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Warning Sign

Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 10:37am

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ls:tv present Andrew Morris and Adam Archer's music video to the song "Warning Sign" by Coldplay.

As their first co-production, this is a stunning piece of work. With a serious message, as well as excellent photography, this journey into our main character's past has been a high point of ls:tv's output this year.

This is ls:tv's entry in the 'Video To Music' category at the upcoming National Student Television Awards.

Shot on a PD100, edited in Premiere and grading/effects were added in VisionLab HD.

Cheers,
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Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 11:09am

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Excellent! Thoroughly professional job in just about every aspect. Lots of work clearly went into this, from finding evocative locations and taking the time to set up interesting camera angles and ensuring smooth dollying etc. Very little 'amateur wobble' to take you out of the experience, which is very rare.

Well designed grading too, with both the b&w and colour sections atmospheric and rich. Good to see strong blacks in the image. The Pleasantville-style effect at the end is also accomplished smoothly.

I'm not normally a fan of Coldplay, but the music video served to make the song both more enjoyable and more emotional. Good stuff!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 11:19am

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A class act! Well done Arktic and team!

Generally I think this was a cut above most stuff we have in the cinema.

The grading was great.

B&W stuff all looked perfect to me but the colour stuff could have had some better lighting in places (but I think you probably didn't have many options here).

Some slightly odd editing on the wave and the very first few shots which went a bit quickly to my eye. One wobble on the walk by shot but otherwise the cinematography was fantastic!

Great poster/banner for the cinema as well!

5/5
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 11:30am

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This was highly enjoyable, well put together and solid. The film suits the music very well, did not feel out of place at all. The use of black and white was interesing and added nicely to the overall feel.

A couple of the shots could have held slightly longer, for example lad waving, but other than that there is very little to say against the film making of this. The actors put ina good performace, although don't really convey much emotion and are not 100% convincing, if I am honest. Neither were they disbelievable, I wasn't distracted by them, but I felt I wasn't drawn in by them.

What was the inspiration for the films style? It reminds me of something but as of yet, can't put my finger on it.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 2:10pm

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This was brilliant, I like Coldplay, and this music video made me like them even more.

Very good and deep story, great acting. And amazing camera work!
Seriously, the camera angles, and everything was so right smile

Grading was also perfect.

This was indeed enjoyable.
And it had a good poster/banner too.
So 5/5 is the only way to go, good work.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 2:19pm

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Excellent work all over. What I liked most about this was the cinematography and the grading. The images looked very very good. Very moody piece of video too, well edited (some cuts were a bit too fast for my feeling, but still a good job)

Can't really say something that hasn't been said already. One of the best looking videos on fxhome.


5/5 from me too
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 2:26pm

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Hey Arktic,

The two best things about this video were the colours at the end and the editing. There wasn't really any shots that stood out for me as beautiful smooth - which I feel would have worked better for such a slow moving song.

I imagine this was filmed with one camera? A trick I've picked up whilst working on music videos is to film motion with a narrative driven piece with two cameras - then the continuity with the guy standing at the noticeboard would have been perfect... no? yes?

It could be all of that, or the fact I'm not a massive coldplay fan. As a video it fell short in some ways for me, but as a music video it did its job with only a few glitches.

4/5

P.S - Where is my gun?
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 4:06pm

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Very good video. It did have a couple of parts where I would have cut it a bit quicker, and as mentioned the shots of the friend greeting don't feel right. Keeping the long shots and cutting basically the pov greeting shot, as well as where the characters are speaking, would be better imo anyway; you can tell it more succinctly by just cutting to the bare essentials, like questioning glance from friend, closeup of essay question and then straight to the character shaking their head, looking at watch and walking on, back to long shots.

Overall though some great camerawork, liked the parallel editing and grading and the gentle movement the camera had throughout. Story was good too, though I did pick up on the subtle stuff!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Mar 2006, 9:26pm

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It's hard to say anything specific that haven't been mentioned, good and bad, technically and.. non-tech.

I really enjoyed this piece, for starters I'm a Coldplay fan, next I had a really rough day and this really hit the spot and will keep me going for atleast a week. My actors got a pretty intensive scene coming up on saturday and it'll be perfect to get them in the mood.

I really loved this, easy as that.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 1:41am

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wow, very impressive. You did just about everything right, however I did notice some exposure problems at the beginning. The grading was flawless, and the colored parts were abnormally vivid. Which Camera did you use?
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 2:08am

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An intelligent piece in terms of the concept, camera-work and the edit.

5/5.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 2:12am

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That was excellent. I pretty much agree with everything that has already been said. 5/5 from me.

Filmmakerfinley:

Arktic wrote:

Shot on a PD100
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 3:14am

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That was very well done. Very interesting, very moving. The style was beautiful, and it all came together in the end. It was especially effective when you noticed the things before it "recapped" them and showed you what the meant. Very creative as well. Great "Dutch" angles, great camera work, editing altogether. The exposure in some of the shots was particularly good, namely the one where you turned it up and it looked heavenly behind the subject. I think this was pretty much flawless. At first I thought it would have n point, and it was just unnecessary filler, but man, this is my #1. 5/5, no questions asked. Clearly the best on here.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Mar 2006, 7:20pm

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This was a very good music video. All the different pieces came together at the end and made it a touching and beutifull piece of art. With the right mood, colors and of course music I give this a plain 5 - what it deserves! I particular liked the last filter with black and white but with exeption of the roses which was red.. very cool! Good camera work, acting and editing. Great job!

Oeyvind
Posted: Sat, 4th Mar 2006, 2:51pm

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Wow. That was really good. Definately on my top ten. All the elements really just came together perfectly. There was a slightly akward part or two, but as a whole, the camera work was brilliant. I am slightly curious as to how you got all that nice camera movement. Was that a camera crane? Just wondering.

So, great movie, 5/5, and something I'll watch a good many times without getting tired of it,

-Landon
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 5:21am

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Great job man. Good editing, good acting, good everything. Very creative. How did you come up with such smooth camera movement? 5/5. Hope to see more soon!
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 10:06am

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Great Work mate !

It was a very touching little movie. It really moved me, since I have experienced a loss of this sort of kind, but I dont want to go into further detail about it. But I think its good that someone talks about this problem, of ignoring the "warning signs".

Thx for (maybe) saving lives! Keep it up

cheers,
d.
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 1:11pm

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Amazing...
Can't really say anything more, couse it has allready been said, other than I was really touched by it. Amazing...

Keep it up.


~Adam Ullstrom. 5/5
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 7:12pm

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Nicely done. I could see the great amount of effort put into this which is very respectable and ups the (overall) quality of the video. The only problem I had was it felt more like a "video for music" than a "music video", but nonetheless, very good.

4/5
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 9:26pm

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Very well done, you managed to get away with the black and white and color effect without it being corny or stupid. It was very touching as well, but there was just something... off about it, that I can't explain. I'll try and think of it and post it later.

Overall though, very good.

4/5
Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 11:27pm

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Fantastic. Just the amazing level of amazingness that I expect from you Arktic, and everyone at ls:tv.

On both from an artistic standpoint, and a technical one, this is one of the most impressive movies to appear on fxhome. Good job to you, and everyone involved.

PS were some of the same locations in this, used in Chav?
Posted: Mon, 6th Mar 2006, 9:24pm

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Like mr pancil said, it did seem like a video to music, but it still was incredible. Just as a personal preference i might have had a band on a side walk singing the sonf or a dude on a piano somewhere. but that brings it to a whole new level. But it was still perfects and i loved the color flowers.

Cool Dude

5/5
Posted: Tue, 7th Mar 2006, 12:01am

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Well, this is defiantly one of the better films on fxhome. the good and the bad. The good, well the color grading, and most of everything else was done awesome.. i started picking up on things when i first watched the film and had this feeling of someone getting killed (and actually even the whole getting hit by car thing..) just the feeling it gave off i guess? (but that’s a good thing)

some of the bad
allot of people mentioned things being awkward.. and i agree.. such as when the two friends first met.. and he held that paper up.. it didn’t really work.. and defiantly seemed like it was ONLY for story line (not something you would do normally)

story defiantly had you curious as to what was going on.. but you defiantly did a great job congrads. also I’d like to know which software you used.. for the color pass? (on roses) I’ve done it in premier but never in effects lab??? thanks.


i cant really pick.. 4/5 or 5/5
Posted: Tue, 7th Mar 2006, 8:47pm

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Altogether high quality, though it seemed to me to be quite a bit too much of just walking through random locations. Some of it worked, but you seemed to be merely filling time with quite a few shots.

Henry
Posted: Tue, 7th Mar 2006, 9:32pm

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Well finally got round to checking this out, absolutely beautiful, and a film that i can relate to through a previous experience, and it caught me, not much to say that hasn't been said.

5/5 wonderful job, nuff said.
Posted: Wed, 8th Mar 2006, 4:05pm

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Overall, pretty good. I don't really like Coldplay, so that might've swayed my vote, but I say 3/5. Why?

-It's just a music video, so not much story or acting can be attributed to it, not your fault, but it's still a music video
-The camerawork, in my opinion, was really good at points, and so-so at others. I wasn't really fond of the opening shots, they didn't seem to have the "flow" the later ones did
-Other misc. things, but overall very good
Posted: Sun, 12th Mar 2006, 1:54pm

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That was well done arktic, I'm impressed. Although I felt a majority of the shot seemed to be an excess of walking, The overall composition and grading was good. Nice shot selection for the most part as well.
Posted: Sun, 12th Mar 2006, 10:46pm

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I liked very much the simplicity and the story twist. The placing of the foreboding elements throughout the video is reminiscent of The Sixth Sense. Very good camera and color work. Flowers in red a great touch to the story – the red in the B&W part links both times. However, I have too agree that the video has too many boring walking shots.
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 12:32am

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Hey guys,

Thanks for all the amazing feedback! At ls:tv we're very proud of this project, as it's some of the best stuff we've done (imho).

Just to answer a few of the questions:

Which Camera did you use?
As has been mentioned, it was shot on a Sony PD100 DVCAM camera. A fairly old bit of kit, but it does produce very nice images (though it does make everything look very 'cold').

were some of the same locations in this, used in Chav?
Yeah, very well spotted. The building which we filmed in is the Leeds University Union. In Warning Sign, where the guy is looking at a poster, that's the same corridor where I first see one of the chavs.

am slightly curious as to how you got all that nice camera movement. Was that a camera crane? Just wondering.
No - the only things used in the whole video are the camera and a tripod. The director/camerman, Andy, is brilliant at doing smooth tracking shots without any extra equipment. He uses the camera handheld, but with the tripod attached as counterballance/extra stabilisation.

I’d like to know which software you used.. for the color pass? (on roses) I’ve done it in premier but never in effects lab???
Yeah, the 'colour pass' was done in VisionLab. The main problem with that effect is that there are so many other pink/reddish hues in the shots (i.e. fallen leaves, Adam's hands), than a plain colour pass effect wouldn't be very effective. So as well as using an inverted hue key on the red, I applied a reasonably rough garbage matte around the edges of the flowers - that way, only the colour of the roses was left in.

Again, thanks for the great feedback - fingers crossed for the National Student TV Awards!

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Mon, 13th Mar 2006, 5:20am

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Nice work amigo!
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Very cool... I like all of it, nice job! 5/5 from me!
Posted: Sun, 2nd Apr 2006, 1:54pm

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I really enjoyed this. The camera shots were excellent as was the grading work. A little too much of just walking around, but besides that I was left with only good feelings about this. I'd say this is deserving of a 5
Posted: Sun, 2nd Apr 2006, 4:28pm

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Hey guys!

Thanks for the amazing feedback, as always it's much appreciated.

Just a quick update - the National Student Television Awards were held last night, and ls:tv took the award for Video to Music, which this was entered into, along with 8 other awards!

All in all, top stuff smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Tue, 4th Apr 2006, 8:17am

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Congrats! Well deserved, if you ask me.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jun 2006, 11:43pm

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It's pretty good.

While I liked the story, it felt too slight for the time, and that a lot of the walking was only there for padding. The friends meeting didn't work for me, it was too contrived, and might have worked better indoors.
I couldn't tell that it was one person doing all the walking (the guy in colour seemed unrecognisable in black and white, if indeed it was the same guy).
The camerawork was excellent on the whole, and the black and white worked well.

I gave it 4.
Posted: Sun, 25th Jun 2006, 12:52am

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Best editing/camera work I've seen on FXHome so far.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Aug 2006, 4:28am

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...just awsome... a beautiful piece of art. I really loved the editting and the camara angles.
Just beautiful!!
5/5
Posted: Thu, 7th Sep 2006, 12:39am

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I agree great movie.
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All I can say is WOW!
Posted: Sun, 26th Nov 2006, 12:26am

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Great job, best amateur music video I've seen in a long while. Where did you shoot? 'cos it looked a lot like Edinburgh.
Posted: Sun, 26th Nov 2006, 3:03am

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Hey,

Thanks for the comments smile

Where did you shoot? 'cos it looked a lot like Edinburgh.
It was all shot in Leeds, around the university and union buildings, as well as in Hyde Park.

Cheers,
Arktic.
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Wow!

I wasn't quite able to figure out what was going on until the end of the video. It was VERY good!

What I would have done was have you and her walking along in the reflections on the ground...like in the water or in the glass on windows, etc. That would have given more of a sense of who he misses.

Or perhaps switch between shots of just you and you in her doing things together along the areas you are walking.
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This was a good piece of work considering how young you guys appear. However, I felt when it was all over all the audience was left with was a albeit interesting (but becoming more and more cliche in music videos) setup and payoff. The rest was basically just walking around and trying to make the shots look interesting. And did you actually refer to you own music video as "a stunning piece of work"
wow. "with a serious message and excellent photography" what was the serious message? look both ways before crossing the street? Also, the payoff consisted of showing the audience and the main character pieces of information they saw but didn't notice from earlier.. but what good does that information do the girl, she never had a chance to see that. Even if he somehow put together "Wait that poster!!? a hit and run?! coldplay?! something bitter and sad is about to happen to my girl!" she ran out into the street so fast if it wasn't then it would've been later. there was literally nothing the guy could do anway, except maybe die too. in which case you would've garnered a 4/5. all in all.. satisfied but not impressed. Lord Dagon has spoken.
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Rating: +1

Thanks for the comments, LD.

I'd just like to answer a few of the points you raised - yes, to an extent, the setup/payoff is somewhat cliché, but when you consider that many student music videos are little more than various angles of a band's live performance, set to a recorded track, then I think it does stand out of the crowd.

I also agree that lots of the video does comprise shots of walking around - BUT that's like saying "this painting is nice, but it's just trees". My opinion is that this is a piece of visual art; the way the shots are constructed and the style of the editing is, to me, really asthetically pleasing. And I also feel that the video *does* have a 'serious message' - maybe you didn't draw one from it, but I know various people have different interpretations of what the video says. On a very literal level, yes, it emphasises road safety, and that is a serious message of sorts, but I don't think that's the real message of the video. On a slightly less literal level, it's about relationships and not taking what you have for granted because you never know when it's going to end - a sentiment most people can understand from loosing a loved one, either literally or just metaphorically through relationship breakdown. It's about paying attention to the little details of life that might pass you by, but in the end are the most important things. There are various things I've read into this video, and I don't think any of them are neccesarily 'right'; but I am convinced that it does have a serious message.

As for my comments about it being a 'stunning piece of work' - I stand by that. I had nothing to do with the actual production of this video, my input only came in the post-production stages (I was responsible for the grading and the colour-pass effect at the end). So I'm not so much reffering to my own work on this project, but the (imho) incredible cinematography and editing smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
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Loved the pink roses