I really liked this, and if I had to judge only the jokes or only the acting in it, I would've given it a 10/10.
The effects were well done, and I also liked the fact you added that AT-AT in the backkground so well :P. Maybe you could try add something other than just guns firing short lasers, like maybe rapid fire guns, or some other types of guns. You guys had enough imagination to make such a good film, so I'm sure you have enough imagination to make some more guns. Just some nitpick though, not something to complain about much. Still, because of the low quality, it was hard to understand what was going on, and since there were a few times when the sun got in the way, it was a little hard to grasp the surroundings and stuff. Still, as you said, there's an HQ version on your website, and you had to take away the quality to get it to fit in under 20 MB, so I won't reduce any points for that.
The jokes were very good, especially the ones related to Kurt or the blind guy. Still, at times the jokes were a bit generic, such as the one at the beginning when they were arguing about what day it was. Also, towards the end, I think the blind guy's joke at the end was dragged on a slight bit too long. Still, jokes on the whole had me lol, so good job. Acting was brilliant. Still, as for the story, because of the fact that it was hard to grasp what was going on, I didn't understand everything, such as the star wars part at the end. Was the AT-AT and those droids teamed up with Kurt, and if so, why didn't you make a small scene where you see Kurt trying to win their alliance?
I really liked the fact that you had a scene selection and Character Bios too. The Character Bios were funny, and the Scene Selection gave this some replay value too. Maybe you could add a play/stop/pause/rewind/fast-foward? It might be too much to ask for, but while I was watching it, I was constantly nagged by friends of mine on MSN and I missed parts of the movie just to switch window and tell them to shut up. If it wasn't for the Scene Selection, I wold've had to start from the beginning quite a lot, and even then, the Scene Selection wasn't too large.
The audio was awesome. Voice was heard well, and the fact that you added subtitles really helped (although the narrating voice at the end could've used some subtitles). The music was fantastic and fit very well with the submission. Nice job!
Overall, I really like this submission, and I hope you guys keep up the good work. You're born actors ^^.
Oh, and congrats on the Daily 5th.
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Hm, go read the response that I gave to the low 2 review. That should answer your story about weird plot.
A fine milestone...
Alas it's finally here, I must say it's pretty cool stuff, I like the special effects, and most of the jokes work...
For a newgrounds submission it's quite long, adding to the overall epic feel of the submission.
The menu design is above par, although not amazing, the info on the characters is pretty fun though.
I guess if I had any big issues with the piece it would be that the video quality isn't up to snuff.
You would have done better if you used the flash video stream component,
then made your film load from an external server. This would have ensured high quality video, and made the file size around 1mb, opposed to importing degraded video into one large flash file.
It becomes an issue because the submission is so large if I want to watch a little now, and watch the rest later I need to re-download the whole thing.
Whereas if you used the above method you could break up the film into chapters and then stream those individual ones according to what the user selects.
And you could actionscript the end of each chapter to start the next video so as to have a continuos flow.
I don't blame you though, the only submission on the portal to have pulled this off is "tarboy" (some of the special features use this technique), I guess it requires specific knowledge of the flash tools.
Aside from that big thing good work,
P.S. I glad to see you picked up fifth!
That's personally something that I don't know how to do. Is this something that I could ask you next time I'm in this situation?
What a spectacle. Well written, pretty good direction and some good fun in the snow - just what you need on a winter evening like this :P
I think that there is some great plot there that could have been made a little better in places, with perhaps a little more exposition of how Kurt stole Nick's guns, while he was taking a break. I did like the jokes with the blind soldier, though they may have been a little laboured towards the end. Perhaps put some guys in red shirts next time and just have them killed off. I know it's Star Trek, but you guys can pull it off :P
Finally, there was a real issue with the video quality of how Nick's top kept blending in with the snow - not even real winter camouflage blends in that well! I know that you've sacrificed quality to get this on here, so is there a higher quality link anywhere? I might have to download this and run it through a TV!
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This actually looks quite good when it's played on TV with surround sound. High quality version here:
http://fronickproductions.webs.com/ap ps/videos/videos/show/6509181-snow-wa rs
It's a nice and funny vid, it made me laugh SOOO much, the guys really know how to be funny!!!
The bad thing is that the camera could be a bit more closer, and the resolition of the vid is very low, sometimes you can't see nothing!!!
Anyways, the vid is very funny, i liked it, it's really homemade, but it only makes the video more funny!!!
The jokes are very well made, congratulations...
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Thank you, see the high quality version on my website (can find that in my sig or on my blog)
I was sort of wondering . . .
Why did you only use long shots? Were you afraid that your cameraman would get hit with a stray laser?
I notice your aerial footage had trees with leaves, but your shots from the ground did not have leaves. Why did you wait so long between renting your helicopter and shooting the rest of the movie?
Nevermind why Corey would hire a blind soldier, why does your blind man think that people feel like sticks? Do you guys only let him touch your wood?
Since the Empire lent you an AT-AT for the film, why didn't you get them to loan you some standard issue Storm Trooper lasers also? They're pretty cool, they can even shoot through snow!
Anyway, yeah. You've got mail, dammit. >:P
I'll answer you in more detail in the PM when I get time, but for now some short answers.
Airplane not helicopter ;)
Nick had a blind soldier not Corey, please pay attention