«This was very good, definitely deserving of all the praise its received. Wish there was just a little bit more of it though, I really wanted to know if the Earth really will still be there or not when she wakes up and if she gets to be with her family and have the normal life she wanted. But I masterful work nonetheless!»
«Just had to go back and watch this again after the Ollies. Bloody brilliant! Acting performances were outstanding. A_N_D IS a computer! Sound design, sets, camera work - all perfect. And of course, what a story...
The music... particularly the end credits. I just simply loved it.
Bravo, well done and very much Well Deserved WIN!»
«why or how did i ever miss this.
this has got to be my film of the year, the different use of each machinima engine was truly perfect
The story was very emotional, your voices are each worthy of a million dollar movie.
modding wise, every set was truly magnificent, the special effects was amazing.
As an artist i admire your work greatly.
if i could i would give you the world, but i cant so heres 5 stars.»
«Amazing film. A well written and well directed story about one person's inner struggle.
The special effects were extremely good. The voices well done. The imagination used to create this piece of art is beyond belief.
After watching this film, the viewer can symapthize with Grace and what she is feeling. Bravo.»
«This is truly a gorgeous film to behold, on many levels. It's a bonus that it's filmed with MovieStorm--it gave this a fresh new look--I believe it's one of the few true movies made with that software which I have seen. The performances were stellar (pun intended). I also loved the music (composed by the director no less!). You just know that I'm going to be bugging Sish with "how'd you do that" questions once I've finished gawping at her latest achievement. Oh, and definitely a huge congrats for landing another Profrock Award!»
In this excellent science fiction film, we are introduced to a lone human character, Grace.
We learn that she has been sent out into deep space in order to find a new home for the human race. Her only companion is the ship's computer A.I.C.O.
We learn through the questions that A.I.C.O. asks and Grace answers, more about her history and, indeed, her nightmares. But beyond that I'm saying nothing. Just watch it!
The acting is superb - particularly for the lead who carries most of the film, but also the ship's computer. My only gripe is that I don't believe an artificially intelligent computer would talk in such a stilted manner in the future - even Stanley Kubrick knew this right back in 1968. HAL always talks perfectly (unerringly perfectly). This ship's computer is very much a several-times-refined version of Microsoft Sam in the way he talks. But he's played flawlessly.
The music is superb in this film - always appropriate and relevant to each scene it's used in. It sets up the atmosphere and emotions beautifully.
Overall - this is a brilliant film. One of the best machinima films I've ever watched.»
«Sorry it took me so long to get to this. I was absolutely amazed at how seamlessly you blended various animation footage to create the full effect of this wonderfully written and acted film. I cannot find a single flaw to criticise (though knowing your zealousness for perfection you probably saw dozens of litle things you'd like to fix). Congratulations for what is liable to be the best film on TMU for some time to come!»
«Oh... gosh... what can I say that wasn't said before? What an incredible movie, with the perfect marriage of amazing visuals and music. The story and script is wonderful, and it really sucks the viewer in. I would have loved to see a feature-length version of this, Sisch! There is no higher recommendation that I could give.»
«I can see why people are calling this the best MovieStorm movie they've seen. It's phenomenal, Sisch. You've mastered MS very quickly and the visuals, sound and VOs are as exceptional as ever. But it's the storytelling and pace that really worked for me here. I found this very moving and the atmosphere reminded me very much of some of the pre Star Wars science fiction movies of the late 60s / early 70s, such as Solaris, Silent Running and 2001: A Space Odyssey.»
«I've watched this film four times now, the last a few minutes ago, getting more from it each time, and trying to figure out how to say something worthy of this amazing film...
Let me first get out of the way my heartfelt belief that this is the best piece of machinima I've seen. Period.
Why is it so good?
The writing....it's a simple enough story, and could have become cliche very easily. It doesn't. Grace's changing moods expertly play out the inner turmoil, never going into melodrama or histrionics, capturing a woman torn. The interplay between her and AICO gives him a sort of humanity without attempting to humanize him, and in doing so, make him more real and almost-human. The scenes with Dylan, in transmission and in flashback/dream are loving without being maudlin.
The acting....So you've got a great script...but without careful and knowing performances, it's not going to have the impact the writing deserves. The acting in this film was flawless - AND's AICO was superb, in a difficult role to perform....how do you play an artificial intelligence without sounds like every one we've seen over the years? AND nails it with a performance that was both human and non-human in equal measure. Goof was very good as Dylan, with equal measures of love, understanding, support. And then there's Sisch....capturing the pain and doubt of the character, snippy one moment, calm the next. She never overplays it, and it's a testament to her skill that in the end, we really have come to know Grace, understand her, and understand what her decisions will cost her.
Sound.....A sparse, beautifully-realized score that never intrudes, yet always enhances the emotional resonance of the film...it doesn't tell us how to feel, it amplifies the emotions being played out on screen. And the sound design? Sisch has proven time and again that she understands sound design, and this film uses sound like Picasso used a paint brush.
The film itself.....Gorgeous. Let me say that again. Gorgeous. Short Fuse should buy half an hour of airtime worldwide and run this as a commercial for what Moviestorm can really do in the hands of a skilled director. Camerawork, movements, special effects - it's a true feast for the eyes. If anyone wants to see what you can accomplish when you know what you're doing, watch this film.
Saving Grace just blew me away - I'm sorry it's taken so long to put into words (and I don't count slobbering all over Sisch when she was on the air last Sunday - I do that anyway...) - but this film is one that needed to settle in, and be watched a couple of times before I could put what I was feeling into words.»
«This is an absolutely amazing film. I am totally stunned by how good it is. That isn't to say I wasn't expecting it to be good, just that it exceeds any expectations I might have had a thousand times over. I cannot think of any superlative that adequately describes how good this film is.
What an excellent voice cast. Each one in turn bringing an exceptional script to life. These people can act, that's for sure. Brilliant.
The whole thing was totally absorbing from start to finish. Everything in it's place, nothing out of place.
This is a definite contender for movie of the year and it deserves all the accolades it gets.»
Flawlessly slick presentation...done in a subtle and thoroughly involving manner.
I love her inner-battle with her situation,and in his(it's) own way,the AI's struggling with the situation...you could have taken this in so many directions which would have ruined and cheapened the main theme...but I am SO pleased you didn't do that:-) (that's probably something I would do haha)
Everything hit the mark:The visuals and special effects were impeccable and your presentation style,along with your wonderfully-done self-made music,not to mention the spot-on perfect VO performances(excellent) made this more than the sum of it's parts...I love this flick!:-D
I can think of hundereds of positive things to say,but instead I will say one negative thing:
I'm sorry this was over so fast and that it was only 21 minutes long!haha:-)
(I want a sequel):-P
«Driving Miss Daisy in the hyper~technophobic future. A.N.D. definitely gave an exceptional, [yet uncomfortablly monotone], performance, that fit in perfectly with the stark, visual easthetic. The render quality really showed off the beautiful imagery overlayed and the dream sequences, [mixed with various household solvents], really had me tripping balls!»
«What I loved (in order of what I liked most): The ending (came without notice but fit perfectly..no more was needed), the dichotemy of the dream sequences to reality (again perfect moving from soft focus TM scenes and "overlays" to the crisp bedside MS shots...very cool), the music (wonderful), the sound (of course), the visuals (the mix and layering of sources was head scratchingly cool) and the vos (you can tell some time went into ANDs material..he shines brightly here), story (solid as a rock) and dialogue (effective and natural).
Nit picking: The seated discussion animations between husband and wife were similar - animation wise - and some of the moving walk/run animations were a bit stilted (limitations and such). Writing wise - I didnt get the AI possible decision to abort the mission. Didnt flow for me. A few chops in the editing (to be expected) tying things together.
Better than I will ever achieve no doubt. A fine viewing experience, sophisticated and such. Huzzah!
«It's probably fool hardy of me to leave a review after one viewing as there are so many levels to evaluate this film on, but here goes. First off the story, acting and music were all top notch. The revelations were revealed in matter of fact ways via the dialogue without any extraneous explanations. All three actors shined in their respective parts. I know what GP and AND sound like yet I wasn't sure which one was playing which part. They were both great. Sisch's part carried the burden of the emotional load and she once again proved herself as one of TMU's greatest actors, male or female.
The visuals were off the charts. I sat in wonder trying to figure out how all the various software programs were blended together so effectively. The care that was put into the sound design further enhanced what is sure to be a classic film.
«I'm terrible at reviews but I'll try my best:
This is a visually stunning piece of work, from set to character design, sfx and the seamless integration of X3 and The Movies into this moviestorm movie.
From a plot stand point I love how you play on the characters emotions and how her journey is going to affect her. I also enjoyed the interactions between A.I.C.O and Grace.
Brilliantly voiced also, congrats go to yourself, AnotherNewDawn and Goofparade.
I liked the choice that A.I.C.O gives her at the end, does she go with her heart or her duty(?), but I'm glad she made the choice she did.
After watching this, it has really made me consider to attempt Moviestorm again. It just shows what can be done with the software.
There I think I did my best
«Here's my thoughts:
This was very well written. There isn't a lot of sci-fi that has good dialog and it made me very impressed with the film because you are such a talented storyteller. It was written/ acted well by all the vo's involved. Just watching the film - it was visually stunning. I loved the attention to detail from every scene right down to the sound effects. I'm always wowed on how you manage to outdo yourself..with each film..I don't think could get any better than the last. You really raise the bar high and should be very proud of yourself. »
«My God, it's full of stars...
Simply the most brilliant film to come from our collective of filmmakers...I cant tell you how in love with this film I am with any amount of words, as your left me speechless.
The solid performances and FX aside, this is a deeply thoughtful film with some very profound insights and ideas behind it.
This was flawless. From the tiny little sound design elements like the sound of her in the chair, to the very cold nature of space and space travel..you have really captured something amazing in your storytelling.
Today, you have shown everyone how its done.
This is clearly the best, for me, of the bunch.
I LOVE this film and its meanings, the dialog, the VO's, the FX the subtle delivery of sets and just freaking WOW Sisch.
Philosophy at its sci-finest, and I just really wanna give you a standing ovation.
«Without a doubt the most incredible machinima film I have seen to date!
I didn't realise that it was filmed mostly in Moviestorm, I thought it was probably iClone, with some S&E. I am very impressed indeed.
The techinical and artistic level of this film was stunning to say the least. But on top of that the story was very deep and absorbing. The voice acting was exceptional. I really enjoyed AND's performance, he came across as so artificial! You don't often here those words as a compliment! :p
«It was just wonderfully taut of everything a human could ever feel away from other people. This was a film that I was shocked beyond belief that one could direct a film so gracefully with Moviestorm- I must say, it is a first to see it's limits extended for such a grand story such as this. I'm not exactly feeling so good as I write this interview (much like Grace), but, I thought I'd show my appreciation for making this film for all of us to see. But, um...I like the art style, the textures and the inclusion of X3 footage (which is an old game, which is a sleeper hit, but is by all means a beautiful Isometric Real-Time Strategy games). So, I guess that's it. Good luck to you in the future. You're such an amazing director, and I couldn't fathom what you could have did to topple Dark Obsession, but, I guess you're full of surprises. A 5...out of 5. Here's the 29th review for you.»
«Ok, returned from the in-laws determined to have my xmas present... and here it is
WOW... that pretty much sums up the effect of this, another Sisch masterpiece. Top drawer performance from AND as the slightly stalker-esque A.I.C.O.; nice pathos from our Lady herself and a delightfully underplayed piece by GP. Fantastic visuals and a well paced delivery make this a beautific examination of the "human condition" in space... it's just too damned short!!!
Can't praise this highly enough... except to say I hope you are going to "grace" us with a continuation of our erstwhile heroine's continuing journey (yes , bad pun I know, but I make no apology for it!). The hard work and pain you went through to get this completed was well worth it, I hope; stunning in delivery, visual glory and dialogue, topped off with great VOs makes this my Xmas number one!
«Oh my goodness that was incredible. I'm with Userjosh: that went by way too fast! I wanna see what happens next! Perhaps in a sequel she gets attacked by space pirates (always movie gold). You could call the movie...Grace Under Fire! Ah, but I kid...(maybe)
Great voice acting all around. I was really impresed with the small details with A_N_D's voice using the same line to adress Grace and the pauses for specific words and terms. Very cool touch. Camera was great - very professional. I also liked a lot of the subtle movements that your character did during the movie: A lot of those minute but crucial gestures can't be accomplished with TM and I was impressed to see you pull those (along with everything else in the movie) off with such apparant simplicity!
Now if you'll excuse me I have to pick my jaw up off the floor.»
«It's over already?! NO!!! That went by so fast!
You, Sisch, are amazing. This is quite possibly one of the best moviestorm movies I have ever seen. Ever.
The story was compelling, and the camera and special effects were very professional. But my favorite part of this film was the voice work. Sisch's emotional performance really makes the character easy to feel for. Goofparade as Dylen was also a wonderful choice. His upbeat mood contrasted nicely with the depressed and lonely Grace. And then we have A.I.CO. Wow. Amidst this emotional situation, the clean and cold robotic Anothernewdawn is almost haunting.
And these voice performances really emphasize the themes in this movie. Lonliness and separation especially. Grace's only companion is A.I.CO. and she is even separated from him. They can never truly understand eachother, and that leaves Grace to travel the vastness of space alone, with her heart in shambles.
There is so much depth to this film, and I probably missed most of it. But this is a very enjoyable movie, and you have impressed me, yet again. Bravo, Sisch!»
«I think A.I.C.O. had a bit of a "thing" for our Grace... Half expected him to pop up in her dreams, unannounced!
Very very slick production, Miss Sisch. Nice little touches throughout that would have been tricky to do. Gave the film a cool atmosphere. Your music was a lot of fun, too. Enjoyed all of it.
Now the acting was, as said already by many others, superb. Makes the film.
«Now This is how a Sci-Fi Drama is supposed to be like. Human and machine co-existing and all the subtle depth of human emotions in the middle. From the writing to the VOs, to the sound design to the visuals..nothing but perfection. It reminded me of some of the best Sci-fi literature i used to read when i was groing up, all the characters, emotions, wants and desires, logic and illogic..oh how perfectly flawed we are. Truely a masterpiece. You are one of my favorite filmmakers, Sisch, and I thank you for this beautiful film.»
«A flawless film worthy of a prime time television showing. Sisch, you pour your heart and soul into everything that you do and this was no exception. What an incredibly tight and polished example of machinima filmaking! It was a joy to see new actions, new animations, and the puppetry was a joy to watch.
A_N_D's performance as A.I.C.O. was nothing short of remarkable. Every inflection and tone was carefully executed with care and expertise. The way you repeated certain tones EXACTLY the same way, as a machine would do, blew my mind. A HAL-worthy performance!
Sisch you nailed your role as Grace, a subtle yet deep performance. Kudos to you both.
Working with people of this caliber, the very best of the best, inspires me to work harder and to improve... and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
«I HATE YOU!
I love you!
Grrrrr..... I HATE YOU!
No... I love you.
Hee hee........... This is the best iClone venture I have seen yet. The production values were extreme! The VOs were very natural and professionally performed. I am already a fan of A_N_D and GP...... and to have them in this film was an extra plus. Sisch... as far as I am concerned, THIS WAS YOUR VERY BEST PERFORMANCE to date! It was nice to "see" you in the film as well. The visuals were outstanding. A wonderful character-driven movie that I simply must have for my collection... and as you know.. I only download the very Best! Your wings have stretched and you have taken flight! I am sooooooooooooooooooo proud of you, Sisch. Always!
This film has been awarded the K4 NETWORK AWARD.
«Only a talented film-maker with exceptional vision could have executed something like this and I must say it was breathtaking!
Saving Grace is a masterpiece that showcases a fine balance between technical flawlessness and beautiful storytelling. From the Origins of Grace to her hopes and goals, you managed to engross the viewer in a rollercoaster of emotions.
Your presentation and production values on this project were of the highest quality with VO's and sound design being major areas to listen out for. The entire cast did an excellent job with outstanding performances by A_N_D and GP and yourself.
I loved the fusion of TM,MS and one of my favourite game franchise (X). But it is the way you implemented all the engines which gave me a sense of fluidity and cohesion.
I mentioned it in the review for The Intermediate and I'll gladly say it again...
Your Pioneering skills are highly admired and I for one am grateful to have such a talented individual in the community. Keep doing what you do Sisch because it quite simply is NUKETASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No amount of stars can justify just how good this film is!
I can't wait to show this to friends and family
«I Enjoyed every second of this Sci-Fi Drama...
This truly shows how further you can go Sisch with your movie-making and with this, you have completley blown all the other MS movies out of the water!
In this you could show much more emotion and actions with moviestorm than you ever could originally with The Movies...
So I really look foward to your other projects with the MS software.
The cast was brilliant, especially your character Sisch, you could feel Grace's emotion and how desperate she was to be with her family again. It must of been very stressful to be with a machine which is very intelligent but does not fully understand Grace's emotions to be with her family again...and the rest of the cast did a great job but you shined the most in this Sisch.
The modding was fantastic from Davidwww, you used them very well...
The music was very good, well made and fit the movie good, slow and lonely, fitting the film scenario very well.
I hope you will upload this to Norrie's Hi-Res site, because I shall be downloading it from there definatley and of course I shall be watching this further to see all the other parts of it I may have missed.
Another trophy to your collection!...simply unmissable and mesmorising!
***** - 5 Stars!
«Well, I've watched a few MS films, but this shows what's possible in the hands of a master.
I've watched this about six times now, and I'm still not tired of it. It's magnificent, simply magnificent.
Visually stunning with Sisch's renowned attention to detail shining through in every single frame.
And the sound? Oh my! I won't obsess here, just listen and you'll hear.
gp shows how good he is (again) and A_N_D gives, to me, an utterly remarkable performance. Just brilliant.
As for Sisch; I think I ran out of superlatives six years ago! She's a treasure, and we are lucky to have her. I love this film and I love Sisch.»
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