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Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 1:34pm

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This is PART 2 of H.G.Wells' classic science fiction romance.
Biology professor Craig Foster is summonded by his former student and warned about an impending danger- as alien craft drop from the skies and the invasion begins in earnest!
PROGRAM NOTE: Scenes from the action packed Chapter 3: "The Heat Ray" will follow end credits.

- Look for familiar L.A. location used in numerous early Sfx films.


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Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 3:56pm

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Glad to see you went through with your movie series. I would like to point out some problems.

Problem: Audio-I'm not sure if you took the original audio from his movie or if your sound was just way off.
Solution: Either take your own audio and try to match thier lips a little more or but an external mic.

Problem: Few cheesy effects.
Solution: Take your time. Don't worry though most were good but at 4:04-4:06 the zigzag comet just completely randomly went off and it didn't look realistic. That is one example.

Try fixing these problems and take your time. The result will come out better and will be more enjoyable to make and to watch (for the audio drove me crazy). Hope I can help you! 3.5/5
Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 4:34pm

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Tony....I'm having a bit of bother with youtube version...it keeps buffering and ruining it....i think the prob is my pc will get back to you asap .

Dave
Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 4:58pm

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Hi, Thank you both.
Davlin- hope you can get it up and running.
Storm Grenade- you are absolutely right and I am trying to figure out how to correct the problem. It was discovered after the submission (Friday actually) and so I did not have time to try and correct it.
A couple I will need to re-dub, but the others were okay before I rendered to YouTube. I looked at the original again Saturday and they seemed in-sync. I will work on it and hopefully re-submit it again later down the line.
I was surprised about the meteor effect- I thought that looked okay-could you be more specific in how I could improve it- I'd really appreciate your help.
Thank you for taking time to comment,
FXhomerTony
Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 5:25pm

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If you're talking about the preset that I was talking about; it is called "Magic Spinning Energy ball v2.0" then yes.
Its not like a normal meteor. It doesn't get smaller and fade away, it just randomly disappears. Unless you were trying to do an effect where it looks like you go through the meteor. If so then try and make it bigger each frame a little bit. Same goes for it getting smaller. I hope this isn't too confusing.
Posted: Mon, 7th Sep 2009, 6:23pm

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Tony....it's got me hooked...look forward to next instalment, this so reminds me of the magic of cinema in days gone by. The thrill of Saturday
morning cinema with its serial cliffhangers....love it to bits.
You have a great feel for the "B" movie style and I feel it's rather contagious......I hope you're not a martian. biggrin

Yep sound is a bit over the place but you knew that anyway.
Sure there are a few small things that you could improve on but that applies to all movies. (mostly mine) smile

What does stand out is your love of film making and the joy it's bringing to you and all...that my friend , I believe , is what it's all about.

Dave
Posted: Tue, 8th Sep 2009, 4:29pm

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Thank you so very, very much... and as I mentioned I will go back and work on the problem this week and apply your suggestions. You have both been very constructive in your reviews and it is VERY much appreciated.
Posted: Tue, 8th Sep 2009, 7:21pm

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I really liked this and I'm glad you're still making them. biggrin

+1 to davlin and Storm Grenade for their very helpful posts.
That's what I like to see guys.
Not only do you point out the little things that need some work but you also offer good suggestions on how to fix things. Very cool guys... very cool.

And like davlin your movie reminds me of being a little kid.
I love that feeling of waking up in expectation of the next episode.
Keep working on it and you can do nothing but get better at what you're doing.

Good luck and keep making movies.

Frank.
Posted: Tue, 8th Sep 2009, 8:25pm

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Thank you spydurhank. I really appreciate the encouragement. And kudos as well to you for recognizing Davlin and Storm Grenade for their helpfulness.
Posted: Wed, 9th Sep 2009, 4:59pm

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"War of the Worlds" PART 2: "The Coming of the Martians" has been temporarily removed from the cinema until the new edited version is approved by the review staff.

I want to thank all of you who looked past the rough edges and gave me a fair estimation of my work.

The version that is now pending has corrected 99.9% of the sound problems and thanks to Storm Grenades' helpful comments- a new effect has been inserted for the space warp sequence.

I hope you will take a second look when it comes up again- and cudos to all who suffered through the first issue.

Sincerely,
FXhomerTony biggrin
Posted: Wed, 9th Sep 2009, 11:32pm

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I didn't suffer through it. In fact I enjoyed watching it even before you fix the audio. Thank you for saying that Spydurhank and I look forward to seeing your next remake FXhomerTony! Good Luck!
Posted: Mon, 14th Sep 2009, 7:37pm

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Tony...I promised I would re-view your WW after your re-editng etc and what did I do ..... nothing....why...well I've had my PC in bits replacing the motherboard... sad
So I really do apologise for the delay as I know how important it is for us all to get feed-back.

Your new "Widescreen" version is a 100% improvement and really should be the one on fXHOME CINEMA...the direct youtube version is the one to watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_uEx8JauWQ

I,ve just thoroughly enjoyed this again ,the added changes make the
viewing experience much more enjoyable and I still think of my Saturday mornings in the local flea pit watching some of the greatest B movies ever made.. biggrin

I cannot wait to see the next part hehe...on that point , how parts do you envisage.


Excellent work

Dave

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Posted: Mon, 14th Sep 2009, 7:56pm

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Thank you so much Dave.
I was really pleased with how the widescreen version turned out, and am really sorry that I did not discover this earlier- for I would have released initially in this format and of course, with the proper sync track.
Thanks so much for providing FX with the link.
Regarding episodes- I am shooting for 10 total- 8 more to go. Maybe less if I can compact the screenplay further.
Thank you again,
Tony
Posted: Mon, 14th Sep 2009, 9:35pm

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Hi, first off I want to say that I like this, it has a nice episodic, old fashioned sort of feel to it. It reminds me of films like 'It Came From Beneath The Sea', the staging and pacing being very similar to films in that 1950's, monster movie genre.

You allow the story to unfold at a leisurely pace, giving lots of room to the dialogue and the narrative, which is good. The story moves along nicely and there is a nice overall feel to it, everybody involved looks like they are trying as hard as they can to make it work. That makes a huge difference, the fact that your passion to tell this story comes through in such a genuine way. It makes it very watchable and likeable.

Now, these next points might sound a bit negative, but I assure you they aren't. Like I said, it does look and feel very old fashioned in terms of the approach you have taken. The camera angles and lack of movement, the acting style, the very stagy delivery and framing, the pacing, and particularly the 4:3 aspect ratio. There is nothing at all wrong with this, and in fact I think it's what stops it from coming off as awkward.

I don't think that it's harsh or unfair of me to say that production value and finish, grading, vfx, sound design, are not this series strongest points. If it wasn't for the enthusiasm, passion, and honesty of this project, this might hold it back, but as it is, it really doesn't make a difference. The film looks clean and tidy, and the basic visuals and effects get the job done and even add to the feeling of watching a great 1950's B-movie, made regardless of limitations. I hope that this doesn't sound unkind, it isn't meant to.

Now, I do have some criticisms. Some of the editing is in need of tightening up. At the beginning, at 0:23 seconds in, there is a frame missing. It makes it look sloppy and is intensely distracting and off-putting. That might sound like nit-picking, but it's so important.

During the conversation at around 1:30, the couple don't look like they are looking at each other at all, and I was painfully aware that the actors were talking to a camera.

Also, at certain points the aspect ratio changes, I'm watching the you tube version right now and at the shot of mars at 4 minutes in, the aspect ratio has reverted back to 4:3, while the rest of this version is 16:9. It's very jarring.

I'm mentioning these things because the end result will be improved if they are addressed in the future, it's just a case of smoothing it all out.

Good job, good luck with the rest of the series,

Max
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Hi Max,

Please don't make apologies for your comments- I welcome them- and am very grateful that you took the time to make them.
Complements are great, but professional, well thought out criticisms are worth their weight in gold!

As I said before, FXhome has a lot of talent and it is a great place to learn if we take the time to share our knowledge and experience with one another.

When I make a film, I don't make it with the hopes that it will be "king of the mountain"- I'd prefer it not, because I am not a competitor by nature.

All I really care about is that people watch and enjoy, and that it accomplishes what I originally set it out to do- and that is to entertain.

That sincerely is my goal.

And I appreciate all the comments from the FXhomers anytime. The stars are not half as important than hearing what you have to say.

Much thanks,
Tony biggrin
Posted: Wed, 16th Sep 2009, 8:14pm

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Well ML21 (Magic Lanturn 21) I think that this is a major improvement over the one in the cinema. Now that you have the audio problem fixed everything looks just about right. 1 thing is that around 4:07 remember that effect the magic energy ball. I love that you replaced it. It makes it feel a lot more real. Except if you go into Effectslab around 4:07 the effect becomes choppy. This is because your tweening went down. I hate to bother you about this since it is a major improvement.
It looks a lot more movieish now that it is in Widescreen. Very good filmaking choice.
Finally just a hint of advice in the 1950's they didn't have LG computers or objects so around 2:30...just sayin! biggrin

Good luck with part 3 and 4! Excellent movie so far. biggrin -Storm Grenade cool
Posted: Fri, 18th Sep 2009, 3:49pm

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Hi Storm Grenade,

Always great to hear from you. I am seriously considering including the names of all the FXHomer's who have given me such great advice in my credits as Creative Consultants. This is really my first project using all the various softwares- I came from a time when we cut film and glued it together- so I am learning as I go along- and all your help and support is much more appreciated than I can ever put into words.
One misconception- and you are not the only one- that needs to be corrected: "War of the Worlds" is in the style of the movies of the 1950's and 1960's, as well as the movie serials of the 1930's and 1940's- it is not set in 1950. That would make it a period picture and my Ed Wood budget would make that impossible.
Finally,( this is for Tarn and the rest) I wanted FXhome Company to know that I have launched these videos on 16 other websites with the hopes that news of FXhome may spread to other filmmakers. I am enthusiastic about their products because they made the impossible happen for this independent filmmaker and I'd like others to discover its' magic as well. biggrin
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An opinion from a movie viewer who knows little about the workings of cinimatics.
I am hooked. As the others have said it has the feeling of the old cliffhangers and it is wonderful to see effects made without all the computer generated graphics of today.
The effort and love you have put into this is obvious.
I am waiting eagerly for the next installment.

=)
Posted: Sat, 3rd Oct 2009, 4:29pm

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Hi Starfire,

Chapter 3 will be slightly delayed because of the number of effects that will be a part of it. "The Heat Ray" chapter was always planned to be the big effects segment and I want to take my time on it, and get it right. I am also planning some new surprises- and all in widescreen! Thanks for the complements.

FXhomerTony biggrin
Posted: Fri, 11th Dec 2009, 6:39pm

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For all the fans of "The War of the Worlds"; Part 3 is on its' way. I have completed over 8 minutes of footage- have five shots of principle photography left- and some more sfx for sand pit sequence and then it should be ready to roll. Some great fX'ers have given me help- I greatly appreciated their assistance and you will see their names in the credits. In the meantime, everyone have a great holiday season.

Sincerely,
FXhomerTony biggrin
Posted: Mon, 14th Dec 2009, 12:07pm

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Hi Tony
All of the best seasonal greetings to you and yours.
Looking forward to next instalment of your War of the Worlds.

Dave
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Good film. Seems like you put alot of effort into this. The only minor drawbacks were a few off special effects and the way it faded out a few times. It would of worked better with a direct cut in my opinion. Looking forward to the next chapter!