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Longboard Republic Teaser Trailer

Posted: Fri, 1st Dec 2006, 11:04am

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Two Man Productions has been re-named One Word Films and the newest feature coming from it is the sequal to Longboard Nation.

As promised, Longboard Republic will be more in the style of an actual documentary with interviews including those from the borders in the movie and from others to help explain what makes longboarding so fun.

The film will overall be set at a fast pace to keep it moving without drags.

The feature does not have a set release date, but will probably be on its way sometime in early 2007. Look for it in cinemas!


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Posted: Fri, 1st Dec 2006, 5:31pm

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*Very* slick and professional looking in most areas. The grading wasn't really to my taste, but I can see where you're going with that and it's effective to deliver an edgy kind of atmosphere. The fact that this film deals with a subject that I have absolutely *zero* interest in makes it all the more remarkable that I gave it a 4.

Nice film work.
Posted: Fri, 1st Dec 2006, 8:51pm

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Thanks jazzmanian! Im going to have to try mad hard to keep the film flowin at a very fast pace to keep people who are both interested and not interested in longboarding watching. Thank you for the 4!

A complete trailer will be made when its closer to a release time. I might tone down the grading just a bit cause watching it again it is really extreme, but ill play with it. This was especially made for extra help to see what i can improve before the film comes out.

Thanks again man!
Posted: Mon, 4th Dec 2006, 2:23am

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Very nice! As a skater I am looking forward to this film it looks really great. I give this trailer a 5/5.

Well done!
-JT9
Posted: Mon, 4th Dec 2006, 3:36am

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Wow thanks JT9! Yeah, im stoked to get footage for this documentary cause the production of it is just filming what me and my friends love to do.

I really just gotta buckle down on editing and make it fast paced so when it gets to slow-ed down interviews you can catch your breath haha, but we'll see how it turns out. Thanks again for the 5!
Posted: Mon, 4th Dec 2006, 10:15am

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I have zero interest in skating or longboarding - but I'm still giving this a 5, because this was simply very solid filmmaking! wink

While the grading is a matter of choice, it went for a specific style. The editing was GREAT, the camerwork was fitting and very solid, soundwork was as it should be.

Watching this just had the absolute right feel, which is a rare thing amongst movie in the cinema. Clearly, you had a very specific style in mind and went for it and achieved it. And this is what filmmaking is all about, regardless of the topic.

Congrats bamsukka
Posted: Mon, 4th Dec 2006, 8:52pm

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Thank you SOoo Much sollthar! To hear that makes want to work even harder on this project to make it the absolute best i can.

The more and more my friends talk about it, the more that this movie is going to turn into a longboarding/surfing/snowboarding movie, if i have the footage, its going to turn into just that. So who knows a title change may be in order if thats the case.

Thank you again so much sollthar those words absolutely made my day biggrin
Posted: Mon, 4th Dec 2006, 9:50pm

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Great job! I really liked the grading, and there were some pretty awesome angles. The editing was good, and music fit well. I give it a 4/5. razz

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Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 12:13am

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Nice job !Good use of effects and the music cuts in and out just right. The shots were well shot for non tripod . Tell us when the whole thing is out
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 1:13am

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Film freak - Thanks man! Yeah the grading is the same as it was in Longboard Nation which unfortunatly was dropped from the cinemas due to hosting problems, but I probobly will tone it down a bit cause it is a bit extreme.

Young Morpheus - Thanks for the review! the music is Inertiatic ESP and the ending of Son Et Luminere by The Mars Volta. I absolutely love the mars volta and their rockin music fits very well with the longboarding footage so expect a lot more of that.

So far this probobly will be turning into a longboarding/surfing/snowboarding vid, if i can A: Get underwater housing and B: Not die on skie's so there will be some chill music along with i donno what else. So as of right now i have no idea how long its gunna take to make this, but do expect the whole movie to not be that orange sunset look, just the longboarding parts. Im rambling so ill stop while im ahead. Thanks again for the reviews!
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 1:19am

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Alrighty. I finally got a chance to check out all the new movies, and this one stuck out. The cinematography on the boards and boarding is simply beautiful. The editing felt somewhat slapped on to fit the music, but overall, like Sollthar said, it felt the way it should.
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 1:31am

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To me, this is pretty basic in regards to what it is; but it's a teaser, so the content of it is purely subjective. It's meant to tease, and it does. The camerawork is all very solid, as is the editing; so it really gives me something to look forward to. (What happened to Longboard Nation?) The grading, however, I couldn't deal with. I think the stark orange could be a good idea, but I suggest doing it by tweaking hue, saturation, color balance, and contrast; rather than just orange-washing everything. Usually, even when people choose monotone grading schemes, they at least keep the faintest reminder of true skin tones. Perhaps just add some yellow-orange, subtract some blue, up the contrast, and tilt the hue a little, rather than coloring the whole thing. It's 'work' alot better for people that way, I think. Pretty good, even though not alot is shown, I want to see more. 3/5 because it's a teaser, but a good one at that.
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 1:49am

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Atom - Thanks a ton man! I felt that some shots were still a bit to shakey so i might still have to try to use a tripod for extra support. "The editing felt somewhat slapped on to fit the music" just thought that's what editing was razz thanks agian for the review man.

Ben3308 - Thanks for the review! The grading is pretty extreme, but I feel that the way the film looks purely depends on how the person making it wants it to look. I like the grading, though be it extreme and i will tone it down a bit, I intend on keeping it the same (by the way longboard nation got dropped from the cinemas for hosting problems, bumma)

"Perhaps just add some yellow-orange, subtract some blue, up the contrast, and tilt the hue a little" Although I gladly accept suggestions, I feel this is to direct. I understand you don't like the grading, but with all due respect it's my film.
Even though as you say skin tones are drained out, I feel that it gives the movie an atmospheric undertone which keeps it different. I played around with colors and watching the movie without grading, simply upped saturation and it just didn't look right. I wanted something unique.

with that said I thank you again for the review and hope you like the final product!
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 3:49am

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I completely understand you're trying to do your own thing with the grading, bro, and when it comes down to it, you have the final call, I just think a gradient map would be PERFECT for selling the almost the EXACT look you have now without killing all color completely. All I ask is that you consider it. I'm all for the orange look, I just think the way it is now is a little overkill, and-while you might not realize it- something a little less extreme might make for a considerably larger target audience. I'm not trying to say I'm the end all to all things grading-wise, because I surely am not.

Send some ungraded footage my way and I'd be happy to hit you up with some practical examples of what I'm talking about.
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 4:44am

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Yeah dude, i deff get wat ya mean. Here is what i mean by when im gunna tone it down:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/Lesswashed3.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/LessWashed2.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/Lesswashed.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/LessWashed4.jpg

thats the look im going for, the washed out orange was to much after seeing it, but i was just to lazy to re-edit, re-render, and repost a new trailer just for that, i figured id wait for the color change when an actual trailer is made. If you'd like i can still send you some raw footage for you to check out and mess with to your liking, id love to see what your idea is man!
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 5:29am

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I'm not sure if the raw footage has enough color depth to do what I want with it (was this shot on a 3CCD?), but if it does, I have a few ideas. Post a hi-res raw JPEG still up here for me to use, if it's not too much trouble. Otherwise, email stuff to me at ben3308 AT gmail DOT com.
Posted: Tue, 5th Dec 2006, 6:02am

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Yeah its a 3-CCD cam. Sony DCR-VX2100. I donno what kinda shots you are looking for but here, progressive mode wasn't on so the stills arn't as clear as they could be.


http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/Rawjpeg3.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/Rawjpeg2.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/bamsukka/Rawjpeg.jpg

im still workin with progressive mode and shutter speeds to get a good film effect, so far im getting damn near as close as im probobly gunna get, but anyway here ya go. Im goin to bed though dude, im so freaking tired. night!
Posted: Fri, 8th Dec 2006, 2:19pm

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Be better to post those up as high quality PNGs. JPGs are always going to compress the image (that's the whole point of JPGs, after all) and make grading trickier.
Posted: Sun, 10th Dec 2006, 9:43pm

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Cool camera work. Really didn't like the yellow grading. Looked too "windows movie maker".
Posted: Tue, 12th Dec 2006, 11:27am

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Right, I promised you a proper review, so here it is...

This is easily a stand out submission from the past few weeks for me. Clear, clever and creative are the three words I'd use to describe it.

The cinematography is superb - you really captured the adrenaline and rush. I loved the low angle shots on the boards. How did you manage to get those so smooth?

The editing is perfect, the way you intercut the voxpops with snatches of action works really, really well. The pace is kept up for the full minute (which is actually something difficult to do), and it kept my attention even though I have no real interest in skateboarding outside of Tony Hawks on the PS2.

Though some people didn't like it, I thought the grading was perfect for a teaser - it gave a clear sense of style to the piece, and made the footage look sweet. I can totally imagine this kind of grading being used on MTV. For the full film, it'll obviously need tweaking a bit, as after a while it might get annoying - but for the teaser, it works very well.

So, in all, a great teaser, and totally deserving of it's run at the top spot. Five outta five from me. Can't wait to see the full thing!

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 13th Dec 2006, 2:38am

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Thank you very much arktic!

A couple of the really smooth side/front shots of one of my friends flying down a hill was actually done with a car, the rest were handycam on skates which still produces a good amount of shake, but it can be good and bad sometimes, good when we're flying and it gives a more speedish feel, but it can also be bad cause its just to shakey and people get that "oh im gunna throw up" feel, bleh.

Editing, thank you very much for the compliments, i really hope to keep the high paced feel for the full movie, its gunna be hard to pull off the longer the movie is though, so i might try to keep it relitively short, but we'll see.

Grading - Yeah the grading for the teaser was rediculously washed out and way to extreme, im still playing with it, i might either change it completely, or just keep the orange style grading with less washout and more skin colors, but an overall "orange sunset" feel to it.

Thank you again for the very awesome review and the 5! but I still can't wait to see the next thing from you man!
Posted: Wed, 13th Dec 2006, 8:51am

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bamsukka wrote:

Editing, thank you very much for the compliments, i really hope to keep the high paced feel for the full movie, its gunna be hard to pull off the longer the movie is though, so i might try to keep it relitively short, but we'll see.
One thing to be careful with regarding that is that even something fast-paced can actually become rather fatiguing and boring, if there's no let-up. If it's fast paced throughout, you might simply tire your audience, or they might get bored of the same stuff - even if it is fast paced and really well done.

It might be worth considering putting a few short 'breathers' into the movie, where things calm down a bit. They should help make the fast-paced fun bits even more effective, and give the audience time to breathe etc.

If you look at the best action movies, for example, they almost always have a couple of really quiet scenes that contrast heavily with the rest. The contrast balances the movie. Whereas if you look at cheap, dubious action movies (I'm thinking the Van Damme crowd), they tend to just be one action scene after another.

There are exceptions in both cases, of course, but it's worth thinking about.
Posted: Wed, 13th Dec 2006, 3:36pm

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Yeah, I deffiently don't want it to get to repetitive. To change it up, the interviews between people will be the cool down spots, along with the switchup between activities. The longboarding section will be very fast and in your face adrenaline, where as the surfing section will be very chill and visually interesting to watch (i hope haha.) And the snowboarding section will be a comination of both fast and slow pacing.
Posted: Mon, 18th Dec 2006, 3:07am

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Alright, since lots of other people have focused on the good, I'll focus on what I didn't like, and I'll make it brief.

The Grading. WAY to harsh for my liking. Make it a more subtle, and maybe keep some of the original color, instead of washing it all out with the orange tint.

The Titles. Use a better font, dude. That looks like it wasn't far from a WWM standard...

So far I'm the lowest rater with a 2/5; most of it looked alright, but the grading and titles REALLY killed it for me.

Could be better, you've got what you need, you just need to make sure that it's really perfected.
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Posted: Mon, 18th Dec 2006, 3:49am

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Thanks for the review man.

The Grading issue has been adressed and taken care of, so don't worry about that, but you're right the grading is very washed out and to extreme in the teaser.

My favorite font that I use for all my movies somehow isn't on my editing software anymore, I guess it got blown away with my old computer or something, but I had to sadly replace it. I guess I didn't realize the font i chose was a bad font, but ill find a better one. Thanks again for the review man!
Posted: Mon, 18th Dec 2006, 9:34pm

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yea i agree the grading was to harsh in my opinion but it looks good and im looking forward to the finished project.
Posted: Tue, 19th Dec 2006, 10:29am

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hey! cool trailer that looks soooo much fun, unfortunatly the part of england i'm in the only hills we have smooth enough to skate down have main roads going across the bottom and not being that good at skating i would probably end up having a kinda starski and hutch moment over someone's bonnet lol! take care and looking 4ward to the film
Posted: Sun, 24th Dec 2006, 7:06pm

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This looks really good. I think that the grading fits the movie really well and the camera work is great. Can't wait to see it.
Posted: Mon, 25th Dec 2006, 11:59am

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very nice man, very nice. I was wondering what you shoot this with??? very good quality. well keep up the good work. do you have a website??? if so what is it???
much love,
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Posted: Mon, 25th Dec 2006, 10:52pm

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Mosk & Madhammy - Thanks for the reviews and kind words guys!

fxhomer2679 - It was shot on a Sony DCR-VX2100, and yeah I do have a website http://2manproduction.50megs.com

I don't update it very much though, but almost all my videos are on my myspace if you wanna check those out too. www.myspace.com/kmanforevr

thanks for the kind words!
Posted: Thu, 4th Jan 2007, 11:12pm

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Your movie let me feel the rush, when I have injured myself every time I've stepped on a skateboard. But now I feel like I have done it right, thank you.
Really. The word that comes up the most often on this page is "solid". Because it is. It is consistantly stylized and cool. No one shot is weaker than the others, and I can't point out a mistake or a bad grading job. You have obviously thought this out well and produced a stunning teaser as a result.
Posted: Fri, 5th Jan 2007, 6:32am

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Thank you so much jmax, those are really kind words. Im at a point where im really stressed out completeing another movie, and trying to figure out a good way to make Longboard Republic work as a documentary, but hearing that really helps a lot, thank you so much!