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We Do Things Differently

Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 10:46am

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A short comparison between a telecommuter and a commuter. 'We Do Things Differently' takes a light hearted look at how a day can differ for two people. One that works from home, and one that has to travel to work.

I think its pretty different to anything else in the cinema at fxhome, and that's why I've chosen to submit it here. Filmed with no budget in several locations in London. This short film was completed as part of my second year university course.

Enjoy and please leave comments!

P.S Hybrid-Halo stars as the telecommuter.


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Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 10:58am

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Yes, that ragged scruff featured in this movie is me.

Fun Facts about this movie:

-When the crew arrived to film, I was asleep and literally just got up and into some trousers and a dressing gown, the sleep deprived/just woke up look is all natural.

-One of the first scenes where I'm introduced as the telecommuter (I'm playing with toys) was snipped from something er-no filmed for the parts when I get bored. During filming I went crazy with some figures, shouting "Don't eat me, try one of my new sauces!". I believe that if I don't behave, footage of it may appear on the internet.

-There are several out-takes of me getting back into bed, some worthy of stunt features.

-Shooting the Commuters shower scene was done by the commuter and one of her friends, but due to one of them leaving the camera on boobies were caught on camera which had to be carefully removedfrom the tape by the Commuter before myself, er-no or any of the crew saw it.

-I really can't act.

-This is the second fxhome cinema movie that features me waking up!

I'm sure er-no can add some wink
I'm quite pleased with the way this movie turned out, some of the swipes are a bit too slow/questionable whereas I think fast blurred swipes with more camera movement (ala Spaced) would have worked better.
At the time of filming, I didn't think it'd be as amusing.
Good job er-no smile
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 11:56am

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I felt half & half about this. It was very well shot, with some nice editing, & also a rogueish performance from Hybrid, but it was a bit monotonous, in the way the comparisons were in the same vein & the morph transitions just kept on coming! Even the style of the script the actors were speaking...obviously, it had to be similar somehow to draw parallels but I personally would have loved a more far-out comparison, more extreme. Yes, more extreme than hamster porn...
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 12:48pm

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Mellifluous wrote:

I felt half & half about this. It was very well shot, with some nice editing, & also a rogueish performance from Hybrid, but it was a bit monotonous, in the way the comparisons were in the same vein & the morph transitions just kept on coming! Even the style of the script the actors were speaking...obviously, it had to be similar somehow to draw parallels but I personally would have loved a more far-out comparison, more extreme. Yes, more extreme than hamster porn...
Thanks for the feedback Mel, and to be honest, the whole thing was a challenge to film. The 'far-out' comparison was considered, yet as a second year uni piece we had to keep it professional and to some extent, mundane. We had to remove bits of 'rudeness' from the original script as lecturers warned the examining board would not have been in favour of it.

I didn't think you could get more extreme than hamster porn. It was a very hard script to film and then make into a worthy watchable short! I'm going to stick to filming in forests wink smile
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 1:04pm

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er-no wrote:

I didn't think you could get more extreme than hamster porn
Well, hope you get a good mark from it, because overall it is a good piece of work. I totally understand about having to jumpy through hoops for examiners, & really you shouldn't have to do that smile

Hmm, more extreme than hamster porn...hamster porn actually sounds far cuter than it should. * thinks. Zombie leprechauns? A *cough* pump made out of a Yop bottle? Nah, not that, but maybe something like Matt going out on a surreal excursion while he's meant to be working, or playing football in the living room all day with himself.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 1:12pm

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Mellifluous wrote:

er-no wrote:

I didn't think you could get more extreme than hamster porn
Well, hope you get a good mark from it, because overall it is a good piece of work. I totally understand about having to jumpy through hoops for examiners, & really you shouldn't have to do that smile

Hmm, more extreme than hamster porn...hamster porn actually sounds far cuter than it should. * thinks. Zombie leprechauns? A *cough* pump made out of a Yop bottle? Nah, not that, but maybe something like Matt going out on a surreal excursion while he's meant to be working, or playing football in the living room all day with himself.
Gotta jump through the hoops! Sadly sad
Matt can't play football. razz
Don't search Hamster Sex with google image filter off...

Just another fact - all scenes were also lit with redheads and spotlights smile Most of Matt's stuff was done when it was dark outside which was a utter mong to colour correct and get looking right, as it wasn't filmed in order either. smile
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 1:21pm

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I feel the same as Mel, only I have a couple more things. It was widescreen, and gorgeous in the start, but you fade the letterboxes out? I say, keep 'em in, or do without them entirely. The footage also looked like it had been shot 16:9 and squished to 4:3. Maybe I'm just going crazy, but that's how it looked.

I also felt that some light music would have helped the fact that we were essentially watching the same things happen twice with different people, different ways. Something corny, maybe.

Otherwise, I rather liked this, and it's indeed a breath of fresh air from the norm around here. Good work.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 1:37pm

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Aculag wrote:

I feel the same as Mel, only I have a couple more things. It was widescreen, and gorgeous in the start, but you fade the letterboxes out? I say, keep 'em in, or do without them entirely. The footage also looked like it had been shot 16:9 and squished to 4:3. Maybe I'm just going crazy, but that's how it looked.
Well it shouldn't have looked like that, the footage was shot in 16x9 and kept in 16x9. Anamorphic widescreen was used at the introduction then faded out, maybe thats what gives the impression of it being 'squashed'.

At one point Benny Hill was used to make it very cheesy/corny. But that just souded too stupid, when trying to create a professional feel... 'Teachers' style, to it. (the television program Teachers)

smile Glad you liked it Aculag.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 2:05pm

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This is what it looks like:


Is that right? It's not a big deal as it's not distracting, it just seems like it ought to have remained anamorphic if it was shot that way. Dunno why it would show up like that for me and not anyone else. It was especially apparent to me that something was off at 03:59, shot of a kettle.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 2:09pm

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Ah, now thats quicktime being a berk. I'll re-export and upload a version with it looking more anamorphic.

Sorry about that, I hadn't checked the quicktime final upload because I'd done so many exports I started not to care about it biggrin

Divx version is fine though - and better quality smile
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 2:14pm

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Ah, cool. I tend to go for quicktime over anything else most times. I'll check out the Divx.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 2:19pm

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Aculag wrote:

Ah, cool. I tend to go for quicktime over anything else most times. I'll check out the Divx.
You'll probably come back to me telling me thats got issues too. smile
But it doesn't have my end... wink
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 2:53pm

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It was widescreen, and gorgeous in the start, but you fade the letterboxes out? I say, keep 'em in, or do without them entirely.
I agree with this part completly.
It's all about presentation, you probably thought about how neat the letterbox looked, didn't you? why not keep it? Was there a thought behind it?

First of all, I can't say it was too long but if wasn't for Hybrids random dirty jokes it would have been pretty slow. It's abit repeating, something simple as mixing the transitions with some splitscreen, that always looks neat and gives you as much information in images in half the time, its magic!
The camerawork is far better then anything around here, altough the movements are beautifull for most parts, it's let down by some bad color correction. I doubt you went for the video-look, if you did, excuse me. wink

I love all jokes, and I really connect with Hybrids characther, I'm still thinking about getting out of bed today sleep

Overall comments and thoughts:
Original, funny, typical britishi jokes with good acting, great camerawork and neat writing, could've have been more up-tempo but is without doubt a rad little piece. Good job indeed.

*Andreas lies down in bed again, scrathing his balls.
Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 3:04pm

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Andreas wrote:

It was widescreen, and gorgeous in the start, but you fade the letterboxes out? I say, keep 'em in, or do without them entirely.
I agree with this part completly.
It's all about presentation, you probably thought about how neat the letterbox looked, didn't you? why not keep it? Was there a thought behind it?
Right. Filming and keeping to 16x9 was one of the restraints we had from the examing board and the project brief. We would have failed if the actual film (after the introduction) hadn't been in the original filmed state of 16x9.

This is why the super widescreen borders were faded out. sad Sorry!

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Posted: Mon, 2nd May 2005, 3:06pm

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er-no wrote:

Andreas wrote:

It was widescreen, and gorgeous in the start, but you fade the letterboxes out? I say, keep 'em in, or do without them entirely.
I agree with this part completly.
It's all about presentation, you probably thought about how neat the letterbox looked, didn't you? why not keep it? Was there a thought behind it?
Right. Filming and keeping to 16x9 was one of the restraints we had from the examing board and the project brief. We would have failed if the actual film (after the introduction) hadn't been in 16x9. This is why the anamorphic borders were faded out. smile
Ah, okey. smile
Good job, keep the movies coming!
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 6:13am

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Good job biggrin I liked this movie, the line that made me laugh the most was when HH said he is sometimes distracted by strange cloud formations biggrin

5/5 from me, good work smile
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 6:18am

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That was fantastic! Well done, er-no. I laughed out loud several times... Great job, Hybrid-Halo! You definitely made the movie.

I liked the shot of the commuter walking in to work and signing in... pretty slick. Was it done with some sort of jib or steady-cam setup?

5/5
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 1:25pm

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er-no wrote:

You'll probably come back to me telling me thats got issues too. smile
Actually, it does... Odd. The footage looks better, but it's still 4:3. I wonder why.
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 3:05pm

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Aculag wrote:

er-no wrote:

You'll probably come back to me telling me thats got issues too. smile
Actually, it does... Odd. The footage looks better, but it's still 4:3. I wonder why.
Really doesnt make any sense to me. But its viewable and works very nicely. I've also changed the quicktime one so thats defo more '16x9' smile

Thanks for the headsup Aculag.
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 3:47pm

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Er-no - Well made enjoyable movie. I loved your fluid camera movements and overall DP work. Funny, too. We have telecommuters where I work and I think - how lucky can you be. I imagine some of those people are not too different from your telecommuter : )

Some music would have been nice but I still enjoyed w/out any. Great job on this.
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 3:57pm

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steeb69 wrote:

I liked the shot of the commuter walking in to work and signing in... pretty slick. Was it done with some sort of jib or steady-cam setup?



There are two photographs taken by my phone from the two locations. We all chipped in and hired a Key West Dolly and Tracking from a nice guy called Joe. biggrin All I can say is.. that equipment was very heavy!
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 5:43pm

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Enjoyed the camera angle ect. It looked liike you had some nice camera rigs. You might have been able to make each comparison combined before switching to the other perhaps. But overall i liked it. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 7:27pm

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Very good. Great camera work and a good story. One of the better filims here on FXHome. I can tell that you put a lot of effort into this production. Hope you get good marks for it. 5/5 from me.
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 11:03pm

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This is a really good addition to the cinema. Well made, interesting subject and good use of the technical side of things to tell the story. Nice!
Posted: Tue, 3rd May 2005, 11:58pm

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the wipe transitions get a little much after a while b/c of the quick cuts between the two ppl
and some of the pans though incredibly awesome didnt seem to work
nonetheless, the overall video was excellent
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 12:09am

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Well done I really enjoyed it. It was a very creative idea very original and well done. Nice camera rigs too. It's looks like you put a lot of work into this film and it really paid off. 4/5 here.
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 1:56am

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Entertaining little diversion movie. However, the shower scene was too short, What the hell?..

technically excellent and the acting was good (i was expecting the lady and the front desk of the commuter to crack a smile or something, but she managed to keep it together. very nice)

However, MAN those accents were grating. don't know why, but when i think british, i don't think that ultrathick "mike skinner" accent. more like, robbie williams or james bond accent.
Posted: Wed, 4th May 2005, 6:11am

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Great little flick! I thought the camera movement and transitions blended quite well together... a very professional feel to the whole thing!
Amazing job, boys!
Posted: Thu, 5th May 2005, 7:51pm

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I liked this film. It was short and sweet, not too complicated. The cinematography and editing were top notch, and I like the transitions you used. The camera flowed so smoothly.

The acting could have been better, but it didn't bother me all that much.

Its nice to see a film like this on the site. There are far too many effects tests, etc, that are put on here for no reason, but this was interesting and enjoyable, and not to mention beautiful to look at. wink

But lets just be honest here... the real reason I liked it was cause of the chick in the shower. wink

A very nice piece,

4/5
Posted: Sat, 7th May 2005, 5:41pm

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I really liked it too... although I was slightly dissapointed with the ending.

Great Work!
Posted: Mon, 16th May 2005, 2:36am

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I especially liked the part towards the end "I feel like I'm talking to myself" where there are 5 of the same person. Is that so.

How did you do that? Was it with Chromanator, EffectsLab or AlamDV2?

That was so cool. I loved it.
Posted: Mon, 16th May 2005, 2:46am

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Heh, this kinda 'cloning' effect is done with simple masking in Chromanator. Filmed the scene with no Amy Hicks, then basically got her to change her style and attitude a little bit on each take.

Masked each new layer of video so it simply had the area around that Amy. I was going to have frame by frame moving of another mask - and have another Amy come into the board room and write on the whiteboard, but the university deadline approached and I didnt have time to edit it with fellow crew smile

Glad you liked it biggrin

Thanks for all the comment guys, the whole crew is chuffed it went down so well online. It's proven to be more of a hit than a miss, which has suprised me considering its very 'different' to most entries smile
Posted: Thu, 19th May 2005, 4:14pm

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Yes, yes, and yes smile Sweet editing, sweet camera work and sweet location. It kinda reminds me of when I did work, and what I do now smile . Keep 'em coming.
Posted: Wed, 25th May 2005, 2:54pm

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fallen wrote:

Yes, yes, and yes smile Sweet editing, sweet camera work and sweet location. It kinda reminds me of when I did work, and what I do now smile . Keep 'em coming.
Thanks fallen. smile We used XM2's for every main shot in this production and although we had a couple of XL1's bashing around the location, the quality wasn't anywhere near as good as what was offered on the XM2.

Gotta love that camera biggrin

The links of this movie are now back up and should remain so - I've recently had 404 problems everyday with my server, it should all work 24/7 now!
Posted: Mon, 13th Jun 2005, 5:25pm

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great - watched it while telecommuting ironically... but i wasn't slacking i was just ill!

i was about to claim that you actually have to work harder as a telcommuter
Posted: Sat, 13th Aug 2005, 4:19am

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nice.... some of that is sooo true.. wink
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THAT WAS AWSOME. Great Camera Work and u captured what it is really like to wotk at ur house, I've been doin it for a while. Tech support and Web management is awsome becaue WEll ur doin nothing ALL DAY AND U GET PAID! even though i will admit i need a better job SOOn. But good job. Maybe some day my films will ay ur level. PFFFT that will be a while.
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Yeah, I know. I'm late. And I've promised to post on here for a long time... But now I do! smile

First of all, I think this film has a very original and great idea behind it. It's nice to see something different for a change - no pun intended.

The camerwork stands out, is clearly thought of and very solid. The acting is believable and shows sense of timing and good direction. Matt is hilarious and the girl is very good too!

The sound is clear and nicely recorded. This is definately a high standard work in every aspect.


The only thing where I think the film lacks a bit, is in certain pacing aspects. All in all, it felt a bit too long for what it's premise was.


Good job er-no and I can't wait until you unleash P1 onto the world! wink