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  • @Stargazer54, thanks for watching! Part of the way we aimed to 'seam' that continuity -- and what happened in real life throughout the course of filming -- was that the cuts and bruises remain, but the more pronounced dried streams of blood fade a b…
  • Thanks for the nice write-up, Simon! We certainly do the best we can at these contests, given the chance, and it's an honor to be featured as a point of 'success', so to speak.
  • Around Austin there are lots of things to do, and lots of 'famous' places to go. For barbecue, I could suggest the now-famous Franklin BBQ, which is world-renowned but can have long lines. Or, the best in the city, Rudy's BBQ, which doubles as a co…
  • I think the ability to edit after-the-fact is a good and a necessary one, especially for Making-Of threads. How else are you gonna add stuff? It's why I think in some threads there should be a top-level 'comment' (the initial post) and bottom-level …
  • Just happened upon this thread after having not realized it was posted here a few weeks ago. Thanks so much, guys, for the compliments and comments, we're really glad you enjoyed the film. We're hoping to submit this film to a handful of festivals,…
  • Sure thing, @rikkiloades. A few other quick notes -- is there an ideal square pixel-x-pixel resolution for new profile images? My test upload shows normal on posts, but skewed wide in my profile page (compared to my old profile image, which seems t…
  •  I just wanted to comment again and say that I'm really impressed that you guys have already updated things to make the UX thinner on the margins and a little more compact. I took another screenshot, and comparing it against the one I put up just a…
  • I like the changing of the font and the minimalism designed to push the important content to the foreground. These are very strong design changes that I think will only get better as things go by. Some certain points that I feel would improve the o…
  •  Is this the 'zoom level' for standard resolution for these new forums? Because although I like the big text, as a frequent reader (less frequent writer here) of the forums, it's much much harder to see really anything with all this whitespace. Very…
  • A note on the Rokinon glass: They rate it at a 'T-stop' to compensate for glass differences (so transmission of light is the gold standard) but the glass just isn't as sharp or quality as Canon glass. The gears are nice, which are a reason I might b…
  • StormyKnight, that clip is from a 1987 special with Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Whoopi Goldberg. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381943/
  • Because the successes of the films are measured by their expected return. The expected return dictates the marketing budget -- which is frequently unreported and even more commonly very costly -- and the ability for a co-producing studio to procure …
  • Lots of good conversation here, and plenty to add to it when I get the chance. I've rented a dozen or so different lenses that I like over the past few years, and I own my go-to Canon L, the 50mm f/1.2 which is insanely fast and bright. More on all …
  • Thanks for the kind words, Tim, always appreciated. I take it you're TimL from the previous forums? And Matthias, while Andrew and I have always wanted to 'do our own thing', at the highest level that can be limiting because of a lack of resources. …
  • The tutorial is pretty simple now: Be born male. Wait 9 years from age 15 until you reach age 24. Use beard trimmer to cut stubble to right length. Shoot short film.
  • Well, I hate to be the person to just 'bump' topics for no good reason, but I can't help it here -- check out the teaser above! I would say it's probably (one of) the coolest things we've ever released, in about 12 years of being active in FXHome-do…
  • I'm sad to see profiles go, as that was my main way of 'lurking' on the posts of users. That being said, I see why they had to go. What I would really like to see is the key thing that kept me posting on the FXHome forums for over 10 years -- the c…
  • Hey guys, Happy to see people are excited about this project! We're certainly excited to present it to you guys once it's completed. To speak about our other endeavors, which either are incomplete or yet-to-be-seen: As you all know, it's tough to ge…
  • Reddit's /r/Filmmakers has a pretty comprehensive list of cameras based on price range: http://www.reddit.com/r/Filmmakers/wiki/cameraguide Give this a look, it should be helpful.
  • KirstieT, thanks for watching and commenting. I think the father, on his deathbed, realizes that although his sons staying responsible and accountable for their actions is something he lays out early on as important, at the end of the day it is his …
  • Thanks guys, for watching and for the kind words. They're very much appreciated. Any other takers on this?
  • We've been really backed up on moving out of Austin (at least for the time being) and finishing some work we had out of Los Angeles, so the editing and finishing-up of our outstanding 'passion' projects has been slow; making it easier for us to just…
  • I, for one, thought the majority of the effects in the Avengers looked terrible. Even looking at the thumbnail for the YouTube player with the Hulk in frame, he looks easily CG'ed. I like the idea of this list because it doesn't use stand-out visual…
  • I've not been a fan of really any of Harmony Korine's work, but I'd rank 'Spring Breakers' amongst the most creative films I've ever seen, and it's solidly a top 5 film of the year for me. Although it did get repetitive, and there were glints of bad…
  • Cross-posting from a review I wrote on our Facebook fan page: World War Z. While far from a perfect film, the screen adaptation of the eponymous book is a smart, tightly-wound thriller that is a surprisingly entertaining take on a seemingly tired ge…
  • Matthias, Somehow I only just caught this on the forums. I haven't had a chance to watch yet -- terrible internet where I am -- but I will give it a watch within the next few days and get back to you with commentary. Excited to see your first short.