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#1 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:09 AM

As there have been some genuine complaints about nobody ever posting stuff related to this category I thought I'd post a link to this.

Its a short called 'Texting'

Was shot on 2 rolls of Vision 200T neg on a Beaulieu ZM4008 with the Schnieder lens. Filtration using an 85B.

Thanks to the combined incompentance of Andec Filmtechnik (for losing part of the footage), The Widescreen Centre (for doing a ghastly telecine and for scratching the neg) and Todd AO for not bothering to provide a cleaning service (despite their high price) it looks pretty rough, and due to that i've tried to push it that way even further.

Here on You Tube:




and also here on Jump Cut:

http://www.jumpcut.c...0A31EE329CBD869

Edited by Andy_Alderslade, 20 September 2006 - 08:10 AM.

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#2 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:32 PM

Why does it look so flickery? That wasnt RANK, what type of service was that?
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#3 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 08:57 PM

definitely has a french new wave sort of feeling to it. i'm not sure i totally understand, but perhaps i'm not meant to. i did like it.
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#4 dr_gonzo

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:12 PM

That was a nice little film man...despite a few scratches to the negative the images look pretty nice. Keep it up!
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#5 Tim Terner

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 01:42 AM

I agree with dr_gonzo, it's the filming and plot that matters and it was an enjoyable 2 minutes
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#6 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 05:50 PM

i'm not sure i totally understand, but perhaps i'm not meant to.


Can you say what you did not understand, -i'm very keen to know. I'm concerned about some of the audio levels - wonder if people can undertand them.

Some concerns about flicker?
I believe it was telecined on an URSA Diamond, which is what Todd-AO use, however I suspect what you think is flicker is either, the considerable amount of neg dust or the stacato feel of the beaulieu's short shutter which is sometimes conbined with small amounts of post-slow-motion.
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#7 chris evans

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:03 PM

That was fun. Flicker? I thought of it more as a ghost sort of effect, seeming to trail in some areas. It was fun though, I liked it.
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#8 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:06 PM

I really liked it man, it was a nice little story. Well paced and interesting. I don't usually see a lot of super-8 material, so the look seems rare and different. If this was DV and any longer, I would have had a different reaction.
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#9 Bill Totolo

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 05:28 PM

I liked it a lot. I love the format. As for the story though it felt a bit one dimensional, the character speaks his desire and there isn't any insight gained at the end. I'm not saying it's bad at all, but I think this is where a few viewers indicate confusion. I would suggest some sort of turning point in there but that's just me.
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#10 Rhonda L. McReynolds

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:02 PM

ghost sort of effect, seeming to trail in some areas.


How did you achieve this? Was it intentional/kharma?
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#11 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 12:25 AM

I thought you did a nice job on the filming and editing. Kind of hard to judge otherwise with all that YouTube compression... except the dirt, I never had S8 neg come back that dirty myself.
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#12 ryan_bennett

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 12:35 AM

Nice, simple and appealing story. Hahah- I know what that is like, texting and at the end I understood the title. Shorter and a bit faster/punchier, I would swear this was a commercial, a damn fine wireless commercial.
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#13 andres victorero

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:49 AM

Very nice footage. Congrats ;)
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#14 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:31 PM

Cheers, for all the feedback everyone, its all appreciated.

I liked it a lot. I love the format. As for the story though it felt a bit one dimensional, the character speaks his desire and there isn't any insight gained at the end. I'm not saying it's bad at all, but I think this is where a few viewers indicate confusion. I would suggest some sort of turning point in there but that's just me.


I see what you mean, though admittedly this was an exercise to challenge myself with camera and lighting - i've lost my interest in writing films since experiences at film school.

I believe the ghosting is from doing slow motion in post, perhaps combined with the short shutter speed.
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#15 Jan Weis

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:58 PM

It was a nice, sweet, feel good short film.

Thanks for sharing!
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#16 Cohen Phillips

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:48 PM

A nice little film you got here. To bad about the labs not being more careful with it. :P But all in all in looks nice. Great to see you keeping Super 8 alive! :D
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#17 Justin Lovell

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 10:01 AM

A nice little film you got here. To bad about the labs not being more careful with it. :P But all in all in looks nice. Great to see you keeping Super 8 alive! :D


You can get that strobing if you don't de-interlace when doing your compressing for web.

What was it transferred on?

Thanks for posting!
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#18 Andrew Means

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 07:25 PM

I really liked it- the lens length on the girl shots did a good job of conveying the exaggerated focus of those first meetings.
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#19 Matthew Buick

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 06:25 PM

That Negative...like silks...so soft...lovely film.
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