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Fxtest3! and Music Video!

Posted: Fri, 3rd Feb 2006, 9:10pm

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Hey Everybody!
just wanted to let you know we finished another Music video and it turned out Awsome! film by john preece (ssj john) and edited by myself. Enjoy! smile

Time/size 3:52 /21.42 MB!
Watch!
*Really guys watch it! it is one of our best!*
Also I finally finished our Fxtest 3! It is tests from 2003-2006 made by john preece, 1 by billy, And me, myself and I.
Watch our progression through out it, its really cool!

Time/Size 5:47/26.6 MB
Watch!
Please comment and critic! thanks guys! biggrin
-Aaron

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Posted: Fri, 3rd Feb 2006, 9:54pm

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Hey Aaron!
I always enjoy watching what you come up with, this time too.
I'm kinda out of time right now. So I'll keep it short.
I only had the chance to watch the musicvideo as we speak.
First of all, it pretty unusual to see something looking way above all other stuff here, and framed in 4:3. Which you have done extremly well, I think it's one of the harder things to do. You always end up with too much empty space but you succeded there. As well as you did with most of the camera work, which is pretty excellent all way through and work pretty great with the editing with the very mtvish color correction.
Still, the story-part don't lack depth but it lack in information, I didn't really see what was going on, since it's such a short piece maybe you should have created a easier-to-follow story, or maybe I wasn't paying attention.

To sum it all up, the music part is absolutly top-notch, better then bunch of Swedish music videos, and even international. I would've loved to see the story-part in night too, that sexy dude would've done better in lowlight conditions. The style fit perfectly to the music (great choice, Taking Back Sunday - Cute without the E is one of my favorite ever). It's nothing too original, the style really reminded me of Box Car Racer - There is (without the rain) but nevertheless, it's a great acomplishment all way through.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Feb 2006, 10:08pm

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Thanks andreas! ya the story in between is from our "stalker concept" being it was Due for school the next day. lol I have never seen Boc car Racer, but thats cool it looks like it i guess! thanks alot for the response!
-Aaron
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 12:41am

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Pretty sweet music video. That song is a good one. The FX reel is really good too. I like all the effects you guys do. They're always very good.

I always thought one of you guys (It's probably you, Aaron) looked like the lead singer from Sum 41; and even though I havn't listened to or cared about them in 4 years, I still think that every time I see you in a video. biggrin
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 1:02am

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Nice stuff.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 1:29am

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Yeah you've got some really nice stuff in there. One thing that really annoys me though is that you don't lower the opacity on your smoke stock footage, which I think makes it look really fake. Also, there are lots of sparks used randomly as bullet impact, so you might want to remember that only metal makes sparks smile
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 2:01am

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Very cool Aaron. I enjoyed the music video, especially the look and all the great and varying camera angles. And you also captured the popular overexposed looking music video grading nicely and it looks good. The fxtest was cool and well presented especially with all the animated text and other animated stuff taht you have always been great at. The only thing I thought looked not so good was the 3d city fly throug hthing and the ground was all black and whatever not sure why you put that in there it looked really low detailed. But great job I always enjoy watching your films/tests they have increasingly high quality everytime.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 4:53am

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Well done. I'll save some of my comments for sometime on AIM, but I am really impressed. You are definately the most relatable filmmaker on FXhome to myself and Ben, and I'm glad you're growing so much in your skill. I thought alot of the shots on the music video were excellent (John smile ) and refreshingly tight edting (Although I thought the "Stalker" concept was abit lost in the message of the music video)

Alot of your fxtest stuff I've seen before, so no need to comment on that, but the newer stuff was very cool, although I agree with pooky on the smoke opacity.
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 6:14am

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AWESOME TITLES!!! What do you use?

Actually, would you actually mind telling us your set up with software and equiptment?

Thanks
Posted: Sat, 4th Feb 2006, 6:41am

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Hey! thanks everyone!
wow I got great responese! yay! anyway to comment on the music video stalker inputs, well ya It was due for class the next day so i just took one of my short films and threw it in thier, BUT we may be making a new story that goes inbtween the band playing (i dont know for sure though)
And I totally agree with the smoke comments WAY to bright. I have been fixing my newer ones. oh and the CG city low-res, LOL ya that was when I was learning how to export in C4D and well when I finally figured out how to export correctly I deleted the file, I belive that Serpent acually lended that city to me.
Movieguy334
I use Adobe After Effects! Is the BEST program out thier for titles! really nothing really comes very close to it besides 3D title *even though AE can do that to* but if you ever need help PM me and ill see what i can do for you, also you should look into buying AE, really amazing!
Software and Equipment
Software:(editing) final cut pro,(effects)Adobe after effects, Cinema 4d, Blender,livetype*onlyuse for simple titles* soundtrackpro,Chromanator,alamdv2,effectslabDV,Jashaka*free effect ware*Particle illusion,Icarus*tracking*PFtrack*tracking*
(I dont use all of those, but I am learning alot of them still)
What I use the most
Final cut pro, Adobe after effects, alamdv2,cinema 4d,Effectslab
Equipment
Cannon XL1, Tripod, Dolly,green screen, fog machine, lights,Shotgun mic (only with murphy thier)
thanks again everyone! please show other people my vids. Thanks alot!
-Aaron biggrin
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 1:22am

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By way of critique...
don't say "k-text" so often, it's in there too often (comparatively)
and
about the word "initiative": If that is describing an attribute, change the font and add others or remove it. If it is a title of something you worked on, change the font.
Nicely done.
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 3:05am

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Jetwise wrote:

about the word "initiative": If that is describing an attribute, change the font and add others or remove it. If it is a title of something you worked on, change the font.
Nicely done.
I believe he made a movie called "Initiative", and decided to throuw the intro title into his FX test, as it was probably an effect of sorts that he tested.

As far as K-Text being in there, I only count once or twice. Dude, it's an FX tests reel, not anything that needs to be edited too slickly.
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 9:19am

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Jetwise

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My apologies Ben. I thought he asked for comment and critique. Those were my first impressions, that was my critique.

Not criticism: both clips are better than anything I've done.
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 4:26pm

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I must say, those tiltles were SWEEEEEEEEEEET!! But, the music video was sweet and the colorgrading WOW! But the lipsincing... please, that could have been done better... Try to play the whole song in the background while your playing... and sing the whole song, and lay the clips on top of each other and just clip holes in it, then you have the lipsyncing perfect. biggrin

I have After Effects but I can't understand how you made those amazing titels! Those lines that were flying around, were they particels? :s

Kristian
Posted: Sun, 5th Feb 2006, 5:58pm

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Hey ssjaaron.. what can I say, im sure as you know I've been a fan of your work in the past. I'm always checking out your website for new content. It really shows you guys take the time and effort into making a peice of work. Its not half fast job, you work on it until you get what you have in your head and you don't show it until its "perfect". You guys definiately have a foot in the door.

Music Video

First off the song you picked.. amazing! Taking back Sunday simply rocks. The first thought I got when I saw the season of the band playing was and influence from the Taking Back Sunday song "under the influence". They use a very similar style. Something I really liked was your camera shots. The close ups of the mouths singing, over the shoulder shot of the guy singing with the light coming through and his breathe. The lighting and color grading was simply well done! I'd have to agree with Andreas with the story though.. its a little lacking and I didn't feel a relation with the music its self, although it was nicely cut to the music video.

By the way... stalker was a pretty funny movie...

Effects Video

Again what more can I say.. nicely done and well edited to the chosen music peice. Effects are all very good and this is definately a video you want to keep around to put in your portfolio.

With you all at initial productions best of luck with your future peices and I look forward to viewing them.
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 1:44am

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wow thanks alot wdy! I will try not to disapoint any of you. lol
ya i hope all of you look forward to our future projects, because they are looking really good if i am to say anything. wink
-Aaron
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 2:50am

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Hey, Did you use Twixtor for that slow motion, Or was that Vegas with supersampling at 8x
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 2:55am

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Aaron, wasn't your slo-mo done by morphing? I remember we talked about that back when you sent me FXtest2.
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 3:35am

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morphs where done with Re-flex(or Reflex) but ya its a real choice plugin for AE.
-Aaron
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 4:18am

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That's a $600 Plugin there Aaron.... It looks like a really great one, But WOW...Thats Pretty expensive How'd you afford it?
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 10:48am

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Bryce007 wrote:

That's a $600 Plugin there Aaron.... It looks like a really great one, But WOW...Thats Pretty expensive How'd you afford it?
*gg*

Work, family,...or maybe a different way wink who knows wink

So you did the slo-mo with this reflex plugin huh ? Hmm...I should look into that, cause the slo-mo is really nice !!!

cheers,
d.
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 4:37pm

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a company I worked with gave me it for free becuase I work with them. smile
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 8:12pm

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those are cool.

Just wondering, where did you get your harness? How much did it cost?
Posted: Mon, 6th Feb 2006, 8:55pm

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go to your nearest rock climbing shop or sport shop and they should have them. But the best is to get an acuall full body harnis or just get a normal harnis and rig some ropes on Both sides and some type of rotery divise. good luck!
-Aaron
Posted: Wed, 8th Feb 2006, 12:34am

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the music video was mint, i really liked how both the performance and story merge and how you didnt use too much of either one. Grading was wicked, shot were pleasing and cuts werent confusing.
Some critisim:
some shots were too dark eg went the glasses guy walks into the house try and use the manual iris for those kind of shots, could of done with some subtitles for the story side. The band needed a bit more motivation when lip synching the music try a motivate them to be more like the studio recording.
Hope you can take this onboard this criticism with an open mind. I thought this was a brilliant music video and with a couple of amenments could look pro.
Posted: Wed, 8th Feb 2006, 4:00am

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WOW! That effect reel was better than anything I have been able to acomplish. Would you mind if you could tell me how you did some of those logos? I have AE, and I read that's what you use. Also, if you told me how to do really any of that stuff, it would help me to be a better film maker, you are much better than I am. Also, I have really been looking for this kind of stuff-were did you download the music you used? I really am looking for that action music with the opera twist (I would use duel of the fates, but it is TERRIBLY overused and too recongnizable). I recongnize the last one though, they use it on the commercials for Final Fantasy 7-The Movie, right? Awesome song. Were did you get that stuff? Anyway, that was great!

EDIT-I remember the thing I would like to know the most! How did you do that fire stuff? You can see in my Godzilla Test fight, I cant do really good fire. Thanks!

BM
Posted: Wed, 8th Feb 2006, 4:27am

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Atom wrote:

I thought alot of the shots on the music video were excellent (John smile ) and refreshingly tight edting.
O why thank you cool
Posted: Wed, 8th Feb 2006, 4:51am

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Big Man wrote:

WOW! That effect reel was better than anything I have been able to acomplish. Would you mind if you could tell me how you did some of those logos? I have AE, and I read that's what you use. Also, if you told me how to do really any of that stuff, it would help me to be a better film maker, you are much better than I am. Also, I have really been looking for this kind of stuff-were did you download the music you used? I really am looking for that action music with the opera twist (I would use duel of the fates, but it is TERRIBLY overused and too recongnizable). I recongnize the last one though, they use it on the commercials for Final Fantasy 7-The Movie, right? Awesome song. Were did you get that stuff? Anyway, that was great!

EDIT-I remember the thing I would like to know the most! How did you do that fire stuff? You can see in my Godzilla Test fight, I cant do really good fire. Thanks!

BM
1) if you want to learn how to do those titles either catch me on AIM or MSN, or just mess around with tuts online and just play around with it. Trust me thats the best way to learn!
2) Yes the music is from FF7 (awsome movie) and I had a friend get me the music from the sound track. but for other free awsome music go to freeplaymusic.com or look for free online composers to do it for you, I love Seanbeeson! Me and him have been working latelly together.
3) The Fire was stalk footage from alamdv converted from images into QT movie and then added some glow. I discovered another way to do fire in AE with the Roughen Edges tool so if you want help on that chatch me on MSN or AIM.
More than happy to help another film maker! smile
Atom wrote:
I thought alot of the shots on the music video were excellent (John ) and refreshingly tight edting.


O why thank you
I have to say John Has grown a TON in cinematography! And latelly my lighting skills have grown from shooting a commerical and working with a director on a documentry. So look forward to better looking stuff in the future.
thanks again for the great Posts!
-Aaron