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Mr Fox

Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 1:04pm

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A short film.

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Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 3:07pm

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Wow, that was exceedingly creepy. Very arty and abstract, of course, but the camerawork, sound and editing all worked together to create a very, very unnerving atmosphere - partly comedic (the Looney Tunes style sound effects) and partly horrific (the fox head).

Intriguing. I'm not even going to attempt to rationalise a story or plot out of it, but from a stylistic perspective I loved it.

With this and the FXhome Award-nominated Maze of the Blind your visuals are going from strength to strength.

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Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 3:16pm

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Just to echo Tarn's sentiments, I enjoyed this. And it's hard to explain why.
-Matt
Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 4:15pm

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Thanks very much guys, glad you enjoyed it.
Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 6:44pm

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This is like the new A Clockwork Orange or a darker version of Donnie Darko, something Donnie would dream of. Really top notch creepy ass stuff smile
Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 8:45pm

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Made a note of it for this year's nominations... is all I'm saying wink

I thought the creepy soundscapes were brilliant, a really impressive film and one that compelled you to watch till the end.

Very haunting, very weird, very cool! Congratulations.
Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 11:19pm

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Wow, quite creepy indeed! It reminds me a little of a short that Penguin and I did (you can see it here if you like). The fact that there was comedy in it, in a way seemed to make it creepier.

It's very hard to say what was so brilliant about it, but it was definitely brilliant.
Posted: Thu, 9th Apr 2009, 9:13am

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I love how visually capturing this is, the vignette is really nice and gives it a whole stylized feel to it. Also the grading overall is wonderfully done as with the camerawork.

The concept of...well whatever it's implying if it is actually implying anything is creepy and well executed.

4/5
Posted: Fri, 10th Apr 2009, 12:59am

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I don't get it. I liked it kinda, but what the heck is the point?
Posted: Sat, 11th Apr 2009, 1:18am

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That was Hilariously pointless. But it was awesome. biggrin
Posted: Sat, 11th Apr 2009, 9:58am

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that was great! I loved the audio track above everything else
Posted: Sat, 11th Apr 2009, 11:03pm

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I love this. I'm going to sit down and watch this several more times. That's why I'm giving it 5/5.
Posted: Sun, 12th Apr 2009, 12:01am

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It's very...strange. I'm not sure what to call it. Comic yet creepy? A twisted parody of life, seen through the eyes of a corpse? I don't know. I'm not going to rate it.
Posted: Sun, 12th Apr 2009, 5:12am

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I can summarise all my thoughts in a few symbol for this film:

???????????????

That's all I can say about it.
Posted: Tue, 14th Apr 2009, 11:09am

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Thanks for watching chaps, any more thoughts or comments from anyone?
Posted: Tue, 14th Apr 2009, 1:55pm

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You dont have to understand things . .

Facination is all it needs .. .
Posted: Tue, 14th Apr 2009, 4:14pm

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That was really impressive. A total spin out but impressive nonetheless (especially in terms of editing and cinematography.)

Had a real 60's/70's arthouse vibe to it.

Good job man!
Posted: Wed, 15th Apr 2009, 1:39pm

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The best but most frustrating thing about this, is that I can detect a whole range of 70s and 80s art-house stuff that i'm sure have influenced this, but I can't identify one of them razz

I suppose the only problem with this is that the genre you're imitating has come and gone. As bizarre as this is, you've cut no corners when it comes to the sheer demented randomness of the genre, so you've left no room for adding anything new and without development, the style which would have made this noteworthy 20 years ago, becomes rather transparent. That leaves a weird yet empty "wacky-for-the-sake-of-wacky" story in the background.

As a homage to the stuff i can't quite put my finger on: 4 star. As a short on its own: 3.
Posted: Wed, 15th Apr 2009, 6:00pm

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Hi, Xcession, thanks for the comments, I wasn't trying to immitate a genre, the style of this film sort of came about on it's own as I made the film, it seemed natural. Obviously film makers like Svankmajer were an inspiration, but I didn't set out to copy that style or those films. The main influences and inspiration for this were Kubrick, particularly A Clockwork Orange, and Evil Dead 2. As for the story, it is about certain themes and ideas and was not contrived to facilitate random, wacky, surreal imagery, I hate strangeness for the sake of strangeness. Im not that concerned that people don't get what it's about, It's a simple or as complex as you want it to be, and you can take it on a purely visual level or look deeper into it if you want.Im going to stop talking now as I feel I may be starting to sound like a pretentious arsehole. So thanks for watching and commenting, it's very much appreciated.
Max
Posted: Wed, 15th Apr 2009, 10:01pm

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Don't worry I wasn't using "imitate" in a derogatory sense, this was brilliant in many ways. Whether the style was deliberate or not wasn't really my issue, but as a piece which was clearly similar in style to such an iconic time in film history, I feel this film needed to be made during that time for it to be anything other than a (thoroughly enjoyable) tribute. I guess you just pushed my nostalgia buttons, or something (perhaps your intention). Its not that 'covering' Kubrick is taboo or anything like covering Lennon songs, its more that I felt the tiniest bit of disappointment that this wasn't in fact an actual Kubrick smile
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 3:17am

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Ben and I and a friend watched this bizarre masterpiece several times, completely confused and laughing the entire time.

5/5
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 2:44pm

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Hi, Xcession, don't worry, I didn't take anything you said as derogatory, i really appreciate people taking the time to comment. Atom, thanks for that, glad you enjoyed it, although I was hoping for a lenghty critique from the atomic bros,biggrin
Thanks for watching,
Max
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 2:48pm

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If it's a lengthy, long-winded review you want; I'll give ya one. smile

Here we go....

Overall I felt this was really strong, albeit hard to fully understand.

Generally very esoteric and somewhat ambiguous, yes, but with a very distinct sense of self and style that made it passable. You never try to really explain anything; we're meant to take it for what it is and appears to us, and I liked that. What's more, your affinity for striking visuals- an implacable setting and 'look' of something like older film, Monty Python style, not quite video not quite film- aids this oddball effort even more. I have no doubt this'll be up for the Best Cinematography FXHome Award next year.

The fox head and premise itself also allows this to be 'sold' really convincingly. The sense of humor is very defined and closed, but it worked for me. "A gentleman's accessory" was great. Coupled this with a few technical merits, and I was sold on a 5-star rating. Which leads me to this....

For however impressive your visuals may be, Mr. Fox really triumphs in the way it is edited, the sound-design, and the narrative form this uses. The use of quick cuts and slide-card titles is fantastic- honed masterfully with a very precise and wacky sound-design that I absolutely loved. These aspects really helped me acknowledge and like Mr. Fox; a short that would've otherwise been a very strange and indiscernible mish-mash of morbid clips.

Now, with such stream-of-consciousness random material in a short like this, remember, you run the risk of off-putting your audience or the comedy not 'clicking' like it did for me; and so is the danger of tackling such esoteric material. For me it was funny, clever, and simply worked. But for others it hasn't and might not. Just a reminder there.

However, that's just a cautionary tale. Overall I suspect most people will enjoy this short little mindf*ck that captures you in its oddity and never lets go. Bravo, man.

5/5
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 3:19pm

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Thanks Atom
Posted: Sun, 19th Apr 2009, 11:40pm

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It's certainly not my style, but I like it and appreciate the effort. Great work.

*head spins* Weeeiiirddd...

lol
Posted: Mon, 20th Apr 2009, 4:11am

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I understand the reference points and style homages, but the film overall just doesn't really DO anything or go anywhere. At least for me, apparently. This was top notch technically/stylistically, but it seemed like music video imagery/dream sequence imagery as opposed to a self-contained package.
Posted: Mon, 20th Apr 2009, 5:02am

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Wow.

It reminded me of a Dextors lab, Samurai Jack with Cow and chicken cartoon all rolled into one. Very cool!
Posted: Wed, 22nd Apr 2009, 10:02am

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Thanks guys, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but what is? Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment,
Max
Posted: Wed, 22nd Apr 2009, 1:14pm

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Hey Swinton,
That was some seriously weird stuff, are you warped ? *L*, seriously though, great job and imagination, i was hooked right through to the end

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Posted: Thu, 23rd Apr 2009, 12:51pm

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Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed it.
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 2:12pm

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well... i liked the sound effects and the colors and the style but it didnt really make sense
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 4:07pm

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I don't know why I liked this so much, but I did. It was so.... strange, but in a such a good way. 5 stars. The sound effects where really good. And it looked like it was shot on film. How did you do that? That was the most realistic film look i have ever seen. Amazing. How did you think of this? A bad trip? wink
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 5:38pm

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Thanks very much RockFilmers, really glad you liked it. The film look was just loads of time spent trying to create a look I liked, mainly in after
effects and a little bit in visionlab studio, and then I added a real film grain overlay that I made over the top. It was a long process. No drugs involved in thinking it up, it's just the sort of thing my mind comes up with I suppose. JTP studios, you wrote this, ''well... i liked the sound effects and the colors and the style but it didnt really make sense.'' Then you rated it 0 stars. Fair enough, but surely that would mean that you actually didn't like any of the things you mentioned, that you in fact hated those things? It would be better if you just said so, more constructive. Less like the behaviour of a moron.
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 7:57pm

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How did you make the real film overlay? For my next film, I wanted to give it look like that, but when I do it digitally, it never comes out good.

No drugs involved in thinking it up,
Good to hear smile . I still don't know what is so captivating about this. you are very talented.

BTW, what camera did you shoot with? I was wondering earlier.
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 9:35pm

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Thanks very much, really appreciate it. for the film grain I used a film slr camera to photograph a piece of grey card with a high speed black and white film. I had the film developed and scanned on to a cd and then edited each frame together to make a sequence that was 5 seconds long. Then I overlayed that on to the graded footage using soft light as a blending mode. You really have to experiment with different film stocks in terms of grain, I used Kodak Tri X first and it was just far too grainy, so I settled on T-Max 100, which has a lot finer grain. To make a 5 second sequence of film grain took 2 rolls of film and the whole thing ended up costing about £30.00, so $50.00. As for the rest of the look, it was a case of thinking about how I wanted it to look and then just playing around until I got something I was happy with. I was inspired by the look of films from the 1970's, especially A Clockwork Orange. For me, when it comes to grading, it's mostly just intuition, and I spend a lot of time on it. The camera was a DVX 100b.
Sorry that post was so long, got carried away. Hope it helps you out,
Max
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 9:58pm

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Wow, that's pretty creative. Mom has an old SLR, maybe I'll try that.

From what I hear the DVX and the HVX are very good cameras. Great image quality.

Sorry that post was so long, got carried away.
Are you kidding? It was really helpful. smile
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 10:06pm

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I really liked this, kinda reminded me of the video from the movie The Ring. Very dark, and twisted. Good job.
Posted: Sun, 26th Apr 2009, 10:37pm

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Thanks very much Chosen One, glad you like it. Rockfilmers, the DVX is a great camera, this was my first time using it, I was previously using a really terrible Sony Handicam thats about 7 years old. The DVX is borrowed from my college and it's such a huge step up. I've never used the HVX. Next camera I'm using will hopefully be a Canon XH A1. On the strength of Mr Fox I managed to make a deal with Canon UK for the loan of a camera in exchange for giving them a credit on my next film. I really hope it doesn't fall through. It's a really good idea to speak to these companies reps about borrowing equipment, you might get what you need. Anyway, I'm glad I could be of help,
Max
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If it would be like this, you have nothing to worry about.
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So you're saying this wasn't shot on film? Wow, you certainly fooled me. A very impressive example of brilliant grading then. Congratulations to you!

As to the film itself, I liked it a lot! Clever editing, top notch camera and light, excellent sound. Technically, this is absolutely great!
I also found it rather amusing and somewhat disturbing to watch. It's certainly a great style, just not 100% my cop of tea, but I did enjoy it and hope to watch more, actually. smile

Looking forward to your next one!
Posted: Mon, 27th Apr 2009, 12:54pm

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Thanks Sollthar, I wish I had the money to shoot with film, but no. I'm glad you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next one, which will involve another taxidermied creature, this time with questionable intentions.
Max
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Why do I keep watching this?? I just saw it yesterday for the fourth time, and I'm going to watch it again!
Posted: Mon, 27th Apr 2009, 5:31pm

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Richard III wrote:

Why do I keep watching this?? I just saw it yesterday for the fourth time, and I'm going to watch it again!
The real question is: Why do you keep posting in this topic, when you clearly said you did not like this film, in your first post? I have noticed you just like to post and never have nothing real to say.
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Hi there Max,

I just saw your movie, and the others here in your Cinema.

You know, I can't find words to describe my feelings about this - I even can't find them in my native language!
I was kinda ill at ease due watching this, but it's simply facinating. It's like you can't wacth away, especially those scenes with the Tea or the Toothbrush. Or the Eyes. Kindo everything; it disturbs me in some way, but I think it's great, nasty but great. And the Music - awesome.

I'm very curious about you graded this (and how the raw footage looked like). You had me from the first scene on, I think I wouldn't survive a whole movie in this stlye smile
Reminds me a little bit on those Grindhouse-Faketrailers, or creepy horrormovies from the 70s. But it's not that boring smile

Regards,
Lucas
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Viking wrote:

Richard III wrote:

Why do I keep watching this?? I just saw it yesterday for the fourth time, and I'm going to watch it again!
The real question is: Why do you keep posting in this topic, when you clearly said you did not like this film, in your first post? I have noticed you just like to post and never have nothing real to say.
That was before I got the point. Or the un-point. Or whatever. It's kind of addictive.
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Rating: +3

Thanks guys. Tuffy, I'm glad you liked it, heres some before and after stills since you said you were interested in how it's graded.

















Sorry for the large pictures. I graded the film mainly with after effects, and some of these shots had up to 50 layers, so it was a long process.
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That's pretty bad ass man.
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The thing that makes my spine crawl is the second shot of the toothbrush when he thrusts the toothbrush at the camera. That plus the sound is really creepy.

One thing I don't get is the tower of cards moving towards the moon. What is the significance?
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That blue enhances it so much. Blue is my favorite color to use while grading.

and some of these shots had up to 50 layers
Holy crap eek ! That must have taken forever to render. I hope you have a lot of RAM and a good video card.
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Rating: -6

Rockfilmers wrote:

Holy crap eek ! That must have taken forever to render. I hope you have a lot of RAM and a good video card.
This.
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Yes, some long render times with this. When I say that some shots had 50 layers, I mean sequneces, so the fencing bit had 50 layers as a whole sequence, not each individual shot in that sequence, sorry if that was unclear.
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Hi there Max,

thanks for those pictures. And goddamn, I'm really amazed. It's not hard to make me like things, but this really rocks.

I think this is much hard work on those shortfilms, but I'm really looking forward to see a full-length movie from you. I think you could work on that for a long time, but it'll stay forever smile

Regards,
Lucas
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Thanks Lucas, yes, a lot of hard work goes into my shorts. I am quite obsessive, and I think about it like this, You are only going to make the film you are making once, so whatever it's like when you call it finished, thats the film that exists and is the product of everything that went into it, so you want it to be the best it can be. Even if that does mean 3 14 hour days in a row working on a sequence 50 frames long. And I think a feature length film might be a few years away at least biggrin
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Hi there,

yeah, but does it have to be feature length? I think 15 to 30 minutes will work smile
I liked your short with this kid in the lake, that was freakin' awesome and really disgusting; I thik you would be great making a horror-movie, with lots of irony and stuff (like with Mr Fox and the drinking).

I know this kind of woorking, but here it's mostly on special vfx-shots or rotoscoping biggrin when I got a good grading on stuff, I get a quicker result on the other clips soon enough. But that's only grading, no sound or cut smile

//edit
I behave like a fanboy - in case to not be one, I have some criticism for you:
In your other movies (that one with the monster-guy in the lake that I mentioned above and this fake-trailer with those magicians) is one thing, I just realised which was not that good. Only one word: headromm - sometimes far to much smile but thats a small think to look on in the future (or is it? I don't saw this problem in Mr Fox, so maybe you already fixed it smile )

Regards,
Lucas
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Hi, I'm making another one at the moment, but it will probably be about the same length as Mr Fox, maybe a little longer. Yeah, the horrible 14 hour days were a mixture of grading and vfx work. I really enjoy it when it's going well, but when things won't worj and youve been looking at the same second of film for days, it can be quite distressing unsure You mean the amount of space above the actors heads? Yes you are right about that, not enough consideration on certain shots in those films.
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swintonmaximilian wrote:

Evil Dead 2.
Exactly what I was thinking during the opening shot.

Very brilliant.
Posted: Wed, 29th Apr 2009, 7:31pm

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It is the best film ever. Undeniable fact.
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Aaaaaaaaaarmy of Darkness. Come on, you know it's the best of the franchise. biggrin
Posted: Wed, 29th Apr 2009, 7:54pm

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Aaaaaaaaaarmy of Darkness. Come on, you know it's the best of the franchise.
By faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. Klathu Veratha.... nn... noodles... Army of Darkness is one of my all time favorites.


Those before and after shots are fantastic max! Really interesting to see the difference. Very good grading. Though 50 layers? Holy crap. I guess the subtle film grain stuff gets lost in crappy youtubeovision though. Any chance of a higher res download?
Posted: Wed, 29th Apr 2009, 8:17pm

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No no no, army of darkness is definately not better than evil dead 2, it is great, but once the battle starts it goes down hill, while still remaining absolutely brilliant of course. The 50 layers were for sequences, so the fencing bit had 50 or 55 all together I think. Lots of selective garding of certain areas of the frame, I become really obsessive you see. I don't really know anything about putting films on the internet, thats why I use youtube, so I would put up a high quality one if I knew how, I will try and work it out. At the moment though Im a little pissed off because the deal I made with Canon for the loan of an XH A1 seems to have fallen through because they messed up, because they are bastards.
Posted: Thu, 30th Apr 2009, 8:53am

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Hi there Max,

I know how to put stuff on the Internet - and I got a Rootserver. So I could host it for you - if you like smile
If you are interested, please send me a pm and we can take care of the rest smile

And yes, I meant the free space above the head, thats the "headroom".

Regards,
Lucas
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I actually liked this, the abstract and blunt explanations were really great. I have to say it was kinda creepy. Great job!
Posted: Mon, 4th May 2009, 10:38pm

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Thanks Albin, glad you likes it. Lucas, I would love to take you up on your offer and I will send you a message to discuss.
Posted: Tue, 5th May 2009, 10:25am

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The card sequence - is it referencing the Batman comic Arkham Asylum? I read that last week and noticed an almost identical sequence involving stacked cards, and similar (identical?) dialogue.

Stumbling across it in Arkham Asylum really freaked me out - on top of how freaky that book is to begin with! smile
Posted: Tue, 5th May 2009, 1:22pm

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Hi Tarn, yes, it's a line from Alice in Wonderland, which is used in Arkham Asylum, so It's a reference to both and also to the film Alice by Jan Svankmajer.
Posted: Tue, 5th May 2009, 1:25pm

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Aah, interesting. That rather reveals my reading preferences there, doesn't it? razz

What was the thinking behind including that line? Was it due to Mr Fox feeling like you're being sucked into another, slightly diseased kind of world? Or did you have some other motive?
Posted: Tue, 5th May 2009, 1:33pm

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Well it was really to emphasise the idea that Mr Fox is doomed, and once his dellusions are laid bare he just falls apart, there is nothing to him. I would continue to explain but it would probably make no sense.
Max
Posted: Wed, 6th May 2009, 9:00am

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that was awesome
Posted: Wed, 6th May 2009, 3:51pm

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Thanks Scotty, glad you liked it.
Max
Posted: Thu, 7th May 2009, 3:37am

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i did like it,very much. and i showed it to my friends today and they were like, "what the fuck was that?!" hehe..
i still was tellin them it was pretty cool, but i guess, to each their own, anyways great job, pretty good editing, how did you make the movement with the fencing sword, just speed it up and pause for a moment or what?
Posted: Thu, 7th May 2009, 8:11pm

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This was pretty scary! At first the fox-head reminded me of the 'animal' scenes in the Wicker Man. It had a certain eccentric weirdness about it. Very stylishly done.
Posted: Fri, 8th May 2009, 9:18am

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Thanks people, Scotty, the fencing is just sped up to be in time with the beat of the claps, and as for your friends, it's not for everyone I guess smile
Posted: Fri, 8th May 2009, 9:02pm

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I really liked this. It had a great feel to it and I liked the color grading. Also I think the part where his eyes light up is really funny.
Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 11:37pm

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Thanks Limey,
Max
Posted: Fri, 31st Jul 2009, 12:36pm

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Your work is outstanding.
This is another little masterpiece....I wish I could get ideas like this.
There is nothing I can think of that has'nt been said but without question you are one of the top filmakers on this site and other sites too.

keep up this great work and more of it please.

Dave


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Thanks very much Dave, Im really glad you like it. It's really nice and encouraging to hear such positive comments, thanks again. Im currently in the planning stages for a new film which i'll start a thread about when it's a bit further along.
Max
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jan svankmajer eat your heart out!!! A joy from beginning to end.

As close to perfection as I have ever seen on here.

Andy
Posted: Wed, 21st Apr 2010, 6:27pm

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Underdog Productions wrote:

jan svankmajer eat your heart out!!
Interesting (and apt) comparison. I recently revisited some old Svankmajer stuff, and he is still quite a challenging watch. smile (I'd argue Food is his one of his least challenging/most entertaining films to watch from end to end.)

I'd be interested to know if Svankmajer has indeed been an influence for swinton.
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I love them all but The Flat has to be my fave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqhAIFD9M3I&feature=related

Andy
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Thanks very much underdog productions, I do really like some of Svankmajer's work, but I enjoy it for it's creativity and the techniques he uses, rather than the films themselves, if that makes sense. Having said that, some of his films I do like as films, particularly Alice, which I saw for the first time after making mr fox, so the taxidermy element is coincidental.

Thanks for watching, glad you enjoyed it.

Max
Posted: Tue, 11th May 2010, 4:02am

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I just found this video after stumbling across the Fxhome awards video on TubeTape.

Technically, very well done. The stylising is very nice, and I liked the contrast between the bright colours for the words versus the subdued colour of the rest of the video. The sound is very well done.

Overall, very imaginative. Loved the drinking and dismantling scenes =)

I'm surprised that it won best picture though. I would have thought storytelling would factor more highly in a short film competition, it's so very hard to tell a story in so little time. Not that I'm against obscurity, but I still feel there is room for structure or direction in that framework.

Great short no matter what, and congrats on your two awards!

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Posted: Tue, 11th May 2010, 9:51pm

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I hadn't seen this before, but after watching it, about the only thing I can add to what has already been said is that this is beautifully odd.
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Since this topic is resurrected I'll note my piqued interest in this film...very weird.