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May 20, 2003 at 8:17 pm #3207
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“T” wrote: The mood in the movie was just great and the “time travel” scene were briliant supprted by the main character.

I got the idea from a great history show called “Connections.” It used the same style, where the narrator takes you to different times where you watch history happening while he tells you about it. It really was a great show and I would recommend it to anyone. I think there were 2 seasons of it on PBS in the States.

“hali” wrote: spot on microbiology wise

Almost, but not quite. I took a couple of liberties in the interest of humor, but still was pretty loyal to historical fact. For instance, while it is true that Leeuwenhoek found microbes between the teeth of an old man (two old men, in fact, neither of which had ever brushed their teeth), I never saw anything that indicated the testing of toilet water. I’m not even sure they had toilet water in the 1600′s. Also, Pasteur didn’t discover that different micro-organisms produce different types of alcohol, what he discovered was that yeast produced alcohol and bacteria oxydized it, causing the wine to taste bitter.

At least I stayed truer to the story than “The Two Towers.”

“wandrer2″ wrote: I must say that your choice for the Dutch/French voices with subtitles work well. And the end was neat!

What Stefan didn’t mention is that I originally had planned to do it all in English with Dutch and French accents. So Stefan sent me at least 4 takes for every line in English, and one take in Dutch just in case I wanted to go that way. It was really great of him. I tried it with the Dutch and it ended up working better that way (thanks for your insight, Stefan), but I felt really bad about wasting all of those English takes. So I put his funniest English take as the last line in the film.

“wandrer2 also” wrote: I have my doubt about the educational value, though: so much is happening on-screen that it is hard to follow everything that’s being said at the same time.

Well, entertainment was first priority, followed by education. I made it very busy because I wanted to keep the interest of people who weren’t at all interested in what the Narrator is talking about. The idea is to pay attention to him first, then watch it again and pay attention to the wacky antics of the people in the background. I also realized that it was going to be kind of a long film, so I looked for ways to keep the pace up.

Thanks so much for the positive reviews. I am hoping, however, that people will point out weaknesses so that I may continue to improve my skeelz on my next project.

May 29, 2003 at 5:12 am #3892
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SMALLER VERSION NOW AVAILABLE

I had to overcome some serious computer problems before I was able to get to work on this stuff again, and so finally a smaller version is available as promised.

I took the resolution down to 320×240 and then knocked the video quality down to 75% and took the audio quality as low as the Helix encoder would let me without upgrading to their ridiculously expensive pro version. The result is a file of 9.1MB. I think that’s about as small as I can go, which I suppose isn’t too bad considering the thing is nearly 9 minutes long. I might be biased, but I think this film is worth the download on dial-up at that size. Now that I figured out how to get my audio into MP3 format with DiVX video, I should be knocking down the size of the highest quality file in the near future.

It’s availabe with the others on my movies page.

May 29, 2003 at 8:50 pm #3951
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Motfilms

Wow! That was really great! It educates and entertains! Even when there was nothing really funny going on, I was still interested.

*Spoilers*

“There are animalcules in my toilet water!”

:lol:

Wandrer & Lowweek, your acting was very good! So was the narrator, and all the other actors. RevMen, I mean wow! All of your movies are good, and this one is maybe the best so far! It is one of my favorites! I loved the Diplomacy scene! :rotfl

*End Spoilers*

Looking forward to your next film!

Tom

May 29, 2003 at 11:18 pm #3995
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Buxton

Well, I’ve finally got round to watching this and it’s another excellent film.

It’s late, I’m tired, and Jason’s little surprise has kind of taken the edge off my good mood, so I don’t have too much to say about it here, except that it’s going in the “good enough to show to non-brickfilmers” folder.

One thing: I liked the minimalist animation for the narrator – just enough movement that you know he’s talking, without having him thrashing about like a maniac the way some animators do.

“I can’t believe there are animalcules in THAT!”

Oh, and…

I loved the Diplomacy scene!

Way to go motfilms – single out the one scene RevMen didn’t film himself. :lol:

May 29, 2003 at 11:24 pm #3996
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Motfilms

“Buxton” wrote:

I loved the Diplomacy scene!

Way to go motfilms – single out the one scene RevMen didn’t film himself. :lol:

I mean I loved the reference to Diplomacy. :roll

May 30, 2003 at 12:13 am #4000
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The Janitor

I liked it too… :lol:

May 31, 2003 at 12:20 am #4145
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Ferder

Hey, RevMan. That was pretty good! The nice animation and filming ect made the movie quite nice to watch. It was also pretty interesting. I was just wondering what you used to capture it and edit it.
What frame rate was it at. 15fps?

May 31, 2003 at 12:45 am #4146
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RevMen

Captured at 15 fps using SMA

Edited in Premiere, though I barely put any of Premiere’s features to work more than just sticking clips one in front of the other.

In terms of the narrator’s movements, I will readily admit that I was largely influenced by Out of Time. Still not quite to that level, but getting closer…

May 31, 2003 at 4:29 am #4164
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great film rev long and informal….great as always….nice quality and a great joke with the guys in the bar with the beer. It was a great film to show my science class at school it took up time was a brickfilm…and well wasted time…and the teacher accepted it as a real film about micro bioloygy.exe….Awsome
IndyA

May 31, 2003 at 5:57 am #4166
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Brian of Gep

No idea why I hadn’t seen this yet – I’ve been missing out!

The quality of ALL of the different parts (Video, Audio, Plot, Humor etc.) are great! The whole film is great! Can’t wait ’til your next film’s debut!
:D

May 31, 2003 at 6:37 am #4167
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RevMen

IndyA, are you saying you showed GM at your school? I’m having a little trouble understanding your post. If so, that’s awesome. Who saw it and what did they think of it?

May 31, 2003 at 11:08 am #4172
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“IndyA” wrote: great film rev long and informal….great as always….nice quality and a great joke with the guys in the bar with the beer. It was a great film to show my science class at school it took up time was a brickfilm…and well wasted time…and the teacher accepted it as a real film about micro bioloygy.exe….Awsome
IndyA

If I did that I’d be hung in the office and detention slips would cover my body.

Well, maybe not like that, but I’d be in trouble.

May 31, 2003 at 8:35 pm #4184
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Flash1015

Well I got around to watching it. (the file size kept me away in the first place) To bad you weren’t here a year ago beacuse this would’ve fit well in the historical fiction competition. Love the animation, have more than one character moving, the lighting ( I did not notice any flickering) and a great Educational story. Job well done.

June 1, 2003 at 5:49 pm #4239
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Erlic

that was a great film!!! :D

June 1, 2003 at 7:17 pm #4245
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cwr89

wow, I showed this too my science teacher and she almost died !!!! she ended up putting it on the tv and showing everyone

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