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    • #46419
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Hey Everyone,

      We just finished shooting an action/thriller short film called BROKEN. Shot on the DVX 100a and edited in Final Cut Pro. Check out the color correction and give me some thoughts.

      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.

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

      Alex Ferrari : Director

    • #191293
      Avatarfreeman
      Participant

      Alex,

      I liked the trailers and enjoy going to the What is broken website to see behind the scenes stills, composites and storyboards. Nice job. Trailer also looks great.

      What tool did you use to create your composites?

    • #191294
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      freeman Wrote:

      Alex,

      I liked the trailers and enjoy going to the What is broken website to see behind the scenes stills, composites and storyboards. Nice job. Trailer also looks great.

      What tool did you use to create your composites?

      Thanks for the kind words! All of the fx work was done inside of Apple’s Shake. We only had a limited amount of time to do these fx, so once I finished a composite and gave it to Alex, I had to have to ability to make changes quickly as we were trying to make a January deadline. As for the matte painting shots, I had recently shot some stormy skies down here in Florida during our “record setting” hurricane year with my digital camera, so I combined a couple of those shots and made a sky. I then created the foreground tree using Maya’s paint effects.

      For the out-of-focus foreground foilage, maya gave me what I needed in a very short amount of time. Then I comped in the tree and did some color correction to fit the rest of the film and added some hand-painted lightning to finish the shot.

      The explosion was a surprise shot for me, I knew i had to create an effect along those lines, but I never saw the plate. There were a few stock footage explosions that were combined with lots of color-correction, atmosphere and some camera shake to help pull off the effect.

      The thing that I had to spend the most time on was the muzzle flashes. There were SO many shots that I had to do that had this effect, so I had to come up with a work flow that would speed things up. I started by hand-painting some very basic flash shapes. The applied various glows to get a “hot flash” look to it. I then finished them off with some glows created with Genarts Sapphire plug-ins. These glows could have been easily created using Shake’s standard tools, but I went with them because Genarts renders VERY fast, with great quality. Then I created a warp that always changed so when the blast went off, no two flames were ever the same.

      This was a HUGE timesaver. Shake’s expressions also played a big role in those little shots too. I basically created one node that controlled the brightness of the flash, while also controlling the haze, dust, warp and camera shake. This saved me from have to animate 20 different nodes while making sure that all of their keys matched up too.

      Hope that answers your question ; )

    • #191295
      Avatarfreeman
      Participant

      Thanks a million for the feedback.

    • #191296
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      freeman Wrote:

      Thanks a million for the feedback.

      Thanks man for the cool words. FYI, we are feverishly working on the DVD of BROKEN, which will be available on http://www.whatisbroken.com by the end of June 2005. Many people have been contacting us about buying the full short so we are now in high gear to get it out ASAP. We will have a ton of DVD extras and a bunch of tech talk on how we made BROKEN.

      Thanks again for all the support.

    • #191297
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      The Broken looked really cool! (probably to scary for me though!) You did a great job with the trailer too. I couldn’t tell the difference between your trailer and the trailers from my favorite hollywood movies. You did a really great job!

      gwXtreme

    • #191298
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      gwXtreme Wrote:

      The Broken looked really cool! (probably to scary for me though!) You did a great job with the trailer too. I couldn’t tell the difference between your trailer and the trailers from my favorite hollywood movies. You did a really great job!

      gwXtreme

      Thanks alot for the kind words!! we worked hard on it! Good luck with all your future projects.

    • #191299
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      how much is that editor to buy it in stors?

    • #191300
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      zax Wrote:

      how much is that editor to buy it in stors?

      The purchase Final Cut Pro HD v5.0 cost $999 or you can buy ($1200) the Production bundle w/ Motion, Livetype, FCP, Compressor, Soundtrack Pro, & Cinema Tools. You can get a student discount and get it for $600.

      Good Luck

    • #191301
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      freeman Wrote:

      Thanks a million for the feedback.

      Any time!!

      We are almost done with the FULL release of BROKEN on DVD. Check it out: http://www.whatisbroken.com/dvd.html

    • #191302
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Is there anyway u can sent me a free copy? I’m ur trailer fan here in Malaysia. Let me promote ur work within our group here.

    • #191303
      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

    • #191304
      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

    • #191305
      AvatarDVine
      Participant

      I think you did a good job with your color correction.

      I am learning color correction now, myself.

    • #191306
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      DVine Wrote:

      I think you did a good job with your color correction.

      I am learning color correction now, myself.

      Thanks man! We worked real hard on it!

    • #191307
      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

    • #191308
      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

    • #191309
      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

    • #191310
      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!!!
      __________________
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

      Alex Ferrari : Director

    • #191311
      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!

    • #191312
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Hey guys,

      After all the amazing support and attention BROKEN has recieved, we decided to open a visual effects house that would target the independent film community. We found that visual effect is one of the most over looked elements in an indie film and we want to fill the gap. The company is called “Numb Robot!”

      Check it out: http://www.numbrobot.com/

      We believe that just becasue you have a small budget your project should still look like a million bucks! Our focus will be to bring a high end visual effects to indie features on a budget. We also would do shorts if the project is worthwhile. Let us know what you think of the site and we are currently accepting bids for projects.

      Thanks again for all the support and we hope to make you project the best one it can be.

    • #191313
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      kdkc Wrote:

      Is there anyway u can sent me a free copy? I’m ur trailer fan here in Malaysia. Let me promote ur work within our group here.

      Sorry man! We aare still trying to make back our $$$

      Alex

    • #191314
      AvatarEndeavor
      Participant

      ok dude, have you noticed that you are the only one to post in this thread for the last 8 posts? This is starting to look like spam. If nobody is interested, don’t just keep bumping the thread for your own advertizing. Not cool. Why not contribute to some of the rest of the forum?

    • #191315
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      hi,
      I am a musician from Nigeria, i saw the trailer for the broken movie, and i must say you guys did a very good job.
      Actually, i came on this form to seek help for a new video for my next single song. We have always had a problem with good visual effects and colour seperation here, and most video editors here still have a long way to go in making quality video’s. They take good shots but cant give it that feel when editing. Well, i was hoping i could work with the team behind the broken movie, since a video for my song is highly awaited even on MTV. my email is laylowonline@gmail.com, you can contact me so we can work out a good deal on my new video.
      thank you.

    • #191317
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      "BROKEN" Feature Film VFX Test Clip w/ Breakdown

      Hey Guys,

      Just wanted to give you an update on "B R O K E N" the feature film. We have finished the screenplay and it is in the hands of our producers. We are currently in development on the visual effects, conceptual art, etc for the flix. Wish us luck.

      We wanted to share one of our vfx tests. It is rough but we did do a breakdown on how it was done for you to see the process.
      Let us know what you think.

      Check it out:

      For the for clip FULL click here: http://www.whatisbroken.com/bk_vfx_test.html

      Also, I will be shooting another short film in the coming months while we are waiting for BROKEN to go into full drive. I haven’t shot a frame since BROKEN and I am itching BAD!! More details to come…

      Thanks again for all the support, the emails, and good wishes. The BROKEN: Special Edition DVD seems to have been very well receieved and according to all your emails and posts is helping a lot of filmmakers and storytellers. I wish you all the best of luck in your future projects!!!
      Make it happen!

      Keep your eye on the prize :thumbsup:
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.numbrobot.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

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


      [ Visual Effects for Indie Films ]

    • #191318
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      HOLY CRAP!!! "B R O K E N" was spotlighted in the mother of Indie Film Magazines "MovieMaker Magazine." They did an article on "Do it yourself Indie Film Distribution" and they contact us. They did an AMAZING piece on us and we go to explain how a little $8000 short film for Hollywood, FL has gone on and sold over 4000 units. We will be scanning the magazine soon and uploading to the site.

      Thank you all for your support in helping get the word out on BROKEN and it’s cast and crew! Without all the people who have purchased the DVD we would still be a little unnown short from Florida.

      Thanks you all very much!!!!!

    • #191316
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      "BROKEN" Feature Film CONCEPT PAINTINGS

      Hey guys,

      We just released to the public for the first time the exclusive concept art for the feature film. Check it out: http://www.whatisbroken.com/bk_feature.html

      Let us know what you think.

      Keep your eye on the prize :thumbsup:
      Alex
      http://www.whatisbroken.com
      http://www.numbrobot.com
      http://www.enigmafactory.com

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

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