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Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2011, 11:46am

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Rating: +4

a silent comedy about a young woman who attempts to find true love by attending a speed-date event.

written by steven mitchell, katie mitchell and michael montgomery
directed by steven mitchell and michael montgomery

starring valene kane


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Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2011, 2:19pm

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I love this movie! biggrin

Good job!
Posted: Thu, 10th Mar 2011, 3:01pm

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loved the camera shots and the transitions.
i got 1 question how did u do the shots where she is looking in the mirror but we dont she the camera we just she her looking directy in the mirror i need help thanks, and good job keep it up
Posted: Thu, 10th Mar 2011, 3:59pm

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I think this is an excellent example of a "silent movie".
The cam work told the story perfectly and as a personal point ..you did'nt really need the messages between some scenes,you done the job perfectly well without.
This is a true cinematic experience showing how it can be done without
narrative.
All the actors were so skillful and the leading lady adorable....in all
pure perfection for me.
Posted: Thu, 10th Mar 2011, 8:16pm

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Wow that was AWESOME! The style of it was so great, I don't really know what to say. It was very well edited, well put together, and probably one of the only silent films I've watched all thew way through and enjoyed the whole time! 5/5 from me. Congrats!
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 4:03pm

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cheers for the feedback folks. appreciate it.

JemarcusOgletree, we just had the camera low enough so as you don't see it in the mirror. nothing fancy.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 8:10pm

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That's a wonderful little movie you have there. I really liked the way the whole thing was put together. Especially the different characters and moods you created without the need of any spoken words. I definitely have to agree with davlin - even without the text frames, this would still have worked.

I feel a little sorry for that trekkie guy, but then again - maybe he will have his own little movie + happy end some time wink

One short questions: can you tell us which software has been used to do all that transition work?
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 11:45pm

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Not MY style. But it was very good.
Posted: Sat, 12th Mar 2011, 8:51am

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Understand the comments about the title cards. what i wanted to do was invoke silent movies as much as possible so throwing in title cards alluded to that.

helge, I did all the editing/ transitions stuff in final cut 6. took a long time, but was worth it.
Posted: Sat, 12th Mar 2011, 3:29pm

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QUOTE

"Understand the comments about the title cards. what i wanted to do was invoke silent movies as much as possible so throwing in title cards alluded to that."

I fully understood the reasons but in this case because of your skillfull
direction and super actors the "silent era style" did not present itself making "cards" redundant.

A perfect little movie...well done all.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 9:34am

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thanks davlin. really appreciate your comments
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 9:38am

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Most excellent. smile

Heartfelt depiction of a well known story (girl searches for love, finds it in an unexpected way). But well done on a number of levels. Direction, acting, and locations were all solid and really were what drew me in, as it should be. A solid 4 star film.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 10:00am

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Thanks thrawn
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 10:06am

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Man! It's really great to see movies like this here at fxhome. Original, heartfelt, honest and moving. I think this is one of my new favorites in the cinema.

A wunderful little story - classic, but with an interesting and well directed take and good acting. It was one of the few films where I didn't skip forward even a tiny bit and one of even fewer who moved me. I couldn't help but smile at the end.

Definately a 5 star film for me allthough it is not without it's faults on the technical level (but it has a heart and soul I don't remember equals for around here). First of all, I think the film could be a tad bit faster. Secondly, the odd blur effect in some shots was really distracting - I suspect it was intended to imitate depth of field, but it just looked strange in places. And thirdly, the title cards: Cut them out. They're completely reduntant as you've so perfectly directed what you want to bring across, it is completely clear without the need of any title card so the titlecard actually take away from the film rather then add something to it.


Other then that, congrats on this to you, your actress, your actors and your composer, who did a great job making something very sims-esque yet perfectly fitting.

More please!
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 1:59pm

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thanks solithar.

the running time was always an issue and the use of split screen, several shots appearing on screen at the one time was a way to quickly set the scene and show the passage of time and create a pace.

probably cutting the title cards would reduce the film by between 20 and 30 seconds so that would probably make quite a difference.

i had never even thought about removing the titles cards until the feedback i got from here. it was in my mind from the start to have them but that may have been an error as most people don't see the need for them. they can't be cut now as the music plays with them but that's great feedback for the next film.

each film is a learning process and i appreciate people's comments as it hopefully means my next film will be even better.

thanks again

steven
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2011, 12:43pm

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I like the whole thing, what kind of camera did you use?
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2011, 1:25pm

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the camera was the sony HDR-HC1E. a really basic camera. the look of the film is entirely down to the color package in final cut studio 2
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 3:36am

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Finally, yet another poster who understands story and its importance in filmmaking. The concept is neat and compact, the story is complete, the direction and camera work are first rate and the special touches, like the heart in the coffee, top it off. It’s a perfect example of “Show it, don’t tell it.” The visuals say it all. The timing is exceptional. All I can say is, it's first rate and certainly has few equals on FXHome. Keep it up. I’m looking forward to your next entry.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 7:02am

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My favorite - very nicely done.
The captions were a bit distracting and the multiple shots were verging on the overdone for my liking but were very effective at relating the passage of time. Guy at the end was a bit cheesy but you were fulfilling your audiences expectations which is generally the way to go. Nicely lit/colour corrected (and consistently so) and well acted.

Absolutely loved the theme music for the speed dates.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 7:30am

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Thanks again for the comments
Posted: Sat, 16th Apr 2011, 5:51pm

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I'm just gonna second what everybody else said: Great looks, great actors, nice composition, editing and story.

For me personally it was a little too much on the saccharine side and maybe a little simple in it's construction. But I'm nit-picking, because this is a great little film.
Posted: Mon, 9th May 2011, 10:58pm

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Wow, this was quite refreshing. So much attention to the small details in order to keep your audience informed of the story! There have been some phenomenal action movies posted on the FXHome Box Office, but in my opinion, this trumps all of them when you think about the originality and the attention to the story line. Great Job and Congratulations.
Posted: Wed, 18th May 2011, 2:15pm

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really appreciate your generous comments