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Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 2:27pm

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"A kid with a fetish for his pen finds himself in detention"

I created this film for a contest in October...It's kind of a cartoony spin on high school. Hope you find it entertaining!

Enjoy!

~Chase


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Posted: Sat, 8th Dec 2007, 6:31pm

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Minus a few song cues and cuts that I would've only minorly-tweaked, this was great.

5/5
Posted: Sat, 8th Dec 2007, 7:02pm

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That was funny... Dude REALLY liked that pen! LOL
Posted: Sat, 8th Dec 2007, 11:27pm

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Same with my bro- minus some of the awkward, unavoidable cues, this is great stuff. Total congratulations on the Merit Award for it, too!

I like Go Fish! better, but as a whole little short film- and not just a single scene, as we always seem to only do- this works really well.

An obvious 5/5.
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 1:00am

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This was really well done. It looked very professional. I was surprised at how well the actors did too, because many short films made by highschool students fall flat in this area. The story was clever and was executed wonderfully. 5/5. Keep it up!
Posted: Mon, 10th Dec 2007, 1:51am

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Nice effort. I enjoyed it.

A few things really bothered me though.
Most of the music did not match with the scenes at all. It never really came in when it felt like it should, and the mood of the piece kept changing.(designated by the music)
The acting was ok, not bad.

The opening setup shots didn't flow into the piece too well. They seemed out of place.

Other than that it was cool.
Posted: Tue, 11th Dec 2007, 3:10am

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This was really good. Nice work. I especially liked the main kid's acting and the colors and lighting. I have to agree that some of the music seemed a little out of place, and the handheld camera and the sound from the on-camera mic kinda took me out of it, but it's a nice little piece.

What camera was this shot on? If I had a guess I'd say the XHA1, but that's only a guess. The colors are excellent, and it's a really sharp image. The only things that really irked me about the visual aspect was the shot at the end with the light going right into that dusty lens, and causing that ugly streak, and the saturation was kinda up and down sometimes.

Also, I was like that with my pens in high school. I usually had one pen that I used all the time, and if it went missing, I had to find one just like it. Oh, idiosyncrasies!

4/5
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 6:31pm

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Thanks for the comments guys.

I'm glad most of you liked it. It's by no means perfect, I kinda had the attitude of, "if it get's done, it get's done. If it doesn't, then it doesn't" I basically forced this project to happen, my cousin wrote it in an hour or so and the day after we started shooting. We got a lot done the first day of shooting and we were almost finished with the film. Then one of the main actors couldn't be there for the second shoot...so I had to basically replace him and re-shoot what we filmed already as well as finish the film...in 3 hours! This was just a fun project that I threw together last minute, so it is what it is. I'll be working on a larger project beginning early 2008 which will be a much cleaner production.

"the handheld camera and the sound from the on-camera mic kinda took me out of it"

I actually never once used the on camera mic, though my boom operator (a friend who wanted to help) didn't always know how to get the best sound wink , so maybe it was the placement?


"What camera was this shot on? If I had a guess I'd say the XHA1, but that's only a guess. The colors are excellent, and it's a really sharp image. The only things that really irked me about the visual aspect was the shot at the end with the light going right into that dusty lens, and causing that ugly streak, and the saturation was kinda up and down sometimes."


Yes this was shot on the XH-A1. The last scene was plan C...we got kicked out of the school right before we were able to finish. Finally I figured we'd make a "set" or something of that nature out of my playroom. We had very little time to shoot, so the "dusty lens" had to stay dusty...

"Minus a few song cues and cuts that I would've only minorly-tweaked, this was great."

Thanks, I need to have you edit the next one...I'm seriously SICK of editing!!!!

thanks again guys for the comments, good luck on your films as well!
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 2:30am

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just curious...
How do you like the XH-A1?
Its basically looks like an HD version of the GL-2.
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 4:21am

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WhiteShark wrote:

just curious...
How do you like the XH-A1?
Its basically looks like an HD version of the GL-2.
It's a slightly pimper HD version of the GL2, and by far the next camera I will purchase.
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 5:11am

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chase wrote:

I actually never once used the on camera mic, though my boom operator (a friend who wanted to help) didn't always know how to get the best sound wink , so maybe it was the placement?
Hmm. Yeah, there was one shot in particular in the detention room, I think where the camera kinda jerked a bit, and there was a jostling kind of sound with it. Dunno.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 12:45am

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WhiteShark wrote:

just curious...
How do you like the XH-A1?
Its basically looks like an HD version of the GL-2.
I like it a lot. It's very versatile and has many great features...I actually reviewed it at B&H you can see it here:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=getItemDetail&Q=&sku=447098&is=REG&si=rev#anchorToReadReviews

Honestly it's the best buy as far as prosumer HD goes, I will say, however, if you can afford it, go for the panasonic HVX 200

~chase arrington
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 5:40am

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What kind of camera stabilization device did you use, if any?
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 5:42am

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SpiderBrace and free-hand, I'm sure.
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 3:40am

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"What kind of camera stabilization device did you use, if any?"

for this film, as andrew stated, I used a spider brace and a homemade dolly on a Bogen manfrotto 501(head) tripod (for the last shot).
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 5:02am

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Ben H. wants his dolly back, by the way, Chase. smile
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 8:33am

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chase wrote:

"What kind of camera stabilization device did you use, if any?"

for this film, as andrew stated, I used a spider brace and a homemade dolly on a Bogen manfrotto 501(head) tripod (for the last shot).
Ok thanks. Would you recommend that spider brace? Is it worth the money?
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 5:46pm

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I laughed at my friend Chase (creator of Detention) when he bought his SpiderBrace but it ended up being a pretty sweet piece of ABS plastic. This was filmed all on the brace and it's something I think anyone who gets near one will become attached to.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 4:43am

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It's definately worth the money!! It's a steal in my book. I really don't go anywhere without it. If you know you're gonna be doing some run and gun, it's a no-brainer. I have a varizoom that fits nicely on the right handle and i'm able to record/pause and zoom/focus without having to reposition the camera on my shoulder. Seriously, 70 bucks and I recieved it 2 days later, the spiderbrace is a purchase you really can't regret!

P.S. atom, wtf!! IT'S MY DOLLY!!! wink I payed ben back for the pvc (just so you know smile)

chase
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 5:54am

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Chase, you're gonna need your camera back soon, wouldn't you think? Where've you been, everytime I try to drop it off nobody's home. WTF, man?

wink
Posted: Tue, 25th Dec 2007, 6:40pm

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ben3308 wrote:

Chase, you're gonna need your camera back soon, wouldn't you think? Where've you been, everytime I try to drop it off nobody's home. WTF, man?

wink
yeah i'm in wisconsin for christmas and wont be back till sunday or saturday afternoon. I will need it though, you're right! You're welcome to play with it while I'm gone. Just make sure the tape in it is in a safe spot...like your camera bag or something. This is totally not about the film...kinda sad eh?

MERRRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!