryce - As for your color grading tip haha...

Footage Before:

http://cobraproductions.filmspace.biz/before.jpg

Footage After:

http://cobraproductions.filmspace.biz/after.jpg

I believe that altering the color shouldnt be a very noticable thing in a film. Your supposed to be focused on the film itself, not how blue or how washed out or how much gamma has been added or subtracted. Ha, and obviously I didn't have my DVX before I started filming or I would have shot with it no doubt. As for everything else, I agree. But all I can do is tell ya to wait for episode 3 and on, because to me it looks like a completely diff show.

hatsoff2halford - I used After Effects for the ripple and masked out the guy getting hit in front and put a green light in between.

Thanks again

-Chris
Posted: Tue, 12th Jul 2005, 3:22am

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Could You Please Put This Episode In Mpg format please I would really appreciate it thanks!