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Who is Bert Didier?

Posted: Tue, 30th Oct 2007, 10:07am

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This film was created for The 48 Hour Film Project. The 48HFP is a contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue, and have 48 hours to write, direct, shoot and edit a 4 - 7 min film containing those elements.

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Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 10:01am

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This is actully the best film that have ever been on this website. I am stunned. I love it in every way possible. Theres not a single thing in it that i didn't like. AMAZING 5/5 you deserve no less
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Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 10:02am

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Sorry for my bad english. I'm danish
Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 4:54pm

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Wow! Great job. I really liked the intro to this, the overdone sound effects reminded me of Hot Fuzz. This is especially good for a 48-hour film festival entry. The only small problem I have with it is the ending, it was a bit too abrubt. Other than that, I really liked it.

5/5
Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 5:24pm

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Definitely a well put together piece of work, I loved the cinematography and the camera quality was great. It had some pretty funny parts in it, which were also good.

The story was a little odd though (especially the part about him being invisible [which also presented a few minor plot holes]). It's one of the better things in the cinema for sure.


BTW, it’s nice to see another filmmaker from Maine.





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Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 5:45pm

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Awesome, awesome movie. Quaint and toned-down in its comedy, but sort of introspective. Classic stuff.

And of course it's from Evan Richards of Ghost Soldiers. Genius.

The swish-whoosh shots are mostly overexposed, but no big deal there. The shutter is too low in the end, but I'm assuming there was nothing you could do about the light, so I'm guessing it was inevitable. The transition shot from Burt being visible to being invisible on the swing was extremely well done.

The music made the movie. Where is it from? Moreover, where's the music that's on your demo reel from?

5/5, and a great accomplishment for a 48 Hour Film Project. I did one, too, if you're interested.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 5:57pm

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Excellent camera work, especially for a 48 hour time limit. My only problem with it was the set up of the characters. It reminded me of the film Amélie. And while yours was well done and creative, its absurdity wasn't as original simply because it too closely resembled how the characters are introduced in Amélie - quirky tidbits about the characters that have a removed effect on character development. Have you ever seen this movie? Did you purposely use the same technique?

Nonetheless, fantastic and entertaining work.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Nov 2007, 6:03pm

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A wonderfully poignant and beautiful work. It's good to see another work from you. Ghost Soldiers was the first movie I watched from FXHome, and it's still on my hard-drive. Death Pranks was fantastic as well. This movie is my #2 on my Top Ten now.

Obvious 5/5.
Posted: Sun, 4th Nov 2007, 11:19am

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Great work! Brilliantly detailed and heartwarming story, excellent sense for comedy (Yes, it's a comedy and I like it! A first. THAT is how to be funny wink ) and a great eye for storytelling and narration.

Only the ending was a bit abrupt, but given the 48 hrs thing this gets even more impressive.

5 stars from me as well!
Posted: Tue, 6th Nov 2007, 11:51pm

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That was very well done. I'm glad you mentioned the ghost soldiers video andrew, I was thinking the entire time...this sounds a lot like the dude on ghost soldiers.

Good job, clear story line, solid shots and purposeful edits. The voice over was also very nice and didn't take away from the story, as some narratives tend to over explain things. It's amazing that you came up with it all in 48 hrs.

congrats on a solid film, keep em comin!
Posted: Thu, 8th Nov 2007, 5:15am

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Hey man!

Since you didn't mention it, I looked up the 48 Hour Film Project for Maine and noticed you cleaned them out. Best Cinematography, Graphics, Writing, and Best Film (of City)- All for 'Who is Bert Didier?'.

Awesome, man. Obviously 'Bert Didier-SWAT' was the character, but what were the other required elements, specifically? I'd be interested to see where and what they are, as nothing in the video feels too thrown in or random.
Posted: Thu, 8th Nov 2007, 8:12am

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martinbrice wrote:

Atom:
Yeah we did win some good awards. I was surprised. I thought for SURE we would get best sound design and best editing. But we didn't. And I didn't think we'd get best writing. But we did.
The character was actually Bert or Becky Didier - Tree Expert.
The genre was Buddy Film (every team is assigned a different genre)
The prop was a bookend.
The line of dialogue was: "We don't have time for this"

martinbrice wrote:


ben3308:
The music was stock music that came with Apples Soundtrack. Its hard to get good music because it has to be royalty free to qualify. So we took what we could get.

martinbrice wrote:


Klausky:
I have seen Amelie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is my favorite director. I have never understood how to tell: when is a particular shot or technique an homage to a particular director, when is it just copying and ripping them off, and when is it just a technique that you need to use to get a certain point across but it just happens to be similar to another shot or technique from somewhere else. As far as this film goes, the character introductions although they were similar to Amelie, we thought that was just a good way to set up characters as quickly as possible. In a 4-7 minute piece, conciseness is crucial.

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Posted: Thu, 8th Nov 2007, 7:32pm

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martinbrice wrote:

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Yeah we did win some good awards. I was surprised. I thought for SURE we would get best sound design and best editing. But we didn't. And I didn't think we'd get best writing. But we did.
The character was actually Bert or Becky Didier - Tree Expert.
The genre was Buddy Film (every team is assigned a different genre)
The prop was a bookend.
The line of dialogue was: "We don't have time for this"
I was surprised you didn't get editing or sound-design too, even without seeing the other entries. I didn't hear the line of dialogue and don't have the video with me to check for it, which is a good thing because it means it was subtle. Haha.

Our line of dialogue was "I owe you an apology" and our character was Bill Black- carpetcleaner. Funny how they chose such seemingly serious lines with such specific and odd characters. Buddy Film, that's what I thought. Very clear and good.

And music: we had troubles too. Luckily, something I suggest for your future stuff, is to check out the FXHomer Sean Beeson. We used his music and some combination stuff I put together myself and everything worked out. I suggest giving it a look.
Posted: Sat, 10th Nov 2007, 9:46pm

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Wow that was dang good, i loved the cinematography. Did you guys have a boom camera or something? that low shot of the two characters arguing was the best camera pull i have ever seen in an fxhome short. please tell me how you did that. the story was good also, i love the humor, i agree with others the end was very abrupt (i cant judge mine are the same way)but given you time that was Amazing. The lighting and compositing i thought was spot on for the setting the mood in each shot

i give you 5/5 and a giant bear hug
Posted: Sat, 10th Nov 2007, 10:34pm

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Really liked this. Very creative, had a lot of charm. Technically well done as well. 5/5
Posted: Sun, 11th Nov 2007, 1:13am

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I liked this one a lot.

The visuals were fantastic, as was almost every other aspect of the technicals here. I commend you for producing this in such a short time, and I especially like how wide-ranging the locations were given your time restrictions.

It had a very quirky, funny quality about it, which I really liked.

Two issues however, keep me from a 5.

One, while the narration was well written and delivered pretty well, I didn't think the narrator's voice fit as well as other aspects of the film. I also think that the recording of this narration was very flat and lacked that extra... level.

Another thing that I just can't seem to get over is the lack of any substantial story. I know you had a time limit and I know that you were rushed, but the narrative never seemed to come together 100% for me. The set up of characters was brilliant, but I definitely felt it start to drag, and it seemed that the extra long intro was used to compensate for the minimal story after.

Nevertheless though, a fantastic little short, and the image of Bert Didier drinking through a snorkel will not leave me any time soon. Well done!

4/5.
Posted: Mon, 12th Nov 2007, 1:35am

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Nicely done. I think quite a few of the shots went on just a couple of frames too long e.g. the guy looking at the blank poster. The narrator who at first I thought was somewhat weak, did grow on me, though I thought a better choice in much of his wording could have made the film funny, which as it stands to me, is not.

Camera/cinematography was very solid.
Posted: Mon, 12th Nov 2007, 4:28pm

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This was certainly well shot and well acted, but I felt the plot lacked something.

Half the problem was that the "quirkiness" was due to the Amelie-like narrative. Once you'd worked out where you'd heard that kind of narrative before, you started to tune it out, which left rather little substance. Its also worth pointing out that using someone else's narrative style almost verbatim, isn't particularly commendable and in this situation lead me to tire of this film quicker than if it weren't so familiar. Theres nothing wrong with borrowing styles if you alter them, but this seemed too wholesale.

Like I say, the story itself was pleasant enough, but didn't really get enough time to be effective. Girl has imaginary friend. Girl loses imaginary friend. Girl finds imaginary friend. On paper thats pretty uneventful, although in practice it was more entertaining than that but still not really enough substance.

Obviously you were time-limited, so what story exists is still impressive, but it ended noticeably sharply and i'd have personally avoided trying to be so conclusive. I'd have gone for a more open ending, perhaps using a scene which showed that there is always a little bit of Bert inside the girl (no double-entendre intended). Showing how Bert had changed her life forever and that he wasn't really gone etc. Obviously this changes the story somewhat, but it probably could have been achieved in less screen-time, leaving the audience wanting more and giving more time for story development earlier in the plot.

All in all, however, nice work!
Posted: Mon, 12th Nov 2007, 10:08pm

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Amelie meets Wes Anderson. It felt like you were applying techniques that have recently been perfected but industry professionals. Very well put together but it seemed all too familiar. Half way through we're still learning about the characters with no real central conflict. Cute, but there's nothing really here.

On a technical note, color time your film in post. The way it viewed on my computer resembled raw DVX footage: low contrast, low color saturation. Some very interesting shots but a nice color sweet in post could have achieved so much more.

You are the same filmmaker that made "Ghost Soldiers", correct? I though that film was well done also, I definitely enjoyed it.
Posted: Fri, 16th Nov 2007, 4:37am

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Another instant classic from Martin Brice! Well done!

Mr asger if you liked this one, you should check out Ghost Soldiers, also from Martin Brice. It is by far my favorite FXhome movie. There are others that may achieve higher technical marks and things, but Ghost Soldiers is just a classic.

Back to Didier: I thought it was extremely well done for 48hrs. It was a bit of an abrupt end, and I'm not sure I completely got it. But I'm guessing that's sorta the point. Other than that, it kept its tone and pacing very well. A tone and pacing that's absolutely the funniest kind of humor: subtle.
Posted: Fri, 16th Nov 2007, 7:08am

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Hey, nice film. I watched it first without sound. I actually think that direction is more fitting for this specific film, as the visuals drive the narrative and the voice over is redundant. Nice shots and unique idea.
Posted: Mon, 19th Nov 2007, 5:02pm

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WELL Shot!!!
Posted: Tue, 20th Nov 2007, 2:23am

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The direct copy of Amelie really took away from the enjoyment of the film. The boldness of the coping really took me out of the film and hurt my overall enjoyment I could have has while watching it. It's simple and it could have been fun.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Nov 2007, 8:50pm

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I really liked this. I think whoever compared the visuals and sound effects to the style of Hot Fuzz (especially early on in the movie with all the short cuts and pan transitions) was spot on.
Posted: Sun, 25th Nov 2007, 5:53pm

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I just saw it on youre website, and I thought it was amazing! It kinda reminded me of the scenes in the movie "Hitchhikers: Guide to the Galaxy". In other words it was very funny.
Posted: Wed, 28th Nov 2007, 8:58pm

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Pretty funny... loved when he discovered alcohol ha ha, although the end could have been better.
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The intro reminds me of stranger then fiction.