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06 June 2003, 09:50 PM
Hey everyone,

This is my 4th year film made while attending Ryerson University's film school program in Toronto. The project is a 1950's style science fiction film shot in a film-noir style. It is live action with 3D animated elements.

I apologize for the small resolution and high compression, but at 12 minutes and 30 seconds, 27 megs was the lowest I could get with acceptable picture and audio quality. I'm still doing some minor tweaking on the CG integration, but it's difficult to see the nuances with such a low resolution version. I'll try to post a higher one when I can afford the web space.

I've compressed the film to Quicktime format using the Sorenson 3 codec and MP3 compression for the audio.

Download the film here:

And here are a few stills:

I Would love to hear some constructive criticism.


Edit: 04/08/03

Added an additional smaller version that's half the download size. Also increased my bandwidth limit.

Here it is, at around 15mb:

06 June 2003, 12:21 AM
This is very good, my only criticisms would be at the beginning of the revolt, the movement of the robot as they are about to push it over the building, it doesn't look natural. Also the editing of the whole revolt is a little strange, alot of short cuts. I'm not sure if this is to emulate a style of 50's filmmaking, it seemed as if it might be, but I would have prefered a little bit more comprehensable cutting/editing. But overall, I was quite impressed. Great lighting, acting seemed apropriate for the piece, and the cg was well intergrated. As far as the file, loaded quickly and looked great over cable. Just hope you're host doesn't mind the bandwidth hit.

06 June 2003, 05:23 PM
Hey Jer,

I appreciate the response. I had a bit of trouble getting the rooftop scenes to look like. I'd like to redo them sometime. Which one bothered you more, the shot from behind, or from the side?

The riot scene was edited chaotically partly because of the genre, and partly to jolt the pace into a higher gear for the quick ending. I agree it's quite fast, but is a bit easier to follow on a big screen.

Thanks again for the comments :-)

06 June 2003, 05:33 PM
How about a mirror?

06 June 2003, 05:41 PM
Unfortuneatly my host has reached its bandwidth limit :( Can anyone recommend a free or inexpensive place to host my 27mb file? Preferably one with a high bandwidth limit.


06 June 2003, 09:45 AM
Guess no one else got to see it, I was expecting more positive reviews than this for sure. Don't know about good hosts, I know lil dragon has some links. The shot I was refering to was I guess a side shot. this is just from memory, but it would be down z axis head to feet or vice versa. So I would think this is from the side.

06 June 2003, 10:56 AM
i would love to see this, but it can't been downloaded:shrug:

06 June 2003, 11:23 AM
bandwidthlimit exceeded

07 July 2003, 02:32 PM

My host has reset my bandwidth for the month, so it is now available for download again. I'd appreciate some new feedback :-) Hopefully it won't get tanked so fast this time.

07 July 2003, 03:01 PM

Sorry for not offering any constructive critisism but I don't know any

08 August 2003, 01:33 AM

It's been a while but I've finally added a smaller version, half the download size, using Sorenson Squeeze. I've also increased my bandwidth limit, so there shouldn't be any problems this time. The higher quality 30 mb file is still available as well.

Here it is, at around 15mb:

I'd still appreciate any feedback.


08 August 2003, 01:54 AM
Really nice! I love the atmosphere.. Birilliant done! :)

08 August 2003, 08:10 PM
Thanks a lot CGMonkey,

Bartek from XSI Base has kindly put up a mirror of the 15mb version of my film, here it is:

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