"When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself."
Some pretty shots, solid performances. Sound mixing. The music was way too loud relative to the rest of the sounds, namely the dialogue. Was the first half of this film shot with a 2-man crew? As in, just the actors. Asking because any time both actors were in frame, the shot was static. Camera movements seemed to be reserved for scene coverage. Anyway, point being, if it... read
A review of The Gauntlet
Areas that could be improved: Framing. Often too much head room, or eyelines not matching. Editing. Particularly where cuts are made. There's a noticeable lack of fluidity. Especially when the "bad guy" is there poised to strike in one frame then vanished in the next. Speaking of fluidity...camera movements. Awkward zooms, shaky panning and tilting. As for the film itself,... read
A review of Young Man's Great Adventure
This will be brief. Hated the song, but I don't like any song with talking (it's a song after all, not an audiobook), and I realize that's personal preference, but there you have it. As a music video, it's okay. Somehow I doubt you own the rights or have permission to use 80% of the footage in the video. The shot inside the bus (at least I think it's a bus, hard to tell... read
A review of THE MAFIA TYPE
by ciaohandy on 09/15/2013
The Mafia Type is an interesting and engaging short film about perception and misunderstanding. It shows how we can use widely recognized stereotypes to our advantage for good, or possibly for bad. I was disappointed with the actual visual quality of the film on here (not the production values), but overall, a great short with a twist. Bada-bing!
A review of Maximum Reality
by ciaohandy on 09/14/2013
I really liked the premise of this short, and was hooked into the story from the beginning as the characters and the story were interesting. I liked the way it was (hopefully intentionally)shot like a B-movie. The acting was a bit suspect, but if it was the director's intention to make the film look like a low budget 90's flick, I guess that was the reason why. I enjoyed this... read
by ciaohandy on 09/14/2013
This was an interesting short that had me reeled in after the first couple of minutes. I loved the relationship between the two friends, and (without trying to give too much away)how the dynamics changed as the film went on. While I was pleasantly pleased by the story and loved the locations, I was a bit disappointed by the sound. However, all in all, a decent short.
A review of Okay
OKAY BY justingray Premise: Alternate universe post collision - NICE. But- itís not delivered in the film. In my bag of wishes: A few of the scenes at the end would flash before the characters introduction. I had no sense of transition from collision to another realm. Most of the scenes could remain at the end but several at the beginning would make the story flow... read
A review of A Chorus Girl
MADMAN PRODUCTIONS Music: choppy, annoying Introductory Scene scan: not artistic, a bunch of stuff Performance: Appropriate to plays not film. The Irate woman grates on me, tone of voice, projection too loud, unnatural. Beautiful chorus girl seems to play to the camera. Pauses are unnatural. One third through view I was weary of the film. Characters: need to watch... read
A review of DEATHDAY
Deathday by richard kinner 309 Story Premise: Every year we pass our deathday without celebration. Others canít find us when that time comes as we go back in time to be part of others in the future? Iím missing something. Really excited by the concept of deathday. Iím disappointed in the delivery. Suspended belief is so necessary here- and I just couldnít get there. Art:... read
Introduction: Rapidly gets the viewer into the ďrideĒ of the story. Story: Mystery introduced in minutes- well done. Sound: Music, special effects work. I have some trouble with the accents but Iím able to track the story and mood. Photography: Professional. Iíve viewed other Tombola films and photography continues to be exceptional, lighting, shadows that speak. Characters:... read
A review of Guernica
Music story: I wanted to listen longer. A grainy style not unlike Dylan that readily evoked feelings. There were a couple of words that I didn't understand despite viewing three times. Maybe in slowing the track, you could pick up the ones that I'm missing and correct? There were 3 words I didn't get. But no real big deal. I could listen to this guy for hours. I hope to see,... read
A review of Osiris Torn
Osiris Torn Elmer Lang Story: Exceptional, unique. Animation: Just OK. The reoccurring narrator repeatedly takes me out of the story with his appearance. IMHO consistency is essential in a short video. Going from Ďrealityí to animation is disconcerting. Characters: Thumb nail sketches are more than adequate to develop viewerís emotional investment. Structure: Is a main... read
A review of The First Secret
by Frankvespe on 09/14/2013
This film was nicely shot, the lighting was very good, the audio perfect, the use of English and Italian or Spanish a real cool touch; however, the first blunder of any film has got to be the story, and this storyline, just didn't make any sense. I was looking and hoping for a Rod Serling, Twilight Zone kind of ending, but it fell flat...too bad.
A review of Your money and your life
by ejjambaro on 09/14/2013
She's about to jump and end it all but ends up hassling the man for taking her things. She didn't even get them back. What about her cell phone? That's important. Think of all the bill payments missed because of it. I'm just kidding. It's a nice clever premise. The hero of the story is actually the villain but it works on so many levels. Acting was good too.
A review of The Carved Pumpkin
by ejjambaro on 09/14/2013
Good work. Sound was excellent. The visuals were nice. It reminded me of the Dexter opening. I wouldn't call it scary though, maybe if an added scream for effect was used but other than that. Good work. I don't eat pumpkin seeds though. Does anyone eat those? Are they good with anything? Cinnamon maybe?