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UFO

Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 11:17am

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Janco

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UFO is a thrilling short movie, whose main purpose is to recreate the atmosphere in a car at night; when you can´t see anything but darkness outside your window. There are several occasions where it´s up to the viewers to interpet what happens. The reason why, is that we wanted to create a kind of unreal feeling throughout the movie.

Everything from music and sound effects to visual effects have been made by us. Therefore, in other words; many days have been spent in making these five minutes. We hope you enjoy them...


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Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 7:53pm

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Janco

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Oops, sorry about the missing subtitle at the end... Translated, Trond is saying: "What is happening"
Posted: Tue, 17th Jan 2006, 9:29pm

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This was really good in my opinion, couple of places where the compositing was dodgy but more than made up for by the fact that this kept me interested right to the end. Atmospheric, nice lighting, simple and no light sabres. I gave this a five and that if I remember right is my first five in three years of being on this site. I know many wont rate this as highly but ratings are a personal things and I think this deserves it. Well done guys.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jan 2006, 12:24pm

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Very good. Great atmosphere, nice effects.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jan 2006, 5:28pm

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Nice job guys. You've done a good job in creating that eerie atmosphere i.e. use of lighting, camera angles, brief scenes, black and white photography and acting.
The cloud scene may have been a bit hokey, but the rest was great
4/5
Keep it up.
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Posted: Tue, 24th Jan 2006, 7:35am

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Very good job. I rated your movie top points. You got me stuck to my chair. Good photography, carefull lighting, intelligent acting and very good editing and special effects. Keep the good work.
Posted: Tue, 24th Jan 2006, 11:03am

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Wow!!!!!!! Very good Job!!!!
5/5 It was very atmospheric.
Keep it up .

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Posted: Tue, 24th Jan 2006, 1:13pm

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it was good smile
some things might have helped, when it cut inside the car (where it was raining outside) you should have had sound of rain from inside the car, i found it went really quiet (except for the music) you need to carry the sound on.
Some camera shots looked like they was shot by the actor in front of the screen (holding while he film himself) if this is correct maybe you could have done a reshoot as the whole film is good and those little things let it down.

The pitch black effect (with no noise/ speckles) was really sharpe and i'm impressed with that.
Some very good editing and the music fitted well.

well done.
Posted: Wed, 25th Jan 2006, 3:29am

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ragnar

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5/5 stars. Excellent, excellent editing. It was very atmospheric. Nice subtle use of effects.
Posted: Wed, 25th Jan 2006, 5:10pm

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Janco

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Thank you guys, for all the replies...

As for the camera shots that looked like they was shot by the actor. (replayed by: b4uask30male) I can´t really remeber if we did that, but I think not. we did acctually make this movie two years ago, so it is a little hard to remember. But good point doug, some of the shots and angles could have been better (I think).

We won´t reshoot the movie, since we obviously have grown too much since then, but we are working on some new projects. If we are lucky, maybe we could publish them in a couple of months...
Posted: Thu, 26th Jan 2006, 12:45am

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Could someone convert this into a Quicktime format? It sounds interesting, and I'd like to see it, but I refuse to download WMP on this computer.
Posted: Thu, 26th Jan 2006, 12:48am

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Rating: +1

TimmyD wrote:

Could someone convert this into a Quicktime format? It sounds interesting, and I'd like to see it, but I refuse to download WMP on this computer.
ever tried flip4mac? it plays wmv in quicktime, and its free.

http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm

SGB
Posted: Thu, 26th Jan 2006, 2:50am

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SGB wrote:

TimmyD wrote:

Could someone convert this into a Quicktime format? It sounds interesting, and I'd like to see it, but I refuse to download WMP on this computer.
ever tried flip4mac? it plays wmv in quicktime, and its free.

http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm

SGB
Wow, thanks SGB, that works great. +1
Posted: Thu, 26th Jan 2006, 3:13am

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yea, i love it. its a really great program, and you can never beat free biggrin.

it even allows you to stream wmv in QT, a feature i LOVE.

SGB
Posted: Tue, 31st Jan 2006, 10:47pm

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It wasn't bad. The storyline was a bit fragmented, but the effects were actually pretty good.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 4:30pm

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Tja, likte ikke helt kameravinklene dere har brukt her... Musikken var rimelig bra, og slutten litt til ettertanke, men jeg syns likevel det mangler en viktig ting: Handling. Jeg ble bare forvirret i starten, og fikk ikke helt med meg handlinga...

Men som de sier her på FXhome: "Nice try, thought"...

- Stå på!
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 5:00pm

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I liked this movie for the most part. The story didn't quite flow, and some things didn't make sense (why did Trond just suddenly leave the car, and why did Kristian stay there for six hours?) Also, I didn't understand exactly what happened at the end.

The style of the movie was very good, however. I really liked the shots when he was running through the forest, and the lighting inside of the car was very good too. One shot I especially liked was when the bright light shone through the car windshield, but because of the heavy rain you can't see where the light is coming from.

Overall it is not bad. I'd say if you work on your stories a little bit, you could create some very nice movies in the future.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 8:45pm

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Janco

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Thank you for all the replys...

Hm, the idea of Trond suddenly leaving the car is that he suddenly sees something. Something he just must take a closer look at...

Kristian does not stay in the car for six hours. All the flash backs are things that already has happened during does six hours. This is explained by Kristians last sentence: "I WAS abducted".
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 9:44pm

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On the other hand, the music/sound and the Black and White footage makes it pretty obvious that thees shots are flashbacks.

And yes ( Webkroa Consulting and Lloyd66) I do admit that the main story of this movie is quite simple, but I do not see why you criticise the film for having no story. Because it does have a story. I may be wrong, but I do not think you guys understood the movie completely. I do take self-critcism for that, but on the other hand, I do not think you made a hard enough effort, when you were to understand it.

This movie was never supposed to have an A to B storyline, and it does not have it either. The audience are ment to question what is happening during the movie, but are supposed to get a pretty good answer to that question at the end. If you guys did not feel that you got that, try to see the movie one more time. (And keep in mind, altough I thought it was quite obvious, that those things happening in the woods and in the air are flashbacks.)
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 10:04pm

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I really enjoyed this. Almost everything was perfect, the only slight flaws was compositing on the greenscreen shots (not perfect, but still great), the animation on the blue orb was jerky at some parts, and the ending could have flowed better. Can't explain that one though, I can't put my finger on it. The subtitles should have been white in Verdana IMO. Anyways, the lighting and idea behind it was awesome. Great stuff, can't wait to see more from you.
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 1:07am

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Oh yeah, I'm the first to admit I didn't understand the movie completely. I knew the black and white were flashbacks, but I thought the guy who got abducted was the same guy who got out at first. My confusion there.

I think the thing for me that lost me was the relative lack of dialogue. Since nobody said anything, I had to make conclusions on my own, which weren't all correct.

Don't get me wrong, though, I liked the movie. The lighting in the car is amazing and is the same style I am thinking of for an upcoming movie, so I'm sure I will be looking at it quite a bit when I'm designing my lights.
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 6:10pm

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Yeah, I agree, we could have had more dialogue in the movie, to make things more clear, but there is a reason why we did have as little dialogue as possible:

Making dialogues seem natural is one of the most, if not the most, dificult things about acting. And since I and my friend (Trond) are not great actors, we did not want to ruin the atmosphere in the movie by preforming bad dialogues. (When you do not believe the actors, you do not believe in what is happening). That is why we said as little as possible, and tried to tell the story visually instead.

And: Making dialogues belivable in this kind of situation (when you act like you are scared) is also very dificult, so even with our few lines, we struggled to make them seem natural.
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 11:19pm

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i am a begginer with alam and i was very impressed with ufo.

keep up the good work.

alan
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 1:47pm

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Very nice filming style. You have an ability to create a engaging environement with your shot techinque and lighting. The shot of the driver (Trond, I believe) outside to the car in the dark when the light reveals him was awesome and a work of genius. I enjoyed watching this piece greatly.

It was a little confusing what was going on with Trond and why he left the car. I'd be interested to know what he was up to.

The few lines of dialogue worked fine. It was enough to create scenerio that something was going on, and it was better to suggest what was happening than explain it. Good job.

I like this project - will there be a follow up episode?

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Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 10:03pm

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Well, we have many, many ideas, but for the moment, no time to make such a film. So yeah, possibly. On the other hand, it should be mentioned that this film was created two and a half years ago. - And we have not made a sequal yet, mostly because we are working on a huge project called "The Last Game".
Posted: Wed, 15th Feb 2006, 3:25pm

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not impressed