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Queefward wrote:

So, when are we doing the sequel?


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I love the 1999 combat racer Rollcage. Turns out one of the devs is making a spiritual successor, 18 years after the last game came out.

I love how this video came out; I don't do scripted stuff too often but it was fun to write, get footage for, and so forth.


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So, less a recommendation, than the appropriate place to reivew this (however, ups to the SAO rec up there).

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I finished the short series éX-Driver last night, a while after having read an article on Jalopnik about how it handles the autonomous-car future. In short, a crew of people driving ancient gasoline-powered cars are an emergency response team for when an autonomous vehicles goes "runaway". (They use "gasoline" as the distinction, rather than manually-driven, because electric cars weren't around in any viable fashion when this series came out in 2002.)

The makeup of the cast isn't that adventurous; the three main characters are two high school girls, one demure and shy (Lorna) and the other one outspoken and brash (Lisa), and a kid who's so smart that he's moved up to their grade (Sōichi). School factors into just one episode as Lisa wrestles with whether to save the runaway van that's carrying a test she didn't study for.

éX-Driver is a six-episode series, annoyingly split up onto two DVDs that have the most hilariously bad menu design I've ever witnessed. Visually it looks fine but navigating it is awful. I might make a video review of the series and devote about 30 seconds to these menus. But the series is short, which makes for easy viewing. The first four episodes are all self-contained (while still happening in a specific order, their individual plotlines don't cross over), while the last two episodes form a concluding arc. You never find out why autonomous cars go runaway, which was annoying, but in such a short series they decided instead to focus on the characters, which I'll reluctantly admit was smart.

Episodes go predictably with the emphasis being on the car chases, which are a delight. Cars don't always move realistically - instead feeling a bit like playing with Matchbox cars as a kid, you emphasize cool movements over realism - but it's well choreographed and conveyed.

In short - find the DVDs on Amazon used for nice and cheap and enjoy it. It doesn't break new ground but it's entertaining, and its short length is refreshing as I work my way through some series with a hundred episodes.


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Seeing the list itself is kinda cool. Star Command (1996) is something I'll certainly have to check out on my own, even if I don't join you for it.


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I left my job as a wedding videographer and am trying to go the self-employed route. So far it's been more fruitlessly hunting down business than actually shooting but tomorrow I have my first shoot for someone I didn't know previously. Slow but exciting in its own way. Also working on my sci-fi pet project movie; shooting my sister's scenes tomorrow and the last actor next week.

Got a two-plus-bonus all related to each other - examination of sci-fi settings and particularly starships.

Channel: Spacedock
tl;dr: "Any spacecraft. Any sci-fi." Primarily analyzes individual ships from Star Wars, The Expanse, Star Trek, or from many other sci-fi settings. Will sometimes do a video on an entire setting (Cowboy Bebop earlier this week) or a "top five x ships" list, and a special treat now and then with full blueprint battle plans, usually from shows but in one case, "How the Rebels could have captured a Star Destroyer". Mix of looking at it as fiction and in-universe analysis.

Channel: Eckharts Ladder
tl;dr: Star Wars first, then Halo, then other properties after that. Does a lot of comparisons (Which Star Wars faction has the best dropship?) and bios on characters and factions. Primarily looks at the subject matter as works of fiction.

Channel: The Templin Institute
tl;dr: "The Templin Institute investigates nations, organizations and factions from alternate worlds." Primarily in-universe descriptions of factions, sometimes technology, sometimes individuals. Some recent videos look at the Systems Alliance from Mass Effect, the Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter, and Multi-National United from District 9. A couple videos step back from in-universe and compare a bunch of things, like "Naming Your Interstellar Empire" and comparing fictional flag and emblem designs. Not a huge fan of their in-universe delivery style but the two aforementioned were great.


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I read the first couple of chapters then, through no fault of its own, moved onto other stuff. I need to get back to it.

Also it has a chapter on asteroid mining, which is of interest to us for some reason.


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Thanks man smile Props to Teague of course for the heavy lifting on the campfire scene, but yeah, I'm mostly happy with sound on this one.

I'm down for something occasional.

My own free time hasn't been as free as I like (freelancing, amirite, also that whole able to make movies thing), so I haven't had the chance to put something together. If people want, though. I can start looking into it at least. One Saturday a month or something.


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I'm proud to release my latest short, The Fourth Traveler!

Synopsis: Sometime after the end, a man finds community and companionship, separated not by distance but by time.

Extra BTS: This is the project that Teague helped with the fire effects on. (Since the voiceover-less version I posted in the VFX thread, I've added a plume of smoke to a few shots and toned down the amount of distortion.) Most of the movies that I do are action flicks, usually with gunplay because A) it's fun and B) it's light on VFX work. This one isn't an action movie at all, but it gets implied that such things are offscreen; after all, what would a post-apocalypse be if everyone weren't packing in some fashion.

I did not leave the bag in the stump after shooting with the First Traveler.

I did leave the bag in the stump after shooting with the Second Traveler. Whoops.

I recovered in when shooting with the Third the next day. Authentic weathering, my dudes.

Anyway. Thank you for the help, folks, and I hope you enjoy!


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I'm down, let me know if there are any you'd like to have me on and I'd be happy to join smile

In the wider shots the fire's supposed to be off-screen (so I don't have to add in the fire itself).

That being said, on the wider of the two shot's it's there, I may add in a lick of flame at the bottom, need to play with it, to help cement that it's a different angle. (I tried to shoot it more head-on but didn't want to block the lights, should have moved them to suit the shot.) I've also decreased the amount of distortion so it's a bit more subtle.

Thanks for the feedback smile

Password: 4thtraveler

Not 100% on the heat distortion. Not sure if I need to decrease the distortion, give it less detail to work with, or what. Posting this and going to bed, coming back a bit in the morning and later in the week. (Not 100% opposed to nixing them but after so much trouble I'd like to see some version of them make it in.)

This was really fun to work on today. Thanks for the thorough walkthrough, Teague. Let me know if you're happy with VFX Consultant or if you want outright VFX Artist credit tongue

I figured out how to keep the blue in the back.

Well of course YouTube darkened it to hell and back, so onto Vimeo's limited space it goes.

Decided not to try to compensate for dimming blue in the background, always made the foreground too blue and, at this stage, not something I want to try to roto with shoulder-mounted shots. But hey, I can follow directions! Now onto the tough stuff tongue

Password: 4thtraveler

Any thoughts on keeping the blue "moon" backlight behind them a constant brightness while the front light flickers, or is that just going to be hand roto to isolate it?

My AE is so old that it doesn't have Color Neutralizer but I've got the same look down with Hue/Saturation, thanks.


My AE is still stuck at CS3, but I can follow along pretty well. (Jeez Color Neutralizer is like magic.) Taking a quick break from this, when I get back I'll go over the color stuff and apply all that, then come back and look at the heat distortion part.

Thanks dude, this is awesome big_smile Yay catnip.

Hey all, I shot a scene last night with an orange light standing in for an offscreen campfire. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for:

A) Getting the light to flicker. My guess would be something something red channel Wiggler but I don't know, can play around with it myself but thought I'd ask first.

B) A different shot that's nearly looking over the fire, I'd like to get some heat distortion on his face in the background; if anyone's got tips on making that look good it'd be helpful.

Scene and lighting in question:


Thanks smile

Song: Bang Your Drum
Artist: Dead Man Fall
Something: This song was probably the first real step out of the depression I found myself in a couple years ago. The verses completely applied - overthinking, staying awake at night too long / waking up way too early, even something about the low-energy way it's sung; then the chorus being, "Get out there, do your thing. Go be you." Which is when I finally got back to editing for the release-a-day I was going for on YouTube at the time. It's such a continuous, uplifiting build, and the no-budget video makes it feel more personal and relateable too.

I recommend it when I recognize similar circumstances in others.


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Wow. Just, wow.

And yeah, that is definitely a conversation worth having. At the very least it's something that takes time - if you are going to be able to go back and watch The Cosby Show, for instance, it's probably not going to be while trials are still going on. And that's just one part of it, but really the only part that I'm comfortable leading off the conversation with. There's the gravity of what the artist did, quality of the art, etc. that I feel I may not be the best one to kick things off with.

At this point I just like ridiculing millennial criticism. "I don't know guys, I'm really feeling like Applebee's tonight but we're supposed to be killing casual dining. If word gets out I'm breaking our boycott I won't get my participation trophy."


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It has been a long time since I watched Kill Bill, and I have made no attempt to familiarize myself with the rest of Tarantino's work, but I think I agree with most of your points. It's an interesting experiment to split it into two but they become two very different movies, tonally, for it, and you have to be in a certain mood for 2's style and pacing, whereas if they were wrapped into one it might go better. I'm sure there are a half dozen decent fan edits out there that accomplish it in different ways.


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Twitch: Social Eating


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Writhyn wrote:

And he can cook!

And you can eat. It worked well.


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I didn't get the chance to really put him through the household chores gauntlet, but his height ensures that he'll be able to water your hard-to-reach plants with little difficulty.