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'Hitman Project'

Posted: Tue, 15th Dec 2009, 10:49am

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swatdojo

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This is a short film I recently completed in order to challenge myself to try a different style. Most of my previous short films have been action and effects oriented so I wanted to slow things down and work on using color, lighting, and sound techniques to greatly enhance the mood of the film.

I chose to grade the intro as a sort of vintage photograph on purpose since I intended for this to be more of a visual poem than a narrative story.

It was filmed in HD and can be viewed in HD from the youtube page.

It's been a very long time since I posted anything on this site so I wanted to at least share this short film. I hope you all enjoy it.

Hitman:
Kyle Spishock

Written, Shot, Directed, Edited By:
Phillip James


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Posted: Tue, 15th Dec 2009, 5:17pm

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its really really good.i love it biggrin
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 1:46am

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thanks! i'm glad you enjoyed it!
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 3:29am

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The music and the video blended nicely. One thing I would like to add though is that when he shoots himself at the end there is no blood. Other than this, I thought it was very good. 5/5!
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 1:11pm

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Very stylish with a brilliant performance from your actor, full of all sorts of little quirks and tics. Really liked the visuals, although I'd say that the 'old style' grading worked better than the second half's.

My only criticism is the prominent voiceover. I wonder whether it would have been just as effective without - leaving the audience to interpret the final name on the list. The actor delivered such an intriguing performance I got a lot of character just from that, without needing the VO.

One element I really liked was the off-screen assassination at the start. Not showing the victim worked extremely well.
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 3:47pm

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I liked how you kept the hit man classy instead of a ruthless barbaric killer. It add an interesting characteristic to him. I have to agree with Tarn though, I wasn't a big fan of the grading. Good job smile
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 11:33pm

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thanks for the CC guys! i agree about the narration. When i did a rough edit of the short, I felt it was more effective without the narration but i didnt know if people would notice the last name on the list without the extra narration. i guess it actually speaks for itself!

the other problem with grading was the fact that i shot the second half at night and the vintage grading i did sets the lows to a blue-ish color, and although i wanted to keep the same style throughout, it looked weird having a completely blue frame since his suit most of the frame in the night shots are black...

but im gonna try a few different grades on the second half to see what i might be able to change. thanks again for the comments!
Posted: Fri, 18th Dec 2009, 1:25pm

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davlin

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Very cool , you succeeded in your mission to try something a bit different.
This was good enough to be without narration but it still is excellent work..well done.


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Posted: Sat, 19th Dec 2009, 4:53pm

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Not to sound odd, but are you from Texas swatdojo? I thought I recognized the license plate design.
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 1:50am

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swatdojo

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sure am. san antonio to be specific.
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 3:01am

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Well Done!! I would rewite your ending, Just constructive, A close up should be done of the "List" as he scraches it out, then shoots himself with a tish of blood splatter on the list. then roll your credits. But I have to say I am impresed. ET.
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 12:53pm

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Well Done!! I would rewite your ending, Just constructive, A close up should be done of the "List" as he scraches it out, then shoots himself with a tish of blood splatter on the list. then roll your credits. But I have to say I am impresed. ET.
Nah, I disagree. I like not knowing for sure who it is until he kills himself.
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 11:57pm

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PERFECT...I wish I thought of it. It couldn't be done better.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Dec 2009, 8:33am

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swatdojo wrote:

sure am. san antonio to be specific.
Ah, cool man. As a filmmaker in Dallas (and college student in Austin) it's nice to see some more Texans on here producing some ace stuff.

Congrats on the movie, I really enjoyed it- clear vision, style, and polish if only a tad bit simplistic/closed-off for my tastes. But a solid effort and final product nonetheless.
Posted: Mon, 28th Dec 2009, 8:56pm

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Stylistically great, and the grading was subtle and eloquent. It's pretty ballsy to enact a suicide, but it was an interesting twist with proper music in the background. What is the name of the operatic ballad that you used?
Posted: Mon, 28th Dec 2009, 11:06pm

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Limey

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Nice job man. The visuals were real nice.
Posted: Tue, 29th Dec 2009, 6:42pm

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swatdojo

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thanks for the comments guys! glad you enjoyed it, and the name of the song is "Vivaldi: Sposa son desprezzata" performed by Cecilia Bartoli.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jan 2010, 5:04am

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I enjoyed the cool tones of the filter. The music really set the "poetry" up. It seems twisted when it is mixed with cold-blooded violence, but there is an art to it. Well done.