9.30.2006

WIDOW - wmv version

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OK, having trouble uploading to SMS right now so I'm going to post the wmv version for now, and will figure it out later....I want to post a QT version to StopMoShorts, but I think I'll need Mike's help for that....

 Til then, here it is, in all its glory :)

11 comments:

herself said...

FIRST! (kidding!)

Jeffery it was great! I loved seeing all the steps you've shared as you made it, the tall trees, the foil-paged book, the widower and his fab painted clothes, the digi campfire, the burning portrait, all of it, come to life in the film.

I couldn't make out what they passed on their way at the end (dead bride's body?), but that's prolly because I haven't read the story.

Again, major kudos for doing it!!!

Ubatuber said...

Thanks, I knew you'd be first :D

That's just random dead guy at the end, what resurrection ritual doesn't involve a sacrifice? Doc needed the blood...I thought it might be difficult to understand, neither me nor my wife could tell if it would come across the way intended cause we both knew what it was supposed to be, y'know? Didn't have time (or energy) to reshoot that one, it was difficult to do b/c of the moving camera (basic tripod), and I didn't really want to devote any time to anything else story-wise, didn't want to be too gruesome either and show him actually draining the blood or anything like that...didnt even consider that throwing a 'white sheet' over the body made it look like a bride :), I just figured Doc wouldn't want to look at it, he just did what he had to do....
OK, done rambling...

Ubatuber said...

Here's something I've been wondering....this is for everybody.....Has all of the pre-show bloggage, the making-of, taken anything away from the film? Altered your expectations?Would it be better to post everything after the film is done?

Just curious for the future, I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the Jenny filming when it happens (2007!)

Darkstrider said...

Didn't ruin it for me. Not at all. I rather enjoyed it actually... I think it enhanced the experience.

mefull said...

That was great Jeffery, lighting was much improved, the fire looked way better. I like how much the music helps the set the tone and mood - good choice. I really like the intro - well done. Damm dude, your making me want to get on the I hate Jeffery bandwagon :-)

You ask a good question, I don't think the blog stuff hurt seeing the film - maybe helped. Definitely helped build an audience! I am glad you just posted stills and no clips. If you had a bunch of clips posted on the blog I think that would take away from the short. If it's a longer film short clips might work, but only give teasers. Well that's my 2 cents.

gl. said...

oh my gosh! yay! *squeals w/ joy* i couldn't tell what the thing at the end was, either. but that was such a sweet movie! and i loved the blood runes. what a perfect hors d'ouevres before the lovecraft festival this weekend!

i never speak for sven, who is upstairs sleeping before he goes back to work in the morning, but i'll do it here: please share with us before, during, after! as sven wrote in "against keeping your film production secret" (http://www.scarletstarstudios.com/blog/archives/2006/04/against_keeping.html) ...

"I am of the opinion that getting to see the film as it's being made only enhances the experience. Rather than spending five minutes of attention on your well-crafted work of art, I get to spend months or years enjoying it bit-by-bit. I'm cheering you on -- and when it is completed, I feel that in some small way I was able to help make it possible -- by being a supportive ear / eye.

"Telling artists not to show their work until it's done -- this doesn't help them at all! Isolation is a terrible motivator. ..."Keeping it secret" is NOT a step towards professionalism. ... Sharing the process of creation -- as you're creating -- is an excellent way to build your audience prior to release.

"The movie itself is only half the story. I want to know about about the people who made it. ... As filmmakers, we shouldn't try make ourselves invisible. Ultimately what we want is for people to be invested in US. Hopefully I'm not going to make just one film. I'm going to make several or many films -- and I want my audience to follow ME as I grow and create.

"I don't know what Nick Hilligoss' next film is going to be about -- but it doesn't matter! I already know that I want to see it! Same goes for the the next film by Mike Brent or Alejo Accini or Jeffrey Roche (gl.: emphasis mine) or Shelley Noble ... So, please -- everyone -- keep sharing your works-in-progress!"

herself said...

GretSven makes an eggsalaent point. I agree completely.

gl. said...

*grins* sometimes, very rarely, we call ourselves "svetchin." *blushes*

Michael Granberry said...

I just watched "Widow" six times! Such a cool film, Jeff...I love your style. And I personally think that your blog posts make the finished film that much more magical to watch (not to mention highly anticipated). Great visuals, use of color, and the music is really perfect.

I assumed I was seeing a body at the end, but I looked at it several times to be sure I wasn't missing something I was supposed to get. I kind of like when things aren't tied up with a pretty little bow at the end, but leave me with a bit of a question mark. To paraphrase from Billy Wilder: "Audiences don't need to be told 2+2=4. Just tell them 2+2 and let them do the math."

Ubatuber said...

Michael! As you were posting on my blog I was posting on yours :) Thanks for the comments!
And thanks Shelley, Svetchin ;), Mike, Mefull....I think my plan is as Mefull mentioned, when I'm filming Jenny I'll probably only show caps like here, and some short clips (teasers)....of course I say that now, but after a few months of filming I may be blogger-deprived and start sharing everything, so who knows :) I'll cross that bridge.......

sven said...

Oh, man... It's two weeks later, but I finally got to watching "Widow." ...Wonderful! The glossiness of the blood as it's being painted on the tree -- excellent touch. Loved the lighting. And the story all hangs together really well.

Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!!