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Break-In

Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 7:43am

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Cypher

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During pre-production of RedFruit 2, Kirill and Thomas wanted to try some in-home filming with their newly delivered props.

Watch as one man comes home and finds that his wife is not only missing, but a masked man is waiting to "leave him a message", so to speak.

Mystery ensues the quiet residence, can our man find who has his wife, and the answer to get her back?

Note: Some parts are a bit dark, but unfortunately there was nothing we could do about it.

Official Site: <a href="http://break-in.scope-films.com" target="_blank">http://break-in.scope-films.com</a>


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Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 12:15pm

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I enjoyed the editing. It had a professional look and feel at times. As you mentioned, the lighting was a real problem. It certainly could have been lit though it would have added another layer of complexity to your filming. Since DV is so easy and cheap it tempts us to forget the other details of filming, i.e. lighting and sound. I hope you continue the story though as it did keep my interest.
Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 2:53pm

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Nice editing.. To bad it was kinda dark the whole movie. some parts was bright thoght.


Hey, you wouldn't see smoke when they shoot if u dosent see the actors, I think u should have used some muzzle flashes there.
Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 10:12pm

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Four stars for you. It seems as if you put some good work into this video project. As from other viewers and from watching it...yes..there is a problem with the lights, its too bad. But we all learn from little mistakes and overall the editing, the camera shots and the quality of the picture was awesome. I really think you guys deserve four stars and hope to see more of your upcoming projects similiar to this. Good Luck, Andrew.
Posted: Tue, 29th Apr 2003, 6:23pm

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"Red-shirt guy" - Honey? Do you know where my acting ability is? ... Nope neither do I. confused

The whole look of the thing was quality, but like some have said, lighting took a hit mid-way through. Secondly, a lot of shots looked real nice, but there were also lots of shots where it was too shaky for its own good. Don't even get me started on that guys acting. Yikes...

Adam.
Posted: Tue, 29th Apr 2003, 8:54pm

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The acting, heh, wasn't supposed to be taken seriously. wink It was like 12am the nights we shot, and we were tired as hell from watching movies and admiring our new props. biggrin

There was absolutely nothing we could do about the lighting outside...we only hoped you'de be able to tell what's going on. There were many shakey shots? Only the ones outside really became shakey...and we used a steadycam so i don't really know what ur talking about sad

Andreas: every shot taken has a muzzle flash (well, if the gun is in the shot that is).
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2003, 12:20am

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Cypher

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Zero stars, IndyAnimation? You have got to be kidding.
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2003, 12:27am

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Beavis - Heheheeheee, there's gonna be a fight. Fight, fight, fight, fight!!

0 stars is extremely harsh. mad
Posted: Fri, 2nd May 2003, 10:22pm

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I have to admit, this one couldn't get my attention. I couldn't really see a point and that sneaking part was by far too long for me and by far to shaky again... Could be me, but I really get headakes from that kind of cameramovement. sad

Editing was good, as usual and use of effects as well as scoreediting too.

Adding smoke to the muzzleflashes was a great idea, but in that darkness it looked very strange as you couldn't even see the shooter, but the smoke from the gun.
Posted: Sun, 4th May 2003, 7:49pm

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The editing and color in this movie were great. The sound was particularly well done as well.

But, I suppose you're more interested in what you need to fix... razz

First off, I didn't have a problem with the darkness. It was incorporated well, and didn't seem out of place. The muzzle flashes and bright white frames worked well, but the smoke should have been a little more transparent to blend in with the dark background better. Also, I wouldn't have used tracers for pistol fire.

The other issue I had was how long it took for the guy to find the burglar. It's tough to find that line between building suspense, or building boredom, and the searching went on for a bit too long to keep the suspense. If the movie had actually been longer, so the searching didn't take up half the time, I wouldn't really have a complaint.

Finally, You could have opened in to a totally kickin' action movie, with this guy leaving to hunt down the people who took his wife, and possibly finding that he was in a much bigger mess than expected, but you chose to cut him off with waitng by the phone. A bad movie is one thing, but wasted opportunity is almost worse.

So, in conclusion, this was a very well executed movie, that didn't really have any major flaws. It's just too bad that there wasn't a more interesting point to this other than a guy shooting at a burglar, and then sitting at the phone.


Oh, and I liked how the camera moves through the house doors at the end.
Posted: Sun, 4th May 2003, 8:07pm

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Cypher

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Thanks.

The reason I cut it off at the phone is because if people liked this film, we have have followed up on why his wife was taken.

So now, the question is, is anyone interested in seeing a continuation of the story?
Posted: Sun, 4th May 2003, 8:48pm

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Story? eek
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 12:39pm

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Wow, I really liked this. Although when I first read it, I read "Comes home to find a naked guy" so I was waiting for a naked guy the whole time even after the burglar ran out tard Some great cinematography and edits, but as with all your films, stop shaking the camera! It could look so much fluid and professional if you did the shots on a dolly or actually used your steadycam properly razz But I need to know, who did your music!?! That was easily the best soundtrack I've ever heard on here, and wanted to give you a 5 just because of that. Seriously, whats his contacts, and does he charge? I need to know!! mad Good job though, high 4 from me. cool
Posted: Sun, 4th Jul 2004, 6:15pm

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Hi. I loved this film. It was really well done and it recieved much praise from my family and co-workers. I just have one question. The song during the end credits sounds really familiar and I was wondering if anyone know what the song name or artist was.
Posted: Sun, 4th Jul 2004, 6:20pm

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Cypher

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Thanks biggrin

I'm not actually sure what the song in the end credits was...but I believe it was from Gangs of New York or Black Hawk Down. I really don't remember and this was edited on a different computer, so I can't really check. sorry.
Posted: Mon, 5th Jul 2004, 9:44pm

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umm...yeh i liked it. had some positive points about it - the editing was very good in places - creating a sense of urgency and confusion. I actually wasn't too bothered by the darkness indoors cos it had its part to play as a tool for building the tension - but the darkness outdoors was too much. couldn't see what was going on at all.

i guess if i have one criticism - it wouldn't be aimed directly at you but in a general way that it tends to be the case that within 1 minute of a lot of movies - the first character either a) pulls out a nice shiny gun and cocks it back (to prove to us its real) or b) grabs the nearest lightsabre. now i know you could argue the case that this is an fx site and so its expected that muzzleflashes and sabres are going to feature just as often as explosions but i dont know i'm just hoping for something a little different. thats why i enjoyed A Glitch In Time so much, cos it offered something different, something light and a new approach to the fx we learn.

Anyways - as i said - none of the above was directly about you - just found myself rambling on. It's late here. Getting back to it, i think what you've achieved in this film far outweighs any criticisms against it. Despite the darkness and the lack of story i felt you've put together a pretty decent little short and yes I would watch the 2nd part. The editing and the camerawork at times is very good and of a high standard.

Just out of curiosity, do you storyboard? or go on gut instinct. Reason i ask is that there are moments which look very much thought out in terms of shot composition and editing, yet in others it looks like you were thinking on the spot. Just a thought. I'll reserve my vote once i've seen the conclusion.

Hope this post has been of some help.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jul 2004, 2:15am

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I liked it but half of it was boring ( the first half ) he was just walking around looking for the guy it didnt really keep my attention.

In the other half I liked the glass shattering as they shot. It had my attention as soon as the first shot was fired Id like to see part 2, just put give it some type of twist for example the guys who took his wife were two "friends" of his, and he got a promotion at his job and became theyre boss so they wanted revenge.

I liked the editing but the smoke in the darkness was just awful.

4 starts, great job Cypher.