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Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 8:52am

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scythefalcon

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This is my first attempt at a lightsaber fight. It looks REALLY bad at first, but you can see that I get a little better at animating later on in the film.
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Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 10:48am

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b4uask30male

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limit the time on the clash to 1 frame
it was on too long
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 10:55am

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Simon K Jones

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Yeah, lightsaber clashes should be very short, almost subliminal really. One frame, or two frames max - with the first frame being half the size of the second.
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 2:29pm

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CoolKabe

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Hey b4! I'm not on your signature! cry Now I'm all depresed... wink
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 3:07pm

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b4uask30male

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If I had a dollar for everyone that has mentioned about them not being on my list I would be very rich lol

Your all my friends ( and your avatar wouldn't stop moving long enough for me to capture it ) lol
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 3:30pm

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blaine

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this is one of the best ferst movie i have ever seen keep them com'in wink
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 7:53pm

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Aculag

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I'm getting tired of seeing lightsaber fights where the people fighting have absolutely no reason to be fighting eachother. I liked the ghosting, though. Gave a nice effect.
Posted: Tue, 20th May 2003, 1:03am

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BackOfTheHearse

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Aculag, regardless of how many saber tests you've seen, I do hope you give fair votes. I don't question you, I just am saying... We've all done our little tests here and there, and shown them to someone for approval.
Posted: Tue, 20th May 2003, 1:28am

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Aculag

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I know that. I didn't vote at all yet.
Posted: Wed, 21st May 2003, 12:03am

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AlphaHawK86

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very nice concept and nice choice of music.
unfortunately, the only thing this movie lacks is well thought-out coreagraphy. not to put you down or anything, but the lightsabers changing length and and stiff fighting does not look very believable.

still, nice idea

-peace-
Posted: Wed, 21st May 2003, 2:04am

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blaine

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did eney one els notice how thay change outfites when thay get in the hallway neutral
Posted: Wed, 21st May 2003, 12:28pm

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scythefalcon

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I understand what you all mean. Looking back on it, it was really thrown together at the last minute. The reason was that I did this as part of a Calculus Project (don't ask) and so it had a deadline that I had to work with in conjucntion with all my other schoolwork. Not only that, but I was working with Alam DV 1.0 (a free copy that came with a MacAddict) on a PowerMac 8600. I would have done it on my Powerbook G3 where I put together the rest of my stuff in iMovie, but I lost the original registration number and being that I was saving up to get a camera at the time (the camera I was using belonged to my Calc teacher) buying a new copy of AlamDV was pretty much out of the question. We also had no other equipment to work with besides a camera and a tripod at the time. The lightsabers change length cause I had no guidelines to go by. We were limited to rolled up bookcovers they had in our library (I think I still have one in my locker). We had to do stiff fighting because of this as well. Rolled up pieces of paper tend to bend. Our clothes changed constantly throughout the thing b/c we had to film it on three seperate days. I know we were in a public facility, but they get really pissed when you're there when you're "not supposed to be there". Go figure. Plus we never thought it would go beyond a Calc project so we didn't bother with continuity error (You'll also notice that in the first scene in the library I'm holding a different book each time)

Indeed it is a relative piece of crap, but it's more advanced than anything anyone has ever done in my high school. My media teacher insisted on sending it into the Derek Freese High School Film and Video Festival held at Temple University. To my utter surprise it got an honorable mention! That makes it in the top 40 out of over 200.

I'm in the process of working with quite a few of my friends on a short film project that I will shoot and edit over the summer. This time I'm ready though. I got my camera and I'm gonna get Alam DV 2.0 (damn it! That means I'm gonna have to use . . . gulp . . . OS 9!). I'm also going to have the advatage of a Powerbook G4 and Final Cut Pro 3.0 (HELL YEAH!). My plan is to, once we're done with this, enter it in the Atlantic City Film Festival.

Thanks for all your comments everyone.

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Posted: Wed, 21st May 2003, 12:33pm

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Simon K Jones

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Scythefalcon - good news is that you shouldn't have to use OS9 for long, as AlamDV3 will be fully compatible with MacOS X, and if you buy AlamDV2 now you get a free upgrade. smile
Posted: Wed, 21st May 2003, 3:39pm

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Tarn wrote:

Scythefalcon - good news is that you shouldn't have to use OS9 for long, as AlamDV3 will be fully compatible with MacOS X, and if you buy AlamDV2 now you get a free upgrade. smile
I am looking forward to AlamDV3 more than any other software package before. OSX compatible. No switching startup disks!!!!

*hugs G4
Posted: Wed, 28th May 2003, 12:48am

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MovieGuy334

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I would definently suggest that you limit the time that the lightsabers are clasing. It adds sort of a jolty, agressive feeling to the scene if the sword motion is very fast. Also I would suggest finding some lightsaber sound effects. Good luck with future movies though. wink