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Desire To Kill

Posted: Sun, 20th Jul 2003, 4:51pm

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otteypm

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A film we made for our second year Uni course. Some effects have since been added to using AlamDV.

Other progs used were After FX and Cinema 4d
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Posted: Sun, 20th Jul 2003, 10:44pm

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Merola

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Liked the 'shine' effect. (Lightrays things) What plug did you use? Shine?
Wtf was he doing to the guy in red? that shaking was pathetic, whas that supposed to look like he was knocked out? smile
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2003, 1:38am

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Merola wrote:

Liked the 'shine' effect. (Lightrays things) What plug did you use? Shine?
That was very good. I'd really like to know how you pulled that off too!
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2003, 9:40am

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Yeah the plugin was shine, it is an After FX plugin, you just drop it onto your video and adjust the settings to suit, you can use various transfer modes similar to AE's, we used add to further brighten the highlights and create the rays, then set it to a single colour ray. It's one of those plugins where you just have to play with the settings to get the effect you want.

My favourite one is the rays coming through the skeleton which was done using C4D and volume light, then compositing in AE.
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2003, 12:26pm

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I have seen this before and I think it is one of the most solid work here in the cinema. Excellent cinematography, good lighting, good editing, very good acting and an interesting script.

I love the sequence where he comes out of the grave. That is cinema excellence pure!


A 5 from me, because I think this deservers nothing less.
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2003, 1:23pm

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otteypm

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Thanks for that, a good comment always brightens up my day, biggrin The script is up on my website along with a storyboard example, and a bunch of production photos.

The grave was great fun, probably not for my friend who was down the hole, but everyone else had a good laugh.


I spent a lot of time in AE colour correcting and adding lightning flashes to the grave bit, I was planning on making it rain too, but that would have made things much trickier.

The version on the site here is actually a last minute re-edit, we were told it was too long, so I got the scissors out and cut about 5 minutes from the original version, but it was all stuff that wouldn't even be missed, goes to show how important editing is though...
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2003, 7:35pm

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I just got done watching the movie. I really cant tell weather I liked it or not. THe Genra is not my style, I have never liked the whole vampire movies. But the effects were well done, and I think the story line was ok, perdictable at times but still interesting. So I guess I dont know if I liked it or not. tard So 3 stars from me.

Riese

Sorry about rambling like this I just cant put my fingers on how I feel about this film.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jul 2003, 4:06am

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spheerix

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how do you do that text effect when the light rays show from behind the text? I liked the move alot by the way. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jul 2003, 8:52am

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otteypm

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The text is all done in After FX using the shine plugin www.trapcode.com it basically pushes rays out from the bright spots in the image, you can set a target point for the rays to aim at, there are loads of options for transfer modes, colours etc etc.

Cheers for liking the film by the way biggrin

I just want people to comment on the light rays in the vampire dusting bit, thats my fave bit of the film, done with 3d and volume lights.... smile
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jul 2003, 1:16pm

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Lee Charlish

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I think the first thing you notice is the look and feel of the film and the obvious effort which has gone into setting up each scene. The lighting, camera work and editing are very accomplished and for that alone, it should earn it a high mark.

There were some strong scenes, all well executed, although I do agree with the reservations about some of the performances - most notably from the chap who popped up from the grave. Still, I don't suppose he was in the best of spirits after that! With that said, that scene was easily the best part of the film for me (in terms of effects).

The set was dressed very well, considering the ambitious nature of the project and the usual budgetary problems; and the whole 'feel' of the film was captivating.

I was impressed (at last) by the actual way in which this project was approached, filmed and delivered. It was very well put together and looked very professional. Plus, it was complete. Top marks, very accomplished.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jul 2003, 1:45pm

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Merola

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Well, I forgot to say it, but overall it was a good movie...
Personally Its not my taste, but, it was well made.
Posted: Sat, 26th Jul 2003, 3:18am

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MATT PUGH

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Decent in most aspects. Perfect in lighting. I could tell that you put time in planning out how your environment came across in the film. Pretty good but for a vampire film, I'd like to see BLADE have a cameo.



PEACE OUT
Posted: Sat, 26th Jul 2003, 10:12am

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otteypm

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Wesley Snipes never answered our calls unfortunately

We very nearly did a comedy ending though, I have a friend who is a wrestler, we were going to get him to come on in full costume and batter the vampire, unfortunately didn't have time to film it though...
Posted: Wed, 30th Jul 2003, 12:15pm

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otteypm

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In case anyone is interested I have bunged a few extras on my website showing the various elements and stages that went into creating the grave scene, they are not tutorials just basic methods, assuming you already know how to use the software.

Cheers

Otteypm
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2004, 9:42pm

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pfac

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Okay,

Just done watching your film and i this is what i thought of it:

The very good biggrin
- The lighting and cinematography were top notch
- The acting was pretty good
- The scenarios were well chosen
- The directing seemed almost pro (if you are really a pro, forget this remark, my bad)
- Loved the grave scene

The good smile
- The special fx were nice. The exploding body was okay, but this okay can take away that independent flic pro look
- The music is suited

The room for improvement neutral
- The sound department definitely could use a better mixing and sound FX
- The editing is irregular and sometimes not suited
- You could use the brightness and contrast adjustments on your editor to uniformise (this word exists?) the look and feel
- Although the music is suited, it has to have its ups and downs, following the flow of the movie


I guess that with this 4 last points taken care of, i would give it easily a 5/5
Like it is, 4 stars for the rest!

Good work, sure you will improve.

Gonna check your site right now
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2004, 9:19am

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otteypm

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He he, not pro yet, but working on it, yeah the grave scene was my favourite too, that was the first thing I came up with when writing the script, and it had the best effects as most of it was done practically (we actually buried someone in the back garden). I was gonna make it rain too but didn't have the time.

Lack of time was actually the problem, as it was for a university course we had to finish by a certain date, if I feel particularly masochistic one day, I might go back to the tapes and redo it all eek...

The guy disintegrating was supposed to be done on set, but again lack of time caused that to be missed out, the first stage I like but the smoke looks a bit ropy...

Cheers