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Captain Amazingly Incredible 30sec Teaser

Posted: Thu, 26th Nov 2009, 11:48am

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This is a 30 second teaser for my soon-to-be-released feature film "Captain Amazingly Incredible and the Space Vampires from the Evil Planet".

Classic Kiwi Comedy!


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Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 2:53am

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Wasn't thins in the FXhome news years ago? I think I remember it from a long time ago.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 6:30am

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'Immensely Underwhelming' is the phrase that, well, immediately comes to mind, but....well.....yeah.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 7:17am

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Pretty spiffy. I can see the style you're going for, looks interesting!
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:48am

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Yup, the one and the same. This film has been in post production for 2.5 years and I'm now working on my next project, which will be shot on RED cameras in early to mid 2010.

Captain Amazingly Incredible has distribution in place across Australasia and will be released (small cinema run, followed by DVD) within the next few months and international zones will follow.

CAI is a feature length production, filmed ENTIRELY in front of a green screen. A proper trailer will follow shortly.

And Atom, why so hostile? Sheesh.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 9:22am

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Captain Amazingly Incredi wrote:

Captain Amazingly Incredible has distribution in place across Australasia
Ah, yes the magical lands of Australasia. Known for their rice-eating koalas and studious kangaroos. smile

As far as the teaser goes, I understand its utility and purpose, but still under delivers for me. It starts out with a nice enough dolphin animation, but once we get into the actual movie, some of the keying is a bit suspect and the sound mix is poor. Your lead actor has an odd tendency to get very loud and trail off....then get very loud and trail off again. After turning up my volume to hear him better (through headphones, nonetheless), I was greeted to the loud strike of fanfare to accompany the lackluster "white-on-black" titles at the end. Ehhh....not impressed to say the least.

Captain Amazingly Incredi wrote:

Hey Atom... didn't your mother ever teach you that "if you can't say something nice..."

When you've made a feature film that's having an international theatrical release, you can pipe up and let the world know how knowledgeable you are... until then... keep a lid on it, buddy.
Agh. Sorry, man, but that just made me lose a lot of respect for you. I'm sure Atom/Ben will respond to this further (if the mods don't delete it, that is), but that kind of attitude won't win you many friends around these parts.

I realize its tough to read a comment like that, but responding with the tact of a 7 year old doesn't say much about your character, which you are simultaneously attacking Atom's lack thereof. This forum is a place of discussion and opinion, not a compliment generator. People will speak their minds, and it is up to you to take from them what you will.

Congrats to whatever distribution deals you have in place, but that does not necessarily speak to the quality of the film or filmmaker, but to the salesmanship as well. Don't use that as your de facto response to any adverse comments or opinions, or you will simply be laughed at as you rise in the industry.




But really......is that you, b4? You can stop hiding now. smile
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 9:31am

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Aargh, damn you! I'd already realised I'd been a bit trigger happy with that response and deleted it myself!

I realise people can speak their minds but there is no need to be just plain rude. I do get a bit fired up with this sort of stuff... I've been in the film and television industry for a long time (both in front of and behind the camera) and it's always film students and people who have had next to zero experience on a proper film set that make remarks such as that. Gets on my tits. I believe you should actually know something about a subject before you criticise and knowledge comes with experience...

Don't even get me started on so-called "film critics".

Sorry if I offended anyone, I was a little harsh.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 9:35am

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Oh and as for the dodgy compositing and sound... that's the very highly compressed video footage (I overestimated what needed to be done for net use - lol). Looks great in HD and the final sound mix with EQing and FX arrives this week. This was just a quick teaser (which I realise doesn't exactly "tease" - oops) that I knocked out in about 2min so I could put something on my Facebook wink

Like I said, a proper trailer will arrive shortly, just waiting for the final sound, in all its glory.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 10:28am

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Unfortunately, I have to agree with atom (And I have 2 feature films internationally distributed, just in case that actually matters... wink )
Besides, I'd say atom was, for once, pretty unoffensive in his post.

I can see where you're going, but in terms of actually teasing me... This does nothing at all. It's a bit of a lame piece of dialogue and humour, not very interesting shotwise and that's all there is. I can't tell what the film is about, how the rest of the film looks or whatever else there is

Obviously, that's not to say the film is bad or anything, cause I can't tell as I don't see anything of it here. But what I see here just makes me go confused and move on.


Looking forward to a proper trailer and reserve judgement on that.

And obviously, congrats on getting distribution and on finishing a feature! I know how hard that one is to pull off. smile
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 10:45am

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Yeah, it doesn't really "tease", does it? lol. I should have put more effort into it instead of pulling a couple of shots from a single (somewhat uneventful) scene.

Two films? Cool! I've only seen NightCast... have to admit, wasn't a fan of the script or the acting, but I realise you were going for that B film atmosphere... I just find it hard to sit through a whole feature of B movie... lol.

As for getting distribution... that was surprisingly easy. I got it from the script! They even gave me money to help finish the post! I was pretty lucky that someone in that position appreciated my, somewhat whacky, sense of humour wink

You're right about the finishing of it, though. I've been working on it for so long, I've lost all objectivity. Can't tell if it's shit or genius (I'm going with shit)...lol. Has been a mixed bag with people who've watched it... they've either fallen down from laughter or sat there and wanted to vomit... will definitely be a film for the "cult" audience, rather than mainstream. At least the distributor likes it, which is the main thing. Good to have a big-hitter on your side!

So, when's your next film, dude? Started on it yet? I'm working on the script for my next one, collaboration with another director over here who released a fantastic feature earlier in the year. We're hoping that with our powers combined we can save the world... or at least wear cool blue superhero outfits.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 10:51am

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wasn't a fan of the script or the acting
Neither am I. wink
But that's what you get when you go for a B-Movie hommage with no money, hehe.

I've just finished the 4th draft of my new screenplay. It'll be a thriller. Hope to shoot it next year. We'll see.


Good luck with your next feature then! And I'll be looking forward for a proper trailer for this one then. Allthough the teaser made me suspect I'm totally not the films target audience and doubt it'll be anything for me.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 10:55am

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lol. Good luck! I do love a thriller.

I've deleted the "teaser" for now. I'll upload the proper trailer when ready. Believe it or not, I'm having trouble with the trailer... not quite sure how to approach it, even though I wrote the movie!

I think I'll get someone else to do it... someone not so close to the project...

And no, you're probably not the right audience (along with 99 percent of the rest of the population). lol. But hey, as long as that one percent enjoys it, I'm happy... as long as that's one percent of A LOT! lol.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 7:11pm

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Perhaps I can further what I'm trying to say here:

Look, it's not that I don't expect the movie to be well-made in some form, or featuring some cool shots, or have an interesting story or hook, or have stylistic effects- but as it stands this 'teaser' gives me little to no reason to expect or wait for any these things because it doesn't 'entice' in any of these ways.

It's all, for lack of a better word, generic and uninspired. I expected more, I guess, because I recall this in the News section wayback when. And what was I met with? Some somewhat spotty compositing- okay, I can ignore that- give me the 'hook'. Talking about a lightbulb- okay, not the best humor, but let's see where it goes-

Nowhere. It just ends and a fanfare of cacophony rings in with the title. It literally left me immensely underwhelmed. That's the best summation of my reaction I can offer.

I'd suggest finding some kind of 'mystique' you can add to it and work from there. Even if it's in a spoof style and you play it completely deadpan. Look at really excellent teasers- they offer very little information and build a lotta hype because they leave you guessing, yeah, but also interested.

Take, for instance, CX3's Green Lantern Fanfilm Trailer. It keeps everything mysterious, but it plays to his obvious strengths- excellent sound design, nice composition of shots, and generally good acting. It doesn't attempt anything too big or too small; and keeps you engaged and curious- and excells because of that.

Don't worry about this that much, no, trailer and teaser editing is a hard business to get exactly right; especially with amateur films. Even the best of Hollywood movies can have completely shitty trailers and vis-versa, and I think that's why more studios are now moving towards preferably showing cut-down 'scenes' of movies to entice the public's interest.

But this doesn't mean creating a good one is impossible; it isn't. And you should work on that, because this is not a good trailer/teaser, in all honesty, and I'm sure the movie is sufficient enough that it could be.

It's tough business to get right, man. I worked forever on my old (whoa, it's been 4 years) Splinter Cell Teaser and I still don't think I fully got it the way I wanted it. But I did build anticipation through keeping it vague, curiousity-inspiring, and interesting to a degree.

This didn't have those things. It could. Go work on it! wink

And, you know, also don't talk about what you don't know. I may not be 'in the industry' like you, but I've been making movies and offering my critique on here for several years and am working on a feature I fully expect to get distribution right now. So....yeah. 'Pipe down', buddy.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 7:59pm

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Okay, thanks for that. You're definitely right about trailer production being tough... you'd think it would be easy on your own film. Perhaps an advertising team would be better!

You've given me something to think about... going down the "keeping it mysterious" route.

As for the dodgy compositing, it's not at all. Just highly compressed video. The actual thing looks great. What you might have noticed is the black lines around the actors... this is done for a reason, to kind of give them a comic book feel - all of the backgrounds are hand drawn and this breaks them apart slightly... trust me, it works well, probably just doesn't come across properly in that tiny video.

So what's your feature about? Seen a few of your vids and they're all very well shot. JUST TAKE MORE TIME WITH THE SOUND! lol. And script writing doesn't need to be so complex. You may have the IQ of an experimental rocket scientist but the majority of your audience won't and people like to escape reality, not sit in a cinema trying to decode your interpretation of the English language.

I find this is the same with all types of writing. I earn a living between writing (I'm a motoring journalist) and sound operating (boom swinging and recording) and one of the greatest auto journos in the world (even though he knows stuff all about cars, lol) is Jeremy Clarkson. He makes it fun for everyone to read and that's also how films should be. The overuse of big, fancy words just confuses and bores the audience. Just my two cents (probably not even worth that in today's economy).

And I'm not a "fan" of fanfilms. Why don't people use their creativity to create their own... um... creations... wow, word echoes... although in saying that, the Green Lantern one was pretty cool. I'd just like to see these people use their talents to actually go somewhere... which will never happen while using someone else's intellectual property. Still, I guess they have fun and that's what it's all about, really.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:01pm

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Oh and yes, consider me "piped" razz
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:15pm

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Just a quick, free tip: If you reply to every comment to your movie listing things you didn't like about the movies of the people who posted the comment or reply with "you're wrong, it DOES look good", it comes across as a bit... let's say "self occupied".

I suggest you take the comments for what they're worth, nod and decide what to do with them for yourself.

Obviously, also feel free to ignore the tip.
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:26pm

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Actually, I was just explaining as to why the keying looks bad because a couple of people mentioned it. All I said was it's because of the dodgy compression... hard to make out. It looks fine in the final print. Not saying anyone's wrong at all... I agree, doesn't look great on that 90kb film. Are you surprised?
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:30pm

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Oh and the dots and lines all over the place are actually from the aged film effect... it does look a bit like the greenscreen coming through, yeah... possibly what you guys are referring to? Again, such a low res video the cool hairs and scratches are just showing up as blobs and dots. I guess I just didn't notice because I know what the initial footage looks like. I'll fix this for the proper trailer smile
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:32pm

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And Solithar, I was offering advice, not listing the things that are "wrong" with it. Others are allowed to do this, so why not me? Just the way Atom offered advice, which I am grateful for, I gave some back. Stop looking at everything with such an evil eye, you villain you!
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:34pm

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Rating: +1

Another free tip: There's an edit button on top of your posts. smile
Posted: Mon, 30th Nov 2009, 8:38pm

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Haha, good point. razz
Posted: Tue, 1st Dec 2009, 12:55am

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Captain Amazingly Incredible wrote:

As for the dodgy compositing, it's not at all. Just highly compressed video. The actual thing looks great. What you might have noticed is the black lines around the actors... this is done for a reason, to kind of give them a comic book feel - all of the backgrounds are hand drawn and this breaks them apart slightly... trust me, it works well, probably just doesn't come across properly in that tiny video.
No, I completely understand compression and the 'look' you're going for.

I just don't think you're really suceeding at it- which I don't know is a fault testament to the lighting, keying, or compositing itself- but for my money there's something undoubtedly dodgy about it all that isn't just 'oh, that's the style'. I wouldn't be so blunt with this, but you seem to be trying to cover it up or are ignorant of it. Outlined actors is a stylistic choice, yes, but it's also at the sacrifice of your audience's favorability to your movie. For me, in the way it's currently done, I just don't like it. Just like the 'old film look'- to me it just screams amateur, whether the 'compression makes it look like blobs' or not. Matter of taste, I suppose.

I hate to keep using other people's work as example of better ways to use it for my money; but what better way to show what I mean than by using other FXHomer's work, you know? In this case I want to turn you to Bryan M Block's excellent Aidan 5, not only a movie entirely done on greenscreen and with hand-drawn palettes, but done in 48 hours at that.

Not meant as a diss at you, of course, just saying. There's a certain way of doing things that doesn't need an excuse.

Seen a few of your vids and they're all.....
Yeaaaaah, I didn't know we were gonna go and...
your audience won't and people like to escape reality, not sit in a cinema trying to decode your interpretation of the English language.
Well, I suppose that's......a....I guess.....

The overuse of big, fancy words just confuses and bores the audience.
Hey man, I can throw around titles and insults too. Don't flippantly treat me like some baseless Beatles-song-lyric-quoter, because frankly I'm not. I've often found the people who find complex or collegiate diction to just be 'big fancy words' normally don't know enough about it themselves and/or are too frustrated by this to pay attention. I write the way I do and my movies are scripted the way they are because I find it the most conducive to my style of filmmaking and because I've got views, messages, and themes I find are most effective to convey in a specific way. Whether you agree or disagree, like or dislike that, I don't really care- because this isn't my movie thread.

No, it's yours.

And once again besides the point, as I don't at all consider writing to be one of my strong suits in filmmaking.

And I'm not a "fan" of fanfilms.....
I think you just missed the point of the content I linked. It was in it's demonstration of how to use certain tactics- not that both were fanfilms.

This furtively, politely 'holier than thou' attitude isn't very fitting or helpful, you know. Did you read anything I wrote without immediately thinking up an excuse/comeback?
Posted: Tue, 1st Dec 2009, 2:03am

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Hey dude, don't get me wrong, I think you're very talented. I just think it' be a good idea for you to be able to take on criticism, which you so easily give out (yes, this is an age thing). trust me, there's gonna be a whole heap of it out there and not just on amateur film-maker sites... Before you give it, you should be able to take it. You should also be able to back it up... bragging about high SAT scores and journos lauding your work don't quite cut it, I'm afraid. I was just stating that I write for a living and what I'd learnt. I never went on about how good I am at it. I just enjoy what I do, make a buck and (hopefully) entertain the readers.

Get out there and learn from others. Get yourself on some decent productions to see how the big boys do it... can be daunting but the knowledge you'll gain will be immense and you'll soon find yourself an unstoppable force in the film industry, while plebs like me struggle on with low-budget sci-fi comedies.... damn, I hate you already! lol.

Keep making films but just remember, you don't know it all... yet. Your time will come and you'll be hiring Michael Bay to clean your pool!!! I'm pretty good at scooping leaves, too wink
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God, you don't get it at all.

Don't tell me what to do, don't tell me about what my movies need. This isn't a 'I can't take criticism' thing. This is a 'you have no reason to give me criticism thing'.

I didn't ask for it, I don't need it currently, this isn't my movie thread, and......most of all.......it has nothing to do with your movie. You're dilluting your own ability to receive comments on your work by continuing to talk about mine.

It's all rather silly. I hope you realize that.
Posted: Tue, 1st Dec 2009, 3:01am

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Okay, you're right. Back to my film. You say it looks amateurish? Well, it was an amateur production... no one was paid. And remember, the teaser was a 320x240 90kb file (the actual movie is 66GB and that "teaser" alone was well over 100MB in HD) so the compression plays a big part in it. Also, being squished from 1080p when all the effects were rendered in that high resolution doesn't help.

Yes, there are issues with my film... some big ones. Many due to the fact that we had no cash and our DOP pulled out a day before shooting but an equal amount were due to software limitations (no motion tracking, not being able to handle big image files). I had to cut a LOT of corners just to be able to have the files render out and not give me that feared "director error" screen. So yeah, it will look "amateurish" in parts, but it's also paying homage to the early sci-fis such as Flash Gordon (circa 1930s, not the 80s version), this was done deliberately so we could get away with a little more and be a little... rougher... a cop-out, sure... but in a way, justified.

And as for Aidan 5... a massive feat in 48 hours and a great story but the keying is terrible, even on the new series. There are chromakey artifacts in every shot, half of the time the actors look like they're caught in a Star Trek transporter. Brilliant style, though... would make a great TV series or feature.

Anyway, I'll post a proper trailer when it's done (God knows where to start!). You're more than welcome to come back and have a look-see and let me know if it still sucks wink
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And by the way, Atom, even though this isn't YOUR thread, I still have to say that I truly am in awe.... don't get me wrong. If I'd had the skill you display at your age I wouldn't still be swinging a boom and penning automotive reviews for a living! I really am jealous! You do seriously make some brilliant stuff and it'll be great to see what you can come up with in future with proper budgets etc. Also good to see an FXHomer placing so much emphasis on decent acting! Sorry if I got a little feisty before (does that sound dodgy? lol). I do think you'll go far in movie land, if that's what you want to do.
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Hey man, I appreciate the praise. I don't mean to give you a hard time, just giving my opinion. I'll get to the rest of your post when I have more time, but for now let me echo Sollthar and remind you once more to edit your post if you've got more to say instead of creating a double-post.

If no one posts after you, it's even as if you never wrote the short version of what you wanted to say at all. wink
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All good wink I have a mind like a sieve, though... forget stuff easily...
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See? Tee hee hee.