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post #1 of 177
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The stepbrother thread to Post Your Best Photos, open to pros and amateurs alike, which is why I figured I'd post here instead of in Budding Filmmakers. Because I've made a few videos but I'm not a budding anything.

I'll go for glory with this (uninvited) music video I made for a buddy of mine a couple of years ago from footage I shot while driving along SH1 in Auckland one day. I was driving home from shooting an outrigger canoe race for my cousin and had about 4 minutes left on a DV tape in my old Panasonic handycam and I was listening to his track Red 2 and feeling kind of euphoric from being out on the ocean all day. It's fairly easy to tell I was just pointing the camera ramdomly without choosing shots because I had my eye on the road, but this is what I cobbled together from it. It's also fairly easy to tell I'm a complete amateur who has no idea about colour correction or ... anything really, but I still like it after all this time. I particularly like how sinister and UFO-ish it makes Auckland's Sky Tower look (it was around the time of District 9) but I have no idea if the video does anything for anyone who doesn't know this city.



Anyway, this thread is really because I hope guys like Evi and Worky and Nooj and Muz and even Renn will post some of their stuff in it. And since I have that self-deprecating charm I can say that clearly I've set the bar low with my own example so nobody has to be self-conscious about posting their $0 efforts in here to share space with the classier stuff I hope we'll see from some of the more capable Chewers.
post #2 of 177

A few years ago, REM got Vincent Moon of La Blogotheque to do a website for their album launch, posted raw footage online, and invited folks to cut a video from it.  I'm not the biggest REM fan, but my roommate at the time was an absolute die hard, and insisted we both do a cut.  So, obviously not original, but I'm still fond of it.

 

post #3 of 177
Great idea for a thread. I have some unfinished stuff from film school that I never bothered to upload to the web because it needed sound mixing and color correction, but since it was so long ago I don't think I'll ever get around to polishing it (especially now I no long know where all the files are that final cut needs to access). I might just post it anyway for some opinions.

Also, anyone know of some good public domain 60s music? It doesn't have to a song, I just need it for background as I have some old Vietnam War footage my Dad shot on super 8mm. I got it transferred to digital years ago and I would like to upload it to youtube, but feel that It needs some kind of soundtrack to go along with the images.
post #4 of 177

Bucho, really like the atmosphere you created with that video. And great editing Scottie.

 

I don't have a channel or anything so this first one is the only video that I've directed that I can find on the web. It's like 6 years old and not exactly my type of music but I still dig it. All the imagery is distinctly South African so it might not mean a lot to most of you.

 

 

 

 

These other 2 are ones that I did through a production company I was a partner in. Friends directed them and I edited them. And as is par for the course, all of these were made for almost no money, just getting favors from friends.

 

 

 


Edited by Evi - 1/7/13 at 4:14pm
post #5 of 177

This is a short film, I directed a couple of years ago.

 


 

I have another short film currently in post-production, this time with actual dialogue.

post #6 of 177

Oooh I'm gonna watch all of these a little later.  In the meantime, here's an Image Promo I wrote/shot/edited at work:


 

post #7 of 177
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Holy balls y'all are some impressive sons of bitches. I got to make sure when my rep cannon is recharged I fire that business all around in here.

That sci-fi one you edited for Lark was badass Evi I found the Mandoza one the most effective. Really like the way you build visual momentum to compliment a song which doesn't have a lot of dynamics of its own.

And Scottie has collaborated with REM, pretty much.

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This is a short film, I directed a couple of years ago.

This totally sucked me in Nathan. I was glued to it. I felt it. That's the real deal right there. Fantastic work.
post #8 of 177
Ahh, good old standard def. It just feels dirty posting something that is so very low rez here with all this other beautiful stuff.

Anyway here is that short film I made in film school.

Open Season



I've been loving what I've seen so far here. Lets keep this thread going.
post #9 of 177

I'm a huge fan of hair metal. This is video I took of the Pittsburgh based Poison tribute band Say Ahh playing Look What The Cat Dragged In.

 

I took the video with My Droid Incredible 2 phone.

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Christ almighty, you lads are talented. I play in a band - will one of you direct my video???

I'll pay you in Krugerrands & rep!

post #11 of 177

I haven't had a chance to watch everything yet, but Nathan and Tim - those shorts are fantastic.
 

post #12 of 177

This is a teaser for an aborted TV series, I shot the pilot but it never got past the editing stage for reasons I'll probably never, ever know.

 


Edited by NathanW - 1/8/13 at 2:36am
post #13 of 177

This is a video I filmed and edited when I was in LA last August on tour for my single 'Swimming After Dark':

 

 

 I'm still learning filming so it's not the best. I'm always learning!

 

 I make all the music and videos myself. I'm a one man band and I'm aiming to be a whole independent package of music and video. 

post #14 of 177

Figured you guys might enjoy this, it's a short documentary I worked on a few years back. It's edited by myself and directed by me and my 2 partners (not the Tim & Sean in the video, those are mates of ours for whom we shot the doccie, kind of as a thank you). The only thing you might need to know beforehand is that the SABC, which is brought up couple of times, is the South African Broadcasting Commission, which runs most of the free-to-air TV and radio channels in the country.

 

post #15 of 177

Here is a short documentary I made. It is the first film that I have scored and narrated. It is about Steavenson Falls in Victoria, Australia:

 

 It was a misty and wet day when I filmed it and really added to the atmosphere of the film. Thats me with the Sean Bean accent. :)

post #16 of 177
Here's the trailer for the Tom Green film on which I did the sound effects and backgrounds.
post #17 of 177
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And Scottie has collaborated with REM, pretty much.

 

HA!  Hardly, although my friend did do something a bit more experimental with the footage, which through a convoluted series of events eventually got him a one sentence email forward from Michael Stipe.  "This one is super cool."  I think that pretty much made his life.  Here it is:

 

And since I feel like embarrassing myself in front of random strangers on the internet for some reason, here's one of my ill advised forays into acting (complete with awful Russian accent) that I did for another friend:

 

post #18 of 177

Around seven years ago I was studying my BA in the city of Kouvola, Finland. Probably the most notoriously ugly city in the country and possibly the entire northern hemisphere. One grey, cold and rainy day someone got the idea to shoot an episode of Miami Vice in there. Few months later COP & POLICE was unleashed, in four short episodes.

 


Edited by Virtanen - 1/8/13 at 12:00pm
post #19 of 177
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Ahh, good old standard def. It just feels dirty posting something that is so very low rez here with all this other beautiful stuff.
Anyway here is that short film I made in film school.
Open Season

What a great dramatic conceit, totally sucked me in. Very nice job getting Harvey Keitel in your student film too. Liked it a lot.

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This is a video I filmed and edited when I was in LA last August on tour for my single 'Swimming After Dark':

Did you film that on your phone? There's one shot where your shadow's on the boardwalk and it looks like you're holding a phone.

Really nice song too. Especially enjoy the beat and the way you have the drums mixed into wide stereo, but the whole thing works a treat.
post #20 of 177

Holy crap. I was going to post a Tarantino parody I shot in film school 15 yrs ago and a silly thing I filmed with my dog, but nevermind! Ya'll are some filmatismic mofos.

post #21 of 177
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Holy crap. I was going to post a Tarantino parody I shot in film school 15 yrs ago and a silly thing I filmed with my dog, but nevermind! Ya'll are some filmatismic mofos.

DO EEEEET!

I made it loud and clear at the top Mangy me old cobber; professionalism is clearly aces but is not necessary for this thread. There are other kinds of awesome too. That's why it's in Chewers Catch-All and not Budding Filmmakers. Silly things and dogs and silly things with dogs belong here too. Hell, post a 10 second video of you pulling faces if you think it's fun. As long as you're involved in the creation and you enjoy the result on some level it belongs in this thread.

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Figured you guys might enjoy this, it's a short documentary I worked on a few years back. It's edited by myself and directed by me and my 2 partners (not the Tim & Sean in the video, those are mates of ours for whom we shot the doccie, kind of as a thank you). The only thing you might need to know beforehand is that the SABC, which is brought up couple of times, is the South African Broadcasting Commission, which runs most of the free-to-air TV and radio channels in the country.

Loved this. Great story, great momentum and a very fun watch. There's even a kind of moving moment when he talks about his divorce and what his wife was telling him. I particularly like the shot about 5:28 where you can just see the interviewer's knee bobbing along with the music. Michael Saltino might not have Julio Iglesias level of production behind him but the power of his music is undeniable.
post #22 of 177
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Holy crap. I was going to post a Tarantino parody I shot in film school 15 yrs ago and a silly thing I filmed with my dog, but nevermind! Ya'll are some filmatismic mofos.

 

Post it!

post #23 of 177

Agreed.  It is a moral imperative.

post #24 of 177
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 Silly things and dogs and silly things with dogs belong here too. Hell, post a 10 second video of you pulling faces if you think it's fun. As long as you're involved in the creation and you enjoy the result on some level it belongs in this thread.

 

I think I can provide some silly.

 

I wrote a song for a mate of mine's 40th birthday. He was brought up in Wales, but got a bit of a hard time from the locals because he had a very English accent, and was also the only punk in the village. As a result, he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder about all things Welsh and will always take the opportunity to have a pop at them.

 

So I wrote this and got a Welsh mate to add his baritone vocals to give it a bit of authenticity. Another friend who produced it also put this little slide show together, which makes me chuckle, as he clearly gets a bit bored halfway through doing it!

 

post #25 of 177

EDIT: I posted a different vid from the ones mentioned above, but the vid quality was shitty and I was embarrassed. Will post something else shortly.


Edited by Mangy - 1/8/13 at 4:12pm
post #26 of 177

Here's the Tarantino parody I made. Some background: This was my first semester in film school, back in '97 (jeez), and nearly every other student was obsessed with Tarantino and Goodfellas, which meant that almost every other project featured callow teenagers cursing a lot and shooting guns and being edgy. So, armed with a VHS-C camera and the Videonics Title Editor, I made this as a response. Hope you like:

 

post #27 of 177
Enjoyed the hell out of that, Mangy.
post #28 of 177

Haaa.  That was fantastic.
 

post #29 of 177

Oh lord...  I can't even bear watching my older stuff, but I love ya'll... so I'll post it.  Not that it's hard to find if you know what you're looking for...

 

 

 

Description and context are all within the information on the Youtube page.  But this was footage I shot for a 24 hour filmmaking contest.  Forgot the microphone that day so the sound was AWFUL.  After the contest, I went back and put a little more time into the edit and completely ADR'ed the thing as best we could (AS IF YOU COULDN'T TELL).

 

The music by a friend... that's a tricksy story.  I was a fool to think a casual friend of mine pulled out the lovely ditty on his guitar so quickly.  But only in the past couple of years did I come upon THIS lovely little song!  Serves me right for not knowing songs and stuff!!

 

post #30 of 177

Wow, nice job, Shogun.
 

post #31 of 177

Oh god...

 

I completely forgot about that credit (and was CTRL-Fing to find a user named Shogun).  It was my friend's suggestion!  It wasn't meeee!!

 

Also, thanks!

 

Another fun story.  Only in the past year or so did the little girl in the short get to watch the whole thing (not approved for all audiences!).  She's in high school now. 

 

Damn, time goes fast.

post #32 of 177

What did she think of it?
 

post #33 of 177

She said it was cool.  Violent. 

Or she could've been just being nice. 

 

I don't understand kids!!!

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post #34 of 177

Haa.  Well it was indeed violent and I loved that last shot of her smiling face before it went out of focus after she stabbed him.
 

post #35 of 177

Actually, I do like her little moment there.

 

She is married with two children now!  And her husband is the man that takes the girl away at the end.  Hahahah

 

EDIT: Eugh, did I actually use the term 'gore whores?' 

I hate me.  I really do feel awful right now.  I wish I could special edition crap out.  I'm sure I asked my friend if she was cool with it (she was right there next to me when I was editing).  But still...

post #36 of 177

YOU'RE A TERRIBLE PERSON

 

(not really i love you)

post #37 of 177
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Did you film that on your phone? There's one shot where your shadow's on the boardwalk and it looks like you're holding a phone.
Really nice song too. Especially enjoy the beat and the way you have the drums mixed into wide stereo, but the whole thing works a treat.

 

 Thank you for your kinds words! :)

 

 Yes, there are a couple of phone shots in there from my Galaxy SIII but it's mostly filmed on a Panasonic HD Camcorder. I messed around with the speed a lot and tried to make the thing look more widescreen. I'm pretty proud of what I've achieved on my own. I hope the next one to be a big step up in quality of both the music and video. 

post #38 of 177
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Here's the Tarantino parody I made. Some background: This was my first semester in film school, back in '97 (jeez), and nearly every other student was obsessed with Tarantino and Goodfellas, which meant that almost every other project featured callow teenagers cursing a lot and shooting guns and being edgy. So, armed with a VHS-C camera and the Videonics Title Editor, I made this as a response. Hope you like:

 

 

That was awesome! You really know how to use your f-bombs!

post #39 of 177

I was checking the mailbox at my youtube account and found something... interesting. I've got some inquiries on a video we did. I don't remember why excactly was this made but anyway:

 

 

I've received some questions about this. First from "funnyskippy":

 

 

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The Bodywasher

I'm not sure if you understand English, but I wanted to write you and ask you where the video "The Bodywasher" is from. It is a strangley entertaining video. The green light and the music. Is there more to it? Thanks.

JR

 

And then, a question from "dragoon2095"

 

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The Bodywasher

Dear friend, I am wondering if you can tell me what the scene is from? Is it from a movie? I would love it if you would post the rest or let me know what it is from. The actor who is playing dead is very real looking (not the eyes-too much life) being stiff. Where is the rest and will he be stretched out on the back--this is when he should be bathed, not while balled up. Good video. Want more. SK

 

Since I didn't reply, mr "dragoon2095" sent this:

 

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"Body Washer" video

Dear Sir,
I really liked the video "Body Washer" and was wondering if you could post the rest or let me know how I might purchase a copy. I especially liked the realism of the young man who played the corpse in being stiff when he is being moved, as a former police officer I have seen the nude corpses of youths many times-though most are not as attractive as this one. Please let me know how I can see the whole video and if possible, purchase a copy. Thank you, one of your fan's in America, Sean

 

Need I tell you what the guy who played the "attractive corpse" thought about this? Chances are he'll NEVER visit America because he doesn't want to meet "one of my fans".

post #40 of 177
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Here's the Tarantino parody I made.

Fuck. Yes. So edgy.
post #41 of 177

Glad you guys dug my film. I always thought it was a little too arty for it's own sake but I'm a terribly harsh critic when it comes to my own work.

post #42 of 177
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... completely ADR'ed the thing as best we could (AS IF YOU COULDN'T TELL).

The disconnected vibe of the voices adds to the foreboding atmosphere I reckon, and I'm really smart so I'm probably right.

I'm off to have nightmares now.
post #43 of 177

I have been instructed to move my shit over here and get on the couch with everyone else.  So I shall.  (I won't load the place up with too many embeds.  I dunno about you folks but after a few my browser starts to hate me)

 

So I've been trying to get into music videos with a couple of no budget efforts recently:

 

Eggchan - Ghosts

 

Zanetic - Symmetry

 

(warning, contains heavily synthesised music)

 

While I'm at it I might as well pimp a few things I've been variously involved in (mostly as camera and/or lighting person).

These are dodgy exploitation action films shot rather quickly

 

Blind (did some sound design on this one as well)

 

Doublecross (this one has nudy bits so don't watch at work)

 

(there's others, but they are probably the dubious best)

 

And if you're a glutton for punishment you can watch my student film  The Bond if you've got 25 minutes that really couldn't be better spent.  I mean really.

 

Comments (like Evi has apparently absurdly skilled friends who work for free and Nathan.W. doesn't know the meaning  of bad arty shorts clearly, since he made a good narrative short by mistake) at some later point.

post #44 of 177
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Loved this. Great story, great momentum and a very fun watch. There's even a kind of moving moment when he talks about his divorce and what his wife was telling him. I particularly like the shot about 5:28 where you can just see the interviewer's knee bobbing along with the music. Michael Saltino might not have Julio Iglesias level of production behind him but the power of his music is undeniable.

 

Thanks mate, though to be fair I'd leave him too, he's an awful singer ;) it'll probably please you to know that he is back with his wife and has recently released a third album no one will ever listen to.

post #45 of 177
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I was checking the mailbox at my youtube account and found something... interesting. I've got some inquiries on a video we did. I don't remember why excactly was this made but anyway:

I'm afraid to watch your video now just in case I find the corpse as irresistable as everyone else does.
post #46 of 177

Here's another news promo I made a few years ago.  Looking back on it the music choice was terrible (as was our graphics package at the time) and I hate that you can see the green screen reflected on the table, but I'm still rather proud of how it came out, mainly because I hadn't learned AfterEffects yet so I did all the compositing and keyframing IN FinalCut (and brother lemme tell ya...)

 

post #47 of 177
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I was checking the mailbox at my youtube account and found something... interesting. I've got some inquiries on a video we did. I don't remember why excactly was this made but anyway:

As a racist I'm comfortable saying that this is what I assume all Finnish movies are like.

I should never have watched it at 11 at night.
post #48 of 177

Thanks for the kind words! And yes, this is how all Finnish films look like except some are 50 times longer. I did the lights, camera operating and as much make up as my homophobic psyche allowed me to do. I might've came up with the title, I don't quite remember. Can't take credit for the idea, that was something the director talked about for a year.

Director: A guy washes a body. It'll be AWESOME.

Someone: What else happens?

Director: WHO GIVES A SHIT? NOTHING!

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I hadn't learned AfterEffects yet so I did all the compositing and keyframing IN FinalCut (and brother lemme tell ya...)

 

 

 

Really? And you're still an operational human being not out of his mind? Massive respect from here. You're like the guy who can solve a Rubik's cube with his feet.

post #50 of 177

Eh, why not. I too went to film school with delusions of making it into Hollywood.

 

Here's a video I did for some friends in a kick-ass local band called The Dead Eyes of London. The band uploaded the video to youtube, and something happened in the upload where it turned out much darker and choppier than the original video. But, whatever.

 

Total rush job for a class deadline, and the owner of the pub screwed up scheduling, and cut our time in half -- and left the doors open, so most of the people in the crowd shots are buzzed day drinkers. Good times! Still, there are a couple of shots I'm still proud of.

 

 

 

And here's me doing a little bit of acting for some classmates, back in my chubbier and hairy-er days.

 

 

Rip 'em to shreds, people.

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