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Old 12-03-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Indiana Jones and the Rise of the Dead... a Chad Bronder film

A trailer.
Shot entirely with action figures!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOSj1kWOTnI

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
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Man, you rack focus A LOT. Kinda becomes a bit disorienting.

The blue-screened bit on the truck was pretty groovy.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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Very good.

You obviously put a lot of work into this and it shows. It looks way better than most live action fan films, I'll tell you that. Very creative.

This is your film, right?
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:56 AM   #4
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Okay, this was a LOT of fun!!!! Great stuff. Are you expanding upon this? Will the real film be made, or is it just a mock trailer?

Very cool. Some really impressive (and large) dios there. Some really nice practical and digital effects.

More!!!
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:53 PM   #5
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RA: Yeah I know a lot of rack focuses... it's one of the many limitations I've encountered filming with toys. Because with alot of these shots the figures are inanimate and I consciously always tried to have the camera moving or being in action in some way when the figures weren't. The scale is also a problem too because the damn things are so tiny and alot of the time the camera can't get into the small sets, so I have to increase the focal length, ergo the depth of field was almost always at a minimum, so the only way I could have Indy or some one looking at some thing or show off more of the sets was to rack. They were fun to do though. Hopefully it doesn't seem like I'm so rack happy and they are not as disorienting in the final longer product.

"The blue-screened bit on the truck was pretty groovy."
Thanks. I'm found of that bit myself. Makes me laugh everytime.
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DocWhiskey: Yes sir, this is mine. Been filming it on and off maybe twice or three times a month for the past year.
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Lance Quazar: Yes this is a trailer for an expanded film, it's not finished but currently clocks in at around 20 min. I don't know how I am going to release it, I was thinking episodic like the actually serials. Not sure.
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I'm glad you guys enjoyed aspects of it. I'm enjoying making it.
The trailer makes me chuckle whenever I look at it.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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RA: Yeah I know a lot of rack focuses... it's one of the many limitations I've encountered filming with toys. Because with alot of these shots the figures are inanimate and I consciously always tried to have the camera moving or being in action in some way when the figures weren't. The scale is also a problem too because the damn things are so tiny and alot of the time the camera can't get into the small sets, so I have to increase the focal length, ergo the depth of field was almost always at a minimum, so the only way I could have Indy or some one looking at some thing or show off more of the sets was to rack. They were fun to do though. Hopefully it doesn't seem like I'm so rack happy and they are not as disorienting in the final longer product.


Thanks for the thoughtful reply. You're right, I wasn't thinking of limited depth of field. At least you found a creative way to cover that. I look forward to seeing more.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:21 AM   #7
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Dr. Gonzo, your film is pretty cool and funny. A lot of work's gone into it. The wire pulling the truck reminded me of the visible wire in Raiders (I think it was during the fight in the Raven). Simplifying the movements of the figures, rather going the whole laborious Harryhausen route, gives it the retro appeal that they went for with South Park.

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Yes this is a trailer for an expanded film, it's not finished but currently clocks in at around 20 min. I don't know how I am going to release it, I was thinking episodic like the actually serials. Not sure.

It would be good to release the film in episodes, each ending with a cliffhanger.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:30 PM   #8
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Fantastically Classy!!
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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For those who might have been wondering, this will probably be released some time early next year.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:20 PM   #10
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some screen shots from the film

title shot

jungle cutter 1

the abyss

mission explosion 2

jeep chase
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:03 AM   #11
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Tons of fun! Nice job!
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:01 AM   #12
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Really looking forward to this!!!
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
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Update

Looks more and more like the first episodes of the serial will be coming out in April. Until then here are some more screen shots.



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jungle cutter-semi

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Old 02-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #14
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Wow! Some amazing new images! I love the first and last images in particular. The cave in the last picture looks just amazing.

Extraordinary work with dios, lighting and photography.

My only criticism is the second still of the trucks. It's from such a high angle and the vehicles and figures so far away that you've reduced the scale. It feels like we're looking at toys on the ground instead of real life objects.

Fortunately, many of your other images don't have that problem. It's not always easy to get up close and personal when photographing toys and scale problems can crop up easily.

I really can't wait to see this!!
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:26 PM   #15
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Something to sate those who are interested...
a short clip from the film.

A small non story related part with Sallah, Jones and a few others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP__HIJo2MY
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:30 PM   #16
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this is very cool. I enjoyed the shot with the dolly down to the spikes showing that Indy saved himself with the whip .... from spikes that are inches away
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:35 AM   #17
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I forgot the embed for those who can't view otherwise.

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Old 07-25-2010, 03:51 PM   #18
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Update

Hello folks.
I know it's been a while (like since March) so I wanted to let those of you who are even interested in my little action figure movie know that I am in the process of moving all the files onto a new computer and transferring them to the newest version of Final Cut Studio. I'll be getting back to finishing it this month...

I kind of like to leave something new every time I post, but since I am in the middle of transferring I don't have any clips or photos but I do have a screenplay peek... (Not that interesting)
anyway work will resume soon on making this the best damned possible Indiana Jones action figure movie that I can. I want to say thanks to folks like LanceQ and others who talk to me once and again to make sure I don't let the project die. It will be fun. I guarantee.

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Old 07-28-2010, 05:53 PM   #19
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A new clip for those who are interested...

...fifty seconds of the opening.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:56 AM   #20
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Looking great so far. (two thumbs up)

Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #21
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Ladies and gentlemen.... Part One


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Old 08-15-2010, 11:38 AM   #22
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Bravo! The best fanfilm I've in seen using a medium that isn't live action. I love it!
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #23
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You know, I think maybe the detailed discussion should exist in the dedicated thread, not just in the general action figure in action thread.

This amazing work deserves nothing less! So I'm re-printing my earlier comments (typos and all!)

This is absolutely delightful!! Well worth the wait.

I really do hope that the Raven community takes the time to watch and comment on this lovely film. It shows tremendous talent, creativity and enthusiasm.

On a technical level, there is so much to be admired here. The lighting, cinematography and dioramas are really terrific. The lighting is wonderfully evocative and adds a beautiful sense of atmosphere.

I was skeptical of the concept of making a film using action figures that wasn't stop motion. Given that you are literally holding the figures just out of camera range. Well, I think the effect COULD have been rather silly.

But you pull off a tricky technique. A few really cool shots like the gun going into the holster add quite a lot. Sure, some of the movements are a bit limited - the only one that really felt even slightly "off" was Sallah crawling out from the rubble. I think if you had cut that shot shorter by a hair it would have been better. A very minor quibble, though.

The direction is really great, again, especially given the limitations. I was delighted to see the green-screened close-ups in the car chase!! The first few shots of the chase were good, but I worried you wouldn't be able to get in too close to the action. And the - wow - suddenly we got the wonderful green screen work. Well done!

The voice work is generally very good. Indy's tone and inflections feel very Ford-esque to me. One minor complaint - there is a moment where Indy and Sallah are talking over each other and, for a few seconds, it seems as if Sallah has lost his British accent and sounds too much like Indy. It was hard to tell who was who - but that only lasted for a moment or two.

I do hope you can try to introduce some custom figures into the story later. The difference in scale between Indy and the Russian baddie character weren't too noticeable, given that the Ruskie was seated in the jeep, but it could be a minor issue down the line.

In terms of story and writing - it's a little early to tell too much. I'm wondering if this sequence is going to be a "stand alone" prologue segment like in the classic films or if you're just diving into the main story due to time considerations. Russians and Nazis working together in 1936? An intriguing idea, I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. The dialogue is all fine, though I had to smile at the "you've seen too much" bit. It may be a cliche, but it's a fun cliche and it adds just the right dose of old fashioned camp to the proceedings.

Anyway, thanks so much for posting this. I know you said it might be a "while" before you finished the first chapter, but this was worth the way. I anxiously await the next installment!

In the meantime, I encourage all Raveners to check out and leave some feedback for what must have been a major undertaking! Thanks for sharing, Gonzo!!!
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:26 PM   #24
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Thank you for your kind words.
The fact that people are enjoying it seriously gives me a great feeling.
Absolute fun.


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This is the fourth time I've commented on this film. Lance pretty much covered it all. I'm almost thinking that we're still in the intro and the real story hasn't started up yet. But Russians and Nazis is quite a big bang for just an opening. I guess only one person can tell us what's going to happen next: Dr. Gonzo, via part 2. This I beg of you Raveners: Watch the film.
(from "your figures in action" thread)

Part 2 will be on its way eventually, say in a couple weeks. Once again thanks guys. The fact that you guys are watching it makes it worthwhile.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:47 PM   #25
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Thank you for your kind words.
The fact that people are enjoying it seriously gives me a great feeling.
Absolute fun.

(from "your figures in action" thread)

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You know, I think maybe the detailed discussion should exist in the dedicated thread, not just in the general action figure in action thread.

Okay, to put more praise into this dedicated thread, from "your figures in action":

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I loved it Dr. Gonzo!

Lance said it all.

Indy was known for anachronisms, so a joint German-Russian operation prior to 1939 fits right in! Same goes for the colourful Nazi Jeep!
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