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The Legend of Face

Posted: Wed, 31st May 2006, 10:38am

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Deep in the heart of the forest lies the loneliest creature to ever exist, A creature so misunderstood and feared that he has never had a friend. This creature has no name but has gained a moniker that in retrospect may be somewhat unfortunate. They call him... Face.

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Posted: Thu, 1st Jun 2006, 7:43am

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Great work, im a big fan.

It was a simple consept taken to just the right mix of parody and drama.... very nice work.

The camera could have used a bit more work but over all a very nice job.

Kudos.
Posted: Thu, 1st Jun 2006, 11:04am

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Thanks for the compliment and constructive criticism biggrin

I am glad somebody likes this, I was afraid it would be
hated.

oh and thank you most of all for voting

how I wish the other 70 or so people who watched it would vote lol.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Jun 2006, 1:55pm

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That narration is just...brilliant. The only thing that annoys me about it, is that i can't remember what film (or films) its ripped from. Is it the Jackalope's tail from The Incredibles's special features?

Whether it was intentional or not, the ambient sounds were the next thing which i enjoyed: the silence and cicadas and the creak of the floorboards. Even so I think you could have milked the awkwardness far more. The lines delivered when Face is woken up could have certainly done with more lengthy pauses. Pauses give the audience time to soak up that inane grin enough, to the point where they become nervous and find it funny. Almost every interaction with Face was just fractionally too quick to hit that time/nervousness marker.

I've got to commend Jeff Robison, for being able to convey what he does without his own face. Conversely i think the dance scene had a little too much of Tyler's face. Theres only so much of the "baffled and slightly worried" look that is necessary and i think too much was used. The scene is inherantly weird, so i think some wider shots of the dance would have made it a bit more quirky. They'd have illustrated quite how bizarre the situation is.

From the start of the dance, to when The Friend screams and runs off, the pace is notably lacking, which is my biggest issue with this film. Theres just not much going on for too long. Montages have to be brief and usually to a single song. I think with some more varied locations, the time Face and The Friend spent together could have been just as well conveyed with less footage.

As a result, although the start and end of the film was good - the middle, which ought to be the meatiest bit, was a little disappointing. Still, for the laughs i got, it was still watchable.

Artistic, well-composed, locked shots were also a common denominator in the beginning and end. The montage and dance sections seemed less well though out and the free cam caused some shots to be poorly framed and composed.

Part of the failing of the middle section was the delivery of the script, i think. The beginning and end work well because all the story is conveyed through purely visual gags, which i must point out you do very well. And speaking of which, more FXHome movies need men screaming like girls too. Definitely.

All in all, this was very enjoyable, but missed the target a frustrating number of times in the middle section, given the quality either side.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Jun 2006, 2:17pm

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Thanks xcession,

oddly enough the narration wasn't conciously ripped of from anything. It was kind of an in joke between us guys that began when we watched howard the duck "Howard was an abomination to God". For some reason its funny to us for an old prospector to narrate films inappropriately. (by the way I voiced the narrator lol)

Yeah I feel what you are saying about the middle part, I actually had to cut some of my favorite gags (yes there were more) but I knew I was taking it a little far. I know that it all boils down to silly gags but all in all this was made for pure fun and I think we accomplished that.

Expect more serious films from us in the future but this "like beast at 7" is just pure fun nonsense.

we more or less made it because we knew our buddies would get a kick out of it, but I thought some of you fellows may enjoy it as well

thanks again xcession... I hope you critique all my films to come
Posted: Fri, 2nd Jun 2006, 10:25pm

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Congrats on successfully finishing another film for the cinema. I echo much of what has already been said, but thought I'd mention a few things which stood out.

The Good:

A noticable improvement of camera work from "Beast at 7". Good acting, for the most part. Creative idea and plot. I liked the wide variety of faces used on the paper plates. The narration. The music choice was perfect in my opinion. "Blooper-credits" (perfect way to end a comedy like this). The DANCE SCENE!!

The Bad:

The compression made the already desaturated look, you were probably going for, look almost black and white and quite ugly if you ask me. The outdoor park shots suddenly change to a more colorful, saturated look, which seemed a bit out of place. To be quite honest with you the comedy kind flew right by me on this one. I really didn't find much funny..until the dance scene of course..haha that was pure brilliance (even though it was a little long). The lack of contrast between the titles and the shots made some of the titles hard to read, at the begining. Shaky camera work on meant-to-be still shots. Rest the camera on something, or use a tripod. Us humans have shaky hands smile.

Overall, it looks like you guys completed your objective. You've created something entertaining for others, and had a good time doing it. Hope to see much more from you in the future. 4/5. Goodluck!


-miker.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 7:20am

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Heheh, i just watched it again.

I have to say it was actualy better the 2nd time, no idea why.

The dancing scene was funny still (a little long with Face's limited dance moves) <May i suggest an arcade game? "DanceNation 2007-Face!"

The screams were great, its hard to scream on camera like you mean it and you had 3 awesome screams.

I would have liked to see some more bloopers, but if there wernt any worth putting in tis best to leave em out.

Added to my top 10, a lovely peice of short film work.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 5:54pm

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Looks good jsut downloaded it but ill will haev to watch it later, all i want to say it, why is Face's Face a paper plate? you could of found somehtign better!
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 6:12pm

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Darn! I need another codec to watch this film! Anyone know where i can get one thast works and is free?
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 6:13pm

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http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Codec_Pack_All_in_1.htm

Just click "Download".

Should work.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 8:37pm

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Professor, I think you missed the point...

A paper plate is what face is all about.

There was nothing better than a paper plate.

Face is not Face without the plate.
Posted: Wed, 7th Jun 2006, 2:36pm

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Welcome to my top ten list. While I've never yet given a film a rating of 5 in the cinema, you came very , very close. I have sent a link to this to a number of friends because I found it so delightful. Yes, I guess I could make some critical comments about a few bits of camera work, some portions of the audio, the film quality (what sort of camera did you use?) and a few of the cut shots, particularly in the friend's house, but that was all overshadowed by how original, creative, and just plain enjoyable this was. The paper plate was a masterful idea. This was such a fun film that I'm going to go back and watch it again. A very strong 4 out of 5.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 1:37am

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Great job to some very special guys with some awesome talent!
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 1:43am

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Sorry above post should say: Great job! You all have such awesome talent! I am not a critic....just a proud mother of the most creative son there is! clap Dustin, Jeff, Tyler & Kent......way to go!

Mom Mills