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USSA Day 1

Posted: Thu, 26th Nov 2009, 12:03pm

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C92094

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in the year 2025 not much has changed in the rest of the world. the economic crash has subsided and europe along with other countries is back on it's feet. the only difference is in the good ol' USA or USSA as it is now know. a communist party has taken of the government. they begin peacefully at first. but then they begin killing protesters. finally a war begins between the communists and the capitalist. the capitalists lose, but rebels continue to fight back.

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Posted: Sun, 29th Nov 2009, 5:05am

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dhenry

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Good job over all but I had to tune the volume way up to hear it. And maybe you could build ya self a steady cam with some PVC pipe it will help you with your running scene because it way to shaky.
Posted: Sun, 29th Nov 2009, 7:19pm

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Rating: +1

The intro is almost a minute long! Please shorten it.
Alrighty I'm going to tell you a problem I saw and how to fix it...

Problem: Some of the audio is poor, echos, or is hard to hear. This is mostly only for the beggining part though.
Solution: I would suggest buying a boom microphone or buying a seperate microphone such as a handymic. A good boom mic can be found here. It is called the Rode Videomic and is what a lot of people here (I assume) use. A good seperate mic can be found here. It is called a DR-07.

Problem: At 1:18 it skips a part.
Solution: Just a simple editing problem.

Problem: At 1:50 it freezes.
Solution: I'm not sure if you meant to do this but it seemed unrealistic.

Problem: The running scenes were much too shakey and you could here the cameraman's footsteps.
Solution: Not much you can do about the footsteps however, for the shakeyness I suggest using a handmade steadcam. Here a some instructions on how to build it:
http://steadycam.org/

Problem: The part at 4:00 was hard to understand what exactly was happening. Also the audio at 2:30 was hard to hear.
Solution: Explain the plot through the movie a little better. And for the audio either turn the music down or once again get a seperate mic.

Other than these few minor problems I think it turned out rather well. I give it a solid 3/5!!! biggrin

PS: Nice use of painted Nerf Guns. I didn't notice it until I rewatched it. smile
Posted: Wed, 2nd Dec 2009, 12:04am

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I fixed the intro so that it's about 30 sec, and the mic, I'm trying to get the one that actually attaches to my brand of camera. You didn't mention this, but the video was shot in 1080p, I just didn't have enough memory on my computer to use it. At 1:18, I did mean to pause it cause I realized I screwed up and left a scene off in the rush of all the people who got there at that time. At 4:00 the rebel saw that his brother was killed, kind of lost that part with all the music I guess, but it's in there. I will rerelease it after I finished the story. the skip was an accident, I don't know how it happend, I rendered it twice and I couldn't figgure hoe to fix it. I will check about the steady cam, thanks. Yeah we paint all the tips and other parts of the gun that are unrealistic.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Dec 2009, 1:10am

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1 thing I noticed is that you rated your own movie.Please don't. You are only cheating yourself by fake rating yourself. What good does that do?

Day 2 hopes to be good. Good luck!
Posted: Fri, 4th Dec 2009, 2:20am

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C92094

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bad habit, I just wish the guy who gave me one star would give me a reason. Day two is on youtube right now
Posted: Fri, 4th Dec 2009, 2:49am

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TheOutlawAmbulance

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Maybe he hates you. He made an account just to give this video 1 star. Jerk!

Anyways just upload it to the Cinema. I'm waiting.....
Posted: Fri, 4th Dec 2009, 2:54am

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One thing you need to pay attention to is something called the 180 degree rule. Here's a link for it. http://www.solutioneers.net/cinema/axis.htm It seemed like you just pointed the camera at anything. You need to plan out your shots more. Don't just look at the actors, but what else is in the shot?

With the editing, I noticed sometimes at the beginning of a shot, nothing was happening, but within the first second, all the action was going on. Next time, start the edit with them all ready running so it seems more like they where running the whole time. The effects where decent btw. I also saw that your video seemed vertically stretched. What editing software are you using?

Not awful for a beginners film, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
Posted: Fri, 4th Dec 2009, 10:18pm

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C92094

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thanks for the comments and the link, also, the reson I do that is accidental. I don't take enough time editing even though I know I should. I makes me feel sad sad
Posted: Mon, 11th Jan 2010, 9:26pm

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TheOutlawAmbulance

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Have you uploaded USSA Day 2 yet, or is that the new USSA Ambush?
Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 8:24pm

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quote storm
"1 thing I noticed is that you rated your own movie.Please don't. You are only cheating yourself by fake rating yourself. What good does that do?"

In the circumstances C92094 done the right thing.If some toad joins just to give 1 person a 1 star or 0 stars ...it is obvious this is personal , or perhaps another person in the same top ten wanting to bring your movie down the list.

I've had this and almost all the other film makers in the Cinema have had similar,so my immediate answer to counteract this is to give myself 5 stars and if all of the members done the same it might help to make these s...s not bother in future.

You see,if your movie is high in the top ten then it's a known fact you get more people seeing your work...so it's not about cheating yourself giving a self award of 5 stars because you are attempting to redress the balance.

THIS OF COURSE ONLY APPLIES WHEN YOU'VE HAD A JERK GIVE YOU A HOOKEY VOTE.

Dave
Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 8:27pm

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TheOutlawAmbulance

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Hmmmm....I see. To balance the voting he should have given himself a 5...huh. I guess I wasn't taking into consideration the 1 star vote. Thanks Davlin! -Storm Grenade
Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 8:43pm

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davlin

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Hi Storm
This is just my opinion as I've been guilty of the same offence. biggrin


Best
Dave
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 5:11pm

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davlin

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Excellent work with a lot of effort.....great action and fx....well done.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 5:54pm

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It appears the person who "negged" you so to speak was some one who didn't even own a product and basically goes around receiving negative ratings and giving films one star.
Despite the technical errors Ill give this one a 4/5.