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The Device

Posted: Tue, 17th Apr 2007, 11:06am

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Mr_E_Man

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This was a film I made for my Video Production II class, which was a full narrative production class. It was shot using a Panasonic DVX100 and I'd I'll note that some of the effects (mainly muzzle flashes) were cut out due to frames being dropped during compression. If anyone knows alot about compression, I'll happily update with a better file.

When an alien device is descovered in a meteor crash site, two rival groups of scientists, the militaristic Coalition and the "peaceful" Greeters, battle for control of the new technology. Clayton is unknowingly pulled into this world when his friedn Isaac, who is secretly one of the Greeters, passes off the device to Clayton in order to hide it. Clayton must choose to whom he will give the device.


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Posted: Wed, 18th Apr 2007, 1:43am

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I couldn't watch the entire thing cause my computers so slow but the opening scene was freaken awsome. great cinematography
Posted: Wed, 18th Apr 2007, 8:05pm

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That was great! did you rent the camera or buy... It looks very realistic
Posted: Thu, 19th Apr 2007, 4:35am

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Mr_E_Man

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The camera belongs to the school. Panasonic DVX100B, I think (maybe A). Sweet camera.
Posted: Sun, 22nd Apr 2007, 6:28am

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I thought that you did a good job the only thing was the end gun fight. 3/5 love the camera
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 10:37pm

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The movie was nice, a little slow in spots, but the plot was interesting.

Some of the dialogue seemed forced and not natural. But the biggest thing I didn't like was the shooting scene, the scene it self was nice, but when your actors "fired" their guns some of them over reacted way to much giving the gun a massive un-realistic blow back.

Some of the guns had muzzle flashes and some didn't. If you decide on doing "cinematic dramatic" flashes for the majority of the guns, you need to do it on all of them to keep the effect the same. But maybe you were going for the, "a camera's frame rate only captures some of the flashes" well then I would have put smoke in some of shots and then the flashes and smoke in the others.

Just some things to think about for your next movie.

The camera work was nice and over all it was a good movie I give it a 3/5
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 1:30am

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Wow, that was cool! Interesting story, decent effects, and solid editing. I will note that that the distorted voice was a bit difficult to understand. You might consider adjusting the distortion or adding subtitles to that scene.
Overall, great short, very fun to watch!
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 6:43pm

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Mr_E_Man

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Zephlon:

It's true, some of the actors had never seen an action movie in their lifetime (or so it appears). Unfortunately, I had a lot to shoot that day and the film overall was on a very tight schedule, so I had to rely on the skills of my actors and do what I could in post. As for the muzzle flashes, I noted in my description that some of them were lost during compression. In the full version, there is a flash for every gunshot. Thanks for the comments!
Posted: Sat, 28th Apr 2007, 6:18am

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Not bad at all. You put a lot of work into this one, so that gets points alone. The effects could have been done better (randomize) and some just did not happen at all. You know, now that I think about it (considering the fact that "Freejack" is on the tele right now and the acting is horrible) I think the movie is pretty damn decent. Geez there were some bad acting jobs in movies when I was younger. Keep up the good work and the ending was fitting.
Posted: Sat, 28th Apr 2007, 6:51am

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I swear nobody reads my statement that the muzzle flashes got knocked out during compression...I spent a lot of time on those, so trust me...they're in it in the full quality version. wink
Posted: Tue, 1st May 2007, 3:47pm

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Creative, funny at times, and some very nice bits of camera work in there. (particularly in the cafeteria and in the white room where the guy is held hostage.) I felt the acting could use some work in most cases, but it wasn't poor enough to detract from the film. It started out solidly, but I felt it fell apart a bit during the last gun battle. Some nice special effects work, with exceptions previously noted in this thread. Overall, a very good effort. A four.
Posted: Thu, 10th May 2007, 2:58pm

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Well, this film is pretty cool.I liked the story and the dialoge.The only thing which got me really upset was the final battle.You told that some muzzle flashes were dropped during compression, but that isn't the point.I think it started unnaturally and a bit slow.In my opinion the ending was really cool.So, keep on working.
4/5
Posted: Fri, 11th May 2007, 7:41pm

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JTGFIlms

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It was Ok, I did really enjoy it though it was just the muzzle flashes at the end where OK. Everything else was really good and cool story.
Posted: Mon, 14th May 2007, 5:26pm

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mrkilley2900623

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pretty good although a few points about the story and editing. some of the muzzle flashes were rubbish and as someone else said "your insane" dosn't quite cut it for a huge battle opening.
Posted: Sun, 27th May 2007, 4:54am

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Mr_E_Man

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Thanks for the feedback guys. Just for the record, the "you're insane" line...well let me just say again that it was a school project, which already crossed a number of boundaries. By the way, please don't just say that some of the muzzle flashes were rubbish. I don't look at the feedback so that people can crap all over what was really a ton of work. Tell me what was so awful about them so I can fix it in future productions.