View Full Version : GOOD|SAM - a minimalist film by hunter richards and anthony pierce

Hunter Hampton
01-24-2008, 07:13 PM
Click to Watch the film! ---> here (http://www.dvxfest.com/lovefest/loader.php?id=90007)


A word about this film:

Good Sam takes us to the long forgotten place of childhood innocence.
This film reminds us that the ability to rise above circumstance is simply a matter of perspective.

Features an Original Score by Andrew Michael Kangas & Bloodworth

a few raw stills from the film:

Hunter Hampton
01-24-2008, 07:13 PM

Today was all run and gun with no permits! Glad it all worked well!

The lighting set up was like this:

The Sun---> Portland clouds------> Rain diffusion

"The Crew"

On MLK ave

Can we do it? Yes we can!


Lead role "sam" on right

The heavy beast

Luis Caffesse
01-24-2008, 09:44 PM
Fantastic - good to see you in the fest, Hunter.

Jason Ramsey
01-24-2008, 09:48 PM
Fantastic - good to see some last month entries poppin' up. Good luck.

Hunter Hampton
01-25-2008, 10:46 AM
Its gonna be cutting it close, hope everything comes together by next weekend!

Luis Caffesse
01-25-2008, 10:49 AM
Its gonna be cutting it close, hope everything comes together by next weekend!

Oh quit downplaying it.
We've all seen your work.

Zak Forsman
01-25-2008, 10:50 AM
minimalist, ay?? a filmmaker after my own heart. looking forward to this one.

Marlon Ladd
01-25-2008, 01:29 PM
Good luck!

Robbie Comeau
01-25-2008, 01:35 PM
Haven't seen you around here.

Sure you'll do great!

Hunter Hampton
01-27-2008, 06:26 PM
Just finished a script reading today, we found some great talent. I am really looking forward to shooting this.

Kyle Stebbins
01-27-2008, 08:40 PM
hunter, you have an incredible eye. i ABSOLUTELY LOVE your design scheme.

wow wow wow.

Hunter Hampton
01-30-2008, 10:49 AM
Thanks...what are you seeing that makes you think that?

01-31-2008, 08:24 AM
I'm intrigued. Good luck with this, Hunter.

Hunter Hampton
01-31-2008, 04:52 PM
I got the camera built today and we start at 8:00am tommorow for an intense 2-day shoot. Pray for me.


Luis Caffesse
01-31-2008, 05:15 PM
Best of luck, Hunter.
I'm expecting great things.

01-31-2008, 05:29 PM
What cam are you using? The Sumix? Could you share details on what that's like? Thanks.

Hunter Hampton
01-31-2008, 06:48 PM
Nope no Ethernet camera this time. I'm actually using my hpx500 I said "built" becuase I added a panny 8", dual follow focus, Chroziel 4x5.65 matte (with occasionally an ND grad and warmsoft), Canon j8x6 (with an Angenuix 12x5.3 on Saturday), and handgrips. This thing is one heavy beast. Sure to be a BTS pictures crowd pleaser.

02-01-2008, 06:15 AM
Expecting some grabs today Hunter...

Hunter Hampton
02-01-2008, 06:31 AM
"Expecting some grabs today Hunter..."

I love that. Just for you I will try my best!

02-01-2008, 07:15 AM
CC'd ones... :laugh:

Luis Caffesse
02-01-2008, 08:16 AM
CC'd ones... :laugh:

And accompanying BTS shots detailing your lighting setup.

Hunter Hampton
02-01-2008, 03:17 PM
There Ya go! I just added BTS and Grabs from today!

Luis Caffesse
02-01-2008, 03:34 PM
I didn't actually think we were going to see anything today.
Those grabs look great.
Nice lighting package you got today.

Hunter Hampton
02-01-2008, 03:37 PM
The lighting kit was strait from God, He didnt even charge me a rental fee!

02-01-2008, 03:48 PM
grabs look good!

Hunter Hampton
02-03-2008, 01:05 PM
Whew, Day 2 was a trip, our Pawn shop location fell apart! Now we have to add another day until photography is completed, we are shooting Wednesday. This is really going to cut it close to the deadline.

Zak Forsman
02-04-2008, 08:09 AM
that blows hunter. did you offend the production gods or something? :)

Hunter Hampton
02-04-2008, 12:06 PM
I dont believe in production gods, I believe in production science...

pawnshop+time afterhours=Pawnshop employees want to go home

No we are shooting on a day when they are open, with real customers. I wonder how thats gonna work out? = )

Hunter Hampton
02-06-2008, 10:52 AM
awe poo! The whole pawn shop thing fell though! Now I have 2-days left to finish this film and Im going to have to make something up to fill in the pawnshop scene. That was the biggest part of this film! Ahhh! Back to the drawing board...

Luis Caffesse
02-06-2008, 10:55 AM
DAMN - sorry to hear that Hunter.
Best of luck finshing it up.

Charlie Anderson
02-06-2008, 10:58 AM
Could always rewrite to scene to have the main character outside a pawn shop saying how much it sucks that the pawnshop is closed...heh

Zak Forsman
02-06-2008, 10:59 AM
i have an entire scene i'm cutting out of mine. you're welcome to it.

Hunter Hampton
02-06-2008, 12:30 PM
Ha! That would be funny to throw in a completely random scene from someone elses film!

Hunter Hampton
02-07-2008, 07:37 PM
Whoa, the pawnshop worked out today! We wrapped on the film, just gotta finish the editing now, the score I have is amazing!

Zak Forsman
02-07-2008, 08:13 PM
lucky bastard, congrats!

Luis Caffesse
02-08-2008, 10:16 AM
Glad to here it came together - can't wait to see it.

Robert Eldon
02-08-2008, 01:05 PM
Great title and poster. I have great expectations for this one.

What aspect ratio are you shooting for? It looks great!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-08-2008, 01:45 PM
What aspect ratio are you shooting for? It looks great!

Looks like 2:35:1

Grabs look awesome. Great luck with the pawnshop.


Mark Harris
02-08-2008, 02:16 PM
yeah, the grabs are nice. Looks to be set in a very real world, which I like.

Hunter Hampton
02-08-2008, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I must say, I wasnt expecting this film to turn out as good as it did. I hope you guys enjoy it. I just finished the edit and will compress it tonight.

02-08-2008, 06:46 PM
I'm really looking forward to this one.

Hunter Hampton
02-09-2008, 04:50 PM
Yay! I just now uploaded it. It sure feels good getting this overwith!

Hunter Hampton
02-10-2008, 06:33 PM
I wonder how many people will understand this film the first time?

Mark Harris
02-10-2008, 06:34 PM
Hey man, I've read both Ulysses AND Finnegan's Wake. BRING ON YOUR CONFUSING SHIT.

Hunter Hampton
02-10-2008, 06:38 PM
Its really simple to me, because I took part of the process. But when I tested it on a few people who had no idea what the story was about. I got mixed responses, some got it and some needed some help. Do you think its better to spell it out for the audience or give them something to chew on?

Mark Harris
02-10-2008, 06:38 PM
DO NOT SPELL IT OUT. The reason I came to think of THE WIRE as the best TV show ever was because they assume the audience is smart, and not stupid. Let them chew, and if your film is compelling enough, people will come back to figure it out.

Hunter Hampton
02-10-2008, 06:39 PM
good point. I guess we need smarter audiences...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-10-2008, 06:55 PM
good point. I guess we need smarter audiences...Agreed. I love movies that leave you wondering and asking questions at the end. Or movies that ask questions of the audience.
Make us think!

Makes for some great discussions afterwards.


Anthony Pierce
02-10-2008, 07:53 PM
So I just created a profile, will I be able to view and vote on the films?

Anthony Pierce
02-10-2008, 07:56 PM
Forget it, I just found my answer....

02-10-2008, 07:57 PM
I wonder how many people will understand this film the first time?

If they watch it a second time to figure it out, consider it a job well done.

This and winter lilacs are the first two i'm looking for.

Hunter Hampton
02-10-2008, 08:17 PM
Well the thing is, its not really a puzzle kind of film. Truthfully its geared more towards the sensitive type (women). I'm sure you guys will get it. I just wanted to see what you guys thought because we plan on submitting this to a few festivals after lovefest, and you only get one chance for audience reaction (and their vote!)

Hunter Hampton
02-12-2008, 10:48 AM
What people are saying about the film (a few friends, family and co-workers anyways):


"Nice Music. It made me want to keep watching"

"Ya, I got it"

"What was that about?"

"Better than A/S/L" (age/sex/location is a feature film www.aslthemovie.com)

Zak Forsman
02-12-2008, 11:11 AM
I can't deny that I have very high expectations for this one, it seems right up my alley.

Hunter Hampton
02-12-2008, 11:27 AM
did you notice the new 2 camera challenge? (info is right under the poster) see the first page.

02-12-2008, 11:54 AM
This is looking really intriguing... I'm very interested in this one!

Mark Harris
02-12-2008, 11:55 AM
I'm looking forward to this one too. This really looks like it's going to be a very solid fest. So many entries look like people really brought it.

Hunter Hampton
02-12-2008, 12:16 PM
Im really looking forward to watching everyones entry. Honestly, I didnt watch any of the otherfests, this fest being my first, I cant wait see them!

02-13-2008, 07:12 PM
Some of the sound and the acting of the kid bothered me a bit, but the ending was great. Really unexpected, and fit perfectly.

Zak Forsman
02-13-2008, 07:22 PM
hunter, i'm curious if you made any changes after your "test screenings"? this really was a sweet story. I know you know the issues with your sound so i'm not going to belabor that. i would suggest taking another look at the pacing of certain scenes, exploring options, and asking yourself in every instance, how this is pushing things forward.

great little story. i assumed the woman from the beginning was his mother so the ending really worked as a reveal. well done.

Anthony Pierce
02-13-2008, 09:36 PM
i would suggest taking another look at the pacing of certain scenes, exploring options, and asking yourself in every instance, how this is pushing things forward.

I agree.

Shawn Philip Nelson
02-13-2008, 10:40 PM
Hunter my man, I loved it! The ending gave me the chills, in a great way. Congrats!

02-13-2008, 10:45 PM
This was by far my favorite of the fest so far, the story was great and I am glad to see how well the direction turned out wiht the young'n. Thumbs up from me!

Hunter Hampton
02-13-2008, 10:51 PM
Thanks for the feedback. We had a really good time making this happen. And yes, the sound was make-shift (my audio dept was not in the picture for this one). Thanks for not bashing me on audio!


Jason Ramsey
02-13-2008, 10:53 PM

The story was the highlight of this film for me, and story wise, one of the highlights of the fest.

"A minimalist Production" really fits this little film very well :)

Sound issues have been pointed out, so no need to dwell on that. Lighting in the pawn shop, etc... some technical things.

I enjoyed the boy. And, actually thought the highlight, acting wise, was the guy who bought the necklace.

I thought it was an excellent touch having him wake up in this pink room, etc... and it really helps give the film a nice circle of completeness with the reveal of the mailbox at the end.

Very nice work. Technical things aside, this is still one of my favorites of the fest, just for the simple fact that I enjoyed the story so much.

I also enjoyed the style overall, and dug the music as well.

Thanks, very much. I'll have to find some other stuff by you now, as this is the first thing I have seen of yours, but I know others have spoken highly of your past works.


Zak Forsman
02-13-2008, 10:54 PM
i neglected to mention to beautiful, naturalistic imagery.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-13-2008, 11:01 PM
The composition was excellent. The story flowed fairly well and the payoff was big. I saw it coming just before it happened, but it still worked really well.

I won't nitpick on what others have already mentioned.

The framing was perfect!

02-13-2008, 11:13 PM
I've only seen 10 films so far but yours is way up there. I really enjoyed the film. Ending, guy in pawn shop, etc... same as what others have mentioned already - good stuff.

I liked the how the shots were moving from home, front yard, recycle machines, subway, walking, etc... Kept me moving with the story. Smooth transitions, I never felt interrupted even though you were covering lots of ground. Overall excellent work.

You are the same guy with the hpx relay test right? No desire to use it on this fest? I think it looked clean and cinematic without it but I was just wondering.

Hunter Hampton
02-13-2008, 11:26 PM
Wow, Thanks for the kind words guys. We (Tony and I) are just thankful we finished. This film actually put our friendship on the rocks (I have heard that happens sometimes while filmmaking). It was really a good learning experience for all of us. Also, Geno Romo (The Pawn Guy who bought the Necklace) will be thrilled that someone pointed out his fine acting. I really think he did a great job.

About the letus. Yes, I beta tested the prototype for 2/3" cameras (and I would of like to use one for this film) but it just didnt work out. (I am actually kinda glad it didn't though) We used a wide-angle Eng lens, it just made working really fast and simple.

Thanks again for the constructive comments, we really appreciate it.

02-13-2008, 11:38 PM
Definitely enjoyed yours the most hunter. I thought it was well done and incredibley well shot. The story was so intriguing, it kept me watching and had a really fulfilling ending. Impressive. I didn't like the sound too much or the acting in the pawn shop, but other than that...great work.


02-13-2008, 11:57 PM

Sniff sniffle. Top 5. Hunter and team comes out of nowhere with an endearing, touching short and I have no bones about it. No SERIOUS bones anyway. Really good all around job and a special + for keeping the story real; something I can't do.

The only REAL thing that MIGHT have set me off here was pacing. It took a bit of time to get to the punch but you delivered on a lot of things necessary for the journey. I can't tell you to restructure the actual script, it's not about that. I want to ask if you were to shorten, tighten, remove certain portions of the cut as it is would it hurt anything? If not, then cutting slash trimming would be great.

Here's why it WORKED for me, though: It's not about a character arc in this one. It's about character spirit and the journey of the spirit into places that threaten to remove that purity, possibly turning it evil or "dark". The spirit survives and reaches it's goal despite dangers, opposition. This is EXACTLY why this works on every single level and I envy the production for great execution.

I want to ask: Are you finished with the color grading? Did Final Cut wash it out on export?

I am so not about to get into sound, acting, etc. It's unnecessary to comment on these things given the parameters aka what you have to work with. Aside from bettering sound next go around, it's all just the typical uphill path of improvement. With what you HAD, team, you did an excellent job. High Marks!!!

My girlfriend watched. She remarked: Awwww that was such a good one!


Jason Ramsey
02-13-2008, 11:59 PM
Here's why it WORKED for me, though: It's not about a character arc in this one. It's about character spirit and the journey of the spirit into places that threaten to remove that purity, possibly turning it evil or "dark". The spirit survives and reaches it's goal despite dangers, opposition.

That's a really good observation, Kholi.


02-14-2008, 12:05 AM
Some technical issues, but overall I really liked it. Very simple idea and simply executed. Dolly shot at the end was nice, but wasn't really with the visual style of the rest of the movie since it's not really motivated. The yard and the door to the house are both perfectly in frame before the move, I think it would've helped if you panned left a bit more, so the dolly would've been a necessary move to keep him in frame, then the mailbox seems more like a happy accident.

However, that's a minor complaint. Overall I thought you did a GREAT job here.

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the comments kholi. I am open to making cuts and adjustments on the film, the feedback really helps. I really like your comment about the story also, you really put it into words.

About the grading (or lack of): I calibrated my camera and exposed all of the shots to match the best I could. I only CCed a few shots. I know exactly what your talking about "the washed out look", I am thinking the same! It didnt look like that before I compressed it to h264 and the dvd I made doesnt look like that. I wonder if there is a fix for that?

Thanks again.

Zak Forsman
02-14-2008, 12:09 AM
what did you use to compress it?

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 12:14 AM
Just a production note, every dolly shot was executed with a diy skater dolly and portable picnic table. I admit, while we were shooting in the rain, I was thinking more about my camera and rented gear getting wet vs framing. We had one chance to get that shot, partly because of rain and mostly because we lost our only prop set (in the air)! Its just one of those things where you gotta use what ya got.

Thanks for the comment Gohanto.

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 12:15 AM
I used compressor, h264, with a 2 pass @ 950/kbits.

Zak Forsman
02-14-2008, 12:18 AM
ahh, in Compressor, turn on "frame controls" and set everything to "best". this will make things take much longer but the image will be much closer to the original.

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 12:20 AM
Thanks Zak! I am just learning compressor, that really helps.

Noel Evans
02-14-2008, 01:48 AM
What a great story. Loved it. Other things already mentioned. I love its simplicity.

Ted Arabian
02-14-2008, 05:26 AM
Hunter and Anthony,

WOW. I still have chills down my spine. WHAT AN ENDING!!!! I didn't understand it until you guys MEANT for me to. I love it! WOW! I JUST LOVE THIS!

Wonderful story. Well performed. Great shots. Smooth editing...

Your film has it all.

Sincere, warm and caring. And simple. I enjoyed this so much.

I cannot wait to see it again!

My only criticism was that some of the scenes could have used a bit more light. Only a couple. Minor complaint.

Great job! Well done!

Congrats, guys!!!


02-14-2008, 05:54 AM
I feel the same way Ted does.

Got me.

If I was in a better state to take it all in, I would've been in tears.

Wonderful work.

Reminds me of alot of the IFC stuff I used to watch.

You know it's video, and yet it captures you like a motion picture.

02-14-2008, 07:08 AM
I enjoyed this piece a lot. I thought it was a good story, good picture, and good music especially the second half. Real good work here. The only thing that I thought you could have improved on is pacing. I felt like the second half was better paced then the first, it picked up and really carried me through. I would consider thinking about speeding up the pacing of the first part, just a smidge.

I really dug the scene where he dropped off the cans into the machine. What city do they do that?

Good work here, heck of an ending, I really enjoyed it.

Charlie Anderson
02-14-2008, 08:16 AM
The ending really sells this

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 08:50 AM
Thanks for your constructive critiques.
The can scene was filmed at fred meyer grocery store. The "extras" were real people returning cans, we asked them if we could include them in the shot and they said "sure!"

but then the strangest thing happened! (and I didnt see it through the viewfinder sadly)

A random "extra man" walked over and gave sam a few extra cans. I really wish I knew what was happening. I think that could have added a nice little piece to the story.

All photography was done in Portland Oregon, a few scenes (and the pawn shop) took place in Keizer, outside of salem.

LuckyStudio 13
02-14-2008, 10:00 AM
This is my favorite film. The story is outstanding and the kid's performance is very good. The ending is spectacular.

K-U-D-O-S !

02-14-2008, 10:11 AM
Feedback from two viewers -

A really good concept.
Was not shot the greatest.
"I knew right away when the girl holding the baby and then when I saw the older kids that it was definitely a foster home.

Take it or leave it.

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 10:30 AM
MDC films, thanks for your honesty. I'm sorry you didn't like the photography. I shot in the "handheld" style for most of it. Can you talk more about what "not shot the greatest" means. A few more details would help me for future reference.

Oh yeah, and your the first person ever to get it at that point. You must be pretty sharp! (Not joking at all)

02-14-2008, 01:26 PM
I wasn't as sharp as some others... I needed that last frame. But, boy, that last frame created such wonderful depth to the story.

I loved how the information that was delivered in the end was so sudden and so contrasting compared to the pace in the rest of the movie. One of my top picks.

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks for that. This is the kind of story that might be best when viewed twice.

Speaking of watching it twice, did anyone notice something funny about the calender?

Also, I am still waiting for someone to point out the second (hidden) camera element!

Luis Caffesse
02-14-2008, 01:51 PM
The 'LoveFest' reference?

That was my favorite part.

Cliff Wildman
02-14-2008, 03:38 PM
i haven't worked with kids much, but from what i've heard it's difficult - hard to keep them focused, hard to get natural acting, etc.

the acting was awesome. very well done. that speaks, obviously, to the actor - has to be mature and want to do this, but more importantly to you. you can get a kid actor that is good, but it takes an excellent director to make a kid great. it seems like you have to be director, friend and father/mother to get all that you can, so i'm guessing you did all of that! wow!

well done. feel good all the way - you nailed it.

i have to say, i really liked the guy in the pawn shop. did he work there, or was that an actor?

Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 03:52 PM
Yep, the lovefest...I put that just for you Luis...

Working with kids is hard! "Sam" had too much sugar on day 2 and was smirking a little too much during serious scenes (thats why they are cut so fast at times) He did a really good job though and has almost zero acting experience to my knowledge.

About the guy at the pawn shop, he is an actor, his name is Geno Romo. I thought he did great there also!

Thanks for the comment.

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 06:18 PM
Awesome cute short film man. I really enjoyed this.

I actually digged the score to.

Jason Ramsey
02-14-2008, 06:20 PM
About the guy at the pawn shop, he is an actor, his name is Geno Romo. I thought he did great there also!

two thumbs up for Geno Romo! :)


Hunter Hampton
02-14-2008, 09:12 PM
Geno is going to love hearing that. = )

Jason Ramsey
02-14-2008, 09:16 PM
Hey, man... you can tell he's got the chops. I didn't know if he was an actor or not when I watched it, but he definitely has the chops... and even more to his credit its quite apparent in a 15 second scene.


Anthony Pierce
02-14-2008, 09:34 PM

Geno told me to tell you if you need an actor he's ready.

02-14-2008, 09:40 PM
Hunter. I enjoyed this film. Opening music was pretty good. I liked the scope of the film. The world seemed so large since the kid was so small and the city seemed at his disposal in fulfilling his quest. The actor did well. This was a pretty heart warming story. Nice job.

02-15-2008, 02:34 AM
Hunter I just saw your poster and I'm completely blown away. Just amazing.

You could maybe add %10 or so more opacity to the 'good' if you were to have it blown up poster size (which you definitely should) but it 's near perfect (my glass is half empty, isn't it?).

Looking forward to checking the flick out.

Hunter Hampton
02-15-2008, 11:14 AM
I made that poster with iweb and iphoto, then sent it out using grab. Thanks for that comment I hope you like the film.

Anthony Pierce
02-15-2008, 01:17 PM

Maybe the poster needs the credits at the bottom. just a thought. Nice work though.

Watch my Lovefest Entry! goodSAM here (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=122993)

Bryce A
02-15-2008, 02:01 PM
So I'm not sure how someone couldn't get what the film was about. It was an ideal kicker at the end. A twist, but in a totally realistic and heatfelt way. Great job on making it take place in the real world. I could see myself passing this kid on the streets of any major city. I loved the acting and the locations you shot in (esp. the shot with the semi full of cars going by in the background). You're a filmmaker with talent.

Hunter Hampton
02-15-2008, 02:02 PM
credits smedits...I think I could put a bunch of bs text down there and still no one would read it.

Hunter Hampton
02-15-2008, 02:07 PM
Thanks, Anthony called him on the radio "Ok, drive by now!". Portland was a little iffy about us shutting down MLK ave. to make this film, but after a little under the table payments... and it wasnt easy getting 50 extras to drive cars either... But the results were totally worth it.

Thanks for the feedback on the film Bryce. And as you can tell I am a bad lier, we just got lucky with the "Real world".

Hunter Hampton
02-15-2008, 06:45 PM
Speaking of filming sans permits...anyone have any issues with that? We made a clean sweep, just after the can return scene, a security guard came up to see what we were doing...too bad we all ready left the location!

Chris Messineo
02-15-2008, 06:56 PM
I thought this was great.

I loved the kid and the story was wonderful. It had a real charm to it. The pacing felt right on. The scene in the pawn shop made me smile and the ending was perfect.

Very well done.

Hunter Hampton
02-15-2008, 09:10 PM
I glad you got that light humor at the pawn shop. I wish we had a sound unit that day to make it easier to hear the audio. Thanks.

Anthony Pierce
02-16-2008, 12:47 AM

Considering the pawn shop was open the day we shot, I think you did a great job cleaning up the audio. TV’s, coke machine, costumers. You said “this isn’t going to sound good at all” But you made it work.

02-16-2008, 07:14 AM
I really enjoyed your film. Very sweet story, well told. Cinematography very well done, for the most part. Some of your shots were amazing.

The boy did a great job. The ending was perfect, a real surprise, and tied up a lot of loose ends for me in one shot. I mentioned on another thread how important I think the last shot of a movie is... last impressions and all that.

My only critique, and this is purely a personal opinion, the music didn't work for me.

Look forward to more films from you. :beer:

02-16-2008, 09:48 AM
looks nice good luck

02-16-2008, 10:06 AM
Niceeeee! I liked the film and thought the camera work really shone. I liked the dolly shots in the Bedroom and the final dolly to the mailbox, but it was all very well done. The story worked for me. The only nit was the audio inside the house with the woman. Still, a well crafted story! Thanks!

Robbie Comeau
02-16-2008, 10:16 AM
Omg...I watched this the first time, and I thought it was well done, but I didn't catch the ending. (I was talking to people on the computer and I was glancing back and forth)

So I decided to watch it again, and give you some critiquez/compliments.

Kegan told me to watch this, cause he said the story was amazing. After me watching it the first time, I thought meh, it was ok. (This was due to me talking to people and watching the film at the same time)

Just watched it agian, and WOW! I get it! Amazing!

This was my favorite story in the fest, HANDS FRIGGIN DOWN!

The concept, and everything was great man, you did a good job on that.

For the criticism:

The boy did a wonderful job. The store clerks weren't the greatest, and his brother (foster friend) wasn't the best either. The "mom" did an excellent job in my opinion.

I don't know if the store scene worked for me. The talking to the guy, and us not being able to see his face just kinda bugged me. But the second talk, (when Sam sells the item) went well.

Locations, locations, locations. These are very crucial and I'm still learning this. But hey, you absolutely NAILED locations. They rocked!

Your camera work was great. Over all, the cinematography worked awesome for the film.

My last little nit, was the audio. I know, that you know by now it was weak in some parts, so I'm going to stop here with the audio, instead of you re-reading the audio critique :)

Hunter and Anthony,

You did a truly amazing job on this piece, and I would definitely watch more of your films in a second. If you could and wouldn't mind taking some time, just to PM me the details on the story (who wrote it, how long it took, etc, etc)

Thanks for showing off a great, true hearted film. It made me get goosebumps the second time I watched it, paying attention to the end :thumbsup:


Hunter Hampton
02-16-2008, 11:43 AM
It really does make huge difference when you watch this film twice with out distractions! I hope more people do the same. We put a lot of small quirks in there.


Anthony Pierce
02-16-2008, 12:15 PM

I really appreciate the time you took to review and point out your opinions in detail. That means a lot. Thanks

Hunter Hampton
02-17-2008, 01:01 PM
Tony - How did it look on the big screen?

Anthony Pierce
02-17-2008, 04:02 PM
Well if you really wanted to know you should have been there!

No, it looked good. I wonder how many people on this site send their films to other festivals? Generally I won’t rip on filmmakers work, but there where some real stinkers in the short film competition.

Hunter Hampton
02-17-2008, 04:59 PM
I can see somebody now misunderstanding what you said. We sent the film to a local film festival and it showed yesterday. I heard some of the films were quite raunchy...like pedophile stuff. I am glad I wasn't there!

02-17-2008, 08:18 PM
Hey man im currently D/Ling your lil short film right now but its going real slow so its gonna take about a hour to finish. Man we need to find the Purdue Project so i can make a CD, cuz like i theres about 10-15 people that want it! lol i dunno but everyone loves, they think its hilarious!! so get on it man and send me those songs via e-mail as attachments!
How's everything been going out there on the west coast??
Dude thats some serious camera's and equipment you got in those pics, did u have to pay for those or did u like rent the equipment (cameras, mics, lighting, ect.)?
Well hit me up on the email when u find those songs and let me know when u come out with more independent vids!

Ight man, be good and stay safe, i'll talk to ya later bro, peace!!


Brian Parker
02-17-2008, 10:08 PM
Great great film. In my top 3. I liked the subject matter, the kid was excellent, well thought out story, beautiful cinematography, great music, everything. I have no issues with this film. Really well done. Thanks for this and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Hunter Hampton
02-17-2008, 10:12 PM
Jared, I will get you the PP CD asap! I got a loan to buy the camera and I rented some things just for this film. Thanks for making an account and posting!

Champloo, Wow thanks. I am really glad you enjoyed it!

Anthony Pierce
02-17-2008, 11:52 PM
Great great film. In my top 3. I liked the subject matter, the kid was excellent, well thought out story, beautiful cinematography, great music, everything. I have no issues with this film. Really well done. Thanks for this and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Wow. Top 3, thanks Champloo

Matt Harris
02-18-2008, 12:18 AM
Anthony said it all.
I liked this quite a bit from the cinematography to the acting, especially your lead,
(and the pawn shop guy). Solid acting all around.

02-18-2008, 03:00 AM
Yes!!!, but I heard a pop, click or two, which is an easy fix

Mark Harris
02-18-2008, 06:37 AM
Beautiful film. Simple story, focused, yet relaxed execution. Really, really nice work. I got drawn into it immediately. Great use of the city, which I could tell from the grabs. Also, great performances all around, from kids, to the pawn guy who had mercy on him, all great and real and subtle.

Good use of music. though(and I have been a bugbear about music in this fest) I think you can eliminate it from the dialogue scenes in the house, the way you did in the pawn shop. Your scenes are strong enough, I would just let them play, and save the music for his travels, etc.

Good work!

Hunter Hampton
02-18-2008, 09:55 AM
Thanks guys, I could use an ADR session! KenV your hired! I loved all of the different locations for this film, it felt like it was always moving. That at least keeps peoples interest to get over any mistakes or things they dont like.

Thanks again!

Anthony Pierce
02-18-2008, 01:04 PM
Yes!!!, but I heard a pop, click or two, which is an easy fix

Thanks Ken, send Hunter an e-mail.

Hunter Hampton
02-18-2008, 03:43 PM
Seriously, How do you get rid of pops and clicks!? I need to know!

Anthony Pierce
02-18-2008, 04:32 PM
Thank you very much.

Good use of music. though(and I have been a bugbear about music in this fest) I think you can eliminate it from the dialogue scenes in the house, the way you did in the pawn shop. Your scenes are strong enough, I would just let them play, and save the music for his travels, etc.


I agree. I had a few friend’s watched it at a pub here in town and it was even more distracting on a big screen. I appreciate your opinion.

Will Clegg
02-18-2008, 05:57 PM
Hey Hunter - This was so well done. Definitely my number one vote.

Robert Eldon
02-18-2008, 06:40 PM
Good Sam
This has got to be one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful story and told very well. Love the camera movement. Lighting is very natural, not over done. Favorite shots were at about TC 2:22, through the window, when the guys are leaving and drop the trash bag and about 3:37, long shot down the sidewalk. I felt like I watched a whole day in the life of this boy in just 6 minutes, so I was engaged in the story until the end. Great use of music.

Gosh, this boy is a fine actor, and so young. I give credit to the director as well working with a child and getting that performance. Good Job! The ‘hey kid’ guy in the pawn shop seemed very natural.

I like rain! The ending was poignant and so well done. It wrapped up the story so nicely and was an unexpected surprise!

Overall, one of my favorites in this fest. It’s a wonderful story of love, innocence and hope! Great job!

02-18-2008, 07:25 PM
I really like the look of the film. Another film with good framing on the hand held shots. The story had a lot of heart and I always like the concept of a small kid on a journey. This is one film where better audio might make a difference, I was leaning in trying to clearly hear the dialogue. Some adr should easily solve that.

I thought the performances were good and the kid pulled it of nicely. All and all a very nice film. Congrats.

Hunter Hampton
02-18-2008, 07:43 PM
herbalmedia-how much do I owe you for that again?

Thanks for the feedback guys, I really would like to fix the audio issues and have an adr session.

Thanks for watching.

Anthony Pierce
02-18-2008, 07:54 PM
RobertE and bosindy

Thanks for checking out our film.

Will Clegg
02-19-2008, 07:38 AM
We'll call it even considering the great deal I got on your old HVX :laugh:

Seriously though, the film was great. The reveal at the end felt just right - and that is always tough to do. Congrats to you and Anthony.

Aaron Marshall
02-19-2008, 08:57 AM
Great job on this film. I really can't say much for a critique. You really manipulated me in a good way.

One thing I've noticed about these films, well any film really from no budget to 200 million $ budget is; you can tell if it's good in the first 5 seconds. This film had me from start to finish.

note to self: put a smiley face next to this film on my voting notes sheet

Hunter Hampton
02-19-2008, 10:18 AM
Thanks Will, How are you enjoying that Hvx200 anyways?

Aaron, Thanks for your comment. I really tried hard during editing to make the film keep the viewers interest! Your totally right though, when you watch a film: If it gets your interest in the first few seconds, you get hooked for the rest of the story. That is of course unless something goes really sour.

Thanks for watching the film and your feedback!

Anthony Pierce
02-19-2008, 08:39 PM

Thanks a lot. We really appreciate it.

02-20-2008, 04:27 AM
what can I say that hasn't been said, I just love this piece, bravo, very touchy and moving, this short could perfectly be turned into a major piece. The look and feel reminds me of Raising Victor Vargas and some other urban low budget features, four stars.

Shot In OR? Love that place!



Hunter Hampton
02-20-2008, 10:15 AM
Top3?! There are so many great films that have been submitted. Thanks for that!

Rodney V. Smith
02-20-2008, 11:15 AM
This is definitely one of my favs.

Even after watching it several days ago, the story still stays wth me as one of my favorites. The kid was great in this role and it was fascinating to watch his journey all the way to the end.

The only thing that brought this film down was the Pawnshop guys' performances. The interactions really weren't that great and some of the timing was a little off.. Maybe it's something that you can fix in editing.

Great film and I enjoyed watching it so much, I even shared it with my girlfriend and some online friends. Way to go dude.

Anthony Pierce
02-20-2008, 12:17 PM

Really glad you liked it. I hear it’s really tough to work with kids, but with Sam I didn’t notice. He did a terrific job. I really appreciate your feedback and so will he.

Hunter Hampton
02-20-2008, 01:00 PM
Dont give your child-actors soda to drink! Ever. Or any kind of sugar for that matter!

"Sam" did great though when he wasnt high on sugar.

02-21-2008, 04:45 PM
Definetely my fav flick!

good luck


Anthony Pierce
02-21-2008, 07:49 PM
Definetely my fav flick!


That’s really good to hear. We’ve got some real positive feedback from this project, cant wait to do it again.

Hunter Hampton
02-21-2008, 09:11 PM
Yeah, we are allready working on NEXTFEST.

02-22-2008, 08:37 AM
Jared, I will get you the PP CD asap! I got a loan to buy the camera and I rented some things just for this film. Thanks for making an account and posting!

Champloo, Wow thanks. I am really glad you enjoyed it!


Hunter everytime I try to watch goodSAM it plays for about 45secs then the picture and audio just cut out and it makes a constant fuzzy noise (like the static on a TV) and the screen is black.. I tried playing it on quicktime and realplayer and both did the same... WELL I just figured out that it didnt download the whole file which is 40mbs...for some reason i only got 4.90mbs d/led then it stopped i guess? Do you know why the film takes so long to download cuz im having a really hard time to get it to download all the way and go faster (it downloads at like 2 KB a sec)

Hunter Hampton
02-22-2008, 08:57 AM
It did that for me a few times. I think you just got to keep trying.

Nice bathtub!

Rodney V. Smith
02-22-2008, 09:02 AM
message Larry. it sounds like you got a partial download. Quicktime does that error when the entire movie isn't there, but the file is saying that it's all there...

Hunter Hampton
02-22-2008, 09:01 PM
I posted a link on the front page to watch the film in flash to avoid the download problems. Go to the first page to see it.

02-23-2008, 01:19 AM
Nevermind what I said about pops and clicks I was hearing envelopes. =)

Hunter Hampton
02-23-2008, 09:12 AM
Oh yeah, those pops and clicks...They were actually the sound of shuffling through envelopes and tossing them on the counter.

Thanks for watching it again! I got your PM.

Hunter Hampton
02-24-2008, 02:09 PM
Puckthemad, Thanks for the comments. I was just thinking: What does "Puckthemad" mean?

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-24-2008, 02:19 PM
I reviewed this ... at least I typed out a review in Word, did I not paste it here? Can't seem to find it.

Anyway. I appreciated the realism, honesty, and simplicity you created here and really enjoyed the movie.

Anthony Pierce
02-24-2008, 04:23 PM

Been waiting to see if you gave your review. Thanks for checking it out. Looking forward to doing it again.

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-24-2008, 05:07 PM
Yeah I wrote a longer one that hit moments I liked.

Sorry this one's not very in depth, but i deleted the original review I guess and today I've just been concerned today with getting through all the films.

Hunter Hampton
02-24-2008, 05:29 PM
Thanks for posting your thoughts.

02-24-2008, 06:02 PM
Hey Hunter,

Really dug this film.

The lead is totally lovable and his quest keeps the viewer glued to the last moment.

02-24-2008, 06:34 PM
i really liked this film. your film was great for how you showed the city through the eyes of a nine year old. and you have the best ending to anything i've seen in awhile. i honestly did not see that coming. too cool how you went with the mailbox to tell us what was what. i was like, " don't let go of the balloons,"
damn, all the while i'm thinking that the other woman wasn't all that nice to deserve such things and that this boy was way too good for her. true, you filmed the woman holding a baby different from himself, but maybe she was the kid's real mom or maybe he considered her his "mom", etc... i'm rambling but your ending was awesome and made the whole film more than worth while.

the boy did a great job of acting too and you had a great line in the pawn shop between the two men after the kid left.

well done!!! many thanks!

Anthony Pierce
02-24-2008, 07:16 PM

Thank you for the great review.

Marlon Ladd
02-24-2008, 07:53 PM
Powerful piece. Great story, good acting, cute kid. Just beautiful.

02-24-2008, 08:19 PM

Thank you for the great review.

i was only being honest, no need to thank me. i don't generally go for this sort of tale but i was damn well ready to drive out there and adopt that kid and give him a good home. with the great work you did and with the attention to detail ( the kid eating a candy bar was a great touch - of course he'd buy that for himself, that made his actions so real ) you really had me believing, again, great job! that kid's smile at the end was a real killer too.

02-24-2008, 08:23 PM
I think that hoz said it best, simply because of the emotional reaction he had to the film. I would make a hundred films just to get that sort of emotional impact out of a viewer. The fact that a film could actually be so powerful that it makes a viewer say something like he'd be willing to drive out there and adopt the kid himself...it's just amazing. Even if it's not meant literally, its one hell of a thing to hear.

Congrats again Hunter and Anthony,


02-25-2008, 01:29 AM
Hi Hunter and Anthony

I took a second to hit me in the end. But boy it hit me. I cried.
Great, great little lovestory in a grey world. A perfect a+.


Hunter Hampton
02-25-2008, 03:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback, what people feel and think about any film we make is really important to us. (In order to make better films to come). Many thanks to all of you for watching the film and even more thanks to you who enjoyed the film!

Muchos Gracias. & hopefully you will watch our next film too!

02-25-2008, 03:26 PM
i hope you guys do well in the awards, one of my favorite films at the fest!

Anthony Pierce
02-25-2008, 04:42 PM
Well I cant vote on the films, and man even if I could it would have been really tough with the wide range of talent in this competition. But my choices would have been these simply based on my overall desire to want to watched it again.

1.) Winter Lilacs
2.) Remember when
3.) “I ****ing hate you”

My third choice was the hardest but I guess in the end I watched it like 10 times.

Good luck to all. I’m so lucky to of had Hunter introduce me to this site. DVX users are truly the real deal filmmakers of the future.

Hunter Hampton
04-20-2008, 10:15 AM
Just an update:

GoodSam just won in the shorts category at the Salem Film Festival which picked us up the Northwest Emerging Artisit Award! yeehwaw!