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The Lord of the Rings: The Much Abbreviated Account

Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 11:31am

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A full-featured pun-smashing rendition of the classic book. Featuring locations such as the Beartooth Mountains, Gaspé Peninsula, Tierra del Fuego and more, this film chronicles the epic journey of one ill-fated Crisco Baggage.

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Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 12:42pm

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Fantastic! Great script, great effects! How did you pull off some of the scenery? This is one of the rare ones that I will watch over and over.

Nice work!
Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 1:13pm

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I rather enjoyed this - any chance of a version that doesn't have such horrible compression? The image was blurry and smudgy throughout, and the sound was unintelligible a lot of the time, which spoilt what was otherwise a rather entertaining film.
Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 1:54pm

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I'll try to put up a better version, the problem is that 55 min of video needs a lot of compression to even be under 500 MB. I hope to have some 130 MB versions up in a few days (the audio quality is far superior, at least).
Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 3:10pm

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I really liked the Nazgul. My favourite shot was in Weathertop when it drew in from the buildings onto the dark riders. Great job on the whole boat thing too.
Posted: Mon, 15th Aug 2005, 3:18pm

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Just to let everyone know (as it may be difficult to tell on this highly compressed web version) the majority of the film was filmed on a chroma screen in my basement. There are a two or three scenes near the beginning of the film and two others later on that were live action (if you look you can find them–the camera moves). Everything else is bluescreened. That's 45 minutes of effects shots. Yikes. No wonder this took me a year.
Posted: Tue, 16th Aug 2005, 8:53pm

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im having problems playing it, i have upto date codecs as i just went to update and the said mine were fine, the movie plays in double speed but its still 55mins long, i dont understand
Posted: Tue, 16th Aug 2005, 11:00pm

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If you have windows, quicktime 6 is the way to go. Remember, quicktime tends to update itself only within its version (i.e. 5 auto-upgrades to 5.1, not 6). Just go to www.apple.com/quicktime and download quicktime 6 (windows) or 7 (mac, but NOT if you have adobe premiere).

The only reason I could think of for it playing at double speed is that it's encoded at 15 fps.
Posted: Wed, 17th Aug 2005, 10:24pm

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Ha ha! Great job on this! Good and funny is hows i likes 'em : )

I think the green screen work overall is impressive. Kudos on that.
I don't know if it was compression or what but the audio was inaudible at times. As Tarn has already said, I would love to see a higher quality version on the site.

You all looked like you had a lot of fun on this project and if you can't have fun making movies then why bother, right? : ) So, congrats again on a job well done.
Posted: Wed, 24th Aug 2005, 11:16pm

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Congradulations on completeing a feature length fantasy spoof. I have been working on mine for the past 3 years; raiseing $4000, writing, casteing, doing preproduction and we are finally going to start filming this Sept. We have 10 weeks to finish it. But, it will be worth it. I was hopeing to be the first to post a finished feature length fantasy spoof on this site, but you beat me to the punch. Congrads. Mine includes Willow, H. P., LOTR, Legend, The Magic Sword, Deathstalker and other "classic" fantasy epics. We are shooting for a 90min. peace. Hope it goes smoothly. I'm gonna check out your film tonight, I'm sure it will give me a fresh perspective on the LOTR trilogy.

Peace and keep filming,
William A. McDonald
Posted: Fri, 26th Aug 2005, 8:39pm

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This film was a lot of fun to make, and even (if possible) more fun to see finished. There were those times though, when I had doubts about whether or not it could ever be pulled together (finishing up a 7 hour compositing spree at the end of a week of 2-3 hrs a day of work, no end in sight). The problem with making a film mainly bluescreen is that after you have your 8 hours of footage, sorted out and edited into a cut, you still have months of work pulling mattes and color correcting to match backgrounds. I must say, though, that I know After Effects like the back of my hand now, and even pulled off some nifty AE scripting to get me through the most dark and tedious hours.
Posted: Fri, 26th Aug 2005, 8:42pm

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Good luck to you in production this fall, William, and if you have any need for assistance, don't hesitate to ask. I'm always willing to help.

Henry Reich
Posted: Mon, 29th Aug 2005, 12:48am

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I finally watched this and I really liked it. Good job! I really liked your Gollum character. The actor did a great job with that. Another thing I really liked was the Orthanc model. Good job with that.

Although this was a very good movie, I did have some concerns with it.
1) At points the music drowns out the dialogue.
2) At points I felt that the music didn't seem to fit but that's probably because I am totally obsessed with the LotR movies and I have it stuck in my head what piece of music goes where.
3) The scenes in the dark were not lit very well. I could not see the actors in those scenes. Try to work on that for your future projects.

All in all it was a very good film and I hope to see your future projects.
Posted: Mon, 29th Aug 2005, 2:33am

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Thanks for your comments. My brother acted as Gollum, so I'll congratulate him. I agree that the music may drown out dialog a bit, but I believe that is accentuated by the compression, as the full version is sufficiently audible. I as well am obsessed with the LOTR movies/music (duh, why else would I make this??) and it took me a while to get used to the music how it is. It's grown on me, though, and now it seems wierd to hear the music in its normal context. Wierd how that works.
Which scenes in the dark were a problem? The entire moria sequence is 100% black, so don't be looking for anything there. The majority of the rest was done with bluescreen, so the darkness really doesn't have anything to do with lighting, just compositing. I think there's one actor (who plays mildew (i.e. merry)) who appears dark in one scene. Other than that I can't think of anything.

Thanks

Henry Reich
Posted: Mon, 29th Aug 2005, 3:08am

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The scenes where the darkness really sticks in my mind were the scenes outside the door into Moria. Maybe it was just my computer screen's resolution but for me the characters were barely visible there.
Posted: Mon, 29th Aug 2005, 3:45am

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That's odd. It may be your screen, I know some are much more prone to darkness than others. On mine those scenes look quite light, not a problem at all. Well, it's good to know that it doesn't always work, if I ever redo it I will fix that bit. Thanks.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Sep 2005, 10:19am

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Hi,

this is the best film on FXhome,ever! 5/5, 1st on my top 10!!

But I have a few questions; what program did you use to edit away the blue? Did you use the buildt in thingy inside After Effects or did you use a plugin?

How did you make the backgrounds? Where did you get them from?

Great job! Ps, what camera did you use?

Thanks in advance!
Kristian
Posted: Fri, 2nd Sep 2005, 12:29pm

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Thanks for the compliment, Kristian.

I used After Effects Pro (it comes with the keylight plugin) and then because of the 4:1:1 nature of DV footage, I had to use recursive track mattes to remove blue edges, which required that I write an after effects script in order to be able to do it efficiently. The backgrounds are mostly real photos (and video for water) taken on various trips I've been on (rocky mountains, argentina, chile, gaspé peninsula in quebec, etc.) and within about an hour's drive of my house. I usually doctored them in photoshop. The FX backgrounds were formed a variety of ways, the most common ones were just a photoshop or after effects composite of different images, and sometimes some 3D thrown in (I used 3DS Max and Art of Illusion). I think I'm going to try to submit a short "making of" sometime so you can see the composites in that. Camera was a Canon GL2 in 16:9 and frame mode, then color corrected and cropped digitally.

I hope I answered your questions.

Henry
Posted: Fri, 2nd Sep 2005, 2:51pm

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Thanks for the fast reply! smile

Yes that answers my questions. Wow that had to be a lot of work, god!

I forgot to ad that the movie was very funny, espesially Saruman the white, and on top of Orthanc wink Lol.

I would realy like to see a making of, that would be great!

Kristian
Posted: Sun, 18th Sep 2005, 5:19pm

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HOLY CRAP GUYS!!!! I know i'm late to comment and i'm sure no one will even read this but i'm EXTREMELY impressed with yall. That was probably the best on fxhome.com to have somehting that long that keeps going and is blue screened almost flawlessly (of course for the consumer i mean). Very Very good. Man yall have inspired me with this movie. Thats a lot of work and golem looks awesome. WELL DONE!
Posted: Sun, 1st Jan 2006, 8:22pm

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Still waiting for that "Making of"....

Kristian
Posted: Tue, 10th Jan 2006, 1:12am

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i just watched it and i liked it a lot. How big was the blue screen that you used? i am also waiting for that "making of" clip.
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2006, 5:59am

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I just watched this film, and I must say, I absolutely loved it. I laughed the whole way through. The one scene with the Wicked Witch, the little outburst Gamlet had...I had to replay that scene 7 times it was so funny. Sarcophagus LOL KKK, that was great, and the little hello kitty bear. "A wizard is never late" great stuff, id like to see some more parodies like this, nice job.
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2006, 10:12am

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I've been hosting the 2 smaller files (42mb) of this for 6 months now and was wondering if anyone wanted to take over for me? Send me a PM if you can.

Regards,
Mel