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|EDIT: (8/7/06) Added new copies in both .wmv and .mp4 with a new try at grading the film properly.|
This is my submission for the local "Clones in Sixty Seconds" competition where you will have to create a short (one minute or less) film entry using the cloning of one or more actors. The film is titled, "A Tribute to Monty Python" and that's exactly what it is. While this is a very short piece, it is *not* a test clip, etc. This is the finished product, so feel free to tear it up and critique as you will.
The film is shot in two settings. The first ('tea preparation') takes place in a kitchen and I attempted to grade it in a more bright, harsh, heavily contrasted fashion to give it a sterile feel. The second part, where the actual cloning happens, is in the "sitting room" and I tried to grade that with a softer, warmer glow feel.
I'm attempting two different types of SFX in this film for the first time. The first is cloning, obviously, being the theme. The second is a short bit of flash-bang SFX for comedic effect. Also, this is my first published film shot on my new 3 chip mini-DV camera, so the quality is hopefully better overall. On all technical aspects, please let me know how I did. I have tried to learn from all of you here at FXhome.
I generally go for darker stuff, but I "stepped outside" myself here and went for some old fashioned, Pythonesque comedy. I hope you enjoy it.
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It's just tied to the total number of downloads.
MST productions wrote:can anyone tell me wht the gross on the movies are?
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Isn't that because they're meant to look like classic Monty Python animations?
Arktic wrote:And the graphics - they looked a little dated. I think you should maybe invest in a motion graphics package - or an NLE that has some better title/graphics creation options.
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Oh, you simply must check them out. You can pick up their work most anywhere, and while a lot of it is old and probably annoys the new age, high tech cinema buffs, they are classic.
Garrison wrote:Hey Jazz,
Before I comment, I am not a grading expert, and I'm not familiar with Monty Python (I know what it is, just never really caught the show) so I'm at a disadvantage.
Having said that I did like the cloning a lot. Your lady friend seems to be so willing to be a part of your projects and that's great.Thanks! I put a lot of work into it, even speaking as a newbie. I'm getting some good help from Arktic, so I'm going to start working on a re-cut to make it better, but I appreciate your support and I'm glad you got the jokes.
The titling, tone, and music seemed to fit really well (again, I don't know the show). Loved the joke.
I liked it.
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Actually, that resulted from a couple of dry runs with me holding a stopwatch off camera prior to filming, and then acting as a partner to keep the timing down. We each had a copy of that part of the script, (hers was taped inside of the newspaper) and for each of the two cloning runs I read the other half of the dialogue at the pace we practiced. Then, when I went to combine the two clips, I ripped the audio from the second one in the NLE and laid it over the top of the audio from the first one. I split the film into segments of dialogue on both clips and muted the sections where I was speaking the lines in alternating sides, leaving only her audio intact. When that was done, I saved that audio track as a separate file. When the grading and SFX was all done for the segment in CLab, I put it back into the NLE with no sound and subbed in the audio track I'd already made. It was short enough that synching up the audio and video wasn't an issue.
Lou wrote:how did she get such perfect timing on the script between those performances excellent job. I would greatly appreciate some details on how you achieved such perfect timing on the audio. Was the cloned listing to a playback while it performed its lines?
Yes. Arktic has been helping me and I'm working on a new version of it regrading everything this weekend. Just not finding the time to rush it out as fast as I'd like but I hope to have a second version uploaded by Sunday night.
Lou wrote:The only suggestion I would make would be just a little more color saturation that way it looks more professional and less like a home movie.
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