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« on: August 01, 2006, 04:53:53 PM »

Ezekiel's Requiem is a short movie which lasts 17 minutes that I did at my school. This is a kind of Sergio Leone meets Tarantino  meets the first scene of Indiana Jones 2 movie, without any script (everything was improvised on the set, the and shooting conditiosns were a little hard: 2 hours every 2 weeks during a whole year).
The plot line is very simple: 2 gangs meet in the back of a church (supposed to be located in San Fransisco) in order to buy an object (which is in a bag, so we cannot see it) to a girl that belongs to neither gang.
Anyway, even if nothing specialy complex happens exept from a real bloodbath, it is quite hard to follow since people don't know the actors, so it is a little difficult to understand clearly what is happening, who shoots who, who is with who, who is betraying, and the like.
Still, some of you guys could be interesed, that is why i put the link, and the translations here (because it is in french, at least most of it.).

TRANSLATION

Since the movie is divised in chapters, i give you the translation and the name of the chapters.

Introduction:

Girl: Good evening. All of you know why you are here. here is THE object. Tell your prices.

Les Enchères (i don't have my dictionary here, but it is sthg like "the auction"

Man with a hat: here are $1.000 . the 49.000 others are in the car.
Man with glasses: Hey... i propose $100.000
MWAH: 150.000
MWG: 200.000
MWAH: 250.000
MWG: 500.000
MWAH: 750.000
MWG: 1.000.000

Le Millon / The Millon

Man with a pistol: Do not f*** around."
Girl who sells the bag: this is linked to 1.500kg of C4. It's enough to blow up 5 churches like this one.
After a while:
Girl who sells the bag: Good job.

le bain de sang / the bloodbath

Man with a hat: Pick the guns of this bunch of *********

The Showdown

Man with glasses (but whose glasses are gone. he  is the one who is standing): Aha! i know what you're thinking Punk. You're thinking did he fire 6 shots or only 5. telling the truth, I kind of lost my track myself........................ actually, it is a free adapation of dirty harry's speech about his .44 magnum (but here it is a .45 long colt:) )
Man who is lying:
Will you shut up!


before giving the links, I would like to say that this movie is shot in a church, and people are running and shooting at each other in this church ("catholic church, that is", so i suppose i would be shot down by the cheyenne). We do not want to offend anyone here, they is no will of ciritcising or shoking anyone or anything. this movie has absolutly NO message. We shot that for fun and for me it was only a training. So, take it easy, and i'm really sorry if some of you tink what we did was bad... Well, you know now, so if you think you are likely to dislike the movie because of the location, please do not watch it.


And here are the links. the movie is in 2 parts because sending videos lasting more than 10 minutes is forbiden on You Tube. And the begining of the second aprt is the ending of the first one, because i wanted to keep the continuity of it.
Well, I stop writing and introducing, here is the movie:
Part I : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKcs4Vqh2vc
Part II : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEN1QqEPUB8

Enjoy it! and please post your comments. Don't be afraid of beeing harsh, I need to improve and i know that. i also know that external comments are the best way to improve, so...

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2006, 05:31:56 PM »

Oh I forgot a translation in one of the last chapters:

"All You need is Love"

Man: Hey... Are you crying?

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2006, 11:44:57 PM »

I didnt know what was going on half the time but since I dont know French to well I wont hold it against you.

But my confusion didnt stop me from enjoying this.
My favorite part was when the Girl shoots the guy while Il Grande Duello is playing. Also I really really liked the gunfight at the alter of the church.

man you filmed a gunfight in a church! dude thats awesome!
how did they let you do that!?

My only real complaint is the guns are obviously not of the era. But I think they worked well for the alter gunfight. I thought the film had transitioned to a western (was this your intention?).

You obviously have a good ethusiastic crew on your hands. I can only dream that my friends were as interested in making movies as I'm. the only reason Firearm had actors was because it was for a grade.

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2006, 11:47:20 PM »

hey Noodles_leone!

Since you being an obvious fan of "Pulp Fiction"...I just have to ask this...

Do they really call "Quarter Pounders with cheese" a "Royale with cheese" in France?

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 12:11:30 AM »

looool it is actually called a "Royal Cheese"... So, there is no "with" Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2006, 12:15:51 AM »

looool it is actually called a "Royal Cheese"... So, there is no "with" Smiley

Thanks Cheesy


hey I also forgot to mention on my posts that for somebody who lives in France...you sure get around in the U.S. man! monument valley, Taos New mexico, and San Francisco!

all great places to visit by the way.

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2006, 12:30:53 AM »

looool it is actually called a "Royal Cheese"... So, there is no "with" Smiley

Moreover, big mac is bic mac but nobody calls it "LE Bigemac"... And I don't know how we call a whape I haven't go to Burger King for a while  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006, 12:40:59 AM »

I didnt know what was going on half the time but since I dont know French to well I wont hold it against you.

My translation didn't help? Anyway, I know this is the major flaw of my "masterpiece": it is almost impossible to understand anything:)SmileySmiley still, nothing complex happens in it...


But my confusion didnt stop me from enjoying this.

I think that is the point. The storyline is so simple and stupid that beeing completly confused about what is going on does not bring or take anything out of the movie. It is only some kind of "abstract" movie:) Glad you enjoyed it!

My favorite part was when the Girl shoots the guy while Il Grande Duello is playing. Also I really really liked the gunfight at the alter of the church.

The part I am the proudest is the whole thing beteween the guy who is knocked down (I love the fact that most of the time, the audiance says "Oh my God! It hurts!") and the gunfight in the church, including the jumps cut. I like the camerawork, the editing and the rythm: there has just been a big gunfight, very quick, and then the guy is hit, no music anymore, then a very cool piece of "requiem" by mozart, and then the guy stands up, with a music by Verdi, jumps cut, he puts out his glasses, and go back to fight:)


man you filmed a gunfight in a church! dude thats awesome!
how did they let you do that!?

My only real complaint is the guns are obviously not of the era. But I think they worked well for the alter gunfight. I thought the film had transitioned to a western (was this your intention?).

You obviously have a good ethusiastic crew on your hands. I can only dream that my friends were as interested in making movies as I'm. the only reason Firearm had actors was because it was for a grade.

Well i have to go but i'll answer it later:)

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2006, 12:51:10 AM »

Moreover, big mac is bic mac but nobody calls it "LE Bigemac"... And I don't know how we call a whape I haven't go to Burger King for a while  Grin
thanks for the clever answer Cool

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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2006, 12:07:32 PM »

End of the answer:

How did we shot in a church? Actually, this movie was made for our school (which is not an art school, but we had to make a "collective project", so I came up with the idea of a movie), and our school is a catholic school (even if I am not a catholic). So, there is a church in the school. At the begining, we had the idea of the story, and we were looking for a part of our school having the following advantages:
1) beeing far from any classroom (we had to shoot while other pupils were working)
2) not looking like a school
3) beeing nice looking Smiley
4) beeing calm : nobody is allowed to jeopardize the shooting of MY movie  Angry Angry Angry Angry
5) beeing not far from our school, because we only had 2 hours every 2 weeks to shoot it

And you can imagine that the church in our school was the best place for each of these advantages:) I ahve to admit that the priest and his crew did only know that we where shooting "something",  I don't think they expected stg like that with people runing dying shooting and betraying inside the church. i don't think they saw the movie. That was pretty ambarassing since they were very kind with me... So when they told "oh I hope we will see the movie" i just told "yes yes" and left  Undecided I didn't want to be provocative, the movie must not be taken seriously, and if God exists, I don't think he was shoked by what we did... i suppose he is too smart for that:) i also suppose he doesn't care about my movies  Cry Cry Cry

So, to make a short answer, we shot in "our" church:) And we were more or less allowed to...

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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2006, 12:13:51 PM »

Concerning the flaws of the movie:

1) the compreension has already been mentionned, I think it is the major flaw  Embarrassed
2) Rythm: the opening credits are faaaaaaaaar to long, and between the final betrayal and the explosion, time goes very slow... I only wanted to match music with images, which was a mistake: separatly, it could be ok, but it is a movie, so the editing of each scene should take into account the movie as a whole and not only some little effects...
3) guns: that is what we (I Smiley ) had... we couldn't do anything else  Undecided Concerning the two guns used during the "Showdown" between the man with glasses and the man with a hat, I think they match since (and the firecracker told it) it becomes more of a western. But it is true, seeing actual gangsters shooting each other with colt navy 1851 and colt army from the civil war is a little strange:)

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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2006, 08:51:06 PM »

and if God exists, I don't think he was shoked by what we did... i suppose he is too smart for that:) i also suppose he doesn't care about my movies  Cry Cry Cry



I'm sure he/she has seen worse things.

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