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The Red Flag Waves: Preview

Posted: Wed, 4th Mar 2009, 3:19pm

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An exclusive preview for FXhome for our next movie The Red Flag Waves. This is the very first scene (although not the final, polished one). It should be around 40 minutes long when finished. The plot lies around a theoretical society where Russia and Germany have joined sides and have taken over most of the world, including America, forcing them into small villages and camps. A rebel force fights for freedom and gets a seldom chance to gain back their freedom. Enjoy!

Once again this is very rough! I just wanted to share it! Comments are greatly appreciated! There is a little problem with the sound a few times.


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Posted: Thu, 5th Mar 2009, 9:54am

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i really liked that man. The opening shot of the flag was a great shot. I'm not gonna try and find things wrong with that piece. I thought it was well shot and well developed. good make my friend
Posted: Thu, 5th Mar 2009, 2:45pm

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Thanks a lot! Very kind of you!
Posted: Thu, 5th Mar 2009, 3:10pm

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I generally liked it, even though this movie would have been better in the 80s. I liked the music, but the sound of the diulog wasn't really the best. Overall though, I would say it was good. smile
Posted: Thu, 5th Mar 2009, 3:15pm

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Hey thanks a lot! I agree but this is a rough draft kind of thing, i will make sure to look into it!
Posted: Mon, 9th Mar 2009, 12:20pm

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NICE! but you showed the red flag a little to much other than all i got say is go kick those guys faces off
Posted: Mon, 9th Mar 2009, 7:15pm

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Hey, I thought this was amazing!!!! You used the backrond music very well and the flag scene was just the right length. You have given me some ideas for my next movie about a rescue team of five rescuing two hostages in Vietnam!!!!!!! I thought this was a great preview. Can't wait till the movie comes out.
One question, what was the music you used in the begining or what was the song called?!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!
Posted: Mon, 9th Mar 2009, 11:56pm

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To Eli: Hey thanks a lot! I know some may find the flag length irritating smile .

To Brianator: I'm glad you liked this film! I hope yours goes well too! It makes me feel good to inspire people lol. The song is called "Call to Prayer" on Musicbeyond.com under the "World Flavors" or something category. Hope this helps!
Posted: Tue, 10th Mar 2009, 12:17am

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Major props man, one of the shots was to dark for me to see but ur hero-like character gives me Christian Bale vibes, which is a good thing. Overall the concept rocks and im kinda jealous I didnt think of it first smile good luck
Posted: Tue, 10th Mar 2009, 1:46am

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Yeah I agree, some of our shots turned out a little dark but I'm glad you liked it cooldude. Thanks for commenting and sorry about taking the idea . If you would have read my mind before i wrote the script and taken the idea first, this wouldn't have happened smile .
Posted: Fri, 13th Mar 2009, 10:40pm

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the only problem was some scenes were to dark to see other wise it was perfect
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 12:00pm

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one word- ''Prefect''
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 3:05pm

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Thank you ricam and DittoProductions! I really appreciate the complements!
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 6:26pm

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Whoa ho, ho, ho,
Dang that was nice.
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 6:57pm

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Haha smile glad you enjoyed Spydurhank!
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 10:15pm

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I agree with the other comments it is a way to dark, but in the future remember to use reflector panels. If you had positioned one or two aluminum foil reflector panels pointing at the actors face you would have had the proper light ratio. Once again and this is my opinion only but this is another film with flat color. Take a look at the movie saving private Ryan as a perfect example of proper color saturation. Believe it or not you should be able to dramatically improve the scene using EffectsLab, it is very time-consuming zoning the light ratios but it can be done. You Can use EffectsLab just like Photoshop for fixing a badly backlit photo, old-timers like me call it Dodge and burn.

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Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 10:28pm

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Would you mind telling me what it's rated 15 for? I'm pretty sensitive about language and sexual behavior, though I don't really mind violence to a certain extent. I haven't watched it yet, but I want to, so I was wondering.
Posted: Sat, 14th Mar 2009, 11:55pm

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Thank you Morgoth! Now to White Balance's comments: First off, the filter is called airbrushed photo basic, meaning, it makes sure not to saturate... Not everyone has to 'burn' things to saturate them. If i wanted to be like everyone, then there would be no variety. Now i do agree with the lighting, so thanks for the tips! I will make sure to try that trick! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 12:36am

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TSHADproductions wrote:

Thank you Morgoth! Now to White Balance's comments: First off, the filter is called airbrushed photo basic, meaning, it makes sure not to saturate... Not everyone has to 'burn' things to saturate them. If i wanted to be like everyone, then there would be no variety. Now i do agree with the lighting, so thanks for the tips! I will make sure to try that trick! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Why you're welcome. For what I have no clue, considering I only asked a question, but you're welcome anyway. unsure
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 10:13am

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I like it a lot, but two issues that will really detract from the whole 40 minute movie are the darkness and the accents. I would highly recommend simply getting a basic russian accent training tape, or listening to natives for a while, just to get it down. It will help enormously and keep those 'Uh-Mair-Ee-Kya's (America) to a minimum.
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 3:53pm

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Thank you for pointing that out is what i meant, and the answer therefore is i have no clue smile
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 3:54pm

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I'm glad you liked Jay Yang. I will take your advice into account. It is a good idea smile.
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 4:21am

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Conceptually, this is pretty good.

However, for what's in it, there's a lot of 'bad' for me. First off, the red flag shot is cool, if not a little monotonous. Then what follows is about 15 seconds of shots so dark in brightness and dull in contrast that it's hard to even tell that there's supposed to be a shot and not a blank black card there. Not to diss, but when the angle changes to where there's a little bits of light peeking through the bottom-right corner of the screen, that was when I realized I was looking at footage.

Then we're treated to some outdoor bits, which are pretty cool - albeit kids playing adults. Even so, this, like your sniper film, is relatively strong in execution and pretty solid. That being said, then we go back to inside that 'shed' where - if I had to hazard a guess here - you didn't have any lights. This time around, we can see a (possible) protagonist's face, but it's so dark and muddled that it's hard to make out anything.

If you don't have lighting in there, then it's not wise to pull all the brightness down in the footage - which, correct me if I'm wrong, you seem to have slightly done here - rather, I would recommend ever-so-slightly crunching the blacks and then heavily upping the luminance and bringing the whites up to a resilient bleach bypass.

I suppose I just see no reason why outdoor shooting, even at the threshold of the door of a 'shack' of some sort, should look so...dim. I really, thoroughly enjoyed your other film; but this preview doesn't show anywhere close to as solid an understanding of the filmmaking fundamentals to me, and for that reason I'm giving it a 3.

In all honesty, were the pacing in the first half faster and more varied, it would've made the monotony and little errors more manageable. Good job, still, and I await the film.

3/5
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 4:55am

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To tell you the truth ben, i don't like the film myself. That's why we are not going to finish it. I don't think it deserves to be on the top bracket, let alone how long its been there. I agree with the lighting, but like i said this film has been put on a spot i really don't think it deserves. It was put on as kind of a hey look at what we did over a weekend. The script itself took me months but i decided to drop it do to reasons with acting and also major production. So really, i agree with you, and have been anxiously arriving someone to take its place... Thanks for commenting!
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 8:02am

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TSHADproductions wrote:

To tell you the truth ben, i don't like the film myself. That's why we are not going to finish it. I don't think it deserves to be on the top bracket, let alone how long its been there. I agree with the lighting, but like i said this film has been put on a spot i really don't think it deserves. It was put on as kind of a hey look at what we did over a weekend. The script itself took me months but i decided to drop it do to reasons with acting and also major production. So really, i agree with you, and have been anxiously arriving someone to take its place... Thanks for commenting!
Please don't give your movie up, as in please finish it. Yes there were a few flaws but you can work those out, it was still great and has a ton of potential.
You spent however much time on your script and you must have spent a crap load of time to shoot that scene which I thought was great, needs work but it was still great in my opinion.
If you have issues with your production and actors which won't allow you to finish it, then that's cool but please don't give up just to give up man! You have a very good concept and I for one would love to see you finish it.
It would be awesome.
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 1:38pm

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Wow thanks a lot spydurhank. Your right about the time spent... I just have always felt that teenage actors couldn't play adults no matter how good they are because they are teenagers. But i see what your saying. I guess your right, why waste a script? Thanks a lot spydurhank! I will think about it i guess, there is always summer right? smile
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 4:13pm

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Yeah man don't let it go just yet.
As far as the teenagers playing adults... I think you could get around that by having them as a military training school type thing, a war games with live ammo and targets maybe? Not real live ammo though.
You should check out this movie called "Red Dawn" It's about a bunch of teenagers that form an almost gorilla type unit to fight off an invading military force in the U.S. It was really good.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 5:45pm

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I fought that the film was to dark! I couldn'y really see what was happening when they were inside. But the whole idea of this scene was actually quite good! Just one thing that I didin't like was that when the gun were fired there was no flash only smoke, I'm not saying that this is wrong, but for my taste a gunshot wouldn't be the same without a flash. Good-job, looks interesting!
Posted: Wed, 1st Apr 2009, 12:37am

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It was dark and I couldn't see anything. I realize some of this may have been to add a scary feel, but you could tone up the brightness a bit and still achieve your goal. Also, the red flag stayed up there a bit too long.

You're crazy to give this up! It's a great concept and idea, it's dramatic...I want to see the finished product. NOW!! <insert cuss word here> Lol, jk. But I want to see it.
Posted: Wed, 1st Apr 2009, 2:05am

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Thanks a lot man but you will soon see our reasoning when our newest short film comes out. just wait smile. Thanks for the complements! alto ugh i must warn that the dark thing has been mentioned quite a bit, and i get the point lol. thanks!