«That was excellent! Seems I'm 3 years too late on this. Fantastic story and great direction. Framing of the actors could have been better and the predictable silences produced a comedic effect at times, but overall, I'll be adding this one to my favorites.»
Blood in the Dust
Movie: Blood in the Dust
Engine: The Movies
"Blood in the Dust," by Tumac is his most recent movie. I mostly know him for mafia type movies for some reason, so a western was a nice change. The movie begins with McLaren (Macwemyss) steadily walking down a town walkway, sand mushing beneah his feet. This movie had a very nice way for us to get to know the characters. We knew who was who right away. The voice acting was also superb;. Mac did a brilliant job, as usual. There were a couple of problems I did have though. There did seem to be an inconsistancy of leveling the voices. When the drunkard in the bar was talking to McLaren, he went from a steady medium voice to a louder voice on the same sentence. Also, there were quite a few dead silences. There would be times where a character would ask or say something and we would just see the person who was supposed to answer, just standing there, breathing. These 'dead silences' went from a couple seconds up to around 5 seconds which can bore people easily and that is a way someone can loose viewers. Overall, this was a well pacd out piece of work. Tumac did real well directing this as well. Well made. B-»
«So definitly we like same kind of movie genre...mafia movies and westerns...good! I like it very much, specially the funeral scene with rain and obviously the final scene! Great!
Just one thing, maby some silence between characters when they are talking are to long, however still great, good work, Tumac!»
«I liked it. It had an interesting story , and a pretty well written script. But to me it felt like it needed to be longer in order to tell the story properly. The acting was great, and I liked the directing. I'm not going to comment on the pauses, since everyone else did. Music was great as well, created a nice atmosphere. Overall I enjoyed it, it kept me interested and told a great story.
«Well I enjoyed it, that's for certain. Its well written and the story works very well as a short little western with more twists than a Sophoclean drama. From the start this was visually excellent - I liked the way the cinematography was generally subtle (with much excellent use of close up) and not so when it needed it. The music was excellent although there were a couple of moments where I thought you could do with more - just dialog works but some of those conversations could have been knocked from 95% to 100%, but that's just me.
Now we come to those pauses. I think it was a real shame that these didn't quite work all the way through. Right at the start the pauses worked really nicely and added an air of mystery to Russell that brought across the exact sentiment. But as the film went on I felt that they just seemed to get longer and longer - this may have been true or as a result of there being so many of them. A nice techniques which didn't ruin the film but annoyed me a bit and with maybe a second or 2 cut out from each one they would have worked perfectly.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable short western packed with suspense. I'd give 4.5/5 (and round it up on the rate bar).»
«Finally getting round to leaving my comment lol. You did a really good job Tumac, as always your editing and music really stood out (Props to BeatyBeaks for composing the excellent spaghetti western soundtrack btw). I'm going to agree with others and say that the pauses didn't quite work for me, through a mix of different factors. Firstly I think these kinds of shots always work better through close-ups on the eyes or just framing the face and nothing else, whereas using the standard conversation shots makes it seem like there's going to be dialogue and when there isn't any it throws the viewer off a little. Also, if you look at Leone's films closely you'll see that a lot of the time the music matches these pauses in conversation, making them more effective. I do also agree that they were a little long here. I appreciate what you were trying to do and I do like that you tried to do something different, I just don't think it quite worked here and kinda broke the film up a bit, often in places where drama was just starting to build (having completely the opposite effect from what you wanted, which was to heighten the drama).
Otherwise, this was a really well made western. The rest of the cast did a great job and I really liked your visual work and camerawork. I really want to give this a 5, but unfortunately the silences did break up my viewing experience too often and in important paces so that I could never fully get into it. Don't be disheartened though, there were way more good points than bad here (in fact the pauses are the only negative I can think of right now) and I'm absolutely positive your next movie will blow us all away. Was a pleasure to be a part of this and I'm really looking forward to seeing Knights in Cleveland
**** - 4 stars»
«At first, most of this seemed like 3/4 stars at most. Everything was solidly done, save for the dramatic pauses (which went on for too long) and the early soundtrack (which sounded too synthesised). But towards the end of the film, a pretty interesting reveal happened that bumped this up to 5.
A very good story with some great voice acting. Everything was also technically immaculate. Great work. =]»
«Nicely done. AS mentioned in other reviews, the dramatic pauses seemed to last a bit too lng but if you had put in some overly dramatic music bites at those times it might have balanced out (A sergio Leone trait - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Hang Em High, etc.)
Well written and well voiced. Well done set dressings. My biggest comlaint would be the end credits. Too many 'Played By' things. Looked more like the reading of the cast from a stage play. Probably would have looked better with 'BenTuttle90 as .....' or 'EmeraldEdge as .......'. Just a thought.»
«A very good story and great directing!
Loved the whole ambient.
Only thing for me: when the people were staring at each other, saying nothing: too many of them, too long. But I do get the idea/point/picture here.... ^^
Other than that, again, damn well put together!
And great music!
«I very entertaining western. the direction was excellent. Music choices are great and the voice work is very effective.
I would have liked it a bit more if everything looked just a little bit dirtier and dustier.
And i do have to agree with Makrim in some form.. the staredowns didnt really add tension they kinda looked like lazy editing.»
I did enjoy it, the VA's was really well done and the story was very planned out. Good work, but like i said previously, the stare down thing didnt really work for me. Its not your fault really, just that the movies dont have an awesome facial expression thing.
rated it 5 stars tho »
«Lol, is that the only thing you felt was noteworthy about the film? Good question, though. This film is inspired by Sergio Leone, a director who often utilized staredowns to emphasize the machismo of his characters.
I tried to emulate that here, though it may not have worked perfectly due to the Movies' limited facial expressions. Would you care to expand on your thoughts about the film?»
«Quite a interesting revisionist western about family and the Old West. Beaty's soundtrack is a great homage to Morricone's work and the voiceover performances were really good. One issue I have with the film is the constant breaking of the 180 rule at the wrong times. It made me very disorientated and it brought me out of the story for a couple of seconds. Otherwise the story was interesting and the hard work seemed to pay off. »
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