«Takes me way back to TGTB&TU. Very nice shootout.»
«I always appreciate a film told without words (something I just can't do--I'm quiet in life, but verbose on film). Terrific timing, editing, and camera angles really made this a joy to watch. I also LOVED the music you used. Ennio Morricone's works are brilliantly fun to listen to. »
«I always love a good western film and this definitely qualifies as one. Very good production values and your camera and timing were spot on. I really like the music choice hear as well, I feel that it fit the scenes very well.
Great job and I look forward for more dude!»
«A fantastic entry Tom, this was extremely well made. You've shown in recent films that you're developing a superb sense of camera placement and how to create a tense mood without words, which is something that is difficult to learn, so kudos for that. I really loved the use of the Morricone music here, he truly is the master of spaghetti westerns, and I think Sergio Leone himself would have been proud of this showdown. I know what people mean by saying the music was too familiar, but if the same music was used and they hadn't heard it before, their opinion would be different, so personally I disagree with that. I think as long as the music works for the film, it matter how overused it is. It's like people using the Movies ingame music. New directors on TMU show time and time again that if used properly it can still work exceptionally well despite our familiarity with it. If I had one thing to nitpick on it would be that yeah, a few of the angles were similar at the end, perhaps a few more interesting angles and long shots might have varied it up a little but overall this was awesome. Great job Tom, improving at a superb rate
***** - 5 stars»
«Really enjoyed this. Great camerawork and beautiful sets. The music brought it all back and the nice little touches with the dog and rider really made it. I thought the pause till the shooting began was dragged out a little, but then thinking back, it was the same in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as well Great short. Thanks for the ride »
«Honestly I thought the music overshadowed everything else simply in its noteriety. I wonder if I would have had a different experience with something playing that I was not familiar with. Perhaps the two players could have been a bit more different in their look (well their clothes at least) as there was little to assign to either character. Great camerawork as has been said. »
«Sergio and Clint would be darned right proud of ya there Mr. Tom. I like the build up with the music and the closeups of the eyes.
Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, High Plains Drifter, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and all the other Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood films rolled into one quick 5 minute film. Nice work.»
«All about Ennio
I really enjoyed that. It's always going to be tough trying a vignette tonally, but you pulled it off (ooh-er missus!).
I, too, loved the dog shot, and the rider passing the window was really nicely done.
Personally, it didn't drag for me. You edited to the score - something I do love.
Maybe it was just me, but you even seemed to get the fingers tapping on the holster synched? Kudos for that.»
«Pretty good work here, Tom. Definetly captures the Spaghetti Western style, and the camera angles are beautifully done as always. Though I do have to agree with Al, the last few minutes do drag quite a bit, with the 2 shots repeated over and over, though don't get me wrong, I know what you were going for.
In terms of the music, as I said, helps the Leone esque western atmosphere, but I think that you could have used a less reconizable western score. When I first heard theme "A Fistful of Dollars" I almost groaned. If you go on youtube, you can find many obscure Ennio Morricone, Spaghetti Western kind of themes. I forget which film the song for the standoff was used, but it was pretty effective, and the editing went along well with it.
A very professionally done piece of work, good job. 4.5/5»
«Thanks ever so much for the comments so far guys
Thanks for the in depth review and I of course understand where you're coming from. I was trying to get across the story more through pictures than words. For example, The guy who woke up in the bed scared, and then started drinking, he may perhaps have some 'debts' to pay to the guy who was on horse back riding into town, maybe he knew that the guy on horseback had come to kill him? I didn't really want to get bogged down in writing a script and waiting for VOs to come in, so I thought, just a nice, simple, little western which I could make for the comp and so I could ultimately get it in on time, because my track record with keeping in on time with competitions is quite atrocious.
«I quite enjoyed this, as others have said (and I don't think enough so) the camera angles and use of music to build suspense was masterly done. I paticularly liked the early angle with the dog in the foreground, the rider in the mid-ground and the expansde of the desert as the background. Not sure why but I loved this shot. Also the one of the rider in the street from insde a building - just worked so well. However, I felt a little unfulfiled by this film. It was all very exciting but at the end I just asked myself why were they fighting? I understand this was a short film and you had a time limit for the competition, it would have been nice though to have some idea of a plot here. The last couple of minutes dragged on as we saw a lot of repeated (if very skillful) shots and waited for ever for anything to happen. While this was essential for the suspense you were building, I felt maybve one of those minutes might have been used to explain what the debt was?
Anyway, still very enjoyable and good luck with the competition.»
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