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ChwyNiblet
07-17-2005, 04:18 PM
My friend and I have been experimenting with filmmaking for the past few years. We have finally gotten a new camera that you can actually edit the film on a computer. We picked this film because we thought it was the best in the bunch. The reason I'm posting this is to get some idea of what you guys think (tips, comments that sort of thing) Oh I am one of the younger players in this community, I'm 15 so dont be so suprised when you see some 15 year old on the screen lol.

So if you could just give me some comments on what you think of it, that would be very appreaciated! Oh and its titled "A Dark Night" If you want to know who I am, Im the detective.

A Dark Night (http://www.zippyvideos.com/92980197643485.html)

Skarphol
07-18-2005, 04:53 AM
OK, I started to look at it, but as I am at work right now, I didn't have the time to look at the whole 5.24 minutes. Anyway, after a few seconds I realised that this film is in no way plane-related, so this may be the wrong forum to post the movie. Why don't you post it in either the movie-maker forum, or some other site more film-related?

Skarphol

Nick_Toznost
07-18-2005, 08:14 AM
I must admit, if you post a thread that says "what do you think about my video?" on the il2 forums everyone will expect to see a "track" file of you flying a plane. Nevertheless I have watched your film and here are some suggestions. (I am currently at university studying film related digital media.)

1. Adjust the exposure on the camera, everything's way, way too dark.

2. Try remaking that film and set it in the present day in a suburban house. It will look much more authentic. Ie don't try to pass it off as a 30s detective film if everything around you barks "early 21st century suburbia"

3. Buy some decent editing software. If you can't afford Adobe Premiere that get Roxio' videowave or something, you can get a usable demo off the net.

4. Use the editing software to mix the sound properly, the narrator is far too quiet and is constantly interrupted by the main character. In fact I had no real idea what was going on.

5. If you want a film to look old, don't use any of the camera presets, they always look digital whatever. You were probably better off using colour. Adobe Premiere has a cine effect plug in that really makes films look authentically old.

6. You say you've been experimenting with films for years, what with, a cine camera? You say you've only just got a digital one.

7. The camera work is appalling, get a tripod.

8. Use some music (somewhere).


I must say it's refreshing to see 15 yr olds making a film that doesn't involve skateboards and death metal music somewhere along the line, good on you, keep making the films.
Though I must point out that "a dark night" is absolutely bloody awful so don't get cocky.

skabbe
07-18-2005, 08:27 AM
Originally posted by Nick_Toznost:
I must admit, if you post a thread that says "what do you think about my video?" on the il2 forums everyone will expect to see a "track" file of you flying a plane. Nevertheless I have watched your film and here are some suggestions. (I am currently at university studying film related digital media.)

1. Adjust the exposure on the camera, everything's way, way too dark.

2. Try remaking that film and set it in the present day in a suburban house. It will look much more authentic. Ie don't try to pass it off as a 30s detective film if everything around you barks "early 21st century suburbia"

3. Buy some decent editing software. If you can't afford Adobe Premiere that get Roxio' videowave or something, you can get a usable demo off the net.

4. Use the editing software to mix the sound properly, the narrator is far too quiet and is constantly interrupted by the main character. In fact I had no real idea what was going on.

5. If you want a film to look old, don't use any of the camera presets, they always look digital whatever. You were probably better off using colour. Adobe Premiere has a cine effect plug in that really makes films look authentically old.

6. You say you've been experimenting with films for years, what with, a cine camera? You say you've only just got a digital one.

7. The camera work is appalling, get a tripod.

8. Use some music (somewhere).


I must say it's refreshing to see 15 yr olds making a film that doesn't involve skateboards and death metal music somewhere along the line, good on you, keep making the films.
Though I must point out that "a dark night" is absolutely bloody awful so don't get cocky.

And I thought I was rude


Personaly cant download it somehow, i will try later.

ChwyNiblet
07-18-2005, 08:36 AM
LOL thx guys for the comments, but it is kind of hard for a 15 year old to get a $700-800 camera, seeing as I cant get a job. But other then that I am trying to get some good editing software, but for the moment I have to use Windows Movie Maker. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Nick_Toznost
07-18-2005, 08:48 AM
Yes, I admit I was a bit rude and I apologise. For some reason I can't seem to edit my own posts at the moment so I had to post a new one.
My comments were initially meant to be constructive. I take back the "bloody awful" comment. It didn't help. Keep up the good work. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Had I been replying on a filmmakers forum my comments would be nothing but constructive, however on a simulated aviation discussion board I felt I could say what I like as the post is irrelevent. Anyway I wish success and happiness to all. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Nick_Toznost
07-18-2005, 08:59 AM
ChwyNiblet, I managed to get into university to study digital media on the back of four films I made using a 25 ($40?) webcam so it's worth persuing with the kit you've got for now(ignore my previous comments). I've only been making films for 3 years (i'm 26) and I find you learn something new every time. By the time youre 18 or so you should be pretty good at it. Have fun.

skabbe
07-18-2005, 01:09 PM
OK, every tip Nick_Toznost gave you is very true. Get premiere, edit the sound, add sound, make more then one shot over the same event, and edit all the good angels together.

ChwyNiblet
07-18-2005, 03:18 PM
Thank you for your tips guys, and Nick on the first post I didnt really take your comments offensive, but rather helpful...well some of them lol. But Anywho thanks for your help! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif