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Posted: Mon, 14th Jul 2008, 1:30pm

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peter huish

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A wanted Russian terrorist leader is hiding Deep in the heart of the northern forests of Russia. Two British Special Forces operatives are sent in with one objective, track down and kill the terrorist leader at all costs.

With a terrorist organization hot on their tail, they must battle there way to the RV.

Completed for a film competition in just 3 days, the film contains over 250 composited visual effects, including matte paintings, muzzle flashes, explosions, smoke and CGI.


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Posted: Tue, 15th Jul 2008, 7:34pm

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mrkilley2900623

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at the begining i lyked it but i think when the first fire came in i know that trained special ops wouldn't stand around they'd probably throw themselves to the ground. u could also perhaps get some actors to double up as pursuing terrorists. or use a greenscreen. u couldve got more action in if u hadnt stood around so long at the begining. and when the guy gets shot u could add in blood effects. dialogue ws very good and so was editing. although just something to note is that the voice on the radio at the very begining sounded like he was right next to the guy and not talking thru a radio. special effects wer very good and i see how much effoirt went into the effects. however was it necessary to add the helicopters in perhaps they could be part of an aerial attack on the terrorists positions or something and in that case you could hav the forest being obliterated as the guy runs out. however i was very inpressed with the helicopter animation.
overall 4 stars
Posted: Tue, 15th Jul 2008, 8:55pm

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This was a good short, esspecially for only have 3 days to do it all.

Good points to the film: Effects (grading, 3D, muzzle flashes), some of the acting, good location.

Bad points: Sound (to low when they were talking, gun sounds not realistic), most of the acting, parts of cinematography, most of the chorography, only two actors.

I'll give this a 3/5, great job for only 3 days, but a little more may have been a slight bit better.
Posted: Sat, 19th Jul 2008, 10:26am

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That is amazing! Where did you get the footage of the chopper coming down at the end? And the bullets flying past?

Overall 5/5

Very well done..
Great location
Great suits
Great guns
Great acting
And....Great VFX
Posted: Sat, 19th Jul 2008, 6:15pm

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Pretty good, though I didn't care for the grading.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jul 2008, 5:23pm

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peter huish

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Hey guys thanks for all the comments. the film was made for the virgin media shorts competition, which some of the rules stated it had to be a PG or before the watershed thats why i couldnt put any blood or have loads of people getting shot in the film, trust me it was very hard to resist lol. The helicopter in the end is 3D it was not footage, the bullet tracer was done in after effects. Again thanks for all the comments.
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Pete
Posted: Sat, 2nd Aug 2008, 3:56pm

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Gabriel Campisi

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I really liked this. I thought the location was great and realistic, the opening establishing shot was very cool, and the muzzle flashes and tracers were okay. I didn't like the explosions too much. They didn't seem to mesh too well with the live action footage. For example, you have the explosions, but the ground/foliage goes untouched.

Overall, the spirit behind this was inspiring! Great job. I loved the music and the 3D helicopters were fantastic! smile

One comment for improvement, however, would be to include REVERSAL COVERAGE both in cinematography as well as dramatic exposition. We never see who or what they're shooting at, or who or what is chasing them. All we see is the bullets coming at them.

It would really help to cover these shots, even if the enemy is supposed to be in hiding -- or at least have the actors address the situation. "Where the hell are they? I can't see them!!" "I don't know!! Just shoot into the bush!!" Some shots showing the bush where the enemy is hiding getting smoked up would've worked, too.

I also agree with Mr. Killey that realistically they should've hit the ground or taken cover the moment the shooting started.

Despite its minor flaws, I loved the hard work that went into this and what was achieved. Very well done! Relatively speaking, I'd give it a 4 out of 5. But overall, considering it was shot in 3 days with few actors, plus the enthusiasm and planning that went into it, I have to give it a 5/5! Great job, guys! smile
Posted: Sat, 2nd Aug 2008, 4:33pm

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This is going to be really pedantic, but erm... how many bullets does each of those magazine's contain? It was a bit like your typical Platoon-esque film, which by the way I love! The smoke could have been a tad better. When I say better, I mean up the opacity and duration. I have said it before, Smoke doesn't just vanish it Disperses.

Overall, 4/5 for your determination and final outcome. I especially liked the helicoptors, however, it could be argued that the first two were either not needed or too fast. unsure

Great Job! I look forward to seeing your future projects.

J
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2008, 7:33pm

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FXhomer31669

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hey i finished watching your flick it was pretty good i really like the location you could've done a little better on the fx but it was good an whats up with leaving a soldier behind dramatic but not realistic same with the soldier that survived losing his weapon
Posted: Sat, 6th Sep 2008, 2:25am

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Great job! Very dramatic, it managed to pull me into the narrative and made me care about the characters in under two minutes. Some things could have been better, but overall pretty nice for something put together in three days. You have just earned 4/5 stars from me. I look forward to seeing your future work, maybe even an expanded version of this would be good to see.
Posted: Wed, 25th Feb 2009, 1:00pm

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Where did you download that 3D helicopter ?
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 4:09am

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peter huish

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didnt download it, we made it in c4d.
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 9:58am

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Does it take a long time to make it? How did you do it in just 3 days?
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 10:34am

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peter huish

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well basically, i made the helicopter in advance, when i first thought of the idea for the film (which was like a week before we started filming) i started to make the helicopter, and playing around with effects and things. and then we had to wait for the all the gear to come, so i had time before we started filming to make the helicopter. it was a bout 2 and a half days work. two days of modelling and then half a day of texturing.
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 10:38am

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Ok, do you know any website where you can download choppers that are already moded ?
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 11:01am

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Jonnie

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google it mate. Best way biggrin