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(YouTube) Video Subby is filming a no budget film for fun.... Need ideas and feedback   ( divider line
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2012-10-23 10:45:52 AM  
I'm not sure whether to go "straight" with it or make it a little "sci-fi" (which my 11 year old wants).... kinda hung up. I shot this scene sort of as a "proof of concept"...


/yes, it's my deuce
2012-10-23 11:29:52 AM  
From Jack!
Jack who?
Jack Mehoff...

bow chicka bow bow..

And go from there.
Easy peasy.
2012-10-23 11:58:15 AM  
Lol. Don't want to make another porn.

/after the first 20 they get repetitious. Going for a "Legitimate" movie.
2012-10-23 12:06:46 PM  
make it some kind of anti muslim film.
2012-10-23 01:40:48 PM  
Make a realistic down-to-earth movie that's completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots.

/also, you should win stuff by watching
2012-10-23 04:09:04 PM  
Frontal nudity on the wimmenz.
2012-10-23 04:40:01 PM  
anti-muslim seems to get everybody riled up so go with something current
you don't have to go anti that sounds negative just show how they act when the cameras are on them.
in other words they will get mad when you show them mad. it should build on itself
2012-10-23 06:11:13 PM  

Mr. Cat Poop: Frontal nudity on the wimmenz.

You know how I know you didn't watch the clip?
2012-10-23 06:11:35 PM  
What if the Taliban was back in the 50's. Kind of a Leave it to Gihad. Dad wakes up and heads off for a hard day of work at the suicide bomber factory. Mom stays home and cooks up some dinner, cleans up the cave. And the youngsters run around causing mischief on the hillside.
2012-10-23 07:00:26 PM  
Add some lens flare.
"Jack" should be Hitler.
The blonde should be showing off 'dat ass!

Looks good so far. Would watch more.

/If you ever need a Nicolas Cage look-alike, I'm available
2012-10-23 07:13:34 PM  
"Subby is filming a no budget film for fun"

I think you're done. Now return those 4 minutes of my life.
2012-10-23 07:53:54 PM  
You might want to check out the 48 hour film project.


Basically, its a contest where teams make a film in 48 hours.

It's a good time, and its a good way to meet other people who are
interested in making movies for fun. See if you can get on a team
when they run one in your area, and you will learn way more about
movie making than you will on fark

At the very least, check out the past winning entries for ideas, and try
to go to a screening when the entries are presented. Here in DC it can
take 3-4 nights to screen all the entries, and the teams that made them
are usually there and love to talk about them.

Good luck and have fun with your film.
2012-10-23 09:32:49 PM  
i vote Sci Fi ...
2012-10-23 09:50:46 PM  
Needs zombies!
2012-10-23 11:40:49 PM  
This is almost three minutes of shaky title sequence shot without a tripod or plot... so it's like 80 percent of youtube junk. It has no actual story going on, and it takes too long to tell you that it has no story. Look, we get it, you own a 2-ton truck. That's kind of cool, I guess. That is not a story. How you GOT the truck might be a story. What you did to earn or regain the truck might be a story. Driving the truck around by itself is not a story. I remember when my boys were around five, they loved the shiat out of all kinds of trucks, it would have been enough to see a badass truck without any story to it. But by the time they were seven, there would have to be *some* kind of plot to keep them interested more than a minute. The truck is at best a prop. Not a co-star. Look up or netflix a James Garner movie called "Tank". That was a script written around the availability of the eponymous vehicle. It could give you some hints as to what you want to do. Look at The Blues Brothers. That Dodge was in nearly every scene of the movie, but it was just a vehicle, literally and symbolically, for moving the actors thru the plot to their goals. After that first bridge jump, they are done with talking about or concentrating on the car, even though its almost a car member itself. Shiat, watch Herbie The Love Bug; even there, you have a plot aside from the sentient car. So come up with a story.

One easy one might be: this truck has been declared surplus, and you've been hired to deliver it across country to A; a museum with a veteran's parade and exhibit, B; a wrecking /scrap yard, C; some backwoods wannabe warlord. You may or may not pick up interesting riders and/or cargo along the way, who may want to steal the truck or not, or use the truck on side-quests that are little chapters of a bigger story. You may run over some bad guy's motorcycle and get his gang mad and after you. Maybe there is hidden treasure of some kind secreted in the truck somewhere, and bad guys are shadowing you to get their hands on it.

Another idea: you win the truck in some crazy promotional contest. Gas is not cheap for these things: you may have to trade some odd jobs for gas. Each new errand is odder than the rest, but somehow, they are all connected and end up taking you on a journey of self-discovery as you affect the lives of others. If you ever owned a pickup, you understand how you suddenly acquire all these new friends who need to use or borrow it for whatever.

A few technical points: use tripods as much as possible. Shoot more cut-aways and matching action from different angles and distances. You have too many wide shots and distant shots. Use better mics, not just whatever is mounted to the side of the camera. Don;t hand-hold the camera in the cab while driving and cut out any shaky footage. A tip inside the cab is to anchor the camera solidly to the frame somewhere: now the shot seems stable while the exterior view and people bounce around. That looks better.

If you are doing this as mostly fun for your kids, consider that it might be easier to first take posed still photos and combine them to make a comic book. This also lets you add all kinds of clip art and photoshop effects to jazz it up, for no budget. And you can safely involve the kids in more of the story by 'shopping them into the adventures. It will also use way less gas.

You wanna do something else interesting: drive this thing over to a VFW hall, load up the back with old soldiers, and record them talking about their experiences riding in one of these back in the war. Would make an awesome documentary. For most of it, the thing would need to be parked with the engine off, the noise would be too much. Hang a couple of go pros around in the cargo area, out of the line of sight. Put lavoliere mics on the old soldiers, run them to a digital audio recorder, synch them up to the cameras in post. This could be AWESOME, if you can get the old guys to tell their old jokes and dirty stories as well as war stories and tales of friendship and what they have learned and are still ready to teach us. This could be a PBS documentary, seriously. Or at least preserved oral history, that's important.

Good luck, whatever you want to do.
2012-10-24 12:03:10 AM  
Just in time for Halloween... haunted deuce. You are delivering a surplus truck to a scrap yard, and the spirits of dead soldiers and civilians(?) materialize in the back. They can't find rest until you divert the truck to a nearby cemetery and give them a proper send-off. Only you can see and hear them. Anybody you explain this to will think you're nuts, of course. Meanwhile, since you're late delivering the truck, its been declared stolen. Cops ensue.
2012-10-24 12:58:51 AM  

Any Pie Left:

Wow. Thanks for the honest evaluation. Kinda stung at first, but you're right. When I get in from offshore, I'll re-shoot.

Great ideas everyone.....

2012-10-24 08:36:42 AM  

Jclark666: Mr. Cat Poop: Frontal nudity on the wimmenz.

You know how I know you didn't watch the clip?

Titties are titties.
2012-10-25 02:03:01 PM  
I'd also say that from a technical perspective, creating a DIY steadicam-like device is a piece of cake. We still use a jury-rigged monopod with a 5lb weight attached to the the bottom in some of our shoots. It can make your handheld shots look a *lot* better. You can even do some 'dolly shots' riding on a skateboard or something similar.
2012-10-25 06:32:37 PM  
Drive to the diner picking up everyone along the way then thru the swamp on the way to the diner. With the truck full of asorted strangers you pull out of the swamp and everyone is a zombie excep for you and your new pet alligator, Fluffy. The Diner is full of muslems on a vacation before their next attack. And a crazy lady with one eye and a wooden leg. After that you are on your own.
2012-10-26 10:09:12 PM  
It looks like a normal town but ... all the people have talking shoes!
Setting is Poland during WWII.
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