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    Senior Member Mike McNeese's Avatar
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    Metal Storm

    Just gotta tell my cast and crew how much I appreciate their hard work and their commitment to the cause. Enjoy!

    Directed, Produced, and Edited by
    Mike McNeese

    Written by
    Brandon Hetzler

    Associate Producers
    Dan Welsh
    Rebecca McNeese
    Brandon Hetzler

    Cast
    Dan Welsh
    Erin Burchwell
    Danny Martin
    Brandon Hetzler

    Director of Photography
    Mike McNeese

    Music Composed by
    Richard and James Kelly

    Visual Effects by
    Andrew Fallon

    Lighting
    Dan Welsh
    Mike McNeese

    Makeup Artists
    Erin Burchwell
    Rebecca McNeese

    Stunt Driving
    Jason McNeese

    Special Thanks to
    Parsons Animal Clinic
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    Nicely done.

    Here's the stuff I really liked:
    1. The lighting was great all round. Very, very nice.
    2. Great camerawork on the car chase scenes. Do I smell Stickypod?
    3. Fine editing. The quick cuts and scene transitions really worked for me.
    4. The sets/locations worked very well. Good job.

    Here's the other stuff the struck me (not criticisms per se):
    • There was something about the acting. Mainly the villian's lines I suppose. Not too sure and I want to review - it could be just me.
    • The music didn't work for me - too much. To me, frenetic is fine, but needs to be used sparingly. Just my humble pov.
    • Not totally sold on the story. Maybe I was looking for a twist or surprise that wasn't there (although the yellow/gold glow on the bullet-stop was nice).

    But in the end, the one thing that stands out for me was the lighting. Very nicely shot.

    Nice job. Thanks for making this.
    God: Every time I try to talk to someone it's "sorry this" and "forgive me that" and "I'm not worthy"... (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975)


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    did usue the dvx or hvx on this mjm ??


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    I finally just got a chance to watch this — GREAT JOB.

    Honestly, I thought it was very well done and it kept my interest the entire time.

    Beautiful lighting on most of the shots, even the daytime exteriors (especially the car chase) were very nice - not too bright or boring. There were a couple shots where I thought the lighting was super —*but for I can't post attachments or I would show you. Maybe I'll figure it out...

    I thought the story was good and I like's when the main character realized he had magnetic powers. I totally believed it, and I didn't immediately think the fork was glued to his hand (or whatever).

    And I thought you did a fantastic job on the bullet stop. Beautiful.

    Again, overall very well done.


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    Thanks, all.

    The car chase stuff was actually done with a filmtools.com mount - MrPunch can chime in more about that...piece of cake to use.

    I gotta give props to the VFX guy, infiniteloop, wherever he might be. I asked the dude for just ONE shot at the end, and he starts offering to do all of these muzzle flashes and wavepool refraction...the dude's talented.
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    Screenplay: Great simple story.

    Acting: Really good all around, the only weak performance I felt was the larger doctor. He wasn’t a main character, so it didn’t bother me.

    Cinematography: Real simple, real effective, noticed a little dirt on the lens in some of the car shots. Other than that I loved it.

    Score: Effective, some of it seemed too synth.

    Overall: Great film, in my top 5, really loved the simple story and effective editing. The car chase was really well done.
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    yee haw! I got it! Good cliffhanger.

    My Thoughts:
    Music stuck out the most to me. Need more cowbell.err.. timpani. I think it was effective in some instances, but the chase scenes were perhaps a bit synth, but it had almost (forgive me composer) a 70's cheese vibe. I liked the dark moments and the piano parts were ok. Very frenetic. I could go in depth some more, but congrats. it was a very up and down film in terms of pacing so they did a good job with the various feelings.
    Ya.. the big doctor didn't appeal and his lines were cliched. Even the bald guy. He did a good job performing, but the end. eh. It needed something.
    I liked the girls's performance.
    I felt the connection between the two. they should hook up now after this movie.
    The lead role wasn't too bad either. However, lying on the floor and trying to eat from the tray? That just didn't work for me. On the flipside, I wanted to help him up so i felt some pitty.
    The car/chase sequences were nicely done. Best part of the movie.
    I dig the bullet effects and the ending leaves us on a cliffhanger to find out more.
    Lighting was really good imo too. I really enjoyed the camera work.
    I take it the girl is a DancKat? ;) Nice car.
    I really liked the VFX on the computer screen.
    The story line of his powers fit in perfectly within the chase scene. Bravo there.

    lastly.. the chase scene just... ended. Why? Its like the bad guy said. Ok, i'm going to pull over now and get out of the car and say we can make lots of cash. I would have liked to see the reasoning why he just stopped.

    Great work overall and looking forward to seeing your next films and past for that matter.

    cheers on the submit and finishing.
    /j


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    Quote Originally Posted by briceman
    Overall: Great film, in my top 5
    Thanks b, means a lot. Hey, why didn't you submit this fest!? I was looking forward to giving you straight 10s.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgen
    Music stuck out the most to me.
    Hmmm...music must be love it or hate it. I knew there wouldn't be anything else like it in the fest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgen
    I liked the girls's performance.
    I felt the connection between the two. they should hook up now after this movie.
    Yeah, that's not such a great idea. She's his HS drama teacher. Good to hear that someone is catching on to the 'attraction' between them...haha...get it!? Nevermind...

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgen
    I take it the girl is a DancKat? ;) Nice car.
    Yeah, that's a sweet ride...actually owned and operated by the villian guy. We were really worried about what other car we were gonna get for the chase, but then MrPunch walks me out to take a look at his car mount, 'Oh, yeah, that's my [SWEET] XJ6...wanna use it in the chase scenes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgen
    Great work overall and looking forward to seeing your next films and past for that matter.
    Thanks! Looking forward to making some more - this is my first.
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    DANZCAT - too funny. That's my license plate. Thought it would be straight forward - Dan's Cat (Jag) - but everyone always thinks it means 'Dance Cat'. My wife even asked on our first date about it. Wanted to make sure she was on the 'right side of the fence'.

    Thanks for all the comments so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjmcneese2
    Thanks b, means a lot. Hey, why didn't you submit this fest!? I was looking forward to giving you straight 10s.
    got too many other projects I had to gear up for this summer.
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