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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Reviews of 'Upgrade'

Here are the reviews of our movie.

Happy Face Films - Upgrade (Sci-Fi; late) 2/5
A woman has an artificial intelligence system running her life. It's like a cross between HAL, the interweb and a sentient blue screen of death. Eventually it crashes and a man explains that it's ruining her life. Gunshots are fired and the software is upgraded.
Reviewed by "robyn"

Upgrade (Sci-Fi) by Happy Face Films (Late entry)
An evil software corporation is producing Robin Slade, a programme so indispensable it is robbing people of their individuality and independence. An interesting concept, but the execution left something to be desired.
Script: *** Acting: ** Required Elements: ** Production Values: **
Overall Grade:
Reviewed by "godfather"

I asked godfather what our overall grade was, as it was not included.

Godfather's response:

"Oh, whoops, sorry. That was bound to happen eventually. I'm afraid I don't think I would have gone higher than C+, just because the runnig time just didn't seem to be long enough to fit in enough of the complexities of the plot to really sell the central concept. Other than the fact that the software company were killing people, it was hard to see what was so inherently evil about Robin Slade. It had the potential to be a pretty good cautionary tale about general overdependence on technology, but thinly-veiled anti-Microsoft stories don't make especially good watching (have you seen Antitrust?). "

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Behind the Scenes

Hannah and Lydia enjoying "The Last Supper"
Hannah, Lydia and Mike
A very happy director!
Zoe, our camera op.
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Behind the Scenes 2

Liam our techie, editor and guard
The director looks on as the drama unfolds
Ed, Hana, Mike (Deep in thought) and Phoebe
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Behind the Scenes 3

All the final paperwork, with a very tired crew
A very tired director!
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Friday, June 02, 2006


Well the premere went well, saw some great films other than ours. Seeing I hadn't fully seen the film myself, I was really surprised at how it looked considering all the problems we had on editing day. We all found it quite funny, considering that no-one had actually seen the finished product, and that we could see all the screwups we made, but it was great fun making it, and great fun watching it.

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