New Wicked Days promo film

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Wicked
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Well, we've still got a couple of tweaks that are in the process of being finished, however I thought I would throw ourselves out to share our new promo film with you. Due to family bereavements and moving house I think I've taken my eye off the ball a bit recently, however hopefully we are now regaining our focus.
Looking forward to your comments......

Jeremy

http://www.wickeddays.com/movie.asp?mov=Wicked%20Days%20Productions%20-%202008%20promo

kaandaro
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very good!

Flame1
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Hi Wicked,

Overall I thought this was good with a nice balance between backing track and vocals.

Maybe a little too much excessive cutting to the beat in places for my liking, without enough time to take in the information. Looks like shots have been randomly chosen just to cut to the beat quickly!

I'm not sure why it's 4:3 if its your most recent promo! although I guess the obvious answer would be they are quite old clips joined together.

Flame.

Lusky
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Hi jeremy,

My overall feeling of the piece was that it was too long for what it was supposed to do in giving a taster of what your company does. My feeling is that it should be ideally movie trailler length between one and two minutes
I loved the idea of invoking the past at the start and the short interviews but again I feel it could have lead into the song quicker. Also during the song I felt that you had a few to many vox pops and would have been more effective had they been together at a quieter part of the song the amount you had seemed to kill the pace for me.
I loved the fast cuts at the start and the focus pull shots worked really well but as I said it's just the length and pace that are the problem for me.
Also I don't know if it's my browser, but it seemed squashed as if the footage was 4:3 distorted to fit 16:9.

John Paul

Mike Pulcinella
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A little long, yes, but EXCELLENT! I really enjoyed it. Well done!

Nigel Longman
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High-end stuff

Jeremy

I don't normally comment on these clips but having just watched your promo I would like to compliment you on its style and quality.

It's been said that it's too long, but both myself and my wife watched it and we didn't really feel that. If we were going to employ a videographer to cover a wedding we'd want to see numerous examples of their work to check for consistency of quality, production and editorial styles and technical accomplishment. We felt that your promo touched all these bases. In addition the locations and personalities involved made a statement about your position in the market place. Your promo gives the impression that it is the upper end of the market sector you are aiming for.

If I were going to remove one shot it would be the focus-pull with the wobbly champagne glass in the foregound.

Regards Nigel

SJJ
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Like Flame, I don't see why this still isn't widescreen :confused:
Although the messages at the beginning were all very nice messages, there was a bit too much of it. For me, it just took too long before the "fun" bit kicked in.

We didn't feel it was too long, a promo reel of any company (non wedding as well) can be longer than a trailer. Then again, our latest showreel is just over 6 minutes, so maybe I'm a bit biassed ;)

Do make sure it is viewable in the right aspect ratio in all browsers. Internet Explorer seems fine, but I (like many other PC users these days) use Firefox and it just doesn't look right!

The shot of the guys on the dance floor with their trousers down??? OUCH!!! I mean, to many people that is one of the worst things about weddings, drunken behaviour by the lads. YUCK YUCK YUCK!!! No way would I ever want to see this at any wedding. If I were a bride, that one shot would completely put me off.

You've put in a series of pull focus shots all in a row. I'd keep the shots but not in a series, use them at different points.

The firework shots were really impressive, lovely!

It is easier to be critical than correct.

Mike Pulcinella
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Nigel Longman wrote:
It's been said that it's too long, but both myself and my wife watched it and we didn't really feel that. If we were going to employ a videographer to cover a wedding we'd want to see numerous examples of their work to check for consistency of quality, production and editorial styles and technical accomplishment.

That's a very good point. I take back my earlier comment about the length.

My favorite part is still the opening interview when the groom loses composure. How real and heartfelt that was!! Gets me choked up every time!

Wicked
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I was standing on his foot.....

Wicked
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Nigel Longman wrote:
If I were going to remove one shot it would be the focus-pull with the wobbly champagne glass in the foregound.

That was a wobbly me. The champagne glass was perfectly still.......

Thanks all for your comments so far.

Chrome
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I used to find Pepper spray works too Jeremy. Keep one in your pocket for those 'up-close-and-personal-moment' shots. :D

Mike Pulcinella
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Wicked wrote:
I was standing on his foot.....

LMAO!!!

Wicked
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Small tinkering completed and uploaded. For our sins we've put it in for the open section of the IOV awards this year. Who knows?? The point Sylvia made about the men with their trousers round their ankles is interesting and I can see that angle but view it from the other side - we tend to rely on personalities to tell the story and what works for one won't work for others so you can't please everyone. What I love about our business is the different way we all do things and how the sum of it adds up to bookings or not.
It is brilliant that since we started in the business there has been such a clear development in the number of companies and people who are making much more advanced films. This 'review my work' forum being a case in point.

Flame1
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Nice work Wicked, although I am surprised you left the wobbly champagne glass shot in!

It's gone widescreen too:)

The only other thing I would add is I would personally keep any competition entry under wrap and as discreet as possible!

Good luck with the competition, as the old saying goes...if your not in it, you can't win it!

Cheers.:)
Flame

Wicked
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Thanks Flame,
Not worried about the awards - there's only three days left to enter. If we don't get shortlisted then so be it.
I don't mind the champagne glass though. Incidentally I was looking earlier and it's a shame you've left the fold. I liked your stuff.

Lusky
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Wicked wrote:
we tend to rely on personalities to tell the story and what works for one won't work for others so you can't please everyone. What I love about our business is the different way we all do things and how the sum of it adds up to bookings or not.
It is brilliant that since we started in the business there has been such a clear development in the number of companies and people who are making much more advanced films. This 'review my work' forum being a case in point.

Totally agree with you Wicked, If you try to please everyone then a lot of the time you end up pleasing nobody. The diversity in this business will help it grow. When I talk to brides at the wedding shows I always say that they should make sure that the video they choose is the best style for them and quite a few are surprised that you can get different styles
All the best for the competition.

John Paul