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The Secret To Filmmaking!!

Big money, or little money?

BIG MONEE!!!!!100%[ 9 ]

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Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 8:13pm

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MechaForce

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Gather 'round, children! The best-kept secret in the movie industry on how to make good movies is HAVING LOTS OF MONEY!! As of now, we have recieved TWO WHOLE GRANTS to make our next big movie! Finally! Big budgets are now being used by filmmakers (LIKE US) to make movies!

BIG MONEE!!!!! Bling bling, ice, and the big cheese, y'all!!
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 8:16pm

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From now on, I shall spell "monee" with an E, and I shan't with a Y.
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 8:35pm

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hey - not bad - Speilberg probably started with $200 too!
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 8:42pm

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your waving $5s and $10s. that is not much money..... who is giving that money to you? that is not even enough to buy alam. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 8:43pm

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but I agree big money helps biggrin
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:02pm

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An old director once said to me.


If you can make a good film without fx or money, you can make a great film with it.

Well done
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:07pm

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And in the UK we have the "Lottery Commission" that ploughs tons of dosh
into really worthwhile projects.............oops!.......slipped in some bulls..t.
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:23pm

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It's definitely more than enough to buy alamdv.

Can't you see all the twenties?
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:41pm

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Actually I think less money means you have to think hard and be creative... So less money mostly makes better filmmakers... smile

But congrats on the money... it really looks... uh... interesting seeing you two waving... change... smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:47pm

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But you really made me curious... How much money did you get? What is "big budget" to you?
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 9:56pm

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no I can't see them (I was just kidding to begain with)
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 10:08pm

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congrats what is your next project anyway [/i]
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 10:12pm

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Although it helps in many ways money has little to do with it it's all in the idea...... You can have tons and tons of money and still make a s#@t film if you're working from a clunking script with a bunch of ar@!s.

Ultimately moneys biggest help is in marketing. If you can pay people to like your film then your pretty much sorted.
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 10:18pm

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"Solthar" does make a good point also"b4" ......you can buy skills but that wont make you anymore skillfull.
I'm just jealous really....good on ye!
There is a downside to this......you future "epic"will be judged accordingly. lol lol

ol'dav
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 10:23pm

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So what is the film your gonna do with all this moneeeeeeeee smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:02pm

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A movie with a GIANT GREEN SCREEN! Everything else is a mystery! Hah! cool





OooOoo! Secrets!
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:04pm

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Cool... Can't wait to see what you guys come up with again... smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:06pm

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SHAZAAM!
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:09pm

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Comon , give us a little info on what ya doing ?


go on, you know you want to smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:10pm

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where and how much did you get the big green screen for?
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:12pm

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its just the curtain that covers the cinema screen that has fallen down smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Oct 2002, 11:23pm

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o ok
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 12:58am

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Actually, it isn't just a curtain that has fallen down.

We went to a fabric store (Hancock fabrics), and bought 5 lengths of bright green cloth that was six feet wide.

We then sewed it all together, and rigged it up in the school auditorium.

It cost $234.18

We didn't have to pay a sales tax either, because it was non-profit.

Oh, and that's not the only thing we bought. I'd tell you guys more, but I don't want to give away much plot.

But to let you know, the movie's innitials are DXM. That's what we'll refer to it as.
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 1:49am

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And if you watch the DXM intro, you can find out the name of the movie! Wow! geekshelf sure is slow!

ooo! one more pic!

Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 2:20pm

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Should be interesting to see what you come up with. The only problem is, how many times have you seen a Greenscreen actually look good? Don't mean to spoil your fun. I personally think they look pretty consistently poor. Well hope yours goes as planned.
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 2:28pm

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Yeah... Youll need a good key for this greenscreen to look good... And that you paid so much for it (cheeeeeeez... The most expensive greenscreen I've ever heard of... We paid 10$ once to use a greenscreen room in a TV studio) smile

Oh, and DXM sounds cool... smile
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 2:53pm

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I think I've already seen Dirty X-ray Machine. smile
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 3:12pm

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Maybe its Deus Ex M... Metal... Moon... Mama... smile

As you guys are so keen on making computer-games based films... smile
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 7:26pm

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MECHA SEZ:

Actually, it has nothing to do with Deus Ex (the game) except the name. Seriously.


And, we OWN that green screen now. It's ours. We're going to make green tuxedos for homeless kids when we're done with it. It's going to charity:

Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 8:09pm

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QUOTE>>
"And, we OWN that green screen now. It's ours. We're going to make green tuxedos for homeless kids when we're done with it. It's going to charity:"

Well thats one way to make them disappear .....must tell the powers that be about this. lol

Your not as green as you make out lads. lol
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 8:25pm

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Cool... getting paid to make films is like getting paid to play football or basketball: you get 1) the girls; 2) the monee; 3) the fame; and 4) the greenscreen from hell - I'm envious lol
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 8:28pm

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lol... the greenscreen from hell... smile



When will your film be finsihed? smile
Posted: Fri, 25th Oct 2002, 11:59pm

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It should be done in a month.

The greenscreen is actually much brighter, but the camera can't handle that much color, so it fades it a little.

But it works great! We've had very few problems.

Oh, and why exactly is it from hell? Is it because it's so badass?
Posted: Sat, 26th Oct 2002, 12:01am

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Wow Moebius. Is that true do all Pro Football players get a Greenscreen!?!?! WOW!!!
Posted: Mon, 28th Oct 2002, 7:38am

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hey cool. money in the film industry. must be a new concept.

i don't post much and i haven't been here in ages (stupid uni), but congrats to mecha and sidewinder. i love the fool skool series because they're just fun.
your new avatars and sig pics are very funny.

so who gave u guys the grant? gov't body; film-type competition/funder; nescafe; other??? just wondering because (i'm in australia) i got application forms for a gov't grant and i had to prove "benefit to the state", monitary or otherwise.... if i had money to benefit the state i wouldn't need a grant, would i ?!?!?!?!? ahh well.

oh, and the greenscreen - is the trick to have the screen itself lit really well so as to prevent the actors' shaddows from wrecking things?

later,
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Posted: Fri, 1st Nov 2002, 2:54pm

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umm DMX?
what is it?
the key to a perfect movie is.
1) alamdv (DUH!)
2) 20$ (thats it!)
3) Camera(VERY IMPORTANT)
4) ur nle (buy it or Pirate it twisted )
5) Xtra packages for 3d, compositing etc (buy it or Pirate it twisted )
6) A MIND! (Compulsory!)
billy
Posted: Fri, 1st Nov 2002, 7:19pm

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A script... you need a good script... All money in the world failes if you haven't got a good script... smile
Posted: Fri, 1st Nov 2002, 8:15pm

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A Badger.
Posted: Wed, 20th Nov 2002, 4:59am

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dont foget swiss cheese... no movie is complete with out swiss cheese...
Posted: Thu, 21st Nov 2002, 2:28pm

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Instead of spending that much money on a greenscreen, why not just spend $60-$70 on greenscreen paint and then go down in your cellar and use flourecent lighting above it. Paint a blank wall. That's what I plan on doing. Even better yet, get some warped plywood for cheap from a wood store and a few 2X4's and build a portable (semi-portable) green wall.

If all else fails flourecent green posterboard works well. You don't need a budget to build a greenscreen.

Second, your script better be mint, or all that money should go to a professional writer.
Posted: Thu, 21st Nov 2002, 2:30pm

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Yeah... Me greenscreen is 3 on 4 metres, but it's fully portable and movable and has cost abround 25$ smile
Posted: Thu, 21st Nov 2002, 6:46pm

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Why bother spending that much on a greenscreen at all? They're not very good, would have put the money into something else, Personally.
Posted: Thu, 21st Nov 2002, 11:41pm

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I bought a greenscreen because I needed one. I don't buy anything just for having it. I wanted to do shots I couldn't possibly do without a greenscreen, so the choice wasn't really a choice... smile
Posted: Fri, 22nd Nov 2002, 12:37am

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You don't need any money to make a masterpiece, as a masterpiece can be made in your head. You have already done the hard part in thinking of the concept, then if you can get someone, just one persont to understand that idea you have completed the masterpiece.

So many people think only money can lead to a great piece of film or an idea. Thats not how it is, and sure as time moves on we will have revealed to us more and more amazing effects and concepts.

If you can hold an audience and make them understand, if you can for one split second make them cry or laugh. I think you have done well!

Who cares about the money!
Posted: Fri, 22nd Nov 2002, 2:01am

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i do! I care about the money!

For those of you suggesting we build a small, cheap one, when we're done with the movie, you'll see why we didn't.

as for script..no need. The whole movie has no dialogue. think of MGR to the xtreme degree.

the initials are DXM, not DMX...

we didn't have any access to a badger...

but we did have swiss cheese.

Money does help. A lot. It means less work is spent limiting story to be within resources, and more time (and $$) is spent on cool things.

Oh Yeah!

check the DXM trailer thread for info on where we got the Bling-Bling.