«A nice story, well told, loved the music. Great work.»
«Atmosphere is key in this gorgeous, atmospheric post-apocalypse film, and I am just truly stunned at what you pulled off here. The set design is incredible, and except for a couple of moments here and there, I never doubted that I was in a ravaged, dead world. The two leads are great as well, and they were absolutely essential into providing the humanistic, emotional side of the story. Utilization of sounds and music, coupled with some fantastically-framed shots, all combined to form one incredible film. If I had to nitpick, I would have to agree with Mac and thebiz that the ending was a little too abrupt, and suddenly ended the story just when things, to me, were taking a sinister, dark twist. However, despite that, Embers was such a masterwork of sounds and story and visuals that I'd give it top marks in a split second. What a great achievement! Bravo!»
«Ok, I really enjoyed this film. It was extremely well directed. The sound design really shone with some outstanding attention to the tiny details, such as footsteps panning from left to right, etc. The camerawork was excellent too, some really atmospheric angles. The narration at the beginning of the film was absolutely top-notch and the other VAs did a great job too, though I didn't at any time really connect with them or feel their sorrow. Nonetheless though, they did well. Like Biz says, I didn't really like how the hills were green in the background. With all your attention to detail in other areas it just seemed slightly sloppy to me. I also thought the dead trees seemed slightly samey. Maybe rotating them to different angles might have fixed this. Overall though I thought the set dressing was spot on. My major quip was with the ending. This is just my opinion, but I thought the ending spoiled it. Again, I agree with Biz, I think leaving it at just the bud would have been enough and it would have worked, but for me the happy montage at the end was just too rapid and too drastic a change in mood, it seemed unrealistic. Overall though, a brilliant film that I will definitely be adding to my favourites. Well done
***** - 5 stars»
«Had to give it a few views over the last couple of days to make an assessment. Good but flawed.
Your camerawork and editing really shine here bordering on professional. Theres a lot of sequences that I watched and was envious of your shot selection and how you laid out the scene. Loved the shot looking up at the gal when she is looking down at the dead plantys. Neighbor visit is also a highlight. Very, very good in this area.
Sets were good but there were certain things that bothered me (such as the green hills in the background when the lady says everything is dead, the dead little trees in the garden didnt quite work for me - though the potted trees looked great, and the bicycle that ends up in so many scenes it would have made either a good character or a good drinking game...if im in a basement for 6 months that bike is tucked far away from where I am as it is useless to my existence..but I digress).
Vos were solid.
Then theres the end. Borders on SNL parody as you run from dark and moody to....too much too fast. Might have worked to just leave it at the gals little bud. The follow up was over the top what with the music and such. My opinion anyways.
Overall, a lot of effort, a lot of skill, some trips and stutters. »
«Very nice work Iain,
I liked how you visually pulled this off. The lighting in the basement scenes was a personal favorite aspect for me, very intense and moody.
I can't really say anything about my performance but my fellow cast members did a great job!
My only real criticism would be the way you went about the ending. I personally prefered the bitter sweet ending of the original script, the more upbeat ending of the final result wasn't as strong to me.
But regardless, Great work here! Highly enjoyed it.»
«That was OK. Nicely put together, though I found the camera work a little overdone. And the ending was a little too schmaltzy for my tastes (especially the cheesy title card, which I won't reveal here). But overall, a pretty good use of Moviestorm, some decent acting, nice sound design and good music choices.»
«Fantastic work on this IceAxe!
Your set dressing really stood out here and it seemed you didn't let anything get in your way as far as writing. I loved the subtle effects you used like a little lens flare here, the smoke from the sizzling pan of cooking eggs. Well done!
The acting and cinematography was very inspiring.
My only problem with it was that the opening reminded me too much of Clockwork and it seemed you stuck with something familiar here - personally, it would have been great to see something done differently for your opening.
All and all, GREAT FILM! MUST SEE!»
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