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Disconnected - Production Thread

Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 2:55pm

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Well guys, this is our biggest production yet and it's quite exciting to say the least for us over here.
The basic synopsis is the president and government officials go into hiding and all communication has been cut. Which includes cell phones, internet, radio, tv, you name it. Everyone starts freaking out because there is an unknown threat but officials never say what it is. All they say is stay home. Of course chaos ensues as people are running away but don't really know where to go. We got the local tv station to do a fake report and a radio station to do the same. I was looking to get a very specific feel of anxiety throughout the film - and it was very important to do so. Anyways in the next couple of days you'll see screenies and the official poster.

Also THE LIGHT OF EDEN thread will be here in the next 2 weeks with the final release date being mid-October, and Early September for DISCONNECTED.

-Cheers,
Fred

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Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:11pm

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Sounds interesting Fred, I can see you pulling off something of this scale as you seem to be very good at sourcing and using actors. I'm looking forward to seeing how you'll deal with a premise like this, epic or intimate, or a bit of both? Anyway, sounds good, looking forward to more.

Also, I'm loving the influx of production threads at the moment, I definitely think it's something that should be encouraged.

Max
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:17pm

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Yeah, production threads are great! Sounds like a very ambitious project, FC. As you may have noticed, the FXhome 'user movies' area is now open to all, so do feel free to submit your past and future work there so that it can go into the charts and archive.

I'm always impressed with how frequently you push out your productions. Do you do this stuff full time? I'm intrigued (and envious!) as to how you fit so much short film work into your schedule.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:24pm

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Haha, no not at all, i just plan very well. I have 2 jobs and full time school. It's just summer right now.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:26pm

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We need a production thread forum, or a database of production threads.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:31pm

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A sticky at the top of this forum would do it. Feel free to put a list together if you like, swinton! I can then stickyify it.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:33pm

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It shall be done, I'l make the list then pm you.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 3:55pm

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Also forgot to mention this was inspired by this. http://news.techworld.com/security/3228198/obama-internet-kill-switch-plan-approved-by-us-senate/?olo=rss
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 4:49pm

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I'm really looking forward to this as I enjoy just about every film you make. Good Luck and be sure to keep us posted.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 6:37pm

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If all forms of comunication have been cut, how do people hear and view the tv/radio broadcasts. tard
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 6:39pm

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FCRabbath

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Mike Q wrote:

If all forms of comunication have been cut, how do people hear and view the tv/radio broadcasts. tard
no they are broadcasted before they are cut and announce them being cut.
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 6:41pm

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Aha! that's sorted then. sounding good. And is it me or has fxhome suddenly gone production thread crazy. I like!
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 7:03pm

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Woah, I've started quite the trend here razz. This is great.

Very cool, FC. This sounds a little bit like M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs". I've always sort of subconsciously connected your work to M. Nights, I think. This sounds very promising. Best of luck to you!

I'm looking forward to Sunday.. wink
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 7:08pm

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Seems like quite the undertaking! I wish you best of luck in it. Will you be having a budget for this film, or are you going the typical "no budget" route? Looking forward to updates. smile
Posted: Thu, 19th Aug 2010, 7:33pm

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FCRabbath

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Miker - Eh, i guess its similar in the sense of the world is in chaos i guess.

Thrawn - YUP no budget. However it will be excited how far we can take it!
Posted: Wed, 25th Aug 2010, 12:47am

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SOOO i need someone who would be interested in seeing the first 5 minutes and getting an early review.

Whoever is interested PM me. First 5 will get the secret link but i just need you to tell me what you thought. Thanks!
Posted: Wed, 25th Aug 2010, 1:45pm

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Private Messages have been sent out! Please post your responses here thanks guys!
Posted: Wed, 25th Aug 2010, 10:11pm

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Even coming from you and all your technical expertise, this impressed me.

There wasn't any proper character interaction so far (it's pretty much the intro), so I can't judge on whether your scriptwriting skills have improved in this, and I will say that I'm a bit unsure how cutting off communications can lead to explosions right away (maybe wait until it degrades a bit more), but that's pretty much where my criticism stops. Everything else is awesome, from the music to the editing (maybe a bit slow with the police officer and the mob, though) to the fake broadcasts and so on. Top notch stuff.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. It's definitely an attention-grabbing opening.
Posted: Wed, 25th Aug 2010, 10:18pm

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Nice job Fred, it looks really great. I thought the grading, music, story, etc were very realistic and I do believe that people would, and have, acted that way in tense situations. Great inspiration for the film as well, I’m really looking forward to the official full release.

My only real criticisms are that I thought one or two of the fires looked a bit unrealistic, but that might have been the smoke that looked off- I can’t really tell. And that there wasn't much interactions with the cast, but perhaps that will change later? Other than that, I thought the movie looked quite professional, the cinematics and technicals were awesome and the story is strong and quite cool.

Thanks for the opportunity for previewing the film, I wish you the best of luck.

DV
Posted: Wed, 25th Aug 2010, 10:40pm

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thanks guys!
Posted: Thu, 26th Aug 2010, 6:50pm

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Any other takers? I've sent over 7 out and only received 2 reviews. Just PM me!
Posted: Thu, 26th Aug 2010, 6:57pm

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Would love a PM bro. Just sayin'! biggrin
Posted: Thu, 26th Aug 2010, 7:04pm

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I pm'd you, nothing back, I'd be happy to review it for you though.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2010, 1:23am

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A little odd they haven't written about it yet.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2010, 3:36am

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My review of the "Secret Link" intro footage;

Firstly, I love how this opens. The voice-over is great, and the shot of Earth.. with 'F.C. Rabbath Creations presents' is incredible. That grabbed me right away - as most of your work typically does.. but this, on a different magnitude than normal. You are obviously making this on a much larger scale than your typical films - which makes it all the more exciting. Looks like you've organized quite a large cast as well, which is great. The news broadcasts looked/sounded very realistic. You did a great job there. There's some really nice cinematography here as well, although undoubtedly expected with your work.

I have to say though, I'm not much of a fan of the choice of music. Call if personal taste I guess. It may seem to fit better when I see the overall finished piece. Still, great stuff. I'm very excited to see the finished product. Good luck wrapping it up! Thanks for the sneak peak.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2010, 4:02am

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A very exciting intro. Sorry I haven't had much time to review it. I have an entire essay due tomorrow morning, so I'll keep this short, but I'd be happy to post a more in depth review tomorrow if you'd like.

As miker said, the voice-over and shot of Earth was absolutely fantastic. Yes, it sounds extremely cliche, but you just pull it off so professionally that it seems original. It's rather hard to explain, but it looks fantastic. I'm also going to restate DVstudio's point on one or two of the fires in the video. The fire looked alright by itself, but the way you composited the smoke (and some fire) on top of the footage just didn't match up to the standards set by everything else. Understandable considering how difficult it is to create destruction digitally. I really enjoyed the music, and thought it really set the mood well while still being unique.

Also, the television footage and radio audio were extremely realistic and worked extremely well as voiceovers. While we didn't see much actual dialog, the televised segments seemed to hit the perfect balance of realistic and not-to-boring, which I think is a critical balance that most people don't realize. I thought a lot of your shot selection (crowd shots, fire fighters, etc) was extremely clever. You created the illusion of a lot going on without there having to be a lot going on (such as the sequence with the neighbors getting in their seperate cars). I still can't imagine how you managed to do all of this with such a low budget, but I suppose that's how you roll.

Fantastic job, and I hope to see more of this in the near future.
Posted: Sat, 28th Aug 2010, 6:49pm

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I can’t help but agree with everyone else. This film certainly looks epic. It looks so epic that I don’t see how this film could possibly work unless it was a feature-length film (unless the director is intending it to be).

We were able to see the first 4 minutes of the film and within this short amount of time we are able to recognize how FCRabbath has improved as a filmmaker. Rabbath’s style and technique, that we have come to know from his earlier works, have been refined in Disconnected.

The opening shot is breathtaking. The radio and news coverage is extremely realistic. The locations are perfect. The acting is top notch despite the lack of dialogue. The feeling of chaos and danger are expressed brilliantly. The special effects were skillfully created. The musical score works perfectly with what we see. All of these elements add layers of realism and create the illusion that Rabbath spent thousands of dollars creating this film, when I’m sure he spent no more than $20 (for maybe gas and food). This just absolutely amazes me.

I know quite a few of you weren’t so convinced by the CGI fire and destruction, but it was ok for me. This is probably because I expected worse. Perhaps that effect could be tweaked according to what the other reviewers have said.

My only real complaint is that I didn’t find the shots of the empty streets completely striking, particularly the shots that were probably taken from out the window of a car. Rabbath, perhaps you could slow these shots down a bit. It seems obvious that it was taken from driving car rather than a dolly (which I think would have been smoother). This however isn’t even really important. It’s such a small detail and really a personal one. There probably isn’t anything wrong with it; I’m just being picky. Also, I’m just curious about a camera technique that you have been using in some of your films that I’ve been seeing in films, tv shows, and other online short films recently. It’s like this quick zoom in the middle of a steadicam/handheld shot. I think you used this when the police officer is getting beat down by the gang of people. I’m not sure if you know what I’m talking about but I was just curious about the motivation behind this shot. Anyways, I can’t find much fault in the footage that you have given us already.

I don’t think it was even necessary for Rabbath to ask us to review an excerpt of his latest work. Rabbath has already proven himself. He never ceases to impress. Most of us on these forums will end up watching this film as soon as it’s released anyway. I’m just glad I PM’d him in time because this short clip made my day. Even though the film is not complete, the work that was put into this film is evident and it is really inspirational.

* Just thought I’d mention that we are all capable of making impressive short films on a low budget (that is if we can dish out the money on a decent camera and tripod first). After we equip ourselves with those few essentials it isn’t too difficult to be creative in order to get the shots and locations that we want. What I have realized with Rabbath is that he goes out of his way to find talent, locations, and crew. For example, he will actually go down to the theatre and search for actors himself (which he kind of explains in his Film/Budget guide that was posted recently). He does things that a lot of us wouldn’t normally do in terms of organization, pre-production, production, etc. and I think that this extra effort can do wonders to the success of a film.

In any case, we definitely look forward to the full version of Disconnected. Thanks!
Posted: Mon, 30th Aug 2010, 12:38pm

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thanks guys! Some bts pics here!

Here are some behind the scenes pics.










Posted: Mon, 30th Aug 2010, 1:00pm

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FCRabbath, you've always been one of my favorite indie filmmakers. The ambition and scope of your projects are consistently bigger than the average, and usually you get pretty close to fulfilling the full potential of the story's premise. Count me in as very excited about this.
Posted: Mon, 30th Aug 2010, 3:42pm

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Wow! Very cool stuff there! I'm very excited about this one!
Posted: Mon, 30th Aug 2010, 7:45pm

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Here is the clip available to all now!

Please post your thoughts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYN4CjhtbUg
Posted: Tue, 31st Aug 2010, 12:06am

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After reading the reviews I was pretty hyped, and that definitely lived up to it! I did expect the fire to be a tad less realistic after reading some of the reviews however. Maybe you changed it since the first reviews? Anyway FANTASTIC JOB FC!

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Posted: Tue, 31st Aug 2010, 1:02am

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Looks wicked.
Posted: Wed, 1st Sep 2010, 11:56pm

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thanks for all comments guys!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 4:27pm

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So do you know when you will be releasing this one yet? I'm Stoked!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 4:30pm

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Biblmac wrote:

So do you know when you will be releasing this one yet? I'm Stoked!
Sept 5. there will be a premiere in UCF in Orlando, and other florida locations
and Sept 10th, youtube.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 5:29pm

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nice, only have to wait 8 days. Was it hard to get permission to use some of the locations in Disconnected? Looks like you filmed at an actual television studio and government offices.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2010, 11:54am

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ChromeHeart wrote:

nice, only have to wait 8 days. Was it hard to get permission to use some of the locations in Disconnected? Looks like you filmed at an actual television studio and government offices.
television studio was easy, the rest was long and tedious. Most was not government and we faked it. thanks for watching!
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 1:04am

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The poster!

Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 3:41am

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Cool poster! How did the premiere go in "UCF in Orlando, and other florida locations?"
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 4:31am

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Nice looking poster man!
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 1:30pm

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We had to delay the premiere because we had an issue the film and the copies. It will be delayed until the 10th. thanks for watching.
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 5:41pm

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Sorry to hear that FC. Let us know what happens when it actually premieres, ok? I'd love to know if they like it.
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2010, 5:44pm

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Biblmac wrote:

I'd love to know if they like it.
hahah, okay...