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Old March 9 2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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“C” – Space-Based Scifi Short Using No CGI Or Green Screen

The people at Seaquark Films, a science fiction and narrative film initiative by Derek Van Gorder and Otto Stockmeier,
built highly detailed miniature models.

Their recently completed film C, or it’s longer name of 299,792 Kilometers Per Second (the speed of light) is a remarkable demonstration of what can be done without the use of CGI or green screen. The film was made entirely without the aid of those two stalwart tools so commonly used in almost every production today and was filmed entirely with in-camera effects, miniatures, stop-motion, and a few other old school tricks.
13 minute short film Vimeo link here.
While the end result definitely has that retro look to it, it’s very impressive and evokes a sense of nostalgia for a lost era of filmmaking. The story is intriguing and the end, like any good story, leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. You can watch the entire short here.
http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2013/0...-green-screen/

and
http://www.awesome-robo.com/2013/01/...and-scifi.html

there was a lot of work on the sound design which is great.
I felt the acting was the weakest point.
i liked the fake 16mm science documentary feel for that stuff although they should have added film grain at the start and also dirt to it like they added fake film grain half way through.
this will be a good calling card for the director to maybe get a feature film.

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from their Twitter feed:
Anyone in Austin, Texas this Sunday? Dailymotion will be playing C on the big screen as part of their Cinema Selects screening. Bloc 4, starting 10:00 AM March 11th at the Hideout Lounge and Theatre.

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Old March 9 2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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Enjoyable little short; to me, the 80s bits are actually more entertaining than the sci-fi aspect. They got the costuming/hair of the Sagan-esque 80s presenter down perfectly, and his slightly stilted/academic presenting style was also just right for the era. The electronic music was for it spot on too.

The sci-fi story was fine, though I'd have preferred it if Kai (or maybe the captain) had pointed out that an armed mutiny pitting crew vs crew was hardly conducive to creating a united/peaceful new colony and that you can't really escape the fundamental conflicts inherent in how mankind conducts itself. But the effects - which I suppose is the point of the entire film exercise - were very nicely done and at no point did I feel they were a compromise. Very well executed.

Thanks for the link!
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Old March 10 2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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Kudos to the filmmakers for getting this done. Well made.

On the downside, the script is rather meh. It's rather plot-thin and the motivations are a little vague. Too much emphasis on the action and not enough on the story.
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Old March 10 2013, 04:01 AM   #4
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Is there a way to download this, so I don't have to stream to watch it?
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Old March 10 2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Re: “C” – Space-Based Scifi Short Using No CGI Or Green Screen

Same question here. Vimeo never works for me.
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Old March 10 2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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Same question here. My ship block streaming while we're underway.
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I thoroughly enjoyed that! The film looked fantastic, I really liked the faux-Cosmos segments, right down to the commentary on technology. I found the story and acting to be competently done as well.
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Old March 10 2013, 03:57 PM   #8
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Very nice!
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Old March 10 2013, 10:42 PM   #9
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CorporalCaptain wrote: View Post
Is there a way to download this, so I don't have to stream to watch it?
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Same question here. Vimeo never works for me.
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Same question here. My ship block streaming while we're underway.
http://offliberty.com

Enter the vimeo URL on that site. It might take a minute or so to fully analyse the site; just wait until the download links appear.

Mandatory disclaimer: don't use the site's file downloading abilities to do any illegal shit. As this is a free video for promotional purposes, I would think the film makers are probably happy to get as many eyeballs as possible for it. Technically, though, you should probably ask for permission before downloading it for offiline viewing. I'm not responsible for anything you do with the link.
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