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ARU: Armed Response Unit

Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 10:12am

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PLOT: A new arm of the law, the ARU (Armed Response Unit) is called in by the police to deal with Drake Lasgo, a deadly and highly-dangerous neo-terrorist. Inside intelligence reports that Lasgo is going to set off a bomb in the outskirts of a disused mining area near a quiet suburban neighbourhood. Its kill or be killed for the ARU Team, who take it upon themselves to hunt Lasgo down in an effort to take him out permanently.

I shot this in February 2005 based on a simple script penned by myself, and my younger brother and his friends helped me out with the acting. I'm quite pleased with it technically; the only thing I think that lets it down is the digital fake blood at the end of the film. However, without making excuses, we really were rushed during pre-production and there was no conceivable way we could construct any kind of prosthetic make-up effect for the film's climax. With this in mind, I hope you can be more lenient with your comments.

Another minor point is the sound and image are poor, so I apologise for that. I did this to reduce the file size and, conversely, the bandwidth demand on my friend's webspace who is kindly hosting my movies for the moment. So thank you to, Shep! The image also is slightly stretched, as it was taken from our anamorphic DVD. Viewers may wish to resize their monitor to obtain the original aspect ratio. As for the sound, the DVD we have is in both Dolby 5.1 and DTS,so anyone wanting to experience it properly should see the DVD! smile One final point I should make is that the end credits have been removed to help reduce file size as well, so dont be suprised if the movie just ends.

Edited in Premiere and special effects done in AlamDV2.

ARU: ARMED RESPONSE UNIT: Contains strong, bloody violence.


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Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 6:19pm

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Another classic from Gavin...
I liked the way this was put together... once again, great music, great choreography, great directing..

I think here's where it lacked (besides what you pointed out already):
The terrorist looked and acted great. He was incredible for the role... but the costumes for the three soldiers lost some credibility there. The action was great, as usual... well acted by all. But I didn't sense any relationships between the team members when the one guy gets wasted (beautifully done though, despite the blood... still effective! I laughed because immediately I thought.. what would the censors say?)
Locations could have been better:
The biggest problem here was the fact that the terrorist placed a bomb in the middle of a field, and when it goes boom-boom, absolutley nothing is destroyed.. so why would a team be sent out?
The agent's headquarters was a living room. LOL. I thought it was funny, but that's me.

I really liked the black and white ending.. it was in my opinion, the best part- really effective.

All in all, I had to shave two stars off because of the costumes, effects and ending. But the concept, execution and directing made up for it!


-Logan-
Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 11:03pm

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Madmanmatty wrote:

The terrorist looked and acted great. He was incredible for the role... but the costumes for the three soldiers lost some credibility there.
Well they werent meant to have uniforms as such, just meant to wear dark things. Hence the camoflage gear, black sweaters, etc. Not really unusual.

But I didn't sense any relationships between the team members when the one guy gets wasted (beautifully done though, despite the blood... still effective! I laughed because immediately I thought.. what would the censors say?)
Lol biggrin They'd give it an 18 wink As for relationships, well, they're tough soldiers so I couldnt have em crying.

Locations could have been better:
I thought they were good. The terrorist HQ is not a living room, BTW! biggrin

The biggest problem here was the fact that the terrorist placed a bomb in the middle of a field, and when it goes boom-boom, absolutley nothing is destroyed.. so why would a team be sent out?
The cops couldnt deal with it, so the story says. And as forhaving stuff destroyed, theres no way we could have done that or recreated the effect. It was a public walkway.

All in all, I had to shave two stars off because of the costumes, effects and ending. But the concept, execution and directing made up for it!
Aw well, cant win em all! smile I hope some of my comments put stuff in context for ya though.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 4:37pm

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I wanted to give this a four but just couldn't pull the trigger because of the blood work and the shadow of the camera in the shot. Otherwise, well done. Your lead actor is a pretty good actor. I hope that is your property otherwise you run the risk of getting shot by someone. Wait...check that...I'm from the U.S. That could only happen here, I guess. ; )
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 4:43pm

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As I said, try not to mark it harshly based on the effects sad I submitted it as a film to be viewed as a whole, not to show off the effects work. As for the shadow, you cant see it on DVD as it is cropped out and TV overscan hides it anyway. You'll have to forgive by brother, he was shooting at the time.

By lead actor, who do you mean? The bad guy with the M16? If so, thats me!
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 5:41pm

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I really enjoyed this, nice work. The acting was great on most parts, and everything else like the build up etc was pulled off really well imo considering the films length. Alot of points have already been made about the down sides to this film but i think some are a little harsh, but hey, i'm no expert. Had to love the shadow of the camera clap

Also, the part where his head just got shredded was great, but i think could've been made that little bit extra special if you'd done something for when the blood and brains had cleared. I would've used photoshop to create his head demolished and then placed it on with chromanator and have had him fall facing the camera the whole way. Dunno how that might come out, i may try it cos im hoping to make something similar to this next weekend biggrin

Nice movie anway, you get a 5 from me.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 5:43pm

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Thanks a lot, Nutty! Much appreciated. Dont have Chromanator, and never tried bluescreening - seems too complicated confused
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 6:17pm

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in terms of easy, its as easy as putting those blood effects on in aladv2 smile Check out the demo. To be honest you dont need a proper green/blue screen, good light with a big peice of green/blue cloth would work fine i think, although i'm yet to test this properly myself.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Apr 2005, 6:43pm

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Rating: -1

If you check out the Macbeth 3000 trailer, we used Chromy and green fabric (poorly lit, btw).
The shots in the cockpit, the multiple Banquos (in the DVDtestmenu), the parachuting, all done in Chromy, and it's as easy as.. well... 123... if you find that easy... sometimes I have trouble remembering the order of those dratted digits... DAMN YOU NUMBERS!! ACCURSED FIENDS TO BUDGET-MAKERS AND RENT-PAYERS ALIKE!! DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!


EDIT: Apparantly the numbers have found me and rated me -1....
Posted: Sun, 1st May 2005, 6:44pm

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I give you a three on five .
The acting was great from some people. I didn't like the cinematographics. The shots were really poor. If u want to create such kinda genre you should really reduce the color to a -60% , its NOT black and white but it has a real poor effect. Next time try in broadband(16:9) these are all details what makes ure movie a lot of better. Have an example on www.spearheadfilms.com , anyway, with what cam did u shot this?
Posted: Sun, 1st May 2005, 9:21pm

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The cinematographics? New one on me! What do you mean?

I have to disagree anyway, I've made plenty of action movies and I consider myself quite good with the genre. Although, for the first time, we WERE rushed this time round and some shots were less than perfect (the one I think of is the high shot of me holding the gun at my brother at the end). It was a very stressful shoot.

I shoot widescreen all the time. As I say in the listing, its anamoprhically stretched so you need to watch it with ur monitor resolution squashed.#

Thanks for the feedback - every little helps wink
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 3:01pm

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No problem, i think what your making is very nice , but u could make it better with these details. Even if ur not shooting in Broadband u can still change it. The reduce of the colors: They give a real proffesional look. Try adobe ae for that. Or you could even do it with pinnacle. As i said, it very good, but these details would give a perfection to your shots...

Its just helping... try it
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 5:38pm

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How do you mean reduce the colours?
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 3:36am

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The actors seemed serious and seemed to mean what they said, which was a pleasant surprise.

the muzzleflash on that Ar15 was good, but alittle big.

The blood effects were aweful, as were the sound effects for the hits.

There was way to much smoke added to all the bullet impacts.

It might have been a good idea to start the video a little earlier in the story. Also, why was he trying to blow up a small wooded area? it didnt seem to make sense.

The weapons looked really good, and the sound fx were well handled.

I noticed you named your bad guy "47", and he wore a suit with a skinny tie. Good and obvious reference to the Hitman games.
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 2:10pm

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An F grade? Lol, OK! crazy


the muzzleflash on that Ar15 was good, but alittle big
I like to do what I believe Joel Silver calls "enhanced reality". Make things slightly OTT to increase the visual effect.

The blood effects were aweful, as were the sound effects for the hits...There was way to much smoke added to all the bullet impacts.
The blood has been covered, thanks. As for the hits, what specific ones do you mean? Again, we all know bullets dont make sounds when they hit things - its a film, the enhanced reality thing coming into play again.

Also, why was he trying to blow up a small wooded area? it didnt seem to make sense.
Its a dirty bomb, he had to set it off somewhere inconspicious so as not to draw attention to himself. No good setting it off in a street, lol.
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 1:53am

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Aha, Although I know quite abit about war/weapons etc, I've never heard of a dirty bomb..Must be a british term. speaking of which, what part of england is that accent from?

The hits on the hitmans had tons of smoke coming from them, and so did some in other spots. pretty much just look for any smoke, and it probably was huge.

Also, I didn't grade it an "F", i alway just put a random character in the summary box.

Another suggestion would be to add some shells ejecting from the guns.
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 1:59am

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Bryce007 wrote:

...speaking of which, what part of england is that accent from?
I'm in the NE, although its not typical of the region. File me under misc!

The hits on the hitmans had tons of smoke coming from them, and so did some in other spots. pretty much just look for any smoke, and it probably was huge.
The "smoke" on the bad guy was not really meant to be smoke; more powder coming from his clothes and the impacts into his bulletproof underclothing. I also did it to reinforce the lack of blood, which everyone watching it on DVD has said to me, "Why no blood?". It obviously worked smile

Also, I didn't grade it an "F", i alway just put a random character in the summary box.
Oh right. Still sounds like u hated it but never mind biggrin
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 2:01am

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Do i detect James Bond GoldenEye sounds effects?

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Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 2:04am

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You do indeed, well spotted. Theres the odd one here and there smile
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 2:05am

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haha hours and hours of playing that game come in handy every now and then.