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    Default Apocalypse TV News, but is it funny?

    I have been making films for a few years, usually very short funny stuff or documnetary type stuff.

    Now I am trying to do more involved scripted stuff and atv news is one of my first efforts.

    The idea was my friend Andys. We got some daft footage of a local activist demo and were aiming just to do a newsy spoof version of events. In the the end we got rather carried away and this was the result.

    I am just so overexposed to this project I cant decide if it is funny or rubbish. I was thinking of showing it a a local film night but I fear I might get mocked, mobbed or chased out for being crap.....

    I AM proud of the editing and effects, I hate my acting (newsreader) and I think the script is probably rubbish, and if the script is crap then it all is I suppose.

    We were aiming to produce a paradoy of the media but I think we just went too weird...?

    Be warned it is vulgar, crass, has some rude bits and rude words.

    I think i am most proud of the ident and the out takes at he end. I dunno.... Feedback appreciated. Remember not for the shy or introverted.

    16 mins long.

    And in the words of bill gravitas 'thanks for watching the show' (runs and hides)

    http://www.zaskarfilms.com/filmPages/ATVnewspage.htm

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    Hi

    i thought it was really good and if i did not know i would think it was the real news lol top stuff funny good and well put together. what software did you use to put it all together? where you are standing is that an office or a virtual set you made? i canít really tell apart from the TV in the back ground.

    guessing itís a virtual set as you used a green screen? if so what program did you use to make it? i liked it

    over all good

    well done

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    Ok,

    here it is as I see it. You may want to sit down first ....

    It is obvious that a lot of work went into this so I will try to be gentle.

    Your news reporting was cringe worthy. Too many 'and nows'. Lots of it was in pretty poor taste too (the shooting of the reporter for instance). I do not share your sense of humour at all and did not find any of your writing amusing.

    Rude was a bit of an understatement

    Technically very impressive though. Great title sequence

    I watched the whole thing just so that I could give you my honest opinion of the entire film. I actually lost interest about 2 mins in, but am glad I got to see the interview with the protester and then with the drunk guy. That footage is GOLD. Absolutely bloody hilarious!!

    This is what I would suggest:

    New writing! definitely Keep the out takes, the titles and the interviews and rework the whole thing before you show it at any film fests.

    As ever all comments are intended to be helpful (however harsh)

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    I mostly agree with Paraglidings comments.
    Technically pretty good, plenty of effort and so on.

    Content then. Sorry, I thought it was slow and pretty dull. Unlike Para your humour appeals to me, but it was just wasn't snappy enough to get the gags over. There are far too many pregnant pauses in the handovers which should be whittled out. The commercial was fun, but again just far too long.

    Constructively, I would suggest a re-edit and cut it down to at least half of it's current length. In the studio/reporter sections, don't feel the need to show the anchorman for every line he says, stay with the reporter occassioanlly, and cut the time between question and answer. As it is, it comes over like a delayed satellite link to the other side of the world.

    Nice touch with the finger flicking the planet out of the sky at the end though.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I broadly agree with those observations. All through the edit i said yo Andy that it needed to be snappier and shorter but he wanted it longer and it was his baby. It was all done in a mad rush and clearly more discipline was needed during the writing, it kind of evolved.

    The studio was green screened, glad that worked well. I kept saying the public interview bits were the best. It was intended to be crass as a pop at the enternainemnt implicit behind real news but maybe we went too far. God some would have hated what we left out.

    I may have a go at cutting brutally but it may be hard to maintain any continuity, maybe best to lay it to rest and move on a bit. Making it taught me loads tho for sure.

    Thanks again, soory if i missed any particular questions but i am knackeered after a very long day at my proper job.

    Will respond to any further stuff tomorrow.

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    I know I was a bit harsh, but I figure you want an honest opinion.

    Any chance you might return the favour ...?

    http://www.marksparaglidingpages.com/Video/camping.wmv

    Comments in this thread if you please!

    http://www.videoforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=6420

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    If we view this as a 'home video' then it is clearly excellent.
    Applying higher critical standards, as one might to a commercial piece with higher repoduction values then I would make a few observations.

    1. Filming
    There is some nasty windnoise, get a sock for your mic or cut the bass in the editor on that bit of s/track.

    Some of the 'pretty' shots are excellent, well composed and shot with the camera on a t/pod, essential.

    Absence of in shot zooming a relief and a common mistake, unless you want that youth tv effect.

    Sound is poor, camera mic was it, a short shot gun mic makes the sound much better, can be had for as little as 100 quid, or lots more!

    2. Editing.

    Speeded up bit too long and maybe too slow, but love the benny hill music, I often use it in similar circumstances, see http://www.zaskarfilms.com/filmPages/greatshagrpage.htm

    Has a nice flow to it.

    What about more music?

    Titles? When where and who maybe.

    Maybe some to camera stuff on peoples thoughts about the trip, add human interest.

    Glad you dont use too many ridiculous fades, they look cheap.

    Voiceovers can sound 'cheap' if not done very carefully, acoustic is a bit 'roomy' and maybe spoken a bit fast and could do with more feeling.

    Sunset shot with cut to person sitting nice, but maybe sitting bloke framed too far right??

    Are you a stills photographer first and foremost? You appear to have used the camera in that way in parts very well, that is why I ask.


    Weekends away can be used to make a daft drama, I did this on such a trip, http://www.zaskarfilms.com/filmpages/zombiepage.htm . Techinaccly quite rubbish as all i had was a bunch of crazy kids and a very basic camera that was crap in low light.

    Here also for your perusal is a 'pretty' film i made with 20 mins of footage shot at a pretty village near where I live, I did not have my tripod unfortunately, was just passing thru in the car. http://www.zaskarfilms.com/filmPages/badmintonpage.htm

    Note: If films off my site dont play after 30s, fefreash the page, there is a bug I am still fixing.

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    Ok..I thought it was geat persanly..just that girl who kept looking at her script blew it. How long did it take you to make the intro? and what did you use?

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    Thankes lukeD, the jo tadcaster bit ws written in ten mins and shot in 30, didnt have time to learn the script, made the whole thing in 2 weeks, bar editing.

    The ident took ages and was a huge thing in the editor, loads of tracks and effects, done in vegas 6, about 24 hours total editing time and 8 hours to render (!). That was the third version, it is my fav bit of thje whole thing really.

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    Bloody hell 8hr render

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