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Shammy Boys Episode 2: The Art of Destruction

Posted: Thu, 15th May 2003, 11:28am

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This is the 3rd movie for the Shammy Boys. It's a film that we (the teachers) make for the school film festival. We're always trying out new things to pass along to our students. In this movie we used: Premiere (and filmed in 16:9 for the first time), AlamDV2, Commotion 4 Pro, After Effects 5.5, Poser 4, Logomotion 2.1, and even used lowly iMovie for one or two little things.

In this episode, the Shammies must figure out why the school has suddenly started to lose its colour. Can they save it in time before the students go to the rival high school? Enjoy and let me know what you think.

The Shammy Boys website is at: www.shammyboys.com and the main film festival website is at www.stpatrickhigh.com


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Posted: Thu, 15th May 2003, 12:38pm

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Hi Rob,

I really enjoyed your other Shammy Boys movie, about the scandal in the school, and the light sabers, and the Shammy Master, etc... It was really funny. I'm going to download your new one too.

I just have a question. What is Logomotion and what is it used for? Thanks.

jimgf
Posted: Thu, 15th May 2003, 2:10pm

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Liked it.
Posted: Thu, 15th May 2003, 5:55pm

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Nice, Humm.. some parts of the editing i didn't like.
Some things i didn't get even, like in the beginning, the ghost and all that, it would have fit better at the end.

Anyway, nice story with the black and white and all. some nice effects you've done to. How did you do the color, but the rest in black 'n white?

A good movie // Andy
Posted: Fri, 16th May 2003, 5:26am

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Thanks for the comments and questions.

1) Logomotion is an old program by MetaCreations that created the 3D letters for the titles and was used with Alam to make the flaming 2 over the SB.

2) The some black and white and some colour video was done using Commotion Pro. It was actually the program used to do this for the movie Pleasantville. If anyone is thinking of doing it, I could go into more details later.

3) The ghost at the start was to show that we weren't being challenged at all in fighting crime and such at school. This, of course, was to try to set us up for a tough battle.

Thanks for your comments and suggestions - it's meant to be watched with tongue planted firmly in cheek and there are inside jokes that you may need to see the first episodes or know who the real people are to understand the joke.

If you have time, please throw a vote our way - whatever you think it's worth.

Rob
Posted: Sun, 18th May 2003, 11:58am

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nice film, lots of bits that made me smile aswell which is always good! biggrin

if you could, a little tutorial for doing black/white and colour in Commotion Pro would be great thanks! lol

cheers

Dan
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 2:54am

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That was fun and entertaining! You know what I love? I love to see these familiar characters returning and doing more for the school. Especially all the people around the offices, who are great sports to do that for you guys. Well done on creating something memorable and fun to watch.
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Adam.
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 6:01am

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Rating: +1

Thanks for the comments and the votes. It's amazing how many people on staff were a part of the film. We actually held the film festival at the movie theatre here in town so it looked awesome!

Here is the tutorial for how to do the black and white and colour look from the movie. I didn't write it - Barry Berman from Pinnacle sent it to me. I figure he won't mind me posting it because I just asked him to send it to me and he fired a disc off the next day. There are project files and such that go along with it but I don't have the webspace to post them. You don't need them to understand the concept. Basically, you make a copy of the layer you're working on and place it on top of the original. You make the top layer black and white so that's all you can see. Then you rotoscope out the area where the top layer is invisible. Whereever the top layer is invisible, you can see through to the bottom layer which is colour.

The acrobat file for the tutorial is at:

http://www.stpatrickhigh.com/files/commotiontutorial.pdf

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at rob_hart@hotmail.com.

Rob
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 8:03am

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You did a great job with the film: it must have been a labour of love, and it definitely showed biggrin
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 3:14pm

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Hi Rob,

I finally saw SB 2003, and I really liked it. Just as I really liked the first one.
You guys have a whacky sense of humor that makes these films really enjoyable. Thanks for the info about Logomotion. It looks cool.

jimgf
Posted: Thu, 29th May 2003, 6:47am

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I cant believe how far you have come since the first Shammy Boys outing!

The visual fx, music - everything had high production values in my opinion.
I think this is also a great improvement on the original, as with the first one I found that you really needed to know the people who were in the movie to enjoy the humour - but this time I think it reaches a far greater audience.

So, when is Shammy 3 out?

All the best,
Neil
Posted: Sat, 31st May 2003, 6:46am

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Nice, I must have taking enourmous amount of time. How did you do the matrix effect?
Posted: Mon, 2nd Jun 2003, 4:19am

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Thanks for all the compliments - if you liked it, please vote as well!

I thought a lot about the matrix effect and considered many different ways but finally chose to do it like this:

Craig stood in the middle of the gym and fell back onto a weightlifting bench and then froze as much as was possible. I had a camera on a tripod and did a quick big circle around him until I was right in front of him. Then I stopped and he continued his action.

I then used Commotion to draw around him and erase everything else. I also sped up the footage signifacantly. It took about 14 seconds for me to go around him and it ended up as 2 seconds. I was pretty happy with the results although the increase in speed and my pushing the camera caused it to be a little choppy.

If you have any more questions, just ask.

Rob
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2003, 4:28am

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well maybe if i had seen the first one this one would have made more sense. where did the title come from? and what the hell are the shammy boys? a paranormal fighting group? and the art teacher being mad...thats no good. it seemed that this movie was just a bad attempt to show off your special effects.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2003, 6:00am

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Well, it might help if you see the first two.

Go to www.shammyboys.com and go to the Films section.

Although, you might be right that, in the end, it was all just to showcase special f/x. Hopefully not a bad attempt but maybe an attempt. But is that really so wrong?

Hope you like em.

Rob
Posted: Sat, 28th Feb 2004, 9:59am

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I wouldn't say it was a bad attempt to show off the speacial effects. It was a good attempt to show off the speacial effects. Besides the fact that the art teacher didn't sound evily maniacal instead of just mental, I think the main problem was getting the kid actors to keep a straight face instead of smiling the whole time. You kind of have to push the kids a little harder to get a decent result. Mostly a pretty interesting film though and at the same time extremely weird (which I think was the main intent).

P.S. That mother-in-law was the second most freakishly hideous thing I've ever seen.