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04 April 2008, 08:33 PM
Daniel Sweeney is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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04 April 2008, 05:34 PM (

Sketch 01.

04 April 2008, 05:35 PM (

Sketch 02.

04 April 2008, 05:36 PM (

Sketch 03.

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Sketch 04.

04 April 2008, 05:38 PM (

Sketch 05.

04 April 2008, 05:49 PM
Hi all,
The two of us are working on a video entry that mixes live action with 3D. It's going to be a trailer for a fictional movie. The story is not yet finalised but we'll be posting more soon. Just wanted to say hi and good luck.

04 April 2008, 10:57 PM (

here is another concept, i think this is going to be the kind of direction we are going to be going with the alien!

stay tuned for the stroy and story boards soon.

04 April 2008, 10:47 AM
Really nice concepts men ;)

The last one is really dynamic

Good luck for both of you

05 May 2008, 09:04 PM (

This is the first page of the storyboard. We don't want to post the whole thing and give the story away. We went filming in the moors last weekend and got some pretty cool shots. The alien is being rigged and we'll post some of that soon.

05 May 2008, 09:13 PM (

Here are some photo's of the filming.

05 May 2008, 09:14 PM (

Bruno and Daniel.

05 May 2008, 09:16 PM (

Another photo.

05 May 2008, 09:19 PM (

Bruno. Who is actually posting these via Daniel's profile. For some reason I can't submit anything through mine. I think i need to post more comments or something...

05 May 2008, 04:36 PM (

Hey guys,

here is a work in progress shot, been playing with how the night shots are gonna look. here is a before and after. :)

cheers ximage

06 June 2008, 12:56 PM (

Software: After Effects,mental ray,Photoshop,XSI

Hey people

been really busy lately and have been working on this behind the scenes when we can.

here is a preview of one of the VFX shots. and quick howl scene of the beasty alien.

as you can see got a stylised look to it.

hope you guys like.


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06 June 2008, 01:15 PM (

Alright dudes

here is the full story board. this was done a while ago but thought we best upload it.

drawn by bruno merz :)


06 June 2008, 01:32 PM (

ok here is some more stuff, some still this time of some final shots.

this is more than likely the final colour and look of the trailer. hope you guys like.

first time putting CG in to live footage for us, its really hard stuff.

tell us what you guys think.


06 June 2008, 01:34 PM (


06 June 2008, 03:03 PM
any crits guys?

i especially want to know how the night time shots are holding up on peoples screen. we got gamma corracted screens here and i was wondering if they look too dark on other screens?



06 June 2008, 03:21 PM
Hey mate...sorry...didn't even see this thread until now!

I think all the shots are looking pretty solid so far....night shots aren't too dark...alien integration looks good from the stills....looking forward to seeing the animation :D

06 June 2008, 08:00 PM
Loooking good so far night seens also look fine on my non gamma corrected screen, thought I did use the samsung auto colour balance and the photoshop thing when U first set it up, so dont know if those count.
Other than taht every thing is looking tip top, ohh yeah creature looks good too.

06 June 2008, 04:40 PM (

here are some more night shots.

one with the alien in it.

i have definately gotta sort out those edges of the trees on the sky replacement tho, they look bushly!

06 June 2008, 04:43 PM (

here are some shots of the alien.

really dissapointed i didnt ahve enough time to get more detail on him. just ran out of time on the texturing.

hope you guys like anyways.


06 June 2008, 10:19 PM
looking like really good intergration so far good work Fellas.

06 June 2008, 11:30 AM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

Hey guys

here is the first cut of "the moor".
we tried to go with something different to what we thought everyone else would be doing and i hope you guys like.

the alien is miissing in one shot, near the end. but will be in the next cut.

the budget in total for the whole trailer was £30.

by the way its half res 320 x 240

crits are welcome.

Daniel and bruno

ps one quick question, this file is like 24 mb, do we have a certain limit to how much we can upload? i read something about 50 meg, but didnt know if it was 50 meg in total(whcih i hope it isnt) or 50 meg per upload!


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06 June 2008, 11:42 AM
ok guys just want to say that the sound quality is really bad. its made a mess of our sound effects and sound track! dont know why. it was on 16 bit stereo with 44,000 mhz.

also sorry for the picture quality aswell, its blown it up to 640 x 480 even tho the res is 320 x 240, so its very pixelated.

cheers for watching


06 June 2008, 08:36 PM
Hey mate :D

Good to see a full cut of it!

Some comments:

-didn't really understand the whole story. The building at the beginning was nice...but then it seemed to just cut to a montage of chasing shots...switching from daytime, to nightime, etc etc. I think the place where the seemingly-random-sequence-of-events starts was when he covered that egg thing with his shirt. I was intrigued as to what it was....was hoping he'd examine it closer etc...but then it just went into montage-mode. Maybe a more linear and intuitive ordering of the shots would help? Like maybe have the "jumping at the screen" shot sooner, and end with the night shot, to imply that the guy got killed and the alien is still on the prowl?

-the animation for the jumping-at-the-screen shot lacked anticipation....I'd suggest having him sort of do a back-step before the jump, to give him (the alien) more weight and to preface the jump with some anticipation

-yea the audio was a bit weird in some places...check to make sure that you're never going "into the red" when it comes to decibles with your audio editing program

-it looks like you did some sky replacements in some of the shots...but not all...this broke up the continuity at the beginning

-would've been nice to have some foley sound. Just having the musical track distances your audience from the action.....but adding all the foley for a lengthy short like yours would be very time consuming so I'm assuming you'll be leaving it out

Good job overall! Looking forward to the next draft :D

06 June 2008, 08:49 PM
Hey, looks pretty cool!

I'm just gonna echo Tyson's comments above, I think because of the pacing of the intro, I wasn't immediately aware that I was watching a trailer. So I was also a bit confused at first when it became a montage of shots.

06 June 2008, 08:23 AM
Thanks very much for the constructive comments guys. It's all very valid. The sound is clearer and more defined and when it hasn't been mangled by the bad Flash export we did.
We're going to see what we can do today to fix parts of it. Time permitting... aargh!
Thanks again.
B & D.

06 June 2008, 10:30 PM
Wow looks really good.. the creature fits into the sceen really well, some great acting :-)

06 June 2008, 11:15 PM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

ok guys here is the finished version in the end.

Thanks for all the comments, we are just sorry that we didnt ahve time to change the cuts. we added a voice over to try and make the trailer come together more. thanks to billy for the voice over.

the making of is on the end of this too.

once again thanks and enjoy

Daniel and Bruno

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06 June 2008, 12:43 AM
Ah yea that voice-over works great and really ties everything together! Much better solution than all of my suggestions ;)

Nice to see the making-of did a great job turning the daytime shots into night shots! (I didn't even realize you'd done that for the fire shots...I thought you'd recorded them at night).

Good luck! Great to see it all done!

06 June 2008, 08:47 AM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

here is the 30 second version.


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06 June 2008, 08:00 PM
hey tyson.

glad you like it now with the voice over. we think its brings it all together aswell.

cheers for the praise on the night shots. I was pretty pleased with them myself, being this is the first time doing this kind of stuff.

thanks for commmenting, yours looks great dude too.

and good luck to everyone :)



06 June 2008, 02:40 PM
anymoor opinions guys?

love to hear what you guys thought!



06 June 2008, 02:53 PM
double post!! oops

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