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Ninja, Interrupted.

Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 12:59pm

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Ninja, Interrupted is the result of my long ambition to film some form of Ninja film. Though in some ways, a test to see what I could accomplish with a greenscreen, some kitchen utensils and some t shirts wrapped around our heads. The project grew to fit a university project in ways which made me simply happier, or should I say... more amused to make as it in many ways contrasts the seriousness of *everyone* else on the courses work.

I'm reasonably happy with the results, and has changed slightly compared to how it was origionally, mainly in terms of sound. Although still in many ways a major shortcoming of my equipment, I spent alot of time on getting the audio to a semi-decent quality with my terrible microphone, hence some of the pops. Apologies in advance for any burst eardrums.

In a few certains respects, this project has taught me alot about how to properly plan a film. Every shot in the movie was pre-planned with storyboarding worked off of a script. And filmed working to a shooting script. I was surprised how what I saw as "I can't be bothered to do this..." aspects of film making soon became "So THAT's why they do this..." methods of genius. Planning really streamlined the entire process and is probably the only reason I managed to hand in ANY work after such a last minute rush.

Anyway... The whole project took 2 days, from filming the first shot to it being handed in, filmed on a Canon MV750i handycam. I had a good time making it. I hope it amuses you like it has me. wink Feel free to ask any questions.

Notes:
Big thanks to Joby(er-no) for being the usual mate and hosting, and to the fxhome chatroom regulars for giving criticism on preview releases. Finally, Special thanks to Waser, for no particular reason.


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Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 1:31pm

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That was fun, real good editing imo, and I like Ninjas.
Some of the stuff the narrator said, I could not hear, but that doesn't matter.
The fighting was brilliant, made me laugh, but this film ruins a project I've been planing, cause the costumes are the same razz

This was good Hybrid, a 4 from me.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 1:32pm

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4 from me. That was really fun and good editing. Did you do the voice over yoruself? I liked it alot. Sorry, I'm not much on lengthy reviews.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 2:21pm

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Yeah, the voice over is me speaking into my bog standard PC microphone. I then ran several filters over the recorded audio including Hiss reducers and Noise Reduction and finally lowered the pitch of my voice using a Pitch shifter.

It's really difficult to get decent audio recordings from a PC Mic, and it's definetly something I would have liked to have done more professionally. Though I think I almost got away with it wink
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 2:37pm

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Fallen gave this a good word, in applestore you can get it with a mic for a good prise, I'm getting one soon, but I have to figure out what software I have to get to use it on pc.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 3:18pm

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YES! Thanks to me for no reason! smile

I think that you already know what I think of this movie hybrid, but I'll explain the main reasons why this is one of the best movies I have ever seen on fxhome.

The opening is fantastic. It reminds me so much of Master of The Flying Guillotine and movies of that era it gave me goosebumps, but quickly became a modern hybrid (get it? hybrid? eeeeeh? EEEEEH?) of it's own movie. The music that you used in this is fantastic. Very good mixture to give it that ninja feeling while making it feel like a hybrid halo movie.

The editing, along with the actine was great. Since there were no lines, and your mouths were covered, you had to project through your eyes, which I though you did a great job of doing. It makes sense.

another thing I love about this movie is that it is of a brand of comedy that seems to have been missing from fxhome since Twisted Studios stopped making movies. Not to say that you are exactly like them, there just hasnt been a movie on fxhome since Fool School X-Treme where I was laughing pretty much the whole time.

Overall, there is no way I could give this movie anything below a 5, what with it's hilarious narrative, fantastic music (casshern theme kicks ass), and just the humerous way you shot it.

A step forward for fxhome movies as we know it. Nice one hybrid.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 7:03pm

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um it does not play correctlly for me, its like glichy (and it not my comp) i have always had probelms with .avi's so is thier anyway you could compress it for mac users, like .mov ? thank you
i really want to see this! surprised
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 7:16pm

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ssjaaron wrote:

um it does not play correctlly for me, its like glichy (and it not my comp) i have always had probelms with .avi's so is thier anyway you could compress it for mac users, like .mov ? thank you
i really want to see this! surprised
Yeah, that sounds more than fair. I'll compress a .mov or .mp4 version now and get it hosted/submitted over the next few days smile
Posted: Mon, 11th Jul 2005, 7:52pm

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Hell yeah I like this alot.
Waser said pretty much what I thought about to say about the Twisted guys.
You brought back the missing link in the cinema.

Its neat, great chopped about every single frame, the color mixes at the end is perfectly timed. Music fits well and its hilarious.
I usually have some things to say, but pros and cons has been mentioned.

Neat!
Posted: Tue, 12th Jul 2005, 4:08pm

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Loved this biggrin

It was a great pastiche of manga/ninja movies, with some well-observed humour. It was also surreal almost to the point of perfection, perhaps only hindered because of technical limitations and lack of time. However, stand out moments like the naming of the hours and the showering fully clothed simply make up for any limitations you were facing.

The sound was a bit of a shame, as it did lack the overall quality of the video - but I know how much work you've put into it, so there's not much that could have been done there. There was also one shot in which the chromakeying was a bit off, and distracted me momentarily. It's the bit where the ninja first punches the second ninja. But these two things are entierly minor.

The overall style of the piece, was fantastic - the use of multiple images on screen was great - again, a great take off of manga style movies. Also, the grading was damn near perfect, giving it a very polished look.

5/5 from me smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Tue, 12th Jul 2005, 6:26pm

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man i wanna see it... neutral when is the .mov or .mp4 version comming out.. frown
Posted: Tue, 12th Jul 2005, 10:53pm

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I would've given this movie a 4, but I'm gonna have to go 3, even though it's more like 3.5, and here's why:

I loved the brushing the teeth and showering, and how they were edited, reminded me of the beginning of Shaun of the Dead. But the rest of the movie kind of bored me. I thought the humor was good, just maybe not executed the best. The filming and editing seemed kind of kiddish to me- which is I'm sure partially what you were going for, considering this was a comdey- but I wasn't really entertained by it. The compositing was good, not the best, but good. The flashing backgrounds were pretty funny, I'll give you that, but the whole movie overall didn't really work for me.

Altogether, good flick, but could've been better. Keep makin' them movies though. wink
Posted: Wed, 13th Jul 2005, 9:49pm

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Great stuff HH. It was very creative and you made me laugh - that's always a plus smile The titles were very well done and the last scene rocked!

Congrats on a job well done.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jul 2005, 4:53am

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Damn you to hell.

Not only did you completely steal my idea, from the ninja taking a shower right down to the use of the "Arco Arena" song, but you also pulled it off far better than I could have hoped to. Thanks a lot, now I have to be original.

I hope you get hit by a train, you funny creative bastard.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jul 2005, 7:14am

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Let me preface this by saying that I "Get" all the ideas you were using. From the obvious anime influences to the weirdass kungfu stuff....But, i Didn't really get why this was funny or creative....it just struck me as bizzare..
Posted: Tue, 19th Jul 2005, 1:11pm

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Bassler wrote:

Damn you to hell.

Not only did you completely steal my idea, from the ninja taking a shower right down to the use of the "Arco Arena" song, but you also pulled it off far better than I could have hoped to. Thanks a lot, now I have to be original.

I hope you get hit by a train, you funny creative bastard.
Hahaha, sorry smile I think one of the things that finally spurred me into making a Ninja movie was infact listening to that very song. (I also saw Cake live a few months back), I apologise for any damage this movie has caused to you. wink

Bryce007 wrote:

Let me preface this by saying that I "Get" all the ideas you were using. From the obvious anime influences to the weirdass kungfu stuff....But, i Didn't really get why this was funny or creative....it just struck me as bizzare..
I think this is seen as creative by quite a few people, because it does something different the the majority of other fxhome submissions, to my knowledge no one so far has scripted or edited a ninja movie with absolutely no kung fu, the grading and rather obvious visual styling is also something not done elsewhere on this site.
When I wrote this, there weren't any out and out jokes made. Everything is in the subtleties such as how what the ninja does collates to what he says creating a rather wacky/unrealistic portrayal of the ninja - much like it's western incarnations in cinema. I'll agree that the film is a little bizarre, but for me that's why it's amusing. I'll have to make the next one a little more obvious funny with some slapstick involving a plank of wood and a bucket or something for you wink
And of course I'm joking, It'd be arrogant of me to dictate why and where you should find my movie funny as different people have many varying senses of humour, maybe this just isn't yours. Or maybe it isn't funny at all, just a few crazy people chuckled at the novelty of the idea rather than the jokes it holds. Who knows. smile
Posted: Tue, 19th Jul 2005, 6:54pm

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Yeah, It's just my opinion hybrid, don't worry bout' it. I also kinda doubt basslers claims, as that is pretty far fetched...
Posted: Tue, 26th Jul 2005, 5:05pm

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Great job. Lots of laughs, and ninjas are always funny.
The opening was amazing. Really well edited. After the opening, the editing lags in spots, but overall remains pretty good.
Some of the things like the cat-door entrance could have been framed more effectively, but the idea was hilarious.
Good ninja kicks and moves. Especially... the unspeakable. lol

The voice overs should probably get a little louder, not only in volume, but delivery, during the fight scenes. They don't feel frantic enough. The movie stays dry during the battles when it should take off a bit.

Regardless, very funny. One of those songs I recognized.. is it Cake, from Comfort Eagle? What's the music you used? If you could list it, I'd be interested, because, honestly, the music was the best part of this film. Really cool use of music, especially in the intro.

I guess my main quaff is that the ninja doesn't ever leave his house. You have an amazing set-up for a ninja epic, but he never leaves the kitchen. Get that ninja out there in the world, and have him be challanged by the real world! Perhaps a sequel, no?

Well, good job. 3/5

-Logan-
Posted: Tue, 26th Jul 2005, 6:37pm

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Madmanmatty wrote:

Regardless, very funny. One of those songs I recognized.. is it Cake, from Comfort Eagle? What's the music you used? If you could list it, I'd be interested, because, honestly, the music was the best part of this film. Really cool use of music, especially in the intro.
Firstly, thanks for your comments smile
I'll do my best to list the music;

Scene(s) - Track name - Artist
Intro - Nightlight(bonus) - Blockhead
The cycle begins - Arco Arena - Cake
First encounter - Sparks - Akihiko Matsumoto
Branded > I will get my revenge - Ruthless - Amon Tobin
Final Fight - Total chaos - nobuhiko morino
Out the window - Requiem - The back horn

I listen to quite a large amount of music, so when it comes to choosing from my music to use for a film it can be quite difficult.

madmanmatty wrote:


I guess my main quaff is that the ninja doesn't ever leave his house. You have an amazing set-up for a ninja epic, but he never leaves the kitchen. Get that ninja out there in the world, and have him be challanged by the real world! Perhaps a sequel, no?
This piece does serve as a tester for something more, what though... you will have to wait and see wink
Posted: Fri, 5th Aug 2005, 2:20am

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Great job! I loved the cereal bowl tri-screen.