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Kids these days have the coolest toys to play with.

Posted: Fri, 27th Jun 2008, 2:35pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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"Kids these days have the coolest toys to play with."

This is a fun little FX test I did using my kids and their neighborhood buddies. I wanted to test VisionLab's abilities and to see if I could put it to use for an indie feature I have coming up. I needed some background footage to play with -- any footage -- and thought why not shoot a mock laser battle in front of the house? So here it is.

I threw this together with literally no planning. I pulled out the jib-arm and some other gear from the garage and put the kids to work (the plus-side of having kids -- you have an instant cast and crew, or they get their X-Box 360 taken away... Just kidding! Actually, the LOVED doing this!)

This was literally spur-of-the-moment shooting. Plus, it was a little difficult to work with kids as they don't repeat the same moves over and over from take to take and makes editing difficult. They tend to do something entirely different every time (well, now that I think about it, so do most adult actors! Ha!)

I shot this on standard DV, using the Sony VX-2000. It was edited on Adobe Premiere CS3. Music was customized using SmartSound. Sound FX came from multiple sources, including FXHome, Video Co-Pilot Designer SoundFX, Sony Pictures Library and The General 6000 Series.

Let me know your thoughts. I'd appreciate it. Thanks! And thanks to FXHome! I think this software is incredible! Makes things VERY easy!!


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Posted: Tue, 1st Jul 2008, 2:47am

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Gabriel Campisi

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Sorry, everyone. I'm a little new to this forum and didn't realize it took so long to update changes. Right after I posted the original video, I added some things and it went back to "pending" mode. Hopefully the video will be up soon.

By the way, I've been reading through several posts and I think the majority of you are incredible people with super talents, ambitions and creativity! I'm really happy to have found this forum...

Cheers! smile

Gabe
Posted: Tue, 1st Jul 2008, 7:56am

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Well when I saw it before you updated it, it looked pretty sweet. I loved the crane shot at the beginning and it made us people in the live chat to sit and remember how they used crane shots like that in Back To The Future. smile

The effects however were nicly rotoscoped but they felt out of place with the shots, a bit of grading/coloring could help you do change this. I would also suggest getting your hands on some stock footage. Detonation films and Sollthar's No Control Cinema do some excellent footage for use.

Look forward to seeing more wink
Posted: Tue, 1st Jul 2008, 2:31pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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B3N wrote:

The effects however were nicly rotoscoped but they felt out of place with the shots, a bit of grading/coloring could help you do change this.
I didn't think of it when I edited it, but now that you mention it, you're absolutely 100% correct. I agree some grading would definitely make an improvement.

Sometimes we're too close to the tree to see the forest.

Thanks so much for the advice. I'll check out Detonation Films and Sollthar's No Control Cinema. As for Back to the Future, that's one of my all-time favorite movies! smile

Gabe
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 9:10pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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I'm curious if anybody knows how long it takes for uploaded films to get approved? I uploaded this one last Friday, and it's now going on 8 days and it's still "pending."

Thanks! smile

Gabe
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 9:45pm

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Well, normally it only takes a few days, but there haven't been any new movies appearing in the cinema for quite a while, probably because FXhome is extremely busy at the moment with the FXhome Film Project. The same thing is happening with the preset library (although that's not so uncommon smile ). I don't when they'll have more time, as the FXhome Film Project won't be finished any time soon.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 2:16pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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Cool! It's finally up! smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 2:41pm

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Well, the camera work was very good, and the laser effects were very good, but I think that pretty much all of the particle effects would look better if they were (like B3N said) replaced with stock footage.
It's very good for a small effects test. It'll be cool to see how you use your skills for making movies.
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 2:47pm

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Simon K Jones

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Yeah, sorry about the delay, Gabriel. Last week was a bit of a strange one as we were busy on the film. Things should be returning to normal now. smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jul 2008, 8:36pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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Jabooza: Yes, I agree with you and B3N wholeheartedly. I went ahead and purchased No Control Cinema's HD Power Pack. That should definitely make an improvement the next time around. Ironically, I spent several years shooting real pyro in the Nevada desert, blowing real cars up, explosives, fire-burns, etc., for indie films and for fun. After 9/11, though, the laws got a lot stricter, which made it more difficult to work with pyro and we kind of stopped doing it.

Tarn: no problem! I can't wait to see the FXHome movie! It's looking fantastic from the previews. Wish I were there to lend a hand! smile
Posted: Tue, 8th Jul 2008, 4:14pm

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What I liked most about this was when someone gets hit. It actually felt like the laser hit something. In most videos, you don't see an impact(I hope that's the right word) when someone gets hit. You just see some fake blood coming out. And yes, stock footage will work. I gave this a four because while it's no where near perfect, it kept me entertained and the lasers did look like they were coming out of the gun
Posted: Fri, 11th Jul 2008, 2:40am

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Gabriel Campisi

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Rody, thanks! smile
Posted: Tue, 15th Jul 2008, 2:35am

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Cool!
Posted: Wed, 16th Jul 2008, 2:53am

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Bravo! That was a TON of lazer fire!! Everything was great- the picture was perfect, great sound and music and sweet effects biggrin
Posted: Fri, 25th Jul 2008, 5:41pm

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sweet
Posted: Sat, 2nd Aug 2008, 5:11pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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Thanks, guys! I appreciate the nice comments! smile