thanx for everyones comments! mecha, yours were the funniest!
TAP2: the cup was modelled, animated and rendered in Maya4. some of my less-than-enthusiastic friends have pointed out that a cup would probably not explode like that, but i had the image in my head of how i wanted it, and it came out pretty much like that.
TAP2, drawstuf99: the 'bullet-time' effect was done the way adamlightandmagic and mechaforce describe it - i had my actors stand in position while i went around them with the camera (i was camera op. and director). in after effects, i animated-masked around them, then directional-blurred the background. to be honest, the physical actions could have been better - there's no emotion in the actors, but that's my fault for not allowing enough time to film, and not knowing exactly how i was going to to the effect. it turned out ok though.
Jagg: i was wondering why it was so slow, but i certainly thank you for the storage space!
Mecha: yes, your answer was just as good!
yes, like i said, the fighting and actions were kinda 'wussy'. we'll work on that for future productions.
the throwing-gun thingy was supposed to be 'neo' dodging the gun thrown by the agent. problem 1: the agent didn't throw it very well in either take so i had to merge the two, which is why it looks weird (in the outtakes u might notice that u see the agent throw the gun in a really lame way. that was take 1). also interesting: the gun in the shot where 'neo' dodges it and it blurrs past is actually an animated picture - it's not actually a gun. u probably picked that, but i'd be interested to know if u did (or if anyone did..?)
the cup was poor? well it wasn't the best, but it does have an animated shadow and was my first real attempt at anything in Maya, so....
perhaps the agent is eating toast because he is like Smith - no longer an agent, but an anomoly who is learning of human pleasures like eating warm bread?!?!?
(the real reason was to have him in the kitchen with the cup!)
i love your films and your mentioning 'swift directing' is very much appreciated. yes, i did do some colour correction so that the real world was a bit blue and the matrix/matrox was a bit green. it didn't work exactly the way i wanted, but it still worked...
well, there's nothing i can say about the australian accent. if we'd done it with american accents for u, mecha, all of our australian audience would have accused us of selling out!
thanx for the comments! hopefully our next prod. will be almost flawless