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#1 Wooda McNiven

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 08:08 AM

It took a couple of years but my film "Howard's Keep" is ready in time for the Halloween season.

Shot all on Super 8 Tri-X, (Canon 1014 XLS and 1014E) it's a ten minute dark fantasy. Make sure to watch it in HD mode and headphones are best but at minimum, turn up the volume... my sound guy did an awesome job.

I finished principal photography not long before Alpha Cine stopped processing film, so it was the lab I used. The HD transfers were done by Perry at Gamma Ray Digital in Boston.

And finally, I've asked for a lot of advice on this forum over the years and so much of it was helpful (thank you) so I had to give cinematography.com a credit at the end. It's only right!

Hope you enjoy.
Wooda H. McNiven


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#2 Hunter O'Shea

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 02:18 PM

Superb! Truly enjoyed this my friend.

 

- Hunter


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#3 Will Montgomery

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 02:57 PM

Great short! Love the Tri-X with effects. You can be extremely proud of that one.


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#4 Logan Hursh

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 12:33 PM

Cool! I really liked the zoom/cut to Howard's eyes and the shots of the girl holding the gun at the end


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#5 Wooda McNiven

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 08:32 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind comments about my movie.

 

I'm just a hobbyist but I learned a lot making this and also received a lot of great advice here at cinematography.com while I was in production.

 

As some of you may already know, Kodak is holding a Super 8mm challenge. Unfortunately the time limitation for entries is five minutes. This is dissappointing as I would love to have entered "Howard's Keep" but it is ten minutes in length.

 

Oh well, dems da breaks!

 

Wooda


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#6 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 02:01 PM

Hey Wooda,

You could easily cut it down to fit with Kodak's super 8 challenge. You just need some clever editing with the old man stuff. Most of his story can be told in 2 minutes. The rest could be the arrival of the visitors. I think it's doable and worth it.
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#7 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 02:26 PM

Very nice!  I loved the lighting and the SFX - especially the way you made the roof of the shack appear almost translucent.  Reminded me of the end of Repo Men.

 

I agree with Tyler.  Cut it down a bit and enter it.

 

Congrats and well done!


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#8 Freya Black

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Posted 16 November 2015 - 03:09 AM

Great acting from Howard. I really liked it.

Wasn't so keen on end music but otherwise this was one of the best things I have seen in a long time.

 

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#9 Carl Looper

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 01:10 PM

Nice one.


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#10 Matt Stevens

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:00 PM

This film really needs to be widely seen. It's terrific and shows just how amazing 8mm can be.


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#11 Jay Young

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 05:47 AM

Wow, I very much like it.

Would love to have a print of that.


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#12 Wooda McNiven

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:42 PM

Wow, I very much like it.

Would love to have a print of that.

Guess I've been away a while. Thank you Jay.

 

Matt Stevens gave me a lot of great advice recently including a suggestion that I get Howard's Keep made into a Blu Ray format. So that's my goal for this year. I will call up Perry at Gamma Ray Digital and see about getting this done.


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#13 Keil Mitchell

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 07:46 AM

That was excellent and really inspiring! I think everyone on here gave you solid critiques so I hope you enter it.  I'd like to add one more thought.  Perhaps filmming some title cards on Super 8 as well.  It's certainly not essential as you can see all of our responses don't suggest our involvement in the story was affected by your title and credit sequences.  I just figured that you're in the luxurious position of being picky with a very nice piece of work so why not be picky.  I'm looking forward to your next project!


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