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JaceDaniel
10-18-2013, 11:28 AM
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"A killer is on the loose as a woman returns home to discover the terrible truth..."

First day of shooting was last night, and tomorrow night we're picking up where we left off. It's coming together very smoothing, specially being that this is writer Jared Brownlow's directorial debut.

Cast:
Arlene Gordon
Crew:
Jared Brownlow: Director, Writer, Producer
Jace Daniel: Director of Photography, Editor, Producer
Justin Haynes: Sound
Sean Parker: Camera Op, Gaffer
Morgan Freiermuth: Grip
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Matt Harris
10-18-2013, 09:42 PM
looks good, nice shots.

JaceDaniel
10-19-2013, 02:48 PM
looks good, nice shots.
Thank you! I had to be dp and gaffer for the first shoot, but I'm pleased for what we got on such little amount of resources

Shawn Philip Nelson
10-19-2013, 09:32 PM
woohoo! looking forward to seeing this!

JaceDaniel
10-20-2013, 01:22 PM
and that's a wrap!

Jared Brownlow
10-20-2013, 02:31 PM
Now get to post production and make it shine!

JaceDaniel
10-26-2013, 02:22 PM
Edit is locked, poster is up now comes score and audio :)

Elton
10-26-2013, 03:11 PM
Lookin' good. Best of luck!

Marlon Ladd
10-30-2013, 11:09 AM
Definitely looks interesting!

Andy Olson
11-01-2013, 10:18 PM
***SPOILERS... possibly***

Nice work, Jace! I have to admit the story isn't the most original but it still had me pretty tense while watching it! The pacing was good and I enjoyed the actress' performance. She's got the creepy, crazy 'Ring/Grudge' act down! I would consider cutting that shot of the quick flashback of stabbing motions when Sharon first finds the bloody knife because for me at least it gave away the ending and it would flow fine without it.

Good Job!
Andy

Shawn Philip Nelson
11-02-2013, 12:28 AM
Wow! Really great work all around, incredible improvements across the board. I really enjoyed watching this. Arlene killed it!

Jared Brownlow
11-02-2013, 02:33 PM
Thanks for that. As you know, this was my first short film, and a huge learning experience. We definitely plan on making more in the future!

Hawk Teflon
11-02-2013, 06:04 PM
SPOILERS! IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS SHORT YET, PLEASE DON'T CONTINUE READING.

What I liked: I just read that this is your debut for a short film, so I gotta say that this is a great way to start. Keep at it. I think the pacing of the entire short was rather well done (though I might cut a little of the beginning with the driving out). Your audio was pretty solid as well. Kudos on that. Sadly, that's the last thing people care about, but is just as important if not MORE important than the visual.

What I didn't like as much: The scenes felt a little flat to me. I would work on lighting a little bit (I know, this is coming from someone who didn't use a single light in his short. Pot calling the Kettle black, right?). But there wasn't much depth between the characters (primarily your lead actress) and the environment. Even if you use just a small light to create just a little bit on the shoulders or profiles it'll really add a lot. Toward the end we hear sirens approaching, but the lights flashing on the doorjamb stay continuous as though it's already there. They don't fade into the shot as though a police car is approaching.

I think it's a great first entry. Keep at it.

NICK ASH
11-02-2013, 11:04 PM
Overall I thought this was a great film. The tension and creep factor was great, a factor that I need to work on.

Jared Brownlow
11-03-2013, 06:29 PM
Can you elaborate a little bit by what you mean on creating depth between the characters and their environment? We had to use shop lights and china balls since we didn't have access to any actual film lights, so that might be why the lighting doesn't appear as crisp as it should. I agree with you about the police lights, but it was the best we could do with our stand in YouTube video of flashing police lights on a laptop monitor. Pretty ghetto, but it worked for the most part. Obviously actual police lights would have been much better.

Shawn Philip Nelson
11-03-2013, 08:38 PM
Can you elaborate a little bit by what you mean on creating depth between the characters and their environment? We had to use shop lights and china balls since we didn't have access to any actual film lights, so that might be why the lighting doesn't appear as crisp as it should. I agree with you about the police lights, but it was the best we could do with our stand in YouTube video of flashing police lights on a laptop monitor. Pretty ghetto, but it worked for the most part. Obviously actual police lights would have been much better.

The effect actually worked surprisingly well, it's that the SOUND is of a car approaching, while the lights are obviously far off. You could have physically moved the laptop in, or just had the lights there, etc. It was the disparity.

Matthew B
11-05-2013, 02:02 AM
A very nice debut short, solid performances and use of tension. This was one of the only entry's that had a moment which actually made me jump, well done.
I felt as though it would be nice to know what the cause of her insanity was, just felt like she is suddenly insane and killed her family. That's a minor critique. Keep at it, very nice for a first short.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-05-2013, 07:37 AM
The lead was great. Her performance was one of the best in the festival, hands down.
Loved the story. Sure, once I saw the quick flashback when she first picked up the knife, I knew exactly where we were headed. But that didn't matter. Her acting towards the end really sold it for me.

The camera work/movement was great, even though the image seemed a tad flat. Muted.
Sound could have used a bit more punch. The editing was great. Spot on pacing.

Very good entry.

Well done.

Chris_Keaton
11-09-2013, 08:09 AM
I like her car, lol. Okay this is a tried but true story, unfortunately we figure it out way to soon. If you have a twist it needs to be ultimately revealed soon after the audience figures it out. Otherwise it was a solid short. Nice job!

Jared Brownlow
11-09-2013, 09:33 PM
That knife scene seems to have had some mixed reactions. Some liked it being there, some didn't. We had another important shot that we wanted to take on that bit that probably would have made it fit better, but ran out of time to shoot it. C'est la vie, every movie is a learning experience. I appreciate your praise as well as your criticisms. Oh and Michael Horrigan, I passed on your kind words to the actress!

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-11-2013, 10:20 PM
Really nice suspense with her walking through the house.

Is that a warp or a shake affect when she wakes up at 5:30? Like it.

Great job by the actress around 6:30 and the simple camera coverage - just moving with her as she slides down the wall - adds to the real feeling of it - fly on the wall sort of thing.

Would like a little more fleshed out sound design at the end with more cars and cops yelling etc.
(Reference Reservoir Dogs maybe?)

Nice job!