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Zombie Exterminator

Posted: Thu, 7th Feb 2008, 4:46pm

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When a zombie goes rampage on a town, the local police sees no other way out but to call in their last line of defense: The Zombie Exterminator.

NOTE: This film contains some bloody violence and a few instances of bad language.

This film was made as a school project for a film class, which in a way makes it the first film I've worked on with a real, solid deadline. It's a little more light-hearted than the films I've done the last two years, as it's more of a comedy than an action film. We started working on it in late October 2007, and wrapped principal photography early December 2007. After that, two months of post-production followed before it was released worldwide on Februray 1st, 2008.

It's been a quite difficult project, with actors not showing up and both technical, school and scheaduling issues. It is probably the largest (in scale and in the amount of people involved) film I've ever made, so it was a fun experience - even if I'm sure some scenes could have turned out slightly better with more planning and a little less tests and exams in school. smile

Shot on the Sony HDR-FX1 and edited on Sony Vegas Pro 8 with effects work done in Adobe Photoshop, FXhome VisionLab Studio and the FXhome MuzzlePlug After Effects plug-in.


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Posted: Thu, 7th Feb 2008, 8:28pm

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Hey, this was great. I really loved the extreme cinematography. The humor in most of it was subtle, but it worked.

I'd give it a 4/5. Solid work! Oh, and was that the National Treasure soundtrack?

"How about a Pepsi?" "Seriously. Are you trying to kill me?"
Posted: Thu, 7th Feb 2008, 9:43pm

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I hate to be the asshole I always comes out to be in my comments about your movies, but I know you have potential and just wanna keep pushing you!
I'm probably not the best person to judge a film like this, I'm not a zombie-movies fan and don't really appriciate this kind of humour. Waser is a better person for this.
But here it goes!


My biggest issues are the ones that have repeated itself through the latest of your films, i'm pretty sure I said the exact same things last time.

1) Not everyone seem to have this problem. But I'm not a fan of the 17 year olds playing parts that are suited for 30 years old. I once again going to say this but you should do a movie with either a) older actors or b) a script suited for the actors you have access to.

Now I know you're working on a new script with that in mind. But just had to mention it again.

2) the dubbing! It would be somewhat OK if you could actually pull it off!
Sorry to say it but it ruins the film, not only just because I can't hear anything anyone says, but its like watching a film totally out of sync, its just so annoying!

Other then that, the audio mix is very good, good use of effects and you can really set a mood with the style of music/ambient choices you made!


With those two big flaws out of the way. There are a couple of really good stuff in here! The scene when the Zombie Exterminators enter the building, sets the mood perfectly for the film. Great scene!

Most of the locations, editing, cinemaphotography etc works There are a couple of things that don't, most do - overall it not my biggest concern which is, as always the script and story... BUT!

Yes but, I know this was just a "fun little project", if I had the time I'd go out myself and do a silly little zombie movie, do some makeup, do some effects just have a fun time. And it looks like you had a hellova fun time doing this.

The most important thing is that you for every movie gets a little bit better. show a little more talent then the last time and keep making movies!

Hell, dont forget you're representing the filmmaking of Sweden in this forum as it looks right now.

Keep it up!

/Andreas
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 2:26am

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I really want to watch it, but Im not 18... sad
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 2:51am

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Could you put it in an mpg form. or have a youtube file. I have trouble with quicktime on my computer
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 3:25am

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Was above the site-average in a lot of ways. The music and locations fit pretty well, and the effects work was passable.

The acting was pretty crap, but that's to be expected with films like this. Also, the dubbing was actually really funny. Couldn't tell if that was intentional or not...

Considering you were using HDV, there was far too much handheld camera. HDV handles motion horribly, and it was particularly evident here.


Two questions though:

1.Where did you get the stock fx footage?

2. Did you convert the footage to 24P? or did you use that "Cineframe" mode on the FX1?
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 8:54am

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Loved this film. But Andreas has already pointed out the big flaws to this production. However everything else like editing, grading, effects and camerawork is pretty solid. The story though was somewhat entertaining while at the same time comedic. Good timing on the humor and some great acting. But also as andreas said, time to either get older actors or make some scripts that are related to your actors age.

Keep up the good work though wink

3/5

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Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 11:55am

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I liked the video. But I see what Andreas is saying about the lack of older people in the film. I am sure there are some people in Sweden that are over 30 that you can put in your movies. Maybe as Zombies.
I like the main Zombie killer. I think he needs a sports car or something like Blade would drive. Maybe like a dukes of hazard car minus the rebel flag on top. Think of it this way. What would Mad Max drive.
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 9:43pm

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Really exellent movie! I really liked the soundtrack with the awsome footage! Really good work! But was this film recorded in sweden?... beacuse I notice that the sign where it stood "Hamburgare med dryck" and thats swedish language! But it's was a really good movie! Good work!
Posted: Fri, 8th Feb 2008, 10:02pm

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Hi there,

I watched some scenes of this movie, I think it's over all good work (ok, this first zombie didn't looked that creepy smile)

But I think you shouldn't key the blood stock footage like you did when this zombie cuts (?) the officers throat; a few days ago I posted way to key it more effectful in cases like this, I think you should give it a try.

Regards,
Lucas
Posted: Sun, 10th Feb 2008, 9:07pm

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It was pretty entertaining. What stock footage did you use for the muzzle flash/smoke?
Posted: Mon, 11th Feb 2008, 2:36am

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I second the words of Bryce and Andreas. The dubbing was inadvertently funny and the technicals a mixed bag of perfect and out-of-place. The thing that really shines here, though, is the effects. Excellent placement.

3/5
Posted: Mon, 11th Feb 2008, 2:49am

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Overall I liked it a lot. I agree with the comments about the dubbing and other than the whole teenagers playing adults things I don't really have much to complain about. Cinematography was quite good for the most part and the effects worked well.

4/5 from me. Can't wait to see what's next.

Where did you get the stock fx footage?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looked like Sollthar's stock pack to me.
Posted: Mon, 11th Feb 2008, 12:36pm

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The movie had a really cheesy-vibe, wich fitted the zombie-genre well. The fact that the acting was crap and the dubbing was so out of place, only helped the movie become even more cheesy.

4/5
Posted: Sun, 17th Feb 2008, 3:41pm

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This movie contains really good Effects + Stock Footage! The dubbing was pretty good, but needs improvement. Overall a really nice movie! PS: Var fick ni tag på Stock Footage? (Som alla redan frågat)