«Just amazing, what else can I say? Moving on to the original..»
Kate Lees The Afflicted
Are emotions what make you human?
I guess it is not possible to 'bleach' away millions of years of evolution.
Ergenweg, Ich habe nicht die original gesehen aber Ich mache diese spielfilm.
Yeah, I know my grammar and spelling suck, but at least I can spell BIER. »
«Ah, what can I say?
I know this was a tough production for you, but it was definitely worth it.
Sublime. Simply sublime.
A couple of things that caught my eye:
The use of colour was glorious – the washed out (dare I say bleached?) interiors contrasting with the vividness of the desk, the painting and, particularly, Palia's wardrobe. Stunning
The shot through the figurine's arm.
The lighting during the Byron excerpt.
A wonderful re-make of a wonderful story; and a lovely tribute to Kate.»
Let me say that again
I remember the original, how it took my breath away. It was the first time I understood how far The Movies can go, if you're creative enough to push the boundaries.
And this remake does credit to the original, as it does credit to itself and its maker.
A masterpiece, a shining diamond that truly casts marvelous light on all moviemakers here»
«Kate Lee's "The Afflicted" is a very special film for me. Not only is it a one of a kind and thought provoking film, but for me a chance to step into a time capsule and remember what now seems to be machinima of long ago. The original film was my first Voice Over project outside of my own for any director and Kate and Sherwin's first film to have voice actors if I am not mistaken. At the time of its premiere it had elements that very few films could claim: a powerful story, wonderful editing, captivating soundtrack and hopefully well-delivered characters. It was a film that had it all. At the forefront of the machinima movement we now know, The Afflicted cleared the way.
It has now been given a new life in the hands of one of TMU's most gifted directors: The lovely Sisch. Is it any surprise that one of TMU's most gifted directors chooses a film of this magnitude? Not unlikely. In fact it makes perfect sense and the more I watched it I was comforted with the warm approach that only Sisch could provide. Our director was careful in all aspects to take the four elements I previously mentioned and gave them a new life while still taking time to honor its original. With a tremendous voice cast I expected nothing less than a wonderfully acted production. I was of course not let down.
The overall feel of the film was familiar. It was enjoyable however, with a different visual style than the original. It seemed an even more distant future giving a pure view of its surrounding with crisp whites, grays and blacks. I felt it helped establish a sense of cleanliness and fit the “cleansing” process that society was headed towards. These tones I found very much fitting in to a culture that wants people to see things in these same colors.
Sisch’s remake is clearly the mark of a brilliant director. If you nothing of the original project, you can walk away from this knowing the whole story. Thanks for a wonderful production Sisch…. and as always, thanks to Kate.
«I cannot stop talking about this film, Sisch. the exorbitant set designs; the perfect recasting for these wonderful characters. Everything you did was what all remakes these days need: something that distinguishes between the original, instead of rehashing it almost 100%, and putting the title as a label on it. But this, this was exceptionally brilliant. And as I've said in my review, this is much "better than Saving Grace."»
«Outstanding, Sisch, very emotional. Great performances by the cast, they did a wonderful job. As always, you are one of the greatest writers and directors of TMU, you never disappoint me. Great re-make of Kate Lee's film. I remember seeing it back in 2006, i really enjoyed it, but thanks to moviestorm, it just made it better. Great job, Sisch as always. 50 out of 50. Standing ovation.»
«We’ve reached a stage where we expect a lot from your productions Sisch, and it never ceases to amaze me how you continue to set new standards for what is possible with “serious” machinima. Realising that I was probably in for a treat I downloaded this movie in its entirety to ensure I had an uninterupted view – and I’m glad I did!
I’m afraid these comments may sound sychophantic, but you leave me no choice… The Afflicted is sublime in its execution. Firstly, I loved the cold clinical feel of the movie. It is a sterile future we see here, a world where problems have been resolved, but at the cost of human warmth. Your use of colour compounds this effect; we’re left watching the ghosts of humankind. This orderly, organised, and entirely unwelcoming future is accompanied by a haunting musical score – the piano carries a message of sadness which is entirely fitting for the movie.
It’s a great story, and although I haven’t seen the original version I guess all credit must be given to Kate Lee for her vision.
There’s something rather interesting that you achieved here too Sisch; the sequence we see while Terbing is reading the poetry looks almost like live motion. This seems to be due to the superb post-production techniques you use. Certainly, this is the most life-like machinima I’ve seen in a long time. And speaking of post-production, the soft white glow that pervades ties in very well with the concept of “bleaching”.
In short this is a chilling, and highly polished production, bordering on professional, and this should serve as encouragement for Moviestorm users wanting to up their game – look and learn folks!
«A truly breathtaking remake of a classic!
Though not my favorite ChatNoir film (Dignity of Men edges this out for me), The Afflicted was a touchstone in The Movies machinima, and I believe this remake both honors and updates the original, while losing none of the emotional punch and philosophical implications of the source material.
As always, you wrest every bit of quality out of the software you're using, then add a little more "Sischness" to the mix to make it really shine. Excellent performances from your terrific cast, outstanding cinematography, great visuals, your usual impecable sound design - as always with your films, there so much good that's it's damn near impossible to find anything to complain about.
So I won't try. And as always, I await your next one.»
«Could this be better then the original? Some may frown at that statement but it's just my opinion, I think so and has to do with your skill with MS.
I'm not much a fan of this type of movie genre but this had me intrigued and watching until the end. I never really finished watching the original; it never grabbed me like it did so many other people. I always felt I should have liked it, the comments were just purring out with praise, but in the back of my mind it just didn’t sparkle (I still gave it 5 stars but then who didn’t).
So in a way both Kate Lee and yourself benefited from this remake and someone like me finally enjoyed what so many others had.
Good stuff »
«It was a sheer delight to see your vision of my favorite ChatNoir film. Great animation work via MS with a wonderfully appropriate soundtrack. Your passion and devotion to this work shines throughout. I have to agree that not many other TMU directors are up to the task of this remake, and am glad that you decided to step on up. »
«As I said elsewhere as well, this is a beautiful work, (and very kind to the original). Again, I love the gestures of each character you created. The way Palia tilts her head when she speaks rings very Palia to me. Isn't that strange? I also liked the way Palia turns her back against Terbing when she speaks untruthfully. (Perhaps, I'm making things up, but still.) The statue as the symbol of Terbing’s attraction to Treen places a very interesting spin on the original, which had Asimvian lack of sexuality! In this version, we are also challenged to think about Terbing, the sexual being as well as Terbing, the emotional being. »
«I just watched this film on Vimeo in HD and full-screen, and I gotta tell you again, Sisch, this is freaking amazing! This reminds me exactly of the storyline of Equilibrium, which starred Christian Bale and Taye Diggs (which I highly recommend all of you to get on DVD). The ending wasn't exactly a full-blown surprise, but, the acting and music crescendoed into a zenith of peace and solace that I felt right dead center in my heart. A 5...out of 5! Much better than Saving Grace!»
«Like I said on the forums, a fantastic remake that stays true to the original theme and feel. The acting was excellent and your work as a filmmaker in general deserves awards. I highly recommend you submit this short film to a machinima contest or a film festival. I'm sure it would go far. »
«A tour de force par excellence, ma cherie...
Perfectly shot, voiced superbly and an update to the original masterpiece which doesn't ride roughshod over the first version; instead, it pays homage to it throughout and every scene shows the love and sweat you poured into it. Can't get closer to perfection than this, my dear! »
«The feel good movie of the year!
You have indeed done Kate Lee's original justice. Your ability to create gestures and have your characters emote is an option that I'm sure Kate and Sherwin would have loved to have back in 06. I'm not so sure that anyone else could duplicate the level of intrisic detail that you put into each of your films.
Watching the two films back to back illustrates the differences in characterisations between the two. I found the original to contain performances that were more restrained and even keeled, while this version seemed to amplify the extremes of emotional conflict. (partly because Mochan's bubbly and expressive Palia and of Terbing's final scenes, which are much more over the top, but that was my call and I'm sticking with it)
An impressive entry made for the 101 re-make contest, you did a fantsatic job Sisch and I'm proud of you.
«I still remember watching the original and being impressed with how Kate explores the subject of human emotion so to have a re-envisioning with technology today is a real treat to us all.
The technical aspects of this movie were superb. You are a terrific ambassador for the MS software as you showcase the intricate and more importantly, key features of this wonderful tool. If there was one person I would seek advice on from this software, it would be you.
You've always had a natural gift and ability to showcase emotions and mannerisms from the first projects such as Stolen Death through to your latest projects, so I really appreciate all the little gestures such as expressions of eyes,eyebrows,head movements, arms etc.
It was great to see Mo' back in the pot voice acting. Her portrayal as Palia was very convincing as she really emoted well and provided a lot of versatility. The rest of the cast did a terrific job with clear and concise delivery. There was a sense of these characters being articulate and I have to say special nods for Goof's performance near the end.
All in all this was a wonderful re-make, one that is setting the bar for any other film-maker hoping to emulate this. Congratulations to all who were involved and a special thanks to the writer 'Kate' and director 'Sisch' for making this tale timeless.»
«Such a stunning film! Probably one of the few TM films deserving of a remake, and you did an excellent job, re-imagining Kate's vision with an exceptional cast, amazing angles, sound design, and of course the amazing music by Sherwin Liu. This is really an expertly crafted film, and one of, if not *the* finest I've seen in MovieStorm. Not enough can be said about your cast's performance and KateLee's wonderful script.
You certainly have done it justice.»
«Wonderful stuff Sisch, You obviously admire Kate Lee's work and you wanted to take her creations to another level and you have done that!...beautiful and breathtaking this movie was. The lighting was very nice and Sherwin Liu's music was dark and depressing which fitted the concept of emotions very well!
The script was brilliant, if it was slightly edited or kept in it's original style from Kate it was brilliant all around, Great work from the cast, including Goofparade and Mochan!
You continue to thrill and for that, thank you whip mistress once again!
***** - 5 Stars»
«My god, Sisch.. it was just.. perfect, in every way... The lighting, the camera angles, the music by Sherwin Liu, the acting.. it all just blew me away... And obviously a massive amount of the credit goes to Kate Lee for her unbelievable writing..
This is the type of standard you would expect to pay to see on a big screen, it was simply breathtaking...
Definitely my favourite ever machinima film, I've watched it 3 times now. ***** - 5 stars, and I so wish I could give you more, as this is one of those films for which you wish there was a 6th star you could give.
I humbly bow down to you Sisch. A masterful film which has raised the bar once again to new and frightening heights. Congratulations »
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