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Assassin

Posted: Wed, 29th Jan 2003, 6:16pm

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CMHS

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This was a test of our skills on editing, special FX, sound mixing, etc. There were only two people involved in the production of this video. Myself and Luke who is seen in the image above holding the gun. Since this is a test, the sory has no plot that is acctually shot yet. This is like a Proof-Of-Concept kind of thing.

So here is the storyline: There is a man hacking into "The Matrix" from his home PC (Chris). He is being watched by a person who is "releasd" from "The Matrix" (Dylan: Not Seen) who doesnt like what Chris is doing. It will blow his cover as a released person that still lives in "The Matrix". So instead of risking the agents finding Chris and tracing the signal back to himself, he hires an assassin (Luke) to kill him first. There are no Matrix-Like skills to be shown so far. But they will appear later in the series.


NOTICE: Our video type is a ".DAT" file that is playable on Macs and PC. And the amazing thing is, it's a smooth image on both operating systems. So no extra downloading is neccessary. Quicktime 3.0 and up run it (which everyone should have by now if you are a member here) as well Windows Media Player 2.0 and up. We are hosting this video on a school website for now. If you can't download this file, click on the leeplans.50megs.com link to see if we moved the source file or changed downloading hosts, etc. If we change the file to where you can't download it, it will be posed on the leeplans index page.

Enjoy!
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Posted: Wed, 29th Jan 2003, 7:52pm

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did you know that you can change a .DAT file extension to a .MPG file extension, and it still plays. . . you could make this an mpeg in a couple of seconds



just an F.Y.I. . . .
Posted: Wed, 29th Jan 2003, 7:57pm

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good. but to short.
Posted: Wed, 29th Jan 2003, 9:20pm

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It was ok but not that much footage (mostly title seqence) but it will probably get better

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Posted: Wed, 29th Jan 2003, 11:21pm

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Pretty good for a first test kind of video. Some very interesting stuff. I liked the transition from the screen in the truck to the one on the computer if you could get rid of the tell tale "16 bit" "LP" and the battery symbol so we can't tell it is a camcoreder screen. Also get rid ofthe time when the matrix screen is sort of floating in mid air. The overall camera angles and shots were cool.
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 12:12am

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in the shot where you see the slide pull back when he fires the gun, the slide needs to move a lot faster, even if you are considering that slow-motion.

I applaud you for trying, though! that's something no one else on this forum has tried to do yet.

like everyone else has already said, you did some neat stuff with angles and shot setup, but it was way too short. . . it ended before you gave it a chance to begin.. .


good first try!
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 2:46pm

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I enjoyed it, there's a lot of potential there.

Ignore the stuff below if you think it's derogatory, it's intended as practical suggestions smile

Chamber recoil in a film! I hereby eat my words!! biggrin
Right about the recoil Iceman, the thing you notice is that it starts moving back before flames emerge, it should be the other way around.
It should only take 1 frame, two max for NTSC (I use Ronin as a reference, you get to see Jean Reno fire side on outside the cafe during the case robbery) Also, if its slomo, the shot sound is too short.
I'd suggest pulling back the slide off-shot( what I think you did) and let go, show that backwards...

Lighting for the firing - excellent idea, well executed

Love the music!

You crossed the line, man. when the gun fires the camera leaps over the narrative line!

I got confused by the phone, wasn't it on a hands free? in which case why did he pick it up... (I'm just being picky now tard )

Matrix-y screen - perhaps a plugin is in order...

I would give it 3 and a half if I could, but I'm a harsh marker twisted 3

Paul
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 6:14pm

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Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Like I said before it was a test and, yes, it could be better, which is what we expect. The whole storyline is shakey, but this is a proof of concept.
Here are some of our responses:
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To:CurtinParloe

Right about the recoil Iceman, the thing you notice is that it starts moving back before flames emerge, it should be the other way around. It should only take 1 frame, two max for NTSC (I use Ronin as a reference, you get to see Jean Reno fire side on outside the cafe during the case robbery) Also, if its slomo, the shot sound is too short.


No it wasn't slow-motion, and we will remember your above comments for later reference when the film is released in full. (Probably will be broken up into 9 or 10 parts about 5-7 minutes each)
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To: Ice_Man

I applaud you for trying, though! that's something no one else on this forum has tried to do yet.


We try our best and this is ourfirst ALAM-Released feature. We are working with 3-D imaging so we WILL have some "Slice-Of-Life" (a.k.a. "Bullet Time") in the feature-length version.

did you know that you can change a .DAT file extension to a .MPG file extension, and it still plays. . . you could make this an mpeg in a couple of seconds


Thanks for your input, but we continue to perfer .DAT. If you want us to, we can upload an .MPG version so that you can do...whatever. Is that okay, Ice_Man?
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By the way, how do you add another version of your film to alamTHEATRE without having two seperate things like replace your previous film with a new version, without creating a new movie database on alamTHEATRE. Am I making sence there?

-Chris Lyon
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 7:38pm

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Not bad, not bad at all. Liked the gun firing effects although could have done with a louder bang. Also when he cocked the beretta first the hammer didn't move back as it would have. However I'm just being pendantic. Loved the bit where it closed in on the phone and cut to the computer, fantastic.

I also feel the need to say this it was just over a year ago that I did that trick with the topslide to represent the gun firing. But seeing as the film I did that in didn't get finished, I guess that doesn't count. smile
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 7:39pm

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oh, It doesn't matter to me. . . I was just saying. I know some people who didn't know how to open a .DAT file because it's not a standard media format (lots of games and other software use .DAT files for storage) in Windows anyway, you need to right click and "Open With", which some people aren't familiar with. . .

if you just rename the file extension from .DAT to .MPG, you can simply double click to open if you hadn't set it up to do that. it's not a conversion process, and it doesn't change the file size, it only renames the file for ease of opening. . .

I don't care if you do it one way to the other, I was merely passing along information smile
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 8:35pm

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Pretty cool! It reminded me of the reality series "Cops" smile
Posted: Thu, 30th Jan 2003, 11:34pm

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Why cant i get this to play?? Ive downloaded, Ive tried to change it too MPG, IVe tried to open it from the source, how do i get this to work? All I get is a one seoncd title of ESP.
Posted: Fri, 31st Jan 2003, 1:52pm

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CMHS

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Okay, like Ice_Man said:

I was just saying. I know some people who didn't know how to open a .DAT file because it's not a standard media format...in Windows anyway, you need to right click and "Open With", which some people aren't familiar with. . .
Posted: Sat, 1st Feb 2003, 1:05pm

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CMHS

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Anything else? Anyone at all?
Posted: Sat, 1st Feb 2003, 10:56pm

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That was okay, but nothing special.

Has space for improvement concerning camera- and soundwork. Editing was okay though. And it was a little short.


But some good ideas in it.
Posted: Sat, 1st Feb 2003, 10:58pm

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That was okay, but nothing special.

Has space for improvement concerning camera- and soundwork. Editing was okay though. And it was a little short.


But some good ideas in it.
Posted: Sat, 1st Feb 2003, 10:58pm

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oops.. doublepost
Posted: Mon, 10th Feb 2003, 4:20am

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Your amazing new .DAT format is in fact just an MPG! How did you make it? What makes you think it is better?

Also 10Mb for 1 min SHOULD look really good. If you had used divx or mpeg4 it should look perfect in 6Mb. You could easily make it much smaller.
Posted: Mon, 17th Feb 2003, 9:51pm

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Copy that.

10 mb?

LIKE OMG!