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Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 10:53am

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RodyPolis

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What would you do if a loved one were kidnapped? Would you try to save her? Would you try to save her by kidnapping someone else? Would you try to save her by kidnapping someone else who is innocent? How far would you go to save someone you loved?

This is my latest short film which I made for a scholarship at Miami International University of Art & Design. Shot with the Panasonic DVD30p camera and edited with Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Fxhome Composite Lab/Vision Lab. Music from musicbeyond.com

Starring:
Ryan Bader = Chris Knox
Kendra Lingerfelt = Kristina
Rodolphe Pierre-Louis (me) = John Riddle


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Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 11:10am

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You know my thoughts on this already, but I thought a proper cinema christening would be nice as well.

4/5 and getting better every day- good job, man!
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 3:28pm

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Hey that was a pretty fast cinema entry! Thanks again Atom, but what happened to 4.5? smile

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Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 6:07pm

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Well, when it comes to cinema I like to be completely fair and discerning- yes, this is close to a solid 4.5; but in the grand scheme of things it still more aligns with a 4 than a 5 for me if I have to pick one. And, well, in the cinema I have to pick one- so I pick 4. But don't take offense to that- I'm a very discerning critic, that's a tremendous vote for me to give! (Plus I was never a fan of rounding up. wink)

And I mean it isn't still without its faults- but that doesn't mean it is any less impressive. You've improved and learned immeasurably over the years, and it shows in the best ways. I've no doubt that next thing you submit or show me will be 'no question' 5-material. After this and the continually-better Carpe Diem (which goes massively underlooked on here, if you ask me- great stuff) I wait with baited breath to see what you come up with next.

Good job and good luck!
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 6:22pm

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Wasn't perfect, but you've read my thoughts. Interesting enough to get a 5/5 from me.
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2010, 7:42pm

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Thanks again guys! Hopefully this has enough viewers so that I can convince my actors to do a sequel. People seem to like it a little more than I thought they would, plus it's not like I didn't already plan a sequel in the back of my head while writing this smile
Posted: Fri, 9th Apr 2010, 7:30am

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Very cool. Well done.
Posted: Fri, 9th Apr 2010, 11:39am

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Thanks Captain!
Posted: Fri, 9th Apr 2010, 12:06pm

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No worries! I shall watch your series too!
Posted: Sat, 10th Apr 2010, 7:00am

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Movie's amazing! I give it 5 stars for sure! By the way, I'm pretty sure you got that scholarship!!
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2010, 12:24am

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You're very close to an actual story, albeit with a few holes in it. A step at a time...

1. Slow your lead down, He's rushing his lines
2. MOUNT YOUR CAMERA. Shoulder or hand carried cameras exhaust the viewer and create headaches.
3. Find a middle ground with the girl so you can actually fool us into believing she's in the same boat he is.
4. Get a book on storytelling and FOLLOW THE FORMULA. You're very close and a little tweaking would make it a good, albeit done to death story.
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2010, 2:14am

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One thing I might add is that from what I saw of it the lead actor seemed to like start his actions on screen. I think if you cut off .5th of a second it would increase the camera work profoundly. smile
Despite,5/5
Posted: Mon, 3rd May 2010, 7:39pm

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So I just got news from the school I applied for the scholarship at, and turns out there was a tie between me and some other kid. So the school is splitting the scholarship in half and give each of us half of it.

So this isn't good news since my level of brokeness required all of the scholarship to go there, but this isn't bad news either since there's still time for them to come to their senses smile
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2010, 1:43am

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Can you apply for a government grant to match the scholarship? Either through a FAFSA appeal or a letter to your United States representative. If you're a resident of a state for over 6 months, you can apply for state-based grants as well. Regular grants were back in February, but in Tennessee, for instance, there's a certain amount of money put aside for simply - get this - lottery distribution. You can 'enter the lottery' before September 1st and see if that pans out for you - it just may work.

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Posted: Tue, 4th May 2010, 1:49am

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ben3308 wrote:

Can you apply for a government grant to match the scholarship? Either through a FAFSA appeal or a letter to your United States representative.
Nope, you gotta be an American citizen or a permanent US resident to do that stuff. IDK, I'm thinking of some stuff but nothing is clear right now.
Posted: Tue, 4th May 2010, 1:52am

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As mentioned, state grants can be received by people who can declare an ongoing residency for 6 months in some states, 18 months in others. You may even want to consult a financial aid counselor on the state level (not a private counselor) about this, because there are ways around it. I had plenty of 'less than legal' friends here in Texas go to private colleges all over the state and still receive FAFSA money.

Granted, that's pretty screwy in terms of being financially conservative at all, but it happens.
Posted: Wed, 5th May 2010, 12:56pm

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ben3308 wrote:

As mentioned, state grants can be received by people who can declare an ongoing residency for 6 months in some states, 18 months in others. You may even want to consult a financial aid counselor on the state level (not a private counselor) about this, because there are ways around it. I had plenty of 'less than legal' friends here in Texas go to private colleges all over the state and still receive FAFSA money.

Granted, that's pretty screwy in terms of being financially conservative at all, but it happens.
Ya I'll be trying some stuff, I still wanna go there and if something can work out then I'm all for trying! Thanks
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2010, 4:54am

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very good story line
Posted: Fri, 3rd Dec 2010, 10:41am

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Good Camera work,good job. Sorry bout this first i just write this reply to invite you to come to see my Movie, u can enjoy it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTc8fQ7o_-c
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2010, 9:30pm

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Magic Ben

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Great movie but here are some things you can work on:

*The acting
*Add a tint of yellow or for a dark movie, blue

Other than that great job on story and everything else