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Chet Dugan VS. Viet-Cong Scum

Posted: Wed, 1st Feb 2006, 4:50pm

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The Viet-cong have taken a hostage. They lied about his condition; they lied about his where a bout’s. And now it is up to Ranger team bravo to get him out…

This was a movie that a few friends and I made 2 years ago, in a day, for a history class. So the plot is bad and it doesn’t make any since. But this movie is kinda funny and has awesome music. This is the "Re-mastered" edition smile meaning I tried to make the most out of this film that I could. Enjoy!


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Posted: Wed, 1st Feb 2006, 5:23pm

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Something I just have to comment on here. With such an overall good job done with costuming, why oh why was the one guy wearing a white shirt?

You have some good photography here. A little more careful planning and you would have avoided seeing the AJAX port-a-potty wink I really like the part on the ATV's at night, it really boosted the cool factor. Which brings me to my next critique. Were they in the building (POW holding facility I'm assuming) long enough for it to go from day to night?

The film had good structure. I think, though, it would have benefited from a little better pre-planning (such as consistant costuming and some of the camera angles). Overall, not bad at all.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 2:09am

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The white shirt guy was actually the director, and he decided he didn’t want to wear camo. So I as the Assistant didn’t argue because it was his movie

lol ya the AJAX potty is funny but about the planning, this movie was due in two days so we had to film one day and edit the other. So we got together after school at 3:00 pm planned for 10 min and filmed for the rest of the time until 1:00 am, so there wasn’t much planning but I totally agree with you that some more pre-planning would have made the movie a lot better. You should have seen the original with only one day to edit, it scucked even more than now. But thank you a lot for your review

I want to know not only about the filming and plot but what do you guys think about the music and sound effects, I tried my best to strategically place the music to fit with the movie.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 3:26am

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How did you make the M60? Or did you buy it? The music was also pretty good. But the guy in the white shirt ruined it for me. Overall, pretty good/fun film.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 3:47am

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I actually made the m-60 out of card-board and PVC pipe. Since that movie I have actually added a lot of thing to it and now it looks even cooler, and more realistic.

Yes I completely agree with you that the white t-shirt is out of place, but the director gets what ever he wants.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 3:49am

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*cough* You should make a tutorial on the M60 because I need one for a movie that I'm planning...smile
Posted: Thu, 2nd Feb 2006, 3:53am

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What? That's a pipe M60? Make a tutorial please smile

Anyway, the music fit well, and the sound was pretty decent. Visually it wasn't that great, and the acting was okay considering this was shot in a day. I have to admit the pacing is rather slow and nothing really that interesting happens. Also I'd have to agree that the perfectly clean white shirt doesn't work. Maybe if it was sleeveless and dirty it'd fit into the era more.

Actually that's something that's pretty dissapointing about this film: it doesn't look like vietnam at all. I can see you made an effort with the 'Humvee' and all, but when something looks modern, just don't use it.

3/5 for the effort smile
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 3:36am

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Ya, it not looking like viet bothers me too. But we only had a few hours to film so we didn’t really have time to scope out a descent looking place; the cars pissed me off the most, like the white van, and the Chevy impala that could be seen. But hey it’s all things that will be better in our next movie. How do you guys like the effects, some where pretty crappy but I would like some advice on them for the future, thank you all for your comments.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 3:53am

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Hmm, for the muzzle flashes, try to add dynamic lighting (there's a tutorial for CL somewhere) to light up the environment, it makes it a LOT more realistic. Also, remember that not every shot has a muzzle flash, but every shot has a little bit of smoke (don't overdo it unless you want to do it stylised, like in Nightcast). Also real muzzle flashes are rarely that big.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 5:07am

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All the first muzzle flashes were done with the old FXlab before dynamic lighting. All the ones done at the end were with the new one. Yes I also agree about some being to big, my first ones are really big and towards the end they are smaller, I was new to the program for the first half
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 3:48pm

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That was a good movie. It did make it unrealistic fighting in houses but otherwise was very good. I am also wanting to make a vietnam movie, but for right now I am saving up for it.

4/5
Posted: Thu, 9th Feb 2006, 5:18pm

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Not a bad movie. I just couldnt get over the locations. It took away from the realism.

The music was good, effects were good. Although they did get better as the movie went on.
3/5
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2006, 10:32pm

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For only making it in a day and only planning it in a day it was an amazingly good movie. I liked the ATV scene and the music was awesome, and intense.
Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 5:31am

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i thought it was a great movie. especially with only one day to do it. even with the cars. way to work with what you had! the ATV's were the best. you should film more at that location. the night vision was very intense and very cool
Posted: Sat, 20th May 2006, 7:18pm

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this was an awsome movie. it was so cool how you did the atv scene and i loved how they all had guns that were actually used gus that were in viatnam.

4/5
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 5:28am

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This movie was pretty decent for being filmed in one day, also if I dont say so myself I was a great actor... lol, also there is no way we could have done a Vietnam scenery, people u have to realise we have no budget. Also the Rover did add to the movie, it did make it look more realistic. The ATV scenes were fun, Im glad we were able to do it, and Im glad I have the property so we might be able to do it. As time is going on we are making better and better movies. It was done pretty well for a one day thing, with no script.

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Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 2:15pm

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I think you might have been able to find a more recent engagement of some kind for example U.S. operations in Guatamala or heck the wack job Clinton did in Waco TX that would have fit your location better. My friends and I are in the process of filming a Vietnam movie but here in North Carolina (almost is South Carolina) we get vegitation thick enough to almos pull that off.
Posted: Tue, 13th Jun 2006, 2:26pm

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did you use a sony dcr-trv280 camcorder if not what camcorder did you use
Posted: Sun, 1st Oct 2006, 5:59am

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I really enjoyed your video! Great job. How did you make the smoke coming out of the gun barrels?
Posted: Sun, 19th Nov 2006, 2:54am

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The smoke was all done by FXlabs particle engine, at the time I didn’t really understand how to use smoke footage (detonationfilms.com or nccinema.com stuff) and key it into the movie.

and for the camera question i just used my freind 5 year old sony DCR, i dont remeber the exact number, but its nothing amazing
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 7:11am

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halo 2 music goes perfect with this!
Posted: Wed, 14th Feb 2007, 12:57am

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So is there a tutorial for how to make the gun?
Posted: Sun, 4th Mar 2007, 4:16am

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sorry no tutorial, it would be way to complicated, plus i don't really even know how I made it. It was improved as i carried on through the building process. Sorry