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Straight Shooters

  • phew, a film that isn't too long and still funny

The Hunt for Gollum

  • This EPIC was made for under $5000 with the help of a HUGE community of passionate filmmakers. Their attention to detail is astounding, and their use of the most modern technology is truly a renaissance affair.

There is no Movement without Rhythm

  • I love the moment at 0:25 when we see the sticks going up and down, but we're not sure of what they're doing. That kind of revelation is always interesting.
  • I've heard that a film edit should have rhythm.

Burning Man

  • They shot this with the Canon EOS 5d Mark II. Redrock Micro has a bunch of accessories. The result is quite remarkable!
  • They say they shot it in 3 days with no budget, but I don't see how with the crane shots, explosions, and the burning man. They promise a making of vid to go with it. You can go here for an interview of the film maker-- http://sceneblock.com/featured/burning-man
  • Why go to the trouble of filming this if you're going to do ADR on a $6 microphone and your kid's Hello Kitty tape deck? Also, why were the cops in the story? They had no arc, they did nothing to move the story along, and since they had all the dialogue, the shitty ADR stood out more!

First Official iPhone4 music video

  • Welcome to the 21st Century! Now, you can shoot really good quality video on your PHONE! Sound isn't amazing on it, but for a music video like this where there isn't any production sound, it works just great. Zacoto makes a handgrip system for it called Zgrip iPhone Pro for under $300.
  • I'm not into music videos, especially for this site, but this is great to see the picture quality of the iPhone4. The filmmaker describes his decisions on the vimeo.com page: http://vimeo.com/12985622
  • Sure, you can shoot a vid like this on an iPhone4, but your cell reception will be lousy the whole time...

LOVEFIELD

  • This should inspire a few film makers. Sound and music are used to control how the viewer experiences the image. I love the way the shot of the bird's open mouth transitions to the man's open mouth.
  • Was the entire point of this film to make people feel bad for jumping to conclusions? It was well shot, the music and sounds were great, it was a good film, but after the twist ending I kind of expected some smug bastard to pop up and scold me for thinking the wrong thing about the character.

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  • Talk about low budg... This one was done by my old friend Chad, with his Point & Shoot camera set to Film mode. See, you don't need fancy equipment or a big budget to make a flick. I challenge EVERYONE to make a short with whatever you have available. Do it now! You'll be glad you did.
  • This was really interesting. No lines to learn, no special effects (aside from the dreams), and you could shoot it in a couple of hours most likely (if that) and it still told a neat story and was entertaining. Great job!

How to do the Greatest Card Trick

  • is this appropriate?
  • I love the animated background during the Hell sequence. Also, the look on the dude's face as he's wrapping up the video is priceless.

Opposite Day

  • I liked the way the sound effect of the gun going off replaced bloody special effects. Who needs all that corn syrup for a short.
  • Another great Derrick Comedy video. These guys' first feature film, "Mystery Team" was a smash at Sundance, and their short films are hilarious too. Just a warning, there's some blue language in this one.

Star Trek meets Monty Python

  • If you don't have the budget for production, this is the only way to go! A great editing exercise: The main elements include a specific source of video (TV series), and a completely preexisting soundtrack. Or, find a scene from something you like, then create a soundtrack on your own.
  • Good practice for learning editing. I'm always surprised how you can match new words to the mouth.
  • Okay, so this isn't so much filmed by mortals, but it could easily have been edited together by mortals, and it's easily the funniest thing I've seen in weeks.

Pac Man: The Movie

  • Check out how the carefully edited soundtrack makes some pretty easy shots look like a million bucks. He makes great use of available light, too. You can check out more of his vids at www.scottgairdner.com. Great stuff, Scott.
  • I think the crappy animation in this one just makes it funnier. Also, the cameo appearance of Ms. Pac Man at the end had me rolling.

If I Didn't Have You

  • Watch it once just to laugh. Dude's hilarious. Then, go back and note the editing. Long and close shots flow in rhythm with the song and the story he's telling. None of the cuts are very long, either, which keeps it moving along.
  • Non-film but you should see it anyway because it is funny.
  • If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with!

End of Ze World

  • Simple animation helps the monologue make the point. And very effectively so, I think. Notice that the sound 'blows out' during some of the louder moments. A good example of that problem. Excellent performance!
  • If I were Mars, and I saw this happening, I'd be laughing too. Until I realized that the planet would be too irradiated to gather natural resources from. Damn Terrans!!!

Hemlock

  • New Zealander animator, Tyson Ibele makes this and others in his spare time. Be sure to click on "Vimeo" in the player and check out the 'making-of'. Not only will budding animators pause frequently to soak in the information, it's also excellently crafted. Check him out at www.tysonible.com.
  • 3d animation, no words, pure film.
  • I don't know what "steam punk" is, but it's a great idea. I'd like to see more ancient myths and stories realized this way.

How Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended

  • Dallas-based HISHE's animation is simple, but not cheap. It has a lot of finesse to each background and each character. A more static take on animation is certainly easier from a production standpoint, but it requires a huge emphasis on characterisation.
  • This is completely awesome. Check out howitshouldhaveended.com for more awesome shorts.

Lord of the Rings - Jack Black

  • Produced for the MTV Video Awards, this is a completely 'professional budget' production. Enjoy.
  • Lord of the Rings. Heh.
  • Not really for mortals, but it's funny. Has Jack Black ever played a character that was different from any other Jack Black character?

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

  • Joss Whedon's (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) Mutant Enemy Productions made this one. The light in the first scene is motivated from the two windows (fill & back). The key light is augmented by a blue uplight at 4:43. The 1st scene - try 2 angles: Same axis (CU & WS), or more than 30˚ apart.
  • Doesn't get interesting until halfway through.
  • I love this one. One of my favorite actors, actually (NPH). Apart from the star-power, this is very mortal-doable.

Feed the Damn Cat

  • No 'cuts' in picture, so the rhythm is created 'mis en scene' (within the frame). Single, Klingman Arizona filmmaker James Knox has a bunch of other vids at http://www.myspace.com/metalmanJames. Check him out. He doesn't want kids, though, so don't ask.
  • Seriously, feed the damn cat.
  • The video is great, the cat is not. This is why I don't like cats. Kids are almost as smart and less likely to despise you.