«My finest moment, thanks Rage.
«A magnificent epic series,
First off, kudos to you with the work you have done with Iclone to craft this. Defiantly shows the software off. Second, kudos to the cast for a splendid job. As others have mentioned, there were some good music choices throughout this production. The mod work put into this is outstanding...and not to mention the visuals! Just brilliant!!
Overall, a very entertaining epic! Great work, Rage! Look forward to watching the new season.»
«So - 1 hour and 50 minutes later - a full feature film ...
This is a staggering - and inspirational - achievement on so many levels.
A first-time film maker chooses to make an epic about how He-Man became who he is...
Fantasy is one of the toughest genres for even the most experienced director because of all the effects work required, but to make the movie using iClone, one of the worst thought out, least user friendly, overpriced "dedicated" machinima products ever put in a box - and to produce a full feature film ... well, it's phenomenal. I can imagine this director finishing the final frame of the movie and holding the box aloft "I HAVE THE POWER!!!" - and he certainly earned it!
Where iClone works best is in the scenery - this film has brilliant sets, lit beautifully. The costumes are spot-on as well. The characters' faces are instantly recognisable.
Where it doesn't work is in the conveyance of emotion through facial expressions. All too often we had a perfectly placed reaction shot, but the reaction shown was a disinterested blandness (the worst moment for this was when Adam's father is run through with a sword right before his eyes - his closeup reaction appears to be like he's still watching TV). A reaction shot should show an emotional reaction - if it doesn't, then it's wasting time and might not as well be in there.
Some of the action scenes were very slow in execution - and sometimes illogical. Some of the slowness, I suspect, is down to an attempt to create slow motion - but the frame rate and sound effects remain the same, so it just looks like an overly slow animation in real time. Illogical? In one scene, a character is thrown to the floor - but in the next shot he's standing up face to face with his opponent - as if some of the footage was cut out. (Having said all that, my character's demise was expertly handled - his neck snapping on impact!)
Music - very good choices used well for the most part - although Howard Shore's incredible score for Lord of the Rings was a bit too familiar. Imagine using the Star Wars theme over a battle scene and you see what I mean.
Sometimes, at very dramatic moments, the music overpowered the dialogue. This should never happen - the volume of the music should be momentarily reduced while someone is talking - MAGIX has a cool feature that allows all other tracks to drop in volume automatically while the principal track is playing.
Acting really helped this movie - very little help was given by the facial expressions, most of the emotion had to be conveyed through the performances. Some of them stand out a mile.
I didn't think josephkw - great actor as he is - would work as Adam. I thought it would be a piece of gross miscasting. But I was wrong - he worked great (not sure about his He-Man though).
Johnny Ex is Ex-ceptional as Skeletor - the scenes between him and Evil Lynn are delicious to watch... He owns the screen in every scene he's involved in - helped by a terrific makeup and costume job.
Bella is a revelation as the evil sorceress. Menacing and detached, and yet with an obvious vulnerability and submissiveness to her. A terrific actress - I thoroughly enjoyed her performance every time she came onto the screen.
A word also for Goofparade who, unbeknownst to me, voiced several supporting characters - Beastman being my favourite.
The story was a good one - with the usual holes you come to expect in a fantasy film. It was always engaging and the time flew by. I had more fun watching these 110 minutes than in many films I've watched at the cinema.
I think Part 2 should be re-uploaded. It's shot in 4:3 - whereas all the others are in 16:9. That looks really amateurish. The "to be continued" at the end of one scene should be deleted too - so that the film can be run completely without interruption.
I mentioned "inspirational" at the beginning - that's because producing a full length feature using the most unfriendly software imaginable, and as a first-time director, is no mean feat. It has inspired me to work harder on my own project.
Not without its flaws, "Grayskull" is a throughly entertaining epic fantasy adventure.»
«I cannot believe it has come to an end! JohnnyEx was sooooooooo chilling as Skeletor! Bella is so perfect in her VOs! I just love her! JosephKW pulled off a big role that is a feather in his Starfleet cap! Way to go Joseph! GP still suffers from multi-personality disorder which he caught from Kwistufa in a turkish sauna that 6HM recommended..... and really...everybody just did a fantastic job. Way to go RAGE! An epic production!
«"I applaud you He-Man ......and the Masters of the Universe"
The time, dedication and skill you used in creating this film.
The music fit the moods and the scenes.
The costumes and characters were very well conceived.
The sets and attention to detail made this seem real.
The cast was excellent in their voice work.
The Camera work and editing were well done.
The fight scenes seemed clunky at times. In one scene, a warrior was standing almost 2 feet above the ground.
Some of the movements seemed robotic but I understand this to be a problem with iClone itself.
An ambitious undertaking and you pulled it off well. A great telling of how Prince Adam became He-Man. I could see this turning into a full serial.»
«Nice cinematography, great taste in music, and a few nice voice actors here and there but aside from that, the film falls waaay short. The script was full of cliches, and terrible dialogue. The engine itself as always looks terrible so that doesn't really help (although I did notice a few nice manipulations of its capabilities). Most of the acting seemed very lifeless most of the time and some was pretty awful.
I do realize this is your first venture with iclone and you've done a great job utilizing its capabilities (which aren't that great to begin with). However, that doesn't excuse its faults in terms of film prowess. Again there were a few things i did like about this (not to seem completely negative as I know I'm going to get flak for this) , but in general I feel it was poorly written, contains a large amount of awful and lifeless voice acting, with the exception of a few stars, and it overall falls short.»
«Whoa. What a fantastic film!
Unlike normally, I'll start with pointing out the very obvious downsides in the movie: Motion-bumps... In some people move in sequence rather than in a rhythm (that is, one guy attacks. Stop. One guy defends. Stop)... Characters often seem to stop in mid-walk or stand as if frozen in the midst of a step. I'm not familiar with the software you're using but I guess this is due to limitations in the software. If so, completely disregard this part of the comment.
Now the Upsides: Usually I do the upsides first. The reason I changed the sequence is that despite the bumpy motions, this is a spectacular film on all fronts! The visuals are fantastic, breathtaking at point. The model for Castle Greyskull is superb, the battlefield is alive and populated, the fighting is amazing. The different character models are magnificent. Close ups on Skeletor talking were freakishly chilly (in a good way)... it is amazing. You've overcame a serious visual problem that would've broken down a lot of other films and came on top with a visual masterpiece nonetheless. The so called "downside" only serves to emphasize how marvelous this movie looks
Soundtrack is amazingly fitting, telling the story all by itself. With your selection of music tracks, you could have basically published the movie with no VOs at all and people would've still gotten the idea just from the music
The VOs... wow... Joseph at his best, Bella, 6HM, Mustachio and Orky doing great... but what truly stopped me was Goofparade. Don't get me wrong, I'm quite familiar with Goof's superb VA skills from the TMO era... and yet... I was not expecting anything of THIS amazing magnitude. Lines were well written and well preformed by all VAs... wow...
summary: You earned a new fan here. This movie is, in one word, breathtaking
9.0 out of 10 on the Rogue Scale
5 Stars, Kudos, Encore, I'm definitely subscribing to your movies »
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being part of this epic project.
Surrounded by a great cast with some fun writing and direction, this series/movie is without a doubt an instant classic.
Each installment proved to be more intriguing and visually stunning with every release.
For a "new" filmmaker, you went above and beyond what most of us even dreamed possible when starting out, kudos to you Rage.
Once again, thanks for having me on board.
«This was truly an epic production. Kudos to you, Rage, for the determination to complete this massive venture, and the vision to craft a memorable film experience. Great sets, costumes, effects and modwork, but it is your portrayal of the characters which make this work as well as it did.
The cast did an extraordinary job again. JohnnyEx still sends shudders down my spine whenever he speaks, and Goofparade's multiple roles are a testament to his prowess as a voice actor.
I truly look forward to your next project and would be honored to work with you and your esteemed cast once again.»
«What a great finale to a totally entertaining series. The fact that you chose to tackle such a complex and epic adventures speaks volumes about your decdication and committement.
I was particularly impressed with the terrific voice performances by this
very professional sounding cast. This could have been much tougher to pull off without their fine work and dedication.
Overall the visuals were very impressive and well conceived. The use of music was also apropriate although i would have liked to have seen the composers credited by name and not simply the film that they worked on.
I can't wait to see what new adventures you will dream up once you sink your teeth into IClone Version 4.
Once again, great job to all who participated on this project.
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