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Resident Evil: the secret diary

Posted: Mon, 9th Oct 2006, 1:55pm

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seng2kx

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a fan film from the NEW S.E.Entertainment.

THE PRODUCTION:

EQUIPMENT:
Canon XL2 with a wide angle lens(wish i had a 35mm adaptor), Glidecam 4000, and an Azden shotgun mic.

POSTPRODUCTION:
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe Audtion 2.0, FXHOME Effectslab Pro, and Magic Bullet 2.0.

DIRECTORS NOTE:
Hey everyone. Thanx for taking the time to check out my first ever fan film. I know some of you will love it and others will hate it but thats OK. We shot this movie for a few hundred dollars which basically makes it a no budget film. Shot over the course of only 4 hrs. on a single Saturday afternoon on top of an actual mountain in Massachussetts. It took just under 20hrs. to edit. This is my first movie short in a year and my first time ever doing special effects. I'm a huge fan of a lot of films on this page so i hope everyone at least appreciates this movie. I'm still learning how to use Effectslab Pro since i just got it two days ago. Plz let me know what you think of this movie short. negative or positive. Thank You.

~Seng


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Posted: Mon, 9th Oct 2006, 2:19pm

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jotoki

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is that right....73 mb for 12 seconds ? you really need to compress that down a lot more if thats right
Posted: Mon, 9th Oct 2006, 2:55pm

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seng2kx

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lol. that would be funny. it's suppose to be 12minutes. thats just a typo.
Posted: Tue, 10th Oct 2006, 7:12pm

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NinjaBros

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Hmm. I thought it was pretty good. But the main issue i had, was that the Zombies, lacked that zombies atmosphere. (You dont have to listen to me, I make 0 star movies). But overall I think it was good music choice, ok pretty good grading and pretty good acting so I'd give it a three or four. I liked it. Keep it up. =)
Posted: Tue, 10th Oct 2006, 10:03pm

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seng2kx

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thanx Vale. i had a really hard time trying to figure out what kind of zombies to use since there are soo many choices(who knew) but in the end i kinda did a mix of zombies from "28 Days Later" and "Return of the living dead." Kept the zombie makeup to a mininum to not only keep costs down but to establish the fact that they were recently human and not the kind crawling out of graveyards. thanx for the feedback though.
Posted: Tue, 10th Oct 2006, 11:43pm

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NinjaBros

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Yeah. Money is always an issue. The stuff I make is litteraly no budget. I mean 0$. part of the reason my movie suck- but with money as a factor, the movie was great! =)
Posted: Wed, 11th Oct 2006, 12:19pm

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Tons of potential here. While it started off a bit slow for me, the editing choices you made once the film picked up speed really hooked me in and I wound up being very impressed. Good film quality throughout, excellent music choices (leaving aside the fact that you're using copyrighted music, but since it's just a fan film and not for any kind of publication, that's not really an issue.) Your choice to kill the audio in certain key portions and let the music set the tone kind of threw me off at first, but in context, it really worked. I thought the editing was, for the most part, pretty tight and your transitions where the characters were moving through the forest came off really well. Your audio, I thought, was excellent throughout pretty much the entire movie. The grading was a bit stark looking for my personal tastes, but given the subject matter and tone I can see why you might go that way.

A few observations...

I've never used a Glidecam, so I don't know the difficulties involved in that, but particularly in the early part of the film, the camera work seemed to wander a bit much, with actors drifting in and out of the focal point of the frame. That could have been tightened up a bit.

As was already pointed out, some of your special effects need some cleaning up because they look a bit amateurish at this point, but since you only got ELab a couple days ago, it's hard to take off points for that on you.

During the initial conversation between the star of the film and the three hikers he runs into, there was a kind of glaring problem. The three come to a stop about what looks to be ten yards or more from the protagonist. They then proceed to have a lengthy conversation with him. But everyone is speaking in very low key voices as if they're standing right next to each other having a normal conversation. At that distance I think they'd have to have been speaking up quite a bit louder to be heard. Just threw me off for some reason. I think they should have closed in closer together for that conversation.

The star also makes a big point out of instructing the guy from the city that "You have to shoot them in the head... just like in the movies." It's a great line, but he then proceeds to go and shoot Zombie X square in the chest and run away. Kind of a disconnect there.

Still, even for those issues, I think you really put a huge, solid effort into this film and I gave it a four in the cinema. I look forward to the sequal with great anticipation. Nice work!
Posted: Wed, 11th Oct 2006, 3:49pm

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seng2kx

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thanx alot Jazzmanian for the lengthy review. that's what i'm talking about and what i really wanted to hear; an in depth review. now to answer as much as ur questions as possible. let's see. first. yeah the glidecam is very hard to use without adding any attachments. during the opening when the group first meets they actually were'nt that far apart and when we shot it the tone was the same cuz' we kept the actors in the same positions so they could read the lines back and forth to each other so the vocal tones were right even though i could def. see how it might look off on screen. i knew from the beginning the grading might throw some people off but in the end it was my personal preference. the music choice was all mine although i do believe that "Mad World" is the only one i used withough permission(but given full credit.) all the other tracks belong to a rock band and rapper i personally know and they let me use the track and all the other sounds and music were done from Sony Acid. the camera work was suppose to be chaotic given the situation but it did lose focus every now and than but thats just an XL2 thing. and finally at the end when the lead character shoots Zombie X in the chest instead of the head was done on purpose. if u look at the height differential and how close they were to each other it would have been really hard to shoot him in the head. the entire scene is in slow motion so in "their" world it actually happens pretty quick. p.s. did u check out the last 5 seconds of the movie after the credits?

i hope that answes all ur questions. i luv feedback and i luv giving responses.

~Seng
Posted: Thu, 12th Oct 2006, 2:14pm

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jotoki

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12m lol ah ok i did wonder . I'll give it a look now then.
Posted: Sun, 15th Oct 2006, 8:50pm

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Jihad Jonny

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Hey great job i really like it alot! The actors were a lot better than most but that main character seemed to me to be over doing it a little bit in the "try to act badass" department. It might just be me though, it seemed like he was acting even when he was walking making it a little unnatural looking. the only other thing that needs some work is the muzzle flashes, i know you just got the program but with more practice i have no doubt youll get a hang of it. all in all very good, im a zombie fanatic so you automatically get points in my book for that. keep up the good work!
Posted: Fri, 20th Oct 2006, 12:23am

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bunnyb0t

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quite liked this one, nice grading gave it a very eerie if somewhat cold look, and was reasnobly well acted the whole. I felt that it was perhaps a little overlong, particulary when you are initially following the survivors, especially as you efficiently set up the film, a shorter punchier piece would have perhaps been better. Considering that you did this on virtually no budget you have to be commended on a stirling effort.

PS particulary like the way you used 'mad world'
Posted: Thu, 26th Oct 2006, 10:04pm

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StrikeEmStudios

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i liked this film, good fx, like the bullit time,
it was well shot, good grading.
not too bady acted eather, its better than the actual films.
the 'mad world' song i found to be very effective for what happened.
good one
Posted: Thu, 26th Oct 2006, 11:18pm

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seng2kx

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hey guys. thanx for taking the time to not only watch the movie but to rate it and give it a "real" review. we worked really hard to make this project happen and it really makes me happy to know people actually like it. i cant wait to post my next project on fxhome which should be within the next two months. thanx again y'all.

~Seng
Posted: Fri, 27th Oct 2006, 8:15am

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SteveW

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General

The film has lots of potential good acting, grading, special fx with the zombies and good opening titles.

Cinematography

I think the shaky camera is effective in places however the framing could do with a bit of a touch up for example when the characters first meet the camera is moving around trying to show the character who’s talking, also the main character is centered in the frame where as the rule of thumb in any form of photography is the rule of thirds. There could have also been closer up shots of the characters, they all seemed to be pretty mid/long shots with panning cameras.

Music

When it cuts into the song ‘Mad World’ I thought I had something else playing in the background, turns out I was wrong… I think the songs out of place I can’t imagine a song like that being in any zombie film (correct me if I’m wrong).

Editing

As I said earlier if you had more close ups you could cut between them to break up the long shots which makes it flow a lot better. The slow motion scenes with the ‘Mad World’ went on for to just over 2 minutes which I think is a bit long and makes it seem drawn out.


3/5
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 11:42pm

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seng2kx

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I guess this movie is never going to get a sequel(see movie info above) LOL. its all good. i was really hoping this movie would do a lot better on FXHOME, considering most of the projects on here are either VFX tests or just plain crap. don't get me wrong i found plenty of awesome videos on here as well but, u must admit most of them in general are crap(no effort, no style, no talent ya know.) Anyways. the NEW SEEntertainment has come a long way since this movie was released last Fall. we're currently working on our first full length feature with RED SCREAM FILMS(producers of "Prison of the Psychotic Damned" and "Frightworld" so YES we're def. making moves. Also we've upgraded our entire Post production system and are now shooting on JVC's HD110 ProHD camcorder. we've come a long way in deed. Keep in touch my FXHOME friends as i will prob. not be around here anymore. www.myspace.com/seentertainment take care everyone.

the ENTOURAGE
~Seng

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Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 11:43pm

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seng2kx

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I guess this movie is never going to get a sequel(see movie info above) LOL. its all good. i was really hoping this movie would do a lot better on FXHOME, considering most of the projects on here are either VFX tests or just plain crap. don't get me wrong i found plenty of awesome videos on here as well but, u must admit most of them in general are crap(no effort, no style, no talent ya know.) Anyways. the NEW SEEntertainment has come a long way since this movie was released last Fall. we're currently working on our first full length feature with RED SCREAM FILMS(producers of "Prison of the Psychotic Damned" and "Frightworld" so YES we're def. making moves. Also we've upgraded our entire Post production system and are now shooting on JVC's HD110 ProHD camcorder. we've come a long way in deed. Keep in touch my FXHOME friends as i will prob. not be around here anymore. www.myspace.com/seentertainment take care everyone.

the ENTOURAGE
~Seng