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Coalition of Heroes

Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 2:38pm

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Axis of Evil Productions returns with its latest spoof - Coalition of Heroes! Following in the footsteps of Get Lost, their target this time is the hit US TV show Heroes.

This was shown as part of the January 2008 Coalition live show at the Playhouse theatre in Norwich, England. Coalition of Heroes was screened at the end of the first half of the show.

n.b. The live-on-stage first half of the show had made several references to somebody getting kicked in the nuts in the second half - hence some of the jokes in this movie. wink


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Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 4:25pm

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Tarn, this was a great parody of Heroes with a great use of effects to sell it as well.

The VO was really good and some of the characters had voices close to the real show.

Loved it... 5 stars
Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 4:41pm

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Another classic from AoE!

The only problem is that the more astutely they parody things we're familiar with, the more you notice the dodgy areas where parody and subject matter don't match.

In this instance, I was all too aware from the start that the production qualities and camera footage just aren't up there with actual Heroes. However i'm not talking about getting a crew of hundreds a budget of millions - all it would take for a significant improvement is a bit of DOF and some portable lighting.

Theres something to be said for comedy where the amateurish qualities improve the piss-taking, but given the striking incongruity between the great choice of locations, the quality of the effects, the quality of the editing....and the poorness of the footage; it seems clear that AoE are trying to do better than just "its meant to look bad".
Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 5:17pm

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The effects in this are really nicely done. I'm especially fond of the burning hand effect and the clean greenscreen key that was pulled off. The visual effects are the strongest part in this production.

I must say though filmmaking wise, I didn't like this as much as the Lost spoof, which I also thought was better in terms of acting, writing and general comedic timing - I didn't find this particularly funny anywhere. There's quite a number of shots in this which seem a bit rushed. In context with the live show though, I'm sure it will unfold it's impact on a much greater level.

As a standalone clip overall, I thought this was alright, but just not quite there.
Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 5:57pm

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This is the funniest, best done movie ever putted on the web! I hate lost, and I don't have the guts to actually try to see heroes. I love your parodies. I was impressed by the visuals. I do think you could have used slightly less ice steam (or what's is called?) On your hand, but 5/5!

sry for my bad english...I'm danish
Posted: Fri, 1st Feb 2008, 12:43pm

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Thanks for the comments guys! The first version that went up was actually missing a few key subtitles, so even if you've already watched it I'd recommend checking out the version that's up now. smile

As a bonus, it's now available as a flash file directly on the page, and I've also uploaded a little behind-the-scenes snippet of the greenscreen shoot. I'll be doing more tutorials on the effects soon.
Posted: Fri, 1st Feb 2008, 8:07pm

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Hi Tarn,

wow - as Sollthar said, I'm also very amazed of the burning-hand. Was it made with VisionLab/Effectslab or is it Stock Footage (from where)?

Regards,
Lucas
Posted: Sat, 2nd Feb 2008, 3:12am

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was that a real unibrow?

eek
Posted: Sun, 3rd Feb 2008, 10:17am

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Wow nice effects used in this.
Finally another spoof to Heroes, this craps all over Zeroes =]
Keep up the good work guys, loving your stuff.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Feb 2008, 2:38pm

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Nicely done, even better than Get Lost.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Feb 2008, 7:10pm

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Haha! another funny parody of one of the series i hate at most! nice effects btw, if you havent heard that already
Posted: Sun, 3rd Feb 2008, 7:34pm

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I love the jokes, they're hilarious! Overall, a very impressive movie, Tarn! Thumbs up. I'm looking forward to the tutorials, and I've given it 5 stars. For me, this film actally beat Get Lost, which is saying much!

Plainly

PS- I love how all your actors are British, while the voiceover was American..... It's great.
Posted: Tue, 5th Feb 2008, 12:31am

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All I can say is, hilarious! Well done! biggrin
Posted: Tue, 5th Feb 2008, 6:30am

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Brilliant. But, I was expecting just that. smile

Sadly, this is also destined to be cursed with being nearly impossible to beat the original from the get-go. And following suit: with less than solid technicals, a rare point in "Get Lost", and some odd and unfunny points- this Coalition sequel of sorts is lowered from a potential 5 to a very strong 3 for me.

Loved the fire effect. Absolutely awesome.
Posted: Sat, 9th Feb 2008, 9:26am

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Terrific! I've never seen Heroes, so perhaps a lot of the parody was lost on me, but the overall impact of the film was impressive. Someone commented that some parts of this seemed rushed. Not at all. It looked slick from start to finish. I was greatly impressed with the scenes shot in the town & the acting was really good. Tasteful use of effects & some brilliant greenscreen shots. One minor quibble (if we are being nit-picky) was some of the voice dubbing didn't quite match the visuals, but overall the sound was convincing & the foley stuff was very well done.

5/5 need I say more?!
Posted: Sat, 9th Feb 2008, 4:27pm

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Good stuff, the effects were very good. I can't remember the humour of Get Lost but this didn't have the laughs I was expecting, which is kind of bad if the entire premise is about stealing the ability to make people laugh. The bit with Sylar could have led to a simple visual gag of some of the victim's clothes shooting onto Sylar. I would have laughed had a bra catapulted onto his face. I have an infantile sense of humour, what can I say?!

Otherwise, it was good, you hit the voiceover and HRG great, and the eclipse transition to the eye at the start was great.
Posted: Sun, 10th Feb 2008, 12:27pm

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Unbelievable, I didn't think Axis of evil could make anything better than 'Get Lost' but I was proven wrong, but I was happy to be proven wrong. Because it was just great to watch. The effects were well made and the stroy was well thought through and dialogued correctly.

I do have one thing I would like to point out, and that is, will there be another one? Maybe AOE (Axis of evil) instead of CSI. LOL you never know.
Posted: Mon, 11th Feb 2008, 4:09am

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Good movie. What was it shot on?
Posted: Fri, 7th Mar 2008, 11:23am

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It was shot on a variety of cameras. All the greenscreen effects shots were done on an HVX-200, while the rest was shot on a standard miniDV camera.

Thanks for all the continued comments, guys! Much appreciated.
Posted: Sat, 22nd Mar 2008, 1:52pm

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Very funny. But you should have does Claires crying cellular regeneration (why did I say that i'm a biggest fan) lol. Actually let me refraise that why didn't you do Elles power
Posted: Wed, 16th Apr 2008, 6:41pm

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very good made me laugh
Posted: Tue, 29th Apr 2008, 7:24am

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How do you do light spill?
Posted: Tue, 6th May 2008, 8:54am

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In VisionLab, you just click the 'light spill' button to add the light spill filter. smile
Posted: Thu, 8th May 2008, 5:24pm

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hey, well done. Where did you get the music at the end when announcing the upcoming stuff?
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 4:58am

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Hey, where did you get that background with the flying guy.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 7:50am

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http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=34618

Check out that tutorial for details on the flying shot. smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 6:26pm

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Thanks
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 6:40pm

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But I still want to know where you actually got the background. Did you have to buy it or something?
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 6:45pm

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Yeah, we bought it from istockphoto.com.
Posted: Sat, 28th Feb 2009, 9:37am

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awsome,you have done really well in the visuals effects and i am stunned by the keying you did, it looked more realistic than ever
keep it up
next it could be the....coalition of potters...intended for like a funny version of harry potter

keep it up biggrin cool wink wink hugegrin
Posted: Sun, 5th Apr 2009, 3:20pm

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Where did you guys get the last song Lux Aeterna?
Posted: Sun, 5th Apr 2009, 9:09pm

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Hilarious
Posted: Sat, 20th Feb 2010, 3:16pm

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Thank God for George Lucas and Adam Sandler
Posted: Mon, 22nd Feb 2010, 9:10am

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FXhomer65748 wrote:

Thank God for George Lucas and Adam Sandler
Absolutely!

Wait...what?