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Pegusus

Posted: Fri, 8th Sep 2006, 11:28am

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This movie was created last may for the Dallas 24 hr Video Race and won 3rd place to "Cover's Story" (Atom/Ben3308). Since they posted theirs, I thought I might as well post mine.

Brief synopsis:

A news reporter uncovers a gov't plot hidden behind a destroyed building.

THE RULES
theme = cover story
line of dialogue = "that's what i'm talking about"
location = public statue/painting
prop = measuring device


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Posted: Fri, 8th Sep 2006, 9:08pm

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Good job guys, this is like the 5th time i've seen it, and i have yet to get bored with it. I think you guys should have mos def gotten 2nd
Posted: Fri, 8th Sep 2006, 11:24pm

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As Turtleneck said (who was on the Atomic Productions team, btw y'all), this is like the 5th or 6th time I've seen it. I still think it's great, though. A definite 5, given the contest.

-Acting is beautiful, second only to someone else's tears of "I can't!" wink
-Cinematography is steady and well-framed
-Premise is so-so, but nowhere near as undecided and vague as ours was
-Sound-design was bascially nonexistant, but that wasn't your fault/deal
-Editing is great. Good use of jump cuts and transition voiceovers, especially when you see the original 10 minute cut after.

Again, good job. Had we not got 1st, I would have sworn it would go to you guys.

5/5
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 10:29am

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The Cinema wrote:

No information available for Pegasus
Entry being updated, or just some server trouble?
Posted: Sat, 9th Sep 2006, 7:19pm

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When we checked the movie info, he'd spelled "Pegasus" correctly on all the movie info, yet somehow, it managed to get misspelled. I assume that's the problem that's being fixed.

EDIT: By the way, Jazzmanian, chase has hyperlinked the movie to the 'made by atomic productions/arrington productions' link, so just click there to watch.

EDIT2: Chase, I also agree about the jumpcuts during the 'testing' of the soil part. They're so slick and well done, you don't even realize they happened, they just flow. I also agree, that if you watch the ten minute 'by-the-book' edited piece, you appreciate the jump cuts much more.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 12:31am

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It still sais there's a problem...do i need to do something to fix it? or is it a technical difficulty? it shows that pegasus was never even in the cinema now...who do i talk to about this? anyways, for those who wanna see it here's the link http://www.adamsbrosfilms.com/~chase3308/24%20hr.mov

i'll repost later...but i really just wanted some feedback, though keep in mind EVERYTHING was done in 24 hrs lol.
Posted: Sun, 10th Sep 2006, 12:51am

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It's the early morning of Sunday in England.

I think the team will fix the problem when they get the chance. For now, us Brit's need some shuteye!

Although I do want to see the film, I might just click the link you've provided.... wink
Posted: Tue, 12th Sep 2006, 9:36pm

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After the Production Logo (very cool looking, btw.) the audio from this film only plays out of the left side of my headset. A little over halfway into the film the audio comes back to both speakers. It then goes back to the left side for the duration of the film, some seconds later. This was almost unbearable. I tested my headset, and everything's working fine. It's only happening with your movie. Anyone else getting this?
Posted: Tue, 12th Sep 2006, 9:51pm

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It's because he used a mono-channel mic for almost all of the video, then any sounds added in post are stereo. This causes the ping-pong speakers, which I agree is strange. However, I'd rather have good, crisp sound in one speaker than have sub-par on-camera sound in two.
Posted: Wed, 13th Sep 2006, 4:22am

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And Crisp sound through one side of your headset? It makes me wanna rip my ear off. I'd much rather have proper sound.
Posted: Wed, 13th Sep 2006, 11:38am

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Well, it certainly took me a while before this movie and I could hook up in the cinema, but I'm a persistent little bugger. cool

Throughout the film I thought the grading and film quality were very good. Vibrant color and very easy on the eyes. Spot on.

Acting - one of the better performances I've seen on FXhome cinema submissions was turned in by the guy playing the government (?) agent. The guy who wisks the protatgonist away in the car and offers him the bearer bonds. Very good job there. Everyone else offered very credible roles also.

Given that this entire thing was assembled in 24 hours, it was a pretty professional production, so under those restrictions it was a worthy effort.

There were a number of things about the film, however, which caught my attention in the other direction.

*****SPOILER ALERT. STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE FILM ****

First, the story. Assuming I was following the plot correctly, I wasn't really buying into it. So there was an explosion at an art gallery. And the government was responsible? And they're forcing the art gallery to sell the statue for man millions and.... what? keeping the money? And there's radiation at the site of the blast? Could anyone really mistake a nuclear exposion for a gas line leak and explosion? I either wasn't getting the plot right or it was just too much to believe.

Camera work. While some portions of it were strong, such as the interviews in the hospital, some other portions where hand held shots were done were just dreadful. In particular, the filming of the conversation in the car between the protagonist and the government guy. The camera was shifting up and down and when it tried to track to keep on the conversation, it was slowly lagging behind the changes in speakers. Drove me to distraction. If that was done intentionally to achieve some sort of effect, it definitely didn't work for me. The framing of the actors at the blast site was really uncomfortable also.

The sound. This was already mentioned, but I was listening in headphones and that drove me nuts. Not in a good way, either. Give me *some* sound in the other channel.

The required line. (i.e. "That's what I'm talking about") You've got it stuck in twice, once at the beginning and once at the end, and in both cases it left me boggling. I was like, "huh? What?" Neither seemed to fit in with the story. It seemed almost as if the filmmaker forgot they had to include that line and then shot it twice and tacked it on to meet the contest requirements.

All in all, I have to admire anyone who can pull off a production of that size in 24 hours, and it did have a couple of nice, strong points as I mentioned in the beginning. But with the plot, the sound, the camera work and the tag line, the film left me rather unsatisfied.

A 2 out of 5, though, for the good acting and solid, overall film quality, particularly on such a tight schedule.
Posted: Wed, 13th Sep 2006, 12:48pm

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Jazzmanian, can you not see the newspaper at the end that says "explosion deemed accident"? That shows that the reporter went along with the cover up, hence when the black guy saw it, he was all like "that's what I'm talking about". Oh, and there was no grading whatsoever.
Posted: Wed, 13th Sep 2006, 1:27pm

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ben3308 wrote:

can you not see the newspaper at the end that says "explosion deemed accident"?
Yep. I saw it. I just found that line to be a rather odd and out of place reaction from the agent upon reading it. *shrug* Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Posted: Wed, 13th Sep 2006, 6:03pm

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I thought that line worked quite well actually!
Posted: Thu, 14th Sep 2006, 2:47am

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the sound was recorded mono, not stereo, due to only one mic input on my GL2, the reason for it jumping is an editing flaw and i appologize...normally i fill left on all the clips but i guess i missed a few of them...oh well i only had 24 hours, so those things can be easily overlooked when in a hurry, so i'd plead with those who watch this not to judge this movie due to the sound. Also, it's funny that the car scene was mentioned, because (and you can ask atom and ben3308) i honestly don't care for that style of shooting, but the director really wanted it that way, so instead of wasting time argueing i figured i'd go ahead and shoot it...but i would have to agree with you, i didn't care for it all that much either, and i filmed it. The line...personally i thought that was one of the strongest ways we could have used it, but i'm sure if we didn't HAVE to use it somehow, i'm sure there could have been somewhat of a better line to use, but if you were to have watche d others video's i think you'd agree that it was good usage of the phrase. Acting, yeah i'm blessed with talented friends...i had the top actors in my grade for this film and i definately think they brought a new professionalism to this movie. thanks for the comments

chase
Posted: Thu, 14th Sep 2006, 10:24pm

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I personally didn't find the sound to be a problem, it kinda fit the camera movement style (rough, constantly moving, "like you're there") of the film, which I thought was pretty good for the most part.

However, the whole plot in general wasn't made real clear. I love the idea of journalists not reporting the truth, and am even okay with a government covering things up. But saying that the government needs money and this caused the CIA to sell pot to people, are both such ridiculous claims that it just pulls the audience from their willing suspension of disbelief.

It would have been much better to spend a little more time trying to help us follow the story, instead of wasting that time on accusations that just seem silly.

Personally I think you guys did a great job for a 24hr film. It looks and plays out very well with a certain intensity. However, the aforementioned backstory points add nothing and even detract. They could have easily been removed without harming the film (conspirators don't need to explain the reason for their conspiracy), and replaced with either character or plot exposition that would have helped a ton.
Posted: Thu, 21st Sep 2006, 8:23pm

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I have to completely agree with Jazzmanian on this one.

IMO, the most important part of any production is the sound. Video looks great once you slap a good color correction filter on it, but sound is a whole other thing in itself.

Awful sound design on this one, if it wasn't for that I may've given it a 4.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Sep 2006, 11:24pm

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haha timmy, seriously, did you read my post 2 before yours...the only problem with the sound is that it goes on one side for the most of the time...it's a simple mistake! please don't rate the movie because of it...i mean at least look at the quality of the actual sound...not where it's been accidentally placed in the speakers.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Sep 2006, 11:26pm

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Don't mind Timmy, he's a little over sensitive when it comes to sound, especially if you've got mediocre sound compression. (which isn't your fault by any means, but still)

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Posted: Fri, 22nd Sep 2006, 11:27pm

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That's not the only problem with the sound. By far it isn't. If you'd like me to elaborate, PM me.

EDIT: Ben, he's completely in control over sound compression. Unless you or Atom compressed it. Then that's just gay. smile
Posted: Fri, 22nd Sep 2006, 11:43pm

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chase knows zip about compression, and his Premiere Encoder seems to have cancer, because the footage always comes out erroneous. We've all gone through some major stress over compressing stuff, and it really gets to be a headache. (my h.264 stops rendering midway, so I always set Vegas to render to the 3mbps download rate .mov template)

I didn't this time, but yeah, I usually compress/walk-through-how-to-compress the videos of all my friends' stuff.