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Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 1:21am

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neo_man89

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Hey guys,

It's been soooooo long since I've made a movie or anything like that. I want to get back into it, but can't think of anything to make. I've been recently getting into a video/computer game craze that has been distracting me from that stuff. What do you think I could make a movie about or a good Special F/X test?
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 6:24am

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A suave Spanish gentleman has been presented with a simple task by the Archduke of Wales. He is to go to London, where he is to challenge the worlds premiere fencing champion to a duel. Little does our hero know that the fencing champion is one in the same as the Archduke, and the archduke has poisoned the blades. The spanish gentleman wins the match, but his opponent dies of poisoning. The authorities conclude that he is the killer of the archduke and he must be put to death. This sends our suave hero around the globe to California, where his friend, Lincoln Nebraska awaits him. Lincoln is a used motorcycle salesman by trade, but in his spare time, he builds giant robots for use by humans as machines of war. Lincoln gives the suave spanish gentleman one of the robots, since he owes him a favor from when they were in college. Our hero takes the robot back to england and fights his capture and eventually puts scotland yard to rubble. While all of this is happening, Professor Rosseforp, a professor at yale, has secretly concocted a potion that, if dropped into a major water source will kill everyone who drinks it. It is virtually undetectable. As his minions scatter the globe dripping the toxin into every major water source in the world, the suave spanish gentleman is relaxing in Honduras with his beautiful spanish bride. It is only then that the Archduke (who, as it turned out poisoned the tips of the swords with a sleeping potion that would make him sleep and seem dead, but was later revived and brought back to his palace in wales) calls the spanish gentleman after recieving a tip that Professor Rosseforp is up to no good. Can our debonaire, master swordsman, champion golfer spanish gentleman save the day? Find out next time in the conclusion!
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 7:09am

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Aculag wrote:

A suave Spanish gentleman has been presented with a simple task by the Archduke of Wales. He is to go to London, where he is to challenge the worlds premiere fencing champion to a duel. Little does our hero know that the fencing champion is one in the same as the Archduke, and the archduke has poisoned the blades. The spanish gentleman wins the match, but his opponent dies of poisoning. The authorities conclude that he is the killer of the archduke and he must be put to death. This sends our suave hero around the globe to California, where his friend, Lincoln Nebraska awaits him. Lincoln is a used motorcycle salesman by trade, but in his spare time, he builds giant robots for use by humans as machines of war. Lincoln gives the suave spanish gentleman one of the robots, since he owes him a favor from when they were in college. Our hero takes the robot back to england and fights his capture and eventually puts scotland yard to rubble. While all of this is happening, Professor Rosseforp, a professor at yale, has secretly concocted a potion that, if dropped into a major water source will kill everyone who drinks it. It is virtually undetectable. As his minions scatter the globe dripping the toxin into every major water source in the world, the suave spanish gentleman is relaxing in Honduras with his beautiful spanish bride. It is only then that the Archduke (who, as it turned out poisoned the tips of the swords with a sleeping potion that would make him sleep and seem dead, but was later revived and brought back to his palace in wales) calls the spanish gentleman after recieving a tip that Professor Rosseforp is up to no good. Can our debonaire, master swordsman, champion golfer spanish gentleman save the day? Find out next time in the conclusion!
Hey you just totally stole my idea! Although in my story the Spanish Gentleman is (in his spare time) Senor Hoovero the best vacuum cleaner salesman in all of Europe... I can see the sequal now.
Back on topic Neo-man you could start with something like a terrorist plot, then you could go in any number of directions.
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 8:27am

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Aculag

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How about just do something that involves no special effects at all? To actually develop your filmmaking skills rather than give yourself an excuse to have special effects in your movie. I'd really like to see some movies by people here that don't have any special effects in them.
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 10:34am

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Aculag wrote:

How about just do something that involves no special effects at all? To actually develop your filmmaking skills rather than give yourself an excuse to have special effects in your movie. I'd really like to see some movies by people here that don't have any special effects in them.
Whoo! biggrin My first movie attempts have no special effects in them. Maybe you'd like them smile

Seriously though, for a quick FX test thing you should do something pointless, without a story. Something like Room II would be ideal, but of course with a different take on things. For example, call it Kitchen, and have a teddy throw kitchen stuff around the place, and that'll give you the excuse to blow lots of mugs up smile
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 6:33pm

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How about a film where there is a guy whos head explodes every 90 minutes, he has to go to an important business meeting with some Japanese clients which will last exactly 2 hours.

He has to desperately try to stop his head from bursting, as the Japanese find westeners head bursting antics extremely offensive......
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 6:41pm

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But it doesn't explode in a firey ball, it's a puff of spores, and he finally bursts and all the japanese suits breathe in the spores which turn them temporarily insane and they go on a destructive rampage, until they die 45 minutes later because the spores reproduced so much and filled their lungs to capacity. It's a tragic and haunting tale of good versus evil. The 45 minutes should be real time.
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 7:00pm

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...and the remaining 15 minutes are all speeded up...

Be inspired by the games you've been playing.

e.g. a guy could be stuck in this room in a building at night & everyone else in the building are vampires, so he has to survive into the outside world.
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 7:04pm

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I was thinking more along the lines of his increasingly frustrated attepts to relieve the pressure building in his head, finally he snaps and jabs pencils into his face to ease the tension.

It's a kind of comment on modern society and business practices where peoples only release from the daily grind of their job is to jab pencils into their faces, it's not funny, I've seen it happen....why do you think all double glazing sales people have three nostrils....
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 8:58pm

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Aculag wrote:

How about just do something that involves no special effects at all? To actually develop your filmmaking skills rather than give yourself an excuse to have special effects in your movie. I'd really like to see some movies by people here that don't have any special effects in them.
if there werent any special effects it wouldnt be on fxhome, now would it
?
Posted: Sun, 31st Aug 2003, 9:11pm

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4036Douglas wrote:

Aculag wrote:

How about just do something that involves no special effects at all? To actually develop your filmmaking skills rather than give yourself an excuse to have special effects in your movie. I'd really like to see some movies by people here that don't have any special effects in them.
if there werent any special effects it wouldnt be on fxhome, now would it
?
Not that it has to be on FXHome either.

Also, you can make a good movie with LITTLE or no special effects. Story is what counts. No high flying kicks, no large earth shattering explosions, no aliens invading anyone...etc. cool
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 1:01am

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How about....

There was once a man, John, who in order to survive must constantly shoot himself with rubber-bands. Because if he doesn’t the EVIL MASS MURDERING CHIPMUNK who is pink, green, and blue will kill him. The rubber bands create a mystical shield around him that block the critter from attacking him. But then as he is shooting himself, he attempts to save a baby's lollypop from a mobster and drops his rubber band down a grate. And as he is about to be attacked by the chipmunk who is always hunting him, he has an epiphany, Zeus the ancient Greek god tells him to go to Mount Rushmore where Thor, the ancient Norse god, eagerly awaits him. John asks Zeus how he will escape from the chipmunk and Zeus says to use his inner RADsSHoO a inner power field that makes anyone be able to fly. So he does and blasts off to Mount Rushmore where Thor tells him that in order to evade this killer critter he must find THE MYSTIC FROG an ancient wizard and prophet (who is not a frog) that was trapped by a princess witch named KILLOPA THE GREAT in an ice block during the ice age. So John travels through out the world to find Mystic Frog.
As he is traveling through the Serengeti and is about to die of thirst Zeus comes to him and tells him again to use the RADsSHoO and fly to the Himalayas where Mystic Frog is waiting and still trapped in the ice block. So he does, but during his flight he is mistaken for a UFO by The USA and has to battle the entire American military over the Himalayas were The USA has a secret base. As they are fighting a missile from an Apache War bird Helicopter hits the ice block that was trapped in a secret cave. THE MYSTIC FROG is released and helps the man and the army, overcome their differences over tea and crumpets. Mystic Frog, who is called Froggy for short, then gives the man a new rubber-band and a few extra just in case. Froggy then becomes the king of Madagascar and makes our friend, John, his right hand man. But during a celebration they are having they find out that a Dorito that was to be served is actually THE DORITO OF POWER. That belongs to the annoying little CGI paperclip on Microsoft Word. The Dorito serves as a generator of power on the paperclips battle station THE DEATH MOON. If the paperclip gets it he will destroy all Macintosh and Linux users and the world will belong to him and his colleagues. So in order to stop this madness John, Zeus, Froggy, Thor, and John’s wife Cathy travel on a intergalactic mission to meet Nock who posses a dog, that is the only thing who he can eat THE DORITO OF POWER. But as soon as they leave on their mission, which is successful, The paperclip contacts Kyle Redleg the hacker who developed the “I hate you” virus. Kyle invents a virus that turns the entire world into a computer land. When the brave intergalactic space travelers John, Zeus, Froggy, Thor, and John’s wife Cathy, return. Cathy finds out that she is the Chosen One the only one who can beat the paper clip, much to Johns dismay who is still constantly pelting himself with the rubber-bands.
Cathy bravely goes to her laptop and deletes the little animated paperclip, and saves the world…But as this is going on all of John’s rubber-bands break…GO MASS MURDERING CHIPMUNK!!!!!!!

The End.

Please don’t make this movie I want to.
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 1:10am

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Lol, you guys are insane. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 3:31am

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You asked. If you don't want our help, don't ask.
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 3:43am

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how about ICE9 from Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"?

a piece of ice, which melts only at 140 degrees and whatever liquid comes in touch with that ice, becomes ice too, which also melts only at 140 degrees. so this guy who finds this ICE9 in a thermobox does many crazy things like give it to his cat to lick on it and that cat freazes instantly to ICE9 and in the end he drops that ICE9 into a river or sea or ocean and the entire world freezes, 'cause all the water is connected to eachother (river, sea, ocean etc.) the sky would change its colour instantly, thornadoes would arise and the world would be an unpleasant place to live where everything is dying of hunger and thurst.

I basically stole everything from "Cat's Cradle", which is an incredible book. This story would contain some very cool special effects, which are actually part of the story.
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 6:45am

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Wow, ggbros. that sounds like my kinda movie!
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 2:47pm

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Well, thats what you get from looking at a map, writing on microsoft word, and being insane.. smile
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 8:14pm

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I think most of us are insane anyway. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2003, 9:56pm

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If we weren't, we wouldn't be members here.
Posted: Tue, 2nd Sep 2003, 2:21pm

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You have to be insane to make movies. Period.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Sep 2003, 10:35pm

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ggbros wrote:

You have to be insane to make movies. Period.
Agreed...I have spent all of today filming and editing and it is wouldn't be possible without a bit of insanity...
Posted: Wed, 3rd Sep 2003, 10:59pm

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Well, to make really good movies, or have really good ideas, you have to sort of walk the line between insanity and genius. Like the Mad hatter from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Is he insane? Or is he a genius? Hmm...
Posted: Wed, 3rd Sep 2003, 11:25pm

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to have an ingenious or mad idea is not difficult, its do making something out of these ideas. You could have just a harmless idea, but make it terrific and everyone loves it.
Posted: Thu, 4th Sep 2003, 1:17am

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I'm trying to decide if what you just said makes sense or if you need to re-phrase it. I think basically, you said "It's not hard to have a good idea, what's hard is making a good movie out of it." Right?
Posted: Thu, 4th Sep 2003, 11:55am

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4036Douglas wrote:

Aculag wrote:

How about just do something that involves no special effects at all? To actually develop your filmmaking skills rather than give yourself an excuse to have special effects in your movie. I'd really like to see some movies by people here that don't have any special effects in them.
if there werent any special effects it wouldnt be on fxhome, now would it
?
Actually, it only has to contain 1 effect, so you could just put something on the title screen or something like that if you really wanted.
Posted: Thu, 4th Sep 2003, 12:44pm

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Aculag wrote:

I'm trying to decide if what you just said makes sense or if you need to re-phrase it. I think basically, you said "It's not hard to have a good idea, what's hard is making a good movie out of it." Right?
exactly smile
Posted: Thu, 4th Sep 2003, 11:04pm

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Glyn wrote:

Actually, it only has to contain 1 effect, so you could just put something on the title screen or something like that if you really wanted.
How come no one does that? I want to see more movies that are focused on filmmaking and acting and directing than they are on mindless action. People should do that. Or does the effect actually have to be incorporated into the film? If it doesn't that's cool, but, if it does people who put it in their title sequences could only upload the title parts, and that would be kinda wierd..
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 6:46pm

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Aculag wrote:

Glyn wrote:

Actually, it only has to contain 1 effect, so you could just put something on the title screen or something like that if you really wanted.
How come no one does that? I want to see more movies that are focused on filmmaking and acting and directing than they are on mindless action. People should do that. Or does the effect actually have to be incorporated into the film? If it doesn't that's cool, but, if it does people who put it in their title sequences could only upload the title parts, and that would be kinda wierd..
Quoting from the website:

"At least one CSB-Digital product must have been used during the making of the movie."

Its hard to say if you could get away with just using an effect in the title, because it says during the making of the movie. However I'm sure you'll have a clip somewhere in the film which could be made a lot better my just applying a small light effect or something.