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12/10/2005 12:35:29 AM · #1
Hello everyone

Using footage I am working on from other projects, I have made something to go along with my presentation for Sociology class. The presentation is the presenter (me) blabbering away about a mental illness, and I did Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I do a whole section on what it is like to have it with symptoms and things such as flashbacks of the traumatizing events and everything so I wanted to show that in a short flic.

It's not a movie, it doesn't have a plot or really follow in a straight line. It's a 3 minute long trip I suppose. ;-)

It's a look into my interpretation of what some aspects of the disease can be like, with lots of cool visuals and stuff to get them across.

The old man is having flashbacks of wartime and can't escape them. Me and some buddies were the soldiers and my grampa was the old man. As I said before, these clips were taken from totally different projects to create this one.

Hope you enjoy it!

Download Movie (4.65mb)

P.S. Thanks to kelly for hosting it, and yeh yeh I spelt 'traumatic' wrong whatchu gunna do about it?!!??! ;-)
I'll fix it before I show everyone

Message edited by author 2005-12-10 00:38:45.
12/10/2005 12:42:10 AM · #2
I like the intro best. Oh, and tell gramps I think he is great for doing these jobs for you. The wrench turning scene is nothing short of brilliant. Do you have any stills of that?
12/10/2005 12:43:04 AM · #3
Fanfriggintastic!!! You are going to be in films!! Awesome .. it kept me glued to the screen the whole time!!
12/10/2005 12:43:43 AM · #4
Very well done!
12/10/2005 12:56:26 AM · #5
Joey - that is a little bit to real

(was your triptych stills from this?)
12/10/2005 12:56:46 AM · #6
Really kewl! I like the feel of a well used super 8mm film. Nice fluid transitions, and the a solid plot... Good job!
12/10/2005 12:57:01 AM · #7
Originally posted by mesmeraj:

Joey - that is a little bit to real

(was your triptych stills from this?)

It was taken at the same time with my digital camera. :-)
12/10/2005 12:59:21 AM · #8
Originally posted by MQuinn:

Really kewl! I like the feel of a well used super 8mm film. Nice fluid transitions, and the a solid plot... Good job!

Hehe, nope... Used my MiniDV camera and gave it that look after in Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.

Message edited by author 2005-12-10 01:09:43.
12/10/2005 01:00:15 AM · #9
This is the best you've done so far. In the tradition of early Kubrick you go deep and political. When you do your first feature or professional film I want to do the stills. Seriously.
12/10/2005 01:12:39 AM · #10
Very good as usual. I added this one to the collection.
12/10/2005 01:21:47 AM · #11
I watched it, and I thought it was quite good. The way you've editted it the give a feel of short breath, so basically the transition between scenes were very well done. For those claustrophobic, it certainly won't be a joy ride though.

Awesome job.
12/10/2005 01:44:57 AM · #12
That's really cool. The background music make me wonder if the guy was going to pull out a knife and start murdering people or something. Maybe you should make an alternate ending to it.. :P

Like have the flashbacks getting more intense and loud, and the guy starts getting pissed about it, and then the camera style changes totally and he starts murdering people :P
12/10/2005 01:56:51 AM · #13
and yeh yeh I spelt 'traumatic' wrong whatchu gunna do about it?!!??! ;-)

A-

;-)

Keep doin' what you're doin'...

Nordlys

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12/10/2005 02:13:24 AM · #14
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Well done, Joey. Like you said, not much of a plot but your direction, cinemetography, editing and post-production was outstanding! You've got a director's eye with that camera - great dramatic angles and cutaways. Great work.
12/10/2005 05:07:36 AM · #15
oooh yeah, nice going kiddo! i've heard stories from my dad--things he will barely talk about, that you bring to life. sigur ros and mogwai fit perfectly...thanks for that. :) and yes, you are the coolest. :)
12/10/2005 05:58:50 AM · #16
Joey I love your work but this video just didnt' work for me personally. I feel like PTSD is something that can only be creatively represented by people that have actually experienced it. I understand that this is a tribute to your grandfather and a way to connect and understand but I feel as if you should sit down and talk to him some more, he has amazing stories to tell...
12/10/2005 06:12:22 AM · #17
Originally posted by JPR:

I feel like PTSD is something that can only be creatively represented by people that have actually experienced it.


I disagree strongly. That is like all the PC stuff from the 80's and 90's when people said you had to be black to do an accurate story about blacks and you had to be a woman to do an accurate story about women. It doesn't fly. The truth is you have to be sensitive and observant to do a story about anything.

The wars scenes were a little rough around the edges, but I took into consideration the available resources. The scenes with the senior Lawence were well executed and the soundtrack was perfect.
12/10/2005 07:01:17 AM · #18
I like the opening - Profile of Alfred Hitchcock awakening, a remarkable likeness - (he often appears in his own film) no wait it is Spiro Agnew. Oh well, so much for celebrity resemblance. The idea of presenting PTSD flashbacks is interesting. Your intrepretation of it gets the idea across. Cuts and fades from the portrait of your grandfather's daily life to dreamlike sequences of the kids playing army certianly works in a expressive way. Although people who have this psychological and emotional experience, may describe it in a variety of ways, for those who have it, the experience is very very real - no different than daily life. There is no dream, there is no seperation, there is no fuzzy dated black & white footage, there is only blood.
12/10/2005 07:57:43 AM · #19
Bravo!
12/10/2005 08:17:06 AM · #20
As a sufferer of PTSD, I think you have done well in capturing some of the essence of disorder. For me its waking up screaming, but I also experience the hopeless futility you were able to capture in the scene with you Grandfather working on the tractor. The futility that comes from realizing that what you do now can't change what you have done or could have done. Thank you sharing and thank you for understanding.
12/10/2005 08:19:07 AM · #21
Joey, your work is incredible (both photos and film). You also have a wonderful family that helps you any way they can. Do you get your talent from any of them? Guess what I'm saying is that I'm curious about them, because they are so supportive of you. You must have the world's best open communication system with them.
12/10/2005 09:12:16 AM · #22
Joey - this was great! Thanks for sharing. Great opening and flashback sequences. Just curious, though, after Grampa picks up the wrenches from the tractor seat, why does he walk away carrying them behind his back? I kept waiting for him to bean someone with them...

Edit: typo

Message edited by author 2005-12-10 13:25:58.
12/10/2005 10:07:42 AM · #23
thanks for the movie clip-great visuals,great music-you can almost smell and feel like you are there
12/10/2005 10:19:21 AM · #24
joey, that was absolutely riviting. there is a walking section that could be edited down just a hair, but DANG, dude! i can't believe the amazing work you produce. very nicely done.
jeannel
12/10/2005 10:24:06 AM · #25
From your videos I've seen so far, this is the one I like the most. The music is great, and the elements and timing right on the spot.
Reminded me of one of my favorite movies: The Wall by Pink Floyd.

Congratulations!!

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