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Monstrous Bytes - Part One

Posted: Tue, 13th Aug 2002, 8:01am

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Simon K Jones

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This is part one of a film I shot last summer, but which is only now seeing the light of day. It's about 20-30 minutes long, so I'm releasing it in bitesize episodes (which is why it doesn't quite work as a stand-alone, but will make more sense as you watch later parts). These are somewhat 'work-in-progress' versions, too, in that the final version of the film will have a totally original score.

Not many alamdv effects in this one, but parts 2 and 3 are jam-packed with 'em. smile

Enjoy!

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This is part of an early test cut.


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Posted: Tue, 13th Aug 2002, 8:35am

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Pretty cool biggrin I especially liked how the fence rattled when the spiked energy ball was making its way to the girl.
Posted: Tue, 13th Aug 2002, 5:56pm

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Great interaction of 3D and real footage! very well done and even with a moving camera, the matching looked good!

A little short unfortunately, the intro's longer than the movie... :))

But I really liked your 3D work! As usual... :)
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 12:17am

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Moebius - thanks, having the fence rattle was a last-minute addition when we were shooting. This opening sequence was also the first scene we shot, so it's not quite as innovative as the rest of the film. The later scenes are very much cooler.

Sollthar - Cheers! Funny thing is that Monstrous Bytes was filmed in the summer of 2001, when I didn't know anything about special effects (this was back before I'd even finished doing post on M&J episode 1, so I really didn't know anything!!). Consequently, much of the early footage is more conservative than it needs to be. It gets more adventurous later on, as I figured out what I could and couldn't do.

The hand-held shot of Sophie on the bridge, with the building covered in green smokey weirdness, when the building passes behind her head - when I shot that I thought it would be utterly useless, as I had no way of doing the effects. But now it's a piece of cake. smile

Gotta love progress!
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:01am

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Sweet little bit! What really made me love this was the cinemtography/locations. The green haze was really cool. The shot when you panned out from the window to reveal tons more realllllllllly rocked! biggrin Look forward to seeing more of these little clips soon!
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:08am

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Great 3d skills once again tarn smile

i do love the way u manage to interact the environment with the 3d models smile much like mentioned above with the rattling of the fence...

i also like ur particley greeny misty thingy u made using blender (u had shown me screen so fthat b4 smile very cool, and well masked and composited...

sadly, they are the only thing i really liked on this part of the series, although i am really looking forward to the next parts - as u said above this one doesn't make sense really as a stand alone - so my mind sorta melted while watching it - although it does give that feeling of "what was the green mist" and "what was the wierd ball thingy" etc...

a 3 stars from me smile
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 4:49am

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WOW! This looks really really COOL! cool

3d is very well placed and integrated. THE FENCE RATTLE IS AWESOME! Brilliant PURE GENIOUS! biggrin

Cant wait to see more!

As always Tarn great work!!
Posted: Wed, 14th Aug 2002, 3:22pm

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I like all the comments! Nothing better than getting feedback on something you've done, especially by people who you don't know really well, because then you know that they're telling the truth. smile

Flip - Glad ya liked the cinematography and location stuff. You should really like the rest of the movie, because this sequence is the worst-shot bit of the whole movie! The location was really difficult to film in, because we filmed it during pedestrian rush-hour, and as you can see we wanted a minimum number of people around. Whenever a shot cuts away, it's probably because some foolish pedestrian wanders into frame a few moments later! razz The green haze I really like, although it's a shame you can't really see it very well in the online version.

TMM - this film has an insane amount of 3D and 2D effects work. It's just ridiculously packed with effects (all required by the plot, as you'll find out in part 4...). Apologies again for this part not really making any sense! I promise that things will start to become clearer soon enough!

AverageJoe - glad ya liked it. smile Part 2 should be up this weekend!

Glad the fence rattle has gone down well. There's some funny outtakes from that, where you can see someone wobbling it back and forth just at the edge of the shot. smile
Posted: Mon, 19th Aug 2002, 4:18pm

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Hey Tarn......When I made a comment about MB2 I also included
MB1 as well.......I must be psychic or "something" because I had'nt
even viewed it.......clever eh!.......It must be my age.
My comments still stand after viewing......great stuff.
I've watched too many movies over a short period of time that's all I can say in my defence..... redface
Posted: Wed, 21st Aug 2002, 12:38am

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hey tarn,

sorry about the 2 rating...but i really had absolutley NO idea on what i was watching. (i know you said it not being standalone), but that really is the main reason.

that and little effects like you said, and for me, it wasn't oo much fun to watch. i can't give it a high score if im not entertained.

sorry.

if you like put the 1st and 2nd together, i would have given you much higher.
Posted: Wed, 21st Aug 2002, 12:44am

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Hey, no probs about the 2 rating - better to be honest than anything else!

And, yeah, it's a big problem I've got with Monstrous Bytes. Individually, the parts aren't going to make much sense, because it wasn't designed to be split into sections. It's meant to be one single film.

Hopefully once it's all out you'll be able to watch all the parts in sequence and enjoy them more!
Posted: Sat, 31st Aug 2002, 4:06pm

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This was...o-kay... nothing that special. Just running away from a spark. crazy heh!

Uh... well... nothing... that great. neutral

The girl running was okay, but if she were to act like something was really running or chasing after her, then that would have been better. neutral

I'll take another look at your sequel, then I'll post some more...

So far... it's okay, and needs alot of work. But still, keep it up. razz
Posted: Sat, 31st Aug 2002, 7:08pm

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Well, yes, nothing much happens in this one because it's the first minute of a 30-minute movie.

I agree the interaction with the scenery etc could have been better. In fact, just about everything could have been better in part one. We were just having a laugh - it was only on subsequent parts that we actually thought about paying attention.

As for it needing a lot of work - nah. It's fine just how it is. It's not going to get any better without extensive reshoots, for which I don't have the time or inclination. In what ways does it need a lot of work, would you say?
Posted: Sat, 31st Aug 2002, 7:13pm

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I suppose so. It's no big deal if it is only a quick enterance to something big. Okay then. Why not have a large post of the WHOLE thing. I would like to see the whole thing, to see what you did overall. Well...
Posted: Sat, 31st Aug 2002, 7:28pm

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There are several reasons I'm putting it up in parts like this.

1. So that people with slow connections can still have the option of watching it.

2. Because it means I don't have to finish the entire film before releasing it, which I simply do not have the time for.

3. Because it enables feedback on the film as I continue to make it, which is something I've never been able to do before. The final version of the entire film will be quite different from the individual parts on here, because they will take in all the constructive criticism from the good people round here and be tweaked accordingly. Not to mention the effects will be finalised and an original score written.

These segments are like test versions that go out to a preview audience. Real Hollywood style. wink
Posted: Sat, 31st Aug 2002, 7:37pm

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Real Hollywood style. lol Nice way of putting it. So... when are you going to be done with it. You said that you've been working on it for about a year. That's a long time. When will it be released? oink
Posted: Mon, 2nd Sep 2002, 4:45pm

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Tarn has explained what he's doing a few times and harsh critiscm on
the first few seconds of a" full movie" is pointless.Your better off buying
more pop-corn and waiting for more installments and then make a "full"
comment.
Crikey I've just dropped my choc-ice. lol lol