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Shadows of the Past
«Thanks Cecil. I am very familiar with the story of Sgt. Meyer, also of Sgt. Guinta and Sgt. Petry of the United States Army.
I give full credit for the story to the men and women I have listened to over the years from WW2, Korea and Vietnam, telling their stories at our VFW and DAV meetings and get-togethers. I took a little from several of them to make this film.»
«This brings to mind a more recent story of Sergeant Dakota Meyer, US Marine Corps, the most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor, as I'm sure Harb is well aware. Sergeant Meyer made 5 or 6 trips into an ambush zone to attempt to recover US and Afghan soldiers. Braving rpg's, mortars, and machine guns, he saved countless lives with little regard for his own. Semper Fi! Maybe he'll be the subject of a movie some day.
This touching tale of a brave warrior's reminiscences is expertly told. Harb's deft use of the free cam made these well-used battle scenes feel fresh. At 4:45, there is a shot with a tree in the center of the scene. I'm sure there's a rule against doing such things, but WHAM, is it effective. A bit of the fog of war, and a possible alusion to the fact that there are no rules in combat. Voiceovers were of the usual excellent quality. Harb, you're in your element here, and you nailed it, bro.
There's a thread going on in the forums about crying at movies. Go ahead and try to get through this one without...»
«You know I like a good message film, and few are as important as remembering and honoring those who gave their lives in the defense of their homes, families, or ideals. I was okay with the "standard" movies battle scenes, since I knew your intent was not to exploit the "excitement" of battle, but to pay homage to the sacrifices made. I did think the battle scenes would've benefited from some low-volume sound effects though, at least for critical moments such as Jesse getting shot, etc.. Some additional music during the film would've also augmented the experience. However, I realize this was done on a tight schedule for a timely release. Overall, a fine film with some solid performances and a timeless message.»
«I liked this Harb, there was some very good voice acting from the cast. I do think however you could of worked a bit more on the battle scenes to perhaps make them their own and not of the traditional battle scenes we get from the movies, But I know you said you had to rush to get this out on time. But anyway, it was an interesting story, good job!
★★★★★ - 5 Stars»
«Don't feel like you have to apologize for rushing this film to get it relelased. Your purpose -- to remind people of the forgotten vets of Korea -- needed to be aired in time for Memorial Day. My thanks to all who enjoyed my performance -- all I can say is I had a good script to work with. It's marvellous to have a script delve so deeply into a character's past that it improves the overall depth of the character -- thank you Harb for trusting me (the wacky comedy guy) with such an important and well-written dramatic role.»
«Well a really great story and nice music, but you could have done it more interesting adding for example a little more action and in the part that Hans was telling the story and the war scene were playing you could have add some battlefield sound effects in a very low volume, that would made it really cool. Well but the movie was great.. I did like the intro music..!
«I was sort of in two minds for this movie. On one hand I really liked the story, and the acting performances were fantastic (despite one or two awkward sounding lines). However, on the other hand, I just think you could have done so much more with this film visually. I appreciate that the Movies engine can sometimes make it difficult to create certain scenes but for me there was just too much talking and not enough actually showing what happened. I thought the mods you used were great and the music was very good, fitting the mood well. Overall a very good story which was told well, but for me just lacked something visually. Otherwise great job Harb
***** - 5 stars»
«Nice work good camrea work and story.
There were some things i had a problem with when the old man was talking about a police action it was a war i think you should have had a close up of the old man to show his emotion in his face instead of the soldiers shots.
Also there were allot of talking movement when the charters were not talking there other scenes in the movies you could have used also you can do close ups of the face on who is talking.
Nice uses of music and the cast did a good job.»
Moves about WWII are always sad. If the story is told by a today, old man he's voice is always warm and he is very thoughtful. Often the old man has big teary eyes as he remebers back.
In Vietnam, the old war hero never have legs or arms and is somehow very hippie in the way he acts. Why is that? No sense of purpose? Of course not.
The Korea-scene on the other hand, always revolves around a grumpy old man with no sense of humour and always seems to be very cynical towards the youth of today. Thank YOU Clint Eastwood.
RPO in Shadows of the Past however is the complete opposite to Clint, Red Forman and so on. HE is actually a very nice and emotional man which is good to see for a chance.
But, I must admit that I felt a bit bored towards the end. He was almost to warm and caring. All he says is pretty much obvious so there is no suprise to be inspired from. It 's nice that you have all the facts and research checked, but in this case it' almost takes away from the fantasy and excitement of the story. Star Wars is totally made up, but is sure interesting to watch.
Sorry man, but I didn't like it. It has to be more personal for me to be intrigued in a war film.»
«I wanted to do more show but had a problem getting the scenes I wanted. As you know, TM doesn't always cooperate even with greenscreening.
I went with more story since most people don't really know much about Korea and the war. If I had used all my material, it would have made probably a 90 minute film. Thanks for the kind words though Sherwin.»
«It looks like you did lots of research on the Korean War. It is quite a complicated and touchy subject for me, but you handled it nicely. I hoped for more showing than telling, but I understand telling was your choice of style for this movie. Excellent performance from PRO! »
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