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    Ok this is a change in direction for me

    The other day I found an 8mm reel of silent colour film that I shot with my school mates around 36 years ago. The film was in very poor condition which is not surprising seeing it has spent the last 25 years in my loft. I thought it was lost forever. I think we were about 14 at the time.

    I had it transferred to digital but the results were very disappointing. Anyway, I thought I would try and edit it into a little film and add some foley effects which I have never really done before. Don't expect too much.

    Panthers Claw

    The CIA operate a clandestine unit called Panthers Claw. An enemy agent has been captured by the Americans and is en route for interrogation in an armoured convoy. Fearful of what this agent might disclose, Panthers Claw mount a black operation to prevent the exposure of state secrets.

    Now try not to laugh.....this is deadly serious The special effects budget back then was not the same as it is today.

    All feedback gratefully received.




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    Loved it Shrimpy. That Foley was pretty good.

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    I don't remember tomato ketchup being that runny back then!!

    Excellent

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    I was watching, thinking how the editing had been done in such a "modern" way withlots of quick cuts before reminding myself that you've just re-edited it.
    Good fun and a good job.
    And it's great to see that 8mm transfered to digital look (other than in vintage porn).
    Tim

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    The editing is great. I loved it. I think you did good with the special effects even back then. At the end I couldn't tell if the good guy or the bad guy got shot. I thought the bad guy had a black coat on. Either way, that is my only complaint. Great Find and way to keep the old stuff alive :thumbup

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    Thanks for the feedback CRX, its appreciated. Welcome to the wonderful world of film critique. You will find its almost as much fun as having the arse kicked out of your own

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    Nice to resurect old footage. Takes me back to my youth and messing with 8mm before going into the industry professionally.
    I'm sure it was great fun to make.
    Did you never think of re editing and cutting the splice marks out of the
    film?
    Maybe not...Might have lost some of its charm.
    The effects certainly won't win any awards but the imagination and enthusiasm gets top marks.
    Good Job!

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