Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 10:20am
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|Don't pick up the button. Don't hold the button. Don't press the button.|
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Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 2:24pm
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Despite its simplicity I can't say I really understood the story, but I liked it anyway. The music seemed to fit well with it, and good use on camera angles also.
The character had too much indecision as far as pressing the button was concerned, at first his on/off/on/off pushing was suspenseful, exciting and intriguing, but it got old fast, and ruined the actor's performance.
You seem to have a good sense of directing the camera, I'm guessing you storyboarded or something. Good work. I gave it a 4, the fifth star is missing because so are the effects! I suggest you use more somehow to enhance your movie.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 2:41pm
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Oh, WOW!! I can't WAIT for Button 2! Gee, I wonder what will happen. Oh WAIT. No I don't.
This is a classic example of having a slightly interesting idea, but ruining it with not knowing what to make of it. There was a lot more that could have been done with that, but instead, we're all treated to this:
"Ahh, this book about animals is very shocking and interesting, but I think I'll turn my gaze away from it and to the floor near my bookshelf. Oh? What's this? Something with a button on it. I'll pick it up. Should I press the button? Eh! Why not. OH NO! What is that? I'll press the button again to turn it off. Wow that was scary. Oh? What's this? Something with a button on it. I'll press the button. OH NO! It's that slightly creepy thing again! Press the button. Wow, I should be scared half to death by this time of that thing that appears whenever I press that-- Oh? What's this? A button. I'll press i--OH MY GOD!!! Turn it off. Ok, I'll just sit here for a few hours and wait to press it again. Ok, it's been a little while, here we go! OH NO! It's even closer now! I know that it's going to cause me harm, but what the hell! I'll stay where I am and continue to press the button over and over again. OH NO! He's dropping a banana down my throat because the writer wanted a comedic twist on the ending, but it didn't work!"
The only thing that was in the least impressive about this was your "fish mouth" thingy. That was pretty cool and made me cringe because of the wierdness. Other than that, boring story, same old same old camera work, boring acting, no effects. One star. Better luck next time, chief.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 5:53pm
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Bloody hell aculag - I think thats one hell of a diss!!
the guy has made a comedy and did it really well, made the majority of fxhome users laugh. Now he wants to try something different, and although there was a lot to fault I don't think it's necessay for such a large put down?
Anyway, it was a great idea. It's allways great to see some films on here with some origionallity. Some angles in there suited it well - but others were very poor. The music was a good choice - fit in really well. If I were you... sometime in the future i'd remake that so we can see how much you've improved.
One thing I notice about your films is you allways seem to start them with a still camera looking into a room.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 7:32pm
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HaHa...Aculag......tryin 2 B the tough guy of the forum (a role held by MEchaforce), an jus not pullin it off. If sum1 posts a film u dont jus slag it off, u give advice on how 2 improve it and stuff. If u jus say how bad it was then the post is pointless.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 7:38pm
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I have to agree with Owen there. Latley, Aculag, you've had quite the uneccesarily rude streak
Matt toned himself down, maybe you should give it a try too?
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 8:22pm
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owen rixon wrote:HaHa...Aculag......tryin 2 B the tough guy of the forum (a role held by MEchaforce), an jus not pullin it off. If sum1 posts a film u dont jus slag it off, u give advice on how 2 improve it and stuff. If u jus say how bad it was then the post is pointless.
When your writing gives the impression of someone whose IQ excedes negative numbers I might be able to take your posts seriously. Until such a time is apparant, you shall remain a prat.
Text speak remains on phones. Typing remains on computers. No one is holding a gun to your head when you type. You have all the time in the world. So please don't use ridiculous abbreviations.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 9:30pm
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you never know.. you could regret saying that
I have no problem with people who type like that... if anything it's quicker to read (as long as you understand it)
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 9:35pm
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For one thing, I wrote that after I had just woken up, so maybe I was a bit harsh, and for another, this movie is nothing to brag about. Owen, I'm not trying to be anything. I'm just saying what I thought about it.
Flip, Don't worry about me. I'm in a rut I think. I've been pissed off about most everything for the last week or so, so waking up at 6.30 and watching a film that I consider to be bad and then posting about it wasn't the best course of action.
Here's what I think could have been done differently:
Maybe have a reason for him to look at the floor, instead of him just doing it. Meaning, maybe he's researching in the book, taking notes and such, and he drops his pen, then sees the button. That way he's not just casually glancing at the floor. Just an idea.
I thought maybe he could have moved around his house to see if the ghost or whatever follows him around so he could try and figure it out instead of letting it.. kill him or whatever. Because he kinda did just let it do it's thing.
He shouldn't have pressed it on and off so many times.
I'm sure there's other stuff, but it's not coming to mind at the moment.
Sorry everybody, for being a dick. I'll be nice.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 9:59pm
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Well this may be a bit of a suprise but i agree with aculag. not in the rude way he protrayed it. But man the movie was boring. im sorry. it had one dv alam effect init. which kinda pissed me off cos it wasnt that long. And it was kinda stupid in the way. this guy knew something was gonna happen but just did it anyway. something that isnt quiet convincing. its like when u get the film with the women who wears high heels, in an action adventure movie. u know whats gonna happen. and u cringe when it does happen and think for goodness sake.
Sorry man, but this movie was one of the worst u have made. Its a shame really because u have been making some real sweet peieces over the last few months. shame i had to see this. I guess the experimentation was there. i think you need to sort out ur ideas when thinking of them. and think "would i think that was kinda silly when if i was to see it"
anyway better luck next time
and to fight, dont be like that on this board please. i get anoyed when people start dissing someone about the way they type. So just dont be so harsh please thank you!
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 10:43pm
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I agree that the intelligence quotient of this movie was low, but the sound and cinematography were nice. You know, for all of those stills, you should have arranged lighting as if you were partaking in photography.
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 1:25am
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Actually, yeah the sound was nice. However, I didn't click with the cinematography. Everything just seemed so standard. That's just a personal thing, I like more inventive phtotography
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 3:05am
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I do not see the "rudeness" of Aculag's comments. Sarcasm isn't being rude.
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 3:46am
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JohnCarter, what a stand up guy! But I'm so confused! I'm being yelled at, and told that what I did was ok at the same time! What to do! WHAT TO DO!!!! **BANG** **SPLAT!**
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 5:55am
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It almost seems like this posting section has become a war zone of sorts.
That fact aside, I for one enjoyed the project. It reminded me of a past piece I attempted in college about an enraged pillow. I can see many of the same artistic and stylistic elements of cinematography used in this piece, and I applaud you for using them. ::Clap clap::
One thing I would question, is why the lead talent keeps pushing the button over and over again when the "creature" is getting closer. That puzzeled me, to say the least. Secondly, and just as a suggestion, during the still shots you may want to cut from scene to scene just a bit faster next time. The irony of the shot seems to wear off and leaves a viewer thinking, "nice shot; what's next?"
Other than that, great work! Keep it up, and can't wait for your next production.
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 7:30am
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hi this is zaz
i didn't read all of the precedents posts coz i find they were not in connection with the film. About everything that Aculag said (in his first post) were right, BUT !
But this movie could have been made and seen in another way !
When i watched it, it remember me "The Ring", and other horror picture from Japan. Something special is happening and you don't have to know why, it's just happening and you are afraid coz you don't know why it's happening.
That's how i see this movie, and that's why i liked it a lot, in spite of the justified reproaches from aculag and others.
remember, sometimes what you think you see is not what really happened !
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 10:59am
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This may sound wierd, but it remided me of the Lord of the Rings movies. Mainly the first. Frodo knows he shouldnt be putting the ring on, but something is pulling him to do it. It seems the same with the man.
Oooo... Look at that, a button.. Lets press it. *PRESS* oh my, thats scary. But.....how ....about......one....more....press.....*PRESS*
Oh dear....oh just one more time............etc.etc.etc
just a thought
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 3:37pm
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first of all i think sacasim is a way of rudeness!
Second of all. i think there is a vast difference between such genius work like the oringinal ring and this. First of all, the way they were filmed were more cinematic, and atmospheric. you got within the actual piece. i mean theres a difference that you will die because u have looked at this tape, and then u try and find out what is happening and maybe how you could stop dying. then about 2 mins of someone pressing a button consatntly. i think he need to re-work how u would film it. because basically it was just boring to see a guy, press a button and press it again. knowing what was happening. unlike other such productions like lort like andrew put it, who is forced!
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 6:34am
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that was a superb short film,
just about the only movie on here that made me sit on the edge of my seat!
the soundtrack was exellently placed and the shots were superb!
the only thing that was wierd/lame, was the banana and the petting the guy's hair.
The banana was actually kinda gross and reminded me of dirty things.
Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2003, 4:13pm
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Music = Good edits
Camera = Pretty good
Idea = Interesting
For the first 2 minutes I was in it. But once he sat there pushing that button more and more, I became more annoyed and disconnected from the movie. It's a shame because there were better ideas shared by people on this board that could've been used, e.g. drop pen to see the button device and moving away from the couch to see if it would follow him. Simple additions that would've created more interest and kept the user focused.
Unfortunately it falls after 2-3mins and never comes back.
Posted: Fri, 12th Sep 2003, 5:14pm
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I have to be honest because that's what these are for of course.
I feel that criticism done in the right way can benefit the person to learn from mistakes. Well that said.
I have enjoyed the other films that you have created but this one was not that good for me.
I agree with Aculag as that there should have been a reason as to why he would look at the button.
Not sure as to why he would press the button, there was nothing that was really clear as to why he would push the button all of the time.
At first I was really drawn into the movie but then as it continued it slightly didn't go anywhere. Maybe if he were to have pressed the button and the thing chased him instead?!
Also was not sure as if the creature took over his life or not.
Anyways, you have done better and not everyone can make good movies all of the time.