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04 April 2007, 02:07 PM
Hi All

In December I posted a link to my site and trailers for my Short film 'A Lonely Sky' , and now I have put the full film (10 Minutes) online. At the moment it is only in standard definition as a quicktime movie (90Mb). I do have a 720p version, but it is a tad large! Not too sure about how about making torrents, but if someone wants to help me on that I'd be greatful to hear from them! (

In 1947, a test pilot who will risk his life to break the sound barrier, is forced to question his reasons and abilities by a strange yet familiar man. Starring Keir Dullea (2001, A Space Odyssey, The Good Shepherd), Paudge Behan (Veronica Guerin), Padraic Delaney (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Legend). I wrote, directed and co-produced

There is approximately 5 minutes of entirely CGI effects in the finished film of 10 minutes. This was all completed at HD resolution (1920x1080) for projection in theatres as a scope print.

All the 3D was done in XSI and composited with After effects, with Vue for some terrain generation for matte paintings.

I look forward to hearing what you think of the final film.



04 April 2007, 04:24 PM
Been looking forward to seeing the full version of this for a while. I love the idea, style and execution. The vfx is top notch too. Although a minor point, the greenscreen fx in one of the pilot cockpit shots didn't quite hold up. Is the smoke after the initial crash a 3D solution? Overall excellent short, looking forward to seeing more of your films and getting a HD version of this one. :thumbsup:

04 April 2007, 05:38 PM
Eyy, sweet.. 5 Stars from me :applause:

04 April 2007, 08:12 PM
Not too sure about how about making torrents, but if someone wants to help me on that I'd be greatful to hear from them!

If the file is up to 200MB you could use
To create torrents, this is a small but good source:

EDIT: Another solution is Spin Xpress. It allows you to store your stuff on the Internet Archive while retaining copyright on it (you don't have to realese it as PD or CC, while it's not as bad as an idea...)

You need to create an account both on SpinXpress and on to upload.

04 April 2007, 07:41 PM
There is a Mirror site up now

Thanks to Javascream for that.

I have also put up a High quality Flash (FLV) file on the front page

04 April 2007, 03:26 AM
wow that was awsome. great storyline and awsome work guys! :applause:

04 April 2007, 05:49 AM
really, really nice.
love that shot just before/during the sonic boom.

04 April 2007, 02:19 PM
Fantastic work. Really glad to see you got it completed and posted for everyone to watch.

I thought everything was done very well, I enjoyed the composition and visual elements that were in the film; I can't wait to see what else you can put together in the future. :applause:


04 April 2007, 04:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I am glad people like the story.

Guilherme Albuk has kindly put up another Mirror and even offered to host a 720p version.
I'm getting a 720p version ready.

Here is a link to the Mirror

Many many thanks to you all.



04 April 2007, 10:04 PM
Just perfect! The actors, the direction, the story, the vfx,...awesome!!!

04 April 2007, 06:48 PM

Guilherme Albuk has very kindly offered to host a 720p version of the film (this is the interim Hi-Def format 1280x720). It is a 232Mb Quicktim H.264 file.

Here is a link to the file

There's a lot more detail in there! It gets you that bit closer to the cinema experience!



04 April 2007, 04:01 AM
The CG parts are beautiful and understated in keeping with the poignancy of the story - Great story, great film man

04 April 2007, 08:40 PM
the film is beautiful, good job. I think i missed something in the story though, is he speaking to himself in the future?

04 April 2007, 12:25 PM
Nice story. Well handled. Raises the question 'what would you do?', with a whole bunch of soul searching...

04 April 2007, 02:57 AM
That was really well done. Congrats.


Take care,


04 April 2007, 03:38 AM
That was very interesting story there. I like movies about the sound barrier and the work to push the enveloppe. Congratulations to whoever work on that. Great work.

04 April 2007, 03:43 AM
Very well done, Congratulations! 5 *s!!! :thumbsup: Great Picture!

04 April 2007, 05:59 AM
Congratulations Nick. What a wonderful accomplishment. You should be very proud of this indeed. One of my favourite films is The Right Stuff......................and this has exactly that.
This is what inspires us all. Look forward to seeing more from you. Best of luck buddy

04 April 2007, 06:35 AM
Super job. The CG is seemless. Reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. Has a similar feel.

04 April 2007, 06:37 AM
it is awesome man keep the good work going

04 April 2007, 07:49 AM
dude... awsome awsome work!...

uīve got to be really proud!... congratulations!!!...

04 April 2007, 08:02 AM
i think its a first, quality and acting wise. hope you win your bag of awards. 5 stars

04 April 2007, 08:55 AM
Excellent movie!
CG work is soo soon forgotten and serves soo good the story!

04 April 2007, 09:45 AM
just love it

excellent film with great mood.

The FX achieved 99% photo realism imo... looked too clean sometimes... but can't really point my finger onto what I missed...

/edit: almost forgot... the font on the plane was awful - looked like comic sans)

but nothing important

04 April 2007, 03:33 PM
Just excellent...

04 April 2007, 05:09 PM
Incredible job. Loved it! Great filmmaking sense. I loved how the final flight was handled - with a worm's eye view of the plane leaving the shot, thousands of feet above.

I'd love to hear more about the effects. The smoke in that first crash looked superb!


04 April 2007, 05:09 PM
Can you post more wireframes of the planes and such?

It's interesting to see someone succeed where I have failed :)

04 April 2007, 07:40 PM
Very nice short-film, I enjoyed it.
It is best viewed at full resolution.
Nicely written, simple but elegant.
Nice acting, specially from the crew.
I didn't liked too much the actiong of the guy that says "sorry about buddy

Technically well done, specially the more shinny metallic planes.
The one that tries to break the sound barrier looks a bit odd at times:
Reflections and speculars seem not to be there when plane is at mid air.
From all of the CG element, that is the one that would need more refinement.
The little leaves of the plant that move look a bit too CG too.

I really liked the interior shots, both from the bar and the planes.
The color management is really nice, it made me feel warm.
It was a nice short to watch!

Congrats on it!

04 April 2007, 08:28 PM
I'v been waiting for this one
Great work man

04 April 2007, 09:49 PM
great man congats

04 April 2007, 11:31 PM

Great movie....


05 May 2007, 04:01 AM
that was amazing dude!!! the 3d planes were so good!!! it looked very realistic!

05 May 2007, 08:24 AM
Yeah, nice done!:thumbsup: Especially the story is cool. There are so many "hero-movies" out there, but this one was bracing.

05 May 2007, 09:14 AM
Congrats on your film! It's really cool! Hope you recieve a lot of awards and opportunities.

05 May 2007, 10:48 AM
Top job on those visuals as I really believed it was live-footage, though I only viewed the trailer. And "Are we Alone" is pretty good too.

BTW, how is Keir Dulla these days? I havent seen him in anything since 2001: ASO...:D

05 May 2007, 12:05 PM
Hey man, wish you the best luck !
Not easy at all to produce such short, you've pushed the envelope yourself ! ;)

Congratulations ! I liked it a lot !


Mindful One
05 May 2007, 01:02 PM
I think this captures the essence of what a short film can be. I know this took a bunch of hard work and dedication from everyone to pull this off. Well worth the effort I say.

This reminds me of the movie "The Right Stuff". I always enjoyed watching the determination and strength it took to make some of the super powered fighter jets of today. There was human sacrifice, and those who went through very similar tests remind us that gains in flight were met with high risk.

Thanks for sharing and good luck on the short film circuit. It would be nice to see this in a future Siggraph. :thumbsup:

Thanks again,

05 May 2007, 01:44 PM
Excellent, I got Goosebumps watching the first scene, what more can I say.

05 May 2007, 02:23 PM
Very cool vfx and I like the look and feel of the whole short very much. However, I honestly must say that the dialogs and actings are weaker than the visuals and didnīt really convince me. Especially in the beginning sequences. It kind of became better to the end but could be surely improved.

Overall good stuff and I wished I could do that. :)

05 May 2007, 02:30 PM
A phenominal effort. My non-CG coworkers watched it with me and they were as impressed as I was. Better still, they didn't notice any effects. The mark of quality work.


05 May 2007, 04:17 PM
Really amazing. I loved it. Although I hate to nitpick I will mention one thing, joshua tree bristles don't blow in the wind( Edwards Air Force Base is not too far from where I live & I see those trees quite frequently( Some times in 50+ mph winds). Anyways the movie was done so well most people wouldn't notice it. I still give it a 5 stars. Auesome work.

05 May 2007, 05:27 PM
EXCELLENT JOB! I honestly thought it was all done in "real life." I can't figure out at all what was CG and what wasn't. I'm pleasently perplexed.

05 May 2007, 10:48 PM
Very, very, very entertaining :D

I really love the lighting. Overall, 5 stars from me :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 11:11 PM
Outstanding short. Effects were excellent, superbly edited and a great little story.

05 May 2007, 01:32 AM
Fantastic work. Loved the story and the mood. Its great to see fully produced short films gracing CGtalk.

05 May 2007, 02:14 PM

Hey can you share with us how you exported you highdef quicktime version. The colors are beautiful! We are have a big headache with it washing out that image. From what I understand this has to do with gamma correction in quicktime. I was currious how you were able to overcome this. The image quality you were able to achive is as good if not better than the stuff that apple encodes themselves.

Thanks in advance,


05 May 2007, 03:07 PM
Hi All

Sorry for not getting back sooner. Real work!!!

First off, thanks for the front page!

Thanks for the really great comments. Its great that so many people have picked up on the story end of it. I know this is a CG forum but it is great that the story makes it through in the crits. Thanks to Bruce, Guilherme and NoFatClips for hosting mirrors. Guilherme has informed me he had over 22900 downloads of the HD version alone!

Boone: Keir was great, a real honour to work with. A lot of us are here because of 2001, directly or indirectly...He still talks very fondly of making that film.

Calmasacow: Not sure what the best advice is. I exported a TGA sequence (1920x1080) from FCPro. I then made both PAL and 720p versions as uncompressed quicktimes in after effects (As this scales the image correctly, quicktime does a crap version of scaling). From these uncompressed quicktimes, I exported as H.264 (75% quality) with AAC audio. I never touched gamma, and to be honest, it is paler than the original, but the images are pretty desaturated and dark to start with. Apparently Quicktime on a Mac is better. I hope I haven't confused you.


05 May 2007, 12:39 AM
I completely enjoy the 1280x720P...but I'm on a 30" Apple Cinema. Would love a 2k film. :)

05 May 2007, 08:32 AM
There's just no pleasing some people :)

05 May 2007, 09:07 AM
Awesome, going to watch it now. One quick question, what camera's were used?

05 May 2007, 03:11 PM
The film was shot on a Panavison Millenium 35mm Film Camera with C series anamorphic lenses.

05 May 2007, 11:36 PM
Excelent stuff :)

Can I load this onto my Stage6 channel? (stage6 = youtube like site but with uber-quality streaming divx files)

05 May 2007, 03:12 PM
Come one man, Ryan you make a beatifull short film. Top quality. You and Ruairi Robinson could be the next tarantino and robert rodriguez directors !!!, by the way Rauiri with his short Silent City get a agent in hollywood. Are you getting the same result. I hope for your luck.

Very good luck in the future !!!

05 May 2007, 07:41 AM
Wow! great stuff there!

05 May 2007, 03:35 PM

did you use quicktime pro to compress the uncompressed quicktimes into h.264 or did you pull the uncompressed versions back in to AE and do it from there?

05 May 2007, 05:54 PM

Quicktime Pro was used to create the H264 files from an uncompressed version of the movie (at both PAL and 720P resolutions).


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