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    I'm extremely impressed anytime this much animation makes it into the fest and even more impressed if it can be blended with live action. I felt the cut could have been a little tighter to pick up the pace a little but a good job overall.


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    Favorite Thing: "Any other good news?" along with the snarky dialogue of the computer in regards to her name. I'm not won over by CG, but I appreciate some good dialogue.

    Least Favorite Thing: The ending. Um... just all sorts of creepy. And not in a good way. I liked the subtle creepiness of "Goodnight Richard", but then it just became the beginning of some freaky porno. It was fairly indicative of an overall problem with consistency of tone.


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    Thanks for the review Jason. It's the main reason I try to enter as many of these fests as possible. The varied opinions really point out the diverse sensibilities of the DVX audience. It always fascinates me that the best films will always find their detractors and the worst films their supporters. When a mid-seventies score for a film on Rotten Tomatoes is a steller rating it still means that a quarter of the viewers hated it. One of the reasons I try not to comment on my reviews is that I asked you to view and comment on my film and you did. It seems rather ridiculous to try and talk you out of the opinion I asked for. Sometimes people can take a second look and realize they made a mistake - Time magazine's famous reversal on Bonnie and Clyde comes to mind - but all I want is an honest opinion of someone's reaction upon the initial viewing. I do hope they take the time to actually watch the film without distractions, but tying them to their seats is not an option.

    You and krestofer didn't like the sexual nature of the ending. Others seemed to enjoy it. No one is right or wrong here. It's your take on life and your sensibilities talking. Am I sorry it bothered you? Yes, because I want my films to be enjoyed, but I wouldn't change it because it was my main concept from the beginning. I find it interesting that you also didn't like the scene in AJ's film where the woman in her underwear discovers the tattoo. Your objection never occured to me. The woman was in her bedroom and that's where I would assume she would remove her clothes. It seemed perfectly natural to me, yet it bothered you. I'm not criticising your opinion, just pointing out how differently we sometimes view the same scene.

    I'm not jumping on your review or anything, as I said, I asked for your honest opinion and you took the time to give it to me - just rambling on about the interesting nature of the feetback we get at DVXUser.
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    Totally agree with that taylormade!! Somebody once told me that if somebody is telling you something they believe in absolute truth, no matter how harsh or disagreed with what they say may be it is by the nature of honesty, worthwhile.

    For me as others the animation was great to see in the fest, but I expect that the amount of effort and time that took kept you from other bits of the film -- I wondered at the beginning where this guy was coming from. Not the basics: oh he's at war and stranded and going to die; the real situation that the guy was feeling himself to be in... Was he totally and completely battle-weary and desperate just to be done fighting? Or was he a valiant fighter who would refuse to surrender? In the short taking its course I guess I felt the character was a little formless, and since - as the title/conceit points out - it's just him, alone, I think the film rested a bit on his (and his characterization's) shoulders. Still though, an awesome film to see in the fest!!


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    Very ambitious project! Great job on the ships. I understand that you don't have a huge team working with you but it did feel a little choppy. You obviously have some skill and I would like to see a film in the future where you channel it all into a smaller but more focused part of another film. Instead of doing something animated with a little live footage it would be neat to see what you could do with a cool special effect or element in a non-animated film. Great work!


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    Just a quick one to say I enjoyed the light humour & how the story developed. Liked the ending, made me smile.



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    I appreciate your response to my comment, and I offer this not really as a rebuttal, but just as further clarification of my point of view.

    I have several thoughts on this matter, and they combine to contribute to my dislike of the end of your film. A large part of my problem with the moment, as I mentioned before, had to do with tone. Your film seems basically like an action/adventure/sci-fi, not like a Spaceballs/South Park raucous comedy. The ending is just ridiculous, which is fine, in a ridiculous film. But for the most part, your film works as an action sci-fi piece. The asteroid field idea may not be new, but it did work, and was good genre filmmaking.

    On another level, film is a medium where women are objectified constantly. I try as a filmmaker not to contribute to that trend. I realize that your woman was not real, but it was the use of the female body that seemed borderline grotesque. I didn't show this film to my wife, but if I did, I promise you she would have hated that scene. Most of DVXusers are male; I would love to hear what a female audience would think about the scene.

    In regards to my comment on AJ's film, I would say they were two totally different things, and I had problems with them for different reasons. I greatly enjoy many television series and films that show scantily clad women, the UK Skins is a particular favorite, so that is not the reason for my concern. I am only concerned with the "How" and "Why", and if the answers to those questions don't ring completely true, then I often find the scene gratuitous.

    I actually think this is an interesting discussion to have, and I apologize if it seems that I am picking on you. I think in our male centered community, it is important for all of us to constantly question the way we treat women in our films, and if these portrayals are honest and true.


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    I never thought you were picking on me. As I said, we put these films out to the DVXUser community and ask for input, good, bad or indifferent. The fact you took the time to watch and review my effort is all that I could ask. And I don't want you to get the idea that I'm being defensive or picking on you for your comments: if the content of my film bothered you, it bothered you, and nothing I say is going to change that - nor, should it. What I wanted to develop was the interplay between the pilot and the computer. It was interesting that some found Minnie evil, while others though it was funny, and still others found it offensive. Perception is in the eye of the beholder. All I can do is try - and let the chips fall.
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    CG was KING in this film. It started out okay and as stated, wasn't sure why he had a "gas mask" on, but it wasn't too far fetch to believe that maybe that's what he wore. I was into UNTIL Minnie became a female Hal.

    That "Wait, I have an idea" was, eh.

    If you can combine your CG skills with some well written script, I think you would do well at film festivals. The entertainment value of this got lost on me between here and there. I don't care about "sound" in space." I do however care about the story. It was okay, but your CG really is what made this film viewable.
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