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Spotlight: Project One unveiled - DVD now available!

Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 9:35am

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A few weeks ago we premiered the teaser trailer for Project One, providing the first look at the no-budget stealth-em-up. The full movie is now available for purchase from the official website, so we sat down with some of the multi-skilled FXhomers responsible for its two-year journey to completion.

Genesis

FXhome.com was indirectly involved with Project One from the very beginning, forging the link between its co-creators Joby Stephens and Adam Kirley. “In 2002 we met when helping another FXhome member on a fanfilm,” recalls Joby, “we discovered we didn’t live very far from each other and had similar ideas and how they could be achieved for little money.”

Key to Project One was that it should pursue a stealth approach rather than the usual all-guns-blazing antics seen in short films. “With little to no dialogue holding up the story we had to rely on camera technique, editing and our other strengths,” explains Joby.


Taking inspiration from the world of video games, the team set about designing memorable set pieces based around specific locations. As the budget didn’t allow for construction, finding the right forest, house and warehouse was crucial. “I would drive around the counties of south England,” says Joby of the scouting, “and found that if you ask around nicely there’s usually someone that wants to help. Ask the landowner, inform the police – do everything you can to make things work on your side and not against you.”

Preparation for the shoot required hours of no-budget begging to acquire props and costumes. “What do all action films need? Guns – lots of guns,” says Joby. “A few companies finally gave in and a couple of weeks later I received a massive parcel full of broken rifles and warehouse rejects.” After a little self-assembly, Project One was fully armed and ready to go.

In the wilderness

When the first shots were filmed in June 2004, nobody expected it to be two years until the movie would be shown to audiences. The shoot went smoothly, with regular FXhomer Matt Plummer filling the role of the kidnapped scientist. “I’d worked with Joby before, both on my projects and his, so working on Project One happened pretty naturally,” he explains, continuing, “There was a call-out for a skinny, pasty male and I just fit the profile.”


The cooperative nature of the shoot originated with the co-directing adopted by Adam and Joby, who had never worked together so closely. “It actually went a lot easier than we both expected,” insists Adam, negating any possibility of juicy on-set rivalry, “as we had talked a lot about the project over many months, planning almost every shot ahead of time. This made life on set easier as we both had the same vision for the film.” Joby confirms this, detailing how different styles can work together to strengthen the end result. “Adam concentrated on the action and stunts and I feel I concentrated on the camera side and editing,” he explains. “We’d always try to film all the different ideas, and took on board other people’s as well.”

Many of the shots were ambitious and potentially dangerous for a low-budget production, filmed in decaying, middle-of-nowhere locations and with physical demands for the cast (“For a lot of the earlier shots I didn’t leave the floor!” laughs Matt). “We were fortunate as this is the industry I work in,” Adam says, “so I was able to supply a lot of the stunt equipment myself which cut the cost of hiring it in.”


Having a professional stuntman play your covert operative is a good move, as evidenced by the impressive leaps, jumps, falls and fights sprinkled throughout Project One. Owners of the DVD get to see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Adam at work, leaping from tall trees and falling from windows. Of course, you’d expect nothing less from a man that is currently working on the new James Bond movie and was seen last year in none other than Batman Begins and Sahara.

Throwing it all away

A rough edit was ready in early 2005 and it was clear something was wrong. “The original ending wasn’t good enough,” states Joby with the confidence of a man who knows the problem has already been fixed. “Basically, a re-shoot was needed because we still had something to prove and knew we could do a lot better. We went for it in every way.”

A phone conversation with Adam led to the entire final act being discarded and replaced with a far more ambitious finale of full-on action. Unfortunately, during the intervening period the original locations had all been destroyed to make way for a block of flats, resulting in a month of searching for somewhere suitable for the climactic scenes.


A few hundred miles later and Project One underwent re-shoots in July with new vehicles, air mortars and camera equipment adding to the production value. “The vehicle is a rare military unit known as the ‘Vampire’,” reveals Joby, “you’ve probably never seen one before as it was built to be used in the Gulf War and those that weren’t destroyed after the conflict were placed under the Official Secrets Act.”


As well as featuring a vehicle that officially doesn’t exist, the re-shoot benefited from the use of a jib and dolly track, opening up many new cinematographic possibilities. “We had to be very careful, as we hadn’t used any jib or tracking during the 2004 shoot,” Joby explains, “and we didn’t want it to be obvious that it had been twelve months since the prior filming.”

Invisible touch

Footage in the can, Joby once again turned editing. With assistance from Ruth Harris on sound and Matt on visual effects, work progressed slowly but surely. “The first footage to be worked on arrived during the era of Chromanator,” reminisces Matt, “so some of the footage was actually re-timed with that. A year later the majority of the effects were done with beta versions of the new range, mainly VisionLab. The programs made it all very easy – there’s some great before-and-after clips on the DVD.”


Finally the focus turned towards an often-overlooked aspect in movies of this scale: the music. “For us to make it our project and own full copyright, an original score was needed,” explains Joby, recalling how Nightcast composer Robin Hoffman created an early temp score to aid editing, presumably having temporarily escaped from Sollthar’s clutches. “Sadly he was too busy to compose the full score, but he pointed me in the right direction and I found Siddhartha Barnhoorn. Thousands of email notes were exchanged and the score began to take shape.”

The score was ready by March 2006 as well as some additional effects shots that had been enhanced with the latest version of VisionLab, now well past the beta period and into its full release, emphasising just how long the Project One production had taken. A month later the teaser trailer was released on FXhome.com.

Cinema show

With the project finally complete, the team can move on to fresh pastures – one of which will hopefully be Shadow, the feature film inspiration for Project One’s prequel story. Project One will not be shown in the FXhome.com cinema for at least another year, so as not to conflict with film festival rules. For now, the official DVD is the only way to see the fruit of the team’s labours.

”Any profit made from sales of the P1 DVD will go straight towards the next film,” promises Joby. “I’ve spent hundreds of hours getting this DVD bursting with making-of extras, stunt footage, out-takes, commentaries, deleted scenes and concept art. The before-and-after clips are worth the cover price alone, and really show off the software that helped us achieve the results.”


Despite its long gestation, the cast and crew all seem to look back on the Project One experience with satisfaction. “I’m very pleased personally that it happened this way,” says Joby of the extended production, noting the music as a particular highlight. “Sid’s score is brilliant,” he enthuses, ”I’ve even caught myself whistling ‘Shadow’s Theme’.”

“Raising the bar that Joby set all those years back with Crawling Space was never something he took lightly,” muses Matt, “and I think he’s done it. The Project One shooting experience was a good one, and I think the end result is definitely something that everyone involved should be proud of.” And this coming from a man that spent most of the time with a bag on his head being dragged, thrown about and generally clobbered.

Many thanks to the Project One team for taking the time to answer our questions – if any FXhomers buy the Project One DVD, don’t forget to let us know what you think of it. I’m sure Joby would be more than happy to answer any questions you have after viewing the movie and extra features. Project One is a slick and satisfying short action film that neatly sidesteps many of the problems that usually afflict no-budget production – here’s hoping that DVD sales will enable them to raise their game to the next level!

Want to know more?

Click here to buy the Project One DVD!
Check out the FXhome.com exclusive Project One teaser trailer!
Visit the official Project One website
Read more about stuntman and co-director Adam Kirley
Watch Joby’s other films at FXhome.com
Watch Matt's other films at FXhome.com

Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 9:45am

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If anyone has any questions just ask.

Also, if you are one of the lucky ones that has received a P1 DVD, then let me know what you think in this thread!
I know there are a few of you smile
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 10:04am

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Great to finaly get the project out there!!!!!
Even better people are actually enjoying it,means alot to us!!
I dont post all that often so ill use this post to thank everyone involved in making the film it was a team effort!!! very cheesy but true! Look forward to working with everyone on Shadow very soon!
And a big thanks goes out to everyone that has bought the DVD,the sales will go directly to the Shadow Budget!
Cheers Adam.
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 11:09am

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How'd you print those downright sexy DVD covers?
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 2:26pm

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Lookin good smile



Dunno what else to say wink

Cheers,
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Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 2:29pm

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TimmyD wrote:

How'd you print those downright sexy DVD covers?
Joby's got the printers to do that kind of jazz with wink

I think almost everything has been said that needs to be, except that I think that FXhome itself needs thanking, both the community members as well as the teams who captain this mighty vessel.

FXhome made this movie possible, so I'm throwing out a thankyou to anyone who's ever talked about film or otherwise with any one on the team. It's all affected us in some way.

Right, here's to the next one...

-Hybrid.
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 2:35pm

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Great spotlight for a great short film smile

Looking forward to getting my hands on the DVD!
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 2:53pm

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It's certainly been a long road for the Project One guys. I'm just glad that the movie is now available for people to view - hopefully they'll like it as much as I did.

So, check out the teaser trailer and if you like what you see - order a copy of the DVD! It's worth it just to hear er-no's squeaky laugh on the blooper reel.
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 4:01pm

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Great job on this project, you guys! If I get any Paypal money, I'd be more than willing to shell out the cash for this DVD.

It's also great to see someone being so successful with producing and selling a spy/stealth movie. Foreshadowing for other FXHomers, perhaps? smile

No, but really, I know I wasn't too supportive of the teaser, but from what I've seen on the website, this project looks promising.

Regards, Ben
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 5:15pm

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Good job guys on finishing the project! I hope to order the DVD soon. smile

Oh and can er-no or someone else who knows tell me the running time for the film?
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 6:29pm

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The movie itself is 13 minutes, though there is over 2 hours video on the DVD (I think).
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

The movie itself is 13 minutes, though there is over 2 hours video on the DVD (I think).
I think that's the greatest thing about independent films/shorts on DVD.

It's great to give insight behind the scenes. My first independent DVD was BROKEN. Not the best story around, but loved the look and the 3 hours behind the scenes.

I'm always interested in seeing other's work. I ordered mine and waiting for delivery. biggrin
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Great spotlight and I'm sure the movie is too. I'm ordering a copy ASAP, everyone should and support these guys. smile

Good luck guys
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 6:49pm

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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

The movie itself is 13 minutes, though there is over 2 hours video on the DVD (I think).
Awesome, I love it when DVDs have lots of special features. Well look for my order sometime this weekend hopefully.
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I preordered Project One on April 28th cause I wanted to be sure I would be one of the first to get the dvd. And then I checked my mail box the other day and I had a package that carried the best dvd on earth! As soon as I got the dvd I raced to my room and pluged in the dvd. After watching the film I was in the state of shock cause of how awsome the film was. Every thing about the film was fantastic The story, camera work, special effects, color grading, music, locations, the cast every thing was just perfect! Also this film has inspire's me cause this was a film that just makes me want to grab my camera and make a film because this low budget film prooves that a low budget film maker can make somthing great! I want to say great job to every one that took part making Project One and I hope you guys get the money that you need to make Shadow! Now I am off to watch Project One. biggrin

PS: 5/5! biggrin
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TimmyD wrote:

How'd you print those downright sexy DVD covers?
I'm a master at the arts of print! smile
Yeah, the DVD's actually look pretty lush too, which I'm proud of, as in an amongst a collection it doesn't look outta place.

Cheers everyone else who has replied as well! Look forward to more comments and hopefully some reviews/feedback smile
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I just got mine, about to watch it.
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Can't wait to get mine and put it next to my twisted studios dvd. C'mon guys, everyone here should make kick ass dvds!
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Was this shot in PAL? My Sony TV doesn't play it (on a PS2 DVD player.) Maybe my other TV/DVD combo can play it, I hate watching videos on a computer.
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 10:45pm

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Serpent wrote:

Was this shot in PAL? My Sony TV doesn't play it (on a PS2 DVD player.) Maybe my other TV/DVD combo can play it, I hate watching videos on a computer.
The DVD is universal but the footage is still PAL smile This might cause problems on some TV's stateside but I'm under the impression that most people will have DVD players on their computers. smile

I haven't had any problems reported as yet and most of the orders have been from you lovely Americans.

Hope you enjoy it though Serpent smile
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So I finally got my P1 DVD. Congratulations guys (and ladies-I did see one female cameraperson in the behind-the-scenes), well done!

This is the first PAL DVD I have put in my DVD player (XBOX 360), and I can't tell a difference from what NTSC video. It looks great.

The story is straight forward and I can appreciate it for that. Great actions sequences, although there seemed to be a couple of angles where the fighting scene suffered from those "phantom punches".

The combination of special effect muzzle flashes, smoke and live hits (what I thought were squibs until I saw the paintball gun-VERY creative) pulled off the look very well.

I like the intro with the mission parameters, and the whole computer sattelite info. GREAT job on that. The binoculor scope was good too.

I was dissapointed in the trailer on the DVD having an alternative sountrack to what was on the FX site. I liked that one better.

The commentaries were great. You guys sounded very thankful and appreciative to all that helped, and gave a big plug to FX Home. Good insights to how you got the costumes.

The location and that Vampire truck were very credible props and added real production value to the film.

Good lighting techniques especially in the showdown scene with Shadow.

Good stuntwork, and editing to pull of that falling sequence at the barn.

The featurettes could have benefited more with commentaries on those as well, and rounded those off with some interviews with the actors, stuntmen, camera crew etc.

All in all it was a marvelous feat for you guys in the UK. You should be proud... 5 stars!!
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Hey Garrison, thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed the DVD and yes, I will definetely make sure to have much much more behind the scenes and interviews for the next project we embark on.

The trailer on the DVD has a different score due to copyright reasons, I wasn't even going to put the teaser trailer on the DVD but at the last second before the master dragged it on and changed over the audio track, I hope you see it as more a goody, rather than a dissapointment. smile

Again, thank you, means a lot to get feedback on the full thing, heres to P1 at the festivals!
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er-no wrote:

Hey Garrison, thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed the DVD and yes, I will definetely make sure to have much much more behind the scenes and interviews for the next project we embark on.
Yeah I don't think the general public at large appreciates the interviews as much as filmmakers. I like hearing the crativity and how they thought of compositing a shot etc.

er-no wrote:

The trailer on the DVD has a different score due to copyright reasons, I wasn't even going to put the teaser trailer on the DVD but at the last second before the master dragged it on and changed over the audio track, I hope you see it as more a goody, rather than a dissapointment.
No problem bro. I was under the assumption you guys had the permission to use that music in the first place, so that's why I was taken aback by the change in music. Don't get me wrong though, I do appreciate the trailer being on the DVD. At least I understand the "why".

Good luck on the next project er-no.
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er-no wrote:

Serpent wrote:

Was this shot in PAL? My Sony TV doesn't play it (on a PS2 DVD player.) Maybe my other TV/DVD combo can play it, I hate watching videos on a computer.
The DVD is universal but the footage is still PAL smile This might cause problems on some TV's stateside but I'm under the impression that most people will have DVD players on their computers. smile

I haven't had any problems reported as yet and most of the orders have been from you lovely Americans.

Hope you enjoy it though Serpent smile
We cousins 'across the pond' want to see ANY underdog win the battle!

I've just ordered my copy and can't wait to see the footage- I'm infinitely sure you won't disappoint!

This'll also be a worthy lok at footage that used FX products- something I'm definitely intrested in!

My best to you! Here's hoping you make a million!
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This might Sound like a stupid question, but How many copies have you sold so far?
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This might Sound like a stupid question, but How many copies have you sold so far?
That's for me to know, and you to find out, however, in the coming weeks, I will stop selling them. So grab it whilst its still available, so to speak smile
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Just got my DVD. And it's a great watch with many interesting Bonus videos and a good insight into what is a very promising and entertaining production where a lot of blood and sweat has been spent.

And you get that feeling across with the bonus material you provided, which itself makes up for the film only being 20 minutes long.


But I can definately recommend buying the DVD to everyone who thinks about it. Do it!
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Just ordered mine. Can't wait for it to come. biggrin
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I just ordered mine as well! Wohoo!
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I got my copy of P1 about a week ago, but I haven't had a computer to talk about it here, so now that I finally have acess to one, a heeeere we go.

Plainly said, this movie impressed me at every single corner. The dvd packaging itself is nice, and fits perfectly in my regular collection, sitting between the twisted studios dvd and my bootleg dvd copy of the first unico movie.

The movie itself is a gem. Not only does it just kick ass with great kick ass action, but what really stood out for me in this movie is the directing/cinematography. There is a level of professionalism that went into the making of this movie that I haven't seen in any amature movie. Every cut, every angle, everything just feels right.

Also, I don't want to give away too much, but the ending of this movie took me by complete suprise, and I feel like that never happens to me these days.

In short, this is one of the better dvd purchases I have made recently, and I can't recommend this movie enough.
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Got mine today. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and the bonus features are great. My only disappointment was the fact it left me wanting more. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long for the feature!

Congratulations to everyone involved. biggrin
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Thank you to all those so far who have ordered and received! Cheers Waser and Alex Reeve for those comments smile

I'll stop taking in orders in a couple of weeks, so if you haven't ordered your P1 DVD.. do so now... even feedback agrees, its worth it smile
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twisted Recieved my copy in the mail yesterday!

eek WOW eek Definitely don't sell yourselves short, Amigo- the talent and dedication is highly evident in the product!

Quite frankly I came off of a professional low-budget film back in December and comparing the two finished products..? Project-One is soooo much better in terms of artistic impression and attention to detail!

Would you be interested in having Project-One screened here in 'The States'? I can check with a producer friend of mine and see if there's a series of "action adventure" festivals if you're so inclined!

As I see it; though quite a few film industry elements would most likely see it as simply a 'novice' production- I see it as far more professional than some of the trype on some Satellite channels these days!

The "Director" in me certainly would have shot a few things differently or grabbed a pick-up shot for one or two items- still soooo many [and obviously yourself included] talented people frequent this site and use FXH products- talk about a talent pool!

My Kudos to you! Certainly, with a "to be continued" slapped in there- I'll be intrigued to see what happens next!

I'd like to take my conversation 'offline' here- but I'm highly interested in what your budget for the project was and some of the particulars- from a special effects standpoint I'm trying to convince producers [low-budget, still it can pay well] that the services I render are just as "Hollywood" as some of the other stuff out there and this film short subject proves it!

Can I presume I can PM you about the particulars if you're not inclined to mention it here on the thread?
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The feedback really has been awesome, even I'm flattered and my part in making this is a spec of sand compared to er-no. I imagine he's over the moon right now smile

PM Away, I'm sure that er-no would love to hear from you. If there are things about the special effects you need to know I'd probably be able to answer you (as I did them) though er-no's also fully aware of them.

-Hybrid.
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On my way out of the house this morning I made a stop by my mail box. I was only expecting the run of the mill mail, but to my surprise and delight there was a DVD case sized box in the far back, under some mail. At that point I had already realized that I was holding my most anticipated DVD of the year.

Having some where to be, I was unable to turn around and give it a watch, so I had to settle for opening it up right there, and only being able to appreciating the professional and stylish cover/case, with its ever so subtle details that make it that much more impressive. Although I could not enjoy the movie as soon as I would have liked to, I was able to share the case with some friends, and impart some of the history behind the short film.

Once I was able to watch the DVD, I did just that. My first impressions of the movie were very positive, and they got better as the movie progressed. If this movie does nothing else, it certainly makes the viewer want to see more, which is a great accomplishment, and is a credit to everyone involved.

As any piece of entertainment, there are definitely shots in this film that I enjoyed more than others, but there isn't a single one I disliked. What stood out from the very beginning was the soundtrack. The theme for the character "Shadow" in particular. The intro to the film was precisely the right amount of dialog for this movie, and getting it out of the way in the very beginning allowed for you to be more flexible when setting the pace for the rest of the film.

I could write a lengthy post of what I thought about each aspect of the movie, such as grading, sound, effects, stunts, and the like, but in the interest of saving some space in this topic, and saving myself some time, I will summaries my opinion about them in saying that it all worked out well. Many may not appreciate what exactly it is that you have accomplished with this, and the amount of work that went into every detail of each shot, but even with out this knowledge, this would still be quite entertaining.

With that said, your extra features do a more than sufficient job illustrating the above points, and are truly engaging. I can say that I have a greater admiration for this project after watching the behind the scenes, and your commentary; and that made the experience that much better. The future of project one looks promising from where I am standing. Good luck with the feature film, and future projects.

Well worth every cent.
Wizard.
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I got mine today and I just finished watching it. My first comment is that Adam needs to work on his commentary skills. razz

Jokes aside, I thought it was a pretty darn good film. I liked your locations, the costumes were great, the story was good, the effects were nice, the stunts were really good, the extras were awesome, etc. The ending was great (not to mention shocking) and I really can't wait to see what comes next. Also the DVD case deserves some praise as it is just awesome. My only complaint is that I want more, MORE I TELL YOU!!!! smile

This is a great example of amateur/no budget filmmaking that I will be watching many more times and it has really inspired me. As I said before I can't wait to see what comes next.
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Wow.

Thank you Wizard and Harvey. Those comments and feedback mean the world to me personally and well.. allow me to strive and continue for the next project which shall be filmed and completed in the next few months.

Should be interesting, and hopefully will keep up the standards you guys now expect!

Thank you again, also... all orders up until this morning have now been sent out, I know a few more people here at fxhome have ordered.

Funnily enough, I slowly feel like I'm taking over the world.. slowly of course, copies of Project One have gone to New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Finland, Alaska, Japan, Canada, Wales, the Isle of Man and many more countries.

smile If you haven't ordered yet, what are you waiting for.. I'm going to stop making them up in the next week or so.

Yar!
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I'm delighted to report that the DVD has also reached the shores of Australia. smile

I don't want to duplicate what previous reviewers have said, but as a quick summary, I felt that the production quality was fantastic! I think it was largely due to your excellent locations, props and costumes, although other factors such as stunts, sound design and editing were also great.

The only thing, IMO, that didn't quite match up with the aforementioned quality was some of the hand-to-hand fight scenes. I'm certainly no expert on these matters, but I wasn't left convinced that one of Shadow's kicks would really knock out someone unconscious. (Particularly the first one where he kicks a guy in the back.)

Nonetheless, that is just a minor point which, for some reason, stuck with me, and I think the only reason it did was that everything else was so well done. smile

Congratulations and good luck with the next!
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er-no wrote:

Funnily enough, I slowly feel like I'm taking over the world.. slowly of course, copies of Project One have gone to New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Finland, Alaska, Japan, Canada, Wales, the Isle of Man and many more countries.
I'll be the guy who ordered from New Zealand smile

I must say, I was quite impressed by the DVD. I'm getting into filmmaking as a hobby and came across the FXhome software while I was searching for ways to create lightsaber effects. I checked out quite a few trailers/short films available on this website and immediately was impressed by the production quality of the "Project One" trailer.

I really wanted to see how you guys managed to pull off such a high quality 'look' for your film - so I bought the DVD!

Kudos to you and the crew! I look forward to seeing your work on "Shadow".
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Hey. Thanks hazard, I did wonder.. (although there were a few more copies that went out to New Zealand?)

I'm glad you enjoyed it and good luck with getting into the hobby of film-making! smile
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 10:17am

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Like a true mad man I posted in the wrong thread for this, I posted in the teaser trailer thread crazy

Here we go again,

Recieved my copy yesterday

I really can't say much that hasn't already been said, fantastic stunts and great action. For a no budget movie these guys have done a wonderful job presenting their movie, and the extra's are also great.

I hope you guy's do continue to follow the story of shadow, Project one was something that was alway's going to be something of a much bigger picture (that's how it came across ) and this prolouge has certainly got my attention to keep tabs on any future developing projects, and continue to follow shadows story's.

Overall, a good solid piece of filmmaking that comes straight from the heart not someone's pocket.
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Had my first view today of PROJECT.ONE on DVD.

Utterly fantastic!

I've seen all the footage before when er-no was working on the final edits but in DVD quality it is something else! I can't wait to see your next film.

I'm gonna get back to watching all the extras...
Posted: Mon, 31st Jul 2006, 5:51am

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I've had my copy for a few weeks now, I'm finally posting my comments. Which technically, I promised to post a couple weeks ago.

I was somewhat familiar with the short already, as I had help a little bit in the scoring stage earlier on. So let me say first off that you guys definitely did the right thing getting Sid Barnhoorn to score this. The score works great, with the end titles particularly being fantastic. Really good stuff.

One of the things I really appreciated while watching the DVD was the editing. The pace was excellent, a terrific blend of stealth/suspense interspersed with brief action bits. At the same time it was extremely easy to keep track of who was where, and the intercutting between the scientist side if the story and the approaching assassin worked quite well.

I also thought that the direction was quite good, in general. The chosen camera angles and framing told the story well, without drawing unnecessary attention to what the cameraman was up to. Good camera work serves the story without pulling the viewer out of it, and you guys did a great job in that respect.

Cinematography felt very natural throughout the main story. I'm not sure how much lighting you guys did; I know there was some in the interior stuff, But it never felt fake, and the continuity on it was very smooth. I know how difficult that can be when shooting exteriors over multiple days, but drastic changes in lighting were never an issue. The final sequence, with the Men in White, the cinematography and grading were great! They really helped that last bit to raise questions, indicate that things were really heading in a different direction, and that the story was not over, all without any dialog. Good visual storytelling. And while I am on that subject, it is impressive to have a short film with a protagonist who NEVER TALKS, and still be able to follow the story quite easily. The majority of the time, you showed us what was happening, rather than telling us. The only major exception was the intro, where you hid a fairly sizeable piece of exposition behind some nifty titles, animated visuals, and a sexy voice. While that is perhaps not the ideal way to set up the backstory for a film, it was not a major detraction either, as the intro sequence was engaging, informative, and had enough movement to it that it held my attention.

Locations were good, in the sense that they fit the story and were cool. I think this aspect was a good example of what any 'amateur' filmmaker could accomplish with a bit of dedication. If you take the time to go hunting for the right locations, and contact the peole necessary to get permission to film there, I believe nearly anyone could get locations that good. The key to you guys getting those locations, I suspect, was being willing to work to get them. Well done. The exception of course, is the Vampire ( technically not a location, perhaps), which was a bit of luck on your part. Not everyone will have access to things like that.

But where Project One really stands above the crowd is in the action sequences. Brilliantly choreographed, deftly filmed, and superbly edited together. They were fun, exciting, and intense to watch, while simultaneously furthering the story, rather than having it stop to watch some people get beat up or exploded. The story centered on the Assassin (he's technically not Shadow yet, right?); he had a clear objective that he was constantly heading for, in a literal as well as figurative way, and any action that occurred was just a bump in the road to get him there. Conflict throughout was very well developed. Only one of the baddies was really developed as a character, and in the end, the whole thing comes down to a showdown between him and our hero. Or antihero, perhaps. And then that conflict ends in a surprising, unexpected way.

Oh, and the visual effects and sound editing were fantastic. Watching the special features was fun just to see which effect were practical, and which weren't, because the compositing blended them so smoothly. I haven't seen all of the special features yet, but having watched most of them, they are fun, and more importantly, informative to amateur filmmakers who would like to follow in yor footsteps. More than anything for me, this project shows other amateur filmmakers out there what can be possible with a very minimal budget, a bit of equipment, and a lot of dedication and hard work. Great job guys. And in none of those comments do I mean to classify this as amateur. Technically, perhaps you still are, but it doesn't show in your work.
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Whilst I can. And I remember too.

I'd just like to think everyone at fxhome who have left a review and responsed to the teaser trailer and for the lucky 100 or so people around the world who brought the DVD of Project One - Thanks!

Pre-production and costume design has begun on the whole point of Project One - the more 'epic' Shadow. And although there is no set date or time schedule due we appreciate the feedback still being received for ProjectOne and it definetely inspires me to take everything that one step further.

Project One is in consideration for some festivals around the world at the moment, and if it somehow makes it into one I'll definetely post a topic about it. It has been selected for the Central Florida Film Festival and will be shown on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September - so if you live in Florida why not go check it out! smile

Thank you all again, I never woulda thought six months ago I'd have managed to get over 25 different countries a DVD of the film, it also shows how good a platform the internet is, and the fact I only used fxhome and no other website to promote the film. Well. Says it all about this site.

Cheers and here's to the next one!
Posted: Wed, 23rd Aug 2006, 6:19pm

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Here’s my Project One DVD review. After 15 seconds or so of panic when the disk wouldn’t play on my NTSC player, I realized I’d need to watch it on my pc. No biggie. The rest is pretty much all glowing praise like the rest of the comments.

I really, really liked the pacing. The commando guy running and taking out villain guards left and right was really fun to watch and the music matched brilliantly. The Stunts were really executed at a higher level than I’m used to seeing to seeing in a low budget project like this one. The flip out of the window to land on the ground a story below, along with the baddies getting blown out of their little bunker area around the corner of the truck really stood out to me.

This DVD really shined on the extras which is entirely the point, at least for me of buying a disk like this. I love to get the background and the how we did this or that bits. The color and sound processing was really impressive as well. I’m still trying to figure out where to get those dust paintballs because they really seemed to work effectively.

I would agree with Hendo’s comment on the hand to hand not quite being up to the super high bar you set for yourself with the stunts and locations. It’s great to see an agent type character like this display something that at least looks like some CIA Jiu-Jitsu or some something as opposed to run of the mill Karate. I didn’t have a huge issue with this myself as I imagined the agent being some sort of genetically enhanced assassin. The one point where it really stuck out as far as the technique was where he ran through the door and sort of kneed opponents on opposite sides.

All in all I was very pleased with the production value of the dvd and the packaging. Please take my $20 US and turn it into a full feature length action flick so I can buy that as well. Can’t wait to see the main film after the cliff hanger ending.

Regards,
Brent
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Hey guys.

Coming into the next few weeks I'm going to produce and make another batch of Project One DVD's.



I've got a list of people who have contacted me in the last few months wanting one, which is quite a long list, but is there anyone else on fxhome that would like to buy a copy if I open up the selling section of the website?

Just to get an idea on numbers. smile

Thanks to everyone for their continued support.
Joby
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I would probaly buy one. For some reason I didn't buy one when they were for sale, I kinda regret that.

So it sounds awesome if you would start to sell some more. biggrin

But it's PAL right?
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vilhelm nielsen wrote:

I would probaly buy one. For some reason I didn't buy one when they were for sale, I kinda regret that.

So it sounds awesome if you would start to sell some more. biggrin

But it's PAL right?
Indeed so. smile but copies went around the world (more copies went to the US/Canada than Europe).

People haven't had a problem playing it etc smile
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Please set me aside one for the time being. I'm maxed out my Paypal at the moment, but I'm due for a $60 transfer any day now, so I can purchase one soon.
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ben3308 wrote:

Please set me aside one for the time being. I'm maxed out my Paypal at the moment, but I'm due for a $60 transfer any day now, so I can purchase one soon.
Will have you one set aside ben mate, and will contact you when I get around to making the batch smile
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I'll most likely be buying one...I'm expecting some money soon wink
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any news when the next lot will be released?
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fxmaniac wrote:

any news when the next lot will be released?
Hopefully within the next month! I have a large list of people that want to order and I haven't forgotten! Just putting together the office again after a hefty move! Should have some new equipment to make even sexier copies of the film, have already worked on a better DVD addition with more special features... as well as some test stuff for the next 'Project One'.
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er-no wrote:

fxmaniac wrote:

any news when the next lot will be released?
Hopefully within the next month! I have a large list of people that want to order and I haven't forgotten! Just putting together the office again after a hefty move! Should have some new equipment to make even sexier copies of the film, have already worked on a better DVD addition with more special features... as well as some test stuff for the next 'Project One'.
Put me down for a special edition. I'm a sucker for user DVDs:

Twisted Studios Anthology
Project One
Nightcast
Waser's DVD (Waiting for money)
Now this, and I'd gladly buy DVDs from other users (Depending on whose/what DVD it is)
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I'll buy one.
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Serpent wrote:

Now this, and I'd gladly buy DVDs from other users (Depending on whose/what DVD it is)
Oh man, you have no idea what you're in for.

BTS and content awesomeness all on a two disc set. I wonder who's working on producing something like that....