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I would love it if you watched the trailer to my first feature film coming out this October 8. Been working on it for years. Here's the link.
Wow, there's some gorgeous shots in there. Kind of looks like a desolate take on Pilgrim's Progress. Congrats on getting to where you are in terms of finishing a feature! That's big.
September 4, 2014 at 4:41PM
Great looking trailer! Looks like 8 years well spent, in my opinion.
September 4, 2014 at 5:00PM
Not to nit pick, but he didn't say 8 years.
"...coming out this October 8. Been working on it for years."
I guess that is a nit pick. ;)
September 4, 2014 at 5:12PM
Haha. Way to go, me! Thanks calling me out, Samuel!
September 4, 2014 at 7:05PM
That monologue is haunting…gripping. Very well done! Thanks for sharing, Jonesy.
September 4, 2014 at 6:09PM
Thank you Ms Renee. Brinton Wards performance was off the charts amazing. I wish I could tell the whole story about how that came to be. I agree. Truly gripping.
September 6, 2014 at 11:09AM
Thanks for the love guys. It was actually produced over the course of 4 years on a Canon 7D, a shoestring budget, and a whole lot of sweat and tears. Learned a lot. Can't wait to make another. :)
September 4, 2014 at 6:28PM, Edited September 4, 6:28PM
Awesome! I look forward to watching it. *writes down Oct. 8th*
September 4, 2014 at 6:35PM
Thank you. Btw, I'm familiar with the Pilgrim's Progress reference. :) It was brought up several times during production.
September 4, 2014 at 8:18PM
Wow, you made that Canon 7D footage look like Red Scarlet footage very impressive! Also like the way the trailer is cut, very intriguing, hooked in seconds. Best of luck on your premier this October!
September 5, 2014 at 4:20AM, Edited September 5, 4:20AM
September 5, 2014 at 2:06PM
This is actually awesome! It really looked like raw, graded footage. Did You grade in Davinci? Or what did You use?
September 8, 2014 at 10:50PM
Sorry Vincens, I just saw this question. It was just the h264 footage from the 7D. Graded mostly with FilmConvert. Thanks for the comment.
September 11, 2014 at 2:35PM
That looks absolutely fantastic! Great work, Jonesy!
September 4, 2014 at 7:39PM, Edited September 4, 7:39PM
Thank you Robert. Each and every encouragement is much appreciated.
September 4, 2014 at 8:20PM
Great work Jonesy - Really looking forward to seeing the whole thing! 4 years and a lot of blood sweat and tears - you must be bloody exhausted! I'm just starting post on my own first feature (www.facebook.com/dsrmovie - it hasn't taken 4 years, but it feels like it) and if it looks half as good as yours I'll be very pleased!
September 5, 2014 at 1:05AM
That's quite a compliment. From the photos on your facebook page it looks really interesting. The wardrobe and location are super awesome. Where is the location if I may ask?
September 5, 2014 at 2:12PM
Thanks! The locations are all in the South West of England - The Quantocks, Exmoor and Dartmoor. I scouted them about a year ago, and then tailored the script to fit - seemed the best way, when you're operating on a very low budget!
September 5, 2014 at 2:36PM
Photos for Don't Stop Running look great. Be sure to update when you have a trailer.
September 6, 2014 at 3:46PM, Edited September 6, 3:46PM
September 6, 2014 at 8:55PM
Thanks Luna - will do!
September 7, 2014 at 4:14AM
Fantastic work! Well done.
September 5, 2014 at 8:01AM
Thank you Martin.
It looks really nice! I like your subject. Preview might be a little long. Very visually appealing!
September 5, 2014 at 11:40AM
September 5, 2014 at 11:47AM
Appreciate the compliment.
September 5, 2014 at 2:13PM
Really nice work. In my opinion, one of the biggest indicators of a solid storyteller when it comes to a trailer is the tone of the piece and this trailer nails it. I'm super intrigued to see the movie now.
If you're looking for feedback at all, I personally would end the trailer on the woman's skin turning snake-like. You had me until that point and for me, that was the climax. The additional voice-over and especially the somewhat cliched "Pack your bags" caption etc. just didn't seem necessary. Maybe you underestimated how awesome the rest of the trailer was and felt you needed more? Personally, I say get out early and always look to leave your audience wanting more.
Thanks so much for sharing this btw. In the right hands the 7D can still hold its own even after all these years!
September 5, 2014 at 12:48PM, Edited September 5, 12:48PM
I really appreciate the feedback and believe me, we had a version where it ended when you suggested. The end there, though, was kept in because we felt our particular audience would benefit from it.
September 5, 2014 at 2:08PM
Wow - you had me at the opening shot!! Did you do anything special with the 7D (ML or anything) - the footage is just incredible! What kind of lenses? Great work!
September 5, 2014 at 9:21PM
No ML. Just straight out of the 7D. Trust me, that created problems. The auto exposure issue was a nightmare.
Sigma lenses. Mostly the 50mm and 20mm (which on the 7D is something like an 80mm and 32mm). These are the old Sigma lenses, not the new ones. The old 50 has a beautiful beautiful look to it, but the manual focus is very rough. I've since parted ways with those lenses but I liked them very much.
Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback. Very meaningful for me.
September 6, 2014 at 11:15AM
This is an amazing example of why the type of camera doesn't matter in the right hands. Absolutely beautiful! Did you guys do a lot of interior work too? I think the only interior shot I picked out in the trailer was the first one.
September 6, 2014 at 9:34AM, Edited September 6, 9:34AM
I couldn't ask for a better compliment and I can't say how encouraging and timely that is. Really appreciate that Aidan.
Yes there were interiors. I'd say 70% exterior to 30% interior. We just liked the exteriors more for the trailer. But the interiors worked fabulously for the film.
September 6, 2014 at 11:20AM
Looks Great and Sounds Great, not sure I get what the story is about by just watching the trailer though. But please update us when you release it to the rest of the world. Will definitely check it out
September 6, 2014 at 3:42PM, Edited September 6, 3:42PM
Will do for sure.
September 6, 2014 at 8:56PM
Not sure what the film is about either -- But I just have to see this film! Really great work!
September 9, 2014 at 7:19AM
Incredible work :)
September 6, 2014 at 5:17PM
Thank you Kraig.
Wow, looks amazing! The Trailer has sort of a noir-ish vibe at the beginning, but then you get something completely different with those gorgeous desert landscapes. Looking forward to this film, well done.
September 7, 2014 at 9:20AM
September 7, 2014 at 7:21PM
This is beautifully shot and I really like the performance of the person narrating it. I agree with the previous comment that, for me, the trailer would have maybe been better ending at the morphing of the woman.
September 7, 2014 at 2:45PM
I love that I couldn't really tell what was happening in the trailer, and yet it was still very gripping and hauntingly beautiful. Comes out on my birthday too, sounds great! Well done :)
September 8, 2014 at 1:22AM
Damn dude great job to you and your team! I really want to see this now.
September 8, 2014 at 2:47PM
Great job! I really love some of the shots in there, especially across a few years with a 7D no less. Keep doing what you do, it's beautiful.
September 8, 2014 at 3:54PM
Thank you so much for all the great feedback. Can't wait to show everyone the film.
September 8, 2014 at 11:15PM
This is great and you did it on the 7D! Again this another lesson and the lesson is... its not the camera, its whose hand its in! Love the trailer and cant wait to see the full thing :-) Great Work
September 9, 2014 at 11:56AM
Wentworth, you are one of a small handful of folks with that same or similar comment. I don't know if I could ask for a better compliment. Thanks dude.
September 10, 2014 at 6:08PM, Edited September 10, 6:08PM
Really nice work. Let us know when it can be seen in other locations.
September 10, 2014 at 7:38AM
Thanks Darren. I will try to share with everyone when it's goes VOD.
September 10, 2014 at 6:09PM
Looks like a very intriguing film. Trailer might be a little too long. But it really looks great and kept me interested throughout the whole trailer. Great work all the way around with the CG and the night shooting.
September 10, 2014 at 8:00AM
I definitely think this trailer is longer than trailers are supposed to be. With that said, I broke those rules because I felt it was the right thing to do. I took a risk. Thanks for the great feedback.
September 10, 2014 at 6:06PM, Edited September 10, 6:06PM
This trailer is just fantastic, man! You did a good job with the 7D. Sharp, crisp images. And the composition is just of the chain. I was hooked at the opening shot. The lighting was impeccable. Whatever hurdles you went through, I hope the end result makes it all worth it. I will definitely have a watch. Can't figure out the story, except the luggage is a metaphor for all the things that we carry around with a false sense of value. Good job!
September 10, 2014 at 9:13AM, Edited September 10, 9:13AM
You nailed it Wilhelm. There's a less abstract storyline as well, but that's the theme of the film for sure. Thank you so much for the awesome feedback.
September 10, 2014 at 6:01PM
Well done...beautifully shot. Good luck with the film. And a 7D?!?!? What lenses? Makes me want to dust off my 7D. Will most certainly be keeping up with this.
September 10, 2014 at 9:40AM, Edited September 10, 9:40AM
Old 20mm and 50mm Sigmas. Thank you for the kind words.
September 10, 2014 at 5:53PM
September 10, 2014 at 10:39PM
Good job! Quite impressive. Your trailer's a bit long though (like many trailers).
September 11, 2014 at 1:33AM
Looks amazing man! Beautiful Shots!
September 11, 2014 at 3:13AM, Edited September 11, 3:13AM
To John, Vincent, Riaan, and everyone else, thank you so much for taking the time to watch the trailer and comment on it. It is truly a blessing to hear both critical and positive feedback. Keep it coming. :)
September 11, 2014 at 2:42PM
Wow, this looks great! To say the same thing as everyone else, 7D? Really? Damn. This is totally the kind of movie I'm into, seems like it's got a nice touch of surrealism to it.
Watching the trailer one thing popped out in my mind from a technical standpoint and that way, "holy crap, that must have been such a challenge having to deal with footprints in the sand like that". I bet there were a lot of "we only get one take" type shots.
I'll totally buy this on iTunes when it comes out.
September 12, 2014 at 1:33AM
Julian, thank you for noticing the sand issue. Yes, definitely a challenge, but we started to figure it out eventually. Obviously we always started with the wides and then moved in. We also had to sweep or fling sand quite a bit to cover up tracks. The wind would help us out sometimes too. But one of the first things we'd do when we started setting up a scene is plan where the cast and crew would walk and how we'd set up the shot to disturb the sand the least. It was very liberating to shoot in other locations where we didn't have to worry about the sand. Thanks for the compliments.
September 12, 2014 at 1:45PM