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High Stakes Trailer

Posted: Wed, 19th Nov 2008, 1:10pm

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Cypher

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The Trailer to a film I shot for my Thesis in Film School. It premiered at a local film festival and was received quite well. Right now I can't release the actual film online due to festival submissions and legal reasons, but here's the trailer!

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Posted: Wed, 19th Nov 2008, 5:02pm

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Seriously impressive.
You have some very high quality images there, particularly the city scape with all the neon, the well-lit scenes of the blonde in the room with the older man, and the poker-table scene.
The acting seems believable all-around, with a highlight being the older guy at the desk with the green lamp.
The music suits it very well, mellow and subdued but still maintains a classy energy.
My only complaint is that the opening few shots, choreographed nicely with the music and showcasing some very nice camerawork and focusing, set the mood for a more thrilling and fast-paced film than the rest of the trailer would suggest. I wasn't disappointed when movie itself was revealed to be a more dramatic character-piece because it looked so well-done. I did however, feel a little misled by those quick opening cuts and moody guitar riff.
All in all awesome work, hopefully you can get the whole thing online sometime soon, I'm definitely interested.
Posted: Wed, 19th Nov 2008, 5:19pm

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This looks really good. I would sure like to see it.
Posted: Wed, 19th Nov 2008, 5:42pm

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not to shabby, good job!
Posted: Fri, 21st Nov 2008, 6:41am

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I really enjoyed the trailer and have actually had a sneak peek at the full film.

I enjoyed the tempo and the acting really stood out. I'm a poker fiend when I have the time so I liked that aspect of it as well. Very nice use of the dof adapter, great angles...All good stuff. 5/5!
Posted: Fri, 21st Nov 2008, 7:45am

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The dolly shots work very well and the mood feels appropriate throughout.

The voices are a little hard to hear and some points, the acting was a little flat.

Other than that a nice piece of work.
Posted: Mon, 24th Nov 2008, 2:01am

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Excellent stuff.....cam work was rather beautiful and the whole thing has professionalism written all over it.The actors were brilliant.
This is a real classy piece of work.
Goodluck with it.
Posted: Tue, 25th Nov 2008, 4:21am

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Thanks for the kind words!

Yeah, it was interesting, I "signed on" to this project when the script was entirely different (it had to do with Alyssa trying to get out of the slums with her sister, there was no boyfriend aspect), but the producer/writer decided to greatly change it and add the whole "boyfriend in trouble" bit... so I had to rethink my approach a bit.

Originally it was to be a film about poker, and (I like to think) that I turned it into a film about a character, who simply happens to play poker.

Thanks for the comments on the cinematography, we're really proud of it!
Posted: Tue, 25th Nov 2008, 4:23am

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Travis Kunze

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Any chance in us seeing the big picture sometime soon!
Posted: Tue, 25th Nov 2008, 6:11am

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This is a very good film, awesome filming, angles, audio can be a little strange in a few areas, buts its great! Keep up the good work!
Posted: Tue, 25th Nov 2008, 9:30am

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Cypher! Good to see you again.

Very, very nice camerawork here. Love some of the shots and the attention to light is mostly very good - apart from one shot with the girl, her boyfriend and daughter (?) which is too harshly light in my opinion. camera movements are great, well placed and really well executed. Sound also seems crisp and clear.

I thought the acting was mediocre though and lacked impact a bit. And the general flow of the trailer was a bit odd. I don't really have much of an idea what the film is about now. But maybe that's just me.

Glad to see more of your work!
Posted: Tue, 25th Nov 2008, 11:15am

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I want to turn a blind eye to this, but I simply can't. This trailer doesn't work at all for me. I see it tries to go the road of the 'slow-burn' trailer-pacing and simply misses the mark with me as the audience.

Sorry man, but even the ace cinematography can't save the spotty semi-slick, semi-odd editing and some cringe-worthy points in acting for me.

On the plus side, however, I can't deny the overall professionalism of the shoot and the high production value you've got running for yourself. Good job on those accounts and, once again, the pitch-perfect cinematography.

For a trailer, this doesn't connect with me and leaves me disinterested. But hey, trailers can be deceiving on both ends, and I look forward to your movie nonetheless. smile
Posted: Wed, 3rd Dec 2008, 12:02pm

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Sollthar,
thanks! We paid a lot of attention to our light setups, even when we didn't have our weapons of choice. For example, in the main poker scene, we originally had a nice big 4K bank booked to light the entire thing, but come day of, scheduling conflicts meant we were given a 1K cine-flo. So we basically had to rework a lot of the wides and use a lot of kickers just to get the same look. You can never have too few nooks, that's my new rule. lol
The acting: I went with a very sub-dued feel when casting. I didn't want anything over the top (except for one character), and I think (in the actual film at least) it sets a more dramatic and real-world tone to it. Hanging around poker players, I've noticed they're usually monotone (not at all) and I casted accordingly.

Atom,
To each his own, right? It's a very select film. I appreciate the comments and if I can get it online, I'll let you guys know. I've only been sporadically showing it here and there, but I can't release to public yet sadly sad
Posted: Wed, 3rd Dec 2008, 3:38pm

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Welcome back Cypher, good to see you again.

Very nice visuals in here, although maybe a few too many short dof rack focus shots for my liking. The first few were fantastic and set the mood, but after that I started noticing the focus shifts more than the actors/story, if you see what I mean. I'm sure it's fine in the movie, but packing so many into the trailer was a little distracting.

As with Sollthar, I'm not entirely sure what this is about, but I am intrigued enough to want to know more. The boyfriend telling the little girl that she has to leave, followed by the shot of her with a suitcase that's as big as she is, worked to pique my interest in particular.

I'd also agree that the acting is a little monotone...while that might work in the film itself, it makes for a slightly flat trailer. There aren't really any peaks and troughs...it's all very much on the same level.

I'm nit-picking, obviously, but that's what you get when you've moved up to this level. wink

Nice one.
Posted: Sat, 6th Dec 2008, 6:29pm

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oh yea, i can definitely tell it is approved for all audiences. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 7th Dec 2008, 1:38pm

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the trailer looks great!! really nicely shot and very professional!!
hey you even got ol' wolverine in there smile bet he wasn't cheap! wink
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 10:19am

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Thank-you kindly!

Hopefully I can get this released online in the next coming months (ie, before the end of the year) but who knows.

Thanks to everyone who watched and commented!