«Throroughly enjoyed it. Sound work was excellent. HD looked lovely. I shall ponder further...»
«Watching this again knowing what this is about, I actually don't mind the ending so much now
I missed the clue just after she leaves the house the first time I watched it - nice touch. I also LOVED the transition at the end from black and white to colour, nice symbolism and a very well executed shot. I really liked the shot of her sitting in the middle of the couch at the beginning too, with the gaps on either side. Didn't notice on the first viewing but you actually set that shot up very deliberately.
Overall the transitions were really well done and the music was brilliant. I didn't even notice they were separate tracks lol, they just flowed together so nicely.»
«Wonderful, I truly enjoyed that film. Everything was well so well put together and married almost to perfection. The use of effects was truly top notch and not over-the-top and almost every shot was like a work of art in itself. That wide shot of her standing under the archway made me actually say 'wow' out-loud.
I think I lost the point of the story at about the four minute mark, maybe that was the point lol, but I did notice my interest start to drop from that point onwards. It's hard to critique the story with these type films as it's really not meant to be overly clear but I must say it did loose it's grasp on me towards the end.
5/5 Stars from me »
«Interesting. Not quite sure what to make of it just yet, but this was well made on a technical level (as standard w/ your films), and Monotori played her character well.
I'm unsure about what you were trying to convey with the symbolism, so I'm definetly going to have to revisit this one with future viewings.
Not much to say here, but what I understood I enjoyed. Nicely done, and I'll follow this up upon future viewings.»
«Review part 1 of 2
Ben... that ending REALLY annoyed me
Otherwise, this was in places absolutely superb. I'm not quite sure what to think about it. Some bits really, REALLY worked for me and other bits I found strange and unnecessary. I do like that you went artsy without going all out bizarre though. At least there were still emotions if not an explanation. I found myself feeling sad in places without even knowing why. I think that's a real indication of your talent as a filmmaker, that you were able to generate that kind of response in me without giving me any reason to connect with the character.
The bit in the middle on the seafront with the protagonist shouting out at the sea was a work of art, absolutely perfect in every way. I thought it was the most emotional scene I've ever seen in machinima/animation. The acting was superb (and the editing to add distance to the screams of anguish was a great touch), the music worked perfectly, the camera angles excellent... overall a really touching moment that I'll remember for a long time. I know it sounds like I've gone into gushing critic mode but I am not just saying this. With other films I've perhaps overstated my praise because I connect with it more from either being personally involved in the production or because you're someone I get along with and know fairly well, but here all that went out the window and I found myself watching certain scenes and forgetting who made the film or that it was made using the Movies, I found myself watching on a purely emotional level and was absolutely blown away.
However, there were other scenes which for whatever reason I just couldn't connect with. One example was the waiting scene at the start with the clock ticking. I really liked the editing but I found the camera angles weren't really interesting enough to justify repeating them over and over, and I thought it lasted too long. This is more of a stylistic preference maybe but just something I noticed. Also I thought in some of the scenes, particularly in the beginning, the look seemed a little bit pale and bleached out, though again I think that's more a matter of personal taste...
«Review part 2 of 2
There were one or two confusing moments too... such as the ending before the ending if you get what I mean lol.
I thought that if you had ended it with the helicopter fading into the sky it would have worked perfectly because that meant the story sort of made sense... The reason everyone was missing, I assumed the fact they shot her meant that there had been some sort of epidemic and they were trying to quarantine the area and eradicate the threat. However, the ending after the ending just confused me again... was it all a dream? You know how much I hate those endings lol. Unless you meant to have all the events up to that point symbolising the battle inside her body to get rid of a virus? That way I can see how it would kind of work but I still prefer the ending I mentioned before simply because it has more scale and therefore more drama associated with it... I'm gonna have to watch this again to see of there's something I've missed at the start lol. If nothing else the story was extremely thought-provoking
Overall this was another beautifully stylish film and a further affirmation of your status as one of the best directors on this site. For the time it took you to make this, I'm very impressed that you managed to come up with something so polished and interesting. One or two moments took me out of the zone a little but overall this was exceptional filmmaking that at times absorbed me completely. Well done Ben, can't wait for whatever you release next
***** - 5 stars
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