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Carpe Diem Episode 4 - Web series

Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 3:49pm

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Rating: +3


Carpe Diem is a 9 part action web series. It tells the story of TBI agent Ronald Smith, who, after unknown events, loses a day's worth of memory. As he uncovers the truth he finds out nothing is what it seems, and no one is to be trusted; including him.

Episode 4- New hope arises for Special Agent Williams' investigation, while Ronny and Frank analyze their situation.

Episode 3- When things get out of hand with Sam Ogle, Ronny takes his interrogation to an all new level. Meanwhile, Special Agent Williams goes on with his investigation.

Episode 2- Not remembering events from UT Hospital, Ronny is determined to find out what happened. He finds his first suspect, Sam Ogle; but he's not the only one after Sam...

Episode 1- After a brutal escape from UT Hospital, Ronald Smith informs his TBI partner on his partial memory loss.

Episode 4 - The Villain of the Story



Episode 5 - Actions & Consequences




Episode 6 - No Limit



Please watch, rate, and comment. I would like to know your thoughts on this. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank You

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Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 9:06pm

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Very nice done! Good job!
The directing style and the editing were great. I really liked the camera work and the camera angles. The choreography of the fight sequences was awesome, too.
The only thing i didn't like that much was the acting at some points and especially the "Get on the floor" guy.

Keep up the good work!
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 10:41pm

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Hey thanks a lot for watching and commenting. Yea, the acting isn't the best, not in this episode at least. Anyone else?
Posted: Tue, 9th Jun 2009, 11:56pm

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Anyone else watch it?
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 2:25am

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Hey that was great man. It kept me interested throughout.
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 8:53pm

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Hey thanks man. Glad you liked it. The next episode comes out next monday, be sure to catch it.
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 9:30pm

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Excellent work, but you guys know this already. I could go into long detail, but you know my thoughts: this is great stuff. Good to see you've followed through with the ideas we saw you present a year ago, and are capitalizing (in terms of works created) on them appropriately.

Can't wait for the next episode, I'm genuinely interested. Good work, guys. Post some of these in the cinema and you're bound to be the next developed 'crew' on FXhome. wink
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 9:39pm

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Wow! That was amazing! I really want to find out what happens next. Better hurry up with this next episode. Keep up the good work!

Except, wouldn't the blood have dried up? razz
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 9:50pm

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Richard III wrote:

Except, wouldn't the blood have dried up? razz
That's not how movie universes go!

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Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 10:09pm

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Hey thanks a lot guys. Ben, while reading your post I thought of that 'memory loss' thread I made last year lol. Richard, the next episode comes out next week so no worries.

I'll post some episodes in the cinema. Since I didn't use any fxhome software for that one I won't be posting it. The one's with gun effects and stuff will be on there.

Also, what blood are you guys talking about? lol The blood on the shirt was as dry as you could get. I guess it looked like that cause Billy was sweating a lot.
Posted: Wed, 10th Jun 2009, 10:23pm

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Dried blood is usually very brown and crusted. I ought to know. NO! I'm kidding. But the blood looked very recently shed.
Posted: Thu, 11th Jun 2009, 9:44pm

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Well I'll be sure to check with you next time I plan on using blood lol

Anyone else?
Posted: Fri, 12th Jun 2009, 5:06am

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RodyPolis wrote:

Hey thanks a lot guys. Ben, while reading your post I thought of that 'memory loss' thread I made last year lol.
I remember that thread! Wasn't that the one where I originally joined you to help you write the series? Wow... we've come a long way... to think the episodes where originally written to be like 8-10 minutes long. Ah... good times.

RodyPolis' post from March 17 2008 wrote:

I just got someone on board, so if anyone still want in...you're welcome. Sorry I can't say much here, I don't want to make the thing public. I just talked to my college buds and they said they can start after spring break.
THAT WAS ME!
Posted: Fri, 12th Jun 2009, 5:40pm

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Getting a little emotional there man. lol But ya, these were good times.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 2:43pm

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Episode 2 is out, click below to watch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFa-iGGglQ
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 5:12pm

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Epic! This is getting really good. I'm already hoping for the next episode.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 6:49pm

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Richard III wrote:

Epic! This is getting really good. I'm already hoping for the next episode.
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Posted: Tue, 16th Jun 2009, 4:44pm

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bump smile
Posted: Tue, 16th Jun 2009, 4:55pm

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Episode 2 is pretty damn good, man. Obviously, it's not going to be as intense as the first episode - that's hard to top - but it provides sufficient narrative contrast to what we've already seen, and sets us up nicely for episode three. The acting in this episode is noticeably weaker, probably because there's just a LOT more lines involved, but that doesn't pull it down too far, as the second half has acting that pulls it up.

While this is more of a 'transitional' episode, it still works and does what it needs to. As I've mentioned before, I'm exceedingly impressed at where you guys are going with this, and I eagerly await episode 3.
Posted: Tue, 16th Jun 2009, 5:19pm

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ben3308 wrote:

I eagerly await episode 3.
That made my day. Thanks ben!
Posted: Tue, 16th Jun 2009, 5:54pm

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Despite some stiff acting is parts (to be expected from non-professional actors), I thought that this episode was better than the last. While the action was fun in the first, this gives us the first hints of an actual story.

One minor suggestion (that isn't really related to the content) that I have is to link to the videos in High Quality. To do this, add the suffix '&fmt=18' at the end of any YouTube link, and it will open as High Quality. The viewer can always switch it back to normal quality if they desire. Additionally, you can use the '&fmt=22' command for HD videos.

Here's an example using your episode 2 link. You start with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFa-iGGglQ


And add on '&fmt=18', so you get:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFa-iGGglQ&fmt=18


Try clicking here to see the results.

Again, not anything major, but it will help your audience see your movie better if they forget to click that little red button. wink
Posted: Tue, 16th Jun 2009, 6:43pm

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Hey thanks for watching both of you.
Yea I could agree the acting isn't the best thing in that episode, but I'm glad you noticed the better acting in the second half. I'm very proud of that scene myself smile

Yep Ben, not as intense as the first one, yet it's one of the most important episode in the series. So glad you all still liked it and hope you come back for next week's.

Rogolo, I probably will start doing what you said. I just hadn't memorized the 'code' so I hate to search it everytime. But good idea thanks for pointing that out. And glad you enjoyed Episode 2.
Posted: Fri, 19th Jun 2009, 4:09am

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The episodes are awesome!

I was really excited to see this series and now here it is! I was so happy to watch the first episode that I made my brother wait while I watched it, before I took him to his class. Haha! Anyways, good job on both of the episodes! Can't wait for the next one!
Posted: Fri, 19th Jun 2009, 4:32am

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Glad to hear your feedback Shadow!
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jun 2009, 6:28pm

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Episode 3 is here, click to watch below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVK9S1XtQQ&fmt=18
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jun 2009, 6:48pm

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Epic as ever! Better in fact! But the detective dude who tried to break in; I'm still not sure what he's doing.
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jun 2009, 6:56pm

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Richard III wrote:

But the detective dude who tried to break in; I'm still not sure what he's doing.
If you are talking about Terrance (the black agent from FBI), in the last episode he said he was going to go get Sam Ogle, but because he went to do it personally it took him a couple hours or so to drive there, and the TBI agents (forget there names at the moment seeing as they changed so much during writing...) had already gotten there and killed Ogle.
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jun 2009, 9:05pm

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But he didn't see Ogle's body, right?
Posted: Mon, 22nd Jun 2009, 9:16pm

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Richard III wrote:

But he didn't see Ogle's body, right?
No he didn't, Sam ogle didn't die at the trailers. But he did hear about his death on the phone at the end.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jun 2009, 12:49am

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Ah, okay. I get it.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jun 2009, 12:52am

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The more i watch the more i am amazed. i cant believe my brother was willing to do this and then did this well. Why didn't he tell me he was so good at acting?
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jun 2009, 11:55am

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ahartwig01 wrote:

The more i watch the more i am amazed. i cant believe my brother was willing to do this and then did this well. Why didn't he tell me he was so good at acting?
Cause he didn't want you to put him in your movies lol But yeah, it was pretty fun doing the series with those guys.

Anyone else watched?
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jun 2009, 8:49pm

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Watched as requested!

As you asked me for my thoughts, I'll focus more on the areas to improve than just stroking your ego...

It was certainly better than a lot of things that are posted on here, but I can't say it engaged me. Possibly the fact that episode 1 was all fight, episode 2 all talky talky, episode 3 had a better mix, but raising some of your production values would help - for instance some of the bloodwork looked unconvincing and hence sadly distracting.

Your actors aren't bad, but they're not coming across as career thesps to me - and as such I'm not really feeling any sympathies with them or their stories. They seem quite one-dimensional and underdeveloped - no backstories.

And you need the audience to care about the characters - it's very hard to do, especially in the short format you've chosen (a good choice, by the way, it will help keep it pacy) as you only have 'A-story', so the characters don't have depths (or haven't shown any yet). I don't know how to solve that for you, but it'll be worth thinking about.

I found the sound quite poor. Not the score, which was very good and well used, but the location sound was often indistinct. Sound quality is undervalued - it tells much more than half of the story, and it is worth working on your location sound which is quite variable.

It's not the kind of show I watch on TV, so it's not the kind of show I'll watch on the web either. Good effort, and as I said I do admire your actually getting it made - and this is great showreel to demonstrate that you can make something out of very little. It suggests with some money and in some time you'll develop as a director onto greater things.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Jun 2009, 10:14pm

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hey thanks for watching and thanks for the review. I'll try to up the production value for my next project. We only had about a 50 dollar budget for the whole thing and we lacked equipment. I'll try and save up to buy new stuff cause right now all we have is my JVC Everio. And there's more to the story as the series goes on.

So what kind shows do you watch smile Thanks again.
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 7:20pm

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You have done very well for $50, don't get me wrong - it will be interesting to see your work develop as you start to have some money to spend. And the most important thing is you're out there actually making stuff and developing a style.

I tend to watch very little TV now, largely factual shows when I do!
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pdrg wrote:

I tend to watch very little TV now, largely factual shows when I do!
Ah, okay. So like 24?

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Posted: Thu, 25th Jun 2009, 3:38pm

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Ya I know what you meant. Like there's always room for improvement right?

And 24 happens to be a very factual show, Ben smile
Posted: Thu, 25th Jun 2009, 7:22pm

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No - you know, factual stuff like Paris Hilton's Next Best Friend Forever
Posted: Tue, 7th Jul 2009, 4:29pm

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Episode 4 is here!! Check it out below, don't forget to comment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpZmmEzh8SU
Posted: Tue, 7th Jul 2009, 5:02pm

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I really enjoyed it. The acting was good, the camera angles were excellent, and the storyline kept me interested biggrin
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Goldenjabba wrote:

I really enjoyed it. The acting was good, the camera angles were excellent, and the storyline kept me interested biggrin
Cool man glad you're enjoying the series, thanks smile
Posted: Wed, 8th Jul 2009, 12:55pm

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Some more input would be appreciated smile Thanks
Posted: Fri, 10th Jul 2009, 1:47pm

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Rating: +1/-1

anyone? sad