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Splinter Cell - Opening Scene

Posted: Wed, 5th Dec 2007, 3:45pm

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The opening titles and flashback scene to our Splinter Cell remake/fanfilm, this video marks Atomic Productions' foray into deeper and more serious filmmaking waters.

We made this the summer after our freshman year, and it's only fitting to put it in the cinema during our senior year.

It was the first thing we shot on a Canon GL2 (borrowed) and in making this we cobbled the costuming, guns, lights, headlamps, and pretty much everything from stuff we had in our house. This whole scene was done in under 48 hours, and was initially created for Aculag's FXHome Remakes! contest.

The Splinter Cell project is one that was never finished, but near-completed, and it remains very dear to us. We hope you enjoy this clip, we sure had a blast making it.


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Posted: Wed, 5th Dec 2007, 8:51pm

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Too bad you guys quit the project, it could have been a very good movie.

So I'm only giving you 4/5 because you quit the project.
Posted: Wed, 5th Dec 2007, 10:12pm

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Thanks so much for the rating! As I put this one up I just want to briefly note that we didn't quit the project so much as have it condemned by our parents.

Still, many thanks for your rating! We have many more scenes that I'll consider putting up in later weeks.
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 11:33pm

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This intro just won me a $250 honorable any-use scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts!

And my bro just won the same scholarship money, but for Madison Street Boys. This is great news!
Posted: Sat, 8th Dec 2007, 3:03am

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Awesome!
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 1:52am

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Hey that was pretty good. The main shot with Fisher and that other dude looked good, what with the shallow dof and the grading (although now that I think about it, it would be weird if a soldier was facing away from the officer or whoever. Artistic license ftw!).
Fisher's acting was great, but the other guy, not so much. The flashback scene was alright, but could have been a lot more intense, both with the location and the grading. I'd say the low point was the sound which to be honest was of pretty poor quality.

But since you guys made this movie like 3 years ago, I'm sure you know all this already!
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 2:35am

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I completely agree about the facing away and the sound, ops101ex, it could've been better. I dunno about the intensity, though, I think we got it as intense as we could. wink The grading, you're right, could been grittier, but with this movie we sort of had a "clean and green" mantra about the grading in that it would be smooth and un-roughed by excessive filtering, but also very greenish.

You didn't like the kidnapper's acting? I thought it was the best in the whole thing. unsure Or do you mean the interrogator? If the latter, you're absolutely right, he was actually just supposed to be a 'stand in' voice for what we were actually going to add in, but we never found another man willing to voice-over for us, heh.

Other than these few things, thanks so much for the comments/criticisms! And if you're wondering why I gave myself a five it's because, well, I'm a 'different person' now and I actually sort of admire what my group was able to pull off back when we were 14.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 2:51am

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Yeah, I was meant the interrogater- no qualms at all with the hostage taker's acting.

ben3308 wrote:

And if you're wondering why I gave myself a five it's because, well, I'm a 'different person' now and I actually sort of admire what my group was able to pull off back when we were 14.
Haha of course, of course. Seems fair. I, however, can't help but laugh at some of the movies I made when I was 14.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 3:07am

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Ben, I always enjoy watching the films you create. You have a definate talent for film grading and timing your edits. The one thing that I really want to suggest is reaching out for talent that fits the part. Try to avoid using teenagers to fill roles that need to be played by adults. Try posting audition requests in Craigslist or other local venues. It will help you out considerably. You have the potential, you just need a believable cast.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 3:13am

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mavic19 wrote:

Ben, I always enjoy watching the films you create. You have a definate talent for film grading and timing your edits.
I'll just go ahead and throw out there that not only is it my name under who submitted this cinema entry, but also myself who grades and edits nearly all of our stuff. Everything on here, at least.

Guess I just need to be more outspoken to get that name value Ben has. smile
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 3:33am

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Haha, what I think Atom means is that he doesn't want his editing abilities to be underscored by, well...me. wink

Atom edits all our stuff. It's usually a split decision on grading, but on this particular piece I shot, directed, and graded. (The credits even say so!) biggrin

mavic, as for age-appropriateness: you're absolutely, absolutely right. I didn't think this was that big of a deal until I started seeing more and more fellow filmmakers making 'secret agent' films with an all-teen cast. Granted, with Splinter Cell only 'Fisher' and 'Gunman' were teens (the rest either were played by or planned to be played by adults).

We tried to, in a sense, eradicate this in Redemption, where the interrogator is well above his teenage years and the suspect is a well-spoken 19-year-old.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 3:40am

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D'oh! I'm sorry Atom. I totally brain-farted that post. Forgive me. So it is to you that I must give props for the editing.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 5:38am

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ben3308 wrote:

as for age-appropriateness: you're absolutely, absolutely right. I didn't think this was that big of a deal until I started seeing more and more fellow filmmakers making 'secret agent' films with an all-teen cast. Granted, with Splinter Cell only 'Fisher' and 'Gunman' were teens (the rest either were played by or planned to be played by adults).
Yes, and many of said films get old after people keep doing them...

But Redemption is good even with an all teen cast (granted the interrogator).
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 11:07pm

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That was indeed an okay intro. Bit low on angles for my taste and as has been said, the sound could have been better.
Usual atomic-inyourface-overdrama-acting was cool. Appropriate for that kind of film I guess, apart from the age issues, that have also already been mentioned. smile

A bit more then solid 3 from me, watered down to a 2 because of you know what.
Posted: Tue, 11th Dec 2007, 12:30am

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Hmm, it's sad that you lowered it to a 2, but to each his own, I guess! biggrin

Still, thanks for taking the time to watch/rate it.