Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 10:04pm
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|The latest and greatest from the unbalanced minds of SMG and ls:tv, this gore-rific horror tale will wash your screens with Crimson and Burberry.|
An unspeakable horror creeps from the depths of West Yorkshire, intent on destroying civilisation as we know it. They're not zombies, or vampires, or even genetically disturbed apes... No, these monsters are Chavs.
Lost within the bowels of Leeds University Union, three hapless students must utilize their cunning, know how and assorted sports equipment to escape the undying menace. But morning is a long way off, and this evil knows no bed time...
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 10:24pm
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Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 10:51pm
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I tried to watch this movie as objectively as I could, making an effort not to laugh at jokes because I know you, keeping a keen eye for camera mistakes and such but I lost the fight about 5 minutes in and retired to just enjoying the movie.
Most amateur movies fall into two distinct categories... Either they're cliched affairs with the sole intention of pleasing an audience with special effects such as gunfights or lightsabers, or they go for an extremely artsy approach which more often than not comes accross as pretensious.
Fortunately "Chav!" does not come under either of those, instead of being jammed full of grenades or wine glasses it's packed with humour, maybe even attitude which is in a sense very, very british. Akin to works by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, "Chav!" mixes amusing writing, funny one liners along with a pythonesque sense of silliness which for me made it a very, very fun movie to watch, the writing is just great.
Technically, Chav! is also somewhat of an accomplishment even though you are unlikely to notice it on first watch. Most noticeably is the titling which I found fresh and origional, later in the final scene there are some excellent camera movements which I can't detail through fear of spoiling. The editing is tight and works for the most part though there are a few shots early on where the main actor walks into a shot the previous shot suggests he might have been running into. Other than that, all good.
Infact, the only downside to this movie at all is the audio. A few points the levels aren't quite right which makes the dialogue difficult to hear. Sound in general seems too bassy throughout as well. I think it's definetly worth redoing parts of the sound and then getting this movie out there as I imagine there are many other fans of this type of humour like myself out there.
The acting is also ever so slightly off in places, but it's not a big problem at all.
Credit is also due for the top remix of "It's like that" and "Zombie Nation". Other things worth mentioning are the great job with the makeup and the sweet special effect at the climax. Great stuff.
Five out of F****** Five.
This also enters my top 10.
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Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 10:55pm
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Can we get a QT version Arktic? I find it cruel that 3 WMVs were posted. It would be much apprectiated.
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 10:59pm
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Hey, thanks for the comments so far guys!
Unfortunatley, the hosting we have is set up for WMV files, and the webmaster isn't to keen on letting me upload different file formats. I may be able to sort something out at some point though - but is there not a WMV player for Mac?
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 11:29pm
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I'll host it for ya Arktock.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 12:16am
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I saw the title, and knew I must download it. Therefore, I am downloading. Will update.
UPDATE: Pretty good. Some of the jokes sounded quite forced, but it was a good idea, and funny overall. No need to write a huge review. This is obviously not intended to be great art, or anything.
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Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 12:25am
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oh god, this... man, it's...
...SWEET FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! 5-STAR JOB!
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 12:57am
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While the comedy wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, there were some pretty funny parts. Maybe it's because I find it strange when Brits make jokes (because of the accent and all) it just sounds strange to me, so the punchlines of jokes come out weird when I hear them. Nothing on you, just deterred me slightly. It's my fault, really.
As far as the humor goes, it is much like that in Shaun of the Dead, and some reminds me of Monty Python. I tohught when you looked over the edge of the wall and the guy was standing far away, then you looked again and he was closer and you screamed a little that was hilarious. HILARIOUS.
Technically, this really wasn't that great. I felt a lot of the shots could've ben framed closer for a more professional look and that many of them were a little cock eyed. Seeing as this was a comedy, it didn't matter much, but it the movie itself definetly would've been more effective if you framed a little better. Like I said, nothing is really bad, per say, some shots just seem a little off. Same with the editing. I felt it could've been tighter at points and that some shots went too long to where the next shot repeated a little bit of the former shot. No big deal.
The titles were NICE. MAYBE the part in post oculd've looked a LITTLE less generic, but that wasn't a big deal, because, again, it's a comedy. I've had that same idea for titles, I just never went through with it. Bravo to you for doing so.
Altogether, if you mesh the technical and the comic together you get one big, 4/5. Congrats, man.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 1:02am
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Pretty funny in some parts. I got bored during the middle, but it made up for it with the dance party. I thought the titles looked really good. The news reporting looked very realistic at the end. I thought you did a good job bringing on the tention too. 4/5.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 2:55am
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Good Job!!! I really enjoyed the film and thought it was edited really well (I especially loved the intro credits). It did drag just a little in some areas, but overall it was a fun film. Keep up the good work guys.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 4:06am
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miker wrote:Pretty funny in some parts. I got bored during the middle, but it made up for it with the dance party.
*cue the My Room Saga*
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 5:52am
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Pretty funny. Technically it halfway sucked as far as camerawork and sound.
The main actor overacted and talked in a high pitch/yelled too much for my tastes. The other actors did good enough.
I wish the zombie aspect had been played less and the CHAV humor was upped more. (perhaps a sequel?)
The titleing was AWESOME. as was the use of music (mostly). The dance scene is obviously the killer scene here.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 5:54am
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Opening Title Sequence Awesome. End dance scene, also very awesome. The middle kind of bored me though. Where did you get the smoke for the gun?
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 6:36am
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heheh. finally something great again on fxhome. this was brilliant, i loved it. i was just sending an e-mail to my teacher this early and was awfully tired and ready to hit bed again. now im awake and im gonna waste a whole day not sleeping!
The brilliantness of this movie is definitly based on some great writing. the script is top notch even though it losely reminds me of Shaun of the dead its still fresh, but hey I did LAJF which is like any other teenage-shit! (how can i even compare these two)
Camera is good all the way through, there were nothing I got stuck on that enoyed me, then again nothing that really poped either.
As Aculag mentioned, the sound levels was off sometimes, and some sound effects sounded really bad actully, mostly quality wise.
Other then that it's some great britishy humour, and some great work
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 9:29am
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I liked this, the titles were really well done and of course the dance scene was great. As I said to you in chat, audio is shocking! It's difficult to hear the jokes sometimes so I didn't enjoy certain sequences. Camera-wise, pretty good, lots of good framing etc. All in all, it was hilarious but it was mainly the visual stuff that made me laugh. Nice work and original idea.
Posted: Wed, 12th Oct 2005, 10:09am
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Chav! is a really refreshing movie here at FXHome. Whilst I agree with the sound issues already mentioned, the overall film stands out as a really fun piece. The dance sequence made me laugh out loud, very cool. Good stuff. Long live Chav bashing!
Posted: Thu, 13th Oct 2005, 4:18am
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We'll talk on the chat.
Posted: Thu, 13th Oct 2005, 9:35pm
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Best... movie.... EVER
Posted: Fri, 21st Oct 2005, 9:31am
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A really cool Video!!
Posted: Fri, 21st Oct 2005, 10:58am
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Great movie, although i could see you were all trying not to laugh while making it. It was cool, I felt there should of been more chav in there than zombies to show how crap they really are, I live in a town surrounded by them and it's crap. I loved the "what you lookin at" dialouge, perfect! And then the wallet in his mouth. I want more!!! do more. Top marks from me
Maybe do one with chav cars omg outside mcdonalds, that's happens all the time.
Posted: Fri, 21st Oct 2005, 11:15am
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Hey guys, thanks for all the positive feedback - it means a lot to us
The director asked me to pass this message on
Sam Shepherd wrote:Bloody hell, I can't believe 300-something people have watched this lunacy. EPIC! We're currently in the process of looking into having a score written, and re-dubbing the audio, as well as re-grading the footage (thanks Arktic!), so it'll look all nice and shiney. Huzzah!
As you can see, he's pretty pleased we're at the topspot. He doesn't get out much, so it means a lot to him
PS - The whiney git is me, by the way. I'm not like that in real life, I'll have you know. Well, not all the time anyway
Posted: Mon, 24th Oct 2005, 9:40pm
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i liked it. Also who and whats the song name and artist of that first song played?
Posted: Mon, 24th Oct 2005, 9:45pm
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Hey - the song is "Black Betty" by the band Spiderbait.
Posted: Mon, 24th Oct 2005, 9:54pm
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thank you very much.
Posted: Tue, 1st Nov 2005, 12:32pm
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I pitty that this movie is a comedy
Several times in the movie it really frightend me (in the scene that the zombies run up the stairs for example) and it was cut of by some forced boring joke. You could easily have made a really scary scene a couple of times but poorly you chose the humour side. Nothing wrong with it, its your choice how to make your movie, but I think this movie would have been better of without the humour. Technicly the movie was good, with a few point of critism. For example, what extremely irritated me was the fact that whenever a long line was about to be said you could see SO clearly that the actor was reading from a paper. This is very unproffesional in my eyes and with such a good movie its is a shame that these kind of uneccesary mistakes are made. Though watching trough this it leaves a very good movie which deserves my respect. And with these tips I really want a sequel.
Posted: Tue, 1st Nov 2005, 7:34pm
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Thanks for the comments! The use of idiot boards is quite noticable at times - but I wouldn't say it's unprofessional (apparently, Tony Hancock was a big fan having once had to use them because of a car accident which prevented him learning his Hancock's Half Hour lines)!
On the sequel front, I wouldn't expect anything for a while - but I *am* planning a B-Grade full on splatter flick at some point in the distant future
Thanks again - cheers,
Posted: Sun, 6th Nov 2005, 10:59pm
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Wow, that was amazing! It was funny and even broadcaste worthy if you can fix some of the audio. The voices had the on camera mic hallow feel. But everything else was GREAT! Keep it up!
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 5:41pm
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Just been going through some of the older material in the archives while I got a little free time, and for this movie in particular, I have to say... one of the best in the cinema, all things considered. This is classic and I was laughing through most of it. Simply brilliant.
Posted: Thu, 27th Sep 2007, 4:37pm
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Hilarious! Not exactly politicaly correct but breaking conventions is what film is all about. Good story and comedic action plus good use of camera angles make this film excellent.However did notice you break the 180 degree rule before the charater with the basebal ba was shot, but that is just picking holes.
Great movie- 4 stars