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Discussion in 'Fan Art/Fan Fiction' started by InTheOnlineAsbestosSuit, Jun 28, 2005.
About bloody time.
I love your persistance.
Thanks, I get that alot haha. I'm just glad that everyone who knows about this still wants to see it.
Fuck yeah baby!
Load this fucker up, and sell me the DVD.
Thanks, will do. I'm thinking of contracting out the DVD production this time, getting a printing company to make a few hundred for me if I can afford it. Hopefully this will cut down on the per-disc cost, so I can sell them for cheaper: the average person doesn't really want to spend more than $5 on a student film, even if it's gold, and I don't plan on trying to mark them up/make any profit so much as sell them at a price that'll pay for the printing costs.
Anyway, I don't remember if I've posted this before or not, but I was thinking about this movie, and how a lot of my fellow film students and friends have little by little become more involved, and it got me to thinking about the idea of open source film making. I'm sure someone else has already thought of this, but I got the idea from reading all the 3rd-party Star Wars comics, novels, and in general taking note of how vastly more complex and in depth the Star Wars universe has become beyond the first three stories about Han, Luke, and Lea, movies George Lucas created. Consider this idea: my crew and I created this movie, Mad Nation, and the entire world in which it takes place. I copyright the characters, but not the world, thus making it easy for other film makers to created their own stories taking place in the same universe as Mad Nation. I won't prepose to be arrogant enough to think that there'd be a demand for this, it's just an interesting concept of story telling: each story teller adding to what the first created so as to expand the world in which the story takes place. I could see this idea taking off well in the Fantasy/Sci-fi world, considering how well it's done in the case of Star Wars.
Also, a quick update for those keeping track: Color Correction is done for the most part on every scene except the three involving special effects. The effects are nearly done, except I have yet to implement them into the actual edit. The big gunfight is also incomplete on the special effects front.
Meanwhile, I'm discussing the music with the soundtrack artists, hoping they'll have time to produce one or two more songs for me, and making good use of the music they've already provided. Sound editing will start as soon as the color correction is done, and I'm dreading it but just because it'll be difficult doesn't mean it won't be at least kinda fun.
Ladies and gentlemen, the movie is done. After 5 years, it's complete and ready to go. Last night, we had a surprise premier at Flim Fest, an annual local student film festival that I have frequented for some time. The movie was the last one shown, screening just after midnight, and the 70 or so die hard attendees that remained enjoyed the hell out of it: the movie got a standing ovation both before (when they realized it was finally finished after years of previews and trailers) and after. One person, who helps run the festival, told me that he personally felt it was the best movie ever shown there.
I'd like to personally thank all the fans and potential fans who read this, for sticking by me and hoping for the best throughout this ridiculous but amazing production. Without you, I never would have had the initiative to finish this movie.
Mad Nation is also credited as being the first movie to break "The Curse of Flimfest", in that since the festival was started almost 8 years ago, none of the dozens of movies that have shown trailers or sneak previews at the festival have been completed until now. Throughout the evening, clips were shown of a character named "the Ghost of Flimfest" mocking the audience and laughing over the curse he'd placed on the festival. At the end of the night, during one clip, he was shot, the lights came up, and an announcer asked "but who has broken the curse?". I came out on stage, dressed as Gray, and a thunderous applauds and cheering arose from the crowd. I gave a brief speech, which unfortunately was not caught on camera, and introduced the movie, but was suddenly surprised with an award, presented to me by the organizer Kevin James. It was a solid gold dog tag, with the words "Taranto-Kent, Ethan Flim Fest 09 Holy Crap Award" printed on it. Kevin explained that the award was in recognition of how much I went through to finish the film, and how amazed and delighted they all were to see it finished.
I'm absolutely ecstatic; the last few weeks have been a hectic, mad dash to complete the movie in time for this, and I just barely made it, but it couldn't have gone over more perfectly. So I'm going to take the rest of the week off to relax and celebrate. I plan on shooting another related side project next weekend, a short about one of the movie's side characters. Then, it's DVD production time, while at the same time I will be sorting out the disagreement I have with the hosting company that I buy my website domain from. Once that is done, I'll host the feature for free download on the website.
Those interested seeing the movie:
The movie will be hosted online soon. Not sure how soon, though. It's 47 minutes long, so I'll have to break it up scene by scene if I want it to be on YouTube. I will probably do this, as no scene is longer than 5 minutes so it'll make watching the movie a bit easier for the casual online viewer. And of course, there will be a free, downloadable, full length version available as soon as I sort out the problems with my website.
Those interested in a DVD:
As has been said here before, the incentive to buy the DVD is the bonus content. There will be at least two additional short films, director and crew commentary, and possibly a mini documentary about the production of the movie. There's also over an hour and a half of out-takes that I have to sort through and cut a short blooper reel from.
I plan on looking into the costs of professionally printing out DVDs, rather than making them all myself. Once I figure out who's making them and how much it'll cost me, I'll start taking pre-orders for DVDs from anyone interested in buying one. The price is $10 (US) , including shipping, within the USA, and 12$ international, also including shipping (thus, I'm really only making about 3-5$ per DVD to cover printing costs: I'm not in this for profit). Payment can be made via Paypal, or money-order by mail.
I will definately buy the DVD if it becomes available. Great job!
Please, for the love of god, give me your cock.
And a DVD.
Get on youtube already and capitalize yourself. Make money by rubbing your talent in other peoples faces.
I love you.
Now go kill yourself in fire.
congrats! looking forward to see it
as for the upload, as long as you manage to shrink it to 500mb (seeing as a dvdrip of 1.5h is 700mb, it shouldnt be a problem)
you could use vimeo.com its pretty reliable, flexible and seems to becoming more and more popular for amateur movies and animations.
just an idea since slicing it for youtube seems like butchering...
I would speak my gratitude, but words cannot express them. I can only hope that statement somehow lets you feel my joy.
It's not even about getting to see the movie I'm supremely impressed by what work was done over how long a time. You've inspired us all.
Congratulations indeed! Persistence pays off!
I'll probably do something like this also, as well as setting up a torrent for the movie. The big reason I don't mind breaking it up on youtube is that my viewership will go up: statistically, anything more than 5 minutes gets less than a quarter of the views that shorter videos get, so since no scene is longer than 5 minutes, I'll get a lot more people seeing the movie, or at least parts of it, if it's in smaller, easier to watch bits.
The movie should be ready to start DVD authoring by this weekend. I did a little touching up on the audio, as I did notice a few minor mistakes during the premier, and now I'm going to watch through it a few times in the next few days to make sure nothing is wrong with it.
Trying to work out how people can pay for the DVD. I figure Paypal will work easy enough for most, though I'm trying to think of an alternative for international customers, since there are a few non-US residents on here that took interest. I'm also looking into various hosting sites, as while I now have my website sort of up and running again, I doubt my bandwidth will be good enough for a serious rush from this or any of the other forums I post on.
We also just shot a 3 minute short for the DVD on sunday, a side plot about one of the characters in the feature. I'm hoping to do at least one more before the year is out, and if there's time put it on the DVD.
YouTube it NOW dawgunnit!
I fully plan on uploading to YouTube starting next week. The catch is that I have to watch the full cut of the movie a few times this weekend and make sure there's nothing left for me to fix/trim/whatever. That, and I have to do some testing to make sure I can find a good export/compression codec that'll work well with youtube, so that my already low image quality doesn't look like complete fucking ass. Thats the risk you run by deliberately shooting on obsolete equipment.
Okay, so almost a month after saying I'd start in a week, here's scene one:
I plan on uploading part two in a couple weeks. I'm trying to sort out some issues I'm having with my musical score, and until that's done, I can't upload the last scene, so I'm going to take my time in uploading the whole movie and stall a bit. But enjoy this one for now, you'll see more soon enough.
Also, despite the message at the end of the youtube clip, the complete film is not yet available for download due to issues with the soundtrack in the last scene, though as soon as that's resolved, I'll have it hosted on my website.
EDIT: fixed the youtube link, now directs to correct video.
Well, the first scene is up to about 1700 views in just a few days, so I'm glad to see that it's going somewhere. I've got to review the next few scenes a bit to make sure that there's nothing left to tweak, and then I'll be all set to upload them as well. I feel like one scene every couple weeks will be a good rate: I don't want to end up with most of the movie online and having to wait an extra week or three for my sound track artists to finish the music for the last scene.
The reasonably good turnout to watch the first scene of the movie, as well as very good reception the complete feature got at Flim Fest, is encouraging to me for the web series Mad Nation Stories. We've already shot and edited what will essentially be the second episode, which takes place during the same time frame as the feature, and will be uploaded to youtube a week after I upload the last scene of the feature, which functions as episode 1. We're also starting production on episodes 3-5 this week, which pick up where the feature leaves off.. We're supposed to shoot this Thursday, but we might only be able to shoot on weekends, considering thats when a camera will be available. I'll keep everyone updated as the series progresses.
October 9th, 2009
Started production of the second episode of the web series yesterday:
This episode is the first of the two so far that involves Gray, and picks up more or less immediately after the Mad Nation feature leaves off. I should clarify, this picture is not on location, this was before we went out to start the shoot. TJ, my buddy with the Thompson sub-machine gun on the right, suggested we find a good looking girl, dress her in bloody rags, and have her pose on the hood of the car, ala 50's pin up girls on classic cars.
Thinking that I'll be uploading another scene from the feature next week. I'll post here again obviously when that's done. Also, I finally got in touch with my sound track guy: he's busy until the end of the month, but he's still committed to the project and is determined to finish the music as soon as he is able. So we're going to get together the first chance we get and finish the sound track, then I'll have a DVD ready copy of the movie the next day. With any luck it'll be ready by Halloween and we'll be able to go through with our plan to hand out copies in Salem, Ma during the Halloween festivities.