The following is a bit long... and if you have no interest in useless knowledge please stop reading now.
Here are my comments on the movie and the editing I did.
The inverted look on the titles (black text with white outline) was really cool in Poltergeist. So I stole that idea.
Some shots were very shaky, I corrected these by hand in Vegas since I don't have any video stabilizer software.
The music in the bathroom is Powertripping by Monstermagnet. I thought the cut between the scene with Lofberg turning the shower on and then standing in front of the mirror was a bit confusing at first - Did he shower already, or is he going to? That's why I added the music, to make us realize that a few minutes has gone by. It was also pretty cool the have the music fade into echoes as Lofberg hit his head.
Another problem with the bathroom sequence was that it was way too long. In the original scenes, after he's combed his hair - for God knows how long - he goes for the tooth floss and accidentally knocks the bar of soap to the floor. Then starts flossing. He looked pretty silly so I took that out and made it look like the soap hits the floor earlier. The only problem is, when he's combing his hair we can still see the soap on the side of the sink since it hasn't fallen yet! So I had to paint over the soap to make it disappear. I'd never done any rotoscoping before, but it turned out really well.
I had to paint over a lot of other stuff too later on. Just before the medic gets shot in the face we see two cartons right beside the tree (these contained the fake blood), and they stuck out like a sore thumb. These were a lot harder to paint over, since the ground was covered with leaves and the camera moved all the time. But it worked out pretty well too. In the second dream sequence when the berserkers are running for the gate, I had to remove the lock on the gate, because it was already locked in that scene, but in the next scene, Lofberg is still trying to lock it. This one didn't work out so well... You can easily see all kinds of artefacts on the trees behind them.
The camera shaking during explosions was done with linear blur in different directions. The downside of this technique is that you have to zoom in a little bit, so that you don't get black borders around the edges when you move the frame. These scenes are therefore a little blurry. Speaking of picture quality, this movie was not shot on a DV camera, so the quality is not that great.
Some of you have mentioned the sound in the movie. I'm glad all the work paid off.
Some of the gunshots are even surround-encoded, like the first encounter in the forest. I also did a lot
of tweaking and cutting out giggles and stuff. A big problem was Lofbergs motorcycle. It sounded exactly like a moped... So that had to be tweaked but without altering the rest of the sound. That was a challenge to say the least...
One of my goals was to give each dream a unique feel in the way it looked. The first dream had a green/red tint. The second was overexposed and had a "sick" look.
The Terminator-dream was blue with darkened shadows. I could have done this a lot better if the Vegas 4 Beta had been released earlier... It has fantastic color correction tools. The blue scenes after the credits were done in Vegas 4.
Sadly, some scenes were missing after the Terminator shootout, I never even got to see them. I had to play a few tricks to make it all fit together. After Lofberg runs away from the Terminators, it cuts directly to a Terminator standing behind him picking up a gun from the ground. There was no way i could make that fit so I had to zoom in a couple of frames so that we don't see him until he points the gun at Lofberg. Again, you can easily see that these scenes are a bit blurred because of the zooming.
My comments on the movie... I'm impressed with what they did. But if it was up to me, I would have tossed the whole second dream. It adds nothing, and is kind of stupid.
Regarding the comments people have on the swearing... I don't know, maybe it's a Swedish thing.
Also, it's supposed
to be over the top.
I have to say, Vegas is the greatest creative software I have ever used. It's user interface is never in your way, and whatever idea you have, you can do it. The soundediting capabilities alone are well worth the price. I pity the fool that does these things in Premiere or Pinnacle, Vegas is sooo easy and it's superfast! Plus, it has never ever
crashed on me.