Hello everybody. Well, I have decided to put my neck on the block and ask for your thoughts on my first real story based film. It is my second actual attempt at making a film, but my first go was,.. well, disastrous. I didn't do enough planning or prep work the first time, and really flew by the seat of my pants, and it showed. In the end, my first film didn't even make sense because of a lot of mistakes I made in my haste to make something. However, it was an incredible and valuable learning experience, and what I learned, I applied to making this one.
It was also my first experience with HD. I used a Canon XH-A1,.. and learned that auto-focus is less than ideal for every situation. Sometimes I had no choice though due to my limited equipment, for the shots I wanted. But overall I am pleased.
Yes, it is a Star Wars fan film. The actors are my kids and their friends (who are avid SW fans), and they are absolutely thrilled with it. I have been dabbling in After Effects (thanks to Andrew Kramer at videocopilot), so this was a chance to have some fun, while getting into some FX. I uploaded it to youtube, but for whatever reason when youtube encoded it, it made the first few seconds greyish and weird, but after a few seconds it clears up fine and is normal. It's not like that in my copy of the film,.. but hey, that's youtube for you.
Anyhow, give it a watch, and let me know your thoughts. Any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated! It was a lot of fun to make! Enjoy!