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Quickening

Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 1:05pm

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Loosely based on the Highlander television series and movies, this short film chronicles the chance meeting of two immortal adversaries. The majority of effects appear in the second half of the film. Heh.

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Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 1:39pm

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THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE...

but i don't think this is it...

little too long to get to the action, ( i have fast internet, took some time downloading, might have been worth making shorter for use on here ! )

you did use the fx very well, i liked the smoke. cool very cool.
did you mke the " electric arc" plug in just for this film ?

they appear to be real swords, might have been better if you got prop ones, you seemed a little held back when swinging them.

other than that very good, inc sound. wink

p.s.

Now you are getting comments and votes, feel free to view and comment on other peoples work.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 2:05pm

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Wow. I never realise you knew David Arquet. How did you manage to get him to be in you're movie? Oh wait. he's desperate for work, and it wasn't David it was just his double.
Anyway. Thought the special effects at the end were very well done. I liked them a lot. The sword fighting could have been better. Maybe try and choreograph it more. Practice for a few days or something prior to filming. That way you'll look better on film. Would like to see more films from you in the future. How did you get that smoke effect? I'm pretty sure it wasn't digitally added. Did you have access to dry ice or a smoke machine or something?
It was nicely shot too. Kept in focus and the camera was steady.
Music was a little strange. Personaly I would have gone for something more dramatic for the sword fight scene.
Anyway. Thats just my opinion. The way I carry on, you'd swear I was a pro or something.

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Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 2:16pm

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* off topic* sorry, can't help but comment on venger.

D&D was my best cartoon. razz
they realy ruined the feature film..
Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 4:17pm

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David Arquette? That’s a first! Seriously, thanks for taking the time to comment!

Some of the smoke used in the film was created with a fog machine, but I enhanced it with a modified (higher resolution) version of the Fog Overlay plugin. The curved electric arc plugin was indeed created for this film.

The swords are stage swords so they act like real swords, but have a dull edge. As I mentioned in another post, there may have been some advantage in using non-steel replicas, but I like the results here. The scenes were very choreographed, but it’s difficult for an inexperienced swordsman to pull off a convincing fight. For the record, the guy in the brown trench coat was intended to come off as a weaker, less-skilled opponent and prone to running away.wink

Some of the side stories in the Highlander series focus on new immortals that can’t quite come to grips with the sword fighting life. That’s how I envisioned the character in the brown coat.

As for the pacing of the movie, I make the type of movies that I would like to watch. The story doesn’t need to be deep, but I want it to be cohesive, with a beginning, middle and end. Viewers with slow connections may get impatient for the action, but I feel that action scenes carry more weight when balanced with less intense, story-building scenes.

Regardless, our future films will probably be a lot shorter. At least that’s the plan! biggrin

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Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 5:03pm

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I liked it...but I didnt hav a clue what was goin on...but the end (where the dude lost his head) was cool...good work lol
Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 5:24pm

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I liked it. Nice pace. I thought the fights were ok. I would try to up the intensity. I know the guy was supposed to be weaker but yu could use that to make it even more intense. (After all, niether guy wants his head loped off so they both have a little motivation!) Some of the sword fighting parts were very good. Can't wait to see the next installment.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Aug 2002, 10:52pm

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Hey... i realy liked the end of the movie... with the easy gitarrs playing as you leave the ware house or whatevery it is. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 9:59am

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I really liked the lightning effects, esp. the way the arched streaks flowed along the victor's torso. That whole sequence looked very professional.

P/s: Nice swords smile
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 1:52pm

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Cool stuff man, the lightining was great!
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 3:59pm

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I'm really glad you liked the lightning effects. It was a lot of fun putting that scene together. As a bonus, I learned a little bit about making plugins and customizing existing plugins. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 4:41pm

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So from these replies i can say on behalf of the other people on here.

we want to see more from you and david lol


ps.

thanks for voting and commenting on other films. razz
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 5:28pm

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Heh! lol

For the record, I'm the one that supposedly looks like David Arquette. I thought playing the defeated immortal would be more fun! eek

We plan on making more films in the future, but they'll probably be shorter. Thanks to everybody for the encouraging comments! biggrin

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Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 6:32pm

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Speaking as a certified Highlander fanatic, I thought it was pretty cool. You did a very good job of matching the feel of the series. I thought the paceing of the short was just right.

And your quickening looked better than some of the ones they did on the show. Good job.
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:28am

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Well, I'm not sure how the regular Highlander series went about, but my brother walked into the room and spotted the spinoff right away. So you must be doing something right biggrin I liked the end sequence too, the special effects were nicley done. Look forward to seeing more from you guys in the future!
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:38am

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WOAH WOAH WOAH and more WOAH!!!

at first, i was a little scepticle, seemed a bit lame in the first half, but then the sword fight started to liven things up smile and then suddenly, all this smoke and lightning, it looked amazing, u really used the effects to their full potential, i was quite amazed when i saw the ending, and i see there is now a plug-in of the effect u used - curved electric arc i believe...

i was very impressed with the ending, but the rest sorta let it down, was very well edited in my opinion - for instance, in one seen u kicked a pole smile u could of removed that sound, and no-one would have noticed prolly, but instead u hear this big, DONK!!! also some scenes were a bit confusing as it jumped from each person...

but overall, it was quite good, just need to work a bit harder on ur next movie biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:05pm

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Thanks for the comments! The members of this community really set it apart from other online communities by offering helpful constructive criticism. Whether they are positive or negative, the comments are generally well-intentioned and well thought out.

Hajiku and jarar1, we really tried to capture the feel of the series so I'm really glad to read your comments! biggrin

TMM, I'm glad you stuck with the movie till the second half. I'm also glad you liked the effects! Your comments really illustrate how subjective film making and film viewing are. That scene where I ran into the piece of metal was shot 3 or 4 times. In all but one, I ran through the door smoothly and the other "immortal" followed just fine. In the end, I picked the one where I tripped a bit because I thought it showed the character was getting careless! Go figure. Thanks!
Posted: Wed, 15th Jan 2003, 4:23pm

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Michael Suzor

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Highlander goes to the Home Depot. I liked it.
Posted: Thu, 30th Jun 2005, 8:05am

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the good think about this story that any body could be and imortal

there were over 10.000 cast off in to the future

you could add your oun differnt prospective what was your part in the war

you dont have to follow mc clouds story line flash back past to future
Posted: Thu, 30th Jun 2005, 8:07am

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I don't even know if this warrants as a bump. A time machine must have been involved.