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The Cutter Vendetta

Posted: Tue, 9th Nov 2010, 11:49am

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From Acclaimed Director Michael Bay('s adopted brother Calhoun Bay), comes 'The Cutter Vendetta'.

This summer...
D.E.A agent Jack Cutter...
Will stop at nothing...
To catch a man...
who will stop at nothing...
to stop him.


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Posted: Wed, 10th Nov 2010, 8:36am

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Hehe, I like the concept of this and some of the shots brilliantly capture the feel of Michael Bay movies excellently. Car chases, gun fire, tough one liners, explosions - we got it all.

Unfortunately I think the concept is better then the execution. The execution is good, but I think the trailer would have had much more punch with faster editing and if it lost some material. While there are great shots in this, there are also shots in it that just don't work and all in all, I find it too long. I'd say there's about 50 seconds of too much footage in this.

Some of the explosion-compositing is a bit dodgy as well, hence faster editing could also help sell the effects more and move this from funny and somewhat well made to hilarious and excellently made.

Anyways, as it is now, it's definately my favorite out of the shortlist and cool little trailer mockery.
Posted: Wed, 10th Nov 2010, 6:49pm

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Thanks for the review, Solly! Objective, calm, and detailed reviews are always appreciated. smile

I largely agree with you in respect to the length - there surely are areas to tighten up (the beginning, for sure) and some shots to lose/scenes to cut down. Unfortunately, with the relatively short amount of time we had, we kinda rushed through the edit and certainly weren't as ruthless as editors should be. I can't speak for Bryce, but having zero time away from the project between shooting and editing certainly made me more conservative. Perhaps we should recut a new version of trailer in a month or so? biggrin

As far as explosions go, we never really intended for them to look *perfect*, and with the time constraints, there were limited changes/tweaks we could find the time to do. We did try to keep those shots short, though, and no explosion shot is longer than a second (save the one at 1:35, which was segmented with white flashes somewhat timed to the downbeats).

Overall, I'm certainly happy with how it turned out. As with most of these guerilla-type productions, we were running and gunning, changing things on the fly, having weather issues, etc so just to finish it by the deadline was a task in and of itself. One of the most memorable things I will take from this shoot is when, about an hour into our first day of principal photography in the river dock location, I took the end of a large rusty pole to the face (the one below)

Feeling more embarrassed than physically hurt, I shrugged it off and continued to shoot, not realizing I was bleeding out of a smallish gash the pole tore into my cheek. smile Now, a few weeks removed, it's scarred over itself rather elegantly, but hopefully it will all be worth it when all is said and done! biggrin

Any other takers? Always look forward to comments/critiques.
Posted: Wed, 10th Nov 2010, 8:12pm

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Hey guys I personally loved this! Didn't really read into all that much, not as much as most of the guys on here will, but I enjoyed it a ton! I watched it once and loved it but didn't really look for flaws, just enjoyed it. So maybe I will come back with some well thought out complaints, but for now, nice job, I enjoyed it a lot!

PS I too thought it was a tad bit long but it did keep my interest the whole time and had me literally laughing out loud many times.
Posted: Thu, 11th Nov 2010, 10:30am

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So who is the Brendan Fraser look-alike in this? Is that you, rogolo? smile
Posted: Thu, 11th Nov 2010, 7:15pm

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hey this video is 5 seconds over the time limit, I quote "Entries must be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length." I know it is not very much time over but that doesn't seem fair to the other people who entered the contest.
Posted: Thu, 11th Nov 2010, 8:11pm

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I'm all the "men in black", as well as the guy shooting the m4 from the car.
Posted: Thu, 11th Nov 2010, 10:40pm

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FXhomer78115 wrote:

hey this video is 5 seconds over the time limit, I quote "Entries must be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length." I know it is not very much time over but that doesn't seem fair to the other people who entered the contest.
Technically the trailer ends at 2:58. IT has black space for the last 8 seconds. It makes the time limit.
Posted: Thu, 11th Nov 2010, 11:13pm

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Heh, something tells me this FXhomer78115 may not be completely unbiased... wink

Thanks for the support and kind words, Biblmac...glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Tarn: Alas, I'm not your Brendan Fraser lookalike, as I was behind the camera for most of the shoot. Cutter (and his dead partner) are actors at the Second City here in Chicago, and have a YouTube channel here if you are so inclined. They're improv actors at heart, and we have plenty of hilarious improv takes that, unfortunately, couldn't fit into the final cut.
Posted: Fri, 12th Nov 2010, 9:05am

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rogolo wrote:

Heh, something tells me this FXhomer78115 may not be completely unbiased... wink
I've removed those votes as they did seem a little juked.
Posted: Fri, 19th Nov 2010, 5:55pm

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"I'll never BE dead!"

That, and the last shot was hilarious. Great job on winning guys I voted for you!
Posted: Fri, 19th Nov 2010, 6:55pm

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Congrats guys! You definitely had a great trailer! You deserved it!
Posted: Sat, 20th Nov 2010, 4:49pm

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Congrats and a deserving piece of work it brought a smile to my face quite a few times...really enjoyed it.
Perhaps a little on the long side but still extremely entertaining.
WELL done all.
Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2011, 10:48pm

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This is great! I would say there are some points in the trailer where it is kinda drawn out, but this is top notch!
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2011, 10:58pm

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Thanks Ryan! Definitely agree that bits were drawn out here and there, but those darn time constraints combined with sleep deprivation didn't do us any favors while editing wink

In fact, we now have a drastically recut version of this, but we have to keep that version mostly under wraps due to copyright concerns. Too bad...the new one takes subversiveness to a whole new level...

Luckily, I'll be able to share it with a few people both within and outside FXhome by way of the magical discs below. (All free of charge, of course.)



A few are going towards unsuspecting actors and crew, while the last bit are set aside for some very select FXhome VIPs. wink
Posted: Wed, 9th Feb 2011, 12:09am

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If you leave me out of that list, there will be hell to pay.
Posted: Fri, 11th Feb 2011, 7:29pm

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Atom wrote:

If you leave me out of that list, there will be hell to pay.
Hehehe biggrin

In related news, here's the first round of discs that shipped out earlier today:


Yeah, I reuse old padded envelopes and Amazon boxes...what of it?!

Next round will be distributed in a week or so, but it's smaller and no FXhomers are in the group. After that, since we had a super limited run of these DVDs, we will have 2 last discs to give to some users here. So, if you get some random message from one of us requesting a mailing address, this is probably what it's regarding. wink

(Except for you, Atom...I was under the impression I could simply address it to 'Atomic, Texas' and it would arrive at your doorstep. Might have to don my lady wig to fix this one.)
Posted: Sat, 12th Feb 2011, 12:52am

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Finally got round to watching this and i really enjoyed it- was funny in all the right moments and exciting in all the right places- a very fine piece of work- congraultions on it and good luck at the awards!
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2011, 9:44am

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Ooh, exciting. I work there!
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 7:08am

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Not to keep bumping this topic, but couldn't help at laughing at a familiar bit in some Law & Order rerun I happened upon the other day.

Time to sue Dick Wolf? smile
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 9:36am

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Hehe, brilliant.

Also, wanted to say thanks again for the DVD and 10th birthday card you sent us. It was very exciting to receive that in the post. smile
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 3:26pm

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Hey, can't believe we didn't mention this here already, but wanted to thank you for the DVD we received in the mail a little less than a week ago. Very, very cool packaging and print media that go with it, and an even cooler DVD with some nice bonus images and video. Literally ALL of the guests at our apartment have picked up the DVD and asked about it, half of them have wanted to 'borrow this movie' before I told them it wasn't a feature film. Funny stuff.

Cool stuff all around! Now you may have a DVD (or Bluray!?) headed your way from us. biggrin