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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

SLC ENTRY :: BORN TO THE STARS

9 comments:

zoom zoom said...

WTF? Is this based on a true story? this short could have bin much better with cut ins and close ups to break the long static shot.. too much V.O.

Holly said...

I've never been a huge fan of voice overs. The flickering computer monitor was annoying as all get out.

You're good at chromakeying (although chromakeying to black and white is easier than chromakeying in color), but your editing and special effects seemed enormously extensive. I don't think it was all necessary. The black and white choice seemed strange for the movie as a whole. For some parts I can understand it, but when the whole thing is black and white it feels off, not very fresh.

Refreshing perspective of what an alien spaceship could look like...

JJ Pentergass said...

I think this guys deserves a prize for the most innovative approach to using the Stone Arch Bridge as a location in his film.

Anonymous said...

??? Ugh. I couldn't make it past the first 3 minutes. The black and white, along with nothing to spark interest bored me, to tell you the truth.

Anonymous said...

Atleast they tried something different, took a chance with the green screen. I think this script was also shot too early. More development please.

emquinn said...

I think that the film seriously lacked in technical achievement and script yada yada yada. But Its glow is that it was the only film that showed any sort of initiative to break form, challenge the restrictions, and use of special effects. Every year film schools pumps out a bunch of kids who can make films look decent and painfully like every other film I have seen. I give this film my vote not because I think its a great film but because the spirit of risk is there.

Note: it also had the best title screen.

To the director(I'm guessing your going to read these): Next year think really hard, make every effect, shot, and motion relate back to your concept. Spirit is 75% of the battle. watch yourself some French New Wave flicks (mainly Godard), that is risk at its best.

Eddie Freed said...

I liked the Blind Fate title screen a lot from this competition.

This filmmaker took and chance and that's great. I would highly suggest those who made this film watch David Lynch films (for instance ERASERHEAD or his early shorts THE ALPHABET or THE GRANDMOTHER) as Lynch also took great risks with placing the POV in a slightly pschologically sketchy place and it paid off.

Another film, if you can find it, would be a German psycho-fantasy "Peppermint-Frieden" by writer/director Marianne Rosenbaum from 1983 which explores a highly internal and subjective dialogue, yet it avoids the droll voice-over while allowing the viewer to construct the narrative story.

With the internet today, filmmakers and storytellers have such incredible freedom to take huge risks and make films completely unlike anything that has made it to the screen before and the film school grad, who is taught at all costs to please the suits in Hollyweird, better step back and rethink everything about making media and telling stories.

Work on your story! Tell us something that is really interesting and sure, make it like its never been made before.

Anonymous said...

Well, there are a lot of film schools that pump out filmmakers who make pretensious and pointlessly arty masturbatory films, many in grainy black and white reversal film stock and a person has every right to feel violated by the stupidity of these films also.

Anonymous said...

http://www.mingfilm.com/borntothestars