Our Homemade Short Films

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share with you the homemade short films we make! We, the fathomlis team, and our eldest brother sometimes come together as 'MidNight' to create these. We do the acting, he does the rest. Most of them don't  have a story at all, but with Only a Month we tried to at least have some kind of plot line. Just be advised, These shorts aren't really professional or anything. Hope you enjoy! Comment what you think... Here are a few... Check out the rest here. Fist Full of Mad People: The Recce Fist Full of Mad People 2

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Art film of close-up zit-popping

Be warned, this is rather gross. But in that can't-look-away train-wreck kind of way.

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A Few Ideas

Which should I post first? Blood shot effect for a film (completed) Paintball Flamethrower (theory) Paintball grenade (completed) Call of Duty Ray Gun prop Wunderwaffe prop Which would everyone be interested in?

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ATV GoPro videos

Hello. I've recently been into filming and editing, and I threw this together. A bunch of clips of me and some friends riding our ATVs and dirtbikes around! Let me know what you guys think. Any tips on filming and stuff would be awesome as well!

Topic by koolcoasterkid 


Why do Americans hold their torches in an overhand way ? Answered

Is there a particular reason why Americans, (especially police officers, in films at least), hold their torches in an overhand position? It seems quite uncomfortable; I have never seen anyone in the UK hold a torch like that, we seem to align our thumbs along the top with the torch held out in front of us.. Anyway this observation is only based on films that I have watched so it might not actually be the case; but I can't help thinking about it when it happens during a film. Help me to let it go...

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How can i make a basic firecracker into a waterproof firecracker?

I need to be able to use these fireworks (equivalent of m80's ) for a film sequence and they need to be lit above water and go bang down below. any help would be appreciated. thanks in advance.

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Who Here Are Middle Earth Fans?

Just wondering who here are LOTR/The Hobbit fans. If you are, let me know in the comments! My favorite Middle Earth book is "The Return of the King" and that's also my favorite Middle Earth film. My least favorite Middle Earth book is the "Fellowship of the Ring" and my least favorite Middle Earth film is the "Desolation of Smaug."

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Modifications to a pistol to allow blank firing? Answered

 What  modifications are needed to allow a semi-automatic pistol to fire blank ammo? The reason I ask is that on various film prop sites I have come across a photo of a gun, ( for an example see accompanying image), and the phrase,  "Note how the gun has clearly been blank converted." I can guess at the reasons but does anyone know? (Don't even bother trying to google this.. .you will get thousands of pages on how to convert a blank gun to fire real ammo.) This is from the film, Heat. Thank you.   

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Our latest project

Read this description: So I haven't posted anything in a long while, and, as well as work, one of the this was down to me and a few friends getting together and forming a YouTube channel called "MTNunlimited". It started out when we did drama at school (a subject which we no longer take) we had a tonne of ideas that we never got to use, and so we can now showcase them on the YouTube channel. Recently, our local youth theatre announced it's closure this Easter, and so we've decided to offer some kind of alternative to anyone who wanted to join in with amateur film-making. Our goal is simply to have fun. If you click onto our channel here, you'll see that we still have a long way to go before we're near the same calibre as a lot of current Internet filmmakers. This is why we have turned to the instructables community for support. We have a few ideas, but we would love to hear other people's thoughts on what we could possibly base a new video on. We'd also greatly appreciate any tips or tricks of the trade that we have not yet been enlightened on. Don’t consider this ‘spam’, as that’s very much the opposite of why I made this forum topic. I posted this to hear guidance and advice from people who have a bit more experience than us. Here's a little montage I made of what we do, in the form of a cinematic trailer, enjoy! And once again, thanks for any support offered :) - Lowney

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AirDog: World's First Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro

Hey everyone! I wanted to tell you about this new awesome thing called AirDog. AirDog is the world's first auto-follow drone for GoPro camera that follows and films you autonomously, so you don’t need to rely on filmmaking crew to get breathtaking views. Forget about remote control operation – Airdog is a unique solution for action sports or anything else you wish to film without actually holding your GoPro. Here you can see our AirDog in action: http://bit.ly/AirDogVideo Have a look at our Kickstarter page: http://bit.ly/KickstartAirDog It would mean a world to us if you could support it or spread the word on your websites. Let’s make a revolution in drone-made photos and videos together! There are four major AirDog advantages: 1. It is tested and working prototype ready for production. 2. It will be the first commercial product of its kind in the market from November 2014. 3. It has AirLeash - waterproof GPS device tracking your movement with a significantly better signal than smartphones. 4. Two years of R&D; invested into the creation of a working prototype to get the best possible solution. We'll be thrilled to hear from you! If you want to know more, don't hesitate to ask us anything - dita@airdog.com Best regards, Dita Team Airdog http://airdog.com/

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Great ideas!!

Hey guys, I've got to do a project for school that needs to be fairly large, and the time limit is now until around next October. Basically I have to be able to present something, not necessarily something actually built but maybe something planned or designed, etc, along with an essay and a few other science fair type things. I have a couple ideas for stuff I want to do, but one problem is that anything I do has to relate to a couple different "Areas of Interaction", such as say, community and service, human ingenuity, health and social education, and environments (meaning any interaction between people to people, people to animals, people to earth etc.) Some of my ideas include learning animation, like CGI stuff in movies, designing and building my  own guitar from scratch, throwing a band together and writing, recording and editing my own songs, or  maybe making a short film..not really sure so any help with idea generation and going about doing some of these things would be greatly appreciated :)

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A Disturbing Store Room

We've just returned from staying with friends in Geneva, where we slept in their (large and airy) basement. Next to the bedroom was the room our friends used as a store room - their nuclear bunker! When their house was built, it was a legal requirement for all homes to have a nuclear bunker.  A stocked, functioning nuclear bunker. The door is steel, filled with concrete.  It doesn't have a lock - that huge yellow bolt and spanner hold the door shut against invaders.  The door on the wall is an escape hatch, in case the house collapses on the main door, and the machinery in the corner is the air filter. The shelves double as beds, and the toilet is a bucket with a lid. I found it fascinating, and, to be honest, disturbing.  It took me two days to "get around" to going through and taking these photos. I grew up during the tense days of US/Soviet nuclear proliferation, when Threads wasn't just a disturbing drama, it was almost a government information film.  I paid attention at school - I knew what nuclear weapons really did.  To most kids, they were a cool way of destroying a bunch of stuff (even more so today).  To me, they were (and are) flatly horrifying, and the stuff of genuine nightmares. I look forward to when things like reduced to the kind of novel feature that ranks alongside "original fireplace" or sash windows.

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The dark secrets of MSN Messenger

There are many secrets of MSN, here are some: Hidden Emoticons (can be used on display names): Storms: (li) Be right back (brb) Turtle: (tu) Dish: (pl) Xbox: (xx) Cigarette : (ci) Hand cuffs (%) High 5 (h5) Rainbow: (R) Handcuffs: (%) Sunshine: (#) Devil: (6) Stupid Question mark: (?) Fingers crossed (yn) Scripts: Type in:      /patchou and you'll see a picture of the creator, with the following message: "Thank you for using this software. The best reward I can get for my work is to see you highly satisfied. Sincerely, PaTchou."      /sbrb You'll see "Be right back" in the post, and hear a sound byte from the film "Terminator" {Arnold Schwarzenegger} saying: "I'll be back".      /sdoh You'll see "I'm so stupid" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Homer Simpson saying "D'oh!"      /sevillaugh You'll see "Muahahahha" in the post, and hear a sound byte of an hideous laugh. /skiss You'll see "I Love you" in the post, and hear a sound byte of a kiss.      /shello You'll see "Hello you!" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Mr. Hanky saying "Howdy how!" 

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One Small Slip...

Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked.The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax".Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.Both have now apologised to their readers for not checking the story."We thought it was true so we printed it without checking," associate editor Hasanuzzuman Khan told the AFP news agency."We didn't know the Onion was not a real news site." The Onion article claimed that Armstrong had been convinced by a website written by a part-time librarian;"It only took a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind's so-called 'greatest technological achievement' for me to realize I had been living a lie, " said a visibly emotional Armstrong, addressing reporters at his home. "It has become painfully clear to me that on July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module under the control of my crew did not in fact travel 250,000 miles over eight days, touch down on the moon, and perform various experiments, ushering in a new era for humanity. Instead, the entire thing was filmed on a soundstage, most likely in New Mexico."Obviously, this is a major embarrassment for the newspapers involved, and clearly shows how modern "journalism" is really just copy-paste-spin (witness The Daily Mail's recent "pregnant immigrant" slant on UK population data)You've got to wonder, though - how much other net-sourced nonsense has made it to the headlines as "news"?The Onion articleManabzamin newspaperNew Nation (Tagline: "Bangladesh's Independent News Source"!)

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Crows and Ravens in Mythology.

Crows n RavensFor centuries the corvids, ravens and crows in particular (corvus corax is the Latin name for the common raven and corvus corone for the carrion and hooded crows), have had a special place in the mythology of various cultures. In modern times this fascination has barely diminished. From Edgar Allen Poe's literary classic to the film of James O'Barr's cult graphic novel "The Crow", these birds still exert a powerful hold over the psyche of a significant fraction of the population. The Goths who paint their faces with white make-up and the weekend warriors who expect Raven to take them to the Otherworld to meet the dead do not see the same animal as the farmers who set up decoys in order to shoot large numbers of them every year in late spring. This is, however, typical of a creature that presents a paradox wherever one looks.Corvids are sociable birds. They tend to form social groups, and this can be seen particularly in the case of rooks, which stay in their flocks all year round. Ravens, the largest of the family, reaching as much as 3 feet from beak to tail, form groups as juveniles, pairing off into lifelong monogamous and extremely territorial relationships at around the age of three. The courtship can involve such fun and games as synchronised snow sliding, and, of course, the synchronised flight test. The corvids can be found all over the world, and are the largest of the passeriformae, or songbirds. The common raven is widely distributed throughout the Northern hemisphere, and the adaptability and intelligence of this family have made it extremely successful.As far as the mythology goes, the first confusion arises over the distinction between Crow and Raven, at least on the European side of the Atlantic. The two appear, in many instances, to be interchangeable, and the appearance of one or the other in a story depends as much on which author is transcribing it as it does on story itself. Whereas John Matthews 1 gives Bran the raven almost exclusively, Miranda Jane Green 2 ascribes to the God's companion animal either the crow or the raven, much as both authors do for the Morrigan. The confusion on the American side of the Atlantic is not so profound. There is a distinct geographical trend in the likelihood of Raven appearing in a story, and so we will start our examination there.

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