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Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 9:34am

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Well, yeah. Aren't you all giddy about it, too? biggrin

So begins Atomic Productions' fifth year in the Dallas 24-Hour Videorace; a forte we've crafted and grown our filmmaking abilities around nearly since their current state of existence. It's a big fun deal for us and we hope to keep you guys updated with it as best we can.

But first, what would a good old Atomic hype production thread be without the promo video?

Welcome to the Urban Epic.

Aside from that, the first bit of information I can say is that we've got a much larger, more diverse, and very different cast of actors this year; bringing back the likes of Willie Buggs (as seen in Kingdom Come and Pages) and the much-lauded Heat-parody-Pacino-actor Trevor Gitlin. Joining the two are a few others.

Looks to be an exciting and ever-promising weekend!

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Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 10:07am

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HOO-AR!

GREEEEEAT ASS!

I'M F*CKING AL PACINO!


We're big fans of The Gitlin here at HQ.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with this time.
Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 2:27pm

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Hehe, I still can't get the HEAT re-make you did out of my head, great stuff wink Will be interesting to see what you come up with this year for sure - best of luck with the project!
Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 4:28pm

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Cool man. I am doing another 24 hour video race this July.
Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 4:45pm

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why is it on ben's channel shouldn't you have your own?
Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 5:37pm

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Heh, yeah. We've got a much more comedic cast and much looser ideas swimming around in our heads this year. Dunno just yet what we're gonna do- fun stuff!

And awesome fist: I do have my own channel- but we always have and will put our movies on Ben's channel- as it is kind of our 'Atomic' channel tp begin with and it has more subscribers, has been around longer, and generally gets more views.
Posted: Fri, 22nd May 2009, 5:57pm

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" I killed you"
" Hold my hand"

lol gets me everytime
Posted: Sat, 23rd May 2009, 12:45am

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Just an FYI, I will be updating my Twitter account frequently as the day goes by, if anyone is interested. Will probably contain some BTS stuff.

www.twitter.com/ben3308

Also, just grabbed a few bucks worth of PVC from Home Depot. It's safe to say there will be some dollying. biggrin
Posted: Sat, 23rd May 2009, 12:50am

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Posted: Sat, 23rd May 2009, 7:23am

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We've got the particulars:

- Theme is "misunderstanding"
- Line of dialog is "the one on the left"
- Prop is an edible fruit or vegetable
- Location is any streetsign

We'd wanted to do something like North by Northwest before we began the contest, and this plays perfectly into that. Only tentative ideas thus far, but I think we'll go somewhere with them.
Posted: Sat, 23rd May 2009, 10:07am

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Two words, folks:

Heist movie.
Posted: Sat, 23rd May 2009, 11:28pm

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A little late in the game, but I thought I'd post the first screen to be captured/christened this year. smile

Posted: Sun, 24th May 2009, 2:19am

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Looks pretty nice. I hope to watch it when you finish.
Posted: Sun, 24th May 2009, 7:44am

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Finished it and got it in on time! Really proud of how it turned out; I've no doubt it's our best 24-hour movie yet.

Some playback issues were found, though, although it's yet to be resolved whether it was the movie or the computer. This year instead of printing to tape they took flash thumb drives. Problems ensued. smile

Anywho, yeah. I really like how the movie came out. We ended up breaking our drama streak at the 24 hour and doing a dark comedy instead. The title of the movie is 'No Rest for The Wicked' and features an ensemble cast of new actors, which was fun. I hope to have it up soon.
Posted: Sun, 24th May 2009, 8:16pm

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Awesome! I am very excited to see it! Sounds like it will be cool! biggrin
Posted: Sun, 24th May 2009, 9:09pm

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yeah pretty epic demo reel
Posted: Mon, 25th May 2009, 9:06pm

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Thanks, video should be up here in a few days.
Posted: Mon, 25th May 2009, 9:25pm

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Posted: Mon, 25th May 2009, 10:28pm

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Thats a nice grab, nice lighting going on. I'm looking forward to the film.
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 12:10am

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Yes, excellent lighting indeed. I'll have to look into getting into one of these festivals..
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 2:17am

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wasn't the video up this morning? where did it go?
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 2:25am

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RodyPolis wrote:

wasn't the video up this morning? where did it go?
Shhhhhh....

In due time, in due time.

wink
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 2:32am

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ben3308 wrote:

In due time, in due time.

wink
Is now the due time? Cause it is up!!!!!!!

PS: I just watched it... Anyway here are my thoughts...

So I am not sure what to make of it yet... it wasn't that normal for what you guys normally do (as you have pretty much made clear throughout this thread) and so the first things I noticed (that I liked about it) were...

1. There was really no deep thinking that really made you wonder about it.
2. It had more gun fire/special effects then I think I have ever seen in any of your videos before... and I liked it!

Now there were some things it had in common with other films you did that I liked about it were:

1. It had the same great grading/lighting as always with Atomic Productions.
2. There was a monologue thing... (not sure what to call it).
3. It wasn't that predictable... sure at times I could predict it... but I never really did predict the ending (maybe I am the only one, but oh well).

Well that was what I did like...

I have to say though... the gun fire itself wasn't as good as I thought it could have been. SPOILER ALERT: I think when the guy shot himself in the leg... the muzzle flash looked unnatural, not sure what exactly I didn't like, but something just made it seem fake. END OF SPOILER

That is about it... nice job guys and I loved it! It was filmed/edited well and I enjoyed every bit of it.

PPS or PSS (which ever it is...) I will delete this pots if it wasn't supposed to be released yet... wink

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Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 4:14am

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No, you can un-disguise your review if you want. We put it up on YouTube so the cast could watch what the finished product looked like- but really we want to 'officially' release it in the cinema with images, posters, sigs, and proper hype after it screens and we see if we placed/won.

But thanks for your concern/caution and comments!
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 4:28am

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That was really great. I'll review it more when you post it in the cinema but I liked how you guys did something different from the other films that I have seen of yours. My favorites of yours are:

Covers Story
2:30 AM
No Rest For The Wicked
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 6:00am

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Haha, 2:30am. Oh, that was so much fun to shoot; and probably the closest thing to our most recent film. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 7:44am

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Hehe, I too saw this on youtube, however I'll pretend it never happened and wait for the classic hype from you guys before reviewing wink
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 11:56am

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Oh darn... everyone is waiting... and I already wrote a review. Now I feel left out. sad

lol
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 12:30pm

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Well, of course. Marketing is very important. We have to wait.
Posted: Tue, 26th May 2009, 7:10pm

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Heh. Yeah, you guys may laugh and discount it, but proper timing and marketing is entirely the difference between your movie getting wide exposure, pages of comments, and (hopefully) acclaim; and it dying out with one of two views the week it's released. It's true for the real world, it's true for the FXHome Cinema- especially given how responsive the community can be when it wants to.

Well, in the meantime one thing I haven't mentioned yet- which I thought added a lot to the original 'punch' the movie had for those of you who've seen it- was the music.

This year I was lucky enough to know a few people and get an old friend from high school, who is a signed rap/hip-hop artist now, to give me a pretty big selection of his unproduced tracks and instrumentals to them as well all royalty free for the contest.

I think the two tracks I ended up using helped convey the playful comedic tone in the beginning and the more serious ironic/dramatic chord in the end; respectively.

So, more thanks goes out to him and his artist group, 'The Shooters'.
Posted: Wed, 27th May 2009, 8:56pm

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I felt guilty watching it on the tube.

But can't wait for official release and possible download? Please?
Posted: Wed, 27th May 2009, 11:36pm

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I watched this a few days ago, and it's my favorite thing you guys have made. I really like the slightly subtle humor. And I really, really dig the title.
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 12:36am

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Wow I too feel horrible about watching it before you officially released it... However when you do release it I will watch it AGAIN!!!! (Yah it was just that good).
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 2:56am

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I saw it as well, and want to commend you on it in general. One point I thought I'd mention, in case you wanted to modify it, was that the dialogue in the 'planning' scene at the beginning felt a bit stilted, and I think it was an editing thing. The pauses between lines felt just a tad long in a couple spots, which made it sound line lines being played, rather than actual, natural conversation. Maybe it was just me as well, but you might want to give than a second look (or more realistically, a twenty-third look, if your editing process is anything like mine) and see if it can be tightened up a bit. That was pretty much the only thing that stood out negatively though, which is great considering the time restraints.
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 4:44am

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Sooooooo, we didn't win.

We didn't place, either.

No, not only that, we didn't even make it to finals. Shitz. unsure
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 5:40am

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Must have been that editing that I mentioned. wink Joking, of course. Sorry to hear that, but at least you had some fun, tried a few new things, and learned some stuff, eh?

I guess the question now is... did the guys who beat you earn their win?
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 6:16am

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Well, one of the finalists was Greg's team- who we're good friends and did MSB with- and they definitely deserved to make it there- and I wouldn't care about making it because there certainly were a lot of really standout movies I felt were potentially as good as our movie but not really better, per se.

But those weren't chosen, which frustrates me. Out of the three they chose, they picked Greg's- one deserving- and the only two movies I thought were the worst. They were still passably good, but in comparison to the rarity of other exceptionally strong entries (mine included or not), they were clearly much worse.

That's the ticker for me, that the worst ones were picked. And, Greg's entry and persona aside, they picked smug assholes, too. Not to sound like a sore loser, but one of the teams they picked have always gotten to me. The year that Cover's Story won they made it to the finals but didn't place (with us, Greg, and Chase getting respective winnings)- and were incredibly sore losers/winners ever since as they knew we were all friends with eachother and I guess had a seeming monopoly on the places. Or whatever.

That, and they were clearly two different ones that deserved to be in the finals. Once I saw those I knew there wasn't a way for me to get 1st place, the entries were simply too clever. But as far as making finals, the third spot in the finals, I thought, would be a toss-up between us and Greg vying for it. But I was wrong on most accounts, I guess, as those two teams didn't make it and I didn't make it.
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Film now in the FXHome Cinema! Check it out!

http://fxhome.com/cinema/view/3791/no-rest-for-the-wicked
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 6:34pm

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I think we were suspected of cheating - which we would never, ever do, come on! - and that's why we didn't advance.

A judge of the contest made the mistake of twittering in a trending topic I was following, here's his blog:

http://ryanferguson83.tumblr.com/post/114322196/fun-and-frustration-juding-the-24-hour-video-race
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 7:34pm

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I can really see why they thought that, to be honest. The movie is awesome, but the elements just weren't incorporated nearly well enough (even skimming through, I can't find the fruit/vegetable for the life of me). It really feels like you just threw them in there to fit a pre-existing story... sorry, even considering the fact that you didn't cheat, you didn't follow the rules afaik.

Still, awesome movie.
Posted: Thu, 28th May 2009, 8:29pm

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Well, every year we've always wanted the elements to take a backseat to the theme being integral to the story- and our movie overall being entertaining and worthy of viewing even without the contest.

That's what has always been important to us, and I'm okay with not making it further. What frustrates me, really, is that a judge would even say such a thing out loud. It just seems so.......unprofessional and rude to me. Not just for our team, but to the many teams that had really excellent entries that didn't make it. It seems such a strong thing to say someone cheated- especially when they work so hard on something like this- and to say it with such certainty that 'they can obviously see it'.

I think a lot of entries were much stronger this year and the competition was much more brutal, and I don't feel bad about not making it to finals. I just wish there would be less assuming in the judging- for the sake of all the other great videos perhaps accused of 'cheating'. If the focus was on not using the elements as well, that'd be fine, but to outright say because of this someone cheated- well, it's just very hurtful, I guess. Considering, of course, that we genuinely didn't make any part of it outside the 24 hour window.

But I've got no problems otherwise. I don't want to be a sore loser- competition was tough, judging was different, and things moved in a different pace this year. Still the most fun I've had in months and still likely to be one of the best experiences of the year for me.

But most of all, we did something different this year; and it came out just as I wanted it. So that's enough for me.
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The leader/oldest/blonde guy eats a pear in every scene. It's subtle, downplayed and a quirk of the character. In the editing, it's probably not as obvious. But it's there, and it serves a purpose - it's the first flag in the movie that something about it is 'screwball'.

The theme works intentionally on multiple levels, I think. The youngest guy misunderstands the intentions in robbing the place, given that others kill people; which is the catalyst for the end: through the misunderstanding, the youngest one inadvertently saves his own life and, as an effect, becomes the tool of vengeance for the conclusion. To me, this might not have been clear, but it's certainly present. As for the line of dialog, it's not required to be pivotal, just in there. I fully concede on the location, though, what we wrote in was just too tricky to film when the time came (crane shot to streetsign as Reese runs out of the building).

But hey, at the end of it, it's a 24 hour contest and I did what I could and had fun. I know we didn't incorporate things the best, such is the result of the time limit. I'm not saying we did everything perfect, how could we have? But, I think that not incorporating elements like we normally do is one of the reasons we did something different. There was no 'my name is Jake COVER, this is my STORY' or 'he took too many WRONG TURNS', etc. And I kinda like that.
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Without being able to watch the other movies in the race.... I don't have a clue as to why you guys didn't place... unless is because you didn't use the fruit enough?... unless there where certain elements that you had to use but didn't, that's the only thing that I can think of... but that is in no way shape or form an ample excuse for that judge to have said that cheating crap and to be so sure of himself... Know why? Because only cheaters would say that someone else cheated and tend to "see" that in everyone else. That guy was rude as hell.

Anyway I really liked that short.
I dunno man... maybe you guys should cheat better. JK biggrin

Awesome work!
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Glad you liked it! It's in the cinema now, so check it out there, too! (high quality)

Also, another judge's opinion on 'No Rest', this makes me feel a little bit better, considering he's also talking about my friend Greg's film. http://www.pegasusnews.com/events/2009/jun/03/149581/#c53033
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IMPORTANT!!!!!

I also forgot to mention that many integral parts of the movie could not have been completed without help from Tubetape, FXhome, and yourselves! The stuff I won from the FXhome Awards (lighting equip, stock footage) was used extensively in this project; with the lighting most prominent in the interview and the effects most prominent in the ending office bits.

Thanks, guys! I almost forgot to credit you on this. biggrin
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You're very welcome! We love what you're doing, keep it up!
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Thanks, much appreciated!

Be sure to check out the film when you get the chance - the 'lit' bits are pretty obvious! biggrin
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Just wanted to let everyone know, for those that are interested further in the film, that we've recorded a commentary track for the race's DVD they're putting out this year.

I've uploaded it to YouTube now. So if you're interested, please listen/watch No Rest For The Wicked with Commentary. Unfortunately Ben isn't included on it, as he's been in Boulder, CO since the race; but myself, the AD, and our crewmate of many years and all of the races, Ben Haschke, are on it.

If you have the time, please check it out!