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On The Rainy River

Posted: Tue, 2nd Jul 2002, 10:28am

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This is a movie that I (Sidewinder) created for english class. We had to take a character from one of the stories we read, and create a story of our own, using that same character. I chose Tim O'Brian, from the short story "On The Rainy River". It's about a man who is drafted into the army during the Vietnam war. He decides to run away to Canada, but turns around at the border. The movie picks up in Vietnam, at his first battle, where he decides to desert from the army.

P.S. the first minute and 26 seconds have all the special effects, and the rest is the plot. If you're on a slow modem, I'd recommend you just watch the beginning.

P.P.S. The audio is encoded in mpeg 4 format. You may need the latest version of quicktime, which you can find at: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
This movie has been temporarly removed
Posted: Tue, 2nd Jul 2002, 2:08pm

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Woo! 500 posts! biggrin
Posted: Tue, 2nd Jul 2002, 3:10pm

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HEY!!!!

where's that hosted by tag i asked you to add?
Posted: Tue, 2nd Jul 2002, 5:36pm

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The voice acting coud use a little work..and a maybe some music to build suspense before he gets shot. HOw did you go about making tracer fire? When i did it in my movie "the Medic V 2" i used some muzzle flashes and i streched them out blurre them and tinited them and then animated them accros the screen all w/ final cut pro. Good JOb
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 2:05am

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say: Movie graciously hosted by Scope Entertainment.


Tracers are just simple yellow ship lasers. razz
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 3:08am

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Wow, very good. DOnt sale yourselves short.. Download the whole thing. yes there are more effects at the begining but there is a point to the story. Twisted Studios is really evolving. Nice work Sidewinder and Mechaforce! The only problem I had with it was, I had a hardtime believing our hero(not meant in the classic sense) was in a firefight. Or at least at some points not the entire sequence. He seemed to have his head up a little too much with all those tracers around him. Other than that detail I loved it. Very good over all. cool cool cool cool cool

The ending really is important it sales the whole piece.

One more thing where is the River(could not resist crazy )? Is this based on some short story or something?
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 3:29am

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Even more important, where is the rain!? And yeah, joe, if you woulda read what Sidewinder said, it is based on a story they read. Tsk tsk razz wink lol Edit: Nevermind, I forgive you. After all, your only average.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 3:53am

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DOh! redface redface rolleyes I saw the movie before the post I never read the description. DAMN that is just stupid. unsure

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Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 3:53am

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Actually, the only work Mechaforce did on this was the camera work...I did everything else, since it was, after all, my english project. razz


The character is kind of scared out of his wits in the beginning, so that's why he's running full-bore, and not really keeping his head down....

Oh, and if you really beleive, you will see the Rainy River. Having toxic fumes in a room also help.


"On The Rainy River" is actually a short story by Tim O'Brian, from the book "The Things They Carried". In the movie, I'm playing the fictional Tim O'Brian.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 4:57am

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I absolutley loved the beginning, the explosions rocked. There we a few moments when it seemed like the view stayed the same too long, which I would of expected you guys would have fixed. But if you didn't shoot enough footage, there's really no way around it. I wish I knew the story, so things would make a little bit more sense to me crazy Great movie! I wish I had locations like these to film. confused
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 5:21pm

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It was actually filmed at a state park. I'm sure you have one of those by your town. smile
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jul 2002, 5:23pm

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Actually, I really don't think we do. The closest thing would be a Trailor Park confused But that's also because most things around here at Cornfields. unsure
Posted: Thu, 4th Jul 2002, 6:55am

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Amazing perspective with the explosions. Outstanding work yet again. smile
Posted: Thu, 4th Jul 2002, 2:43pm

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thankyou. smile
Posted: Thu, 4th Jul 2002, 2:45pm

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that was me... ^^^

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Posted: Thu, 4th Jul 2002, 3:49pm

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Hey.. i'm going to watch it now!!... i'll tell you what i think smile
I bet it's very good. But i have to see it first biggrin

Have to dl that audio thing first.
Posted: Thu, 4th Jul 2002, 11:58pm

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Great work.
The effects are great. Not too much; letting the story take the foreground. Just as it should be.
Hope you got an A, Sidewinder!
Posted: Fri, 5th Jul 2002, 4:42am

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45 points out of 50...

A- smile
Posted: Fri, 5th Jul 2002, 10:50am

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Heh! Cool, congrats! I bet this was the most fun ever had getting an A!
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jul 2002, 7:05pm

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Going out on limb here, but i found it boring, ( nothing personal before you all shout at me )

the start was good, and the explosions worked well, but i felt like i was watching forest gump running, and running.

I know there was only 2 of you filming it, but i my heart i can only give it a 2.

sorry, but i hope you take my comments and use them to make your next one even better. ( comments which i always find people should comment so they understand the reason for scores )
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jul 2002, 2:58am

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no problem. I'm glad you commented on your vote. To tell the truth, I had never expected this to make the top ten. smile
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jul 2002, 6:31am

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Yeah, the talking did make the film go down alot, but keep in mind it was for a history project, so he had to aim for a good grade. The beginning makes up for it though cool
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jul 2002, 7:53am

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I was unaware that it was a history project, this makes it a little different in the fact that you had to shoot the film in a way that would please your teachers, not us.

I look forward to seeing a film done by you, that you have free control over.

well done.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jul 2002, 10:35pm

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Thank you.

If you were to read the description, you'd see that i did this for an english project. I was able to make a movie instead of a live presentation. (didn't have to memorize a single line.) cool
Posted: Wed, 24th Jul 2002, 9:12am

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I try not to look at comments or who made the film until i have seen it,
This way i feel it would be a clear unbias opinion, but i admit i did not read the top bit on yours after i watched your film.
sorry.
Posted: Thu, 8th Aug 2002, 3:44am

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The beginning had a nice frantic pace and the effects were well done. Were those tracer bullets done with a lightsaber plugin?

Anyway, I'm sure you were under time constraints when you did this, but I would have liked to have seen something other than the soldier walking during the majority of the film. Perhaps a few cut-away shots of things he was remembering, or images of the prison camps as he imagined they might be. My recollection is that Tim O'Brien's stories are all about getting into the heads of his characters. I think the film should convey this with more than a voice-over.

Otherwise, you did a great job and definitely deserved that A! smile

Makes me wish I could have done videos instead of presentations when I was in school! confused
Posted: Tue, 13th Aug 2002, 6:47am

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Outstanding stuff, guys.

Really, truly impressive. In my opinion, this stands head and shoulders above anything else around here, because it packs an emotional punch.

Not only are the effects impressive and well-executed, they are also appropriate and naturally placed.

Personally I loved the fact that we just had the guy walking with the narration - I think flashbacks would have cheapened the overall effect. As it was, this seemed more intimate, the thoughts coming right out of his head as he walks.

Camerawork, although very shaky, managed to capture some beautiful images. And the shakyness added to the overall effect, rather than detracting from it.

Shame about the audio quality in places, but then I've had problems with that in the past too! Audio compression is a pain in the ass.

Excellent in every area.
Posted: Tue, 13th Aug 2002, 6:26pm

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I don't normally disagree with "b4uask" but in this case I do.
Watching this film made me realise once again the skills that are out there.
The concept was outstanding......it was a "full" film.....narration top class.....action scenes expertly handled......s/f/x brilliant.
For me this was a top class movie.
Congrats.