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#1 Hunter O'Shea

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:44 PM

Hello cinematography.com friends! I just finished up my latest short film and I wanted to share it with you guys. Shot entirely on vision 3 super 8 stock (50D,500t) This was my first attempt at creating a narrative on actual film. The camera used was a Sankyo 40s xl and the process/2k scan was performed by Pro8mm in Burbank.

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Happy New Years.

 

- Hunter

 

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Edited by Hunter O'Shea, 01 January 2017 - 02:57 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:03 AM

Looking for feedback if anyone has time to watch.
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#3 Simon Wyss

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:19 AM

Must say that I stopped at 3:25. Several things don’t fit together like the title and the story until then or the scanner and the technical concept of Super-8. Can’t stand to see the perforation rock steady next to the image shaking.

 

One shot popped out particularly, namely when the car halts within frame. You chose a square-off perspective which gives it a pointing weight, unfortunately pointless there. Had we some information about the relationship between the two characters introduced so far, it would make sense.

 

Else, very wide angle lens is not understood by me. Takes out of focus don’t help much. Sorry


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#4 Hunter O'Shea

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:57 AM

Thanks Simon. Very helpful. The entire project was experimental but I appreciate you taking your time.

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#5 Perry Paolantonio

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:12 AM

I would agree somewhat with Simon - There are two issues I see immediately: One is that it wasn't scanned on a scanner that can correct for the lateral perf movement problem on Super 8. That's why your frame jerks back and forth like that, and it's *really* distracting. I wouldn't consider that to be one of the charms of Super 8, I'd consider it to be a defect, and one that distracts from the story.

 

The other thing is that by showing the perfs, you're also making it clear to the viewer that you're flipping shots, which is equally distracting. At about 2:30, the perf is suddenly on the right, not the left, then it jumps back. It's superfluous to the story, but suddenly becomes part of it, because the viewer is left thinking about why you chose to flip that shot. If the whole thing was cropped to just inside the frames, that wouldn't be an issue. 

 

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#6 Chris Burke

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:00 AM

I get that it is experimental. Good effort. I do agree with Simon and Perry. Why should the audience care about the girl or what happens to her? That is not so clear. Is it a love/ghost story? If so, if it were my film, I would do away with some of the music and find different sounds and or foley to help tell the story. I really like that there is no dialogue. I love the visuals. The super 8 aesthetic suits this project very well. I am jealous of the locations you shot at. Do you have that much snow already this season?


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#7 Hunter O'Shea

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:26 PM

Hey Chris! This was actually shot last January in Utah and Flagstaff. I live in Phoenix so no snow haha. It took me a while to get the money together for a scan and come out with a final edit. Thank you for the kind words. My intention was to show that she was returning home after suffering some hard times/abuse along the way (I thought her crying in the vehicle might translate). I appreciate the input. It was experimental even in the sense that I had never tested most of the lenses/filters. Honestly pleased with my efforts and I think the next film will be better from this learning experience.

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#8 Ted Keaton III

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:42 PM

Dear Kodak Audience Award Winner, 

 

Your film is awesome! I actually watched it again this morning. It's your eye for shots, noticeable effort, and your attention to detail that I appreciate most. For Super 8, it's epic IMO.

Do put Perry, quoted above, on your list for transfer... crazy fast service and shipping, superior equipment, and his love for film is unmatched. 

 

Also watched your "Lights and Shades" this morning for the 100th time! That film paired with that song is pretty much the mother **(obscenity removed)**. I love to watch it on my projector with the sound turned up really loud. 

 

BTW, Harrison Jedan and I are following each other on Vimeo and I have decided... "hey, it's not a Harrison Jedan Film unless someone shoots the middle finger" :) :)

 

Didn't realize you're in Phoenix... that's my all time dream city to live in. Spectacular area where I feel the sky is a unique hue of blue.

 

Be good Hunter, and stay at it. 

 

Ted


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#9 Matt Stevens

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:10 PM

Brutal honesty... Way too long. Needs significant editing. 

 

Matte the sides so you cannot see you were flipping frame. 

 

Never start with credits in a short film. Ever. In the modern society with limited attention spans 99% will just clock away. I had to skim through some of it simply due to having so little time on my hands. 

 

Going from heavy grain to minimal grain was distracting at times. 

 

As others have said, the wobble is distracting. 

 

That all being said, at times the imagery was beautiful. You had some good sound design in spots (listening through headphones). Just keep shooting, refining what and how you shoot and keep editing editing editing. 


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#10 Carl Looper

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:53 PM

One is that it wasn't scanned on a scanner that can correct for the lateral perf movement problem on Super 8.

 

The lateral perf movement problem in scans of Super8 is a problem with scanners - not with Super8 film.

 

Look at a Super8 camera gate, and a Super8 projector gate. On one side of the gate is a hard edge guide. And on the other side of the gate is a spring edge guide. It is these edge guides that control where the film is located during camera exposure and subsequent projection. It has always been this way. The perf plays no role whatsoever in the lateral positioning of the film.

 

No role whatsoever.

 

But if a scanner otherwise uses the perf for this purpose (to control the lateral position of the image) it will result in the observed effect (or defect): the image will jitter laterally.

 

In other words, any sideways jitter, in scans of Super8 film, is an error the scanner makes.

 

When a scanner is modified to use the edge of the film (rather than the perf) this modification is not making any correction to an error in Super8 film. It is making a correction to what was an error in the scanner.

 

C


Edited by Carl Looper, 05 January 2017 - 06:02 PM.

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