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The Love of My Life

Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 12:08pm

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This was a video I made for my girlfriend for our 1 year aniversary. We are both big Smallville fans so it is highly based on the show. Snow is one of her favorite things in the world so that will make sense once you watch it. Enjoy.

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Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 12:25pm

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Heh, I bet your girlfriend loved this.

It's really nice to see something as personal as this on fxhome. My great respect to you for doing something as imaginative like that for your anniversary - and for having the courage to share something as intimate as this with us.

I thought it was really sweet and well made. Any sort of technical nitpicking would entirely miss the point of this - so I'm not going to do that or vote, as I wouldn't know how to.


It's a brilliant idea, very sweet and I'm sure your girlfriend is lucky to have you. May you have many more anniversaries yet to come.
Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 12:37pm

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Thanks Sollthar. Your words are very kind. I appreciate the genuine sincerity. It means a lot. Thanks again!
Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 1:23pm

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I second Sollthar in most of what he said. This is impressive on all levels.

Unlike Sollthar however, I am going to have to address the technical aspects. If this were youtube, where videos are posted without context, it would be different, but you've posted this on a website concerned explicitly with the effects used.

All but two uses of effects were great. I'm sure you know which they were - the running on the spot shot, and the flying take off shot. Sufficed to say that even though the rest of the movie was very touching, these shots killed it a little for me due to their comedy. There again, a little tongue-in-cheek may not be such a bad thing in a piece like this. In your position, i think perhaps i'd have tried to imply the effects more than show them. The running, certainly, you did really well throughout the rest of the movie, so it was just a bit unfortunate you left this shot in.
Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 5:23pm

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Thanks Xcession for the comment. I'm not sure if you have ever seen Smallville. It's the story of Superman growing up. It's a semi-low budget show so their effects arent that great either. That running scene was more of a reinactment of something that happened on the show.

The flying scene I thought turned out way better than I expected it to though so I left it in.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!
Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 11:10pm

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This was very cool.

Word to the wise.... don't ever lose this creativity you have to show how much you love her.

It would be nice to deinterlace it for us seeing it on the comp, but I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Posted: Wed, 7th Feb 2007, 11:48pm

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I thought this was really cool! I'm a huge Smallville fan, and I thought the effects were generally spot-on, (save perhaps the "take-off" shot.)
My sister would also like me to mention that she thinks this is "pretty much the cutest thing ever!"
Very good job, very sincere, and some cool effects.
EDIT: Seeing as Evman put up his Smallville test, here's one I did a while back.

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Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 1:50am

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I'm a big smallville fan as well, and I thought this was pretty cool. I'm sure your girlfriend was very very happy.

As others have said, the take off shot and subsequent flying shot are not that great, but those are hard to achieve... (hell even smallville itself didn't do that great of a job with it). The running I must nitpick on - I noticed by freezeframing it that you were just walking around most of the time. In the show, Clark superspeeds by running, and the fast walking looked like just that... fast walking, not really superspeed. Also, there is more of a straight streaking blur as opposed to a messy red blob following Clark in the show. Greenscreening or garbage matting can separate you from the backgrounds and you can then apply some nice clean blurring effects.

But obviously your girlfriend probably didn't care at all about any technical details we have to point out, so all in all, good job.

EDIT:

I recently did my own smallville test and this was one of the shots in it -

http://www.de-evolutionstudios.com/Clips/speedy.mov

Done with sped up footage, garbage mattes, blurring, and ghosting.

Oh, and I just recovered from a broken leg, so if I can run to make the effect look convincing, so can you! razz
Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 2:37am

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Lovely movie, although the music was kinda cheese by the end it didnt matter; a great present for your girl.

Well done man!
Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 4:21am

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In my defense, on Smallville, Clark can stand still in superspeed so walking does not seem very far fetched.

Thanks for your feedback!
Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 8:30am

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ha ha fantastic smile
Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 1:00pm

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I think the movie it self capture all the essnce of smallville. Awesome job.

EVMAN I so ur clip and the it work great.
Posted: Thu, 8th Feb 2007, 7:22pm

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A lovely film ,lovingly done and I might add also skillfully.
Refreshing piece of work and to repeat a previous comment..."don't lose that creativety".
I've got to admit solly says it all for me.

Well done and congratulations.
Posted: Fri, 9th Feb 2007, 9:27pm

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Soo....what did she say? What did she say?? wink

Very good video, BTW! I like the attention to detail, like having pieces of coal left over in your hand, proper cuts between action shots and stuff like that.

4 out of 5!
Posted: Sun, 11th Feb 2007, 1:52pm

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Hahahah that is the nicest things I heard of. Nice to see how much for you care for your girl and involved in fxhome. So Nice Job!!! smile smile smile smile smile smile
Posted: Mon, 12th Feb 2007, 10:47pm

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I thought this was a good idea, but the lack of good angles and so-so editing put me off from it. It's a nice thing you did for someone, though, and it did (sort of) keep the nature and feel of Smallville. (The best show on TV)

2/5
Posted: Tue, 13th Feb 2007, 10:59am

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Heh, nice work. You got the spirit of Smallville in there and the effects match Smallville effects very well. Hope your girlfriend liked it!

On a technical level, good; as mentioned it matched Smallville's effects. Three shots weren't so good. There was interlacing in the running out of kitchen which prevented me from seeing how good that shot was (it looked cool especially with the fluttering papers). The running shot needed a bit more distortion of surroundings, speed blur effect. And as mentioned the flying shot wasn't so good either, a bit more grading so you and background match more would do it good.
Posted: Tue, 13th Feb 2007, 4:45pm

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Thanks for the comments guys!

Yeah I hated that interlacing in that shot. I tried rendering it into several different formats in hopes that the problem would be resolved but nothing I did changed it. It's annoying to me but I never figured out what to do to fix it.

I appreciate the comments! Thanks again.