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Old 25-06-2007, 03:56 AM   #1
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Here is the trailer for my new film. With a little luck, it will be finished this summer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcvmk9Ld2uY
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Old 25-06-2007, 04:03 AM   #2
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Best o' luck to you, then! Looking forward to it.
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Old 25-06-2007, 05:54 AM   #3
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Yes indeed.
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Old 25-06-2007, 09:14 AM   #4
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Looks very interesting, best of luck with it.
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i love the cinematography, looks very well done!
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Old 25-06-2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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Wow, that was beautifully filmed. Best of luck!
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Old 25-06-2007, 02:37 PM   #7
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Cool project. All the best...I know that your movie plays in the fifties but somehow I still would like to see something with your Alpha Heavy Fighter in the near future...
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Old 25-06-2007, 06:02 PM   #8
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Looks like an interesting film, can't wait, best of luck
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Old 25-06-2007, 10:47 PM   #9
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very nicely done,looks as though it could have been shot in the secret nuclear bunker we have here in Brentwood ,Essex.
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Old 25-06-2007, 10:58 PM   #10
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Hey, thanks for watching. It's all shot and edited -- with some post-production work and a few other issues holding it back. If you've seen the movie recommendation thread, you may know I love black and white movies. The idea behind this is that it is a lost black and white horror movie from the 1950s.

The main character, a pilot, is named Carter.
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Old 25-06-2007, 11:12 PM   #11
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The main character, a pilot, is named Carter

so it's a disaster movie rather than a horror
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Old 26-06-2007, 09:42 PM   #12
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The trailer had that 50's horror flick feel to it. Well done! (Is that one actor your non-relative from the Rocket Ship film?)
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Old 26-06-2007, 10:31 PM   #13
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Nope, but he is the male lead in Escape Velocity -- some of which is on YouTube.
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Old 27-06-2007, 05:34 PM   #14
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That's where I saw him! Thanks for the correction! (Where's the rest of Escape Velocity, by the way?)
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If you wouldnt mind a little constructive criticism:

I understand wanting to use black and white as an homage to the old films of the 40's and 50's. However, when you shoot on video and desaturate it, it looks too much like just that... video. And that doesnt draw my mind back to a film from the 50's, but more to some of the more passable but still obviously video of the 60's and 70's.

Have you tried to add film grain in your NLE? Not the stripes of 'scratches' added by a lot of the 'old film' effects... but just the grain?
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Old 29-06-2007, 06:54 PM   #16
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Well, it's not strictly video -- or at least, not standard 60i video. Atomic Nightmare was shot with a Canon XL2 using the 24p advanced frame rate. This is similar to the way 28 Days Later was shot, though they used an XL1 shooting PAL, which has a similar look. If you see Atomic Nightmare on a monitor it looks much less like video and much more like film. Not film, but more like film. Mixing it down to put on YouTube dillutes the attributes of the 24p film-look.

The reason video looks like video is primarily the frame rate. Sixty fields per second being combined to make thirty frames gives an inherently different look than 24 straight frames of film. No amount of monkeying to the image attributes can make video look like film, as it's not the image that is the problem -- it's the field/frame rate.

Compare it to this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCLudWRhHoc

The Lethean was a 60i production (on 3/4 SP video, no less) with lots of grain and color work.
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Old 30-06-2007, 11:46 PM   #17
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Hm.

The thing is this: that 24p source gets mangled by the DVD player to display it on a television, since televisions just dont support 24 frame per second video. I think most manufactrers describe it as "advanced 3:2 pulldown" and it converts the 24 frame source to 30 frames before it hits the set. The only real reason to shoot 24p instead of the frame rate native for your region is if you plan to do telecine and have it printed to film. If you shoot and edit in 30p, there has to be a conversion done to avoid artifacting on the film transfer. At least that is how I understand it.

But this is just picking nits... because if we go past the technical end of things, the work itself is great

(ps: I know 28 days later used XL1's to make the production feasible, but there were using specialized HD cinema lenses... which makes the biggest difference, I think)
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:37 AM   #18
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There's 24p and 24p advanced, with the 24p advanced being aimed at telecine and 24p aimed at straight to video. We shot 24p advanced. Ultimately, we have to look at the market and go for broke, which is assuming theatrical release. Will that actually happen? Er, probably not.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:51 PM   #19
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I didn't give a very complete reply last night --

The 24p uses the 3:2 pulldown and the 24pA uses a 2:3:3:2 pulldown. However, after conversion, the resulting video can be displayed on a regular monitor or TV. It still looks more like film, even converted to play back in 60i.

Though they used better lenses in 28 Days Later, that's not what changes the look. A lens is a lens. It really all comes down to the frame rate.
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:19 PM   #20
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have these last few posts been in a foreign language or is it just me being thick? err, probably best not answer that one.
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