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JOE BLO
03-23-2007, 07:00 PM
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1180761279.jpg

CAST
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175063692.jpg
VINCENT VENTRESCA

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064045.jpg
KEVIN CHAMBERLIN

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175099944.jpg
KEVIN WEST

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064137.jpg
LORETTA FOX

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064212.jpg
JOHN HERMANN

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1176336480.jpg
EDWARD LEE DEAN

CREW

Joe Dietl-------------------Writer/Director
Mike Halper----------------Director of Photography
Mike Halper----------------Editor
Ascentia Film--------------Producer
Joe Dietl--------------------Exec. Producer
Rodney Munoz------------Costumes
Hoong Bee Lim...............Composer
David Touster--------------Props
Caroline Buss--------------Make-up

JOE BLO
03-23-2007, 07:01 PM
BTS PHOTOS

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711251.jpghttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711375.jpg
Kevin West between takes & Vince Ventresca is chased

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711645.jpghttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711697.jpg
Kevin Chamberlin & Loretta Fox prepare for their scene & Mike Halper and Joe DIetl set up a shot

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711877.jpg
Vince Ventresca looking stylish


UPDATE
4-14-07
The first day of filming. We show up to our Downtown location to find the streets all blocked off with a huge film crew, cranes, cars , extras, cops and Jackie Chan. They were filming Rush Hour 3. We had to adjust the location of one of our shots, but we were able to get everything we wanted. It probably put us back an hour. I found out later that they were on their 126th day of filming that movie. Can you imagine shooting for that long. After my first day with this shoot, I 'm already exhausted. Although, It might have something to do with how out of shape I'm in. My DP was great. He kept a cool head all day and we were able to get everyhting we wanted. We went over schedule by 2 hours, but I blame Jackie Chan.

4-13-07
We are several hours away from or shoot. I hope we have evrything that we are going to need. I've got my fingers crossed. I'll update after our shoot.

4-11-07
The tech scout went great. I feel confident in our choices. Just signed my agreement with SAG. I've gotten most of the props and the costume fitting is tomorrow. Still have some technical stuff t work out, but I'm feeling confident we are going to make a great film.

4-2-07
The shoot is just two weeks away. We will be shooting in Los Angeles on the weekend of the 14th and 15th. The Locations are locked in except for a couple that we are ripping off, including a parking garage, that we hope we don't get kicked out of. Now we are working on props, costumes and special effects. Also working on a shot list and setting a shooting schedule. We tech scout the locations next Monday. I'll let you know how it goes.


3-23-07
I'm thrilled to be participating in Spyfest. I hadn't purchased my camera yet (Still waiting for some money to come in) but I had an idea for a short and wanted to make it. I posted here on the forum saying as much, and asked if anyone had their own camera and wanted to shoot something. Mike Halper at Ascentia films wrote me back. He's been great. He just finished his first feature ERASED that he shot with his own equipment. The Trailer looks great. He liked the script, we met up and decided to make the film together.

The script is pretty much finished. We are scouting locations. The cast is set. Our biggest challenge now is finding a Parking Garage with multiple levels and a stairwell for one of our locations. Anyone have any ideas?

Edgen
03-23-2007, 07:51 PM
Cool joe! Good luck on your film!

/j

Norm Sanders
03-23-2007, 08:00 PM
Joe, your pics/images aren't showing up ... looking forward to seeing 'em!

JOE BLO
03-23-2007, 09:16 PM
Cool joe! Good luck on your film!

/j
Edgen,

Thanks for your help. I finally got the thread up.

JOE BLO
03-23-2007, 09:18 PM
Joe, your pics/images aren't showing up ... looking forward to seeing 'em!
I'm still working on getting the cast photos and Location shots. Hopefully soon. I didn't even know how to start a thread and put a banner on my name till yesterday.

I'm still getting my feet wet.

Norm Sanders
03-23-2007, 09:41 PM
No prob ... welcome aboard!

wallachiaproductions
03-24-2007, 02:43 AM
Pics are still not showing for me.

Manuu
03-24-2007, 04:00 AM
Hey dudes,

I'm looking forward to work with you guys! I wish you good luck and have fun with the shootings! A bummer that the distance is that huge and I can't be there when you're shooting. Well, in the near future I see myself sitting in a small appartment in LA...

Charli
03-24-2007, 07:56 AM
For a parking garage I'd stay away from malls, but some private business, buildings might work for you, might ask the management company or run-and-gun it. Good luck and if it looks like you won't have a camera in time, rent one.

JOE BLO
03-24-2007, 10:26 AM
Hey dudes,

I'm looking forward to work with you guys! I wish you good luck and have fun with the shootings! A bummer that the distance is that huge and I can't be there when you're shooting. Well, in the near future I see myself sitting in a small appartment in LA...
Thanks for coming aboard. I think you are very talented and I'm excited to be working with you.

JOE BLO
03-24-2007, 10:29 AM
For a parking garage I'd stay away from malls, but some private business, buildings might work for you, might ask the management company or run-and-gun it. Good luck and if it looks like you won't have a camera in time, rent one.
I agree. I'm out looking today. It's Saturday and we will be filming on a Saturday, so I figured check them out the same day you film to see how deserted they will be. And, we do have the camera Mike owns the camera, lights, sound and editing.

Mike@AF
03-24-2007, 03:54 PM
This production is going to be a lot of fun. We'll have some pretty cool shots and visuals with the use of the Glidecam and FigRig. Only 3 weeks away... I'm looking forward to it!

We'll try to get those temp banners working soon.

JOE BLO
03-28-2007, 09:53 AM
I got a great cast for this project. They work in both TV and Film, all the time.

VINCENT VENTRESCA was the INVISIBLE MAN on the Sci-Fi Channel.
KEVIN CHAMBERLIN had a reccurring role on HEROES.
KEVIN WEST played the homeless guy on PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS with Will Smith.
And LORETTA FOX starred on last season's Fox series FREE BIRDS.

On another note, I'm still looking for a parking gargage location in Los Angeles. If anyone has ay suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Keystoned
03-28-2007, 05:17 PM
hey that's quite a cast.:thumbsup:
Vincent and Kevin C's picture are still a no shows :(

looking forward to it seeing your film ....
the three pics I can see get my imagination going:
KEVIN W = top badguy
LORETTA = girl whose allegiance is uncertain
JOHN = hero trying to sort it all out

Am I Close????? Wish I could see the whole cast.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175099944.jpg http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064137.jpg http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064212.jpg
_____ KEVIN WEST ________________LORETTA FOX________________JOHN HERMANN

JOE BLO
03-28-2007, 05:48 PM
hey that's quite a cast.:thumbsup:
Vincent and Kevin C's picture are still a no shows :(

looking forward to it seeing your film ....
the three pics I can see get my imagination going:
KEVIN W = top badguy
LORETTA = girl whose allegiance is uncertain
JOHN = hero trying to sort it all out

Am I Close????? Wish I could see the whole cast.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175099944.jpg http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064137.jpg http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1175064212.jpg
_____ KEVIN WEST ________________LORETTA FOX________________JOHN HERMANN
Thanks. I'm very happy with the cast. I don't know what is going on with the pics not showing. I can see evrything fine on my end. I'm using a mac. I don' know if that makes a difference.

If anyone has any ideas why certain pics and banners aren't displaying on certain computers, please help me out.

You were pretty close with your guessing. Kevin is a badguy.

I'm going to try to get their pics up, but you can check them out on IMDB.com

Thanks for the post and your banner looks really cool.

I look forward to seeing your entry in the fest.

Mark T. Aro
03-29-2007, 01:13 PM
On another note, I'm still looking for a parking gargage location in Los Angeles. If anyone has ay suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

GREAT CAST!

Back when I was working in Southern CA, I used to go to the Arcllight (DOME) theater in Hollywood. I believe that it is on Sunset and Vine, just down fromt the CNN building. Anyhoo... that theater has a nice garage attached and there is also a nice entrance between the theater and what was (when I was there) a culinary school. I don't know what you have in mind, but I always liked that location. There is also a glass elevator that can be viewed from out side in the courtyard in front of the ticket entance to the theater.

Just a suggestion.

JOE BLO
03-30-2007, 09:01 PM
Thanks for the tip on the lot at the Archlight. I think it may be hard to get, but I'll check it out.

I'm looking forward to your film. Your Storyboards and cast both look great.

Manuu
03-31-2007, 03:44 AM
Hey man, I'm so excited about that film. Definitely a great cast!!!
Just can't wait to start scoring! Well ya, the Arclight has a great lot. I've been there last year.

JOE BLO
03-31-2007, 11:11 AM
Hey man, I'm so excited about that film. Definitely a great cast!!!
Just can't wait to start scoring! Well ya, the Arclight has a great lot. I've been there last year.
I'm looking forward to working with you. You are very talented. After this weekend, I'll have the locations locked down.

JOE BLO
04-02-2007, 06:43 PM
I'm getting excited about the shoot. It's in less then two weeks. I feel like we're on top of things. I'll see how I feel next week.

aravance
04-03-2007, 12:06 AM
I remember Kevin West from an episode of Angel during its first season. Congrats on the great casting!! That is really cool.

JOE BLO
04-03-2007, 03:58 PM
I remember Kevin West from an episode of Angel during its first season. Congrats on the great casting!! That is really cool.
Thanks. He did do a good job on Angel. I'm glad to have him on this project.

JOE BLO
04-10-2007, 10:36 PM
We had a good day of Tech Scouting our locations. The DP and 1st AD were extreamly helpful. I feel much more confident about our shoot this weekend. I think the shoot will go much smoother now that we are all on the same page.
I just have to finish with props, set dressing and costumes by Saturday. No problem.

bosindy
04-10-2007, 10:41 PM
Hi Joe, Glad to see things coming along. Did we meet at the HVX user meeting in LA last December? You look familiar to me. Good luck on the project, it looks like a good one.

JOE BLO
04-10-2007, 10:53 PM
Hi Joe, Glad to see things coming along. Did we meet at the HVX user meeting in LA last December? You look familiar to me. Good luck on the project, it looks like a good one.
Yep, that was me. Good to hear from you. I like your poster and the dialogue about what stirs underneath the surface. Good luck with your film. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

bosindy
04-11-2007, 10:45 AM
Thought that was you, but these avatars are too darn small. (we all said we would put our pictures up so we could recognize each other back online. It was a good idea)

I remember you were doing research and consider the HVX. Glad to see you took the plunge. If you guys have another meeting, I really might have to find an excuse to get out there again. What a turnout that was. Hold that in Boston and at most 3, maybe 4 people will show. Thanks for the well wishes and I wish you the same.

Ted Arabian
04-11-2007, 11:42 AM
Hey Joe, great looking cast! I must admit my favorite of the bunch is John Hermann! (I just worked with him on the last fest... what a great guy! Please tell him Ted says hello!)

Good luck on the shoot. Looking forward to your film.

-Ted

JOE BLO
04-11-2007, 05:12 PM
Hey Joe, great looking cast! I must admit my favorite of the bunch is John Hermann! (I just worked with him on the last fest... what a great guy! Please tell him Ted says hello!)

Good luck on the shoot. Looking forward to your film.

-Ted
Thanks. I'll let him know. Good luck on your film. It's one that I'm anxious to see.

JOE BLO
04-11-2007, 05:16 PM
Thought that was you, but these avatars are too darn small. (we all said we would put our pictures up so we could recognize each other back online. It was a good idea)

I remember you were doing research and consider the HVX. Glad to see you took the plunge. If you guys have another meeting, I really might have to find an excuse to get out there again. What a turnout that was. Hold that in Boston and at most 3, maybe 4 people will show. Thanks for the well wishes and I wish you the same.
I actually haven't taken the plunge yet. I posted that I wanted to enter but didn't have a camera. Mike Halper, who owns all his own equipment, wrote back. He liked the script and agreed to shoot it. I feel really lucky, I get to try out the camera and learn something from the Dp before I shell out the bucks myself.

Ralph Oshiro
04-12-2007, 05:47 AM
PARKING GARAGES:

Charli's right. If you haven't already found one, I suggest you look to shoot in a corporate business park parking structure. Weekends are best, since there's often NO EMPLOYEES around. Find one with no security cameras, and no on-duty security guards (there's plenty of 'em out there like that). If you shoot anywhere with cameras or on-duty security, you'll be shut you down within minutes. Good luck!

Mike@AF
04-12-2007, 12:05 PM
We have a grip that may be cancelling on us, so we need another. The shoot is this weekend 14th and 15th. Saturday is a few locations in Los Angeles from 7am to around 7pm. Sunday is in Long Beach from about 2pm-6pm and in Silverlake from 7pm until we finish. On Sunday we could meet in Silverlake before 2pm and take as few vehicles as possible down to Long Beach. Food will be provided of course. PM me if you can help. Thanks!

JOE BLO
04-13-2007, 10:17 PM
We shoot in a few short hours. I'm going to try to go to sleep early, but I have a feeling I will sit there and stare at the ceiling. I must have woken myself up ten times last night to flip on the light to write down something I'd forgotten or need to get done.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm prepared.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Manuu
04-14-2007, 04:59 AM
I wish you good luck guys! Sounds very.... spyish, hehe. Hope you don't get any probs.

JOE BLO
04-15-2007, 08:44 AM
Jackie Chan Sabotaged Our Movie!

dangal
04-16-2007, 01:41 AM
jackie chan rules

Matt Sconce
04-16-2007, 10:04 AM
Jackie Chan Sabotaged Our Movie!
:huh: ??? What do you mean?

JOE BLO
04-16-2007, 02:57 PM
:huh: ??? What do you mean?
We showed up to our first location, Downtown LA, by the YMCA and the streets were all blocked off. There was a huge film crew there shooting Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan. We had to readjust our locations and it cost us a few hours.

Matt Sconce
04-16-2007, 03:28 PM
We showed up to our first location, Downtown LA, by the YMCA and the streets were all blocked off. There was a huge film crew there shooting Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan. We had to readjust our locations and it cost us a few hours.

WOW! That is lame and a crazy cooincidence. Must have been a cool location if They used it for the movie!

Charli
04-16-2007, 05:17 PM
Jo - that's wild. Hope you took some pictures of Jackie. If not, I'm sure you'll find his look-alike in Hollywood.

JOE BLO
04-16-2007, 09:05 PM
I hurt all over. Finished shooting last night at 5AM. I forgot how much time you spend on your feet when you make a film. We only shot for two days and I feel like I've run a marathon.

Anyway, the shoot went well. We got it all in the can. I can't wait to see the footage.

Matt Sconce
04-16-2007, 09:47 PM
I hurt all over. Finished shooting last night at 5AM. I forgot how much time you spend on your feet when you make a film. We only shot for two days and I feel like I've run a marathon.

Anyway, the shoot went well. We got it all in the can. I can't wait to see the footage.

Congrats!!! Isn't it a great feeling! Good luck and I can't wait to see some screen grabs. We just got our first two days done as well!

Manuu
04-17-2007, 01:29 AM
Congrats man!!! Can't wait to have it!

Norm Sanders
04-18-2007, 10:06 PM
Alright, Joe ... 2 days have passed, where's a grab or two?! :beer:

JOE BLO
04-19-2007, 09:28 AM
Alright, Joe ... 2 days have passed, where's a grab or two?! :beer:
I'm still learning how to do some of this stuff. I'm glad you want to see them. I'm gonna to get some up next week.

Matt Sconce
04-19-2007, 09:39 AM
I'm still learning how to do some of this stuff. I'm glad you want to see them. I'm gonna to get some up next week.

Hooray!:thumbup: :beer:

JOE BLO
04-19-2007, 06:56 PM
We've decided to do a re-shoot. Our filming went very late last weekend. I was hoping to finish by 2:00am and it ended up going till 5:00am. Those last 3 hours, I was pretty fried, and I didn't get the performance, or the shots that I wanted.

I'm excited about getting the opportunity to shoot that scene over. The rest of the footage looked great. I think we're going to have a great film. I'll post some screen grabs next week.

RebeccaD
04-19-2007, 06:58 PM
Congrats on all the shooting you have gotten done! Better to go back and get the results you envisioned rather than settle for something. That must be a great feeling to be this far in the process.

JOE BLO
04-19-2007, 07:04 PM
Congrats on all the shooting you have gotten done! Better to go back and get the results you envisioned rather than settle for something. That must be a great feeling to be this far in the process.
Thanks for the encouragement. It's great to know that after Sunday, I will have it all in the can, and we can then focus on editing it down to a tight 6 minutes.

JOE BLO
04-20-2007, 09:45 AM
We finish filming Sunday. The film looks amazing. It's coming together nicely, but we need help with a shoot out scene with hand guns. We need muzzle flashes and sparks flying off where the bullets hit on the walls.

If anyone is interested at taking a crack at this, PM me.

Thanks.

JOE BLO
04-20-2007, 09:55 AM
I can't figure out what the password is to get by the first phase of the CALLING ALL SPIES contest. Anyone want to throw me a bone. I think everyone else is on the third or fourth level and right now, I'm completely lost.

Mike@AF
04-20-2007, 11:40 AM
Actually, here's what we really need for visual effects

1. multiple muzzle flashes from handguns
2. bullet body hits x 2
3. bullet concrete wall hits (multiple)
4. bullet metal door hits (multiple)

We're also working on some greenscreen effects on a few computer screens and a blackberry that involves tracking. We hopefully have someone working on that for us, but may need to look at alternate sources for those.

JOE BLO
04-23-2007, 11:32 AM
We finished early this morning. I'm so glad we did the re-shoot. I was able to change some blocking and get a much bette peformance from my actors and better shots with the camera.

We'll get some screen grabs up soon.

Matt Sconce
04-23-2007, 11:49 AM
:thumbsup: Awesome! I look forward to it!

Norm Sanders
04-23-2007, 01:18 PM
Look forward to the screen grabs, Joe ... glad to hear the reshoot was successful as well!

JOE BLO
04-27-2007, 03:13 PM
BTS PHOTOS

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711251.jpghttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711375.jpg
Kevin West between takes & Vince Ventresca is chased

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711645.jpghttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711697.jpg
Kevin Chamberlin & Loretta Fox prepare for their scene & Mike Halper and Joe DIetl set up a shot

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1177711877.jpg
Vince Ventresca looking stylish

bosindy
04-27-2007, 03:19 PM
GREAT BTS! Looking good Joe. Love the location with the guy eith the gun shot wound.

JOE BLO
04-27-2007, 07:30 PM
GREAT BTS! Looking good Joe. Love the location with the guy eith the gun shot wound.
Thanks. It was a great location. I got lucky. A friend of mine runs and lives above the storage facility. It worked out very well. I'll try to get some screen grabs up next week.

Evan S
04-28-2007, 04:08 PM
you have real actors A+

Charli
04-28-2007, 04:30 PM
Those pics look really cool.

TimurCivan
04-29-2007, 04:25 PM
Kevin west seems like an awesome charchter actor.

JOE BLO
04-30-2007, 12:08 AM
Thanks all. The actors were amazing. I agree, Kevin West is a great character actor. He's done some really great work in the past and I was very happy with his understated performance in this film.

I'm going to work with the editor tomorrow. He's put together a rough cut and we hope to have a pretty decent cut by the end of the day.

I'll et some screen grabs up after that.

JOE BLO
04-30-2007, 08:35 PM
I met with the editor. He did a great job of putting it all togehter. He left in everything so we could see what we had and make cuts from there. The problem is that it was 13 minutes long. We edited a tighter version and got it down to 9 and 1/2 minutes. I'm feeling like we'll have to ditch some good stuff, probably whole scenes, to be able to get it down to 6 minutes. The script was only 6 pages, so I thought i was safe.

Has anybody else run into this problem. I'm thinking about cutting a version exactly how I want it, at whatever length it ends at naturally (probably around 9 minutes) and then cut a second version, at 6 minutes, just for this festival.

What are you guys doing? Did you all plan it out right and make it in under the 6 minute mark?

Am I the only one who has gone over the time limit?

Robert Eldon
04-30-2007, 09:14 PM
Joe,

I had a similar experience with Horrorfest. I ended up cutting a 9 minute 'tight' edit down to 6 minutes and the fest entry really suffered. There were a number of gaping holes in the story arc. If I had to do it over, I think that I would have entered the 9 minute version as a 'non' compete entry, unless you think the 6 minute version has a chance of winning a prize.

And regardless of what you end up doing, create the director's cut for yourself and your audience.

Best of luck to you and I know I'll be watching.

TimurCivan
04-30-2007, 10:03 PM
leave it 13 min, and make it non comp, like our drama fest film was. dont let your film suffer needlessly.

Matt Sconce
04-30-2007, 10:21 PM
I met with the editor. He did a great job of putting it all togehter. He left in everything so we could see what we had and make cuts from there. The problem is that it was 13 minutes long. We edited a tighter version and got it down to 9 and 1/2 minutes. I'm feeling like we'll have to ditch some good stuff, probably whole scenes, to be able to get it down to 6 minutes. The script was only 6 pages, so I thought i was safe.

Has anybody else run into this problem. I'm thinking about cutting a version exactly how I want it, at whatever length it ends at naturally (probably around 9 minutes) and then cut a second version, at 6 minutes, just for this festival.

What are you guys doing? Did you all plan it out right and make it in under the 6 minute mark?

Am I the only one who has gone over the time limit?

We are going through this as well and I went through it as well with Stricken. With Stricken, I decided to enter Non-Compete. With Sleeper, we will cut a 6 min version, but enter festivals and such after this with our full length version. It just depends on if you think your film will still be a film with the stuf cut out. If it makes it inconsistent and watered down, then I would hesitate before entering it. I want to leave people with a wow factor.:beer:

JOE BLO
04-30-2007, 10:28 PM
I'll see if we can cut it down to 6 minutes without it sucking. But I'm leaning towards entering the longer cut in the non-compete part of the festival.

I'll see what we come up with.

Mike@AF
05-03-2007, 10:13 PM
Here are some screen grabs from the rough cut of SORRY. We haven't done color correction or visual effects yet, and the 2.35 framing isn't finalized yet.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/11516/1178255746.jpg

JOE BLO
05-09-2007, 09:04 AM
We had a great edit session last night and we were able to cut the film down to under 6 minutes. I think it will be a much better film at this shorter lendth. We plan on locking the film on Friday so that we can hand it off to the composer and SFX guys.

Larry Rutledge
05-09-2007, 09:24 AM
I'll see if we can cut it down to 6 minutes without it sucking. But I'm leaning towards entering the longer cut in the non-compete part of the festival.

Unfortunately, the "non-compete" option is no longer available. The reason it existed in the past was because of the "DVX/HVX" only clause. Now that all cameras are allowed, all entries must be qualified entries and will be rejected if they do not conform the posted rules.

This is not because we don't want to see your film(s), but because there are so many entries over the past few festivals, that it becomes unfair to those competing when some of the "compete" entries get missed by viewers because of watching "non-compete" entries.

And, there are several opportunities, within DVXUSER itself, to show off your work that if you have a "non-competing" entry, you can just release it as a regular video sample.

BTW - the grabs are looking really good...I hope you get this cut down, as I'm looking forward to seeing how it turned out.

JOE BLO
05-09-2007, 10:33 AM
Unfortunately, the "non-compete" option is no longer available. The reason it existed in the past was because of the "DVX/HVX" only clause. Now that all cameras are allowed, all entries must be qualified entries and will be rejected if they do not conform the posted rules.

This is not because we don't want to see your film(s), but because there are so many entries over the past few festivals, that it becomes unfair to those competing when some of the "compete" entries get missed by viewers because of watching "non-compete" entries.

And, there are several opportunities, within DVXUSER itself, to show off your work that if you have a "non-competing" entry, you can just release it as a regular video sample.

BTW - the grabs are looking really good...I hope you get this cut down, as I'm looking forward to seeing how it turned out.
Thanks for the headsup Larry. That makes me even more excited about the new cut of the film. I think it plays much better at this under 6 minute version.

Hermn8r
05-09-2007, 04:25 PM
I don't know why it's taken me so long to get on here!!

Thank yo uso much, Joe, for the opportunity to work on this project. It was AWESOME!!! Speaking from a crew member's perspective, I can say that the cast you got was really great. Despite the looooong nights, everybody kept their cool and saved the drama. Speaking from an actor's perspective, the crew and the set were amazing. Mike does such a nice job, and the hospitatlity, care and patience of the crew was extremely beneficial.

Oh, and Jackie Chan rocks.

Ted Arabian
05-09-2007, 06:32 PM
hee hee! John boy! Can't wait to see you in this flick!!!

JOE BLO
05-10-2007, 01:14 PM
I don't know why it's taken me so long to get on here!!

Thank yo uso much, Joe, for the opportunity to work on this project. It was AWESOME!!! Speaking from a crew member's perspective, I can say that the cast you got was really great. Despite the looooong nights, everybody kept their cool and saved the drama. Speaking from an actor's perspective, the crew and the set were amazing. Mike does such a nice job, and the hospitatlity, care and patience of the crew was extremely beneficial.

Oh, and Jackie Chan rocks.
John, You and Caroline were a great help on the film. Sorry about the long nights. That was my lwast favorite part of the process. Thanks for coming back for the reshoot. It made a huge difference .

I can't wait to get this done and show you.

Hermn8r
05-10-2007, 01:19 PM
It's all part of movie-making, my friend!!

My least favorite part was feeling a responsibility for trying to eat all of the leftover McDonald's. Ben should NOT be in charge of craft service!! :laugh:

Mike@AF
05-10-2007, 02:57 PM
Hey now! He made up for it with the pasta the next night!

Hermn8r
05-10-2007, 03:56 PM
What I'm saying is that his portions are too gigantic... so no, he didn't make up for it in pasta because I specifically recall eating too much there as well!!

Ted Arabian
05-10-2007, 04:36 PM
Wow... I have NEVER heard of an actor complaining about the portions being too large!!!

Just checked out the grabs... nice. I know that I've said it before but this cast looks awesome!

Looking forward to it!!!

-Ted

Hermn8r
05-10-2007, 05:28 PM
Oh I'm not complaining about the portions, I'm complaining about the fact that I seemed to be the only one who continuously went in for seconds!! Later in the day, then, I could be found in the bathroom.

2872

An Actual BTS photo... I swear!!! Check Joe's camera!

Ted Arabian
05-10-2007, 05:59 PM
Bwaaahaahaahaaahahaaa haaa haaa haaa haaaaaaaaaaaa :grin:

That is great!

Matt Harris
05-11-2007, 05:28 PM
those stills look great!

JOE BLO
05-12-2007, 12:18 PM
those stills look great!
Thanks. We just finished the newest cut of the film and we got it to 6 minutes with the titles. I am so excited. I didn't think we could cut it down this much, but it made the movie better. I can't wait for music, visual effects and the sound to get done.

Ted Arabian
05-13-2007, 06:16 PM
That's awesome! Congrats. I can't wait to watch it!!

Beat Takeshi
05-14-2007, 08:33 AM
Thanks. We just finished the newest cut of the film and we got it to 6 minutes with the titles. I am so excited. I didn't think we could cut it down this much, but it made the movie better. I can't wait for music, visual effects and the sound to get done.

I sent the first set of effect shots over and making the changes to the ones noted.

JOE BLO
05-14-2007, 09:33 AM
I sent the first set of effect shots over and making the changes to the ones noted.
Aram,

You rock! Thanks for your help. You are doing an awsome job!

Beat Takeshi
05-14-2007, 08:52 PM
I should be finished the fixes by tomorrow night and then I will give my try at body hits but I can't promise anything on those.

Mark T. Aro
05-14-2007, 10:34 PM
Thanks. We just finished the newest cut of the film and we got it to 6 minutes with the titles. I am so excited. I didn't think we could cut it down this much, but it made the movie better. I can't wait for music, visual effects and the sound to get done.

Congrats on the successful cut... we too were biting our nails until we found one that worked.

JOE BLO
05-15-2007, 12:57 PM
Congrats on the successful cut... we too were biting our nails until we found one that worked.
I'm glad you were able to do it too! I hope you are happy with your cut. I can't wait to see it.

Matt Harris
05-15-2007, 01:15 PM
Joe this is very random, but i happened to do a ton of graphic design for marketing materials
on the thin pink line way back in '98. Do you know a guy named Steve Bulzoni?

JOE BLO
05-15-2007, 01:55 PM
Joe this is very random, but i happened to do a ton of graphic design for marketing materials
on the thin pink line way back in '98. Do you know a guy named Steve Bulzoni?
Wow, That is a name from the past. Wasn't he the sales agent on the film. His name is real familiar. You know, we had a horrible relationship with our producers on that film and they tried to screw us over. But, i think he was the sales agent. Does that sound right?

Matt Harris
05-15-2007, 01:59 PM
Yes he was, youre exactly right. sorry about getting screwed over, i think i did
too on that project probably by the same guys who screwed YOU over! Small world.

JOE BLO
05-15-2007, 02:45 PM
Sorry you got screwed over too.
I just checked out your web page. Congrats! Your stuff looks and sounds great!

Charli
05-15-2007, 04:17 PM
Is he holding Charmin?

Matt Harris
05-15-2007, 04:25 PM
Ugh, my websites havent been updated in years, i gotta get on that, but thanks for the kind words.

JOE BLO
05-16-2007, 10:13 AM
Is he holding Charmin?
Good eye! It is Charmin. Nothing but the best on my sets!

JOE BLO
05-23-2007, 07:44 PM
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1179974047.jpg
That's me behind the camera.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1179974245.jpg
The crane we used.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1179974334.jpg
This was our low mount kit.

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/13615/1179974406.jpg
We used this Helium filled baloon to hang our lights from.

What do you think?

bosindy
05-23-2007, 07:55 PM
WOOOOOOW! High Production value here. I am really looking forward to seeing your film.

Matt Harris
05-23-2007, 07:58 PM
I think it looks like stills from a bruckheimer movie. Damn. Im using shopping carts for dolly shots and you got Joel Silver over there closing down traffic. Very cool. I really wanna see Sorry now.

JOE BLO
05-23-2007, 08:23 PM
Hey guys,

I was just messing with you. I just got done shooting a commercial for Visa. I took some pictures on the set. The director let me hop behind the camera and act like I was directing.
It was pretty amazing seeing all the equipment. I'd never scene the helium balloon lighting set up thing before. And that crane was huge, and it could swivel the head and turn it any which way. Really cool. Maybe someday.

Mike@AF
05-23-2007, 08:29 PM
HA! I've been sitting here wondering how long that was going to take you.

Matt Harris
05-23-2007, 08:29 PM
Hilarious! I fell for it. hard.

JOE BLO
05-23-2007, 08:32 PM
Hilarious! I fell for it. hard.
SORRY.

Matt Harris
05-23-2007, 08:47 PM
Well theres dudes on this site with crazy rigs and equipment making big productions for Spyfest so i didnt put it past you.

JOE BLO
05-25-2007, 09:01 AM
Is anyone else filling the looming deadline aproaching? I feel like we are in pretty good shape, thanks entirely to Mike Halper. He's edited an amazing version of the film , He just finished color correcting and we are waiting for all of the remaining peices to come in. Sound, Music & effects shots. It looks like it's going to be down to the wire. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

JOE BLO
05-25-2007, 09:57 PM
Got the sound clips in today. Looks like we are missing some cues. Hopefully we will get them all in time.

Keystoned
05-27-2007, 07:57 PM
Good luck getting all your elements togther. Same point in the process myself :beer:

ripupthehwy
05-27-2007, 08:46 PM
Looks cool!!

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/9387/1173983779.jpg

Beat Takeshi
05-29-2007, 02:45 AM
I sent the FX clips up to the server.

JOE BLO
05-29-2007, 02:19 PM
I sent the FX clips up to the server.
Aram,

Again, you ROCK!!! I just saw the new version with your effects cut in. They look great! I couldn't be happier. Thanks for all of your hard work. I hope to some dau meet you in person.

Now the push to finish the sound and music. I'll keep you posted.

JOE BLO
05-30-2007, 12:27 PM
We were up til 4:00 am last night working on the sound. We still don't have all of the music. Hopefully it will come today since we have to mix it tonight to turn it in tomorrow. I'm starting to freak out a little.

JOE BLO
05-31-2007, 01:43 PM
We were up to 4:00 am again working on the mix. I hope we finish tonight in time to enter the festival. It is going to be cutting it close.

JOE BLO
05-31-2007, 01:44 PM
And by the way, I just had my 100'th post. Yeah! I get to vote!

Ted Arabian
05-31-2007, 01:45 PM
Congrats on the BIG 1-0-0!!!

Looking forward to your film!

-Ted

JOE BLO
05-31-2007, 07:23 PM
Our composer flaked on us TODAY! He isn't going to be able to finish the job. But he did give us 6 hours of notice before our deadline. That should be more then enough time to find a new composer and have them score our entire movie.

Thankfully, we decided not to rely on him anymore and contacted a composer, Hoong Bee Lim, on Tuesday night. She has done a wonderful job of scoring it in just 48 hours. I'm blown away with her abilities.

She saved our film. We are now scrambelling to do the final mix and get it uploaded in time.

I'l let you know how it goes.

Matt Harris
05-31-2007, 07:30 PM
i just dont get people who flake hard. they dont know how much the project means to us directors. i had a ton of people flake over the entire course of spyfest. live and learn.

JOE BLO
05-31-2007, 08:03 PM
i just dont get people who flake hard. they dont know how much the project means to us directors. i had a ton of people flake over the entire course of spyfest. live and learn.
Thankfully, He was the only flake on this film. Sorry to hear about all the flakes on your film.

I'm seeing it now with the new music and the film is coming to life. I couldn't be happier. Now hopefully we can figure out the compression and get it uploaded.

JOE BLO
05-31-2007, 11:55 PM
Yay!!!!! We just uploaded, and with 4 minutes to spare.

Beat Takeshi
06-01-2007, 12:09 AM
Congrats guys. Good Luck!

StMad
06-01-2007, 12:21 AM
And by the way, I just had my 100'th post. Yeah! I get to vote!

Did you enter spyfest just to pad your posts? So you could vote? Tsk tsk. I wonder what the mods have to say...

Good luck Joe :)

Mike@AF
06-01-2007, 01:16 AM
Well, we're finally finished. This would have turned into a nightmare if it weren't for our new composer, HB Lim. She really saved the project and composed a fantastic score for the film.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. Can't wait to see all the other SpyFest entries. Well, now that I've been up til 5am for the past few nights it's time for some sleep, but not much...

Mike@AF
06-01-2007, 01:30 AM
But first here's the one sheet...

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/11516/1181292635.jpg

JOE BLO
06-01-2007, 10:21 AM
Did you enter spyfest just to pad your posts? So you could vote? Tsk tsk. I wonder what the mods have to say...

Good luck Joe :)
Damn, you're on to me. Joining the fest was the only way I could see reaching 100.

JOE BLO
06-02-2007, 01:50 PM
I can't wait to see all of the entries. Good luck all!

Norm Sanders
06-03-2007, 04:23 PM
Congrats on the successful upload & completing the film despite the composer woes! Love the one-sheet/poster as well!

Keystoned
06-03-2007, 11:16 PM
Cool poster. Looks like something more traditionally "spy" than some of the other entries, which is cool in my book. Looking forward to it man :beer:

JOE BLO
06-03-2007, 11:47 PM
Thanks guys. Erfan did our poster as well as gripped on our shoot. I think he did an excellent job.

I can't wait for tomorrow to check out yours and every body elses films.

I'm thrilled with how ours came out. I owe a lot to Mike Halper, the Dp and editor. He worked his butt off on this thing.

Thanks Mike!!!!!

Ted Arabian
06-04-2007, 01:27 PM
HAHA!!! AWESOME, JOE!!!

Man, I love the look and feel of this film. Dang... I want my next film to be more like this. I love the aspect ratio, the style of shots, the cinematgraphy, the direction... great, great, great!

Excellent work by all of your actors!

This film just looked and sounded great! Hat's off to you. I'm going back for more but I'll be viewing this again before the days over!

-Ted

Dustin R. Rogan
06-04-2007, 01:33 PM
I agree this one is my fav so far too, great work jo!

-zach-
06-04-2007, 01:39 PM
I thought it had good cinematography and choice of framing, especially holding off on the face in the beginning. The reveal of the masked man made me jump, it was genuinely surprising! It was hard for me to understand the story the whole way through, what with the computers and everything, I genuinely need a little bit more explanation, but that's just my opinion. However, the film was told entirely visually. Where others are dialogue heavy, yours was engaging and told a story visually! I also like the comic ending, and gives "Sorry" a whole new meaning!. I'd like to know the significance of the backwards "R" though.

bosindy
06-04-2007, 01:41 PM
Nice work Joe. love the look of the film and the action was well executed. Quirky ending made it unique.

Gary French
06-04-2007, 01:45 PM
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Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 01:47 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys. Being the DP and camera op, I'm glad you all like the cinematography. I've yet to watch any of the other films yet. I'm busy downloading them all now in the background while I put the finishing touches on the 5.1 mix as we speak... err as I type. Haha! Looking forward to watching them all in the next couple hours though.

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 02:10 PM
I thought it had good cinematography and choice of framing, especially holding off on the face in the beginning. The reveal of the masked man made me jump, it was genuinely surprising! It was hard for me to understand the story the whole way through, what with the computers and everything, I genuinely need a little bit more explanation, but that's just my opinion. However, the film was told entirely visually. Where others are dialogue heavy, yours was engaging and told a story visually! I also like the comic ending, and gives "Sorry" a whole new meaning!. I'd like to know the significance of the backwards "R" though.
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I wanted to try to tell a story visually without relying on Dialogue. I wanted to have this guy get shot and through a series of flashbacks in his mind discover that he is a spy, that he screwed over a few different people, any of which could have hired this guy to kill him. Then I thought it would be funny to show this guy who made a mistake due to his dyslexia. That's why we have the backwards "R".
In earlier drafts, when he saw the address is wrong, we had a flashback to him as a child in school. A teacher has written the word dyslexia on the board and his parents are trying to comfort him. We thought it was too on the nose and added a lot of time to the shoot and movie. We then planned on doing some animation with the address. We would have the numbers turn around and change position. We found it was a little confusing and was unnecessary. It doesn't really matter if he's dyslexic or just got the address wrong. Either way he made a mistake.

Again, I'm glad you liked it.

I'm still downloading all of the films so I can watch them all in one sitting.

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 02:12 PM
Theodore, Dustin, Bosindy and Gary. Thank you so much for the good reviews. I can't wait to see all of your films.

Dustin R. Rogan
06-04-2007, 02:22 PM
np jo, i'm watching yours again as we type...or speak...whatever...lol hope you enjoy mine (under Gary French's name)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
06-04-2007, 02:25 PM
Very good film, the look of it was very pleasing to the eyes.
Nice sound editing as well.

Great ending!

Cheers,

Mike

wesley
06-04-2007, 03:22 PM
loved the cinematograpy, felt really professional especially in the opening scene.
film had good spy elements in it as well. great job on this one.

Hermn8r
06-04-2007, 03:26 PM
Awesome!! The final product came out great, guys. Congrats on all the hard work!

Ben Sliker
06-04-2007, 03:41 PM
Nice work on the cinematography and a clever and engaging story. I hate to be a nit-picker but "corrupt" is spelled "currupt" on the computer screen. But i guess if that's the only bad thing i have to say, then you guys did some good work!

Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 03:49 PM
Nice work on the cinematography and a clever and engaging story. I hate to be a nit-picker but "corrupt" is spelled "currupt" on the computer screen. But i guess if that's the only bad thing i have to say, then you guys did some good work!

Ahh, you caught that. We had some issues with the provider of those computer screen effects and not enough time before the deadline to fix them. They will be fixed for the DVD tho.

MsManhattan
06-04-2007, 03:49 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed this! Very slick (I mean that in a good way -- as in polished). Great editing; tremendous job of exposition sans dialogue. And of course, I have to give kudos to Aram for the fX... Really well done overall.

(And ironic that it follows the day after last night's Sopranos episode -- you should send a copy to David Chase...)

Matt Sconce
06-04-2007, 04:19 PM
This was a GREAT short! In my top two!

tamazeen
06-04-2007, 04:39 PM
very nice job, really liked it. congratulations!

JasonFox
06-04-2007, 07:59 PM
Very nice work. Top notch stuff.

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 09:22 PM
Thanks all for the kind words. I'm still watching. There are tons of great films.

Justin Kuhn
06-04-2007, 09:49 PM
The one line really pays off. The lack of dialogue up until then builds the one word into a really funny punchline. Question, was there a reason "corrupt" was misspelled?

Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 09:58 PM
Yeah, the company that did the computer screen inserts screwed up. They did it for free and when we contacted them to fix the problems (both have issues) they ignored us. We're going to have someone redo those two graphics effects for the version we give the cast and crew and enter to other festivals.

Thanks for the compliments... everyone! It means a lot!

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 10:02 PM
We know. Unfortunately, the company that helped us with two Computer effects, did it at the last minute and we had to take what we got. We also have some floating Icons on the other Computer image that we didn't want there. We are going to try to find someone else to help us fix this for the future.

Aram? What's up? You available?

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 10:03 PM
Mike and I answered this at the same time. At least we have the same answer.

Beat Takeshi
06-04-2007, 10:05 PM
Wow. Even though I worked on the VFX I hadn't seen the whole thing yet. The editing and pacing in this was so perfect. The music was perfect and the actors did an excellent job, especially the hit man. Wow he did a great job with his facial expressions. This rocks hard guys. The beginning editing was great and i loved the way you slowed it down for his look around the place before he left. That hit man scared me too. Great work!

Beat Takeshi
06-04-2007, 10:06 PM
Yup, I answered his PM.

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 10:13 PM
Thanks Aram. You did a great job. I'm glad you like the film. And thanks for helping us out with the Computer effects in advance.

Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 10:16 PM
Thanks Aram! You did a great job with the effects and I look forward to working with you some more.

That's one of the great things about DVXuser and these fests... we all find ways to work together on these films and we live up to thousands or even tens or thousands of miles away from each other. It's just fantastic to be a part of this community!

Beat Takeshi
06-04-2007, 10:55 PM
Thanks guys. I am having fun with this since I quit my job a few weeks back and now freelance 100%. I have met some great people off these boards directly and now the last few weeks indirectly, I hooked up with a DVXuser in a random Craigslist gig I applied for and now working with him on a feature with other gigs coming down the line. Now that I think about it, if the DVX100 didn't come out I don't think I would have tried film making at all and stuck to 3D and graphics. This camera actually changed my life for sho'. Heh, sounds weird but true. People like Justin Durban and Herman Witkam who dedicate crazy time to other peoples projects just blow my mind but I'm beginning to understand the drive. I don't think I can pump out work like they can but the feeling that you helped is great.

Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 11:31 PM
You definitely have the right attitude Aram and it was a pleasure to have you as a part of the film. I only wish I could quit my job and do this full time myself... maybe sometime soon tho.

Hermn8r
06-04-2007, 11:45 PM
Come on Mike!! Quit the job and pull the unemployed gig with me! Just think of how many films could be made with all of our free time!

Mike@AF
06-04-2007, 11:54 PM
But then how will I pay for the production of the movies and all the new equipment? Man, I need to win the lottery... that would take care of it right there.... :grin:

Hootzie
06-05-2007, 08:26 AM
Fantastic movie....everyone has already mentioned the misspelling. And you got some awesome actors....actually some of my favorite actors that I wished did more stuff kind of actors. Ventresca, Chamberlain West and Burke are all fantastic actors! Good job with telling a great story.

ripupthehwy
06-05-2007, 10:10 AM
Man there's alot of great films this time, and yours is no exception! I really liked it. Funny too.

rich nation

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/9387/1173983779.jpg

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 10:52 AM
Fantastic movie....everyone has already mentioned the misspelling. And you got some awesome actors....actually some of my favorite actors that I wished did more stuff kind of actors. Ventresca, Chamberlain West and Burke are all fantastic actors! Good job with telling a great story.
Thanks alot. I'm very happy with our cast. They did a great job. I can't wait to show them the film. We are going to do our Cast and Crew screening in a week.

Hey, was that you in Son of Bond? You're a funny guy. Good job.

chris f
06-05-2007, 11:44 AM
Standard Disclaimer: I've yet to see a bad film so far in this fest. Congratulations to every film maker, everyone did a great job. All my comments and criticisms are meant to be constructive and helpful and in no way am I trying to take anything away from what you accomplished.

Good: Good script, very funny twist, didn't see that coming at all. Great locations and good chase sequence.

Not as Good: The home scene seemed kind of bland visually after using alot of CC during the rest of the film.

Sidenote: Has that lead actor acted in any hollywood productions? He looked very familiar.

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 12:20 PM
Standard Disclaimer: I've yet to see a bad film so far in this fest. Congratulations to every film maker, everyone did a great job. All my comments and criticisms are meant to be constructive and helpful and in no way am I trying to take anything away from what you accomplished.

Good: Good script, very funny twist, didn't see that coming at all. Great locations and good chase sequence.

Not as Good: The home scene seemed kind of bland visually after using alot of CC during the rest of the film.

Sidenote: Has that lead actor acted in any hollywood productions? He looked very familiar.
I'm glad you enjoyed the film. Thanks for the feedback.

Yes, Vince (the Spy) has done dozens of TV show including playing the Invisible Man in the Sci-Fi series The INVISIBLE MAN. I always remember him as Fun Bob on that episode of FRIENDS and The Former Football Jock in ROMY and MICHELL'S HIGHSCHOOL REUNION. Kevin Chamberlin(the Hitman) has done tons of Film and TV also. He was last seen on HEROES. He is now shooting a series for LIFETIME and in the Fall will headline on Broadway in THE RITZ with Rosie Perez.

bruiserbox
06-05-2007, 12:25 PM
Nice job on the film.

Beat Takeshi
06-05-2007, 12:50 PM
Yeah both did a great job. The way you held on him so not to reveal that he screwed up too soon was great. The timing was perfect on that along with his expressions.

Hermn8r
06-05-2007, 01:12 PM
But then how will I pay for the production of the movies and all the new equipment? Man, I need to win the lottery... that would take care of it right there.... :grin:


What you need is a ticket to the WSOP... oh, and one for me too.

...

Come on!! Doubles our chances!

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 01:18 PM
Funny thing is if I went I might actually win. Would be nice to have an extra $10k to enter.

Charli
06-05-2007, 03:29 PM
Yeah, I recognized him and the guy who forked over the money. I don't think this
is a spy film. I do however think it was a clever piece without dialogue and I'm not
much of a fan of stories without words, cut out the "I'm sorry" dialogue and the
film pretty much stands on its own just like that. If you are that far along without
the spoken word, why mess with it? Nicely done.

jamesh
06-05-2007, 03:54 PM
Very impressive. Looked brilliant. To have a film with no dialogue apart from one guy say the title at the end make total sense you must have done something right. Very entertaining.

Only bit i thought was suspect was the bit where the guy holds the usb key up as he walks through the corridor, why did he do that?

chris f
06-05-2007, 04:09 PM
care to share any info on your budget, securing locations, getting high profile actors?

hoopman
06-05-2007, 05:19 PM
One of my top three for sure.

Dahopafilms
06-05-2007, 05:31 PM
Wow. Another great entry.

This one really impressed me. The music was perfect. The acting was strong. A good story (and yeah - saw the end coming along with everyone else, but who cares). But the visuals were beautiful. Really, really nice. Crisp.

Very nice job. Well done, and thank you.

Ben Sliker
06-05-2007, 05:53 PM
I knew it! That guy IS in Die Hard 3. cool.

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 06:05 PM
Very impressive. Looked brilliant. To have a film with no dialogue apart from one guy say the title at the end make total sense you must have done something right. Very entertaining.

Only bit i thought was suspect was the bit where the guy holds the usb key up as he walks through the corridor, why did he do that?
I agree. I wanted it to be subtler then that, But I was trying to do it all in one Steadicam shot. I wanted to get across that this Flashdrive was important. Thanks for the kind words.

Mark T. Aro
06-05-2007, 06:09 PM
JOE

I haven't been able to read much lately, but I just wanted to say that I really liked you short. Great job!

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 06:12 PM
care to share any info on your budget, securing locations, getting high profile actors?
BUDGET: The budget was originally under $1,000. I got lucky by meeting Mike Halper. He already owned all of the equipment to shoot and edit the film. He DP'd and edited and did an amazing job.

LOCATIONS: I ripped off the locations of the Downtown skyscrapers scene with the buyer and the underground parking structure. We got lucky They were shooting Rush Hour 3 right next door, so no one paid any attention to us. The other locations were my house, The Editors Guild (my Sister-in-law works there, and a Storage facility in Long Beach that a friend of mine runs. I didn't have to pay anything and I didn't get permits. I was very lucky.

ACTORS: I make my living as an Actor and these were all friends of mine that helped me out.

I can't wait to get a camera of my own, but I've had a great experience working with Mike, John Hermann, and Aram from these boards.

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 06:14 PM
Not sure it really could have been done any other way. It's a bit on the nose, but it's the simplest way to show he's stolen something. We could have shown him actually downloading files or something, but I think it would have been too much for the flashbacks. Plus, I think it shows a little bit of satisfaction... like "I got it" or "another mission accomplished" or something like that. That and I just like the shot even though we're not seeing all of it.

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 06:19 PM
Eh, who needs a camera? I got one right here!

I'm glad you were satisfied with my work. You did a good job directing as well. For not knowing each other prior to this project and just jumping in and shooting I think we worked pretty well together. That's always something to worry about and I'm glad it wasn't an issue at all with this one.

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 06:23 PM
Wow. Another great entry.

This one really impressed me. The music was perfect. The acting was strong. A good story (and yeah - saw the end coming along with everyone else, but who cares). But the visuals were beautiful. Really, really nice. Crisp.

Very nice job. Well done, and thank you.
Thank you so much! The Music is perfect isn't it? It's one of my favorite things about the film. What is amazing about the music is that there was someone else scoring the picture from the start. He ended up flaking on us on the last day, with 8 hours left till we had to turn it in. He just didin't turn it in. He kept stringing uas along and blowing off deadlines. We finally got an email telling on Thursday telling us he wouldn't be hurt if we hired a different Composer.

Luckely for us, when he didn't meet the Tuesday night deadline, we contacted Hoong Bee and she composed all of the music in 48 hrs. She was amazing and she totally saved our film.

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 06:25 PM
Thank you all for the kind words.

Mike, I had a great time working with you. I hope to be able to do it again soon.

slinks
06-05-2007, 06:30 PM
haha great job, the assassin that made the mistake did a great "oh crap, my bad" face. And I see you are a PrideFC fan lol.

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 06:50 PM
haha great job, the assassin that made the mistake did a great "oh crap, my bad" face. And I see you are a PrideFC fan lol.
Nice catch. I forgot I did that. Did you freeze frame the shot, or were you able to read it quickly?

Christopher Barry
06-05-2007, 10:20 PM
Excellent short story concept, well executed and edited. Story/ending was not predictable to me, refreshing. Enjoyed the sound and music was excellent, and after reading this thread, Hoongbee is amazing to produce the score in 2 days. Robin (Vincent), very good on screen presence and Hitman (Kevin), pulled off the paradigm shift from action to comedy. Man, to go from serious to comedy, hard to pull off, and you did a good job of it. Kudos for going for it. Couple of little things, like the taking out of the first Assailant in the secured storage facility could have been a little better or more believable. You got one of my votes in the top three. Joe, Mike and crew :thumbsup:

slinks
06-05-2007, 10:50 PM
Nice catch. I forgot I did that. Did you freeze frame the shot, or were you able to read it quickly?

I just saw a long name and so I froze it then to my surprise it was the heavyweight champ! lol

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 10:58 PM
Excellent short story concept, well executed and edited. Story/ending was not predictable to me, refreshing. Enjoyed the sound and music was excellent, and after reading this thread, Hoongbee is amazing to produce the score in 2 days. Robin (Vincent), very good on screen presence and Hitman (Kevin), pulled off the paradigm shift from action to comedy. Man, to go from serious to comedy, hard to pull off, and you did a good job of it. Kudos for going for it. Couple of little things, like the taking out of the first Assailant in the secured storage facility could have been a little better or more believable. You got one of my votes in the top three. Joe, Mike and crew :thumbsup:
Christopher,

Thanks for the Kudos and your vote. I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate your criticism. The chase scene in the storage facility was my first foray into action scenes. I look forward to getting better in the future.

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 11:29 PM
I call for ActionFest so we can give that a try... what do you say mods? Fan of Hong Kong action right here! :thumbsup: I need something to push me to buy the new gear!

:dankk2: for the vote CB! Glad you enjoyed the film!

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 11:32 PM
So I take you guys caught the Rampage v Liddell fight, then? What a fight! I didn't think he was going to wail on him that bad!

JOE BLO
06-05-2007, 11:37 PM
So I take you guys caught the Rampage v Liddell fight, then? What a fight! I didn't think he was going to wail on him that bad!
I haven't scene the fight yet. I'm thinking Rampage does it again.

Mike@AF
06-06-2007, 01:22 AM
Sorry to ruin it for you. I must say I wasn't really expecting it quite like it happened. It was nice to see Couture beat Sylvia a few months ago. Someone finally beat that guy. You know, I have a UFC event here almost every month... Pulver v Penn should be good.

Paul Coleman
06-06-2007, 02:22 AM
Great edit. I think this film has the potential of something great within it. Also, liked the long sequence of the hitman's confusion: fascinating and original. :beer:

chris f
06-06-2007, 05:04 AM
ACTORS: I make my living as an Actor and these were all friends of mine that helped me out.

very cool, my best friend moved out to San Diego a year ago to finish college and get into acting and is starting to make all sorts of friends in his acting classes that have been in big productions, so naturally I'm going to make the move out and join him in a few months and am really excited with the prospect of working with professional actors, but being from a very small market I'm pretty intimidated by the idea of securing locations and handling SAG and all that type of stuff so I appreciate your reply (where I live now there are hardly any obstacles to making a film for free)

Chris Messineo
06-06-2007, 05:36 AM
I really enjoyed this film. The twist at the end was wonderful. A great surprise ending.

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 09:47 AM
Thanks guys. I'm glad you liked the movie. I appreciate the feedback.

Chris, Good luck on your move out to California. And don't be intimidated by working with professional actors. Most actors want to work, so ask them, if you have good material, they might do it.

Hermn8r
06-06-2007, 12:55 PM
You know, I have a UFC event here almost every month...

Yeah, with broken promises of poker. :(


Joe- I expect you to be at the next UFC battle!! I didn't know you were a fan! (odd that I never noticed the poster, despite my immediate proximity to it!)



Most actors want to work, so ask them, if you have good material, they might do it.

Indeed.

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 04:01 PM
If Mike's springing for Pay Per View, I'm there!

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 07:05 PM
Fantastic movie....everyone has already mentioned the misspelling. And you got some awesome actors....actually some of my favorite actors that I wished did more stuff kind of actors. Ventresca, Chamberlain West and Burke are all fantastic actors! Good job with telling a great story.
It's funny that you mention Burke. I didn't know Michael before this shoot. I knew his girlfriend Kayren. We did a commercial together and she lived down my street. I needed someone to be in these surveliance photos and I knew she had a boyfriend (so they could make out in the pictures without any weirdness) and i could easily pick them up and take them to the motel down the street for the shots, and the whole thing could get done in a half hour. I saw him once as I was driving by her place and he seemed in good shape. I didn't even know he was an actor.

Well, they agreed to do it. We got it done in 30minutes. I didn't talk much to him on the set. Other then where to stand and when to make out. They were both great and it was easy. And amazingly, he looked alot like Vincent ,our lead.

Cut to, after we finished the film and we were putting on the end credits, I called to ask her the spelling of his name. She wasn't sure about his middle name so she told me to look on IMDB. Needless to say, when i saw his IMDB profile, I was embarrassed that I asked him to do such a small part in the film.

Just goes to show you that you can't throw a stone in LA without hitting an Actor.

Norm Sanders
06-06-2007, 07:34 PM
I'm breaking my self imposed rule here & posting something before my actual feedback (and before finishing all the other films), but DANG I was impressed. Totally caught me off guard with the production quality, and you've got a GREAT looking cast. I'm sure you had them in your last film as well, since I recognized many of the faces? Which film was that again, Joe?

Great job again, and I'll post specifics later!

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 08:12 PM
I'm breaking my self imposed rule here & posting something before my actual feedback (and before finishing all the other films), but DANG I was impressed. Totally caught me off guard with the production quality, and you've got a GREAT looking cast. I'm sure you had them in your last film as well, since I recognized many of the faces? Which film was that again, Joe?

Great job again, and I'll post specifics later!
Norm, Thanks for the compliments! I really appreciate your kind words. You maybe recognize the actors from film and TV. They all work a lot. This is my first film for DVXUSER. I did a feature film called The Thin Pink LIne that was a spoof of The Thin Blue Line.It got released overseas but never opened in the states. In Japan they called it Pink Pink LIne.

deedive
06-06-2007, 09:48 PM
this was definitly a cool film. really liked the way it was shot. Seemed complete from beginning to end. Really liked the "im so cool, i got the thumb drive" shoot. Only thing that i would have like to see is a little less CC or a different color shirt than white in the storage place but i guess im nit-picing. dont mind me.

great movie, one of the best.

Norm Sanders
06-06-2007, 10:00 PM
Norm, Thanks for the compliments! I really appreciate your kind words. You maybe recognize the actors from film and TV. They all work a lot. This is my first film for DVXUSER. I did a feature film called The Thin Pink LIne that was a spoof of The Thin Blue Line. I had Cameos from Mike Myers, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Priestly. It got released overseas but never opened in the states. In Japan they called it Pink Pink LIne.

And WE are competing against YOU?!?! I'm packing my suitcase & going home now, folks. :)

That makes sense where I'd recognize them from. Dang that makes me wish I was closer to LA. Eh, what am I saying ... I've got kids & I don't want them anywhere near there, lol!

Hermn8r
06-06-2007, 10:16 PM
That makes sense where I'd recognize them from.


Hey now... John Hermann... "Threading the Needle"... DramaFest ??? HELLO!?!?! :crybaby:

OK, So I don't have a arms-length worth of credits on imdb- (Actually, I have no credits on imdb :huh: )- but if you recognized someone from dvxuser, I was in your buddy Ted Arabian's film. (They don't have a gloating smiley, do they?) hehe!!!

But actually, you probably recognized everyone else. :violin:


(Wow- lots of smileys.)

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 11:13 PM
And WE are competing against YOU?!?! I'm packing my suitcase & going home now, folks. :)

That makes sense where I'd recognize them from. Dang that makes me wish I was closer to LA. Eh, what am I saying ... I've got kids & I don't want them anywhere near there, lol!
Come on. Move out here. Your kids will love it. Lindsay and Paris could always use some more drinking buddies.

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 11:16 PM
Hey now... John Hermann... "Threading the Needle"... DramaFest ??? HELLO!?!?! :crybaby:

OK, So I don't have a arms-length worth of credits on imdb- (Actually, I have no credits on imdb :huh: )- but if you recognized someone from dvxuser, I was in your buddy Ted Arabian's film. (They don't have a gloating smiley, do they?) hehe!!!

But actually, you probably recognized everyone else. :violin:


(Wow- lots of smileys.)
Sorry John. I forgot about you in Drama Fest. Of coarse, Norm must have recognized you from Threading the Needle. It all makes sense now.

Norm, please disregard previous posts.

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 11:19 PM
this was definitly a cool film. really liked the way it was shot. Seemed complete from beginning to end. Really liked the "im so cool, i got the thumb drive" shoot. Only thing that i would have like to see is a little less CC or a different color shirt than white in the storage place but i guess im nit-picing. dont mind me.

great movie, one of the best.
Thanks for the compliments. The shirt was actually yellow, before CC. I wanted the blood to show, but I think I could have went with a slightly darker color and had it work well too.

Thanks for the feedback.

Mike@AF
06-06-2007, 11:21 PM
Yeah, with broken promises of poker. :(

I was totally down to take your money. Everyone else wanted to leave. Next time I can save to you drawn out pain and suffering... you can just hand all your cash over to me. :Drogar-BigGrin(DBG)

Mike@AF
06-06-2007, 11:24 PM
If Mike's springing for Pay Per View, I'm there!

You're always welcome. Of course at 60 bucks for HD it's getting expensive. Everyone pitches in one way or another, whether it's contributing to the event, the food, or letting me take their money in poker.... just ask John....

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 11:29 PM
Alright I'm there. I'll try my hand at Poker. I'm still learning the game, but I'm sure i'm better than John. Count me in.

Mike@AF
06-06-2007, 11:36 PM
:-Laugh(DBG):

aravance
06-06-2007, 11:39 PM
I enjoyed the film. Great line delivery and foley sound.

Although I was hoping to see more Kevin West.

JOE BLO
06-06-2007, 11:44 PM
I enjoyed the film. Great line delivery and foley sound.

Although I was hoping to see more Kevin West.
Thanks so much. I thought your film was one of the best. I loved the mood and tone of your film. It had a great visual style.

Congrats to you too!

Oh yeah, and Kevin West is one of my best friends so I could always do with less of him.

aravance
06-06-2007, 11:59 PM
hahaha, that's awesome.

i'd love to work with him sometime in the future.

maybe when i'm not so 'small time'.

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 12:11 AM
I enjoyed the film. Great line delivery and foley sound.


Thanks! I'm glad you thought the sound worked well. It's even a little better now that I've been able to spend a little more time on it and not be rushed by a deadline... it's in 5.1 too.

Hermn8r
06-07-2007, 01:14 AM
Sorry John. I forgot about you in Drama Fest. Of coarse, Norm must have recognized you from Threading the Needle. It all makes sense now.



Yes. Thank you very much. I will sleep much better now.






I was totally down to take your money.

Everyone pitches in one way or another, whether it's contributing to the event, the food, or letting me take their money in poker.... just ask John....

I'm still learning the game, but I'm sure i'm better than John.



OK... WHAT?!?!?!?

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 01:19 AM
OK... WHAT?!?!?!?


:grin:

All right... I'll stop with the jabs. It's all just good fun. :D I did lose on my birthday anyways.

Michael_Petro
06-07-2007, 09:33 AM
Flawless wow .. ok, except your computer can't spell corrupt ... maybe you should install a spell checker :) this has to be my favorite so far.. 1 word I love it.. I shall like to have the high rez version of this...

JOE BLO
06-07-2007, 10:43 AM
Flawless wow .. ok, except your computer can't spell corrupt ... maybe you should install a spell checker :) this has to be my favorite so far.. 1 word I love it.. I shall like to have the high rez version of this...
Michael - I'm glad you like it and yes we are going to get the Video display shots fixed. It They were one of the very last effects to come in. We pulled a favor to get them amd then ther was no time to make any changes or fix them. Aram is helping us out now. He did all of the gun effects on the film.


John- I'm sorry. I just assumed if you are handing over your money to Mike then you must be awful at cards. (See how I turned an apology into another cheap shot? This time at Mike. No one is safe)

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 11:27 AM
It's all good. I had it coming.

cinealma
06-07-2007, 11:51 AM
Great fucking film, guys! Photography was great, editing was great, score was great, acting was great, script was great, etc. was great. I think technically, this baby was flawless (without looking for extremely miniscule things that take nothing away from the film as a whole).

I got the flash drive had to do with with network failure and that it was important for something. I actually commented to myself (after watching most of the Spy Fest films so far), hey, that's how it's done. Subtle and to the point and believing in the intelligence of your audience.

I did not see the ending coming until, well, the ending. One thing that helped the twist at the end was that guy in the office where our main guy stole the info from. The guy with the beard, a larger guy, shot the stare as our main guy walked on out of the building. He was vary similar in size, face, etc. to the bumbling hit man at the end. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but if it was, it worked as a mislead.

A couple of quick things: the fight/shoot-out in the garage was a bit too slow for me, so it felt a little staged. I'm sure a little editing could help it.

Secondly, the storage facility and the garage. I liked them as locations, but I didn't see any motivation in the story for the main character to be there, you know what I mean. And if there was intention, it didn't play out on the screen. Maybe he needed to meet somebody at the storage place, had a car waiting for him at the garage, I don't know. Just something to tie those scenes into the story. I know he was "getting away" or "being chased", but they are such BIG and specific types of locations that were not shown anywhere else in the film, I think they needed to be active in some way.

Enough already. A+ filmmaking here, ladies and gentlemen. Great job and thanks for screening.

Texture
06-07-2007, 11:51 AM
Whoa, I watched this film having no prior knowledge of who the cast members were.

Totally enjoyed this sophisticated production. Great pacing and story telling, everything!

I was totally surprised as I watched for a third time, I knew I recognized that hitman from somewhere...

Ah, my wife and I are huge Kevin Chamberlin fans since catching his recent performance with the New York City Center, Encores production of "Stairway to Paradise." Haha, I guess people look a little different on stage. A great actor and singer. Of his many numbers in the show his heartfelt performance of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" was a real stand out.

Good luck guys!!!

Cheers,

Erik Paulsen

Hermn8r
06-07-2007, 12:37 PM
All right... I'll stop with the jabs.


John- I'm sorry. I just assumed if you are handing over your money to Mike then you must be awful at cards.


I want you guys to picture me sitting at a poker table taking all your money. Then you reach in your pocket for more, and I take that too. This process should help alleviate the pain when it actually happens!! HOW'S THAT FOR JABS!! :Drogar-Dolar(DBG): <--- (that smiley makes me look crazy!! I wanted to center my post around that!)
(See how I turned an apology into another cheap shot? This time at Mike. No one is safe



Very nicely done, btw!






Keep 'em coming, boys!!

chris f
06-07-2007, 01:46 PM
my younger sister flipped when i told here that the "invisible man" was in this film. i think she is vincent's biggest fan, she has almost every episode taped on vhs. she even helped me make my spyfest entry, but i have a feeling sorry would be getting her vote if she was registered on here.

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 02:18 PM
Wow Cinealma! Thanks for all the compliments. I haven't posted in your thread yet, but I'm glad the Fig Rig came in handy for you. Looks like you put it to good use. It also seems like you either used the power outage to your advantage or you managed to edit around it pretty well.

As for the storage facility/garage scene, it was originally much longer. In fact the first cut of the film was 13 minutes and dragged a bit. We cut a lot out, including an opening shot at the storage facility of Robin closing his storage garage so as to imply that he was storing something there, then he gets shot as he's leaving. It was actually a pretty cool shot that I really liked, but didn't contribute to the story so it end up on the cutting room floor. The whole thing ended up a little scattered, but we liked it better that way as these are glimpses of his memory as he flashes through the various moments.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 02:20 PM
Hey Joe, I think the Herminator is a little delusional. What do you think?

JOE BLO
06-07-2007, 02:24 PM
Hey Joe, I think the Herminator is a little delusional. What do you think?
Absolutely! But his money is as good as anyones.

JOE BLO
06-07-2007, 02:26 PM
my younger sister flipped when i told here that the "invisible man" was in this film. i think she is vincent's biggest fan, she has almost every episode taped on vhs. she even helped me make my spyfest entry, but i have a feeling sorry would be getting her vote if she was registered on here.
Chris, Thats great. Are you sure we don't have time to get her registered, have her make 100 posts and get her vote in by Saturday?

I'm all for it, if we can.

JOE BLO
06-07-2007, 02:37 PM
John and Eric thanks so much for the feedback and compliments.

Eric - I'm jealous you guys got to see him perform in Stairway to Paradise. I am planning on making it to New York this fall, for THE RITZ. Kevin's getting billing above the title with Rosie Perez. I think that is awsome.

I'll tell him you guys liked his performance.

Hermn8r
06-07-2007, 04:34 PM
Hey Joe, I think the Herminator is a little delusional. What do you think?



Absolutely! But his money is as good as anyones.

INT. Office - Day


Herminator is at his desk, reading the latest post on DVXuser's "Sorry" thread. There is a gleam of excitement in his eyes as he realizes other users on the thread (namely JOE BLO and flmmkr) are specifically referring to him. The gleam slowly starts to fade as it becomes clear that these comments regarding him are made in jest.




HERMINATOR

"Ha Ha! You guys are so funny!! Oh my goodness!"





Herminator feigns laughter as tears begin to well in his once happy eyes. The tears slowly begin to fall as his sadness is now turning into rage. We cut to...

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Herminator is sitting on his couch watching baseball, still visibly seething with anger. His speech is incoherant, but it sounds as if he's mumbling "haha... delusional... hahaha", mixed in with other various obscenities. Even without coherent speech, however, we can tell he is slowly plotting his revenge- waiting to meet JOE BLO and flmmkr at the next poker showdown.


END SCENE

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 05:10 PM
Golden! Let's shoot it!

slinks
06-07-2007, 05:21 PM
haha wow, even that lil writing is quite good. I need to learn to write better. jeez

Mike@AF
06-07-2007, 09:43 PM
haha wow, even that lil writing is quite good. I need to learn to write better. jeez

It is, isn't it? So Herminator, what do you think? You know what I'm talking about, right?

Blaine
06-07-2007, 11:54 PM
Hmmmm. I can't believe I haven't commented on this movie yet. You guys did an excellent job. I love the fact that you used some talented actors. The biggest probelm with so many of the entries that failed was that quality of the acting. That will definitely kill a move as quickly as anything. Yours was in my top three...good job. :beer:

Hermn8r
06-08-2007, 12:01 AM
Golden! Let's shoot it!

OK, but who gets to play Herminator?


haha wow, even that lil writing is quite good. I need to learn to write better. jeez

HEHE!! :dankk2:


It is, isn't it? So Herminator, what do you think? You know what I'm talking about, right?

Just emailed you.

Hermn8r
06-08-2007, 12:05 AM
Yours was in my top three...good job. :beer:

Hey Blaine!! How you been, man?

Blaine
06-08-2007, 12:11 AM
Hey Blaine!! How you been, man?
Doin' fine. Glad to see you in one of the entries...and an excellent one at that!!! :beer: :beer:

JOE BLO
06-08-2007, 12:21 AM
Hmmmm. I can't believe I haven't commented on this movie yet. You guys did an excellent job. I love the fact that you used some talented actors. The biggest probelm with so many of the entries that failed was that quality of the acting. That will definitely kill a move as quickly as anything. Yours was in my top three...good job. :beer:
Blaine,

Thanks for the compliments. I agree, if you have talented actors to start with, it makes Directing so much easier. John Hermann made my job a breeze.

How was that John? Did it make up for all the cheap shots I've been giving you?

Hermn8r
06-08-2007, 12:27 AM
... if you have talented actors to start with, it makes Directing so much easier. John Hermann made my job a breeze.

How was that John? Did it make up for all the cheap shots I've been giving you?

Joe, that nearly brought me to tears.

Mike@AF
06-08-2007, 12:30 AM
Are we all getting sentimental here now?

Hermn8r
06-08-2007, 01:06 AM
Are we all getting sentimental here now?

Perhaps I should have added a little extra emphasis on the word "nearly".

JOE BLO
06-08-2007, 01:12 AM
Perhaps I should have added a little extra emphasis on the word "nearly".

Now that's funny

kurtmo
06-08-2007, 09:09 AM
Liked this film. Enjoyed the twist and the reveal. I loved the title and how it got worked into the film.

Acting was top notch. Film had a nice flow! Thanks for sharing it with us!

JOE BLO
06-08-2007, 12:06 PM
Liked this film. Enjoyed the twist and the reveal. I loved the title and how it got worked into the film.

Acting was top notch. Film had a nice flow! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Thanks Kurtmo. I enjoyed your film too. I thought you had some great visual effects.
Good luck in the fest.

RebeccaD
06-08-2007, 01:12 PM
This film is terrific, Joe! Nice job! I loved the twist at the end and the "Sorry" line had me laugh out loud, the delivery was perfect! I also especially liked the office scene in slow motion. The only part that stands out to me was the woman raising her arms repeatedly in agitation. It felt a little over the top to me, but that is being picky. Overall, awesome entry and thank you for sharing it.

JOE BLO
06-08-2007, 02:01 PM
This film is terrific, Joe! Nice job! I loved the twist at the end and the "Sorry" line had me laugh out loud, the delivery was perfect! I also especially liked the office scene in slow motion. The only part that stands out to me was the woman raising her arms repeatedly in agitation. It felt a little over the top to me, but that is being picky. Overall, awesome entry and thank you for sharing it.
Thanks Rebecca. I agree with the comment about the woman raising her hands repeatedly, I was working with friends and family for the extras in that scene. We actually had that shot starting earlier with her in the adjacent office on the computer with another worker, but when she got up to cross into the other room the other worker laughed. I didn't notice when we were shooting. So we decided to start the shot later during her cross.

I'm still really happy with what we got. Congrats to you for Without Provication. It was one of my favorites in the fest.

Keystoned
06-08-2007, 06:51 PM
Haha.
SPOILER ALERT
Loved the simple twist ending and how everything built up so dramatically to that simple twist ending.

I didn't follow what was supposed to be happening all the time in the middle section, but this one is definitely one of the better ones and I enjoyed watching it.

Again, love the ending. Very entertaining! :thumbsup:

JOE BLO
06-08-2007, 07:09 PM
Haha.
SPOILER ALERT
Loved the simple twist ending and how everything built up so dramatically to that simple twist ending.

I didn't follow what was supposed to be happening all the time in the middle section, but this one is definitely one of the better ones and I enjoyed watching it.

Again, love the ending. Very entertaining! :thumbsup:
I'm glad you liked it. Your film was in my top three.

As far as not understanding the middle section. I agree, it could have been clearer. I just wanted to show through flashs that 1) the lead character was a spy. 2) that he had screwed over several people, any of which could want him dead. 3) why he needs to get out of town now.

Wheather I was successfull on all accounts, I'm not sure. It was clear to me, but maybe it didn't translate completely.

Thanks for the feedback.

Shawn Philip Nelson
06-08-2007, 10:21 PM
Lol, absolutely love the punchline, and the actor delivered it perfectly. Also good style, love the cinematography.

JOE BLO
06-09-2007, 01:39 PM
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.

Norm Sanders
06-09-2007, 05:06 PM
Hey Joe, you know I already really love this one, but I'm finally getting a chance to post all the thoughts I wrote immediately after watching this several days ago ...

WOW, another serious contender! Very well shot, good sound, good VFX, and nice editing! My only quip that I noticed really tood out was wen the guy was walking down the hall (as a janitor), and revealed the USB stick (or whatever it was) ... it was like he was waving it for everyone or at least the camera to see vs. a nice slip into his pocket or something ... and I mean I'm REALLY picking for that one.

Otherwise, I was impressed with this from the get go! The reveal, once we knew the guy made a mistake (when he ehld the photo up, and based on the title of the film) did take WAY too long, IMO. We KNOW what the guy's going to say (oops or sorry), so it seems to drag out just a little too long. The cut back to the house address could have sed up a little mor, to add more of a comic relief .. meaning pan down the address and then SNAP! back to the numbers ... the pan back just seemed a tad slow.

Again, I'm seriously nit-picking at this point for what I feel was a great story, nice reveals, and all around excellent entry with a good comedic moment. Wish you guys made this easier on me to try & judge the top ones, as this is among the top for me!

Beat Takeshi
06-09-2007, 05:16 PM
This is one of my top movies. Very well executed and story was complete which is what I'm looking for. I watched this a few times and the story still hung in there. Good Luck!

JOE BLO
06-09-2007, 07:45 PM
Norm - Thanks for the notes. I agree with you. The flash drive was supposed to be a little more subtle, and the snap back to the address could have been quicker. Again, thanks for the feedback and the praise.

Aram - thanks again for all of your help. I'm glad you like the film and that you helped out without even knowing if you would like the project or not.

Edgen
06-10-2007, 11:38 AM
My Thoughts:

One of my fav films of the fest. I mentioned some of this in a PM, but the only thing that took me away from the film was the music at the release. It goes from a cool spy film to a campy oopsy poops. I love his line, "Sorry" and the whole fact of "the gold before his eyes" was great. Makes for a great ending the bad guy actually gets away.

Looking forward to your next film :)
cheers!
/j