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deedive
04-17-2007, 06:51 PM
so here we go!


link: http://www.vimeo.com/1408834 (http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Check.mov)

deedive + msmanhatten + aram bauman + steve2bees

Otherfilms
present

CHECK

Cast:
Rob - Barry McBrien
Little girl - Molly Baum
John - Humza Zaman
Person 1 - Tadhg O'Mordha
Person 2 - Steven Boling
Person 3 - Jack Landron
Mother - Leslie Jaye Goff
Cafe Owner - Ivan Sullivan

Crew:
Writer/Director - Deedive
Producer/AD - Leslie Jaye Goff
DP - Aram Bauman
Second Unit DP - Steven Boling
Sound - Sean McQueen
Composer - Justin R. Durban


Camera:
2 Hvx's

Adapter:
2 brevis's

Lenses:
c/y zeiss (28,35,50,85)

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954770.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954794.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954849.jpg


http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954928.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954946.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954969.jpg

deedive
04-17-2007, 06:53 PM
here are the BTS (taken with the same lenses as used on the film)

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1177385940.jpg


http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1177385992.jpg


more bts's HERE (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=94491&page=8)

deedive
04-17-2007, 07:02 PM
some quick grabs

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688725.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688769.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688817.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688860.jpg

Beat Takeshi
04-17-2007, 07:04 PM
Yeah man, I was antsy waiting for this post. This is going to have a much different look this time around. Steve has been kicking ass on camera. My ass has been squeeking... literally.

-zach-
04-17-2007, 07:07 PM
The BTS looks great.

Those are some awesome lenses.

bosindy
04-17-2007, 07:53 PM
Can't wait to hear more. You have a great crew/production team. Good luck!

Ted Arabian
04-17-2007, 07:59 PM
Awesome! Welcome! (looking forward to meeting you soon, Aram!) Crew looks great!

Good luck!

Mark Harris
04-17-2007, 08:14 PM
Bring on da grabs!!!

deedive
04-18-2007, 03:16 AM
thx, bosi and theo
mark, they're coming, dont know how soon tho.

Beat Takeshi
04-18-2007, 09:06 AM
They look sweet though...

Brandon Rice
04-18-2007, 09:09 AM
COOL! Looking forward to seeing this one, and to seeing some BTS as well!

Charli
04-18-2007, 09:40 AM
Good luck, guys. Good to see Ms Manhattan in a project, what you got girl friend? Bring it on!

MsManhattan
04-18-2007, 04:16 PM
Good luck, guys. Good to see Ms Manhattan in a project, what you got girl friend? Bring it on!

Well, you know, I like to fly under the radar... And Aram likes to take all the credit on our projects... But:

--Katrina (1st AD)
--5B (producer, uncredited AD, co-editor)
--RF EYE-D (writer, producer, AD, co-director and cameos)
--Bonehand (producer)
--MiRobot (story, producer)
--Can U See Me Now? (story)

And various others aside from DVXuser.com... That I actually got PAID for!

Beat Takeshi
04-18-2007, 08:03 PM
What are you talking about. I paid you in full, don't you remember the hot steamy nights? Oh yeah, I forgot, I rocked you so hard it gave you amnesia. :)

bosindy
04-18-2007, 08:08 PM
Aram, it is a good thing you are getting out of town for a few days after that one. Leslie, too bad I didn't meet you earlier, a lot of the Production work on my short is wearing on me and I could have used a pro. I watched Rf-Eye-d today btw, well done.

dvpixl
04-18-2007, 08:21 PM
nice!

MsManhattan
04-18-2007, 11:16 PM
Aram, it is a good thing you are getting out of town for a few days after that one.

Yes. He is being ignored until further notice. I think he's the one with amnesia... He's forgotten why they call me Left-Hook Leslie...

Thanks for the kinds words re: RF EYE-D!

Beat Takeshi
04-19-2007, 12:00 AM
Better watch it, I got a black-eye in karate!

Norm Sanders
04-19-2007, 11:36 AM
Get a room, you two, lol. Glad to see this team assembled ... I'm looking forward to some cool diversity within SpyFest, and your films are always able to stand out as different from the rest, which is great!

Beat Takeshi
04-19-2007, 02:25 PM
This...is....different...
The screenshots look amazing from the first day so far and I can't wait for Deedive to post them when he is ready.

Larry Rutledge
04-19-2007, 02:29 PM
Better watch it, I got a black-eye in karate! HA :grin: HA :grin: HA :grin: I love it and am definitely adding it to my usual (I know karate ... and five other japanese words) routine (BTW: I don't know if Karate is japanese or not, but it's a lame line anyway, so it really doesn't matter :huh: )

deedive
04-19-2007, 09:13 PM
got a cool idea for a poster...hmmmmm
(mad scientist laugh) HAHAHAHAHAHH

Beat Takeshi
04-20-2007, 12:13 PM
HA :grin: HA :grin: HA :grin: I love it and am definitely adding it to my usual (I know karate ... and five other japanese words) routine (BTW: I don't know if Karate is japanese or not, but it's a lame line anyway, so it really doesn't matter :huh: )

Yes yes yes, I'm here all night!!!

Edgen
04-20-2007, 12:30 PM
wew hew! Looking forward to seeing the film guys! Looks like you've got an awesome DP on your hands :) (and crew of course)

cheers!
/j

Beat Takeshi
04-21-2007, 01:03 AM
Thanks! We just had to drive all the way out to Long Island to pick up the lenses for tomorrows shoot and nows its 3am :P. Oh and the drive to dump to. We spent all day on the shot lists for Sat and Sun because we have limited time in the places and everything has to be on point but with MsManhattan around, we should stay on schedule. The first day of shooting we had a few bumps and started off slow and it seemed we wouldnt get everything but after we got a groove on we only went an hour over. Since we are looking for natural lighting stlye this time around, its easier to change set ups because the sources never change.

Beat Takeshi
04-21-2007, 09:45 PM
Day 2 shot and in the can. Day 3 tomorrow. We got lucky today because we were shooting in an office of a pretty well known place and we had to leave a very small footprint meaning we could not just set up lights anywhere. They had a ton of flouros but they were daylight balanced and saved me from having to make excuses why everything is sickly looking. Tomorrow is going to be tough too though, we are shooting in a friends Cafe but can't go in till 6ish and we need to shoot everything with daylight. I'm going to have a hell of a time making or shooting night for day.

deedive
04-21-2007, 10:07 PM
its gonna go great! watch!
(fingers crossed)

dvpixl
04-22-2007, 06:34 AM
dyin' to see some grabs.

Beat Takeshi
04-22-2007, 10:34 PM
Day 3 shot and in the can. We had a small glitch in the beginning but flew pretty smooth the rest of the day. I'm beat as hell but we got everything except some inserts which is for next week. Now I got to go pack and get ready for my drive up to Boston to work on Bosindy's joint.
Pimpin' aint easy.

bosindy
04-22-2007, 11:33 PM
I went and got a ton of crafty today, at the very least you will eat well. Glad your shoot went well.

Ted Arabian
04-23-2007, 08:19 AM
Getting caught up on the thread here.... sounds good! (Geez, I wish that I had 3 days of shooting in the can!) Now let's see some bts!!!

Ms. Manhattan, you do great work!

Hey Aram, Looking forward to meeting you tonight! Have a safe drive.

deedive
04-23-2007, 09:43 PM
"Check" out the BTS's on the first page!
That was a crazy day but we all pulled it through. Thx everybody!

dvpixl
04-23-2007, 10:14 PM
i love your photos. nice set up. looks really good!

deedive
04-23-2007, 11:23 PM
thx
aram shot the 2 with me in it.

MsManhattan
04-24-2007, 06:26 AM
Dude! Those are the most artful BTS photos ever -- and the best presentation ever.

Bionicpix
04-24-2007, 09:51 PM
What camera u use for the stills? Digi or film?

deedive
04-25-2007, 07:38 AM
digi, 30D

Beat Takeshi
04-25-2007, 09:57 PM
Yeah those BTS pics look really artfull, I likey.
After 2 days of shooting in Boston and a long drive back, we shot a pick up today.
Deedive sprained the crap out of his ankle so now 2 of us are limping around, I thought it was funny as we both strained to get out of the jeep today. It was also raining and Deedive had to go out and direct in it so his little flipflop foot got soaked. I should have shot some of his hopping around trying to show actors marks for BTS.

Herman Witkam
04-26-2007, 08:31 AM
Great BTS pics! Looking forward to working on this one :thumbup:

Ted Arabian
04-26-2007, 08:52 AM
Nice BTS!

Hey Aram, AWESOME working with you this week. I had a great time. I hope that we have a few more projects together. That was a blast.

How are you holding up???

Good luck with everything. I hope that your shoot didn't suffer because of the time you spent on Jim's.

Beat Takeshi
04-26-2007, 11:27 AM
I'm taking today to relax and renew myself for this weekend. I do want to get out and shoot the Cherry Blossoms before they fall. They are still in bloom here. I think we are headed out in an hour to do that. Then I want to soak in the tub when I get back to get all weight off my hips for an hour. That seems to work the best and lucky we have one of those old eagle claw feet tubs. I float in there when its full. I am going to keep you posted on all things happening when the time is right.

Ted Arabian
04-26-2007, 11:29 AM
Excellent. Have you ever been down to DC during the Cherry Blossom season? OMG. Beautiful!

Where do you go for the Cherry Blossoms in NYC? Do you have to leave the city or do you have them in Central Park?

Beat Takeshi
04-26-2007, 12:09 PM
There are some at Riverside park at 96th street but the place to go is the Botanical gardens in Brooklyn in the Japanese garden. I never have been to DC for that, it is a well known place?

Mark Harris
04-27-2007, 04:55 AM
Yeah, bklyn Botanical Gardens is where it's at. I am going to go shoot some there this weekend. You know, if the fucking RAIN lets up and all...

Beat Takeshi
04-27-2007, 09:36 AM
Yeah I went to River side and it sucked. Wanted to go to the Botantical Gardens today but we are going to see the Cohen Brothers talk downtown in a few.

MsManhattan
04-28-2007, 03:40 PM
We're nearly ready for our last day of shooting tomorrow, part of which will be outdoors, so fingers-crossed for the partly-sunny, 68-degree weather that's expected. We have two shot lists (Cam A and Cam B) and about 30 total set-ups to get through. Many thanks to the entire cast and crew for all of their hard work, time and dedication so far... Here's to wrapping tomorrow! :beer:

Beat Takeshi
04-28-2007, 04:42 PM
When is the Wrap party?

Charli
04-28-2007, 05:32 PM
MsManhatt - cool! put up some pics soon.

dvpixl
04-28-2007, 07:27 PM
good luck everybody.

MsManhattan
04-28-2007, 08:32 PM
MsManhatt - cool! put up some pics soon.

There are some BTS photos in the second post of the thread. I've sent DeeDive a bunch more that he will likely format and post once we wrap... Right, Dale??? But not before you do the rough cut or I'll have to get all producah on you!

deedive
04-28-2007, 11:55 PM
yeeah yeah yeah

Beat Takeshi
04-29-2007, 10:55 PM
It's A Wrap!!!

Ted Arabian
04-30-2007, 06:47 AM
Congrats on the wrap!!!

(sheesh! I have got to get STARTED SHOOTING!!!!)

Ben Sliker
04-30-2007, 08:52 AM
wow guys, nice dramatic bts photos, cant wait to see some grabs!

deedive
04-30-2007, 04:44 PM
just wanted to say thx guys for everything. editing now

Beat Takeshi
05-01-2007, 12:44 AM
Yeah man, I can't wait to see the first draft.

deedive
05-03-2007, 12:32 PM
yo it offical my achilles ripped. went to surgery yesterday. now it hurt more than ever before. I still enjoyed directing on it!:)

Aram, first draft coming soon
http://health.yahoo.com/media/healthwise/nr551636.jpg

deedive
05-03-2007, 08:33 PM
hay aram, i did another spyfest film, here is the rough cut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqh5O9LbjhY&mode=related&search=

Mark Harris
05-04-2007, 12:01 AM
Dude, you'd better pray your joint is 1/10th as bad-assed asa Weng Weng!

deedive
05-04-2007, 11:12 AM
in 8 weeks i will be able to wear my white suit and get on the dance floor too.

Beat Takeshi
05-04-2007, 01:45 PM
but will you be able to kick like him though?

dvpixl
05-04-2007, 07:35 PM
oh man... you were right... that's horrible.

deedive
05-04-2007, 08:19 PM
maybe do a smooth shuffle... das about it

Beat Takeshi
05-07-2007, 09:40 AM
I just saw a rough cut and its looking nice!

Norm Sanders
05-08-2007, 02:11 PM
Hey deedive/Aram, those BTS shots that were taken with the same lens as in the film ... are they also from the same camera (i.e. DVX/HVX)? They look great with ZERO noise that I can see on this end. Wonder why my DVX, even without an adapter, has so much noise?

TimurCivan
05-08-2007, 02:52 PM
hay aram, i did another spyfest film, here is the rough cut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqh5O9LbjhY&mode=related&search=


HE HAS A MINI MOTORCYCLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only thing that couldm ake that better was a Giant 35 pound chicken chasing him!!!!!!!!!!!

TimurCivan
05-08-2007, 02:53 PM
BTS looking Good dale! Cant wait to see the finihsed product!

deedive
05-08-2007, 05:21 PM
hay norm,
those pictures where takin with a digital SLR. Aram might be better with the dvx question. But to get the sharpest picture i notice keeping the camera at around f5 and the lens around 2.8 with the ton of light gets the grain out. but thats not always possible.

timur, whats funny is that there is actually a yellow motorcycle in the film, just not so small.

Beat Takeshi
05-08-2007, 10:30 PM
And the dude's name on the motorcycle is just as "different". The way to get the grain out is to shoot flat and bring your contrast back in with after effects. It masks most of the grain in the blacks. I do have the master ped in the negative numbers but I turn the chroma waaaay down to mute the colors in hopes it will take the load off the CCDs during recording. Then in post bring them back up. I also think (not a fact) that the colors in post can be brought up more than the DV codec can handle in camera. Once its in post you can go past the color saturation limitations and stay uncompressed the rest of the time.

TimurCivan
05-08-2007, 10:47 PM
I agree aram. Though lately ive been shooting alot with the DVCpro stuff and lots a chroma. Like +4 +5, but only cause DVCPROHD can handle it. when shooting DV go the Desaturated route. that s the key to good results.

Beat Takeshi
05-08-2007, 11:18 PM
Yeah, I just hate that when working for other people they don't understand the flow. I'm shooting for a interior design magazine tomorrow and have to shoot what-you-see-is-what-you-get style and can't sit and show them how to handle the footage.
The 21st I'm shooting a music video and they are open to techniques but didn't want to go with the P2 flow but I'm going to talk them into it for the next one and show them how easy it would be for them to handle 720p and how the color space is worth the extra money.

TimurCivan
05-08-2007, 11:23 PM
people dont wanna hear colorspace, they wanna hear cheap. explain to then how they will spend less money in the editing room/CC suite and they will be all ears.

MsManhattan
05-10-2007, 10:36 AM
Here are some more BTS photos from our shoot. These are not nearly as artful or beautiful as DeeDive's (in the second post of the thread) -- you'll definitely see why I'm the producer/AD and not in the camera department... Taken with my trusty Canon PowerShot SD630...

DAY 1

The Camera Department (Steve2Bees and Aram)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-15_Steve-Aram_small.jpg


The Director (DeeDive) reviews his notes.

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-15_The%20Director_small.jpg


DAY 2

Aram checks the camera settings (or the Brevis or something like that...)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-21_Aram%20checks%20settings_small.jpg


Lead actor Barry gives Dale a piece of his mind (not really...)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-21_Barry%20has%20sumthin%20to%20say_small.jpg


DAY 3

The crew at work

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-22_Crew%20at%20work_small.jpg


Dale, ready for his CU

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-22_Dale%20is%20tight_small.jpg


DAY 4 (wrapping principal photography)

Steve and Dale checking the shot

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_Steve-Dale_small.jpg


Steve and Dale redux

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_Steve-Dale2_small.jpg


Look for happy cast-and-crew, that's-a-wrap photos in a new post!

MsManhattan
05-10-2007, 10:49 AM
So, here we all are, happy to be done with principal photography. It was four long days of shooting, but based on the rough cuts I've seen, WELL WORTH the time and the long hours of pre-production discussions, storyboarding, logistics planning, etc. These are all from Sunday, April 29, but I just now downloaded them and looked at them, and they remind me of that arc that every production goes through: You start out all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed; mid-way through, you're thinking, "Oh, man, another shoot this weekend??? How're we gonna get all this done???" And then before you know it, you've wrapped and the joy is indescribable -- "We did it!!!"


The Irish Lads (cast members Barry and Tadhg)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_The%20Irish%20Lads_small.jpg


The Producer/AD with the DP (MsManhattan and Aram)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_Leslie-Aram_small.jpg


The Camera Dudes (Aram and Steve2Bees)

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_CamDudes_small.jpg


MsManhattan and Steve2Bees

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_Leslie-Steve_small.jpg


Aram, DeeDive and Steve2Bees

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Leslies_Stillz/4-29_Steve-Dale-Aram_small.jpg

Matt Sconce
05-10-2007, 10:51 AM
I love the BTS grabs! Thanks for posting them, I feel as if I got to hang out on set a bit! :)

Charli
05-10-2007, 10:53 AM
Love those bts, good job. Boy that hallway was close quarters.

deedive
05-10-2007, 11:12 AM
love the bts's too, i feel like i was there. wait a minute i was.
Thanx everyone again. it looks like aram and steve are keeping me from falling in that last pic.:)

posting a link to these on the first page

TimurCivan
05-10-2007, 11:13 AM
Aww man.... I wanna come play.........

Beat Takeshi
05-10-2007, 12:46 PM
LOL Dale, thats that I'm-in-pain-face you used to make after we played ball and your knees were killng you. I think the very first time I ever said anything to you I said, "damn dude, you look like you are in some serious pain." You said, "nah man, it doesnt hurt." Now you can see the same face I saw.

Yeah that hallway was really tight and it was really hard to hide the lights.

Ted Arabian
05-10-2007, 01:30 PM
Great fun with the bts pix! Thanks for sharing. Damn, I just love being on a set!!!

Great photo of the Producer/AD and DP!!!

Brandon Rice
05-10-2007, 01:40 PM
Great BTS pics!

Larry Rutledge
05-10-2007, 02:10 PM
Yea, cool photos!! Thanks for sharing. Hey, if we have "HEROFEST 2: The Wrath of Jarred" I think deedive would make a great "superhero", just has that look

Anyway, cool job guys...definitely looking forward to the finished project :thumbsup:

deedive
05-10-2007, 02:44 PM
yeah, painman. or griman, or just grimace

http://www.stoutonia.uwstout.edu/2001-2002/Stories/020221/photos/sl_06_02.gif

Beat Takeshi
05-10-2007, 06:47 PM
I like the banner and the subtleness of the threads moving.

Ted Arabian
05-10-2007, 07:00 PM
Yeah, that is very cool! I like! Is that like an animated gif?

deedive
05-10-2007, 09:00 PM
yup, once the film is more complete i might do a different one so that everything goes together.

Beat Takeshi
05-10-2007, 09:19 PM
Yeah I like that shot. You can see her with her little clip board but she dropped the whip for the picture.


Great fun with the bts pix! Thanks for sharing. Damn, I just love being on a set!!!

Great photo of the Producer/AD and DP!!!

Matt Harris
05-11-2007, 06:36 PM
pics look great, cant wait to see this one.

Keystoned
05-16-2007, 02:28 AM
yeah, me too.
the BTS shots look great
:beer:

Michael_Petro
05-16-2007, 08:03 AM
just like to day ---- Check please... good stuff gents

TimurCivan
05-16-2007, 10:42 AM
DALE Screen grabs Please!!!!!

Beat Takeshi
05-16-2007, 03:01 PM
They will be posted in about 15 days.

Ted Arabian
05-16-2007, 05:16 PM
hahaha!!! tease!

Beat Takeshi
05-18-2007, 05:51 PM
Heh, not my choice though. I like to throw things up early. I have to get the last shot in tomorrow for a wrap. Then I think some ADR is to come.

PaPa
05-18-2007, 07:47 PM
losing patience!

PaPa
05-22-2007, 05:01 PM
bump. has it been 15 days?

deedive
05-23-2007, 03:19 PM
and more and more and more.....
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954770.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954794.jpg


http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954849.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954908.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954928.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954946.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1179954969.jpg

TimurCivan
05-23-2007, 03:21 PM
Thoes arent film stills. Im banning you.

deedive
05-23-2007, 03:24 PM
hehehe, bite me!
row 3 and 6 where takin while filming. close enough

Mark Harris
05-23-2007, 03:25 PM
that cafe is RIGHT by my house on Atlantic...

TimurCivan
05-23-2007, 03:29 PM
its looking good man. I cant wait to see the cut.

Matty_g
05-23-2007, 03:33 PM
these are some great looking bts shots.

deedive
05-23-2007, 03:43 PM
thx, guys, on to CC

TimurCivan
05-23-2007, 03:45 PM
Dale are you cutting on FCP?

Beat Takeshi
05-23-2007, 03:46 PM
If only the video was as super crisp.

TimurCivan
05-23-2007, 03:48 PM
Well Dale .... i guess you just need a RED camera...... since youre so spoiled by DSLR optics and Perfomrance. :evil:

deedive
05-23-2007, 03:57 PM
yeah edited with FCP, actually those shots are from the film. its about making a spy film and those are red grabs.

TimurCivan
05-23-2007, 04:22 PM
Cute.

Beat Takeshi
05-23-2007, 04:59 PM
Yeah thats an old family friends Cafe and her partner does a cameo in this short also. He has a big bill board ad in times square for something but I don't know what.

Herman Witkam
05-23-2007, 05:31 PM
Stills are looking great :beer:

Beat Takeshi
05-23-2007, 05:32 PM
Hows the music coming?

deedive
05-24-2007, 07:26 AM
Yeah thats an old family friends Cafe and her partner does a cameo in this short also. He has a big bill board ad in times square for something but I don't know what.

here a pic of Ivan the store owner
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180013128.jpg

Herman Witkam
05-24-2007, 09:50 AM
Hows the music coming?

I just sent Dale a draft. :beer: I've been ill for a day or 5, and recovering.

deedive
05-24-2007, 07:49 PM
feel better man
feedback tonight

Keystoned
05-27-2007, 08:51 PM
How's it going for you guys?

"Check" please :cheesy:

Beat Takeshi
05-28-2007, 01:33 AM
Just finished the compositing, now to add an effect to something and send to Dale.

Beat Takeshi
05-29-2007, 03:46 AM
ADR and a little video effect today and I think we may be done.

Herman Witkam
05-29-2007, 06:00 AM
ADR and a little video effect today and I think we may be done.

cool - Just delivered the final draft of the score to Dale :beer:

Beat Takeshi
05-30-2007, 11:54 AM
Finally saw the full rez version and it looks sweet. Dee had to cut out an integral part (and my favorite) to make it fit but the longer version will have it in.

JOE BLO
05-30-2007, 01:33 PM
I'm looking forward to this one.

Beat Takeshi
05-31-2007, 08:48 PM
One more BTS for you guys before we start.

http://www.puffinfilms.com/BottomFeeder/Arthur_me.jpg

deedive
06-01-2007, 03:11 AM
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688725.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688769.jpg

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/16107/1180688817.jpg

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Beat Takeshi
06-01-2007, 06:30 AM
AWWWW SHEEEEEET. Screen shots!

Herman Witkam
06-01-2007, 02:32 PM
Dale,

Although I wish Justin all the best, I am somewhat dissapointed. I'm not going to do a public rant. I just hope that you gathered something from this experience about how directors and composers can or cannot succesfully communicate.

Matt Harris
06-01-2007, 02:50 PM
great shots, im psyched to see this... on monday!

Matt Harris
06-01-2007, 09:34 PM
"I'm not going to do a public rant. "

Too late! Spill the beans. What happened?

No I'm Just kidding. It sounds like a scheduling thing.
Which i screwed up my fair share of during the GLASSJAW filming.

Herman Witkam
06-02-2007, 01:43 AM
"I'm not going to do a public rant. "

Too late! Spill the beans. What happened?

No I'm Just kidding. It sounds like a scheduling thing.
Which i screwed up my fair share of during the GLASSJAW filming.

Yeah - this was partly a miscommunication and partly a scheduling thing.

Matt Harris
06-02-2007, 02:16 AM
Live and learn. What we are doing (making a movie with no budget) is so freakin hard.
We are all on borrowed time and money. Bottomline: im psyched to see this!

deedive
06-02-2007, 10:39 AM
im psyched to see this!

great!, cant wait to see yours too, Why cant monday be today, wait, that didnt make sense:)

Beat Takeshi
06-02-2007, 11:03 AM
Watched it again last night after work and I love it.

Dennis Wood
06-02-2007, 01:38 PM
Aram, you're such a tease ... I've been waiting to see this puppy. If the footage is as good as the screen grabs, I'll be in line for a DVD.

Danielleus
06-02-2007, 02:52 PM
THis simply looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun,

Beat Takeshi
06-02-2007, 07:21 PM
Aram, you're such a tease ... I've been waiting to see this puppy. If the footage is as good as the screen grabs, I'll be in line for a DVD.

I always think the footage is better than the images but we will see. My fav shot isn't up there though. I think he's teasing me. :)
Also Steve shot a lot of this too, we mixed up when we shot and I think it blends together well since we went with lighting to make it look natural and not "lit"

dvpixl
06-03-2007, 12:05 AM
great look Dale.

Beat Takeshi
06-03-2007, 12:46 AM
It looks really good in HD. I kind of think it loses a lot in the web version, the milky shadows we were going for look a little banded and noisy after compression. When I went over to watch the final cut in full rez I was like "oh sh1t, that looks better than I thought". I can't wait when Dale puts the full story version with better compression up.

Norm Sanders
06-03-2007, 12:58 AM
Great grabs, deedive (Dale), looking forward to seeing this! Counting down ...

deedive
06-03-2007, 02:30 AM
great look Dale.


dvpixl, :dankk2:talked to aram for awhile about the look and he did a great job. hope my CC helps too.


It looks really good in HD. I kind of think it loses a lot in the web version, the milky shadows we were going for look a little banded and noisy after compression. When I went over to watch the final cut in full rez I was like "oh sh1t, that looks better than I thought". I can't wait when Dale puts the full story version with better compression up.

me too, workin on the longer version. BUt need to shoot one more shot. after tryin alot of different compressions, couldnt get one just under the mark. Got scared and posted so i wouldn't miss the dealine. BUt the uploaded copy aint too bad. (i hope:)


Great grabs, deedive (Dale), looking forward to seeing this! Counting down .... hope we dont let u down:) I like it.
I'm proud of it. i am so antsy, i want to see the other films yesterday!
"Without Provocation" looks pretty darn cool too. Cant wait...

Ted Arabian
06-03-2007, 08:28 AM
I can't wait to start watching SPY MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yours is on the top (well..... near the top!) of my list!!! :)

Good luck guys!

-Ted

(Aram.... I miss you bro! So funny, I only worked with you for 24 hours but enjoyed every minute of it. You are totally cool to work with... regardless of what Jim says! :grin: j/k Jim!)

Beat Takeshi
06-03-2007, 11:09 AM
Hey Ted, I know what you mean. We would make a kick ass team if we lived near each other and I think about it pretty often. We are definitely going to make something together this year fo' sho'

Ted Arabian
06-03-2007, 11:12 AM
Hey man, that sounds great! Seriously.... I am excited by that idea!

Beat Takeshi
06-03-2007, 11:39 AM
Maybe we can make the next fest entry span between here and there.

Ted Arabian
06-03-2007, 11:51 AM
Oooh! I like that idea! Let's definitely talk about the next fest.... I'd be very interested in exploring this idea.

deedive
06-03-2007, 12:46 PM
get a room guys, jk
I'll be first in line to see that film:)

bosindy
06-03-2007, 12:55 PM
You are totally cool to work with... regardless of what Jim says! :grin: j/k Jim!)

Not sure what Ted is referencing, I hated working with you both equally.:)

If you guys collaborate, I better get an invite. You guys would make a great film.

Looking forward to Check, it is on my list as one of the first to watch.

Beat Takeshi
06-03-2007, 01:07 PM
The hard part will be figuring out where everyone is going to stay. We are going to have Leslie's niece here for the next month or so so she will be sleeping on the extra bed.

bosindy
06-03-2007, 01:18 PM
I'm from NY, I'll figure it out.

arielman
06-03-2007, 04:47 PM
Always enjoyed your films Aram...looking forward to this one ..looking good!!
Ian

Beat Takeshi
06-03-2007, 04:55 PM
This one is all Dale's story but right up the same ally with it being very different so I was happy to work on it and I hope you enjoy this one also.

Keystoned
06-04-2007, 12:42 AM
the grabs look awesome. I would love to make a movie that looked like that and that good.
:beer:

Beat Takeshi
06-04-2007, 12:55 AM
:dankk2:Dude, your grabs look just as good if not nicer.

Ted Arabian
06-04-2007, 11:28 AM
ARGH!!!!!!!! I was just watching your film.... INTENSE! BUT the film stopped at 3:45 (or so).

I am going to re-download it but I wanted to give you a heads up!

-Ted

btw LOVE THE MUSIC!!!

Larry Rutledge
06-04-2007, 12:17 PM
I've gone through all the mirrors and made sure the full film file exists for each film on each mirror (a couple were only partial files). It should work now if you re-download the film.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Ted Arabian
06-04-2007, 12:20 PM
No problem, Larry! Thanks for replying.

I have had 3 films not play through but that may be because I was downloading two at a time for a bit. Not any more! :)

wesley
06-04-2007, 01:06 PM
It played all the way through for me. thought it was pretty cool kept my attention. some scenes worked better than others (scene on the workplace was edited or shot a bit messy). Also didn't really like the payoff.

The little spycam in the sink was very cool though :D

Ted Arabian
06-04-2007, 01:27 PM
Okay! I got it!

Great job on CHECK! I love the title. It was funny because that is not what I was thinking that it meant before I saw it. I love those kind of surprises!

I loved the way this film is shot. I also love the music! I am going to have to go back to your credits and see how to sing those praises to but it's wonderful.

The story had me at a loss by the end. I will re-watch for sure... if anything for the soundtrack and visuals!

Great job!

I'll be back...

-Ted

Charli
06-04-2007, 02:56 PM
I liked the twist at the end, I liked the fact there was some actual spying-on-people
going on, what wasn't clear, the 'purpose' of the story. It felt more like a thriller
because it's more about getting the person than getting information out of that
person. Nice effects though.

-zach-
06-04-2007, 03:09 PM
To me this started off slow but with a very filmic feel. right after the conversation in the hallway i was zeroed in and completely interested. the depth of field really worked for the better in this film. The only problem is I was left feeling like I didn't get it. Like, a secret organization that watches people and then inducts people into their crew like zombies? I get that the guy became one of them, I just would have liked to know who they were and why they were there.

aravance
06-04-2007, 03:44 PM
I really enjoyed your entry. The opening scene with the little girl had me hooked. Also, I enjoyed the consistent color correction throughout the film. It really gave a sense of style and connectedness to each scene.

There were a couple of CU's during the conversation in the hallway that were a little distracting (they just looked too dark compared to the rest of the scene). But overall I thought your main actor was good and I enjoyed the ending.

Some people felt that the purpose of the story wasn't clear or that it should have been better explained who they were and why they were doing what they were doing. But I disagree with that sentiment.

It felt like a complete package to me and even though it did have me curious about those unanswered things...I believe that some things are better left unsaid and up to the imagination of the viewer. Especially for a short film.

Kudos.

chris f
06-04-2007, 05:14 PM
Standard Disclaimer: I've watched half of the films so far and have yet to see a bad film. 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: Liked the idea of the little girl running the show. Good steadicam/hand held shots. Good cast. I really liked the ending of the film.

Not as Good: This is personal preference, but I thought the film would have benefited from different color correction. There wasn't much contrast and I think crushing the blacks could have matched the mysterious feel that the story had going on. Also, I think the main character should have been more afraid of the bad guys and the bad guys should have given him more of a reason to be scared of them.

Hootzie
06-04-2007, 05:27 PM
Great picture.....tense the entire time and I love the direction the story took. Fantastic acting as well!

Matt Harris
06-04-2007, 07:43 PM
i flat out love this film. its abstract, we have no clue who anyone is or what or why, but once you see the end its a perfect fit. i mean, make up your own story. Its totally open to interpretation. i love the CC, the acting, the tone of the whole thing. you should direct something like THE RING. Flesh this thing out and make a feature with it.

gabrielflorit
06-04-2007, 09:00 PM
Ooooh this one is cool. Wicked cool. The acting is by far the best part of this. All the performances are so believable! Where to begin. The music is very cool, keeps the tension throughout. Nice camerawork, eg when he's running, wide angle shot against the ceiling fan, the "check" montages, the shot of the guy across the street. Some of the lighting could have been better I think, more contrast was needed. But the acting! I go back to that. Are these real actors?

bosindy
06-04-2007, 09:14 PM
I liked the film a lot. the mood is set and kept throughout. The natural lighting works well. great job with the light. Aram you shot this well. the music really works and adds to the tension. The lead was very good.

I didn't need any added exposition, I felt the story was enough. I felt the conversation in the office was a little out of place. If the lead had a higher level of anxiety it would have worked better for me, ie: talking about the banal while paranoid. All and all a strong effort. Congrats.

Keystoned
06-04-2007, 09:46 PM
I too was hypnotized by this film. That's really my overall impression of it. Hypnotic. The pacing and music and shots all worked to hook me and transport me into the world of the film and keep me there.

I did hanker for a few more answers, but in the end was satisfied not to have them.

I like the detail of his reaction right after he says the title line at the end, like there is still something left of him inside there somewhere.

Only nits to pick have to do with the audio. Careful with the punch in / punch out room tone. Even when there is a hard cut it's best to precede it by starting to fade the room tone in. And the audio around hanging up the phone was particularly distracting with the room noise cutting in and out. Only other real nit is the coverage / cutting of the hallway scene. Not sure but it felt like we crossed the line a few times and it was disorienting.

But those are small technical things and easy to fix next time for what is clearly a very talented filmmaker. I admire you strength of vision and confidence that you can imbue seemingly simple shots and actions with such meaning and suspense. Like the looking from one follower to another to the guy with the crazy goatee and his slow nod. Really felt eery and creepy like invasion of the body snatchers there.

Great looking and FEELING movie.

Thanks for making it. Really glad I got to see it :beer:

deedive
06-04-2007, 09:49 PM
First I would like to say thanx to everyone that left their opinion. I love to here what everyone thinks. That’s why we did it. To get better. This is my first fest and I'm lovin it so far



The story had me at a loss by the end. I will re-watch for sure... if anything for the soundtrack and visuals! -Ted Aram and Justin did a great job.:)


The little spycam in the sink was very cool though Well my name is deedive, had to have some shot from underwater.:)


I liked the twist at the end, I liked the fact there was some actual spying-on-people going on, what wasn't clear, the 'purpose' of the story. It felt more like a thriller because it's more about getting the person than getting information out of that person. Nice effects though. Thriller, spy movie, its all good.


To me this started off slow but with a very filmic feel. right after the conversation in the hallway I was zeroed in and completely interested. the depth of field really worked for the better in this film. yeah me and aram talked for a while about the look and feel we wanted. We did some tests, and tried to work everything out till we where happy. Aram is brevis master so he has the DOF thing down.


I really enjoyed your entry. The opening scene with the little girl had me hooked. Also, I enjoyed the consistent color correction throughout the film. It really gave a sense of style and connectedness to each scene.

There were a couple of CU's during the conversation in the hallway that were a little distracting (they just looked too dark compared to the rest of the scene). But overall I thought your main actor was good and I enjoyed the ending.

Some people felt that the purpose of the story wasn't clear or that it should have been better explained who they were and why they were doing what they were doing. But I disagree with that sentiment.

It felt like a complete package to me and even though it did have me curious about those unanswered things...I believe that some things are better left unsaid and up to the imagination of the viewer. Especially for a short film. Kudos. I'm a happy camper
I was working on this till the last second on the CC. With the CC I know exactly what you’re talking about. I'm glad u like the film and it abstractness.


Great picture.....tense the entire time and I love the direction the story took. Fantastic acting as well! our lead Barry did a great job. Every day he would come in and give me another version of the scene.


I flat out love this film. its abstract, we have no clue who anyone is or what or why, but once you see the end its a perfect fit. I mean, make up your own story. Its totally open to interpretation. I love the CC, the acting, the tone of the whole thing. you should direct something like THE RING. Flesh this thing out and make a feature with it.
You make me wanna go make another film tomorrow, even tho I’m crippled right now. I severed my Achilles, before the last 2 shootin days. Waited till after the shoot to go to the hospital. I was scared it would mess up the film, if it were serious. Was hoping it was a sprain. It wasn’t and I had surgery. Made editing hard cuz I couldn't sit at a computer for more than an hour without it killing me.

Sorry that was a tangent. But there was a major scene takin out of the film. I will edit a longer version that is the same as the script. It has some cool stuff in it. After the DP (Aram) saw the first edit (which had all the scene left in) he really didn’t wanna see that scene go. But what can u do, rule is 6 minutes.



Ooooh this one is cool. Wicked cool. The acting is by far the best part of this. All the performances are so believable! Where to begin. The music is very cool, keeps the tension throughout. Nice camerawork, eg when he's running, wide angle shot against the ceiling fan, the "check" montages, the shot of the guy across the street. Some of the lighting could have been better I think, more contrast was needed. But the acting! I go back to that. Are these real actors?
Thanx, Barry (the main lead) would love to hear this. I will tell him. He did a great job. He is very critical of his performance; I guess it makes him better and better.
All of the actors are real except one person that it not in this short version and watcher 2 Steve (the second unit camera) the guy with the beard with spikes.

deedive
06-04-2007, 10:08 PM
I too was hypnotized by this film. That's really my overall impression of it. Hypnotic. The pacing and music and shots all worked to hook me and transport me into the world of the film and keep me there.

I did hanker for a few more answers, but in the end was satisfied not to have them.

I like the detail of his reaction right after he says the title line at the end, like there is still something left of him inside there somewhere.

Only nits to pick have to do with the audio. Careful with the punch in / punch out room tone. Even when there is a hard cut it's best to precede it by starting to fade the room tone in. And the audio around hanging up the phone was particularly distracting with the room noise cutting in and out. Only other real nit is the coverage / cutting of the hallway scene. Not sure but it felt like we crossed the line a few times and it was disorienting.

But those are small technical things and easy to fix next time for what is clearly a very talented filmmaker. I admire you strength of vision and confidence that you can imbue seemingly simple shots and actions with such meaning and suspense. Like the looking from one follower to another to the guy with the crazy goatee and his slow nod. Really felt eery and creepy like invasion of the body snatchers there.

Great looking and FEELING movie.

Thanks for making it. Really glad I got to see it :beer:
dont know what to say. thanx, I love the little details and i try to get as any in as possible, i see u do too. I will definitely work on that audio. Tryin to get used to FCP 's audio controls.

BAck to watching more films.

dvpixl
06-04-2007, 10:26 PM
no words can describe how much i hate this film. great stuff D. I'm glad you went with Mr. Mcbrien as I only saw him able to take this part.
Your direction was slick and witty- you can only make better films after this.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
06-04-2007, 10:27 PM
Weird film... I guess that's why I loved it.

I think I might have some creepy nightmares tonight! :)

I loved all the different shots you used. The tap on the shoulder may have been a bit much the second time around but that would be nitpicking.

Really great work! One of my favourites thus far, and I've seen most of them.

Cheers,

Mike

Bionicpix
06-04-2007, 10:33 PM
GReat! Soundtrack pulls it all together. Let me just say, I'm glad you didn't crush the blacks. Perfect use of end credits (still frame - genius). There are some very filmic shots in there. Critique? All minor for a quick short like this. The HMI on the face when he's buying a coffee bugs me, but that might be cuz I know what it is. Nice FX and edit. Were all the FX shots done in FCP? Bravo!

Keystoned
06-04-2007, 10:35 PM
Oh yeah, I meant to say that I really liked the main guy. Good find there. Interesting to look at and believable. I get the sense there is a good bit of passion under the hood as well.


dont know what to say. thanx, I love the little details and i try to get as any in as possible, i see u do too. I will definitely work on that audio. Tryin to get used to FCP 's audio controls.

BAck to watching more films.

The easiest thing in FCP for the punchins is highlight the end of the clip and select AUDIO TRANSITIONS / +3 Cross Fade.

Also see if you can make a bed of room tone by crossfading together some piece of the location audio where no one is talking (same filter) then play that room bed under the whole scene at the low level but high enough to hide the punch in and outs.

Also if you have one of the FCP studio suites it comes with some "stock" room tones that may be close enough to your location room tone to work.

It's a tough part of it. I have been to afraid to get into soundtrack pro yet though :eek:

Finally try to have the bulk of your dialogue and featured sound take place between - 6 and -12 db on the VU meter , this keeps people from riding their volumes while watching, and reserve -3db and just under 0 (clipped) for explosions and gun shots - what you want to be the loudest thing in the movie.

Is this your first film? You will get FCP down quick.

Thanks again. :beer:

Beat Takeshi
06-04-2007, 11:40 PM
Thanks all.
Barry did a excellent job and expect to see his face around here in future fests. I wish now we got a better compression up after watching a few of these films because the images are stunning on a lot of these films. The cafe scene I can say was the hardest because we had like 2 hours only to shoot and had to do it while it was open for business. They also only let us use 2 lights max in there which didn't leave much room to match natural light. I do like the uncrushed blacks in this and Dale did a good job matching what he showed me as a reference look from another short.
Dale also did a good job on working under the pressure of time ruled by our AD and producer MsManhattan. I think this is the first time he had someone produce for him but he survived with only a ripped achillies tendon. She ran a tight ship as always and secured everything she needed to secure. No slacking here. We did have some communication problems that she was unaware of with our first composer but it has seemed to have worked out in the end.
I am thrilled that people are taking to the openess of the story, isn't that the whole idea of film making? To be able to put your own thoughts or experiences into the story and in essence bringing you deeper and more personally into it.
I do hate that one of the integral parts has to wait until after the fest to be added but the story is still complete for the 6 minute clip.
Dale is definitly not your average bear and I know that every film he makes will take you on a journey not of the norm. Hes not normal. ;)
Steve did a great job on camera as second unit DP and as watcher 2. He has a great look. Dale wanted everyone in the film to NOT look like an average person and he and Leslie definitely made good decisions on the cast. I love his nod near the end and the wipe of the truck going by. Too bad it was raining that day and not the other but.... no one has mentioned that so I guess the story keeps you in its grip and hides it on its own. :)
My fav shots are the bedroom. The colors in that in HD are so yummy. Leslie did a great art direction job accented by Dale's well thought out wardrobe to make that scene pop for me. The office scene is so milky soft too, I love the way that looks. The lighting is invisable in both scenes. I love that.
Thanks again for all the comments and crits.

Texture
06-05-2007, 08:32 AM
Congrats to Leslie, Aram and all the other Puffins. Excellent performances, camera work, lighting and script. Excellent job at building tension. Love this film!!!

ripupthehwy
06-05-2007, 10:26 AM
I really liked your film. Mainly because it kept my interest the entire time. Didn't "drag along" making me want to just jump to the end of it (know what i mean? Some of the films on here seem to drag and could have been told better in half the time) but this one was interesting all the way through! Great shots also!

rich nation

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

cinealma
06-05-2007, 10:45 AM
One of my fest favorites so far. This is exactly the kind of stuff I love to experience. Photography was top notch and it sounded great. Acting was great too.

I like the sense of something "bad" going on amidst this quiet stillness, if you know what I mean. You watch and wait for something to spark, but it never really does. And by the time it's over, you feel like something's been taken from you, but you don't know what.

Excellent. I'm not going to nit-pick this one because honestly, the film pulled me in so much that I wasn't keeping an eye out for the technical stuff.

Great job! And thanks for screening.

gabrielflorit
06-05-2007, 12:53 PM
All of the actors are real except one person that it not in this short version and watcher 2 Steve (the second unit camera) the guy with the beard with spikes.

That's interesting. He's the one I liked the best - the guy with the beard. I think when you have a film with a good guy vs. bad guys, in order for the confrontation to be more powerful the bad guy has to be as strong an actor as the good guy, if not stronger (example Jack Nicholson's Joker in the first Batman). This was the case in Check, where the spiked bearded guy had a very menacing sinister look. Veeeery convincing. Very filmic.

I still love your short. This will probably be my first choice (if I could vote - got to post about 30 more replies before I get to 100 :huh: ).

pd. "Check - check - check - check " - I love that!

Beat Takeshi
06-05-2007, 01:16 PM
I think Steve looks great on camera. His facial features just scream to be on screen.

I love the ending checks too and the music accents that last one so perfectly to me along with his fight within to conform.

gabrielflorit
06-05-2007, 01:25 PM
I think Steve looks great on camera. His facial features just scream to be on screen.

I love the ending checks too and the music accents that last one so perfectly to me along with his fight within to conform.

Yes! The best scene in the film might be the end one, where you see all of them AND then him, but he hesitates. None of them hesitate. They all do their job. But he... he's thinking about it... you can definitely sense his struggle... very strong acting skills. Very subtle and nuanced.

I'll call myself a satisfied man the day I can make something like Check.

deedive
06-05-2007, 01:37 PM
I'll call myself a satisfied man the day I can make something like Check.

Leslie is the one that made me be able to make Check.:) She's probably busy making another movie now. Leslie where are u.....

Beat Takeshi
06-05-2007, 01:45 PM
Shes off getting a facial. Dale you did a great job on the story. I felt the idea as soon as i read the script. I think I said this was like a Twighlight Zone joint. Once you put the full version up I think people will like it even more. I am glad to be a part of Check.

Mike Insane
06-05-2007, 02:38 PM
beautifully shot. The story was interesting but seemed to leave a little something missing. I can't get over the visual images though. Well done!

http://www.dvxfest.com/spyfest/loader.php?id=27648

jamesh
06-05-2007, 05:42 PM
This is my dark horse for spyfest. I loved it. Your leading man put in great performance. I liked the mystery, but then again i'm one of those people who like to be strung along without being told whats happening (so i like Lost). I liked the casting of the different spys & loved the dude's crazy beard. Cinematography was very good and natural. My fave shots are the shot of the girl looking out of window. The music is really well suited to the mood of the film and helps it alot. The ending for me with the headshots again is superb.

Only thing i didn't think was too great was when he splashes the coffee cup over the guy in the shop. You don't hear a splash or actually see much coffee spill, but it's no biggy. Also the audio of the strangers grabbing the guy at the end is a bit weird & loud.

And also, i'm not sure if anyone else has brought this up but the bits where you do the tv static effect seems to have spilled onto your cropped black widescreen bars, maybe this was intentional but i reckon it would look better if you kept them clean.

Overall, i thought it was a very tight, individual film bringing a much needed sense of mystery to spyfest. thankyou.

deedive
06-05-2007, 08:54 PM
Is this your first film? second, at least i would admit to directing. Did some DP jobs. Helped friends with there movie, etc


I still love your short. This will probably be my first choice (if I could vote - got to post about 30 more replies before I get to 100 :huh: ).
pd. "Check - check - check - check " - I love that! You got my vote!



Shes off getting a facial. Dale you did a great job on the story. I felt the idea as soon as i read the script. I think I said this was like a Twighlight Zone joint. Once you put the full version up I think people will like it even more. I am glad to be a part of Check.

I'm glad we did this bro. We took long enough to do a project together! :)Hopefully it is the start of a bunch of films. It was a great experience. I learned and am learning alot.


Only thing i didn't think was too great was when he splashes the coffee cup over the guy in the shop. You don't hear a splash or actually see much coffee spill, but it's no biggy. Also the audio of the strangers grabbing the guy at the end is a bit weird & loud.

And also, i'm not sure if anyone else has brought this up but the bits where you do the tv static effect seems to have spilled onto your cropped black widescreen bars, maybe this was intentional but i reckon it would look better if you kept them clean.

Workin oh these things for the longer version. but sorry guys it wont have too many answers to the questions people are askin (maybe one). may have even have more questions, lol

its crazy at work, gotta watch more films.

MsManhattan
06-05-2007, 09:30 PM
Wow! I am so happy to see all of these positive responses. Thanks to everyone for all of your comments, and a special thanks to Dale and Aram for the props. I appreciate it!

It's easy to be a motivated and energetic producer when you have a script that's worth going to bat for, and as soon as I read Dale's first draft, I was sold.

Regarding the several comments about what is really going on -- who are these people watching Rob and why and how exactly do they co-opt him at the end -- I said to Dale from the very beginning: "I don't really know who these people are or why they picked Rob or how they get him in the end, but I don't need to. I understand what is going on and I can bring my own interpretation to it."

And to this day, even after having made the movie and knowing how we made it and all the tricks and the direction given to the actors, etc., the story is still a pleasant mystery to me and I have a different take on it every time I watch it. And that's just magical, and if you know Dale, well, that's Dale, that's kind of the core of his aesthetic. So it was very powerful to work on something that had so much vision and to support a writer/director who managed to be flexible without sacrificing his vision.

I wish I had some great "war stories" to tell about the making of the film, but it really went quite smoothly because Dale truly understood the value of working with a producer and was quite committed to a lengthy pre-production process that paid off big-time when we got to production and post. We struck a really good give-and-take right from the get-go that was centered on problem-solving and working within the confines of no/lo budget, and respecting our actors' time and schedules, and reworking scenes to fit within the location options we had, etc. , all with an eye on preserving the vision and attaining the highest possible production values. It was a tremendous experience as a producer, and I am definitely ready to do it again soon!

Dale, where's your next script???

Thanks again to everyone for watching and responding. It's just the icing on the cake.

Paul Coleman
06-05-2007, 11:18 PM
This film has the power of a dream. Strong acting from all. Also, I notice the office dialog seems like chit chat -- but is actually right in line with the theme of the film. Smart writing.

The girl is choosing people from a high place -- is she God? She also seems to control angels/minions. Fascinating. (4:29) At one point she seems to be reaching out to the main character. But he rejects her.

Amazing work. Congrats to the whole team. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Shawn Philip Nelson
06-05-2007, 11:23 PM
Hmmm, what to say...

Well definitely bold choices, which I like. Good acting, and good casting (I love a variety of looks). The plot was confusing up until the end, then it was deliberately vague. It seems like one of those plots that pretends to be deep, but rather there's hardly anything there.

The cinematography was a mixed bag. Framing was generally very good (with a few exceptions, such as the randomly placed hero angle in the coffee shop) but the exposure and camera settings were terrible.

Again, fantastic directing of the actors. Next time have a real plot and better mastery of your camera and I think you'd hit one out of the park.

Beat Takeshi
06-06-2007, 05:14 AM
Explain what you mean by terrible. I don't see what you mean. If you mean contrast in the shots, it was deliberate to have milky grey shadows and blueish tint. We went for that look which we had another movie to reference and we matched it pretty perfectly.

As far as plots, it is left open so people can bring their own experiences to the story. I guess if you don't have any experiences, you have a plot thats hardly there.

Chris Messineo
06-06-2007, 06:17 AM
This was fantastic. My second favorite film in the contest. It looked great, the performances were excellent, and I loved the story. Perfect ending.

deedive
06-06-2007, 11:44 AM
Hmmm, what to say...

Well definitely bold choices, which I like. Good acting, and good casting (I love a variety of looks). The plot was confusing up until the end, then it was deliberately vague. It seems like one of those plots that pretends to be deep, but rather there's hardly anything there.

The cinematography was a mixed bag. Framing was generally very good (with a few exceptions, such as the randomly placed hero angle in the coffee shop) but the exposure and camera settings were terrible.

Again, fantastic directing of the actors. Next time have a real plot and better mastery of your camera and I think you'd hit one out of the park.

definitely wasnt tryin to be deep. Don't really even know what u mean by that.
"next time have a real plot" i think me and u have different ideas of what a plot should be. Thats why there are alot of different movies. Different strokes for different folks.

TimurCivan
06-06-2007, 12:01 PM
i like the unnerving feel.

Steve rocked hard.

I like pastel colors.

I like movies that leave alot ot the imagination. I hate being told what ot think. this let me make up my own paranoid story.

I like it.

Beat Takeshi
06-06-2007, 12:38 PM
this let me make up my own paranoid story.

I like it.

Hahaha. I like that.

Thanks Chris and Timur. Steve rocks.

deedive
06-06-2007, 06:09 PM
This was fantastic. My second favorite film in the contest. It looked great, the performances were excellent, and I loved the story. Perfect ending. thanx man:)


i like the unnerving feel. Steve rocked hard. I like pastel colors. I like movies that leave alot ot the imagination. I hate being told what ot think. this let me make up my own paranoid story. I like it. thax man. This was the first time i ever worked with steve. I have to agree with u guys, Steve will rock your face off. When i was thinking about the feel all i had to do was think of what people where gonna think of the movie on the board and id get real scared and paranoid. :) hopefully that worked its way into the movie. thanx everyone for your comments.




Dale, where's your next script??? That means alot coming from one of the dvx veterens, and about the script.... (mad scientist laugh) MUUAHAHAHAHAHH

Michael_Petro
06-06-2007, 08:14 PM
dude i was totally digging this.... I might mention i had the lights off and the headphones on... and I was like oo shit is this a horrfest movie i missed :) kick ass dude! loved it..

Dr.Cyclops
06-06-2007, 10:01 PM
Great job man! Definetly an unsettling vibe. Audio seemed to have some issues, but besides that, I loved it! The lead guy did a really good job. Congrats!

Dennis Wood
06-07-2007, 12:42 AM
I can't tell you guys how cool it was to watch this knowing a few of our adapters were on the job for the shooting. I was watching the film wondering where it was all going right up until the last scene. The score, cc, and shooting style all worked together to give this piece a slightly surreal feel...a bit like "Matrix" meets "The Ring". Congrats Dale, Aram, and the rest of the crew on your achievement.

abalex
06-07-2007, 01:59 AM
Really liked this movie, one of my top 3 for sure. Love the opening scene and how it repeats at the end of the movie. Loved the look of the main character, love the look of the bad guys. The ending was chilling, loved it. Nice piece my friend.

GV.

Aaron Marshall
06-07-2007, 02:06 AM
Pros: I liked all the actors in the film. The main guy nailed it. You did a great job framing up the scenes. The music worked very well. I would like to hear Witkam's version. This seems like a case of Ridley Scott's Legend - Tangerine Dream/Jerry Goldsmith type dealio. Both versions worked really well, so I like have both in my collection.

Cons: I didn't like the blue tint all over everything. It seemed like you did it in post instead of white balancing on camera. I could be wrong. Everything just seemed slightly too blue.

Along with a cool story and all the pros above I couldn't help but have a Smurfy good time. This film is in my top 3. I dug the ending.

Darkline
06-07-2007, 04:49 AM
Great short.

Really well executed. I'm having a hard time picking my absolute favourite, but this is top 3 for me. (I havent seen them all yet).

Im a real fan of films which resolve a story on one level but leave the bigger picture open. You did this with some style too.

I loved the final shot where he also showed some hesitation. Sure, I dont know what it means :-) but it made me think more about the possible connections. He seemed hesitant, almost like he was reluctant to do what he was doing. You got the impession as time went on he'd be comfortable and automated about it as the other guys are. Almost like his whole being hadnt been cosumed 100%, not yet anyway.

I really like films that deal with identity and this had that 'body snatcher' 'stepford wives' vibe going on. And to get a girl in on it too make it all the more creepier. It almost makes the motive more ambigious becuse you cant tie any of the people together. This was a good call because without her it might have seemed like just a bunch of spy recruits - but with her the film takes on a more surreal unearthy feel.

A really simple but good story told with some flair. A great little piece of film-making where the ending leaves you with a chill.

deedive
06-07-2007, 06:58 AM
dude i was totally digging this.... I might mention i had the lights off and the headphones on... and I was like oo shi* is this a horrfest movie i missed :) kick ass dude! loved it..:)


Great job man! Definetly an unsettling vibe. Audio seemed to have some issues, but besides that, I loved it! The lead guy did a really good job. Congrats!thanx, audio problem where all my fault. i gotta get barry on the forum so he can see the love he is getting.


I can't tell you guys how cool it was to watch this knowing a few of our adapters were on the job for the shooting. I was watching the film wondering where it was all going right up until the last scene. The score, cc, and shooting style all worked together to give this piece a slightly surreal feel...a bit like "Matrix" meets "The Ring". Congrats Dale, Aram, and the rest of the crew on your achievement.thanx dennis, justin and aram did a wonderful job. The movie has officially been brevisized.


Really liked this movie, one of my top 3 for sure. Love the opening scene and how it repeats at the end of the movie. Loved the look of the main character, love the look of the bad guys. The ending was chilling, loved it. Nice piece my friend.thanx, i liked your film alot, i was going to atch it again tonight. I remember from my first viewing it was Amazingly shot and had a good tension.



Pros: I liked all the actors in the film. The main guy nailed it. You did a great job framing up the scenes. The music worked very well. I would like to hear Witkam's version. This seems like a case of Ridley Scott's Legend - Tangerine Dream/Jerry Goldsmith type dealio. Both versions worked really well, so I like have both in my collection.

Cons: I didn't like the blue tint all over everything. It seemed like you did it in post instead of white balancing on camera. I could be wrong. Everything just seemed slightly too blue.

Along with a cool story and all the pros above I couldn't help but have a Smurfy good time. This film is in my top 3. I dug the ending.

Funny u say smurfy, we did add the blue in post. We thought that was the way to go. more control. Both will be on the dvd, like legend. JK i dont think there will be a dvd. but i will talk to herman about showing that version later.


Great short.

Really well executed. I'm having a hard time picking my absolute favourite, but this is top 3 for me. (I havent seen them all yet).

Im a real fan of films which resolve a story on one level but leave the bigger picture open. You did this with some style too.

I loved the final shot where he also showed some hesitation. Sure, I dont know what it means :-) but it made me think more about the possible connections. He seemed hesitant, almost like he was reluctant to do what he was doing. You got the impession as time went on he'd be comfortable and automated about it as the other guys are. Almost like his whole being hadnt been cosumed 100%, not yet anyway.

I really like films that deal with identity and this had that 'body snatcher' 'stepford wives' vibe going on. And to get a girl in on it too make it all the more creepier. It almost makes the motive more ambigious becuse you cant tie any of the people together. This was a good call because without her it might have seemed like just a bunch of spy recruits - but with her the film takes on a more surreal unearthy feel.

A really simple but good story told with some flair. A great little piece of film-making where the ending leaves you with a chill.

This means alot coming from u. Your film was one of my favorites of all dvxfests. As u know i am a fan of the revolving story. Halfway was great! This is my first entry and i have to say im enjoying every minute of the experience.

Mark Harris
06-07-2007, 07:51 AM
Good stuff Dale. After the fest, I want to see a 720p version though, if i can. I feel like I am missing out on the look at this size.

If I were to nit-pick, I would say for some reason I think you can let us identify with the lead more. And I think it's as simple as giving him a little more screen time. For instance, in the office scene, you play it mostly on the other guy. That might be a choice, though I don't see what it specifically gets you, when we spend all of our time looking at this guy we don't care about and will never see again.

Likewise, if you have any more footage of him in the beginning. It's hard to put my finger on, but I think it can focus a little more on him. It's the question: "Who's story is this?"

Anyway, nice work.

Oh yeah, in the cafe, I was like: "Hey, I recognize that strip of light!"

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/2939/1181224207.jpg

:):)

Beat Takeshi
06-07-2007, 09:14 AM
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Beat Takeshi
06-07-2007, 09:14 AM
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Mark Harris
06-07-2007, 09:17 AM
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's bad. Those streaks really brought a lot of life to our diner scenes in KATRINA. It's just funny.

Yeah, hopefully after, Dale will let me see the 720. I with all films in these fests were at 720. I think many films benefit from the low res, making them look better than they are, but this is not one. I think the low res hurts the look you guys were going for a little, and the 720 will likely look TONS better.

Beat Takeshi
06-07-2007, 09:21 AM
Crap...it showed i posted that same thing 6 times and then I go to fix it and it deleted my whole post. No, i didn't think you meant it bad. I was just mentioning what I was working with because I feel the lighting in the cafe doesn't match the rest of the short.

Beat Takeshi
06-07-2007, 09:22 AM
I think I have a ton of them in "Bottom Feeder" also but I graduated to making them with a few lights and gobos now. :P

You can see some of it here but the camera flashes and washes everything out.
Had about 6 lights in this shot 2 with gobos.
http://www.puffinfilms.com/BottomFeeder/IMG_0696.jpg


You can see more here:
http://www.puffinfilms.com/BottomFeeder/

arielman
06-07-2007, 09:50 AM
Hi guys

Loved the way this was filmed !
Great actors , the bad dudes sure look the part .
nice to see this on a LCD .
I enjoyed this short but..
The only issue I have is I don't understand the story .Please forgive me , I watched 4 times before posting this .

Has it something to do with people being fired?
Is this Big brother as they seem to see in the future .
I can't understand why they are after him ( was it to be daryl and not Rob?).
I even went frame by frame when Rob is in the office looking for something .
So the only conclusion is this is wide open for your interpertation.
I must say well done in every department guys !!!!

Ian

Beat Takeshi
06-07-2007, 09:57 AM
Yup. Wide open for you to add in whatever you think it may be. Keeps you thinking about the short even after you have watched.

I'm still not up to your film yet Ian, hope to get to it tonight after our shoot or tomorrow.

arielman
06-07-2007, 10:20 AM
Thanks Aram

You don't know how hard it was for me to post that I didn't get it .
I always enjoyed you work so as I said it was difficult to say that bit .

I really hope these go to DVD as I feel QT doesn't do many justice .

Good luck in the fest , from what I see I think you'll do good!!
Ian

AmyO
06-07-2007, 10:36 AM
I totally thought I posted a comment in here before now. I know I meant to. . .

Anyway, I loved the look of this film. And it reminded me of a ghost story or something. I've used the term "haunting" before in another thread. The way the camera lingers sometimes, then hides other things. As for story, I don't need a lot of backstory, personally, as long as watching the characters react to the here and now is interesting and engaging, and in this film it was. I didn't need to know why they were after him, just that he was scared and angry about it. And I loved his hesitation at the end. Is he brainwashed? Has he decided to be a "double agent" and only pretend to go along? All kinds of fun questions are raised with that one look.

Ruth25
06-07-2007, 10:24 PM
I saw all of the movies in this fest and I have to say this is one that stands out and stays stuck in your head.
Great job on making the story so memorable. After making up my own scenarios explaining why Rob was "recruited", I realized that none would really improve the story for me.
The lead actor was great and very believable. Six minutes is a very short time to connect with a character.
Congrats to the cast and crew! and good luck! Hope you make top 3!

Beat Takeshi
06-08-2007, 10:11 AM
:) Thanks!

Danielleus
06-08-2007, 09:32 PM
Haven't read the other posts but so I'm just gonna speak my mind about how I felt.

And I felt good about this one. Story lost me, but I think that helped. The weirdness totally put you in the place of the main character. Why and what for? Not sure it's explained well enough. But I liked what you did.

The music was great. The acting was superb (you luck act cause, man, I really like that guy. Totally felt like he was living everything he expressed). Really loved the look as well. Camera work was great. And finally, not sure if you GS'd the TV/DVD player or did it practically, but I loved that too. This was a nice film and I really, really enjoyed. Thanks for submitting it. Again, really nice.

Beat Takeshi
06-09-2007, 12:00 PM
Yeah. I look foward to working with him again.

Dahopafilms
06-09-2007, 12:11 PM
Dee, Leslie, Aram and Steve,

I just realized I hadn't commented on this, which is bizarre because it was a favourite of mine that I watched early on.

The stuff that worked for me:
I loved the story. I enjoy stories that don't hand it all to you on a silver platter. So this worked so well for me. Awesome.
The look/feel. Loved the cold, bluish tint to much of this. It really reinforced the tone of the story.
Your actors. Really, really good. Loved the use of the child. Loved the use of the older actors. And they all looked so character specific. Nice job.
Your locations were awesome. Nice.
Wardrobe. Good choices.
Did I mention the story? Fantastic. Especially where one is watching and having an internal conversation - "Is he crazy?" "What's the black guy going to do?" ... Great!


As for stuff that didn't work for me, there was pretty much nothing. At least nothing worth mentioning.

Again, you've got a good story, well filmed and well acted. Nice job.

MsManhattan
06-09-2007, 12:19 PM
Barry is out of town and hasn't been able to keep up with the thread, so I excerpted everybody's posts about him and sent them in an email. He was really happy and sends his warmest thanks to everyone for the reviews of his performance.

Dale and I knew within the first five minutes of his audition that he was our Rob. Dale asked him to read the office scene three different ways and each time he nailed it on the first go in each of the three different ways. I read the part of John during the audition, and I'm no actress, but from reading with him, I understood what it means when another actor "gives you something to work with." Suddenly I wasn't just reading lines -- I was responding to him. It was a very cool experience.

He was also the consummate professional -- he insisted on wearing his wardrobe for every rehearsal because it helped him feel the part more. While shooting, between set-ups he took time alone to prepare for each scene, and he had his dialogue down pat from day one. In between shoots he was always responsive and stayed in touch -- and he always showed up just a few minutes early for everything. And on top of all that, he is just the most easy-going, relaxed, funny, motivated person to be around. I can't imagine having made this film without him.

Norm Sanders
06-09-2007, 01:17 PM
COOL concept ... didn't know where it was going until the VER end, which is great. I didn't care for the interaction/perforamcnes and camera angles of the co-workers in the hallyway, but that was the weakest part of the film for me (so a VERY small strike in the broad spectrum of things). Otherwise some GREAT lighting & camera work, as well as pretty strong sound design throughout. Nice supportive score as well (good work, Justin!) that didn't get in the way, but only instead helped to motivate the progression of the film. LOVED the accent of the lead, as well as the majority of his performance!

Nice work, team!

Karl151k
06-09-2007, 02:37 PM
Ok, this was the third Spyfest entry I watched. Some things I liked: The blue color cast is good, but after a while I was "over it". Your Close-Ups were great looking. Nice DoF over all, not as over done as some of the other entries I've seen. I recall liking the main actor a lot, he was very relateable. I also really liked the ending. Normaly, when there's an ending that's really open-ended, I write it off as just lazy filmmaking. However, in this movie, it really worked to it's advantage. It's a perception thing, and it no doubt contributed to you getting to many replies to this thread. =)

The things I wasn't so keen on were: The shakey POV camera. It was very distracting and I found it annoying. To get a good POV shot, it takes more than just running and shaking the camera. I noticed some color shifts throughout, even within the same scene. These probably could have been fixed with a little more time. I noticed some audio/ADR problems, but I don't recall anything major. (I listened to all the entries through headphones, which are far less forgiving than speakers.)

I enjoyed this movie, and I hope to see more work from you in the future.

Beat Takeshi
06-09-2007, 06:30 PM
If you ever meet Dale, you will definitely see that it wasn't lazy film making at the least. :) He thinks as deep as can be and every little thing has been thought about in detail including the shakey POV shots. We tried to emulate the actuall head moving in shots and maybe it was too shakey but thats what he liked and went with. There is a shot in the office scene where it shakes at the beginning of the cut because I started to slip off the little ladder but it happened to be the best take so it stayed in. You should see it right before the spot that he used. :P
Audio problems were running amok in this and the actors had no time to come back in except for Barry. Hopefully we can get that fixed up for the longer cut to send to fests.

You will definitely see more!

Ben Sliker
06-09-2007, 07:08 PM
I don't think I can say much more than what has already been said in this thread, but for me, this film had a lasting effect. It stuck with me and even long after i watched it, look back and say to myself "damn, that was clever".

I believe the weakest point was the interaction between the two co-workers, but nothing that took me completely out of the story, just a little too quick and forced.

Very solid entry and one of my favs in the fest.

Paul Coleman
06-10-2007, 10:50 PM
Congrats. This film is pure magic. Cheers. :beer:

Jack Daniel Stanley
06-10-2007, 11:00 PM
Yeah there is a strong vision here and a unique voice.

Glad this unique film got unique recognition. It was one of my favorites.

Much deserved :beer:

gabrielflorit
06-10-2007, 11:19 PM
Congratulations! I'm so glad they found an award for Check. It was the most unique entry, in my opinion. Made me REALLY want to know more about all those characters.

deedive
06-10-2007, 11:36 PM
go, "Check", it your birthday! Thanx for everyone that commented. And congrates to the winners aka everyone that entered.:)

:)Thanx hybridtheory, Paul, JDS and GF.

MsManhattan
06-11-2007, 12:13 AM
Congratulations, Dale! I'm happy we've been recognized as a zig among zags -- and a fine group of zags to boot. Congratulations to the top three and, n fact, to everyone who entered this really strong fest. Also, a hearty thanks again to everyone for your comments and support throughout the fest.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge our stellar cast. At least one person in this thread asked if they were "real" actors and I believe Aram mentioned that all but one are, in fact, pros. I should have written about them much earlier in the game, so I just wanted to add a little detail:

Barry, our lead, lives and breathes acting and has a lot of stage experience as both an actor and a professional musician.

Molly, the little girl, made her acting debut here, but expect to see more of her. She innately grasped our ambiguous story and asked such intuitive questions about her character that she led me to a firmer grasp of Dale's vision.

Humza, who played John in the office scene, is avidly pursuing an acting career in New York.

Tadhg, the ultra-cool motorcycle-riding Watcher #1, has been acting for years and had a recurring role on Xena: Warrior princess as well as stage experience and small roles in feature films, including Prime.

Steve, aka Steve2Bees, who was both the enigmatic Watcher #2 and Second-Unit DP, has acted on the stage and is just all around one of the most creative, energetic, well rounded artists that I will ever know.

Jack, Watcher #3, has extensive stage and screen experience and is a SAG officer in NYC. He is also a helluva good guitarist. He joined our cast at around midnight one night when we had an 8 a.m. call time the next morning and one of our cast members called to say he had to withdraw. It was a fortuitous turn of events as he was so menacing in the cafe scene.

Many thanks to each and every one of them!

MsManhattan
06-11-2007, 12:35 AM
Oy vey! Wish the edit function was working... I would like to add a big thanks to an unsung hero on our crew. Sean McQueen, officially credited for sound, was much more than our boom guy -- he was always at the ready to pitch in in any way we needed and was a huge help to me personally during some very long days when I'd had zero sleep the night before. A positive attitude, a big smile, easy-going -- a really great asset on the set. Thanks, Sean!

Mark Harris
06-11-2007, 07:50 AM
congrats guys, good job.

TimurCivan
06-11-2007, 09:55 AM
Congrats Ya'll!

Hootzie
06-11-2007, 11:34 AM
I'm glad Check got a nod! A fantastic film that had no closure to it, but the questions it produced at the end was worth the wait! Loved it!

Edgen
06-11-2007, 11:36 AM
wew hew!! Congrats on the Zig Zag award :)

cheers!
/j

Beat Takeshi
06-11-2007, 04:07 PM
Grassyass! I'm proud to be a part of it.

dvpixl
06-11-2007, 06:49 PM
I always think honorable mentions are special. congrats to the team!

Beat Takeshi
06-11-2007, 06:50 PM
Hey DVpixl, hope to meet you soon.
Thanks!

dvpixl
06-12-2007, 09:18 AM
same here. im sure we'll work on something together soon.

Beat Takeshi
06-14-2007, 08:40 PM
Here is a bigger version of check but not the final longer version.

http://www.puffinfilms.com/Check/Check.mov

gumonstro
07-20-2007, 12:00 PM
how you guys achieved the milky shadows?

deedive
07-22-2007, 12:21 AM
we decided on a specific look before we started and did some tests, So the milky shadow are achieved by to things. One: we shot with more even the less contrasty lighting. (and in some shots used smoke) two: In CC i added some color to the darks which sometime give a more smooth look. Hopefully aram will hop on with some lighting specifics.

HBlack
12-20-2007, 04:39 PM
Nicely done. It was interesting to watch. Only problem I noticed was that the audio didn't flow together well in a few places.

deedive
12-21-2007, 09:06 AM
yeah, there where a few audio issues, i was new to sound. stil am but getting better. watch my latest film on the forum "The Circle". I think i was a bit better with the sound but still learning.