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    • #38881
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Everyone,

      We just finished shooting an action/thriller short film called BROKEN. Shot on the DVX 100a and edited in Final Cut Pro.

      Click here to check out the trailer: http://www.whatisbroken.com/broken_trailer_enter.html

      Here are some of our Web Docs: http://www.whatisbroken.com/webdocs.html

      Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for taking a look.

    • #168842
      AvatarTomScratch
      Participant

      Hi,
      Clearly, you guys are hyperactive in the cyber promotion department. As well as being proficient film makers. Your skills are on sharp display in both areas.
      Your film looks like a nice little sadistical piece along the lines of Sin City. Definitely R rated, with the trailer a borderline PG-13. (Be aware that this forum has participation from Age 14 or so, up to very mature, probably evenly distributed.)
      Your problem of course is that you have made a short, and how do you market a 20 minute short. I think you probably have a helluva demo reel with this film and you may get jobs in the industry, independent or mainstream, as a result, although not necessarily the cool jobs you want. Where’s Roger Corman when you need him. Who is doing today what he did way back when, giving Ron Howard, Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdonovich, Jack Nicholson, etc. etc. their first real jobs in the business. Based on the clip, your film seems more into shock, than into charm and clever amusing dialogue. Thus, you may have a hard time getting investers to put up big bucks so you can make a full length version, an approach that launched the Coen Brothers bigtime. Perhaps you could identify a producer/director sympathetic to your genre and send him/her 200 copies of your DVD. Something that extreme might get attention. Quentin T comes to mind.
      There is an explosion of short film festivals of which the 48 Hour Film Project is the tip of the iceberg. Your competition is very good, but you may be up to it. Budgets of $5000 to $15000 and higher are not uncommon for 8 minute short films. I recently attended 40 short films over 2 days in DC and what’s bad is bad but what’s good I want to see again and again and I would pay standard ticket price to see the best of these at my cineplex.
      You might consider (in your spare time once you get those industry jobs) making 3 more 20 minute films and packaging them with the help of the next New Line Cinema in the making. Multi story (foreign) films were hot in theaters many years ago; why not again? EROS recently tried this but the box office was tepid. You would think with new films by Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai, that you could not go wrong, but the Antonioni piece was a disaster. There cannot be a weak link! Recently, Robot Stories was very successful as a world-wide four-wall distribution project (See Director Greg Pak’s web site.)
      Final thought: Torture yourselves by seeing 300 short films over the next 3 months. When you find 10 that get you as excited as your own film, chat with those filmmakers about putting several together with potential for release as a feature film. I will look for you in a theater in my neighborhood.
      Good Luck!!!!!!
      REGARDS … TOM 8)

    • #168843
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Tom Scratch Wrote:

      Hi,
      Clearly, you guys are hyperactive in the cyber promotion department. As well as being proficient film makers. Your skills are on sharp display in both areas.
      Your film looks like a nice little sadistical piece along the lines of Sin City. Definitely R rated, with the trailer a borderline PG-13. (Be aware that this forum has participation from Age 14 or so, up to very mature, probably evenly distributed.)
      Your problem of course is that you have made a short, and how do you market a 20 minute short. I think you probably have a helluva demo reel with this film and you may get jobs in the industry, independent or mainstream, as a result, although not necessarily the cool jobs you want. Where’s Roger Corman when you need him. Who is doing today what he did way back when, giving Ron Howard, Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdonovich, Jack Nicholson, etc. etc. their first real jobs in the business. Based on the clip, your film seems more into shock, than into charm and clever amusing dialogue. Thus, you may have a hard time getting investers to put up big bucks so you can make a full length version, an approach that launched the Coen Brothers bigtime. Perhaps you could identify a producer/director sympathetic to your genre and send him/her 200 copies of your DVD. Something that extreme might get attention. Quentin T comes to mind.
      There is an explosion of short film festivals of which the 48 Hour Film Project is the tip of the iceberg. Your competition is very good, but you may be up to it. Budgets of $5000 to $15000 and higher are not uncommon for 8 minute short films. I recently attended 40 short films over 2 days in DC and what’s bad is bad but what’s good I want to see again and again and I would pay standard ticket price to see the best of these at my cineplex.
      You might consider (in your spare time once you get those industry jobs) making 3 more 20 minute films and packaging them with the help of the next New Line Cinema in the making. Multi story (foreign) films were hot in theaters many years ago; why not again? EROS recently tried this but the box office was tepid. You would think with new films by Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai, that you could not go wrong, but the Antonioni piece was a disaster. There cannot be a weak link! Recently, Robot Stories was very successful as a world-wide four-wall distribution project (See Director Greg Pak’s web site.)
      Final thought: Torture yourselves by seeing 300 short films over the next 3 months. When you find 10 that get you as excited as your own film, chat with those filmmakers about putting several together with potential for release as a feature film. I will look for you in a theater in my neighborhood.
      Good Luck!!!!!!
      REGARDS … TOM 8)

      Tom,

      Thank you for you kind words…

    • #168844
      AvatarTomScratch
      Participant

      Hi,
      Getting a production to the public may take more ingenuity than getting it made. One of my points is that you have the option to not follow the crowd. Sometimes a staged departure from the norm gets attention, and that may get an audience to pay attention to the point of it all, the film you are trying to launch. Tired old story: K.K. walked up to J.C. and handed him a tape, which JC unthankfully threw in the lake. Next time KK landed a whirly bird in JC’s yard, handed JC another tape, and this time the tape got played, and JC started singing those songs forevermore. KK claims he was holding the tape in one hand and a beer in the other, but I’m sure he made some of that up. Who’d want to spill beer in a chopper.
      Take a look at the following website re filmaking and distribution without a budget. You never know where a good idea might come from.
      http://www.loosechangeproductions.com
      REGARDS … TOM 8)

    • #168845
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Tom Scratch Wrote:

      Hi,
      Getting a production to the public may take more ingenuity than getting it made. One of my points is that you have the option to not follow the crowd. Sometimes a staged departure from the norm gets attention, and that may get an audience to pay attention to the point of it all, the film you are trying to launch. Tired old story: K.K. walked up to J.C. and handed him a tape, which JC unthankfully threw in the lake. Next time KK landed a whirly bird in JC’s yard, handed JC another tape, and this time the tape got played, and JC started singing those songs forevermore. KK claims he was holding the tape in one hand and a beer in the other, but I’m sure he made some of that up. Who’d want to spill beer in a chopper.
      Take a look at the following website re filmaking and distribution without a budget. You never know where a good idea might come from.
      http://www.loosechangeproductions.com
      REGARDS … TOM 8)

      Nice DVD set man!! Wish I had it before I shot BROKEN. We are almost done with the FULL release of BROKEN on DVD. Check it out: http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html

    • #168846
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Guys,

      Here is an update on the DVD of BROKEN. Here is just some of the 2 1/2 HOURS of DVD Special Features:

      6 Commentary Tracks covering…

      Directing
      Producing
      Visual Effects
      Music Score/Sound Design
      Cast and Crew
      Film Geeks Unite

      ———————————————————

      Pre-Production

      Concept Art / Location Comparison w/ Commentary
      Costume Design Gallery w/ Commentary

      Storyboards: The ENTIRE Collection for BROKEN ( 9 Edited Sequences )
      Storyboards: Comparison with Final Shots

      Rehearsals: “Comparison with Final Scene”
      Rehearsals: “Marquez Kicks Ass” – Action Blocking
      Rehearsals: “Evolution of an Action Sequence” w/ Commentary
      Rehearsals: “A Director’s Best Friend” – Finding Your Shot

      ———————————————————

      Production

      “Head go BOOM! – A look in how to make a Guacamole Gun w/ Commentary
      “Mister Tony’s Neighborhood: A Technical Advisor’s Job” wth Tony Gomez
      Special Effects Make-up Breakdown with Megan Graham
      Anatomy of a Stunt: “Duncan Fall Down, Go BOOM!” w/ Commentary
      Guns, Guns, Guns! – “How to Get Pro Looking Guns with Little or No $$$”

      Being There: The On-Set Experience
      15 Behind the Scene Vignettes on the set of BROKEN as we shot it !

      Producing in Indie Film: with Jorge F. Rodriguez – 10 min

      ———————————————————

      Post Production

      How to Make DV look like Film! with Alex Ferrari
      Color Correction Lab: The Overview w/ Commentary
      Color Correction Comparison with FINAL FOOTAGE

      Visual Effects Breakdowns
      w/ Commentary from Sean Falcon & Dan Cregan

      VFX Breakdown: “Marquez Explosion” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Shaking Things Up” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Muzzle Fire” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Bonnie’s Eyes” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Matte Painting/Sky Replacement” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Knife Throw” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Scoping Things Out” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Digital Blood Hits” w/ Commentary
      VFX Breakdown: “Digital Spark Hits” w/ Commentary

      VFX Breakdown: The Title Sequence w/ Alex Ferrari & Dan Cregan

      Visual Effects in Indie Film: with Sean Falcon – 20 min
      Cinematography in Indie Film: with Angel Barroeta – 10 min
      Sound Design/Composing in Indie Film: with Mark Roumelis – 8 min

      ———————————————————

      After the Short

      The Making of BROKEN: Interviews with Cast & Crew

      Marketing: Poster Gallery
      Marketing a Short Film
      Alternate Ending w/ Commentary
      Art of BROKEN: The Nick Moneco Experience
      Bloopers!

      …and much more!

      ———————————————————

      We should have it for sale on July 15, 2005 at http://www.whatisbroken.com

      Thanks for all the support and we hope you like the DVD.

      Cheers!
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com
      http://www.walexferrari.com

    • #168847
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Guys,

      BROKEN DVD UPDATE: Well the DVD is FINALLY Done!!!! It is Jammed pack with almost 3 hours of Special Features. We have hit our deadline date of July 15, 2005 but the DVD manufacture is telling us two to three weeks before we can have the DVD done and in our hands. So we are hoping to have the DVD available by early August. We are truly sorry for the delay. We wanted the DVD to be of the highest quality and wanted to pack it with more cool stuff and just got carried away.

      Here is the FINAL list of goodies:

      BROKEN DVD has almost 3 HOURS of DVD Special Features:

      6 Commentary Tracks covering…

      Directing
      Producing
      Visual Effects
      Music Score/Sound Design
      Cast and Crew
      Film Geeks Unite

      ———————————————————

      Pre-Production

      Concept Art / Location Comparison
      Costume Design Gallery w/ Commentary

      Storyboards: The ENTIRE Collection for BROKEN ( 9 Edited Sequences )
      Storyboards: Comparison with Final Shots

      Rehearsals:
      Rehearsal Comparison with Final Scene
      Blocking Action in a Scene w/ Commentary
      Evolution of an Action Sequence w/ Commentary
      A Director’s Best Friend – Finding Your Shot

      ———————————————————

      Production

      Head go BOOM: “The Guacamole Gun” w/ Commentary
      Recipe: “How to Make a Guacamole Gun”
      Mister Tony’s Neighborhood: “A Technical Advisor’s Job” with Tony Gomez

      Special Effects Make-up Breakdown with Megan Graham
      Anatomy of Scar
      Anatomy of a Tatoo
      Anatony of Burnt Eyes
      Bonus: Brain Matter Recipe

      Anatomy of a Stunt: w/ Commentary
      Shotgun Blast
      The Dive for Life

      Guns, Guns, Guns: “How to Get Pro Looking Guns with Little or No $$$”
      The Weapons
      Getting Guns to Look Real
      Where to Get Them

      Tips on Producing an Indie Film: with Jorge F. Rodriguez
      Reverse Budgeting
      Insurance: Weapons and Stunt Work
      Locations
      Feeding Your Crew
      Stunt Work
      Production Design
      Tips and Tricks
      Props
      Go Make Your Movie

      Being There: The On-Set Experience
      12 Behind the Scene Vignettes on the set of BROKEN as we shot it !

      ———————————————————

      Post Production

      How to Make DV look like Film! with Alex Ferrari
      Why Shoot MiniDV?
      Filter Packages for Post
      Production Design
      Costumes & Color Palette
      Lighting
      Color Correction
      Shooting 24p: The Camera
      Getting the Cameras

      Color Correction Lab: The Overview w/ Commentary
      Color Correction Comparison with FINAL FOOTAGE

      Visual Effects Breakdowns
      w/ Commentary from Sean Falcon & Dan Cregan

      “Marquez Explosion” w/ Commentary
      “Shaking Things Up” w/ Commentary
      “Muzzle Fire” w/ Commentary
      “Bonnie’s Eyes” w/ Commentary
      “Matte Painting/Sky Replacement” w/ Commentary
      “Knife Throw” w/ Commentary
      “Scoping Things Out” w/ Commentary
      “Digital Blood Hits” w/ Commentary
      “Digital Spark Hits” w/ Commentary

      VFX Breakdown: The Title Sequence w/ Alex Ferrari & Dan Cregan

      Visual Effects in Indie Film: with Sean Falcon
      Pre Production
      MiniDV and Compositing
      Why Shoot 24p?
      1 Chip vs 3 Chip MiniDV Cameras
      Practical and Digital Effects
      Compositing Before or After Color Correction
      MiniDV Blowup to Film
      3D Animation in Indie Film
      Gun Muzzle Blasts
      Compositing: The Details
      Digital Matte Painting
      Shaking Things Up
      Bullet POV
      Blowing Up Someone’s Head
      Where Do I Find Visual Effects Talent for my Film?
      I Want to Composite Too…
      Where Can I Get Training?
      Apple’s SHAKE
      Doing It Yourself

      Cinematography in Indie Film: with Angel Barroeta
      Planning BROKEN
      Challenges on BROKEN
      Tools: The Camera
      Tools: The Lights
      Tools: Moving the Camera
      Shooting: Digital or Film?
      Panasonic’s DVX100a
      Some Advice

      Sound Design/Composing in Indie Film: with Mark Roumelis
      Original Music in Indie Film
      Composing BROKEN
      Doing It Yourself
      Recording Sound for 24p on DAT: The Sync Issue
      Doing Audio Tests

      ———————————————————

      After the Short

      The Making of BROKEN
      The Origin of BROKEN
      First Impressions
      Actors: The Rehearsal Process
      On-Set Experience
      War Stories
      The Future: A Feature Film

      Marketing: Promoting a Short Film
      Promotion: 50% of the Creative Process
      Film Festivals and Sundance
      The Internet: Even Playing Field
      The Trailer

      Marketing: Poster Gallery
      Alternate Ending w/ Commentary
      Art of BROKEN: The Nick Monaco Experience
      The BROKEN Shoot: Gag Reel!

      ———————————————————

      MASTERED in Dolby Stereo & Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

      Thanks for you patience guys. Also, we will be putting up a trailer with previews of the DVD soon. Check: http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html for more info.

      Thanks again for the support & good luck on ALL your projects. ; )

      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com
      http://www.alexferrari.com
      http://www.fortuityfilms.com

    • #168849
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Everyone,

      First off, thank you all for your amazing patience. After an
      overwhelming amount of requests and many death threats, we are now
      accepting PRE-ORDERS for the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD.

      We are selling it for $19.99 and will be accepting credit cards through
      Paypal.com. It is simple, just click on the link below and follow the
      easy steps. We estimate shipping the DVDs around August 21-25, 2005 and
      yes, WE WILL BE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

      Click here to pre-order the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD:
      http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html

      Large orders of 20 or more can contact us at: info@enigmafactory.com
      for discounted prices.

      Again thank you so much for your support of our little project. More
      news on the feature film version will be coming soon.

      Sincerely,
      Alex & Jorge
      The BROKEN TEAM
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

    • #168850
      Avatargoofyhoofy
      Participant

      Hi Broken! The trailer is just awesome! I think I am going to order your DVD. That was brilliant of you to use the production as an instructional medium. You just widened your prospective customer base by a factor of 10.

      May I ask what is your camera of choice?..and your editing suite of choice?

    • #168848
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      goofyhoofy Wrote:

      Hi Broken! The trailer is just awesome! I think I am going to order your DVD. That was brilliant of you to use the production as an instructional medium. You just widened your prospective customer base by a factor of 10.

      May I ask what is your camera of choice?..and your editing suite of choice?

      Thanks for the kind words! We shot with the DVX100a and edited with Final Cut Pro (also did allthe color correction in FCP as well)

      Good Luck with your other projects!

    • #168851
      AvatarSteveMann
      Participant

      goofyhoofy Wrote:

      … That was brilliant of you to use the production as an instructional medium. You just widened your prospective customer base by a factor of 10.

      This is why I am placing an order today.

      And, Broken – If you don’t make it in the movie business, you have a future in Web sites. Yours is awesome.

      Steve

    • #168852
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      i ordered your dvd because after seeing your trailer and website i was extremely excited and even though $20 is alot for a short i think as an indie producer your 3 hours of extras will finally give me what i’m looking for in extras / the “how’d they do that” factor . Who do they think is watching every behind the scenes featurette ( people in this industry ) and the evergrowing number of wannabe Spielberg’s . If you ever need a FCP editor or title animation effects let me know . I already checked to see if you were hiring in Florida anyway . Good luck and i hope this pushes you to do more cause right now Hollywood must be crapping themselves realizing all the money they wasted on similar effects that cost 16 times what yours did / Have fun and ride the wave

    • #168853
      Avatargoofyhoofy
      Participant

      Broke…

      do you plan to film in hi def video in the future? Which camera would you want?

      I saw one of Robert Rodriguez’s films where he filmed completely in hi def video. It was ‘Once Upon A Time In Mexico’ and it looked great. I don’t think Rodriguez will ever do film again.

      The reason I ask is because I want to buy a new camera and do my first short. maybe a GL2, Sony or Panasonic. But I was wondering if I should hold off a little longer and eventually get a nice hi def camera?

      Do you think the trend is definitely towards hi def?

    • #168854
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      goofyhoofy Wrote:

      Broke…
      Do you think the trend is definitely towards hi def?

      Yes! I will never shoot film again. Get a nice DVX100a MiniDV 24p camera or wait for Panasonic’s HDX-200 coming this X-mas!

      Good Luck with your short.

    • #168855
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      BROKEN on DVD: http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html

      THANK GOD! You can stop with the death threats already!!! ; )

      Well it is finally here!!! Thank you SOOOOOOO MUCH for your patience! We will be shipping out all the pre-orders for BROKEN the DVD this week. In the US standard First Class mail, International will vary depending on location.

      Thank you all again for purchasing our DVD and supporting a couple of indie film guys with a dream….tear. Please drop us a line and tell us what you think of the DVD (tell your family, friends…strangers…..your dog ; )

      Also, we will keep you up to date on the feature film version of BROKEN. Some really exciting stuff happening, wish us luck!! Keep checking the BROKEN Press page for the latest on BROKEN: http://www.whatisbroken.com/press.html

      Here is the BROKEN trailer: http://www.whatisbroken.com/broken_trailer_enter.html

      BTW, here is a link to the BROKEN DVD: The “BOOTLEG” Preview Trailer:
      http://www.whatisbroken.com/broken_dvd.html

      We hope you enjoy the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD and that is helps you with you future projects.

      Cheers!

      Alex & Jorge
      The B R O K E N Production Team
      http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html
      ——————————–
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

      Alex Ferrari : Director

    • #168856
      AvatarPhilontilt
      Participant

      Has anyone received their copy of Broken yet?

      Phil
      http://www.altaregoproductions.com

    • #168857
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Guys,

      We just got back from the Toronto Film Festival and we met World Famous Film Critic Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times. He did a review of BROKEN on his site (we are still trying to revive Jorge ; )

      ————–

      A festival like Toronto attracts hopeful filmmakers eager to pitch projects and find financing. Here, for example, are Alex Ferrari and Jorge Rodriguez, the director and producer of Broken, a 19-minute, $8,000 horror film containing, by their count, more than 100 visual effects.

      Were here to talk about a development deal for a feature based on the short, Rodriguez tells me, before the screening of Twelve and Holding. Who you talking to? I ask. Wed better not say, Ferrari says.

      He gives me a DVD of their short: Weve already sold 1,000 copies online. It contains six commentary tracks and like three hours of information on how to shoot low-budget digital films and how to do the special effects. Its like a training course. They refer me to their web site, http://www.whatisbroken.com, and back at the hotel I view the film and visit the site.

      The film is effective and professional and the ominous sound track works with the images to create the desired effect. Whether the plot quite rises above the level of it was only a dream I am not prepared to say. Whether the short will someday grow into a good film we will know only if the development deal goes through.

      But thats not really the point. The point is that gifted and ambitious young filmmakers can, with very little money, use the new digital technology to make a presentation that gets attention from industry pros. Kerry Conrans Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) was floated the same way, with a home-made demo made on his Mac. Whether this is better than the old-fashioned method of submitting a screenplay is a good question; Broken is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques. A screenplay has to also have dimensional characters (one, two or three dimensions, depending on its ambition) and a story. In an industry so impenetrable for newcomers, any way you break in is the right way. Then it depends on what you do. Looking forward to Broken: The Feature.

      http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps…/509150301/1023
      ——————

      We are truly amazed! We were sooooooo excited that we had to share the news. Thanks again for all the support from everyone!! Good Luck with all your projects.
      __________________
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

      Alex Ferrari : Director

    • #168858
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      As much as i loved broken and its special features it didn’t really explain the color correction parts and what software they were using at that exact time of correction / i have a small issue with the $8,000 dollar budget / i’m not sure where that # came from but just watching the special features tells me otherwise / They mentioned using Maya and Shake as well as final cut pro to edit and do some color correction / Right there your looking at a minumum of $6000 / they have two cameras which is around another $6000 if discounted / lighting? who knows but they used alot of it / i’d say minumum a fair $1500-2500/ didn’t pay anyone for acting or the score of the film ? I dont know but my hopes were high when i read reviews and the price tag but after watching i can’t see where your $8000 # came from

    • #168859
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      outoffocus Wrote:

      As much as i loved broken and its special features it didn’t really explain the color correction parts and what software they were using at that exact time of correction / i have a small issue with the $8,000 dollar budget / i’m not sure where that # came from but just watching the special features tells me otherwise / They mentioned using Maya and Shake as well as final cut pro to edit and do some color correction / Right there your looking at a minumum of $6000 / they have two cameras which is around another $6000 if discounted / lighting? who knows but they used alot of it / i’d say minumum a fair $1500-2500/ didn’t pay anyone for acting or the score of the film ? I dont know but my hopes were high when i read reviews and the price tag but after watching i can’t see where your $8000 # came from

      Thanks for the kind words! All the software was borrowed. My VFX guy worked at his job and I already owned a post house. The camera was rented and the light, grip truck, and dolly were about $900 for 5 days. ( we pulled favors) I’m glad you like the DVD and hope it helps you in your future projects!

    • #168860
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Guys,

      Just dropping some news that AMAZON.COM is carrying BROKEN: Special Edition DVD and can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000B7TH92/qid=1127962181/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/102-3424559-2716103?v=glance&s=dvd

      Hope this isn’t to much of a shameless plug ; )

      I just thought it was cool that amazon.com is carrying our little short film. Thanks again for all the support. Good luck with your future projects.

      All the best,
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com
      http://www.alexferrari.com

    • #168861
      AvatarDVine
      Participant

      I think you did a great job, look forward to seeing it.

    • #168862
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      DVine Wrote:

      I think you did a great job, look forward to seeing it.

      Thanks man!

      Hey everyone,

      BROKEN ON TELEVISION – The BROKEN guys have been ask to be guests on the television show “The Screening Room with Jonathan Krane.” Mr. Krane is a mega producer whose credits include: Swordfish, Face Off, The General’s Daughter, Phenomenon, Look Who’s Talking Trilogy, Domestic Disturbance, & Basic to name a few. Here is a current Article written in the Hollywood Reporter:

      “Film producer Jonathan Krane is stepping in front of the cameras, signing on to host the new indie film-focused show The Screening Room for a high-definition TV station in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, which will air on WHDT from 8-10 p.m. Mondays starting Oct. 3, will feature a “watch and discuss” format with either three 20-minute films or a full-length feature, followed by Krane (Look Who’s Talking, Face/Off) holding discussions with the filmmakers or cast involved in the project. Krane said the show will give the films a chance to reach a wider audience than, for example, just festivalgoers. He added that he intends to ask “hard questions” about how the filmmaker’s original vision matches up with the final product and hopes that viewers learn something about moviemaking.”

      The BROKEN guys will be on Monday, Oct 17th @ 8pm on WHTV. The shows aires in Boston and South Florida to a possible 10 Million viewers. HOLY COW!! We are soooooo excited! Tune in a tell us what you think.

      Thanks,

    • #168863
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      SteveMann Wrote:

      goofyhoofy Wrote:

      … That was brilliant of you to use the production as an instructional medium. You just widened your prospective customer base by a factor of 10.

      This is why I am placing an order today.

      And, Broken – If you don’t make it in the movie business, you have a future in Web sites. Yours is awesome.

      Steve

      He Steve did you get your copy yet? What did you think????

    • #168864
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Happy Holidays everyone. Thank you for all the amazing support you have given our little short this past year.

      As thanks, we are having a BROKEN: Special Edition DVD HOLIDAY SALE. For the rest of 2005, the DVD we be on sale for $14.99 (Retail Price $19.99) After Dec 31, 2005 the price will be back to the retail price $19.99. This is a limited time offer!

      It makes a great gift for that indie filmmaker or movie buff in your life! ; ) Click below!
      Good luck on ALL your future projects and thanks again for all the support!

      Have a GREAT HOLIDAY!!!
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      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
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      Alex Ferrari : Director

    • #168865
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Just wanted to thank everyone for the support this holiday season. We sold a few more DVDs than excepted. We’ll see you at Sundance.

      Happy New Year!

    • #168866
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      SteveMann Wrote:

      goofyhoofy Wrote:

      … That was brilliant of you to use the production as an instructional medium. You just widened your prospective customer base by a factor of 10.

      This is why I am placing an order today.

      And, Broken – If you don’t make it in the movie business, you have a future in Web sites. Yours is awesome.

      Steve

      Thanks man!!!

    • #168867
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Everyone,

      B R O K E N is an “Official Selection” of the Megacon Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the largest comic book conventions in the country.

      BROKEN will also have a table at the convention selling BROKEN at an event discount of $15.00!!!! Also posters, contests, original art, guns, guns, guns that were used in the short and much more.
      We will also have some of the BROKEN cast there and both Jorge and Alex will be there as well ; ) See you there!

      February 24th – 26th, 2006 In Orlando, Florida

      Show Hours
      Friday 1pm – 7pm (advance ticket purchasers get in at 12pm)
      Saturday 10am – 6pm
      Sunday 10am – 5pm
      Please Note: Some panel and breakout rooms remain open to 11:30pm

      Advance Ticket Prices
      $20.24 One-day pass (this includes 6.5% sales tax)
      $45.80 Week-end pass (this includes 6.5% sales tax)

      FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MEGACON GOTO: http://www.megaconvention.com/

      Hope to se you guys there!!!!

    • #168868
      AvatarEndeavor
      Participant

      QUIT POSTING SPAM!!!!!!! HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED THAT NOBODY IS RESPONDING??? NOBODY CARES!!!!

    • #168869
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Endeavor Wrote:

      QUIT POSTING SPAM!!!!!!! HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED THAT NOBODY IS RESPONDING??? NOBODY CARES!!!!

      Sorry man! There is over 5000 views of this thread and I get a ton of private messages from members asking me questions and such.

      My apologies if this bothers you but you do not have to click on it.

      All my best, πŸ˜€

    • #168870
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      why dont you stop spamming your dvd here so much and go back to YOUR forum and answer some of the questions asked there about your DVD. I have asked you how you did some effects.

      The dvd doesnt cover all the special effects in detail like you claim.
      Anyone can say they used certain apps and paint this in here and paint this in there, but show and explain how.

      I have seen better how to’s on One upon a time in Mexico.

    • #168871
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      digerati Wrote:

      why dont you stop spamming your dvd here so much and go back to YOUR forum and answer some of the questions asked there about your DVD. I have asked you how you did some effects.

      The dvd doesnt cover all the special effects in detail like you claim.
      Anyone can say they used certain apps and paint this in here and paint this in there, but show and explain how.

      I have seen better how to’s on One upon a time in Mexico.

      No need to be nasty. πŸ˜€ We did go into a bunch of detail on how we did the VFX but we can’t show you how to work the programs, we are not a tutorial DVD. Sorry if you feel that way. What questions do you have?

      Keep your eye on the prize.

    • #168872
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      Didnt mean for it too sound nasty, just being real.

      How exactly are muzzle blasts made. How do you work them into the movie? I dont really know how to extract frames of my video to put them in photoshop and paint flares and then re-insert them back into the clip.

    • #168873
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      Also What paint did you use to airbrush tattos on with? It could be anything and its never mentioned.

      How hard would it be to hold up a jar of paint and explain what you used and where it could be obtained.

    • #168874
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      digerati Wrote:

      Also What paint did you use to airbrush tattos on with? It could be anything and its never mentioned.

      How hard would it be to hold up a jar of paint and explain what you used and where it could be obtained.

      As far as makeup, it is a standard airbrushing kit. I don’t know much about makeup…sorry.

    • #168875
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      digerati Wrote:

      Didnt mean for it too sound nasty, just being real.

      How exactly are muzzle blasts made. How do you work them into the movie? I dont really know how to extract frames of my video to put them in photoshop and paint flares and then re-insert them back into the clip.

      We knew this was going to be an issue before we even started shooting. It had to be done right or it would all be for nothing. So I spent some time playing with different looks for the muzzle flashes. I tried many different approaches, from hand drawn to 3d to procedural. I found that a happy mix between hand painted and procedural yeilded the best results.

      I started with a very basic flame shape (which was actually a rotoshape in Shake), and began layering in different warps. These warps were significant because they really had to sell the look of the flame. I found that using a few different types layered together really gave some nice edge distortion. These were kind of ‘global warp nodes’. The reason why the word ‘global’ was so important to me was that I needed to have a way to make this as ‘automated’ as possible. One real time saver was that warp setup.

      Because Shake is node based, it gies you a great amount of control over th image, so I easily have the warp only effect certain parts of my script while covering the entire frame. This permitted me to create an effect that never produced the same looking flame twice. In the beginning I figured that I would just create a library of flame images that i could randomly switch through. This became incredibly time consuming, and there was no guarantee that you would not see the same flame more than once in a shot (there was a lot of shooting!!).

      Plus if I wanted the flame to come on 3 frames earlier, I would have to go back and change a good amount of settings on alot of nodes. Thats why I took the approach that I did. The other way that I saved time was by using expressions. Shake has a scripting language (like Maya’s mel scripting), which allows for total flexibility when needed from the app.

      After arriving at a muzzle flash that everyone was happy with, I decided to make a template script based on the type of gun that was being fired. For instance, we had Christian’s gun that produced a multi-flame flash, and Tony’s gun was a single shot burst. I set it up so that the flame and all atmophereic fx were controlled by one side of the script, and the color treatment for interactive lighting was controlled by the other side. This made for quick and easy swap-outs of the footage serving as the main plate. The use of expressions came into play heavily on these shots. I basically had a flame “fader” which controlled when the flame was visible. Linked off of this fader, were expressions that controlled how much interactive lighting was reflected off of the face of the person and surrounding envrionment, as well as controlling the glows, smoke, dust and camerashake.

      This was all accomplished by moving only 1 slider instead of 35. since the warps were constantly changing on a frame by frame basis and the flames only lasted 1 frame, I was assured to have a different effect any time it was visible. I had ton of these shots to complete in a very short amount of time, so these types of setups are instrumental in completing complicated or tedious tasks in a much shorter amount of time.

      The explosion was kind of a surprise for me. I knew we were going to have that kind of effect, but I didnt get to see the plate until post. We went and got a stock footage CD that had all sorts of fire and explosions, the CD also had some muzzle flashes, but they were very basic and restrictive as to their integration into many different scenes.

      So I did this shot over the weekend starting early Saturday morning, and finishing Sunday night. I wanted the effect to have ‘Impact’ to it, so I knew the blast would have to be fast and fierce. So I started laying in the explosions, while having to do ALOT of retiming. That took a little while because these elements were high res an over 35 seconds long for some of them. I needed these things to fit in a 35-frame window. We didnt have any good smoke elements so I had to color correct one of the explosions to look like smoke.

      The main thing to keep in mind when doing VFX composites is that its all in the details. Little things like faint lens flares, subtle camera shake and atmosphere help to sell any shot. thankfully the explosion was not supposed to break the light housing apart, so that saved me a lot of paint work.

      Hope that help. X-D

    • #168876
      AvatarEndeavor
      Participant

      My point was, it is generally considered bad etiquette to post many posts in a row in a thread when nobody is responding. The only reason I was so straight forward with it is because this has already been brought up in another one of your threads. Sorry to sound personal and harsh. It was not my intention.

    • #168877
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Endeavor Wrote:

      My point was, it is generally considered bad etiquette to post many posts in a row in a thread when nobody is responding. The only reason I was so straight forward with it is because this has already been brought up in another one of your threads. Sorry to sound personal and harsh. It was not my intention.

      Point taken X-D

    • #168878
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      I would love to see the finished production.speaking of production.I also enjoy making film projects.check out my website at http://www.kidronproductions.com

    • #168879
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey Guys,

      Just wanted to update you on some stuff:

      FESTIVAL: Film Festival UPDATE: B R O K E N is an "Official Selection" of the Palm Beach International Film Festival in West Palm Beach, FL.
      Founded in 1996, The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) was the brainchild of local business and civic leaders who felt a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community, be a tremendous fundraiser for film and TV education and would also provide an excellent opportunity to introduce filmmakers to the area’s resources. The PBIFF celebrates both the history and the future of the film industry with seven days of world premieres, special events, seminars, feature, short films and documentaries.

      In 2003 PBIFF became a "Competitive" Festival; joining the ranks of other great film events such as: Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and Venice. The PBIFF has enjoyed a remarkable level a success to date. While competing with over 1500 similar events, PBIFF has created a special niche within the film industry and is listed as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world. Unlike many festivals around the country, the PBIFF has dedicated itself into making a difference in the lives of young people by helping to fulfill their dreams in the world of film. Proceeds generated each year go to the Palm Beach County Schools to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships.

      The Palm Beach Film Festival will be April 20-28, 2006. For more info goto: http://www.pbifilmfest.org

      BTW, I am working on another short film….heheheheeeehhhehehe.
      We are in development with BROKEN the feature but I’m getting the itch to shoot something new. I’ll keep you posted.

      Official My Space Page – http://www.myspace.com/broken2006

    • #168880
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      You guys are my hero’s! great work brother. I am currently in pre-production for Elswarro’s next horror short…..and i will have to say, i am using a idea or two (airsoft guns and muzzle flash effects) from your DVD extras! thanks a million.

      We shoot May 13th in Reno. Visit http://www.gutshotstr8.com in a month and see what we got!

      Looking forward to your next flick!

      – Jason
      Elswarro Productions

    • #168881
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      [quote="elswarro"]You guys are my hero’s! great work brother. I am currently in pre-production for Elswarro’s next horror short…..and i will have to say, i am using a idea or two (airsoft guns and muzzle flash effects) from your DVD extras! thanks a million.

      We shoot May 13th in Reno. Visit http://www.gutshotstr8.com in a month and see what we got!

      Looking forward to your next flick!

      – Jason
      Elswarro Productions[/quote]

      Sounds cool man!! Good Luck! If you need any VFX work, my company Numb Robot can work with you. We will work with your budget, let me know. http://www.numbrobot.com (we do muzzle flashes ; )

      Keep your eye on the prize,

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