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|"A trained soldier for hire receives his latest mission to rescue a scientist from a group of terrorists known only as K51. With time fast running out. He advances through the many guarded areas of the militant group in search of the elusive scientist. Failure is not an option."|
Directed by Joby Stephens and Adam Kirley. Project One is a short action film shot back in 2003 and 2004 with zero budget. The short was premiered at the Florida International Film Festival 06.
I thought it was about time I uploaded the full nostalgia-tastic film for you all to see! Been 7 years to the day now since we shot the first few scenes of the film. Oh how I wish HD was around back then
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At times when we were filming we had to tripod mount and leave the camera to do it's thing to grab a shot, for the first half of the film back in 2003 it was pretty much the second time I'd used a video camera to shoot something... I have to admit yes, there were times we went auto-exposure as we had zero additional lighting for the first 7 mins of the film (after the scientist gets dragged through the woods the 2nd half of Project One was filmed over a year later, and we had a bit of lighting and grip stuff for that). Thanks for the note Ben
ben3308 wrote:Great work all around, obviously, and I can give you a lengthier review when I'm done watching it, but a current comment/complaint - was the entire film shot in auto-exposure on the GL2? Because the luminance ramping whenever a black-clothed person comes into frame is sort of distracting.
Just a note! Will finish watching the film soon!
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Thanks for the comments
Steve Sharkey wrote:I don't like to sound picky since I generally enjoyed it, but, I thought the sound (voices in particular) could do with some "beefing up" to suite the genre. Also I found the continuity a bit of a problem when the main guy is clearly wearing shoes early on but appears to have trainers on to climb the tower.
On the action scenes you managed (well I thought) to keep the effects down rather than overdoing it which seems to be the norm.
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Yeah, I think if realism is your thing, you're probably not in the right place.
FXhomer32915 wrote:Are you serious? My comment couldn't be more on point! Plainly put, this submission is unrealistic! Even Rambo isn't that good. Don't expect audiences to buy into it.
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FXhomer32915 wrote:Plausible is the key, guys.
The NAVI don't exist, but are made plausible so the viewers buy into it.Out of literally thousands upon thousands of movies to use as reference, you chose Avatar. This is just fantastic. You literally never cease to amaze.
and present the truth about Hollywood and filmmakingLast time I checked, theory taught in Houston isn't real-life experience in Los Angeles. But maybe I'm missing something. Also
I probably shouldn't say much about this for my own sake, and it's certainly an exception to the rule and more 'Atom praise' most wouldn't want to hear- but...
FXhomer32915 wrote:It's called being "blackballed!" Hollywood is a business with only room for professionals, not those who think they're going to blow everyone else out of the water with their version of Star Wars they filmed in their back yard or highly-trained 17 year-old soldiers on a top secret mission to rescue the world's smartest scientist, who's all of 23 himself, yada, yada, yada.
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The most precious thing about this rant is the fact that er-no is actually further along than you in terms of 'actual industry experience', yet your tone would suggest otherwise. I guess it's kinda cute in a way...like a kid dressing up in daddy's clothes.
FXhomer32915 wrote:Usual rant
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1. The director of this movie now has his own production company and studio and works regularly on Hollywood movies, most recently the new Pirates of the Caribbean.
FXhomer32915 wrote:Plausible is the key, guys. It has to at least be plausible. I said unrealistic as in absolutely impossible and bordering on insulting to audiences. If you don't understand the differnce, there's not much danger of your doing any damage in Hollywood.
I am, however, finding that not only are 95 percent of the members here unable to take constructive criticism, they all already seem to know everything and aren't interested in any help.This is absolutely untrue. People disagreeing with some of what you say, or the way you say it, is not the same as people being unable to take constructive criticism. I would also question whether constantly linking all your criticism to "being successful in Hollywood" is particularly constructive, given that a large number of people here have no interest whatsoever in Hollywood.
I've read most of the opinions and don't agree with many of them, but you all have a right to your opinion, whether I agree with them or not. Why don't I have that same right?You do have that right. Hence your opinions in this topic and elsewhere. But by that same token, people also have the right to voice an opinion on your opinion. That's how discussion works.
If you guys want to sit around stroking each other just because you want to spare someone's feelings, that's your business and I give you the respect you deserve.As mentioned, most of those involved in this film already have very, very successful careers in the film industry. They've heard it all before and can take any criticism you throw at them.
I've never said a word about any of the opinions posted,That's your choice, though. You're more than welcome to do so.
yet nearly every one of my posts has been criticized and put down just because you don't agree with my views and advice. You don't have to agree with me and it doesn't bother me that you don't agree, but give me the right to have the opinion as I do you.As has been mentioned, you do have the right to have an opinion. But that opinion doesn't exist in some isolated bubble, immune from further debate. If you post something on a public forum, expect public responses. Simple as that.
I’m a paying customer and owner of several FXHome products and have every right to my opinion just as you do.Well said.
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Solthar, I'm surprised at your response. You, of all of the members here, seemed to know what filmmaking and storytelling are all about.Heh, sorry to disappoint. I guess my storytelling and filmmaking abilities aren't what they used to be anymore.
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er-no wrote:You go and make a short action film for Â£120 on a par with Project One and we can compare. I'm not saying Project One is perfect, far from it, I'd love to have some top money to do it again with Adam and co.
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I sourced the equipment from all over the UK, driving to army surplus stores and shops, making many phone calls and being donated a lot of it. The replicas I still have, quite a few of them are from the industry and the rest are now props in my studio.
eg66633 wrote:Hey, I', trying to make a short like this. Can you give me some tips as to where you got your equipment?