Hey guys. So finally, finally, after five or six attempts to upload my newest completed movie to YouTube, all of which, before the last attempt, resulted in an out-of-sync mess, I’ve managed to upload the new movie while retaining the synchronization of the audio and video. As many great things there are about YouTube (with its lack of restraints on length or file size with a free account), there are a number of things that can drive a person crazy. This is one good example.
Anyway, here is the movie, One Last Fight! (You can also find it in the Movies section of the site.)
This movie is much shorter than my last movie and, althuough there are disturbing parts of this film that might offend the sensitive, I think that it’s a much more enjoyable film to watch. It’s more consolidated and features more entertaining elements than some of my previous films. Also, I think the story is much more conclusive, resolved, and engaging than some of my previous films, which had ambiguous, sometimes confusing, often boring, and abstract stories. I’ve often been told by viewers (mostly friends and family) that they didn’t understand my movies, and I’m trying to make that less of a problem while hopefully retaining some of the intellectual, philosophical, or conceptual qualities that I try to incorporate into my films.
I wanted to incorporate some more action sequences into this movie, including both hand-to-hand combat and weapon-based combat. Since I’m very inexperienced at shooting these types of scenes, don’t judge me too harshly if the fights or special effects are not entirely believable at times. Then again, I don’t know how you might react to the different scenes with these components. I’ve heard very mixed reviews about the realism of these parts of the movie. There are also some very disturbing parts of the movie, and I just wanted to make it clear that I clearly don’t condone this type of behavior, but I do find that well-placed scenes like some in this film help make a movie more engaging, interesting, and just enjoyable to watch. Their places in the plot were also reached after rigorous, argument-fueled plot-development. So, just beware, especially if you are sensitive to violence or with a small child.
Over the next nine months or so, I will be working on my senior thesis for college. I will be making a feature length (hopefully) film rooted in the principles of silent film, which I will study and research, but using modern styles, techniques, and technology. In other words, I will be making a modern film, but as though “talkies” never came around. So, I won’t be posting any new full movies until I am finished that. I will be taking some video-related courses, though, so I might have some shorter pieces up in the nearer future. I will also likely be posting another revision or two to movies I’ve already completed. Still, over the course of the next school year, I will try to update this blog once in a while, giving some updates on the status of my thesis movie.