View Full Version : Necessity - TheYankee
09-25-2005, 10:45 PM
Obviously it looks washed out, but please rip it apart. I got nothing to lose and tons to learn...
09-26-2005, 12:39 AM
This one had a good orignal story line. The actor "Mr. Balls" I thought did very well. The zombie character reminded me alot of the zombies on Shaun of the dead. Some of the humor was really good, and actually had me laughing out loud (or lol'ing:). The zombies groans to the answers got kinda old after a bit IMO. Also, the lighting was pretty boring as it was just inside (same prob in my short). The footage itself looked a bit videoish to me. I don't know if it was the colors or the lighting or what. Overall it was pretty well done, but it seems more like a scene as not much happens during the short. W/ a bit more content (of what, I don't know) I think it wouldn't have "dragged on" at all I'm using that term loosely as I never got bored, just wanted something more. As far as comedy it is def. one of the funnier ones out of the whole lot.
09-26-2005, 03:55 AM
Yankee, which one is your movie? What is the file name? I can't find anything title Necessity.
09-26-2005, 06:09 AM
It was uploaded under strangerthanfictionfilmspresentsnecessity.wmv
09-26-2005, 08:58 PM
I liked the balls actor also. I didnt like the constant moaning though. It reminded me of an interview I had recently where the guy asked my strengths and weaknesses and I froze.. I should have just moaned. It was so random at the end where the guy just took his pants off. I agree with it looking videoish. Maybe some slight cc would help it a little bit.
09-26-2005, 09:05 PM
Here were my notes from when I watched the film on Saturday ... sorry if they're blunt: Not that great of camera work, poor sound/mic. Music was okay, but acting could have been better. The story/dialogue was the biggest downfall as it got old fast, and needed to progress somewhere other than having the zombie go "Uhhhhhhh" the whole time. Funny concept, but didn't go anywhere.
09-27-2005, 06:24 AM
I appreciate the comments from everyone, and actually agree with almost everything said.
I think that the camera shots, literally just OTS get real old really quick and almost disengage you from what little story there is. I do like our make shift dolly shot of the zombie walking in (who says you can't throw an actor on a cart and push him around).
Regarding our actors, the person who played Balls is actually an actor here in Charlotte and I thought he did a decent job. The person who played the zombie is someone who I knew wasn't allergic to liquid latex. He glances up at the camera a lot, but not a lot that I can do about that now.
The look is certainly washed out. I should have gone back in and done some color correction or at least made it no so washed looking. Since submission I have actually played around with it a bit and it looks better, but that is no excuse for submitting it as it was.
I think one of the biggest things I have learned through this process is #1: I need to get more creative with my camera work #2: I need to pay more attention to the overall look and how that works #3: If something feels boring to me after editing and watching it 200 times, odds are people who watch it will think the same thing after 1 or 2 viewings.
It's funny, but I actually struggled to get this down to the five minutes, so I can only imagine how it would have been without all the cuts I made. Our goal was to make a picture that mocked corporate america and HR (since that is pretty much what I do for a living).
Regarding the pants thing at the end, originally I had him putting on his pants before the interviewee came back, but cut that for time, and left the pants coming off because I just wanted a WTF reaction at the end.
I liked our zombie make up, and think the person who did it for us did a great job (although the AC in the office was turned off on the day we shot, so he started to melt).
Finally I do agree that it dragged on and got old. I am proud that from start to finish we completed something, but there are a ton of flaws throughout this project. I appreciate everyone's comments, and please keep them coming.
09-29-2005, 07:00 PM
You say you were looking for a WTF reaction to the pants dropping at the end; you got it from me.
The groaning gag went on way too long - not my kind of humor.
In the world you've created here, it seems that it's perfectly natural for the living undead to show up for a job interview - a bit of a stretch for me, even if we are talking about zombies. So although you took a creative angle, the story didn't work for me.
The Mr. Balls character was good, considering he was playing opposite a bunch of moans.
09-30-2005, 07:18 AM
To quote from my notes,
"...thought it was going to be another in a long line of office-set shorts; but I must admit your low-brow humor (however obvious) actually worked."
Had an early Farrelly Bros. vibe going on. For me, a solid "chuckler" was the bosses introduced himself as "Mr. Balls" (although it was a good stand-alone gag that didn't need elaborating on later in the scene).
09-30-2005, 08:12 AM
Hey I enjoyed it and after viewing a good many that I didnt, it was a relief. I think you could of improved it in just about any area you choose, but you can say that about all of them. My personal tastes run more towards classic zombie movies but I did find some enjoyable moments in this one.
10-01-2005, 05:58 PM
Finally got to watch Necessity and liked it overall. Liked the character's names. Cute. I did like the camera work as the zombie entered the office. Didn't like it so much the second time though.
Felt like it went on a bit too long. Questions then groans, questions then groan.
Liked it overall. Nice job! A lot of fun!
Jack Daniel Stanley
10-15-2005, 02:05 AM
Loved the close-ups in that opened this, just giving us pieces at a time and whetting our curiousity. Two things didnít work for me however
1) The employer and the Zombie were both playing for laughs. One of them has to be the straight man.
2) Gag wore a bit thin at times.
Other than that this was pretty fun to watch. Thanks!