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vnguyen972
11-27-2009, 10:09 PM
Taking Advantage

Tagline: When Opportunity Knocks, Seize It!

Synopsis: A business man and his mistress plot to murder his wife only to find out everyone has a plan of their own.

Poster:

http://i48.tinypic.com/154hymd.jpg

WRITTEN BY:
Chris Keaton

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Kevin Keller

MUSIC COMPOSER:
Damian Sanchez

MAKEUP ARTIST:
Erika Rincon

Public Google Wave: https://wave.google.com/wave/#restored:wave:googlewave.com!w%252BVLWHUHJrA.6

Facebook Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/takingadvantagefilm


Click here (http://www.dvxfest.com/betrayalfest/index.php) to watch and rate!

vnguyen972
11-27-2009, 10:10 PM
DENNIS O'NEILL - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0642138/
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NATALIE COTTRELL - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3014534/
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RENEE WIGGINS - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3014368/
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REBEKAH KENNEDY - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2796058/
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DARRYL TRUE - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3441666/
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FOUATCHAO MOUA
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RYAN RODRIGUEZ
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KERRY B MCCORMICK - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3598194/
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vnguyen972
11-27-2009, 10:10 PM
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vnguyen972
11-27-2009, 10:11 PM
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vnguyen972
11-27-2009, 10:12 PM
11-29-2009: So yesterday was day 1 of pre production. I have worked out the budget and also started on a previs of the film. This helps me tremendously during production. The tool I’m using was Movie Storm (moviestorm.co.uk (http://www.moviestorm.co.uk/)) and it’s the BEST tool there is. My plan is to create a pre-vis version for the entire film and I’ll show the crew and cast once they’re signed on.
Today, I had a talk with a friend of mine, also a great DP who I had worked with on several projects in the past. He has agreed to sign on and help to shoot the film and I also agreed to help to make his. (He also has one film to make for the fest, its working title is The Stopoff, so stay tune for updates on that).
Okay, I am on scene 6 of the script for the previs, I should be done with the rest of 4 scenes tomorrow. Then I’d possibly post some screenshots here…

11-30-2009 So I completed the storyboard for the film. I went as far as creating an animated version of the entire film. I created it with a vision in mind although some of them might not end up in the final film due to some possible technical issues but it kinda gives me some ideas of what angle and shot I'd like to have during production. I have rendered a scene as sample to share with everyone:
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12-02-2009 Okay, shooting scheduled for Jan 15 & Jan 16. More details soon.

12-19-2009 Principles Casting Completed. Extras will be lined up with more details for the shoot.

01-09-2010 Photoshoot and First Rehearsal.

01-10-2010 Second rehearsal.

01-15-2010 First day of shooting.

01-17-2010 Second day of shooting.

01-28-2010 Due to the length restriction of this fest, we'll have a dvx cut separate to submit here and a cut for the whole film.

01-31-2010 Locked the cut and sent it to our composer and post audio designer

02-19-2010 Finalized the cut with final score and sound design

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-28-2009, 06:16 AM
Welcome to the Fest! Good luck.

Rodney V. Smith
11-28-2009, 07:39 AM
Welcome back! You guys should have some fun with the theme this time around.

vnguyen972
11-28-2009, 09:05 AM
Thanks guy.. yeah... I really hope so ;-)

Chris_Keaton
11-28-2009, 09:46 AM
I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Rodney V. Smith
11-28-2009, 10:17 AM
The first Keaton script for the fest.... how many more will there be? We shall see... This one is in good hands dude.

Richard J. Johnson
11-28-2009, 01:49 PM
Here we go. Welcome and good luck.

Scott F
11-29-2009, 07:16 PM
Love the title. Good luck!

vnguyen972
11-29-2009, 07:26 PM
I have a question, is it okay for me to post an animated version of a scene from the film? It serves as my storyboard... but I'm not sure if posting it validates any rule.

Thanks.

Chris_Keaton
11-29-2009, 08:06 PM
I believe you can post anything but actual stills and footage.

Richard J. Johnson
11-30-2009, 02:16 AM
If you are unsure just PM one of Mods. Better to be safe than DQ'd.:shocked:


I have a question, is it okay for me to post an animated version of a scene from the film? It serves as my storyboard... but I'm not sure if posting it validates any rule.

Thanks.

Sarah Daly
11-30-2009, 06:01 AM
Hey good luck with this guys! You is good folk :)

vnguyen972
11-30-2009, 08:25 AM
@Richard: thanks, will do.

@Sarah: hey! how are you? long time no chat... hope things are well!!! :-)

vnguyen972
11-30-2009, 07:09 PM
So I completed the storyboard for the film. I went as far as creating an animated version of the entire film. I created it with a vision in mind although some of them might not end up in the final film due to some possible technical issues but it kinda gives me some ideas of what angle and shot I'd like to have during production. I have rendered a scene as sample to share with everyone:
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Chris_Keaton
11-30-2009, 08:41 PM
That is cool! At first I was worried you were going to show the whole thing. That's gotta be helpful. Not sure how hard it is to use, but it should let you play with shots etc. Not being too technical I can't really know if it is really helpful, but I could see this being used as a tool for getting funding. Investors can see a rough example of the film instead of just a good pitch. A really cool tool!

vnguyen972
11-30-2009, 10:26 PM
Added some links on first post.

jasonthewho
11-30-2009, 10:56 PM
Love that first shot. Hope you can pull it off. What program did you use to create this?

vnguyen972
12-01-2009, 06:57 AM
Jason, thanks! I used MovieStorm to create it. Great program!

MSpencer
12-01-2009, 08:07 AM
man that's gotta be nice to map out an entire short film with this...

vnguyen972
12-01-2009, 08:15 AM
OH yeah... definitely. The program itself is easy to learn and just take time to get used to it... and once you got a hang of it... you could move really fast... The software wasn't for the previs purpose but I think it serves as a great previs tool as I suck in drawing, this could help me a lot. Beside, I can play with lots of camera placement, focal length and moves where in traditional drawing, it's hard to demonstrate that.
I can go in there and create a scene with camera movements then show to my DP and he could tell me how crazy those camera movements are :-) then I go back and change it to something else depends on the location and equipment we have later on during production. It's a really valuable tool.

ghennek
12-01-2009, 01:12 PM
Hey Vu!

I really loved what you did with MovieStorm, what a powerful tool for pre-production...!

vnguyen972
12-01-2009, 03:16 PM
Thanks Damian :-) it certainly is.

vnguyen972
12-03-2009, 11:31 AM
Shooting has scheduled to Jan 15 & Jan 16.

Stay tune.

vnguyen972
12-18-2009, 10:36 PM
Principle casting completed. Photos on 1st page.

jasonthewho
12-19-2009, 08:36 AM
Very nice cast. Such a big cast too.

vnguyen972
12-19-2009, 08:50 AM
Thanks. Yeah I should have resized the pics :-) j/k
They're both principles and supportings... so yeah... not all are principles.

jasonthewho
12-19-2009, 09:29 AM
Still... I've got four people, total. Actually, I've never had more than four people in a cast...

ramsaur
12-19-2009, 02:32 PM
REBEKAH KENNEDY - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2796058/
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I jumped when I saw this Actress. I know her! So I take it you live in Texas?

vnguyen972
12-19-2009, 03:29 PM
Yes, I live in TX... DFW area :-) so you worked with her before? or you know her personally? It'd be my first time working with her though...

ramsaur
12-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Know her through film. Haven't worked on a film together yet...

ZazaCast
12-19-2009, 11:07 PM
Great looking cast! That Ryan has a 'Matt Damon' thing going on....and Darryl True...DAMN...Just DAMN!

Best of luck, I'm really looking forward to this one.

DarkElastic
12-20-2009, 06:23 AM
That Ryan has a 'Matt Damon' thing going on....


I agree Matt Damon, but also a bit of John Cena!!!

Luis_
12-20-2009, 03:22 PM
Synopsis: A business man and his mistress plot to murder his wife only to find out everyone has a plan of their own.





oh yeah!
love it!,
best of luck in the execution, looking forward to it!

GoodLuck
12-27-2009, 09:32 PM
I've worked with four of your actors (Dennis/Natalie/Renee/Rebekah), looking forward to checking it out!

vnguyen972
12-27-2009, 10:16 PM
That's really cool and thanks for the heads up on the misspelled :-)

Rodney V. Smith
12-29-2009, 11:00 AM
Any updates?

vnguyen972
12-29-2009, 07:14 PM
Yeah sorry... I was a bit off track due to the holidays and stuff... but yeah... I am still working on getting the locations and gathering some stuff together for the production... also trying to finalize the crew... and schedule the rehearsal in the upcoming weeks... it's been hard as mentioned before, with the holidays going on, it's very hard to find a best time for everyone to get together... but I hope the upcoming weeks are better :-)

Rodney V. Smith
12-29-2009, 07:17 PM
Holidays have thrown us all for a loop. Glad to see you're forging ahead.

GoodLuck
12-29-2009, 10:19 PM
That's really cool and thanks for the heads up on the misspelled :-)

No problem, wish you guys the best. I've thought about entering but I'm trying to get another feature going in 2010. If you need any help with anything, PM me and I'll see what I can do to help.

totitefilms
01-06-2010, 12:39 PM
Your cast looks impressive :-)

vnguyen972
01-06-2010, 12:52 PM
Your cast looks impressive :-)

thank you... it was my honor to have them... i hope i don't screw this thing up :-)

Rodney V. Smith
01-06-2010, 12:58 PM
have you wrapped already??

vnguyen972
01-06-2010, 01:00 PM
LOL I wish! hehehe... nah... We're scheduled to shoot on Jan 15 and Jan 17... so it's coming up fast... still have a couple of locations I need to secure... I'm excited and worried at the same time! I see yours is coming along well too... love your actress by the way!

Rodney V. Smith
01-06-2010, 01:03 PM
Oh cool. Thought I'd missed something when you said :


... it was my honor to have them...

Things are shaping up for me definitely. Right now it's all coming down to scheduling and finding the right co-lead for Maia. Think you'll like what she brings to the film.

What locations do you still have to secure?

vnguyen972
01-06-2010, 01:07 PM
ah... my mistake... I meant I was lucky to have them cast :-)

Can't wait to see what Maia brings to your film!!!

I'm in need of a business reception area and some discounts for a hotel room or two :-) and I want them close by together... so getting the hotel room isn't a big deal but I'm waiting to get the reception area first, then decide where the rooms would be...

vnguyen972
01-16-2010, 08:05 PM
Finished day 1 of production. Feeling exhausted... my still camera broke down so I couldn't personally take any BTS but I'm sure some crew members had taken with their own cameras... I'll ask and post them once I have some... now, call time 7am tomorrow, better drag my butt to bed... lol

vnguyen972
01-18-2010, 09:54 AM
Are you shooting this on your 7D?

If so, how's it working for you?

Yeap... the 7D... so far so good I guess :-)

vnguyen972
01-19-2010, 08:35 PM
Screen Grabs and BTS uploaded... check them out on first thread!!!
Still have one more scene to shoot... :-)

Luis_
01-21-2010, 07:20 AM
Awesome screen grabs and BTS! looking forward to checking this out!

Scott F
01-21-2010, 09:20 AM
^ what he said. Killer!

vnguyen972
01-21-2010, 11:45 AM
Thanks guys... it was indeed an awesome time with crew and cast... fun time!

vnguyen972
02-05-2010, 01:02 PM
Score is coming along great... Damian is really talented!!! I am so lucky :-)

Chris_Keaton
02-08-2010, 08:10 AM
The shots look real slick.

It's cool how you got Jennifer Aniston to act in it. :grin::thumbup:

ZazaCast
02-08-2010, 11:02 AM
Poster...SWEET! Cast...BEAUTIFUL! BTS Shots...NICE! Screen Grabs...SICK!
This one just went to the top of my watch list.

:thumbup::beer::thumbup:

vnguyen972
02-08-2010, 07:08 PM
Finally, got some interests :-)

Wait, one of them is our writer... oh well, still.. thanks guys!!! :-)

@Chris LOL yeah.. I got connection with her agent :-)

@Zaza as of now, yours is still on top of my watch list.

jasonthewho
02-08-2010, 11:41 PM
Looking good! There's a nice soft look to all of your images... like it.

vnguyen972
02-09-2010, 08:39 AM
Thanks Jason wow.. 1:41am... up late working on your film?

jasonthewho
02-09-2010, 02:28 PM
I work as a video editor for the morning news. My shift is 12:30 am to 8:30 am.

vnguyen972
02-09-2010, 03:19 PM
That's cool... I think that is a fun and cool job... even with that odd shift... better than my boring IT job from 9-5 :-)

jasonthewho
02-11-2010, 12:38 AM
Eh... not that cool or fun, but I doubt I'd prefer an IT job... although the pay would probably be better.

vnguyen972
02-19-2010, 11:10 AM
We're ready. Just wait for the leader, then render away!!!

chriscurl
02-19-2010, 11:16 AM
We're ready. Just wait for the leader, then render away!!!


Congrats!

vnguyen972
02-19-2010, 07:44 PM
Congrats!

Thanks Chris.

Alan H. Chang
02-23-2010, 09:42 PM
You guys are quick!

vnguyen972
02-23-2010, 11:06 PM
You guys are quick!

LOL thanks! I don't think we are quick... I think we're done just about the right time... not too early, not too late :-)

Marlon Ladd
02-25-2010, 07:57 AM
Wish I was done. Kudos to you!

vnguyen972
02-25-2010, 12:02 PM
LOL thanks Marlon. Well, we're not done done yet... still have to touch up a bit on some area and sweeten out the audio then rendering... so... hope that makes you feel a little better?

Marlon Ladd
02-25-2010, 01:01 PM
Not really. LOL. I wish I was at that stage. I hope to start editing tonight. We shall see. That audio stuff can be tough, so good luck with that.

just2me
02-26-2010, 11:13 AM
are you done?? congratulations. :) and beautiful cast!

vnguyen972
03-02-2010, 05:59 PM
Still trying to find the best rendering option.

If I render using MainConcept from within Premiere to render mp4 and set the frame rate to 1.15Mbps and set KeyFrame Distance to 24, I got a nice small file within 60MB in size and looking real nice... only problem was, the motion wasn't smooth... it looks like some frames were taken out... not sure why... I'm scratching my hair over that as I tried so many different way, can't make the motion as smooth as it could be without suffering the quality.

So another option was to render as high quality as I could using a different codec, I was using Avid DnxHD codec to output high bit rate high quality clip... the output file came out close to 8GB... then I opened that with QTPro player and export it via QT with H264 codec, using a setting I found here (a PDF file)... ok the file came out nicely within 60MB and the motion was smooth... I was like Yes!.. but then the drawback was that the gamma was messed up.. now my video looks too bright and less contrast... I tried to use some trick I found when googled the issue, but it didn't fix it...

I am running another render now.. using QTPro player but apply the Filter to bring up the constrast... let's see how that turns out...

Rodney V. Smith
03-02-2010, 06:00 PM
And so it begins... the everlasting RENDER WARS!!!!

vnguyen972
03-02-2010, 06:02 PM
And so it begins... the everlasting RENDER WARS!!!!

hahaha i know, right? spent all day playing with this and still not happy

vnguyen972
03-02-2010, 07:44 PM
okay, that stuttering motion caused by the player... if I play with QT player, the motion is smooth!

vnguyen972
03-04-2010, 03:22 PM
Uploaded! Now waiting for verification! I hope there isn't any issue :-)

Chris Messineo
03-04-2010, 05:50 PM
Great looking cast. I'm looking forward to the film.

vnguyen972
03-04-2010, 05:52 PM
Great looking cast. I'm looking forward to the film.

Thanks Chris, I hope you'll enjoy the film.

Mike@AF
03-04-2010, 11:05 PM
Pretty good size cast you have for a 6 min film. Good looking though. Good luck with the fest!

vnguyen972
03-04-2010, 11:46 PM
Pretty good size cast you have for a 6 min film. Good looking though. Good luck with the fest!

Thanks! good luck to you too! see that you have 2 films and that's awesome!

Mike@AF
03-05-2010, 12:22 AM
Yeah, tried getting in on the fests a few times before and it never worked out. Finally a get into my first DVXfest and it's with 2 films. Guess I'm making up for lost time.

pborghee
03-05-2010, 09:16 AM
Wow ummm....where did you get so many beautiful actresses at/ Send some my way! Good luck.

RodThompson
03-05-2010, 09:19 AM
Looks a bit Film noir...CAN'T WAIT!

nils_dvx
03-05-2010, 11:17 AM
looking forward to seeing your film. good luck!

-Nils


"Recession" by Nils David Peterson -- DVXUSER Betrayalfest 2010 (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=201885)

totitefilms
03-05-2010, 06:13 PM
How is the footage from the 7D coming out? I'm thinking about getting the new 550D because it's almost identical to 7D.

vnguyen972
03-05-2010, 09:08 PM
How is the footage from the 7D coming out? I'm thinking about getting the new 550D because it's almost identical to 7D.

the footage of 7D looks great... yeah I heard 550D is half of the price and video quality and functionality is almost the same!

Matt Harris
03-06-2010, 08:56 AM
what render settings did you end up using? also, great animatronic for your storyboard. is that hard to do? it looks very time consuming.

vnguyen972
03-06-2010, 09:42 AM
what render settings did you end up using? also, great animatronic for your storyboard. is that hard to do? it looks very time consuming.

I ended up with exporting MP4 straight from Media Encoder... we'll see how it holds up... I am not good at finding the best encoding setting... just tried to stay within the file size limit and got as much as quality as possible..

The animated storyboard was not hard to do at all... once I got a hang of the software, it's all the matter of setting up the scenes, with props and characters, then camera... that's it... and yes.. it's time consuming but it helped me a lot... and helped other crews to see my vision without extensive explanation :-)

Rodney V. Smith
03-06-2010, 09:46 AM
Media Encoder wa treating me nicely... until I viewed it in Quicktime. And then everything devolved into a new state of hell for me... I'm so going to welcome the upgrades to the system, just so we're not fighting differences in Mac and PC because one doesn't like to play well with the other. It sucks to have a perfect render playing well on everything else and then Quicktime be the one sore spot.. and the one application that most of eveyone will be using to view the films and judging you harshly on.

vnguyen972
03-06-2010, 09:51 AM
So what did you end up using with if not Media Encoder?

Rodney V. Smith
03-06-2010, 09:55 AM
I had to export from Media Encoder to a Quicktime file (1.5GB) then from there had to futz around with the settings. But FIRST I had to export to a quicktime file that worked and didn't mess up my lighting by making everything brighter. Then spent the next couple of hours doing render after render trying to get the right filesize.


Fact: Quicktime is a piece of shit. At least Media Encoder tells you the size the file is LIKELY to be. Quicktime just give you the middle finger and wishes you good luck.

vnguyen972
03-06-2010, 09:59 AM
Ah... I see... I was playing with that too... generated a highest quality quicktime possible (mine was almost 8GB), then use Quicktime Pro to export to mp4... and you were right... it never tells you the file size would be... and if I didn't touch anything, my gamma got screwed up... and I was trying to play with Filter... and it's really hard to see with that tiny preview window... it sucks! I gave up mid way... coz I couldn't get it to where I wanted.... but maybe I should have kept playing... dammit

vnguyen972
03-06-2010, 04:48 PM
viewing started - feed back below

Richard J. Johnson
03-06-2010, 05:16 PM
This one felt so much longer than 6 minutes. Just a great job on all counts. Acting was great and I did not see the Triple cross coming at all. The lighting was very well done. Great film!!!

Gohanto
03-06-2010, 06:05 PM
Visually it looks very good, but I wasn't a fan of the acting (notably the wife).

I did really like the scene where the husband is walking around prepping his story though and then when the other girl was revealed to be in the room.

Homunculus
03-06-2010, 08:16 PM
Visually this is the most professional and biggest pleasure to view so far that I have seen out of the 6 or so I've seen so far...the acting was decent to great. The main actor older guy in particular stood out as extremely professional and one of the best actors so far I've seen (probably the best) and the younger girl wasn't bad at all either in fact very good. Very professionally done, this is one of the strongest I've seen so far. Oh and the music was amongst the best I've heard so far as well.

Bigmagic
03-07-2010, 12:27 AM
I thought the acting was spot on, visually appealing and overall well done. I didn't really care for the shooting scene, it seemed a little rushed but a very complete storyline which is #1 with me. Great Job!

MrSeth
03-07-2010, 11:45 AM
My critique for Taking Advantage
The story:
From the beginning to the end, I was into it. Very creative plot and the each character was very complicated in his/her own way. Good job!

The acting:
TOP OF THE LINE! I didn't even see a HINT of amateur acting in this. Great casting choices - cast is perfect for this story.

The camerawork:
I noticed a glitch in the special effects with the blood/gun shot but other than that, it was fine. Every shot was motivated and contributed greatly to the story

The editing:
Very smooth and pushed the story forward yet took time to get into the characters. AMAZING!

The sound and music:
Music was great -- sound looked like it was done professionally.

Overall impression:
Inspiring -- overall a great story!

My favorite shot:
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/3799/screenshot20100307at143.png

Tunnelmen
03-07-2010, 03:30 PM
I really liked the casting, esp the guy. Your shot selection was cool and I liked the story. I was gonna say that I felt like the last scene was a porn, I thought that the girls were gonna start makin out at any moment (maybe I just wanted them to), but..............................I didn't see the end coming, so I felt like it pulled the rug out from under the whole porn thing...Overall, good job!

Chris Messineo
03-07-2010, 03:52 PM
Great looking short. Excellent camera work. I love the color palette - especially the gold tones.

I was amazed you were able to fit a triple-cross into a six minute short. Great writing Chris.

Overall, I thought this was very professional and I enjoyed this a lot.

vnguyen972
03-07-2010, 04:14 PM
This one felt so much longer than 6 minutes. Just a great job on all counts. Acting was great and I did not see the Triple cross coming at all. The lighting was very well done. Great film!!!

Thank you Richard. I really appreciate your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Christopher Blake
03-07-2010, 04:15 PM
Loved the look of this, especially the shots in the car. Beautiful. Great story, acting it all came together really well. Congrats on a great film.

vnguyen972
03-07-2010, 04:15 PM
Visually it looks very good, but I wasn't a fan of the acting (notably the wife).

I did really like the scene where the husband is walking around prepping his story though and then when the other girl was revealed to be in the room.

I was worried about that character a bit and maybe I was pushing her a little too much that ruined it. Thanks for your comment!

vnguyen972
03-07-2010, 04:18 PM
Thank you so much guys! This means a lot to us and the whole team really appreciated your feedback!!!


Visually this is the most professional and biggest pleasure to view so far that I have seen out of the 6 or so I've seen so far...the acting was decent to great. The main actor older guy in particular stood out as extremely professional and one of the best actors so far I've seen (probably the best) and the younger girl wasn't bad at all either in fact very good. Very professionally done, this is one of the strongest I've seen so far. Oh and the music was amongst the best I've heard so far as well.


Visually this is the most professional and biggest pleasure to view so far that I have seen out of the 6 or so I've seen so far...the acting was decent to great. The main actor older guy in particular stood out as extremely professional and one of the best actors so far I've seen (probably the best) and the younger girl wasn't bad at all either in fact very good. Very professionally done, this is one of the strongest I've seen so far. Oh and the music was amongst the best I've heard so far as well.


I thought the acting was spot on, visually appealing and overall well done. I didn't really care for the shooting scene, it seemed a little rushed but a very complete storyline which is #1 with me. Great Job!


It was even better than I had anticipated.


My critique for Taking Advantage
The story:
From the beginning to the end, I was into it. Very creative plot and the each character was very complicated in his/her own way. Good job!

The acting:
TOP OF THE LINE! I didn't even see a HINT of amateur acting in this. Great casting choices - cast is perfect for this story.

The camerawork:
I noticed a glitch in the special effects with the blood/gun shot but other than that, it was fine. Every shot was motivated and contributed greatly to the story

The editing:
Very smooth and pushed the story forward yet took time to get into the characters. AMAZING!

The sound and music:
Music was great -- sound looked like it was done professionally.

Overall impression:
Inspiring -- overall a great story!

My favorite shot:



Great looking short. Excellent camera work. I love the color palette - especially the gold tones.

I was amazed you were able to fit a triple-cross into a six minute short. Great writing Chris.

Overall, I thought this was very professional and I enjoyed this a lot.


Loved the look of this, especially the shots in the car. Beautiful. Great story, acting it all came together really well. Congrats on a great film.

vnguyen972
03-07-2010, 04:20 PM
I really liked the casting, esp the guy. Your shot selection was cool and I liked the story. I was gonna say that I felt like the last scene was a porn, I thought that the girls were gonna start makin out at any moment (maybe I just wanted them to), but..............................I didn't see the end coming, so I felt like it pulled the rug out from under the whole porn thing...Overall, good job!

Thanks Tunnelmen, I am so glad that you liked it!!! It means a lot to us as the whole team!

LOL at your last thought... those girls making out? LOL ... maybe next film!

Mike@AF
03-07-2010, 05:27 PM
Great looking film. Sound design and music were good as well. I thought the acting was pretty good.

The girl coming in and killing the man at the end was predictable, and as I watched I was wondering why it was taking her so long to show her. The blood for the body hit looked too fake to me. Maybe if you darken it so it's not such a bright red it would work better. Or make the burst of blood smaller, or both.

Story was decent, but the ending in the law office seemed to come out of nowhere. Otherwise, very nice film. Good job!

GoodLuck
03-07-2010, 05:44 PM
I agree with what a lot of other people have said, it looked good and sounded good with the music track.

However, I didn't really care about any of the characters in this. You were killing them off and I didn't know anything about them. The only one I cared about was the daughter because she took verbal abuse but in the end she turned out to be sneaky, so it left me just not liking the story all around. You just basically filmed a bunch of bad people crossing each other. Who's the protragonist?

However this one looks better visually than your past stuff I've seen, definitely stepping it up. I've worked with a lot of the actors in this and I think they are all great people to work with but I wouldn't have paired it up the way you did. I think Dennis's mistress should be older. In everything I see, they never call someone that young a mistress, maybe a girlfriend...but mistress tends to be reserved for someone older, it's an older word that older people tend to use. I've never seen a guy in his 30s with a girl on the side tell his buddies, "she's my mistress".

I'm just not buying that she's his mistress. I think she's way too young and it makes me cringe watching them kiss. I asked someone else I know what they thought and they said the same thing. I see what you were going for here but I think the mistress should have been older or the guy should have been younger. Really didn't seem real to me at all. Is he suppose to be Renee's husband? When they were in the car together it looks like she's his daughter. Really strange. All this character identity stuff really threw me off on following the story.

Then you got what I believe is the mother and daughter and it comes across more as the older sister and younger sister. I'm not buying that they are mother and daughter. They are almost the same height and Renee just doesn't look that old to have a daughter around the same height as her. Maybe if you had dressed Rebekah differently, the coat she had on isn't the type of coat a young girl tends to wear. If anything her clothes made her look older. Nor all that makeup on her face and eyes. She's obviously old enough to drive herself up to the law office at the end, so it just didn't work for me. Something to consider in the future is realism.

Some of the lines made me cringe because they were cliches you'd hear in a cheesy 80s action film. "When opportunity arises....seize it". "You can do this...we can do this". The lighting in the car looked great, the music was good to build suspense. Hearing his mistress scream a high pitched "noooh" made me laugh like she was falling into a black hole or something. I think she should have just exhaled loud silently in fear. Sometimes it's better not to say anything.

When the daughter shot Dennis I didn't really like the cartoon looking blood that floated/hovered out. Looked really fake and amateurish, pulling me out. Like someone else said, maybe if you darken it. However I think it's better to simply not show it than show that. Then he's got all these dead bodies on the ground and he leaves the door wide open as he paces around, not believable. I think the blonde at the end had some flat acting and she kept puckering her lips, don't know what that was about. I don't know anyone who naturally talks like that so it came across a bit off to me and a bit waxy, if that makes sense. The last few lines really came across as an after school special. "You should take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves?" "Yeah something like that". "And you should be greatful when they do present themselves?" "Yeah". I cringed again on that.

Overall I think it's not that bad of an effort. Some people seemed to point some of the above out already without saying it. Figured I would say why versus just saying I didn't like it, to give you something to consider. Some people seem to really like it so I think it's just more of a taste thing.

Matt Harris
03-07-2010, 06:27 PM
Hey Guys,
i liked it, i really liked it. good cinematography, acting, plotting, writing... i had fun.
Oh and good score too. This felt like a good ol' film noir. Thumbs up.

pborghee
03-07-2010, 06:36 PM
Before i get started on the film i just want you to PM me so you can give me the phone numbers for your actresses! Damn they are gorgeous! Anyways i think the story needed a bit more, I felt betrayed when everyone died and i was just like ummmmm. Other then that the angles were great and the acting was decent. Not much to complain about except i dont ahve the numbers for your actresses yet haha. Good job man.

MSpencer
03-07-2010, 06:49 PM
first betrayal... sweet... second betrayal... sweeter... chick shooting dude... awesome.. chick at the end... awesomest...

awesomest isn't a word. but i really like this one it played out really nicely and it felt like you put alot more in 6min then i would've expected. good lighting and good acting.. i think the last gun shot was a bit off but still very good.

hoz
03-07-2010, 06:50 PM
your film reminds me of those football games where the team who has the ball last wins. everyone killed each other! cool idea and fun to watch but i don't know how you play this off in under 6 minutes so that i might care or root for anyone. i guess the daughter is plausible enough since she seems mostly innocent about any of the mess- that is until the ending.

it is a great effort, congrats on your film.

nils_dvx
03-07-2010, 08:35 PM
the cinematography and lighting was great.
you had me believing that the daughter killed in self defense/anger ... then when it was all planned ... that some serious betrayal.
nicely done.

totitefilms
03-07-2010, 11:15 PM
I like the twist at the end of the story and the fact that you have a lot of hot babes in the movie. I have to go visit you some days :D. The Friends' Rachel acting is not really necessary imo. The actress doesn't have that level of performance as Jennifer Aniston does. The first scene is a little bit washed out. Your audio is nice and much better than mine :D. You did a great job though. Keep it going.

vnguyen972
03-08-2010, 06:55 AM
Overall I think it's not that bad of an effort. Some people seemed to point some of the above out already without saying it. Figured I would say why versus just saying I didn't like it, to give you something to consider. Some people seem to really like it so I think it's just more of a taste thing.

Hey, thanks Anthony for a very detailed review... truly appreciate that. There are a lot of good advices in there and I definitely save it as notes to help me get better in the next one. Thanks again for taking the time.

Charli
03-08-2010, 06:14 PM
This might have been one of those times when there was too much going on.
The ending was predictable the story was not that memorable, but that is not to say
but this wasn't filmed well, it was just not a story that's going to stick with you in the end.

ChrisHurn
03-08-2010, 06:18 PM
Pretty solid film. You certainly managed to squeeze a lot of stuff into six minutes and it didn’t really feel packed in, it was pretty good. However, I agree with Good Luck, I don’t think I cared about your characters. (Except the girl at the end, but she wasn’t shown enough to really get on her side). Having said that, there really wasn’t another way to put all that story into six minutes and have us care about the characters a great deal.

Nice score, some very nice moments in there, really enjoyed it. Damian Sanchez, another fine entry.

Wasn’t 100% sold on all of the performances, especially the “Out doing what ‘cause I know you sure as hell haven’t working” stuff, wasn’t clicking for me. Aside from that, there were some definite good moments both behind and in front of the camera. Not my sort of story but you made it interesting, and the film kept my attention right through pretty easily.

Memorable Moment
the knock and twist at about 3:48, pretty good moment. Liked the score, instruments were pretty dry sounding which actually had a really cool effect and combined with the visuals I liked this little sequence a lot.

Overall I enjoyed this, even though it’s not really my sort of thing. Congratulations on a solid entry.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
03-08-2010, 08:32 PM
Story: I know the theme is betrayal but wow! That and I don't think the crime scene would have ruled in her favour. :)

Acting: Pretty good actually. The couple in the opening worked together well despite the age difference. He is one luck guy. :)

Technical: This looked great! Lighting was also very good. I felt like when he hit the girl with the gun and then shot her that the angles were all wrong. Like the line was crossed in between those two shots?
It just pulled me out for a sec. Other than that this looked and sounded great.

So much betrayal... :)

Nice work.

MAH

KKeller
03-08-2010, 08:49 PM
Technical: This looked great! Lighting was also very good. I felt like when he hit the girl with the gun and then shot her that the angles were all wrong. Like the line was crossed in between those two shots?
It just pulled me out for a sec. Other than that this looked and sounded great.


I shot this and even though I have seen it several times and was there when we shot it (obviously) I never even noticed we crossed the line, nice catch and thanks for pointing that out to me. I think that scene was shot at about 4am so I am surprised I didn't make any more mistakes.

I haven't posted on this thread yet. I have read all of your comments on our project and thank you all for your feedback. I haven't seen many criticisms about the cinematography, there have got to be some out there. I would like to hear what worked or didn't work for you as an audience.

The Falcone
03-09-2010, 12:31 AM
Ah, you want critique on cinematography..Not here. I loved the work. Looked great and sound was excelent. Congrats on a good piece.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
03-09-2010, 05:39 AM
I shot this and even though I have seen it several times and was there when we shot it (obviously) I never even noticed we crossed the line, nice catch and thanks for pointing that out to me.

No problem at all. You might be able to flip a shot in post and make them work a little better together.

I thought you did a really great job.

MAH

Chris_Keaton
03-09-2010, 06:09 AM
This might have been one of those times when there was too much going on.
The ending was predictable the story was not that memorable, but that is not to say
but this wasn't filmed well, it was just not a story that's going to stick with you in the end.


You're just too savvy Charli, can't pull nothing over on you. :)

I think somehow people got the idea that the girl planned this instead of just taking advantage of the opportunity and doing in a bad guy while she was at it. Not sure where I went wrong with that. I do think the full version will give viewers a little more about the girl and her life, so she's more of a good guy.

P.s. What was that guy thinking? I mean really how could he kill them, I'm sure they could've come up with some time sharing agreement:) if they put their heads together. ;)

Dick Campbell
03-09-2010, 06:27 AM
Stayed with this one, good acting. The ending scene caught me off guard, good work.

vnguyen972
03-09-2010, 07:07 AM
Thank you everyone that had seen and took time to comment and review so far... I really appreciate it... This kind of fest is great and it really helps to be a better filmmaker. So thank you!

I'd also like to take a moment to call out the excellent work of the following key individuals that helped and worked with me on this, I'm so proud of them:

Chris Keaton (writer), Kevin Keller (dp), Damian Sanchez (music), Marc Palet (post sound/mix), Tony Diep (location sound), Erica Rincon (make up), Daniel Baumgartner (ac)

Thank you for your dedication and hard working and best of all... putting up and being patient with me! :-)

KKeller
03-09-2010, 10:53 AM
Fastest credits in the [south]west

dougspice
03-09-2010, 06:14 PM
Haha, yeah, the credits made me laugh a little – probably not the intended outcome at the end of the movie.

This is one of those films where I think maybe you bit off more than you needed to, and that meant the fundamentals had to suffer. The basic story is simple enough, and was performed believably enough, that it could have been solid drama if there had been more character development. For instance, I really didn't need the scene with the lawyer at the end, and I think it distracted from building your other relationships. I guess that lawyer is the reason that he shoots his mistress, but at the time I was just dumbfounded. Everything I thought I understood about this character went out the window when that happened: he lost his humanity and became just a guy moving the plot along.

I will say, though, that I didn't really see the daughter's reappearance coming, so her delivery of the comeuppance was very effective. I just wish I felt like it was truly motivated. Yeah, her dad just killed two people – but he's still her dad. I gather that she's an unhappy teen – but we never get a glimpse into why that is. To be fair, I think that actress does an excellent job conveying that despair and confusion in the moments of screentime that she has (she has the best performance in the film) – but that ain't much.

So my overall note is this: I really, really want to know why these characters are doing what they're doing, and you haven't given me that at more than a surface level. That would be the difference between a good movie and a great movie, when the meat of it is human drama. Show me more humanity.

One thing that would have helped in that respect would be the casting. While your performers ranged from fine to very good, they all had a similar look to them that I can only describe as "soap opera" – a collection of unusually attractive people plotting against each other. I already sort of felt this way... and then the total sexbot lawyer appeared at the end and it was just too much.

All of the visual aspects were strong. The shooting style suited the film, it was well edited... basically everything worked on this level. The music was well done but again reinforced the soap opera style somewhat.

Of course, I'm not sure if that was your intent. I've never been a fan of soap opera, but some people are.

vnguyen972
03-09-2010, 07:36 PM
I really didn't need the scene with the lawyer at the end, and I think it distracted from building your other relationships. I guess that lawyer is the reason that he shoots his mistress, but at the time I was just dumbfounded. Everything I thought I understood about this character went out the window when that happened: he lost his humanity and became just a guy moving the plot along.


Thanks dougspice for the feedback... that's very interesting. I changed the scene at the last moment as I took the advantage of the scene trying to explain his action...Originally, it was just her at the law office to receive the inheritance paperwork from the company lawyer and that's it... I discussed with Chris and was kinda wanting to try this idea out with the picture so that audience won't be left with the question of why he did it so yeah if it didn't work, it is my fault... Thanks for the thought... I really appreciate it!

ghennek
03-09-2010, 11:44 PM
Thanks for your reviews on the Score !!!


Oh and the music was amongst the best I've heard so far as well.



The sound and music:
Music was great -- sound looked like it was done professionally.


Sound design and music were good as well.


Oh and good score too.



Nice score, some very nice moments in there, really enjoyed it. Damian Sanchez, another fine entry.


The music was well done but again reinforced the soap opera style somewhat.

Aaron Marshall
03-11-2010, 12:01 AM
I was thoroughly entertained by this film. I thought it was going to be a mundane lifetime movie network plot, but it took a turn. The man, the mistress did a believable job. The true star here was the drunken mom. The first scene where she is fighting the daughter was kind of funny. I kept thinking, "This looks like Jennifer Aniston, but it can't be, this isn't a romantic comedy.".

The "invasion" scene that followed... oh my, I have not laughed that hard in so long. You really nailed it! The performance of drunken Aniston, the rhythm of the edit, the sound design, the music, and all of it coming together. It's classic! I don't know if you meant for it to be funny, but whether you know it or not you are a genius.

I love it when drunken Aniston says, "Who the hell are you? Get the poo poo outta my house! I said....BAM" Wow! I have seriously watched that part 30 times. It's one of the best 10 seconds of the entire fest that I've watched so far. I love drunken Aniston's intonation. It's so full of character. Great find. I want to work with her.

If you were trying to be serious with this movie then you still did a great job. If you were trying to inject humor in a very subtle way, you are a genius. If you did it by accident you're still a genius, but perhaps you don't have the proper control over it yet.

The parts I liked the least were the muzzle flashes and blood spatter. They looked very fake. Oh so did the law office sign. The daughter's performance was pretty decent. She grounded drunken Aniston in the first segment, but I wasn't too hip on her by the end. Especially the delivery of the last line. It was too forced.

Great job. Your movie was way better than your poster. I kept avoiding your movie for the longest time because I didn't like your poster.

pauldavidanthony
03-12-2010, 11:13 AM
Very soap opera-esque.
Nicely done.

ZazaCast
03-15-2010, 12:08 PM
For me this was an entertaining film. Well shot with really good acting and a great score that really helped
keep this moving right along. It did feel a bit "Dallas" or "made for TV" to me and had
twists-o-plenty. (I think everyone betrayed everyone in it)

So, he killed them both... then shot himself in the chest? That part of the story felt a little weak to me.

My only other question is, doesn't anybody get naked when making love anymore or is
that just how we do it up here in the Northeast? :happy:

All in all, very good work on this one in my book! High grades all around.
Cheers!

KKeller
03-15-2010, 05:01 PM
So, he killed them both... then shot himself in the chest? That part of the story felt a little weak to me.


The police in this town are pretty inept.

dre83
03-16-2010, 01:59 PM
Very well done !

Sound was good, sound design was good, music was good...

But.... because only positive criticism is not good :-Dum(DBG)::

- the VFX of the shotgun was less
- the hitting was also less
- the girl shooting... the vfx of blood, the "ghjugdrghr" sound of the men...was little "onlogical" sync. The vfx of bloo d was less here also
- maybe at the end the blond girl... could have been cutted later, just when she start to smile and say "Hello Suzan..."

- J&D Law office...maybe it was better to give the text a background (like a metal plate or wooden thing stuff thing...)

Waycrow
03-16-2010, 04:48 PM
Wow, lots of great stuff in there! Great cast, great sets, beautiful photography. Very good work.