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The Second After

Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 1:12pm

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"In 2006, one man lost everything. Now he wants it back.

Adam Archer returns in the sequel to the NaSTA award winning The Morning After.

Nothing is quite how it seems in this fast paced thriller. In the murky city underworld, will Mr. Callaghan ever be able to trust anyone?

One minute, you want to take a man's life. The Second After, everything changes."

As the above description notes, this is the sequel to the winner of the 'Best Drama' award at the 2007 National Student Television Awards, The Morning After. You can see The Morning After here:
http://lstv.uk-students.org.uk/progs.php?id=85

Written and directed by Andrew Morris (co-creator of Warning Sign), The Second After is one of ls:tv's best dramas to date. Clocking in at around 40 minutes, it's a great acchievement for the whole team at ls:tv, and something I'm proud to have worked on. I hope you enjoy it!

Cheers,
Arktic.


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Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 6:21pm

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This was a very nice film. I admit the camera quailty wasn't good at the fast movements but the whole thing was great.

Story: Nicely done here, although I got a bit confused at why he was attacking a man in the hallway with the knife but I may have missed somthing.

Music: This was nice and suited most scenes.

Grading: This was pretty good and suited most scenes but some seemed to differ in the same scene for example the bit where the main character was holding a knife at the guy in his hallway was a nice Pink styled medium shot but the close up of the knife didn't have much pink in it.

ADR: This was achived very nicely, i enjoyed listening to the noises smile.

Camera: Quailty sucked at the high speed chases but through the film it was nice and the angles used fitted in nice.

Acting: As always brilliant. Some bits were a tad not great but the rest was good.

The whole film deserves a 3 wink. I think i enjoyed watching this but it was slow and dull in some parts of the story or acting. Well done.

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Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 6:10am

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This movie is great. In fact, I would say it could be number 1, had it embraced the atmosphere the movie created by keeping a constant and visually interesting grading-job throughout.

I want to kick myself by how much simple, simple, non-time-consuming grading could raise the level of this production. I don't think you even realize how "COOL!" this could look.




For what otherwise would be near-completely professional (notice I didn't say great, because it is great), and the easy potential this has, I expected the grading to follow the other high-level facets to the production.

For me, it screams 'video' in the pinkish, "I filmed in a hazy orange parking garage" look. And for something this top-notch, I almost want you to take it off and re-grade (that is, if you graded at all), so that this can make it to number 1.

And while I know most grading is a matter of preference, the feel and visual look of the banner images and cinematography of the movie give off doesn't fit what you've put.

Here's a quick, maybe 2 minute example of something I simply overlayed onto the entire movie and tweaked with my own custom presets:


Notice how it embraces the atmosphere of the movie and raises the production values of the visual look significantly. Such slick and high-quality visuals deserve the same from the colors added to them after-the-fact.

Now, maybe this isn't exactly the 'look' you wanted, but the vibe I got from the movie wanted something more than pink-tone and non-color-corrected images.
Otherwise, this is a very, very solid and professional work with well-drawn characters, great locations, excellent music, excellent cinematography, and above-par editing. Well done, mate. (I can never tell, though, if you've actually worked on these, though. wink Let's see 'Chav! 2' ! smile)
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 7:12am

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Hehe, Atoms a green guy. Nearly every film he has made has 'green tints' in. Nice grading though Atom but the last image at the bottom in the alleyway I think he was trying to give off maybe a neon light type effect. Nevertheless this was a truly great film and when people actually get around to watching it this shall be at Number 1 or even number 2. Either way it's gonna beat redemtion smile hehe.

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Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 3:11pm

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That's the thing, though. I didn't even use the harsh contrast or green-tones I normally do. Just a drop in saturation, blue added, and raised luminance. Oh, and up contrast center to maintain true blacks.

The alleyway, are you talking about the orange/pink haze over the image? Either way, I forgot to say it, so:

This is a great movie that has a solid 4 bordering on a 5. However, because the grading, at least for me, is lacking, it's really more of a very, very solid 3 bordering on a 4.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 4:11pm

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Hi everybody. I'm the director of the film. Thankyou for your kind comments! just so you know, it hasn't been graded yet! Everything you see is in-camera... This is not a great copy either so if you could excuse some of this!

Cheers,

ANDY
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 4:59pm

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Andy, this film is really great. I was a little apprehensive to speak to Arktic about camerawork or editing or such, as he seems to wear many hats at ls:tv (and I'm never sure which one he has on each production! biggrin), so I'm glad you've come into this topic.

I've yet to review the film, so here goes:

I thought it was good. The camerawork, for the most part is great. It's all got a very slick feel to it, and it's very involved. One thing that ruins parts of it for me, however- and I've always felt this has been a problem with ls:tv stuff- is that you've opted for some avante-garde perspective angles that come in too often and don't always match up with the level of professionalism of the rest of the shots.

Notable angles are ones where you've set the camera on the ground, or too high and too low dutch angles, which are angles that Joe Filmmaker tries out when he makes his first movie, and, in my opinion, they often give an air of amateurism.

These angles work when used sparingly, and in the correct context; but I felt that in here they were used too frequently and without clear purpose. Mostly, they were held for too long to have effect. Another good example is the shot where the phone is in the foreground and the main guy is sitting in the background. This shot shows the viewer a lot, yes, but it's lacking in depth and tension, which is what I thought you were trying to convey in that scene. I'm fine with using the shot, but please cut away to something else sooner.

Other quick examples are the many worm's eye shots that are peppered throughout the movie: they just don't work for me, I'd cut most of them completely. They break the fluidity of the editing and other solid camerawork, so, in my opinion, you don't need them.

All-in-all, a solid production that, albeit being posted without being graded (haste makes waste!), pulls off the themes it touts rather well. For this, despite the wonky angles here and there and the absence of grading (which would SUPREMELY include the quality of this already stellar film), I'm giving this a well-deserved 4/5.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 5:41pm

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The camera work (cinematography) I thought was done very, very well. Personally, I liked the angles and thought that it was professional in its overall appearance. Well done.

The actors delivered a good performance for the first eighteen minutes of the film. I say eighteen minutes for the fact that, for me, the story was going no where and that is all I could bear. I tried to hang on hoping for the answer to my question, "what the hell is going on here?" but the answer never came. Great production, weak story. Sorry guys just my opinion though.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 10:33pm

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Hey Guys... Another quick thing... for anyone with 'story problems' ...as arctik mentioned, this is a sequel... a part 2 which does really rely on the original which once again can be found here...

http://lstv.uk-students.org.uk/progs.php?id=85

Cheers,

ANDY
Posted: Tue, 19th Jun 2007, 11:40pm

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Quicktime version please Arktic? smile smile
Posted: Wed, 20th Jun 2007, 6:11pm

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Someone Please Correct Me but is it not mandatory to give credit to
FX products either at the beginning or it the end of a movie to be eligible to post it on this web site I checked this movie twice and I could not find any reference to FX.

Lou
Posted: Wed, 20th Jun 2007, 6:27pm

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Usually this is the case. The film enhancements were created within Visionlab studio which releases the user from having to add a credit. Although still prefered, they do not have to. Any other products used within the Fxhome range must include a credit. For more details check the license agreement on the products.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Jun 2007, 12:06am

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This deserves to be number one right now.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Jun 2007, 12:58am

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Hmmm. I must admit I felt like neoglitz. I tried to get into it, but I didn't think the story went anywhere and after a while, I just lost all interest. I skipped through the rest.

What I saw was solid acting, like in other ls:tv shorts. Good job on that! The camerawork was alright, the editing was good. But yes, the film lacked grading and, dare I say it, even deinterlacing in some parts...
What seemed to be on a low level overall was the sound. Not sure if it's the compression or the actual recording, I fear it's the later since there was a constant noise throughout the shots that changed with the locations. But the voices had no impact and weren't mixed properly.

From what I've seen, this couldn't really convince me storywise, neither technically - mainly because it seemed pretty unfinished. Sorry. sad
Posted: Sun, 8th Jul 2007, 1:27am

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The first of these movies that I've seen with believable acting.
I didn't understand some of it though, It's like this was a sequel to something. Was it?

Over all GREAT cool
Posted: Sun, 8th Jul 2007, 1:30am

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OH! It is a sequel.