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saving elian

Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 11:41am

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novaHunter

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This film is somewhat of a spoof of Saving Private Ryan. A commando team is sent to Cuba to rescue Elian.

And that's basically the plot.

I edited the movie in Final Cut Pro 3, and added special effects with AlamDV. It was filmed in one night. Because we ended up with less people than originally planned, a couple people had to play multiple roles. But I think it turned out ok. And anyway, it was fun making it. smile


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Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 12:15pm

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Andreas

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A good movie! Loved the Toilet scen! verry funny! keep up with the good work! /Andy
Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 12:31pm

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took a long time do download ( even with broadband) might have been better making the size smaller, it might put people off watching it.

not bad, a worthy 3 votes, it might have been 4 but for the reflective trainers.....!!!!

now your getting comments and votes, feel free to view other peoples films.
Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 1:08pm

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very funny. I like the part about the carved mahogany.

Great music. Halo and Superman the animated series right?

Was little too dark but very nice job.
Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 1:39pm

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Well done....I do have to agree with the music aspect it didnt seem to flow that well at times. Anyways good job

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Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 7:02pm

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novaHunter

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b4uask30male wrote:

took a long time do download ( even with broadband) might have been better making the size smaller, it might put people off watching it.
I don't know about making it smaller. Compressing it seemed to make it darker, so a smaller size will probably make the outside scenes way too dark. Although if someone knows of a better compression method, let me know. But if the file size is really a big problem I can make a smaller version.

b4uask30male wrote:

not bad, a worthy 3 votes, it might have been 4 but for the reflective trainers.....!!!!
This is because of budget cuts to the military, they can no longer afford all that fancy GPS equipment. Reflective stripes are much cheaper, and the money saved can be spent on pizza. smile

b4uask30male wrote:

now your getting comments and votes, feel free to view other peoples films.
Whoa, Big Brother is watching! wink I haven't had too much time recently to watch videos, but after I get back from my vacation in a couple weeks, I'll watch some, I promise.

X wrote:

Great music. Halo and Superman the animated series right?

Riese wrote:

I do have to agree with the music aspect it didnt seem to flow that well at times.
Yes, they are from Halo and The New Batman Superman Adventures. Yes, the music does have some problems. I'm still learning how to work with audio. I have learned it's not as easy as it looks. smile

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Was little too dark
Yes, I have decided to not do anymore night scenes. I think part of the problem is the compression though, because it's not as bad on my computer.
Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 7:40pm

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Not bad. a little slow in places, but i still liked it. The thing that i didn't like was the horrendous jumpcuts. There would be a shot of one thing followed directly by a shot of the same thing so the light had changed, people's positions changed and bizarrely enough a dog disappeared. Also i couldn't exactly tell what was going on, who was who and who's side they were on. You should establish who exactly the commandoes are, what they're doing and where they are. A little extensive story boarding and writing would solve all these problems. Finally they did not move and manouvre like a trained commando unit. I advise you to research your subject before making a film about it. (this can be as easy and fun as sitting around watching commando films) I know i make it sound like i didn't like it but that's just me. It is actually one of the best films i've seen on here. Keep it up i know it isn't easy making good films with actors who never turn up, bad equipment and virtually no resources. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 26th Jul 2002, 8:38pm

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not too bad for one night of shooting.

your main problem was the muzzle flashes...way to small, therefore unrealistic and completely lost the effect.

music was maybe a 3/5, some places it fit, others it was like... "whaa???"

camera work was too boring really...too steady for too long. this is an action, there should be alot of movement involved.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 5:15am

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anonymous

what camera do u have ?
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 10:47am

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Overall, it was a pretty decent effort! I'd like to nitpick on three points, though, and I hope you'll take it in good spirit biggrin

1. the soundtrack: usually, I'm extremely pro-music, but in this case I found the music rather distracting. It was like a constant drone in the background, never fluctuating with what was going on in the movie.

2. the energy: I felt that the energy of the actors and the pace of the movie didn't propel the movie along sufficiently. It was, in truth, slightly tedious to watch.

3. the muzzle flashes: as Cypher pointed out, the muzzle flashes were way too small and ended up looking more like weak light bulbs.

That said, I think the effort was good, and I hope to see more films from you in the near future! biggrin
Posted: Mon, 5th Aug 2002, 3:55am

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First, thanks for the feedback. All of my family members think it is a totally awesome movie, so it's nice to have someone point out the bad things in the movie.

The team running problems: Hmm, I guess I've been playing Rainbow Six too much, because the teams in the game look just like what we did in the movie. Hey, I even got the sounds from the game.

The disappearing dog/jump cuts: Whoops. I fixed a couple of other problems, but I forgot about the dog. Oh well. Some of the cuts are a little strange. Those scenes should have been filmed right after each other, so the lighting and camera angle should have been the same. I'm not sure what happened.

Muzzle flashes: I thought they were the right size. The team is supposed to be using super suppressed weapons. They are super silent, so I assumed the flash would be small. Is the machine gun too small as well? I was trying not to make them too big, but I guess I erred on the conservative side.

Music: Yea, the music's not perfect. Like I said, I'm still learning the audio mixing technique. It didn't help that I was tired of the movie, and wanted to finish it. biggrin

Energy: Well, we didn't have time to really rehearse, so it was like "When I say go, run over there and fall down like you were shot." I had not thought about the energy in that sense before. Thanks for the tip.

Camera: I've got a Canon Elura I bought on eBay. Speaking of that, does anyone know where I can buy a replacement lens cap?
Posted: Sun, 18th Aug 2002, 8:26pm

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Oren

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OK, as far as family members go, they will ALWAYS tell you it was a totally awesome movie.

I have to say. For all the cool costumes, guns and effects possibilities, you really did not live up to the expectations I had. The editing was awful. The cuts did not flow together, and you really didn't feel like you were there with the team. Also, the punch to the face to that one guy....blech. The sound was also off. I'm sorry, but this just does not get my top votes.

I liked the logos in the beginning...
Posted: Tue, 28th Jan 2003, 9:19pm

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I liked the video overall. The reflective shoes though were hard to swallow. The video quality was excellent. The effects were mediocre. The sound in the big shoot out were not so good. I did think it was funny though with the toilet scene and especially the credit to Rush Limbaugh lol I'll give it a high 3.
Posted: Tue, 28th Jan 2003, 9:20pm

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Dude stop going through old movies and giving the creators 'tips'
Posted: Tue, 28th Jan 2003, 11:20pm

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Bob Page

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why?
Posted: Tue, 28th Jan 2003, 11:35pm

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MechaForce

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Cause they're old and they've moved on - it's like reviewing a Jurassic Park and saying they needed work on CG. It's not like any breathtaking new discovery or anything -