Well, it seems as though this film has raised a few issues and is contraversial, to say the least.
First off, we're still -very- new to editing and filming, and I think I mentioned somewhere before we've only been doing this for a few months, not even a year yet, so please forgive if I haven't properly color-corrected the film, nor thought about framing or other such details. I realise that this is important to a film in order to produce professional results.
We're not professionals.
We don't claim to be.
We're a bunch of lads who thought it'd be a great laugh to go out one night and make a film, and have a right good old go at it. We did so. And we can honestly say, it was one of the best experiences we've all had, and one of the worst. It was exhausting, hard and time-consuming. We started at 8 in the night and didn't finish until 3 in the morning. I'm sure you can imagine, we were all very, very ready to go home!
All in all, we simply made a film for people to switch themselves off when they watched it. That's it. Just to enjoy a short flick with some action and some laughs. Nothing more. Don't get me wrong; I'm taking it seriously, but one step at a time. Kahlly was right; You can't please everyone and although Mechaforce told me not to take his opinion personally, I think he doesn't understand that that's pretty difficult. I mean, the film wasn't business, it was personal. It was something I had dreampt up in my bedroom. Maybe some constructive comments would've helped, but enough said about that.
Now, as for those who DID like the film, we've got more where that came from. We all work in a shop (including the midget, too) and we regluarly make two-to-three minute films on the fly. If you're interested, I can upload them onto the net but be warned; they're not color corrected. The humour was completely intentional. The killingthe black guys thing was definitely intentional. Where we're from and from our circle of friends, race and racism ISN'T an issue, so therefore we could do anything we wanted with them. Firstly, it was THEIR idea and we thought it'd be a brilliant in-joke to have them killed first so that when they showed it to their friends, they could apply the logic of film that, 'the black guy dies first'. We just went one better and had both of them killed. By their own sides.
But seriously though, although a lot of people may think that this film was 'Matrix inspired', it wasn't. I've seen that long jacket, sunglasses and double-gun thing done A LOT of times before the Matrix hit those reels. Two words.
HE was my inspiration. See? Nobody's original. The Wachowski brothers borrowed a lot of ideas from other films they've seen and they gladly admit to it, and so do we. I borrowed stuff from The Killer, Hard Boiled as well as Lock Stock, Face/Off, and even from video games such as Devil May Cry! It's a cauldron of ideas that are thrown together.
Either way, we really enjoyed making it and even though some people didn't like it, we're going to keep our heads up, take a deep breath and give it another shot. :
VIVE la MIDGETS!!!
Grendell - lol Thanks man. It's really encouraging to receive good praise from you. Gratuituous midget violence -- one of our fave things to do and trust me, it's not the first time we've done it. lol (We've made a film called 'Beatings'. I'll leave the rest to your imagination. lol)
Blaine - We're not too old for this. In fact, I was playing with my rattle while they were setting up scenes. So neh.
Sidewinder - Allow me to mention; This film had literally NO PRIOR planning. We work five days a week, nine until half past six. We don't want to sit there after work discussing a film. We wanna sit down, have a bath and relax. So there was no planning. None at all. Everything was shot on the fly. We made everything up as we went along. The fight scenes. The gunplay. The camera shots. The story. Everything. The only thing we had going for us was that we made something like it about four, five months ago. Muzzleflashes and special effects I deliberately did NOT spend much time on. The emphasis was on the atmosphere, not the special effects. I didn't deem them a major part of the movie.
Predinator - Thanks for your feedback.
Yeah! We had to mention the MET in there. Seargeant Wilmott Dixon of Wood Green police gave us advice on how to shoot a film with the use of waving guns about and was very helpful in our enquiries, giving us specific information as to what to do if a member of public appears etc. And no! They didn't supply the coke. The 'coke' was in fact icing sugar. lol We never, ever mentioned it was cocaine in the film though; We're all getting killed for icing sugar. lol That was another in-joke!
ilykdp - Yeah, I thought so too oddly enough. During post production (post production being me sitting there in a vest and boxers eating a cold pizza and drinking Ribena while clicking on my mouse lazily every now and then lol) I did think there were one too many time when we were posing and not fighting. Ah well, know for next time, eh? The sound effects I worked on especially, as I think sound is an intergral part of any film. I didn't just download them off the net; I made them myself over the course of a week before filming. The songs were meant to be in the background, not there to listen to! Well, I'll know for next time to spend more time adjusting my volume levels. Thanks for the good will on the panning, slo-mos and swishes. I took all that from John Woo. lol He's a real inspiration to me, and I can only say that in future, we're going to see a lot more of that. As for Animal!!! How could you not like the midget?! lol Ah well, I'll send him around your house so you can get to know him better, eh?
Two-Gunned-Saint - Cool name.
That tall guy in the coat? Yeeeeeah baby. That was me. lol As I said before, I know there were too many pauses, and too many long shots, but we know for next time. It's down to planning really, and for this film, there wasn't much of it at all. It was near enough completely spontaneous. Anyway, thanks for the feedback!
Thanks to all who posted and replied and sorry to those who I didn't reply to for now, and all who rated the film. If you want more then keep an eye out on the site. If you have any questions, just gimme a shout.