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    Nikon D3100, Lumix LX5, Nikon D7000, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon Coolpix B700 4K, Lumix FZ 80 4K.
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    Retired Unix sys admin and dba. Amateur musician, photographer, videographer, audio and video editor. http://www.youtube.com/user/bobspez/videos

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  1. I watched it full screen and I agree the figures look too small. I think in a music video the personality of the performers is important. I think you would have been better off doing close up shots in several takes and cut them together. The performance is good but I found myself concentrating on who were the clones, so I lost sight of the music.
  2. Alexander Mackendrick The six films from 1949-57 Whisky Galore! (1949) The Man in the White Suit (1951) Mandy (1952) The Maggie (1954) The Ladykillers (1955) Sweet Smell of Success (1957) An 8 year run...none of them great by any means in my opinion.
  3. That's a bunch of questions. First, yes I have knowledge and objective standards to apply. I know about good sound, about being in focus, about lighting, about really good acting (it doesn't look like acting), but lots of movies I like, and don't like, pass all these tests. I'm talking about what really captivates me, makes me cry or silently cheer. There's not many like that. But in my opinion Mackendricks movies are not that. I'm not a critic, nor would I want to be or pretend to be. But for me I'd say the acting is the most important, followed by the script and also by the production values like lighting, color, location, etc. And you are correct, judging what audiences like is important for any type of commercial success. If you want to get paid you have to satisfy the customer, no doubt. But Mackendrick didn't do that in the long run. He left the business and became a teacher after a few decent movies and a couple of quick Hollywood productions (one with Sharon Tate). I thought the Alec Guiness movie about the man in the white suit was clever and entertaining and a lesson in economics but I wouldn't watch it again. By all accounts Mackendric was a decent film maker and a very popular professor. Back in the 60's in college, the common belief about professors was those that can, do, and those that can't, teach. Whether I like his book or not, I'll decide when it is delivered and I read it Of course you can believe someone is good to others without liking them, but can you really believe someone is bad or evil and like them? I can't, even if I can appreciate some good points they have. I mean Hitler was very loyal to his mother, liked dogs and was considered an ideal boss by the secretaries who worked for him, but I can't like him for that.
  4. @ David Mawson Of course you are correct in one respect, you might think a suit looks terrible but concede it's made from a good fabric or has good stitching. So if you are a tailor you could learn from it. Possibly if I was a film maker of narrative pieces there would be something to learn from SSOS. But I am not. I just do youtube videos, mostly music performance, so if I judge a movie as not good I'm really talking about what appeals to me, and not whether there's elements of craft that others can learn from.
  5. Deciding something is "good" when you don't like it is a bizarre concept that I wouldn't know how to implement. I guess you are saying I should take other people's word for it because they have more knowledge than me, but I don't buy it or believe it. One man's trash is another man's treasure. They are all just opinions, no matter who expresses them. At the end you only have your opinion. As Shakespeare said, nothing is good or bad except that thinking makes it so.
  6. Anyone can be a film maker, a dancer, a singer, an actor, etc. Making a living at it is what is hard. Being a famous success is nearly impossible.
  7. No, that is fast. My computer takes 45 minutes to export a 2-1/2 minute 4K video of about 660MB at 40,000 kbps. But it depends on the resolution, the kbps, and file size. I think the file size is the biggest factor.
  8. It's just my opinion and many see him as a genius, but maybe the emperor really has no clothes. To me Bustop was a masterpiece, and so was Moonlighting, and so was It happened One Night, and so was 2001, and so was One Eyed Jacks, and dozens more I could name, so maybe our tastes are different.
  9. For about ten years I had a sideline working on my own with small business, installing accounting systems and databases and desktop publishing. Doing the job was the easiest part, selling the job, and collecting the money was the hardest. At the same time my day job was working for a corporation where they took care of all the business end and left me alone to do the part of the work I enjoyed. Maybe that's why the studio system did such great films, and almost everything I've seen out of Hollywood the last few years, including award winning movies, just seems sub-standard. The studio took care of the business side, letting the directors concentrate on the art.
  10. I ordered a used copy of the paperback on Amazon, then I found this 45 minute Youtube of Mackendrick's planning a scene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo_P727IeZo The strange thing for me is that after going through his thought process we see the scene played out by the actors at the end of the video and it comes off a bit like a cheesy soap opera. Even Mackendrick's most famous American movie, The Sweet Smell of Success was a bit of a cheesy soap opera, but praised as his masterpiece. There have been many film masterpieces, but Mackendrick didn't write or direct any of them. I guess it's true that those who can, do, and those who can't, teach. I know it's true thst for most students, school has almost nothing to do with the world of work. One is a place of ideas. The other is a place of results.
  11. After a couple of minutes I was overwhelmed by all of the images. I skipped around through the movie and read the backstory at the end. I'm at a loss for words. Stunning, overwhelming, gross, captivating, exhausting. I don't think I've seen anything like it, ever.
  12. No problem. Having some idea what work you have done and what you plan to shoot is important regarding getting advice for a new camera. Otherwise the question is like "what car should I buy". Could be a sedan, an SUV, a truck, a sports car, who knows? Have you posted anything on youtube or vimeo? Good luck and let us know what kit you buy.
  13. The way the Tiny Furniture clip was framed it could have been shot on a good cell phone.
  14. I think we are wasting our time here. I asked the OP if he was in film school and what cameras he has used there. He never answered. I asked him if he could use the school equipment for his projects. He never answered. It's hard to believe he has any knowledge or education in film making if he didn't know what a prime lens is. He is looking to purchase something under $2K that will make him a filmmaker. Fact is cameras and lenses don't make you a filmmaker. Knowledge and experience does. He doesn't seem to have either.
  15. Wasn't it always that way? How about Van Gogh's critics. How about the critics of Elvis, the Beatles and the Stones? If you are not in it for the money, the critics don't matter.
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