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 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Really fun stuff, Lukas. I love the camera angles and camera movement. A fave shot is the short clip of what looks to be a father and son in the woods - the landscape tilt is gorgeous! And, I'd be a dolt on here if I didn't mention the score - sounds like fun. (Extra points for the Trek II opening. Gave me a big smile.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Nils   (Member)

Congratulations, Lukas - this was excellent! The mystery of the story, acting, the mood and cinematography, production values, effects - and dare I say direction - everything a joy to watch and with an absolutely professional feel.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Far better than any of the movies I've worked on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Thank you for your watching and your very nice words! So glad that people are enjoying the movie after trusting me with your money. Thank you!

Lukas

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Hi Lukas, great movie! It looks and sounds wonderful, but even more than that, I like what you came up with story-wise. It's nice to see some more recent SF ideas clad into a classic SF setting with spaceships, space battles etc. Also, I liked how things serve a purpose in your film. We don't see the dogfight from outside, and at first I thought this might have been for budgetary reasons - only to learn that it was essential for the story to be shot that way. Also, it gave the one big outside shot far greater impact - akin to First Man's approach. It made very much sense and the radiation warning sign on the window hatch was a nice, much appreciated detail. Again, a detail cleverly serving a purpose. It will be great to see this sequence in the full-length feature that is hopefully coming next. By the way, how did you come to choose these Germans for your VFX?

So, thanks for sharing this and for exploring this talented side of yours as well!

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Thank you Gunnar! By the way it was our very own Scott Saslow who did that radiation sign, and the other signage inside the spaceship, as well as the patches on the uniforms.

Tobias Richter at The Light Works has a great reputation and my friend Rob Burnett, the editor, recommended him. They worked together on the never-to-be-made Star Trek fan film, Axanar.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Thanks for the information! The place where I work hosts a big animation conference this week, perhaps I'll run into someone from Light Works by chance tomorrow.

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yay!
I decided to boot up the big home computer (in this day of tablets and mobile phones, it hardly gets switched on anymore) to see if the link would work and, presto, I've just finished my first viewing smile
I don't know what your budget was Lukas, but the fact it recalled things like Ronald D Moore's Battlestar Galactica* and Cloverfield Paradox was pretty impressive indeed (I'm sure your budget was much less than theirs) wink
I was hooked by the characters and mystery from the off.
I loved that the ship reminded me of Last Starfighter and the landing shuttle from ALIEN.
The only thing that left me cold was the score.
Yes, it recalled Blue Thunder at times, but it lacked, for me, any tinkles or warmth that might have pulled me in more emotionally. I'm sure with only 15 minutes to play with, it must have been a nightmare to spot. But I would have loved the big standoff scene and maybe the childhood flashbacks to have contained some Tears in Rain styled twinklings.
Just my tuppence worth.
Great show Lukas. Well done.

*also in tone and execution with the whole alien/hive scenario.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Yeah, Lukas, why didn't you license Tears In Rain!

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Hi Kev, thanks for your feedback. We were aware we were taking an approach with the music that might be somewhat polarizing. We wanted to use the score to misdirect the audience as to the true threat, and some people have really been excited by it, others not as much.

I thought that Bobby's flashback music was very beautiful and along the lines of what you describe. I asked him to please smoke eight million cigarettes like Vangelis, he's still coughing, I'm afraid.

I'm truly not all bothered by constructive criticism such as yours and I encourage everybody to feel free to chime in with their thoughts.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

That's cool Lukas.
My comments were all meant in the good.
I do plan to watch it some more and maybe I'll pick up on the flashback music a bit better.
Like I say, the production values and overall look and feel is great.

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 6:10 PM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

Hi Lukas, great movie! It looks and sounds wonderful, but even more than that, I like what you came up with story-wise. It's nice to see some more recent SF ideas clad into a classic SF setting with spaceships, space battles etc. Also, I liked how things serve a purpose in your film. We don't see the dogfight from outside, and at first I thought this might have been for budgetary reasons - only to learn that it was essential for the story to be shot that way. Also, it gave the one big outside shot far greater impact - akin to First Man's approach. It made very much sense and the radiation warning sign on the window hatch was a nice, much appreciated detail. Again, a detail cleverly serving a purpose. It will be great to see this sequence in the full-length feature that is hopefully coming next. By the way, how did you come to choose these Germans for your VFX?

So, thanks for sharing this and for exploring this talented side of yours as well!



Thanks for the kind words about the radiation sign! I'm a freelance graphic designer and, like Lukas, a big geek, so I emailed immediately offering my services. Lukas obliged and brought me on to do some shipboard graphics and one of the uniform patches. I visited the set and took some photos - on Facebook, long-time Star Trek designer (and personal hero of mine) Mike Okuda replied with "Very nice!"

The fine print is mainly placeholder text, except on the radiation sign which Lukas knew would be featured. The font is DIN Alternate Bold - I did NOT want to use any gimmicky futuristic fonts, nor did I want to use Futura or Eurostile, which are used in seemingly every sci-fi film!

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

I enjoyed this and was impressed by the effects! The flashbacks were great, and I particularly liked the landscape shots. Like someone else said, the end credit music got stuck in my head. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Just one suggestion: Instead of John yelling at the end, perhaps he can turn to the camera (breaking the fourth wall) before deadpanning, "What a pisser!" [Cut to Black][Boisterous Mambo Plays Over Credits]

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Hi Lukas, great movie! It looks and sounds wonderful, but even more than that, I like what you came up with story-wise. It's nice to see some more recent SF ideas clad into a classic SF setting with spaceships, space battles etc. Also, I liked how things serve a purpose in your film. We don't see the dogfight from outside, and at first I thought this might have been for budgetary reasons - only to learn that it was essential for the story to be shot that way. Also, it gave the one big outside shot far greater impact - akin to First Man's approach. It made very much sense and the radiation warning sign on the window hatch was a nice, much appreciated detail. Again, a detail cleverly serving a purpose. It will be great to see this sequence in the full-length feature that is hopefully coming next. By the way, how did you come to choose these Germans for your VFX?

So, thanks for sharing this and for exploring this talented side of yours as well!



Thanks for the kind words about the radiation sign! I'm a freelance graphic designer and, like Lukas, a big geek, so I emailed immediately offering my services. Lukas obliged and brought me on to do some shipboard graphics and one of the uniform patches. I visited the set and took some photos - on Facebook, long-time Star Trek designer (and personal hero of mine) Mike Okuda replied with "Very nice!"

The fine print is mainly placeholder text, except on the radiation sign which Lukas knew would be featured. The font is DIN Alternate Bold - I did NOT want to use any gimmicky futuristic fonts, nor did I want to use Futura or Eurostile, which are used in seemingly every sci-fi film!



How wonderful that you were able to work together. Just look at the results! Awesome job.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2019 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

I enjoyed this and was impressed by the effects! The flashbacks were great, and I particularly liked the landscape shots. Like someone else said, the end credit music got stuck in my head. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Just one suggestion: Instead of John yelling at the end, perhaps he can turn to the camera (breaking the fourth wall) before deadpanning, "What a pisser!" [Cut to Black][Boisterous Mambo Plays Over Credits]


Just wanted to say thank you for this—I needed it today!

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2019 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   AdamoH   (Member)

Hi,Lukas:

well..i watched it and very well done..pacing was nice and tight..acting excellent,,special effects very cool..music was was cool too...will be supporting your new indiegogo to get the blu-ray/cd out..impressive..so glad it worked out for you and am pleased to be a part of your making the project come true..Adam-smile

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2019 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Hi,Lukas:

well..i watched it and very well done..pacing was nice and tight..acting excellent,,special effects very cool..music was was cool too...will be supporting your new indiegogo to get the blu-ray/cd out..impressive..so glad it worked out for you and am pleased to be a part of your making the project come true..Adam-smile


Thank you Adam! Really appreciate your support.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2019 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

How long do we have to watch the movie before it is taken down?

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2019 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

This would make a great double feature along with Lucky Bastard.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2019 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

How long do we have to watch the movie before it is taken down?

I don't have an end date on the private link—don't worry about it!

Lukas

 
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