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Escape Velocity

Posted: Mon, 16th Mar 2009, 4:38pm

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Avenging Eagle

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Oh Lawd, over 1000 views!!
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AS Film Studies Coursework.
The brief was to create a 2-minute segment to a fictitous film. I chose to do the opening 2 minutes to a sci-fi/noir movie called 'Escape Velocity'. Now that it's finished, I've added credits and opening logos and uploaded it here to share with you all.

A youtubed version can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhLVGqWLw4Q

Special Effects were done in Compositelab Pro and Anim8or, with help from Paint Shop Pro 5.

Copyright (c) Scott Tanner 2009


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Posted: Tue, 17th Mar 2009, 8:29pm

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MoltenWhale

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I thought it was good. I like how you introduced the setting and the character by using the USC log in.
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 9:19am

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I really, really like this. Although it's intended as the proposed start of a longer film, I think it actually works as a stand-alone short film. There's just enough information to discern what's going on (guy is in trouble, and has decided to leave the Earth for good) but with lots of room for the viewer to 'fill in the gaps'.

Visually it's very stylish and very cleverly composed and edited. There's a slick economy to the shot choice that tells the story efficiently.

The final shot with the camera lifting over the guy's head could have been a little more natural, I think, but otherwise this is great stuff.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 8:56pm

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Avenging Eagle

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Thanks you guys!

The exam board specified that we had to use 25 shots or less, which greatly contributed to the 'slick economy' of shot choice as Tarn called it. The 2-minute time limit also affected us greatly when deciding what to film. If I had been left to my own devices, I think the scene would have lasted longer, but not necessarily had any more shots in it. I think it would help the pacing a little but the audience wouldn't find out anything new in that extra minute or so, it would just have been for artistic purposes.

Keep your commments coming guys!

AE
Posted: Sat, 21st Mar 2009, 4:42pm

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I noticed an issue with the dissolve transition between the USC badge shot and the bullets, the Bullet shot that dissolves is either a different shot, or distorted, then when its done dissolving it cuts to the bullets, and its not distorted.

Other than that it was awesome, though I though it should be longer.
Posted: Sat, 21st Mar 2009, 5:21pm

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Very crisp. The only part I didn't like was the CGI blinds, but what the hey. I liked the tone you set, very Phillip-K-Dick-ish (what a grammatical travesty!).
Posted: Sun, 22nd Mar 2009, 9:47am

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Good work. Interesting lighting was the first thing I noticed and the CG blinds weren't that bad. Some of the tracking(effects) was a little shaky along with the "bullet" transition error. I'd say the visual effects work was NOT a distraction like a lot of films posted here. I was able to just enjoy your short for what it was, not be bothered with sore-thumb effects. Would like to see more, thanks!
Posted: Wed, 25th Mar 2009, 1:21pm

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Jonnie

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I really liked that. I thought the music was a very good choice. Are you considering finishing it at some point?

It'e intresting wha tyou said about the rules you were given (25 shots, no longer than two mins etc). Very oftern have rules like this bring out amazing work, like this. For example the whole principle Dogma95 is that there are all these rules that you must follow. Like it has been said before, i think it lasted just the right amount of time. Good work mate *thumbs up* razz
Posted: Fri, 27th Mar 2009, 10:08pm

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This was great. Well thought out, well shot, the colour pallete works really well, the effects are integrated pretty much perfectly (the only shot that jarred with me was the actual shot of the blinds opening - the shadows/light rays they created on the other hand, were incredible). Also, the fake web interface/computer terminal was great.

What was this filmed on?

All in all, a cracking piece of work. I would love to see a complete short film shot in this style biggrin

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Fri, 27th Mar 2009, 11:03pm

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Very good.
Posted: Sun, 29th Mar 2009, 6:33pm

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I'm really fond of this too. It had style, nice visuals, good sound and felt really, really thought through. I would have really liked to watch more. And that's always a good sign! Shame there wasn't more.

Congrats!
Posted: Wed, 1st Apr 2009, 6:44pm

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Thank you for all your feedback! I must admit, I did not expect 'Escape Velocity' to be on top of the fxhome cinema after two weeks. Sure, it's been knocked off its throne a couple of times but it seems to be very resilient and is refusing to abductate for long.

And over 700 downloads as well? I couldn't have asked for a better responce.

Thanks again you guys,

AE
Posted: Thu, 9th Apr 2009, 12:45am

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Paradox Pictures

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Rating: -2

Over 1000 views.
1000 downloads, probably not 1,000 views. Some people may not have watched it evan though they downloaded it.
Posted: Mon, 13th Apr 2009, 12:29pm

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Cool work, Scott. Love it. Also liked the music.

Cheers,
Siddhartha Barnhoorn
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