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Posted: Thu, 27th Mar 2008, 11:18am

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Atomic Productions' main entry into the Big VideoWrap Competition. This is a highly contemplative piece, but the thesis overall is about conveying beauty in our messages; and the tools we use to find clarity in them. The script was worked out generally for a week, but production and post was done in roughly 12 hours.

Written, Shot, & Directed by Ben Adams
Edited by Andrew Adams
Starring Brian Hunt
Composed by Tommy Gundersen


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Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 3:48am

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This was very well done, especially with the limited amount of time. 5/5 from me.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 4:23am

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Thank you, crazymonkey01.

I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:41am

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4/5. It was very well done, perfectly executed I'd say. It just loses a 1 star because it wasn't an engaging short film or anything. So consider this a "perfect" but on my scale something like this doesn't get a 5 inherently. Gave a nice message. Good luck with the contest!
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 2:18pm

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Great film, superb cinematography, good use of voiceover. Loved the writing, all merged well, *****
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 2:59pm

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Brian Hunt is an excellent actor-so I had no doubt going waiting for the movie to load the acting would be perfect (hes always been one of my favorites in your movies). Camerawork was solid, perfectly composed- I believe the only shot that is 'bad' is the dandelion shot, too much space around it. I think if there had been others around it would have made the shot better. The script defintally tied the whole movie up.

5/5 Stars.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 4:22pm

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As usual very creative and well put together. 5/5 stars
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 7:57pm

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I thought it was amazing! 5/5! I loved it. The grading was really cool. I thought it was just great. It reminded me of a comercial or something you would see on tv and I tought it was very well done and very well thought up.
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 2:01am

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That was great. it is one of those films that i say "Every frame is like a painting." it was truly a work of art! Great work!

Where did u get the music?
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 2:14am

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that was a great movie, and it was well thought out too. Brian Hunt is a great actor, i love his films, but I'm disapointed that he doesn't have an fxhome account anymore sad and he never answers my i.m.'s sad lol anyway good work, peace
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 3:03am

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I'll be honest, I didn't read anything before I watched this, and when I saw the ending, it was perfect. Great job, 4/5. Maybe it's just me, but the focus/unfocus effects were a little overused. The lighting was great as usual, and I really liked the voiceover combined with the music.

Awesome work yet again.
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 5:27am

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Thanks for all the comments so far, guys; most especially the accolade that is a high rating. I so very much appreciate that, you have no idea! smile

I'm so glad everyone understands the importance of the video's ambiguity up until the very end, because I wrote the 'reveal' to be more reasoned, but I was unsure if it made sense to people. I'm just glad everyone 'gets' it. smile I have said before that this is in the style of a Johnny Cash video mixed with DeNiro's AmEx commercial, but I also wanted a "that's what they're advertising? No way!" effect like you get from the Vista 'Wow' commercials: you don't quite know what it's for, but when they say "VISTA!" it all clicks.

effectsmaster1 wrote:

he doesn't have an fxhome account anymore sad and he never answers my i.m.'s
I wouldn't feel too bad, man, he's my best friend and still I've only spoken to him on a few occasions since Marathon. (A few times for Madison Street Boys, then New Years, and then Messages)

He's a really busy guy and it sometimes take me months to get ahold of him, literally. But when we do get the time slotted to make a movie, Brian moves very quick and is receptive to direction better than anyone you'll ever meet. Best actor I'll ever know. smile

Fill wrote:

Maybe it's just me, but the focus/unfocus effects were a little overused.
The focus pulls are too frequent and too soft, I'll agree. I was using the viewfinder on my right eye (I'm left handed) because it was so sunny (I normally use a lens hood and view the LCD at a sort of leftward angle) and so the focus was a little bit more difficult to negotiate while I was 'blind' to the controls. If that makes sense. biggrin But I get what you're saying.
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 1:23am

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ChristianFilmer, I didn't see your question at first. The music is an original piece composed by FXHomer Tommy Gundersen. It's actually for MSB, but in a tight fix I tweaked it a little bit to fit the timeframe and it ended up being much more profound and emotive than I ever intended it to be in MSB. Great work from a great and up-and-coming composer.

Thanks, by the way, Tommy.
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 1:46am

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I'm glad you like smile Now, I wonder. Why ain't this available for download? I want a copy of every video that has my music in it, you know? twisted *Trying to give a hint*

EDIT (2nd): Oh, it's a video comment! Mmm I like it. A nice telling-voice and the usual green-yellow color grading rolleyes
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 2:25am

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Ahem. Sorry about that one, Tommy. There's a fairly high quality of 'Messages'. The other project will come in due time, my friend. Due time. smile

Don't think I don't see past those rolling eyes, either. mad
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 3:46am

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It was pretty well done; the cinematography was great, and I sorta liked the focuses and defocuses and flashes. The grading was good. I thought the ending with the videowrap logo was cool, but didn't think it advertised the product well enough for someone who doesn't know about fxhome. I liked it, but being a sci-fi/action person myself, I wouldn't put it up too high on my favorites list. Well done! smile And congatulations on being one of the four runners up on the contest! clap 4/5

jonathan

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...the viewfinder on my right eye (I'm left handed) because it was so sunny...
You're left-handed to? That is so cool, not only do we both live in Texas, we're left-handed too! cool (...well, just me that is, my brother's a righty...)

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Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 4:23am

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MillerBros wrote:

It was pretty well done; the cinematography was great, and I sorta liked the focuses and defocuses and flashes. The grading was good. I thought the ending with the videowrap logo was cool, but didn't think it advertised the product well enough for someone who doesn't know about fxhome. I liked it, but being a sci-fi/action person myself, I wouldn't put it up too high on my favorites list.
That's understandable. Just know "Messages" is intended (and written, shot, edited, etc.) to be more of a 'mystique' or 'reveal' ad in the vein of the many older Apple ads (and some of the new ones) and the Windows Vista 'Wow' ad campaign.

Sorry it wasn't your style/genre, but we're glad you gave it a watch and liked it.
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 4:43am

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As I've said previously,
nice job.

What did you shoot this on?

I'm assuming not a GL-2 ??
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 6:34am

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Canon XL2, no extra adapters or lenses. Obviously, we used the GL2 in the video. smile
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 6:46am

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Yea,
thats true razz.

Didn't know if you had a couple.
When did you pick that one up?
Thought you only had a gl2.

How do you feel it compares to the gl2?
I only bought my GL-2 7 months ago, but already I
keep getting this feeling that I should sell it and
buy something else.

XH A1......
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 3:58pm

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While I didn't shoot this, I can say that the XL2 is clearly one of the best camcorders out there. Whether the difference in quality/"look" outweighs the price difference between it and the GL2; that's up to you to decide. I'd say it's a little less worth it for me, because the difference isn't noticeable enough and for the price (and the whole 'left-handed-makes-hard-to-use-design') you might as well move up to the Canon XH-A1.

So far my favorite camera is, for many reasons, the GL2 still. This spring/summer Ben and I are planning to upgrade to a Canon XH-A1. It seems the natural next camera step to us, and it's a joy to use. (See Marathon for some shots using it)

Within our 'Atomic Productions' group we've got:
Three GL2s, an XL2, and an XH-A1. All Canon. heh. smile
Posted: Sun, 30th Mar 2008, 4:21pm

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Ah,
that explains it.

My "SilverSharkStudios" group
generally only has access to a GL-2.
Over the years though I've gotten to use
the entire canon SD line. All great cameras.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 12:17am

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A very well done little short piece guys. Bravo.

I'm in a similar boat with Serpent it seems. I just have an inherently hard time giving something this short a 5. As someone already mentioned, the refocusing trick was used perhaps one shot to many, but other than that, it was visually very great (your technicals are, as usual, excellent). The "Messages" (ahahahahahahahaha) within the film itself were nice as well.

4/5.

Now please put this level of production into something larger and more substantial (and there's your opening to begin the hype machine on your next project). wink
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 12:46am

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As for my thoughts... It was sooo good! I was suprised at the amount of production value put into this. But I do agree with Serpent and Evman. So that's why I gave you 4/5 stars. Watching this just makes me want to see Maddison Street Boys even more.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 12:58am

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Thanks Evman and FreshMentos!

The focus issue is known, and perhaps I took too many shots with it and used them in the editing. Oh, and Madison Street Boys is still coming. Don't worry. smile
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 1:02am

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Perhaps I filmed too many shots with it. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 1:34am

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Overall solid work, but i feel like i've seen this before. The mood and style was exactly the same as your other movies. I didn't think the focus changes or the anxious/depressed facial expressions were related to your topic. They do, however, fit your dark moody style.

The technicals were all great. The acting was great. I liked the shots. Music was superb. But how about somehting a little fresh?

Those are my two cents.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 1:40am

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Couldn't agree more, SGB. We're trying to branch out into new things, but for this contest- no lying- it was only by coincidence that my idea fit with the style we've done before. That, and it was a better way to 'play it safe', as they say. biggrin

But we are trying to not move past, but draw more variety from our films than just moody narration and symbolic shots. (Granted, it is part of our style, just something we're looking to tone down)
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Sounds good, I'm glad to hear that your pulling in more variety.

I suggest making something entirely different, like a campy warm comedy. Just to practice something completely different, don't define yourself by your style and then let that limit you. Try something entirely different, use autofocus, a tripod, and a warm color palette. See what happens.
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It's funny that you say that, because when we've tried that it's either another type of 'one-trick pony', or a critical failure. biggrin The dramas/actions from us are better known because they're, well...better than our other stuff! smile

May I introduce you to a few of our lesser-known endeavors. Maybe you've seen some, maybe you haven't. If not, check 'em out!

And I agree with everything except autofocus: how dare you! biggrin
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Ben, Afternoon Delight was great. Barbie was was a bit extreme, but very funny. All by himself was great. PB and J wasn't so good i'll agree. Why do you say lesser known? I'm sure every one hear knows afternoon delight, and it got a 4 in the cinema.

In other words, those were not failures.

And of course, most of those used the same focusing techniques as Messages. smile
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 2:17am

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'Focusing techniques' as in I couldn't pull focus correctly? biggrin

In Messages it's intentional. In everything else we've done, it's generally not. This is simply the nature of how I focus things- I always embellish the pull to make sure that the object is actually in focus. Some cameras have options called 'peaking' or 'focus magnification', but the GL2, as you likely know, does not. So it's often easier just to go completely out of focus, then come back in slowly to find the right 'sharp image'.

Plus, rack focus is just....badass. You simply must agree! smile

EDIT: I forgot extreme closeups, green tones, and dolly shots. All those are completely necessary in every movie, no matter the movie. You must agree to this as well.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 2:27am

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oh no ben I totally agree that sort of focusing is totally badass biggrin Its actually one of the things i really respected about some of your work.

Anyhow, was Messages supposed to be badass? Thats one of the ironies of the movie, we see Brian looking all depressed with sad music and badass camerawork/focus and grading. And this is a movie about communication.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 2:45am

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Hmmm....well.

It's supposed to be- and I really hate when movies do this just to do this- 'independent' and 'arthouse'. The camerawork is supposed to be quaint and very observant. Hence the shot of the city, the flowers, the tree, the on-level angles of Brian.

The acting is supposed to be introspective, definitely not sad. As in, observing the beauty of the world (most notably after pointing the camera at the tree, or taking notes/sketching the commanding cityscape) with a very careful and considered approach. This comes off somber simply because it is so low-key; it's meant to be that way. The music, too, certainly attributes to a very somber tone. The grading is very neutral brown and yellow- warm, but not to the point of total invitation. This, in contrast (haha!) to the stark greens and blues of..well, pretty much everything else we've done. biggrin

Basically, I was looking for quaint, somber, powerful, and anything else within those keywords. Mind you, this is what I wanted when I wrote the script. The movie came out different (not by that much) but in Messages it's definitely a big narrative about the messages we make from what we see in the world- and this video is here to show us that sometimes even the most beautiful things can leave us so speechless (Brian withdraws the camera, awestruck, then retreats; cigarettes and GL2 in hand) that we keep it bottled up until the end (hence the smile at use of VideoWrap; a message is finally communicated).

Now I know this is a huge stretch to take from such a short movie. But the context really is there if you listen to the lines. biggrin It's just vaguer than we intended, I think.
Posted: Mon, 31st Mar 2008, 4:04am

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Let me get my long, usual, defensive post out of the way and I'll be done; as this wasn't really my movie. smile

SGB wrote:

Anyhow, was Messages supposed to be badass? Thats one of the ironies of the movie, we see Brian looking all depressed with sad music and badass camerawork/focus and grading. And this is a movie about communication.
I'm going to have to agree with Ben here, too. Both in intent and in (what we both think) the final product itself conveys isn't sorrow or depression.

It's a quaint quality. Something reserved and beautiful. At least, it's supposed to be. The music is meant to be emotive and minimalistic. It's just unfortunate something similar is found in 'Redemption'. smile I was very lucky, in desperation to meet the deadline, to snag a track for MSB from Tommy and it all just kind of fell together from there.

I'm sure this was mentioned somewhere in the original Ben said he wanted it to look like this Johnny Cash music video, so I gave up all contrast (literally, it's not changed at all from the raw footage) and went straight to color-correctors and changed the black point to a dark yellowish-brown.

Hopefully the two compare pretty well.

I'd actually like to say a little something about grading, because I get- more than anything else- a lot of comments, compliments, and questions on my grading choices and how I achieve them- via PM or forum threads.

Truth is, as much as we all may claim how 'fast' we do things: I try, very hard actually, to give each movie we do a distinct difference in the grading. Not that this is you at all, SGB, but it's always a little disheartening to hear all the time from people that it always looks the same 'high contrast green' in each movie. It takes a lot of time to find the right 'look' and keep a difference and style consistency. And I pride myself on it more than my editing.

I just hope that's evident. That, and that the grading fits whatever the video is. (Which is, obviously, the most important factor) The original grading for 'Messages' looked something like this:



Back when it was called "Epiphany". smile Hopefully that gives some insight into some of my "frustration" with grading in each movie. smile
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damn that is freaking impressive... u all r hella good, no joke
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Haha. I haven't heard 'hella good' in a while. Thanks, man. Now go to user settings and change that name from FXHome235678987654456706055978 to something original. smile
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Beautiful short...
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Very, very nice. Once again the high-class stuff on this board shines through. Loved the focus stuff and the subtle (not overly done) handheld technique.

The actor does (again) an outstanding job-(great at the keyboard!),and while the tone quality of his voice was spot-on, he did not do a good job with his enunciation of many words. That detracted from the feel a bit for me.

Great job.
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drspin98 wrote:

Very, very nice. Once again the high-class stuff on this board shines through. Loved the focus stuff and the subtle (not overly done) handheld technique.

The actor does (again) an outstanding job-(great at the keyboard!),and while the tone quality of his voice was spot-on, he did not do a good job with his enunciation of many words. That detracted from the feel a bit for me.
Thanks, Axe and drspin!

What do you mean great at the keyboard? The music? Oh, and in the actor's defense he was kind of sick. I still think that he does a great job with the tone, cadences, and enunciation of his voice. In fact, I think he speaks more clearly than a lot of people?

Any specific words?
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"great at the keyboard" His acting/expressions-outstanding while at his pc.

I had a bit of trouble understanding more than a few words. This would be extremely difficult for you to judge, as you wrote, therefore already know them. I'm just being picky-your film is great, in a completely different class than most of the stuff on here.
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drspin98 wrote:

"great at the keyboard" His acting/expressions-outstanding while at his pc.

I had a bit of trouble understanding more than a few words. This would be extremely difficult for you to judge, as you wrote, therefore already know them. I'm just being picky-your film is great, in a completely different class than most of the stuff on here.
I understand. Maybe it's because I know his voice well. Haha. I didn't write nor read the script while editing. I just edited, and cut quite a bit of monologue out, too. smile
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uh oh, you know how it works now, theres smoking in that, so this should be rated R! lol jk, but thats great, I didnt finnish it because it had loading problems, but from what I saw it's really awesome, like inspirationally I could say.
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PillowBruise, glad you enjoyed what you saw. If the videowrapped copy didn't run well for you because of its higher-resolution, then try out the lower-quality YouTube version and see if that works for you.
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very professionally done.. where did you upload this to?
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The grading was great (I love extreme grading like that), although when it fades in from black, you can see the grading turn on and make the black screen reddish before it actually fades in (this is especially apparent the first time it fades in).
Although it was shot well, with some really nice framing, I think the shaky-cam was overused quite a bit. Also, I'm not a big fan of all the focusing/defocusing. There were some random shots that didn't really seem to have much relevance (flowers, truck).
The voice acting for the narration was really good. I didn't have any problems with understanding what he was saying.
The music was fantastic.
There wasn't that much of a plot. But I can see why, since the main purpose of it was to advertise VideoWrap. smile It was a pretty interesting and creative thing to do for the competition, although I have to admit, I did chuckle to first time I saw the VideoWrap logo appear. smile

4/5


-Jabooza
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Jabooza wrote:

The grading was great (I love extreme grading like that), although when it fades in from black, you can see the grading turn on and make the black screen reddish before it actually fades in (this is especially apparent the first time it fades in)
I'm glad you liked it, but I'd hardly say it's "extreme". Maybe extremely different from the raw footage, but the overall look was supposed to be natural and convey beauty. Hence the brownish and neutral tones.

The grading fades in along with the shot; and it's purposeful. The flv doesn't do the fades much justice, but the grading doesn't/isn't supposed to 'turn on' as much as the blacks are supposed to transition into dark browns as the fades come up. Either way, I hope it worked and wasn't too distracting. I thought about doing a render and slapping the fades over the footage, but I liked seeing the black point change just slightly right before each fade.

Although it was shot well, with some really nice framing, I think the shaky-cam was overused quite a bit.
Could you define 'shaky-cam'? Handheld and shaky-cam are quite different things, you know. smile

Also, I'm not a big fan of all the focusing/defocusing. There were some random shots that didn't really seem to have much relevance (flowers, truck).
Again, the focus is- clear or not in the video- showing the beauty around you and conveying it in messages of some sort. Mundane beauty is what was aimed at, thus the mailbox, trees, dandelions, trucks, lightposts, etc. And hey, focus-pulling is a stylistic choice not everyone likes. It sometimes annoys me, too. Not a problem.

The voice acting for the narration was really good. I didn't have any problems with understanding what he was saying.
The music was fantastic.
I concur on the narration. smile Glad you liked the music, although I must compliment Mr. Gundersen (wink) on that one.

There wasn't that much of a plot. But I can see why, since the main purpose of it was to advertise VideoWrap. smile It was a pretty interesting and creative thing to do for the competition, although I have to admit, I did chuckle to first time I saw the VideoWrap logo appear. smile
Heh. Always for the dramatic, we are. I might chuckle too if I didn't take putting the logo in so theatrically so seriously. Glad you enjoyed it, Boozster.
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Atom wrote:

I'm glad you liked it, but I'd hardly say it's "extreme". Maybe extremely different from the raw footage, but the overall look was supposed to be natural and convey beauty. Hence the brownish and neutral tones.
Yeah, it doesn't look unrealistic or anything. I just thought it kinda looked more extreme than some other people (excluding me) might do it, I really like it though, I think it does help convey beauty.

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Although it was shot well, with some really nice framing, I think the shaky-cam was overused quite a bit.
Could you define 'shaky-cam'? Handheld and shaky-cam are quite different things, you know. smile
I guess I'm not completely sure what the difference between handheld and shaky-cam are. It had a kind of Bourne feel, like the camera was always shaking around. It wasn't bad, but it was kind of overused.


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Gotcha. Normally 'shaky-cam' has negative connotations and handheld doesn't; at least to me. Thus, 'shaky-cam overused' would be like saying 'bad stuff overused', if that makes any sense. I see what you mean though; on both the camera and grading.

Thanks for the clarifications.
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I liked it. Reminds me of something I'd see on P.O.V.(Given you're from the Big D, you know what I'm talking about). Good job.
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Actually, I've got no idea what P.O.V. is. Is it on KERA?
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This is a very good piece. I like the use of montage to build mood.
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One thing I've been meaning to comment on is the banner for this movie. Specifically, the way the title of the movie appears to be 'ssages', due to the 'me' disappearing into the actor's dark coat.

A minor detail, but it bothers me. smile
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Even though it's my movie, Atom took carte-blanche on the high-res images and stills of the short, hence owning the ability to make a banner. I disagree with it as well, Tarn.
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It is just me seeing things, or is there also an odd blur on part of Atom's avatar? (BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if it was really just me seeing things smile )
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It's just you seeing things.
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Well, it seems like the blur in the signature is in the exact spot as the light-post is in the large image in the cinema. unsure
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Nope, man. Just the depth-of-field on-camera. I see what you mean when you point it out like that, but nothing's been blurred.
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Atom wrote:

Nope, man. Just the depth-of-field on-camera. I see what you mean when you point it out like that, but nothing's been blurred.
Heh, I guess it's just me then. I thought there was something blurred in our movie, Avenged that wasn't supposed to be too..... and I thought it was me who blurred it. Darth Penguin had to convinse me that it was just a tree in the shot tat was for some reason making me think it looked blurred. Maybe I'm just insane. smile
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Wow! There's some stiff competition rarely seen all at one time in the Cinema right now (The Sphinx, The Portal, Batman, Cover's Redemptiathon) and Messages has still managed to stay afloat. I never would've expected this, honestly. It's really exciting!

Thanks for the awesome ratings and glowing reviews, guys! Really!
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I'll say it again. Thirty consecutive days on top as number one, and the reign has ended. Thanks, guys! It's a really awesome thing to have!
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I'll say it again. Thirty consecutive days on top as number one, and the reign has ended.
Time to retire Id say... Best to stop when youre at your best. biggrin
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I was thinking the same thing. smile
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Nicely shot. Very stylish indeed. Script was a little over-indulgent (I was never a fan of the "Dawson's Creek speak quickly, using lots of big words so that we sound intelligent" approach) and the computer humming all the way through the voiceover was more than a little annoying. Just a shame that so many people these days neglect audio quality... the audience is a LOT more forgiving of bad video composition than audio quality. Well voiced, though and beautifully shot. Nice grade too.