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#1 Oceanshutter

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 12:06 PM

Hello everyone,

 

I wanted to share my latest short film effort.  I don't know about the rest of you, but whenever I am macro diving, I always have to take step back and think about how crazy looking and acting the animals are down there.  To me, I think of Aliens!

 

Have a look at my new film 'Stay With Us'.  I am curious on feedback on the footage, concept, music, sound etc..

Let me know your thoughts.

 

I hope you enjoy it.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 01:26 PM

Hi Dustin

I've watched a few of your videos and always enjoyed them, but that was amazing! Love the music and production and some really amazing footage. The octopus intro and outro works really well.

Keep up the great work.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 01:42 PM

Superb macro videography, as always.  My partner and I often talk about how some creatures seem more alien than earthly, especially mantis shrimps. You have lots of great shots in this one but the two octopus sequences might be the killer footage for this theme.  How the heck do you get them to stay still when you are that close, with lights?!



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Posted 10 March 2016 - 04:35 PM

Excellent!

 

Only thing I'd change is to cut out the feeding catfish scene as they look little less "alien" than all the other critters.

 

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:36 PM

Hi Dustin
I've watched a few of your videos and always enjoyed them, but that was amazing! Love the music and production and some really amazing footage. The octopus intro and outro works really well.
Keep up the great work.
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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:45 PM

Superb macro videography, as always.  My partner and I often talk about how some creatures seem more alien than earthly, especially mantis shrimps. You have lots of great shots in this one but the two octopus sequences might be the killer footage for this theme.  How the heck do you get them to stay still when you are that close, with lights?!


Thanks for watching. As for the octopuses....the opening shot was crazy. The white legged octo, was just sitting in its little hole, sitting as still as can be. I have about 10 minutes of footage of it just sitting there. I had a +10 diopter on, so it was right up against its eyes. Didn't mind a bit. In fact, it was holding so still, I took a few still photos, which is what the cover is on the video. Don't normally do that, but I just had to considering how cool the framing was.

The last octo was just in a hole in the reef. I got a lot of good footage of it actually. To have it turn black, I backed off my camera, and hovered above the hole probably 4-5 feet above it. Just above my lights. Seeing the black of the wetsuit, I believe makes it want to change....I could be wrong on that, but it worked.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:47 PM

Excellent!
 
Only thing I'd change is to cut out the feeding catfish scene as they look little less "alien" than all the other critters.
 
Regards
Peter


Good feedback Peter. While I agree with you, I was trying to find subjects that would also be conducive to sound effects. It's a lot harder than I thought to match sounds with the creatures. Ya know...what sound does a nudi make...lol!

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:05 PM

Great video Dustin


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 10:37 PM

Fantastic video Dustin. Very creative, good concept, nice work with the sound. The octopus shot at 3:35 is absolutely amazing, as is the one at 4:45.

 

As for suggestions, I would have used a more cliched "techy", "computer" font in "Matrix green" for the typing at the opening. The one you used didn't seem to fit somehow. And I would have made the frogfish burp when it was yawning to throw in a touch of humour.

 

It took nearly a minute to get the first stunning octopus shot up on screen. I think you'll lose some viewers with that. Not sure how you would get it up quicker though.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:10 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed watching this Dustin. Lovely footage and work.

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 12:53 PM

Great video Dustin

Thanks Mike....And thanks to you and Derek for helping find alot of these awesome critters in Bali.


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:37 PM

Fantastic video Dustin. Very creative, good concept, nice work with the sound. The octopus shot at 3:35 is absolutely amazing, as is the one at 4:45.
 
As for suggestions, I would have used a more cliched "techy", "computer" font in "Matrix green" for the typing at the opening. The one you used didn't seem to fit somehow. And I would have made the frogfish burp when it was yawning to throw in a touch of humour.
 
It took nearly a minute to get the first stunning octopus shot up on screen. I think you'll lose some viewers with that. Not sure how you would get it up quicker though.


Thanks Nick. Appreciate the feedback. I thought about the green, but was never satisfied with the look. I agree the start is slow, but it tries to set the stage...otherwise it's just a video movie.
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Posted 14 March 2016 - 06:38 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed watching this Dustin. Lovely footage and work.
 
Cheers,
 
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Posted 15 March 2016 - 04:20 PM

Hey hey, a truly fantastic video. The footage is outstanding and I am so glad I watched it.

You nearly lost me with the intro though, it's a little to long. Very glad I stayed with it though as it's truly great footage


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 05:22 PM

Hey hey, a truly fantastic video. The footage is outstanding and I am so glad I watched it.
You nearly lost me with the intro though, it's a little to long. Very glad I stayed with it though as it's truly great footage
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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:09 PM

Impresive video! Nice job.

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 07:58 AM

Impresive video! Nice job.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 09:19 AM

This is truly amazing stuff. Many thanks !!



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 06:10 AM

This is truly amazing stuff. Many thanks !!


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