«Just as good every time I watch!
Oh and Third is better than fourth lol
«GOOD: Great Story! Really well done. The VAs all did a great job. Visualls were OUTSTANDING Great modding combined with great editing. I wanted to point out the detail in the city in have a small "slum" area where the buildings are not as pretty as those towering around it. Camera work was on point! Music was good fit the mood.
BAD: I didnt see this sooner. »
«An extremely well crafted tale told in economical fashion. This just flew by and the way it was presented just added to the enjoyment. I agree with Dave below that it could have been more protracted but the length to me was just right and made the dramatic climax all the more dramatic. Music and acting were great. »
«Really deep Drama, now that was one of the films that i've seen that tried to really milk tears from the viewer's eyes.
Did so much, in such a good time frame. With a story like this you could've taken it past 20mins but you made it comfortable by not lingering on a grieving tale. The costume effects were ill, and the filter you used was sweet. Always will be a fan of futuristic lifestyles, so I felt intouch with the tone.
Sweet thing only using about 2-3 settings. What really got to me was the music, without it this wouldn't be such a Drama driven movie. The music really threw me into the sentimental pool of sympathy, lol. Super Original mang
Good chives dude. 4*s »
«Wow, that was fantastic. Very impressive! This movie was extremely original, and well executed. It was well written, and the voice acting was perfect. The colors used in the movie also really added to it. I think what really made this movie so powerful was the music. It really fit this movie perfectly, and made it so much better. Great job on this!»
«Whoops, never mind.
Story/Script: This is certainly one of the most original films I've seen on TMU, and I honestly can't think of any movie to draw comparisons to. Maybe Blade Runner, but there are definitely lots of differences. This film really made me think about the difference between humans and robots, and what our morals are really based on. The script is the best part of this movie, really reflecting what a conversation between father and displaced son might sound like. Michael's father's disbelief is at first what most people would understand, but towards the end, you start to trust Michael and become angry towards the father, then at the very end, a big twist that really makes it come full circle.
Screenplay: The opening shots of the city were beautiful, and the conversation scenes were good, though maybe too many close-ups; I felt a little claustrophobic. I'm glad you didn't stick to the pedestrian shots The Movies defaults to.
Acting: Good on both parts, though I felt Michael's was a bit stronger, with his strange vocal effect and the conviction he had when he said his lines were great.
Sets: The city set is nice, and you put it to good use in the opening. The room is... a room. But it wasn't really the main focus, was it?
Costumes: I thought the father's was a little... outlandish... I know it's the future and all, but it seemed a little strange. Everyone else was fine.
Music: You used some great dramatic music to build tension and really increase the emotion at the end.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful and philosophical look into one of many possible futures this world may have.
Visually beautiful and atmospheric. And with excellent VO performances - Michael was very good, his job was to convince his father of his sincerity and he did that very well.
The music was well chosen and enhanced the mood.
But - the big reveal at the end was ruined by a combination of over-loud music and poor diction by the news reporter. I didn't catch what he was saying and had to rewind the film and listen again very carefully to see what the punchline to this film was. (It's a good one as well!)
Other than that, a very well crafted sci-fi soap which is always engaging to watch.»
«Captivating, simply captivating! I just have chills!
Wonderful story, Mac. Very stylish, and atmospheric. I see you went through a lot of work to do that, and it's very clear. The title sequences were professional, music and sounds fit very nicely, and the camera work was superb! The actors were awesome! Brilliant work from the cast, and their emotions shined on screen! Oh, and the flash back sequence was neato!
Intense Sci-fi drama Mac Attack! Keep up the powerful filming as always!
«Amazing film, Macwemyss! Incredibly gobsmacking!
There is a lot of great stuff going in in this highly stylistic and atmospheric film, but I'm going to start off and say that the acting was a definite highlight. The interactions between your character and K4's character were outstanding, with great performances that really fleshed these people out. You both made these two guys extremely natural and believable, and thus the ending really shook me more as a result. There were also some nice performances from Orky and Toshiro Akira. Amazing!
The general look of the film as a whole was nicely designed, with some gritty filters that smartly emphasized the present from the past (Loved the red/blue blurring, really made the scene intense). With some sumptuous mods and lighting effects, you created a very dark and gritty apocalyptic future world, that serves more as a backdrop to flesh out your two main characters rather than stand out noticeably, which is great and subtle storytelling.
And the story! It was great how you kept the ending ambiguous, instead of actually reveal if the guy was a robot or not. (Well, was he? Wink wink.) The dialog was great, really intense stuff that pulled us along on this great storyline. There were a couple of awkward lines, but that is, in all seriousness, miniscule potatoes.
I do have to point out that the Father's shirt was transparent in a lot of scenes, and although your use of greens screen is masterful, just be careful of that next time. From first-hand experience, it's a pain in the ass to adjust a green screen scene if the colors are too similar. It doesn't detract from the storyline, and it's great anyways to see how much you progressed as a filmmaker.
Overall, Family Values is an intense Sci-Fi/Drama with an outstanding storyline and acting, and I would have loved to see an expanded version that explores more into this great, dark, I-Robot-esque future world that you created. great job! »
«You can't be my son.....where's the proof?
Great story...nicely written and directed.
The titile sequences....very professional
the falshbacks sequence.....very well thought out and filmed. The shadowy effect made it look very real.
Great camerawork..between the different angles and the close-up work...very good
The music and sounds....fit nicely
The voice acting was superb
During the newscast, there was no lipsynch for the news reporter.
In a couple shots, it looked like the background (round window) bled through Michael's face.
A great futuristic type film. Good job.»
«Wow. I loved it Mac!
Man o' man, do you know how to produce a well written story. The opening shots really set the tone of the film. I loved the offset colors that added an "edge" to the feel. Excellent editing, entertaining pace, emotionally fitting scores, superb sound editing and some really heartfelt acting going on here that ties the whole thing together.
Blown away Mac, truly.»
«A cyberpunk masterpiece!
Ups - First off, the visuals. Dark, gloomy, a touch of neglect spiced with poverty... and all that done in a terribly lonely and cold green tint. Spook-tacular. The acting is superb, with all 4 VAs sounding absolutely real... super. A plot worthy of Gibson and P.K. Dick, with that touch of unclarity at the end that makes it the opposite of a catharsis... Music, as always, is selected and mixed to perfection....
deyum, this movie is just awesome to the point of being as near to perfection as is humanly possible... and that's more than most will ever get to.
5 stars, kudos, encore, give this man an Ollie»
«I liked tone and mood of this movie. Even though it's a short flick but it has intense drama, interesting plot and superb VAs. And I agreed with Joseph about the news announcer.
especially the one in the last scene which was the conclusion, it's a bit hard to hear.
Overall, it's awesome work, man.
Keep it coming »
«Darn impressive. I'm envious, as this is a film I would've loved to have crafted. I did find the volume levels to be a bit too loud in parts (the music drowned out the already hard-to-hear news announcer--perhaps it might be better not to put sound effects on the news announcer's voice). The camera angles were spot on, as well as the editing and pacing. You also did a great job with the voice performance as Michael! As I already mentioned, this is a top notch movie, and one to be added to my favorites. Bravo!»
«Family values scroes in every aspect. The mood is set perfectly with the music and the shots of the skyscrapers at the beginning. Then we´re draged into the story with a news report and finally the story develops which for me is one of the depest sci-fi storys I have seen in a long time. The visuals are great good filter selection and use of green screen. The cam angles were good. Of cause K4´s performance really shines in this one, he really is able to carry a film alone with his voice, but good work by the rest of the cast as well especially urself, mac.
All in all, fantastic work mac, keep it up! =)»
«Great characterisation and story development make Family Values a favourite for me.
From the off set, the look and feel to this was unique and distinctive. I loved the use of music that really fit well with the mood and atmosphere of the film.
Great performances by with special nods to K4. He really IS the daddy!
Can't wait for your next project dude,
«What do I keep harping on about? Story is everything, and this was right up my alley.
Outstanding job Mac, take a well deserved bow.
I loved the look of it - particularly the green tinge contrasting with the red of the flashbacks.
Top job by you and K4: it's essentially a two hander, and the emotional core really came through.
Oh, and the shot through the window showing what was on the windowsill was a masterful piece of foreshadowing.»
«This is so good on every level. Beautiful scenes and camera work, believable characters and most important of all, a gripping story. Loved it from beginning to end. It is, as already been mentioned here, a cut above most machinima movies. My only mild critiscism is that the voice of the newscaster at the end was a bit low and difficult to follow. Other than that, brilliant!»
«Very, very impressive Mac.
The visuals were incredible, including the depth of field, which is outstanding. The fastidious care of this production is clearly shown and it has paid off.
The acting is outstanding, especially K4. The soundtrack for The Machinist really fits well with the entire film itself.
Well done Mac, well done. »
«Simple and yet beautiful. That was the impression that immediately hit me when the film began. The story was smooth, simple and yet highly complex, working on many levels. I liked the fact you didn't say explicitly if he was his son or not. The visuals were brilliant to but that was not what I was referring to before. Excellent cast but above all the writing carried this film.
«I thought that was very well done indeed! Great performances by the cast especilally k4
who nailed it yet again. One minor thing, I would like to know who played whom. Merely listing the actors does not tell me which roles that they performed.
The dialogue sounded natural and carfully crafted and the look of the film was simple and elegant. 5 stars and a big bravo!»
«Nicely done! I loved the opening with blocks of buildings against the grim music. It sets the atmosphere very well.
Excellent postproduction, I might say! I liked the sound design, and video effects.
Camera work was solid. I particularly liked the shot with the gun at the foreground while the father and "son" was talking the far behind. (The way it added tension.)
The twist at the end was great. I'm not entirely sure if you wanted it to be open-ended or you have a definite answer.»
«Wow, Mackenzie. Such flattering work you made here. To be honest, with all of the work you put behind it, I still can't give it a 5. Now, I don't give out 5's for no reason, but neither do I do the opposite for no reason. I loved the writing, the SFX and the humbling music, but the basic storyline wasn't really hitting home for me. I loved the ending - of how it left the father with questions as to if he made the right choice (even just in his mind) about his son. To me, it just lacked closure. The climaxed was reached, but not enough afterwards do we experience a resolute denouement. I wish I could rate this movie like a 4.5 or something (even though I could just round it), but my heart and conscience has to give this a 4. Very good work here. Next time, just make it a little longer for closure to set in. It reminded me of the Max Payne movie ending when you thought we'd see him get some restoration (even though he light-way did after the credits). A 4...out of 5.»
«Finally got around to seeing this, wonderful work Mac. Some nice editing and camera work with great voice acting from you and K4! I think the music also fitted in very well with the film. I know you've spent a while trying to perfect this and you have done a really great job on it Mac! Well done!
★★★★★ - 5 Stars»
«A potent story told fairly well. I enjoyed most of the dialogue, this film has less cliches than expected, with it drifting more toward original than like Blade Runner or any other destroyed future civilization. Upon meeting the son we, as well as the father, assume that he is austere, and and not to be trusted. I enjoyed the emotion conveyed in both performances, particularly the son's, the filter on his VOs was well done.
A few points-
- At 1.59 the Father's shoulder area is see-through, sorry if it's a bit finicky
- Filter was good, but overall a little too sharp.
- Altogether, seemed to end rather abruptly, and left me rather confused, I had to rewatch the news report to understand what it all meant, that is probably an error of mine though.
A bleak society is conveyed well, but I feel with a little more script-revision, this could have been so much more. Seldom has Machinima affected me in any way heretofore, but I feel this is evocative machinima, and I feel that if you bettered this, it could be the best 'The Movies' movie, ever made.
Keep it up man, improving at an astronomical rate.»
«Awesome première, Mac. I loved this movie before I even saw it, the look and feel of it shone through the early screenshots. Both performances were outstanding and the whole thing was just a masterpiece of design and ambience. I'd love to see you revisit this setting in the future.
I have my own take on the open-ended resolution, as I'm sure everyone else does. Very, very skilfully done. »
«that was damned good - i love the visual style especially the high contrast look- really fits the mood of the movie along with the soundtrack. the facial expressions were spot on - and i did not the expect the ending
really well acted and well put together!
only one small monior thing - at 3:02 the father's body look a bit transparent - but does not detract from an outstanding movie!»
«Absolutely beautiful. The heavy, haunting music and the dream-like color contrasting/darkening perfectly matches the somber story. Great acting and wonderful camera scenes, flawless editing as well. Absolutely nothing bad here at all - a must see by all regards. Wonderful job!»
«A lot of time, films revolving around robots and androids tend to have the exact same feel to them. And while this film references several of those same trends, it blooms into a beautiful and engagingly different story.
I think what worked very well in this film is the superb voice acting. Both Mac and K4 carried the film to its very end - and what and ending for sure. A thousand emotions flaring all at once. To me, it was definitely a success for a ten minute short film.
Of course, I must give props for the depth of field and the use of creative filters on the film.
On a small downside, I thought the film seemed glitchy due to a hard sharpen filter and the breasts of one of the supporting females seems slightly distracting.
But nonetheless, a very well made production from Macwemyss. Good job and keep on filming!»
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