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post #51 of 170
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Here's a video I did for some friends in a kick-ass local band called The Dead Eyes of London.

Niiiice. At first they sounded very Australian to me (not accent-wise, just the particular brand of rock-wise) but this is a Phoenix band, right? Bummer about the darkness but I do like a bunch of your shots.

0:00 High over the drummer's shoulder is nice grunty shot which goes perfectly with the way the song opens, then the way it cuts to the kick drum with the band's name pumping out. Then the shot from behind the drummer showing the front man doing his thing but not showing his face yet. The combination does a great job of kicking things off by beginning to ramp up some tension with a little bit of mystery while complimenting the dynamics of the song.

0:31 One of the things I dislike about modern music videos is when they fuck around with cropping like this, but if you are going to do it it should always be the way you did it - by focusing in on a woman's eyes.

1:03 Like the angles in this shot a lot, with the singer strongly foregrounded and the drummer low enough in the frame relative to the singer that he gives the shot visual punch without de-emphasizing the singer.

2:58 Similar to the 1:03 shot, the main man is foregrounded but this time it's badness going down in the background.

3:56 Another good angle on the drummer. You really know how to shoot a rock drummer to bring out the punch in the beats.

Which are your faves?
post #52 of 170

I'm a bit late to chime in, but just wanted to say it's been great to see everyone's talent on display. I love all of the videos, hope to see more, and the kind comments about my vid were quite inspiring. I like this thread!

post #53 of 170

Seconded.  Y'all some talented people.  And I still haven't had a chance to watch everything yet!
 

post #54 of 170
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And here's me doing a little bit of acting for some classmates, back in my chubbier and hairy-er days.

Fun vid. I know you got "Dave Grohl" a million times but I'm also going to say the words "Gaz from Supergrass" and "Adam Goldberg from Dazed and Confused". In a good way, of course.
post #55 of 170

Since we're sharing some stuff that we're embarrassed about, I found one of the first things I ever directed, kind of a test for this poker show that never even got on the air. This is one of those jobs I pretend I never worked on - I'm sure we all have a couple of those.

post #56 of 170
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Niiiice. At first they sounded very Australian to me (not accent-wise, just the particular brand of rock-wise) but this is a Phoenix band, right? Bummer about the darkness but I do like a bunch of your shots.

0:00 High over the drummer's shoulder is nice grunty shot which goes perfectly with the way the song opens, then the way it cuts to the kick drum with the band's name pumping out. Then the shot from behind the drummer showing the front man doing his thing but not showing his face yet. The combination does a great job of kicking things off by beginning to ramp up some tension with a little bit of mystery while complimenting the dynamics of the song.

0:31 One of the things I dislike about modern music videos is when they fuck around with cropping like this, but if you are going to do it it should always be the way you did it - by focusing in on a woman's eyes.

1:03 Like the angles in this shot a lot, with the singer strongly foregrounded and the drummer low enough in the frame relative to the singer that he gives the shot visual punch without de-emphasizing the singer.

2:58 Similar to the 1:03 shot, the main man is foregrounded but this time it's badness going down in the background.

3:56 Another good angle on the drummer. You really know how to shoot a rock drummer to bring out the punch in the beats.

Which are your faves?

 

Thanks for all that, dude! They are indeed from Phoenix; I've known the front man (Chan) for about ten years now.

 

My favorite shots are pretty much the same you listed. I like the tight profile shot of Chan singing, framing Casey (lead guitar) playing in the background, the shot of the drummer Eddie being pulled behind his kit by vampires, and I'm especially happy with the shot of the vampires ripping into him while Chan sings in the foreground. It turned out to be a beautiful shot in full resolution, and Eddie hamming it up in the background was hysterical. We had a video village set up off-stage, so all the extras and crew could watch each take as it was filmed, and that shot got a round of applause as soon as we called cut.

 

Most of the best shots involve Eddie because that's how he played every show, sans make-up. He's incredibly animated and always having a good time. It was easy to get high energy and great shots out of him playing. Same goes for everyone else, too. They were really excited to shoot a video, and loved having everyone running around in fangs and blood.

 

As for the second video, I used to hear Dave Grohl four or five times a week (before I cut the hair, shaved the "beard", and dropped some weight). I've heard Adam Goldberg too, and even Jason Lee from a few people (I think it's the nose). Never heard Gaz, though -- interesting!

 

Feel free to spread The Dead Eyes around Australia, if their sound seems like a good fit for folks over there. Both albums are available for listening on their site, and they're fantastic. They're still trying to find their break, and I don't think it's occurred to them to try overseas.

 

Thanks again for everything, dude!

post #57 of 170

Hey guys... I made this while I was on a mescaline trip.

 

post #58 of 170
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Oh lord... I can't even bear watching my older stuff, but I love ya'll... so I'll post it.

You oughta post that vid you made of you and your pals at the fair. I bet there are a bunch of folks who haven't seen it yet who would like it. And I mean literally "like" it literally. I'd "like" it all over again if you posted it in this thread is what I'm saying.

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Most of the best shots involve Eddie because that's how he played every show, sans make-up. He's incredibly animated and always having a good time. It was easy to get high energy and great shots out of him playing.

His energy is part of it but it's also that you framed him right with good angles. I'm telling you DT, TAKE SOME CREDIT FOR THEM!
post #59 of 170

Awesome! I look forward to watching these later. For now, I'll post some of my advertising work:

 

 

PSA for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match.com:

 

 

 

I love commercials but narratives are my main thing. I also have shorts online. There's one I'm keeping private due to film festival rules and all that nonsense. I'm happy to send the link and password to anyone who is curious, though. And if anyone wants to exchange more links of work they've done or contact info, PM me. I'm always down to network with others.
 

post #60 of 170

Yeah, there must be about half a dozen things I've been quite heavily involved in that I've never seen because people have kept them under lock and key, betting on the festivals.   Some going back four or five years.  It's a complete fool's errand if you ask me.  Maybe hold them for a one festival cycle tops.  Better just to let people see your stuff most of the time, unless it's utter dynamite (and people are often convinced it's what they've got. But mostly...no.  Actually then time wears on and shame sets in, so maybe it's that)

 

Anyway

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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.

 

 

 

That second one in particular.  Did you really get a bunch of green screen/virtual set work, costumes CG etc as favours?  Crimony.

post #61 of 170
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Yeah, there must be about half a dozen things I've been quite heavily involved in that I've never seen because people have kept them under lock and key, betting on the festivals.   Some going back four or five years.  It's a complete fool's errand if you ask me.  Maybe hold them for a one festival cycle tops.  Better just to let people see your stuff most of the time, unless it's utter dynamite (and people are often convinced it's what they've got. But mostly...no.  Actually then time wears on and shame sets in, so maybe it's that)

 

Anyway

 

That second one in particular.  Did you really get a bunch of green screen/virtual set work, costumes CG etc as favours?  Crimony.

 

Yeah, I hold onto my short films until the first batch of festivals are over. Then it goes public and anyone who wants to see it can watch it. It's usually a pretty short window. You'll get more views and notice from posting it online, hands down. However, even if they are their own little world, I still enjoy festivals immensely. If that means I hold onto my work for a few extra months, I think that's okay.

post #62 of 170
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That second one in particular.  Did you really get a bunch of green screen/virtual set work, costumes CG etc as favours?  Crimony.

 

Yup. The CG was done by guys we knew from way back whom we'd given work to on occasion, and the locations, costumes etc. we pretty much had to beg for.

post #63 of 170
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I recommend being curious in this case. Mike has some interesting work worth watching.

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I love commercials but narratives are my main thing. I also have shorts online. There's one I'm keeping private due to film festival rules and all that nonsense. I'm happy to send the link and password to anyone who is curious, though.
post #64 of 170
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I recommend being curious in this case. Mike has some interesting work worth watching.


Thanks! And I just watched your video. You shot that while fucking driving? You, sir, are braver than I. If only you had a GoPro. Nah, scratch that. I fucking hate GoPros. Did you ever think about doing a follow-up video along the same lines with the same kind of music, except have someone driving so you can completely focus on the camera? And like you mentioned in your original post, have some color timing done in post. Could be a supremely cool and moody piece.

post #65 of 170

Well, I've almost finished my latest short film, it's been color graded, I just need to fix a few things but it's looking good.

post #66 of 170
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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. :)


Great job capturing a beautiful location!

post #67 of 170

Nuts to keeping it private. Here's the short I was talking about:

 


 

post #68 of 170

If you have :54 seconds, I took video of my dog at the dog park and filtered it and made it creepy. No clue why it's not in HD but I guess it adds to the "found 16mm footage" feel I was going for:

 

post #69 of 170
I just sat down recently and forced myself to come to terms with Final Cut Pro X.

A time lapse of a bike ride I did in San Diego was the video editing fodder for the day. My goal was to do both sound and video editing with dissolves, titles and some effect filters.

I think it went well.



Edit

I did another one with the other time lapse I had.


Edited by Tim K - 3/30/13 at 3:59pm
post #70 of 170

Just finished editing some really shaky footage I shot of a friend shooting some engagement photos.

 

I love the act of cutting together footage... but I do NOT enjoy culling through a bunch of random footage to find anything useable!!!!

 

 

(pass: rainy)

post #71 of 170

Love your color correction Joon, you've got a real eye for it.

post #72 of 170

Thanks Evi!

 

And here's one I did for a friend's kid's baptism.

 

FNL fans will either appreciate the music selection... or be annoyed by it!

 

post #73 of 170

Woah how are you spot-coloring that so cleanly?
 

post #74 of 170

I used the LEAVE COLOR effect in Adobe Premiere.  And it took a little bit of effort.  I mean, I made it B&W in the first place because the colors didn't really pop much due to the cloudy day (and my negligence of proper white balancing).  But luckily, two of the ladies' wardrobes featured some hot red/pink and it was pretty easy to get the dress and the hat to pop. 

 

I certainly had to finesse the effect because some of it bled over into their lips.  The effect worked great on the dress, but the hat kinda fought me.  There are several shots where there are some holes in the color because I had to tone down the effect to avoid coloring the lips.

 

IN SHORT...

 

I got lucky.

post #75 of 170

I wonder if they have that in AE and I just never noticed it.
 

post #76 of 170
I think a lot of these effects start in AE.
post #77 of 170

Most assuredly.  Under Color Correction

Also, if you're not as lucky as Nooj and you're only working in 1080 you can get Davinci Resolve Lite for free which has funky tracking colour correction 'windows' to only keep colour where you want it.  (you can do this sort of thing in AE as well of course, with some effort)

post #78 of 170
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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:


This is fun. An uncontrollable grin stretched across my mug when it got to the part where you drop the needle and the slowed-down music croaks its way into life. Also, you misspelt "awesome".


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Here's the trailer for the Tom Green film on which I did the sound effects and backgrounds.

Bastard. Now you've made me want to watch it even though I already don't have time to watch everything I want to watch. I've never been a Tom Green "fan" per se, but I've also never been a hater, and this looks very stupidly fun. And I say that as the person on CHUD who has the best taste out of everyone.


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Originally Posted by Daley D View Post

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. That's me with the Sean Bean accent. smile.gif

Your Sean Bean accent rules. Why is the stuff in the car squished aspect ratio-wise? Is that accidental or artistic? I liked the way you put together the main body of the piece. What was your inspiration for choosing that as a subject? Did the area make you want to make a short documentary or did you want to make a short documentary and so went in search of the subject?
post #79 of 170
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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.

There are shots of ducks intercut with speed boats and high-rise buildings. DUCKS! Spectacular mustache alert at 3:38! Raivio takes his gun out at his desk and checks the sights by aiming it around the office! He also has a magnificent pony-tail and a terrifying/hilarious scowl!

Naturally, I approve whole-heartedly.
post #80 of 170

Here's one I made a couple of years ago:

 

post #81 of 170
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There are shots of ducks intercut with speed boats and high-rise buildings. DUCKS! Spectacular mustache alert at 3:38! Raivio takes his gun out at his desk and checks the sights by aiming it around the office! He also has a magnificent pony-tail and a terrifying/hilarious scowl!

Naturally, I approve whole-heartedly.

 

Thanks for the kind words. We had a total of 24 locations and we shot the whole thing in six days. Plus two or three days for pick ups, mostly to get the ducks for the opening titles. Most exteriors were shot in Kotka (a nice port town) and almost all interiors in Kouvola (that's Uglyville in English).

 

That series was done eight years ago. Since then I've written feature scripts, radio plays, television stuff. I have two great kids. All this accounted, the fourth episode of Cop & Police, titled BULLETSTORM, is probably the greatest thing I've ever been involved with.

 

post #82 of 170

This is a short film I made in 1996 at The New York Film Academy. It was shot on 16mm black and white reversal stock and was cut on a Steenbeck. I have since tidied it up a little on an Avid. The music is a track by Thomas Newman from The Shawshank Redemption. Enjoy.

 

 

post #83 of 170

I worked with 35mm film in our projection booths for over ten years. We converted to digital last fall, but before the old equipment got torn out a friend and I shot this little piece and scored it with music from my brother's band. It's native 3D; if you can't deal with that you can select 2D viewing instead:

 

Last Thread

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Noy0_IhjjA

 


Edited by Hammerhead - 5/1/13 at 3:31am
post #84 of 170

Your link doesn't work, Hammerhead.

post #85 of 170

Weird, I can see it from here. Try it now? I added a direct link.

post #86 of 170

The embed plays the sound but no video, but the direct link works now.

post #87 of 170
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Blind (did some sound design on this one as well)

Blind gets A+ just for having the Kingy stationwagon in it. Was that an HZ? Beautiful.

It's very effective at evoking a scuzzy criminal vibe with what I assume are filters as well as good grimy music. You should definitely take credit for ALL of the sound design and camera work, they're the best bits.
post #88 of 170
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Doublecross (this one has nudy bits so don't watch at work)

Love the writing. "Talked to the Coast Guard, he got washed up on the beach and some hot blonde chick picked him up and took him back to her place." The speech he gives the girl at 10:41 is hilarious too. And I thought the nudity thing was a joke for some reason at first because I didn't think there was any of it allowed on YouTube, so when it "turned up" it genuinely shocked me for a second.

And not for nothing, but the best bits again were the camera work and the sound. I'm just saying.
post #89 of 170

A couple of months ago, I updated my showreel.

 

post #90 of 170

This is a fun little video I made for the opening of a management conference in Ireland in 2008 (before our economy turned to shit). I pitched them the idea of a businessman driving from the airport, through the newly-opened port tunnel and arriving at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the style of the opening credits of The Sopranos. The names scrolling across the screen are the people who were due to speak at it. Enjoy.

 

post #91 of 170

I shot this recently. Fart jokes are funny!

 


 

post #92 of 170
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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.

I thought it was fun Muz. Very nice job with the gore. The girl (Alison Brie's Aussie cousin?) and the flatmate seem like pretty decent actors. 9:50, the leg = lolz. I was legit scared when she started putting her own hands close to the hole (16:38) and then at 17:08 my fist was in my mouth. Music (and silence) effectively used throughout. 19:27 = more lolz.

What does the cop say at 20:30? "In this guy's room, there's a bad"? I didn't quite get that bit, or why the cops came back in. They were just pretending to leave?
post #93 of 170
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A couple of months ago, I updated my showreel.


Is it me or is a bunch of that squished flat from 16:9 to 2.40:1?
post #94 of 170

I converted all the clips to 16:9 so some of it looks stretched out.

post #95 of 170
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If you have :54 seconds, I took video of my dog at the dog park and filtered it and made it creepy. No clue why it's not in HD but I guess it adds to the "found 16mm footage" feel I was going for:


The cute action plus the spooktified audio put a smile on my face Mike.

Cat videos are so overrated.


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Originally Posted by Tim K View Post

I just sat down recently and forced myself to come to terms with Final Cut Pro X.

A time lapse of a bike ride I did in San Diego was the video editing fodder for the day. My goal was to do both sound and video editing with dissolves, titles and some effect filters.

The rides look nice but these were a little fast for me Tim. A little too much info all at once if you get what I mean. Which may not be likely since I'm not even sure what I mean.

Did you try various speeds? I wonder if between 65-80% of this speed might retain the giddiness of the elevated rate but allow the vision to make a little more sense.


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I love the act of cutting together footage... but I do NOT enjoy culling through a bunch of random footage to find anything useable!!!!

I hear you on this one Nooj. As a complete amateur I've done a couple of weddings for friends and family and filmed some waka ama (outrigger canoe) racing from chase boats and building a music montage edit is fun enough but I've learned to pay a lot closer attention to what I'm shooting now so a much greater percentage of what I pull up is useful.
post #96 of 170
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I converted all the clips to 16:9 so some of it looks stretched out.

So the clips were already letterboxed for 4:3 before you converted them? What program did you use to convert them?
post #97 of 170

The clips from my two short films were shot 16:9 the black bars were slightly inconsistent so I used a wire frame to level it out. The other clips were filmed in 4:3 which I tried to format into 16:9 but my lack of technical knowledge defeated me.

post #98 of 170

You should be able to use most any editing program to change the dimensions of a clip, though changing 4:3 to 16:9 involves sizing it up, so you'd need a pretty high quality version.

post #99 of 170

Alternately, you could pillarbox the 4:3 stuff, retaining its composition and vertical resolution.

post #100 of 170
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The embed plays the sound but no video, but the direct link works now.

 

I think this may be an issue with your system. I'm able to view it from multiple locations.

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