«Looks great! 5 stars
Give me please the link to mod 0:26-0:30»
«Looks great! 5 stars
Even though there were some flaws (ex. the voice quality in some scenes) this was a very good film. I loved the atmosphere and the filters. The fx were also top notch and well put. I also love how it pulled you in, the story was very good.
The only bad things here are the VOs in some places.
And I'm glad to see some one still using The Movies as a medium for their films! Keep up the good work man!
«This is a very cool story. The juggling of the crime, the relationship and the societal problems were excellent. Environment was well established with great sets and cool effects. I thought GP and AND's character were a bit similar in look and voice and perhaps should have looked a bit more different. The end didn't feel as strong as all the material that led up to it. I ended up thinking the heroin's death would have been more satisfactory for me. In the end I am left impressed by your ability to write an excellent script.»
«beautifully executed, cautionary tale - its one of those films that draws you in to the story, where its sci fi aspects are pushed back in the background and human state is foremost in the story - interestingly, the elements of the story are so within reach of our current reality (if not already here)
«Thanks for the continued reviews/comments on my latest work. The message is explained in the movie description, but the characters' story is a murder investigation where it's discovered that multiple killers all share the same genes--making them siblings. It's this oddity which causes our main protagonists (Agent Dulci and Det. Goofparade) to investigate further, eventually leading to Scion, the human reproduction fertility clinic. So i's not a crime to be a relative of a killer, but the bizarre number of killer sibling causes the FBI to investigate all those who carry the same genetic sequence. Hope that was stated clearly. As to the voice quality, that was an experiment; that particular dialogue sequence was SO long, that I changed the quality of the voices right at the time the characters mention something important (that the killers are all siblings) so as to alert the viewer to pay greater attention. Guess it wasn't a complete success, but I had to give it a try (just like the widescreen/full screen switches in "the Shadow Over Innsmouth" was another experiment of mine).»
«I've watched this twice now - I'm still not sure of the story.
What I do know is that it involves gentics, and a crime of being a genetic parent of someone who commits another crime.
I also know that it's set in a future USA in which the exception has become the rule.
So, today, you have the right to remain silent unless you are deemed a possible terrorist, in which case you're off to Guantanamo (or the "George W Bush Centre" as in this movie). In this film, my character (Doctor Keyes) opposes the FBI agents who see his comments as unpatriotic - hence why he gets beaten up and incarcerated as a dissident for doing nothing more than protecting his patients' privacy and attempting to uphold the Constitution.
The acting was excellent from Marc Cholette (who voiced 4 roles) and Dulci. Also Sonya in her interrogation scene - a terrific performance!
One scene stuck out like a sore thumb - the Chinese restaurant.
We get a brilliant 3D TV FX shot (I simply loved it) - followed by some awful sound quality in the ensuing lengthy exposition dialogue. I just can't believe that was left in - .. especially in a film of this quality.
But overall, it's another thoughtful piece that needs rewatching.»
«I've already commented on Scion, but thought that I should add that with your explanation, I enjoyed it much more on second viewing.
I usually don't comment on story too much for fear that I completely miss the point...something I often do with people's movies here...and whilst some may argue that it can spoil the movie, for me, it really enhances the experience and I feel I can watch the movie again and be enriched further by what it has to offer.
I did really enjoy Scion first time around, but on second viewing, and armed with an explanation, I absolutely loved it.
«Who doesn't enjoy a JosephKW film?
This was a long one, and a serious one: a film that deserves serious attention. I had to pause, rewind, and finally take notes during my watching of this movie becauise it started to create some enormously conflicting reactions in me.
My first, most immediate and clubbing reaction was - WHY does a machinamator of JosephKW's calibre PERSIST with TM as an animation engine???
The animations provided in this engine are limiting, amatuerish, and beneath the talent and ability of a film-maker such as JosephKW. I cannot figure out why this machinimator used such a primitive form for this movie/series starter. It struck me as an ENORMOUS amount of work that in this day and age is clouded by "what could have been".
That aside, do not misunderstand me, this is an accomplished work. There is obvious mastery of props, settings, and technique in this movie - as is to be expected from Joseph. I'm not going to turn around and say that I Won't watch Joseph's TM movies, but I wish I could have seen this in MS or iClone - or something else.
I made copious notes while I watched this movie, and I'd like to touch on the salient points of those:-
* Good, crisp audio - could use more atmos at times when it felt like a vaccuum. But - some uneven balance between audio takes.
* Good character exposition!
* Loved!!! - the holographic technology!
* (as always) Brilliant technological and technique handling. Joseph is a natural film-maker.
* The movie has a distinct anime style to its setups and expositionary moments.
* Love the Blade-Runner-esque feel to the near future that is set up.
* Brilliant and beautiful settings and use of props.
* The story goes OFF the rails with constitutional gobbledegook - Script needed editing!! Some sections not relevant or essential to the story!
* Be careful of background atmos that interferes with, or pervades, the current action -- Especially when the scene is expositionary: contributes to the stack of unnecessary footage that could be easily culled, but isn't.
This is a good movie, well worth investing in. I don't know if I can say we expect more from JosephKW because he always exhibits an artful and astute hand in film-making. But, because he does, we do. This is a series that could go far. And I hope it does.»
«Just got some time to see this and this was sure filled with passion!
The special effects and modding was on point when it comes to a KW production.
The voice acting was excellent excellent! And th e futuristic (semi-cyberpunk?) feel and story was well written.
Overall good good good job Joseph!!»
«Once again you have shown your mastery of The Movies. Your great use of camerawork, special effects and editing proves you deserve special recognition for your abilities.
A good story. I thought I had it figured out at the 10:30 mark but you threw a twist in there that I never saw coming.
The holographic images for the tv and phone were truly a great sci-fi touch. I love the way you were able to put your digs into certain political figures without making it look like an attack. Very smooth.»
«This was brilliant, Joseph! I opted to watch this on my (big) TV, and glad I did! It looked wonderful. I loved the little sci-fi touches throughout (the TV at the bar and the phones were great!)
The Voice acting was excellent, though one scene the voices went a bit wonky (maybe a glitch at my end?)
And the story was superb. You left me wanting more, more, MORE! Seriously. MORRRRE!!
Great job. One of your best (maybe even #1) It's a winner in my book.»
Director: Joseph Kwong
Made with: The Movies game
Joseph Kwong came out with his latest movie called, "Scion." I do not remember the last time Joseph has made a scifi type movie, if he ever did, but he exemplifie that he can do almost any genre. It seems as if we can tell him to do a genre, and he can whipe up a movie that was even better than his last. I will admit, I do not think Scion is not my favorite of his, as I will always stay true to May Flowers, but this movie is stil pretty damn good. Within the first five or so minutes, the viewers will get sucked in with the exhilerating visual effects that Joseph taps on for us. Scion is set in the later years, and I absolutely love his style and the way he tacked on this sci fi thriller. Then comes the writing. Joseph is never a surprise when it comes down to the writing of his movies. They are always really good, very realistic, storytelling that always makes me wanting more. I can not finish this review without mentioning the talent voice actors and actresses in the cast. He has some voice actors that were in his earlier movies like May Flowers, of whom are Dulci and AND. They never disappoint. They have wide ranges of talent. They are some of the most believable voice actors on TMU. It never sounds like they are reading off of a script. No, far from it. It always sounds like they are having a real conversation. It is as if someone videotaped them talking, and I was watching the video recordings of their conversation. They are that realistic to me. Joseph has made quite another entertaining, mind blowing movie for Harb40's passion competition. I am still waiting fot a movie by Joseph Kwong that will disappoint me, but that never seems like it will happen. A»
«Thanks for the great reviews and comments! I did try to make this as short as possible without compromising the pacing or quality. In fact, that is why I limited the future tech stuff (since it really didn't add to the story), and focused on the characters. The personal bickering reveals the background story of Detective Rade and Agent Shields and how Tyler was conceived--which is central to the entire plot. »
«Great job Joseph!
I really like the voice acting, and special effects.
I would like to see more of the future gadgets or big brother technology, and less of the personal bickering between characters. Whenever there is dialoge always think to yourself - is this moving the story forward? Is it necessary? It becomes more important the shorter a story is. I really like it. Lets see more!»
«Interesting dystopian film which carries a heavy political tone throughout. The use of special effects is quite impressive such as the shadows and the green screen. Interesting use of cinematography as well to fit and to create an effect. I noticed several glitches seen in one or two frames concerning the green screen; where there were no TM avatars accompanying the background.
The sound design was quite intriguing and seemed to fit very well, especially the restaurant scene where the voices seemed trapped inside. The voice cast was impressive and well selected. »
«Wonderful set designs (loved all that color in the restaurant -- great contrast to mostly dark settings). Awesome techniques with camera angles and special effects. You make a "The Movies" production look state-of-the-art. I loved the hologram public service announcement and the phone. Script was well thought out and intelligent and it's refreshing not having a video laced with profanity. Voice actors did a great job and were well directed. Only complaint is two of the male characters Jingoli and Rade looked very similar and at one point I got confused as to who was who (probably my bad). Well done.»
«Making a video that is entertaining and makes you think is a challenge and you, my friend are the master of that. This may be my favorite movie of yours simply because of the message and how you portrayed a science fiction scenario born out of a believable and logical transition of today's political landscape. I thought I knew where it was going early but you were working at a level far above my head. I recognized the Ben Franklin quote immediately as it is one of my favorites and it was fittingly appropriate. Where you ended with the "cause and cure" resolution was simply genius.
The special effects were really cool as well. Your cast VA performances were all superb as would be expected considering the stellar cast you assembled, save maybe one bit performer :-)»
«I agree with the comments about the lighting. The custom modding was great, and I really enjoyed the camera work. You had some very cool shots (in particular a slight shaking effect when looking at a character holding a weapon). Thanks for letting me be part of this Joseph - always a true pleasure!!!»
«Just as I was experimenting with the visuals, I also experimented with the sound. I made people speaking offscreen as if they were speaking from the appropriate direction off frame. Also, for long dialogue sequences I feared people would tune out and not pay attention, so I sharpened the quality of the speech at critical moments to make sure the audience would pay attention to those critical lines. »
«First off, I've got to comment on some absolutely stunning imagery and special effects here...I know I've said it often, but with each and every Jkw release, the attention to detail is second to none, and this is no exception.
The Bladerunner-esque lighting here steals the show for me...outstanding.
Sublime story too, beautifully VAd by a fantastic cast...always a pleasure to hear A_N_D and Dulci in new productions.
Another experimental step forward for Joseph...and yet another success achieved by taking that step.
Well done sir...well done indeed.»
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