January 9, 2015 at 5:42AM

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First trailer for a microbudget BMPCC feature

Hello all - hope you're well. Just wanted to share the link to the first teaser trailer for my microbudget feature DONT. STOP. RUNNING.

It's a British action adventure movie about two estranged brothers - thrown together for a treasure hunt - who soon find that they are the ones being hunted. As they race across a harsh and unforgiving landscape they realise that if they want to survive they’ll have to work together.

We shot on the BMPCC, a GH4 (some underwater stuff) and a GH3 (a crash-cam). Almost all the film is exteriors, most of them in the middle of nowhere in the English countryside.

See what you think! There's loads more info on the site if you're interested.

http://bit.ly/dsrteaser1

Cheers,

Alex.

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Feel free to give us any feedback too! We'll be doing at least two more teasers over the next couple of months during the edit, and then one big trailer at the end.

Cheers,

Alex.

January 10, 2015 at 1:29PM

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Alex Richardson
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Your cinematography and locations are fantastic, very well done! And your actors look great.
That being said, I think the music score is a bit too much. Stealing the beauty from your visuals, trying to capture the viewer's attention, the Hollywood style. I would work more on the sound design, than those loud Zimmer-isque music notes. You could also show us less, than giving away so many of your great locations -- leave something for the longer edit of the full trailer. And that silhouette at the last frame, seems a bit cliche, either keep it for far less frames (just a glimpse) or lose it completely, and work the suspense in the viewer's head (we know they are hunted by someone in anycase).
But in general, it seems a very good job Alex. Bravo!

January 11, 2015 at 1:16PM

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Stelios Kouk
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Thanks Stel - some useful notes in there! It's always a difficult balance with these sorts of things - and even after around a dozen different types of cut, it's hard to know if we got it exactly right! The next teaser should have a different feel again, so let's see how that one goes!

Cheers,

Alex.

January 12, 2015 at 1:15AM

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Alex Richardson
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Looks brilliant, followed you from original production posts on FB. Was the opening shot via drone? I remember you used the SLR Magic 12mm and a Kowa 8mm? I congratulate you on making it this far, but the music does not fit the trailer in any way. It's an indie film, but because you have recreated popular themes and married them, it doesn't work.

January 12, 2015 at 9:35PM

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Zachariel Shanahan
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Hi Zachariel,

Yes - we used the SLR Magic 12mm a lot throughout the shoot. Between that and a Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm, we covered probably 90% of our shots. Our other key lenses were the Kowa 8mm (great lens - but incredibly tiny and fiddly..!), an M42 mount Pentacon 300, an Angenieux Arri-B 120-120 and once or twice the Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm. Generally, I'm a fan of very long takes on a wide lens - so the SLR Magic 12mm (around a 35mm equivalent on then BMPCC) got a hell of a lot of use!

Sorry you didn't like the music - but it's always a matter of personal taste and for us (we're huge John Carpenter fans) it works a treat! And while we're technically an 'indie film' (we're as cheap and independent as can be), I don't think being indie should preclude any approaches. We've gone for what we like and what we think works - at every level, from script, to look, to music - rather than thinking too much about whether it fits with what people expect from an indie. Hopefully, in the long run, we'll convince you that we're onto something!

Cheers!

Alex.

January 12, 2015 at 11:59PM

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Alex Richardson
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Thats an interesting take on the music criticism. I personally think the music plays as a blockbuster epic wheras the images play as an artistic interpretation of the adventure genre with a unique voice and immersive experience. I couldnt say what the right music would or could be, and come the final music this may play perfectly to the images as a whole in the movie. For me, with quite a bit of the trailer playing as either handheld moving shots or MCUs or closer shots, i think the music could reflect this. Maybe something simple and quiet, or experimental, maybe a little more atmos/sound design (but that is likely kind of budget/time dependant and will come more in the full trailer later in the year).

I would love to see/hear some of the more musically minded NFSers have a crack at an alternate take on the soundtrack.

Overall though, between the footage, the acting and the locations as well as some nice production design/costumes (coupled with the great stills on C Mount on M4/3 on facebook) i would say that their isnt another indie film im more excited for this year!!! Congrats!

January 13, 2015 at 6:54AM

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Isaac Elliott
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Crikey - thanks Isaac - that's very high praise! You're right in that everything so far has been very constrained by time - we've been working at a breakneck speed but it's starting to calm down (a little!).

In the finished film itself - and probably in the next teaser - you'll find a much slower approach for the most part - we've got a lot of LONG single-shotters, (up to 4 minutes on one take, I think) usually making full use of the 40ft of track we were given by a couple of rental companies. Stylistically, we've gone for a Spielberg/Slocombe or McTiernan/McAlpine approach with long takes, plenty of depth in the frame and clever blocking... Hard to play that out in a 45 second teaser though!

Again - many thanks, and I'm glad you're into it! We'll keep you updated as the post-production progresses.

January 13, 2015 at 7:58AM

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Alex Richardson
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(and if you've watched the teaser, have a read of our first blog-post too if you're interested in finding out more about the project: http://bit.ly/dsrbackground)

Alex.

January 13, 2015 at 12:01AM

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Alex Richardson
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Nice Job based on what i seeing, Been following you on FB, Really good work man ;-)

January 13, 2015 at 7:58PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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Thanks Wentworth! That FB community is great!

January 14, 2015 at 10:41AM

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Alex Richardson
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I really enjoyed it (which I didn't expect to do)!

My take away was that the coloring grading seemed a bit uneven at times, but it's probably not as noticeable in the long version.

As far as the music goes, I think it worked. Of course it would have been a little more enjoyable if the music stood out as more unique but all in all it captured me.

January 14, 2015 at 4:29AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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Thanks Viktor- glad we converted you...!

I did the grade - and it is a lite uneven! For the full film we'll be getting a proper grade but for the teasers I suspect we'll just be getting my hamfisted attempts!

January 14, 2015 at 10:43AM, Edited January 14, 10:43AM

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Alex Richardson
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I think this looks awesome!
Loved the soundtrack! I don't know what everyone else is talking about...
Reminded me a lot of Valhalla Rising.

Looking forward to seeing more!

January 14, 2015 at 1:26PM

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Ian
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Thanks Ian - glad you liked it! If you're interested in keeping up to date, we've got a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dsrmovie, and we'll be letting everyone there know each time there's a new tutorial/article/trailer!

Cheers,

Alex.

January 15, 2015 at 1:13AM

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Alex Richardson
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That was a great teaser. Editing, music… all great. The one critique I would give is the typography of the endtag/logotype. I'd recommend you change to something that feels like "Indiana Jones-meets-slasher flick"… and visually include blood in it somehow, even to a subtle degree (as long as doing so isn't completely misleading). Horror/slasher is the most proven genre, financially, for low budget films without name actors. Plus, the film looks like a lot of fun, and very visceral and entertaining, so I think you'd benefit from hitting that point home with a corresponding logotype.

But again, great teaser.

January 15, 2015 at 1:22AM

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Jaan Shenberger
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Thanks Jaan! It's interesting - while our film isn't a slasher, I can see what you mean, and maybe there does need to be a slight injection of fun into then endpage (the film is, hopefully, fun and entertaining!..). We're still learning a lot of this as we go, so this feedback is always very useful!

BTW - The font on the endpage at the moment is Albertus - which is a bit of a homage to John Carpenter (a HUGE inspiration for us on the shoot)!!

Cheers,

Alex.

January 15, 2015 at 1:33AM

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Alex Richardson
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I'm very impressed by the visuals and the Color Grades on the shots. I didn't find the music displeasing on first watch, but after everyone's remarks and a second look it does feel a bit off. Otherwise great work and I can't wait to see the finished project.

January 15, 2015 at 7:14PM, Edited January 15, 7:14PM

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Kyle Acker
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Hey Kyle - glad you liked it! (Though I think if you go back and watch it a third time, you'll love the music...). The film should be fully finished in the next couple of months - we're deep in the edit at the moment, and prepping ADR and sound design... all very exciting!

Cheers,

Alex.

January 16, 2015 at 1:48AM

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Alex Richardson
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I've also posted up the first of a series of a series of articles that'll be going through the whole project (pretty much day-by-day once I reach the production stage) over on the website: http://bit.ly/mbscript1

Alex.

January 16, 2015 at 10:02AM

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Alex Richardson
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That was a great watch.

It's hard for me to critique something that I am unfamiliar with. Also, this is your artful masterpiece. Not mine. I think, I would love to see the film in its entirety. The preview is great! I mean, exceptional cutting. Your shots are great. The cast looks the part. I mean, you put me right then, right there with them. I loved the long lens shot of the one guy between the mountains. That shot really made me feel for him. As if he was all alone out there. Really excited for your guys to release more material. I'll be reading the first 16pages of the script a little later on also. You've got something great going. blessings on the rest of your journey to releasing a cut.

January 16, 2015 at 3:11PM

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Gary Ewing
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Thanks Gary - glad you liked it! I was very lucky with the cast - they're incredible, and have really made the film come to life. Hope you enjoy the script extract - let me know what you think!

Alex.

January 17, 2015 at 1:00PM, Edited January 17, 1:00PM

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Alex Richardson
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Hello all - hope you're well! So, we've gone through the writing process, and we're on to the next stage in our 'Making Of'. The latest blog post on our site is about casting - how we went about it for our microbudget feature DON'T. STOP. RUNNING, and a couple of sneaky tricks... Hope it's useful!

http://bit.ly/dsrcasting

Alex.

February 12, 2015 at 7:41AM

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Alex Richardson
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And here's the second teaser!

See what you think - We'd love to get some feedback on everything we're doing - positive or negative!

There's loads more info on the site if you're interested - and blog posts on casting, auditions, writing, etc. etc. etc...

http://bit.ly/dsrteaser2

May 15, 2015 at 10:56AM

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Alex Richardson
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