May 20, 2003 at 8:09 am #3166
Damn, why did I neglect this film? I just downloaded the ultra-high-quality version, but won’t be able to watch it until tomorrow. I’ll give you my impressions then.
CometgreenMay 20, 2003 at 8:36 am #3168
Great movie ! I love the French voice, wow mwahahaha…
The animation was smooth and well lighten. It’s very good, Leuwen is very funny. Good action, good timing, very educative.
I think you could broadcast it to local schools. I don’t know, but I think this movie could be used for a very serious educative purpose.
Consider this !
Anyway nice work ! I’m jealous…May 20, 2003 at 12:37 pm #3174
A high-quality production, especially considering the time you had to make it. Well done!
I must say that your choice for the Dutch/French voices with subtitles work well. And the end was neat!
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.
I’m glad that I’ve been able to participate in this wonderful project.
Stefan.May 20, 2003 at 12:38 pm #3175
Great Film! On my favorites list!May 20, 2003 at 2:58 pm #3183
this is definitely a work of art. Definitely is. I like the cool accents and the proffesional quality of the film. Keep up the fine fight.May 20, 2003 at 8:17 pm #3207
“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
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
Wow! That was really great! It educates and entertains! Even when there was nothing really funny going on, I was still interested.
“There are animalcules in my toilet water!”
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
Looking forward to your next film!
TomMay 29, 2003 at 11:18 pm #3995
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!”
I loved the Diplomacy scene!
Way to go motfilms – single out the one scene RevMen didn’t film himself.May 29, 2003 at 11:24 pm #3996
I loved the Diplomacy scene!
Way to go motfilms – single out the one scene RevMen didn’t film himself.
I mean I loved the reference to Diplomacy. :roll