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    Anyone else notice the 'DVXUser Look'?
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    Senior Member Shawn Philip Nelson's Avatar
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    I've been watching fests since Dramafest, and ordered the SciFiFest DVD and watched that.

    I've noticed that the styles are blurring into what I'd call...the "DVXUser Look'. It's recipe includes:

    -35mm adaptor with tons of rack-focuses, half of which are un-motivated
    -'wandering-eye' camera work. Sort of a shoulder-mount/hand-held on crack. The frame just sort of wanders around and then
    -Tons of jump cuts, usually combined with rack focuses and wandering eye.
    -Non-linear. Even though it's just 6 minutes, there will invariably be multiple flash-forwards or flash-backs.

    Optional:
    -Gratuitious Crane Shots. (Usually the fest immediately after the user has boughten his/her first Kessler crane).
    -Twist endings that have no-build up and aren't really supported by the previous 05:30 of runtime.

    Anyone else? :-) Just pokin some fun here, I enjoy watching.
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    Just poking fun at bagging on all of the shorts.

    Hmmmmmmmmm.

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    I suppose I see this trend but can't chalk it up to a DVX look; much of what we see is very indicative of what is featured on network television and feature films.

    I am still obsessed with more traditional visual techniques and will continue to try and understand that.


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    Hey man, buy me a drink and I'll bag on my sh1t all day long. I'm just noticing a trend here and thought I'd have a bit of fun, without being specific at anyone in particular, to see if others have noticed the same thing.

    I agree with you, I'm more about the traditional look. I'd rather learn 50 ways to use a dolly and track than how to handheld and shake.
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    Well I notice certain trends, mainly thing thing with overmoving camera. But also transitions. Like in one fest, someone might do something that people like, then next fest, other people grab at it. I"m still working with a lot of static camera, because a) I like it and b) I think in my next film I will be ready to start adding much more motivated moving camera. I tend to work from the ground up and try to get certain things down before adding more.


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    To be honest, I think Blind Date had a HUGE dvxuser look. ESPECIALLY the story.

    It's funny...I thought I was the only one who saw this "look"

    Maybe it's the 24p.
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    Can someone post this look as a scene file?
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    Sure, just send me your tripod.



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    It's tied to low/no budget run and gun filmmaking. Things change when you have a large budget and time to work on shorts.

    It's not limited to DVX or HVX, either. I've seen beginners shoot film and end up with a similar look.

    I guess that's why we call it learning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter richards View Post
    Can someone post this look as a scene file?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikkowilson View Post
    Sure, just send me your tripod.



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    The two big trends I noticed in this fest are:

    - A majority of the films are using 35mm adapters (sometimes a great thing but not always)

    - The quality of the stories improved dramatically in this Fest (and that is always a good thing)


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