Thanks everybody, this was a challenging film to make this quickly. Even though I did not meet the 24 hour deadline I was still rushing to finish as I had scheduled my voice actors for my NEXT project for Saturday the 17th, I had only finished hours before they arived at my house.
The way I am I have a hard time working on more then one project at a time, and in the past when I have started other side projects in the middle of another project the first project would ultimately get abandon so I have to try and force myself to only work on one project at a time otherwise I will end up wasting time on something that will never see the light of day.
The first film I watched after finishing Beyond the Eleventh Dimension was Akira. In Beyond I had worked so hard to create a huge sense of scale and I was just blown away watching Akira (it gets me every time), it made everything I had accomplished look so small. I learned I needed to approach the way I create scale from a different angle which is why the first set I created after finishing Beyond was the final city shot in Manhole.
I built the set like it was a Photoshop file, I planned to shoot in silhouette and use a long lens to get the effect I was looking for, I feel like I spent 4-5 hours of THAC adding the last touches to the horizon, I didn't want the horizon to be flat so I needed a few more things to break it up, you can even see my nifty 50 filling in as a building under the glass dome. I feel like I could have used the rest of the day to add touches to that set but I had a deadline.
At some point near the end of production for Beyond I began listening to the [excellent] Hotline Miami soundtrack, which is were I discovered Perturbator, I had looked at a few of the other artists on the soundtrack but none made albums that felt as complete or focused as Perturbator's, who's work often felt like an amazing 80's cyberpunk film soundtrack, the Nocturnel City EP in particular had the vibe I was trying to create this film.
A day before THAC I ran across some Mixtapes Perturbator had created on soundcloud, three sets called the Android Love Mixtapes, and those ended up being my insperation durring the contest and through the final completion of the film. Android Love Part II is my favorite, it might be because of he used an amazing track from the second half of David Bowie's Low, which is by far my favorite Bowie album.
The sets, the characters and the music all fit together perfectly.
Also, I love the Tron-esque and 80s gritty punk vibe of this film.
I will take this as the highest complement, a re-imagined gritty 80's vibe was what I strove for.
Pritchard Studios wrote:
Some other aspects could use a bit more refining, (Animation, sets bumps, and flicker) but everything else is just fantastic.
Haha, oh yeah, the flicker is, in my opinion the worst offender here, really should have reshot the second to last scene but the set was so cramped and annoying I didn't do it that day, I told myself I would do it after I came home from work, which is always a lie as work tends to leave me compleatly exhausted.
I do hope this story and these characters are revisited in the future.
Pritchard Studios wrote:
I like the way you wrote the script, it gives it a sense of being part of a bigger story, but doesn't feel unnaturally cut out of anything. It tells just barely what it needs to, and nothing more, leaving the viewer to some interesting speculation.
I have some loose ideas of how this world works, and I'm glad you enjoyed it, writing characters is something I have been trying to improve and I guess that is paying off. You can actually learn a bit from what the 'Hospitality Replicant' says when she approaches Greer and Nox. (and I did have Nox refers to Greer by name in the script but it just mucked with the flow so I cut it out)
One of my friends who is a writer is working on a short story that might be a prequel to this, although no promises I will film that, if I am not interested in using that story I may write some of my own script(s) for these to cyberneticly modified folks myself, who knows.
Right now I'm sort of on a film making productivity high and I will try ride that wave as long as I can conceivably do so.