It's incredibly difficult to actually TELL a story without any dialogue. Even the old silent movies used cards for dialogue. You were able to tell your story COMPLETELY without dialogue. I applaud you. It was a fun watch.
Thread: The Common Man
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02-17-2008 01:48 PM
02-17-2008 02:06 PM
This was a fun movie. I liked the echoes back from no-talkies. I thought the old film effects and the skippy frame rates were nice. Fun running scenes. I like to see people run in films. I thought you did well telling a story without talking. I thought the first person finger wiggle by the clothing story guy was fun.
Overall, very nice job!
02-17-2008 10:11 PM
The Common Man
I like the concept of the black and white silent film. The costumes and some of the settings just didn’t have the B/W silent film vibe? Good story telling though, with no dialog.
My favorite shot is when he is running after the garbage truck. Well done. I also like the long alley shot.
I thought the music helped with the idea with the emphasis on the action and mood.
02-17-2008 10:51 PMI invented the "remove echo" audio filter. And only people that boom their actors closely get to use it.
Alex Donkle - Sound Designer -
02-17-2008 10:58 PM
So it was my expectation and not necessarily what your intentions were.
02-18-2008 11:21 AM
Wow, Gohanto! WELL DONE!!!!
You told a complete story with no dialogue! I am so impressed. And actually, I don't think that you even needed that card that stated "a short time later."
I loved your direction and camera work. My favorite was that curved dolly when he discovered his pants were missing. Really nice.
You film has a wonderful message and all with not a single bit of dialogue. I am truly amazed.
My biggest criticism would be the make-up. As a homeless man, I would expect more than dirt smeared on his face. He just didn't have the "life on the streets" look to him. But I really don't care. The story was more rewarding and definitely worth the watch!
Music was perfect for this. Loved the B&W as well.
Oh! I loved the sound of the garbage truck throughout the realization period. That was great! Very effective.
Congrats to you and your crew!!!
02-19-2008 01:37 PM
I had a pair of pants in my life that were like the ones in the film, except this pair sucked money in and they were worn by a girl named Julie.
good job going for a silent film. Telling a story using just pictures is not easy, but it's the essence of filmmaking. My one criticism is that the lead seemed a little miscast for the role, I don't know if anyone would think he was a homeless guy. i know with no budget films it is hard to cast. He did a pretty good job though showing the emotion in his face in a Chaplin esq way. Congrats on getting a film in the fest and I look forward to seeing more from you.
02-21-2008 11:57 AM
This was a funny one. Pretty brave of you not to use any dialog. A fun comedy. Liked the ending.
02-21-2008 12:47 PM
I'm a bit surprised you thought we should've had more make-up. Most of the comments I got from others were that we had used too much (which was my goal since I wanted this over-the-top). Interesting to hear that.
The idea of the garbage truck throughout the scene was one of my favorites in making this so thanks for mentioning it. I originally thought about doing a color-pass for certain colors but thought it's a little cliche at this point, so I tried doing the acoustic equivalent of only hearing important sounds and I liked it.
Thanks for watching.I invented the "remove echo" audio filter. And only people that boom their actors closely get to use it.
Alex Donkle - Sound Designer -
02-21-2008 01:09 PM
It was my pleasure to watch it. I applaud your effort at making a silent film... something that I've yet to even think about!
As for the make-up comment, I just felt that it wasn't realistic. That there should have been more variety of tones to his make-up instead of the basic smear that you have going on.
The title card bit certainly didn't bother me. I was just so impressed that so much was told without ANY cards. It would have been neat to continue that.
And I am glad that you didn't colorize any part of the film. I think that you would have diminished your film. It looked great as is.
Looking forward to more of your work!