Keeping a perspective

I can’t understand some people. They just make no sense whatsoever to me.

Case in point, two forum threads over at One thread about the “Condition:Human” web series, and one about the “Manifest Destiny” short movie.

These are two examples of some of the most complex and involved HV20/30-related projects ever shot. There is a lot of work put into these shorts, much more than the usual wanna-be who gets a camera and shoots a “short movie” of complete and utter bullshit, handheld no less. In the case of Condition:Human there was a lot of preparation going on, changing the director’s living room into a green screen, shooting a various locations, and on top of that, implementing complex CGI too. And in the case of Manifect Destiny the sound was superb, the props were superb, the editing more so. Heck, even the sci-fi news site wrote an article about the short! And the readers there, loved it! It’s only some “I am a better filmmaker than you are” readers who “didn’t like it”.

Some of the residents found it “cheesiest, dumbest short”, or said “color me unimpressed”. What the hell? These shorts are more involved and complex AND well-done than your average travel video posted on that forum. How do these people actually compare the god-damn thing? Comparing it to the latest Oscar-winning movie, or to the rest of the amateur filmmaking community? Because, if they are comparing it against the latest Spielberg flick, they should obviously shit on top of 99% of the videos too, and not just nitpick the most evolved ones.

Are these films perfect? No, definitely not. But they are BETTER than the rest in that HV20/30 community. Everything is relative in this world, and these guys simply can’t keep perspective. Instead of being HAPPY that someone was able to pull off such a complex project with a $500 camera and no budget to speak of, they nitpick it to death. The better the project actually is, the MORE nitpicking they do! I would agree with the nitpicking only if the filmmakers were boasting that their movie is better than Hollywood’s. But they aren’t. And no, this is not a case of personal likes and dislikes. This is a case of being objective about something. Heck, I can nitpick Condition:Human’s sound problems all day long for example, but I also recognize that the project overall is way too impressive to ignore.

My JBQ also notes: “When stuff is shot with better equipment, jealous people will just say ‘well of course it’s better, they have better equipment’. But when it’s shot with the same equipment, they have to nitpick because they can’t admit that the result is better than what they get with the same equipment. Ken Rockwell said it best about ‘Equipment Measurbators'”.

This is no different than having a genius kid in the first grade class, able to solve the most complex math than any of the other kids, and then having that kid sitting on the chair next to him, who’s terrible with math no less, saying “eh, you’re no Einstein. Not impressed“.

Well, go fuck yourself. Bully. Motherfucking jealous bully.


rambo wrote on August 7th, 2009 at 5:34 PM PST:

And then you have talented people like Solomon Chase (Batteryfire on Vimeo) being asked about how a scene was shot with the GH1 and most of us expecting a reply about use of a complex steady device, and then being disappointed when the reply is “What you can do is put the camera strap around your neck, and with two hands hold the camera out in front of you. This will get you VERY steady shots if perfected” ….haha … Gold.

The beauty of what these guys do, is in the way they use simple means to achieve what they want and thank God Solomon chose not to overuse shallow DOF like so many people now do, I’m actually starting to dislike it.

Go watch his award winning short.

Cheers Rambo

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Eugenia wrote on August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 PM PST:

I know of Solomon, he’s indeed very talented, and I have already blogged, and tweeted, about his award winning short. What this has anything to do with any of what I wrote though?

Philip Goh wrote on August 10th, 2009 at 1:15 AM PST:

You dream of Eric S. Raymond?!?

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Eugenia wrote on August 10th, 2009 at 3:23 AM PST:

Reply on the right post please.

The Great Sudoku wrote on August 10th, 2009 at 3:43 AM PST:

You should get the last line of this blog printed on a T-Shirt and wear it everywhere you go πŸ™‚

Make it your catch-phrase, shout it out when the trolls show up πŸ™‚

Jeremy wrote on August 10th, 2009 at 3:37 PM PST:


You couldn’t have put how the people on that forum act like in a better light. I have had that same exact feeling about the footage section of that site as well.

I commend you for your honesty and great insight into some of the pompous ass munches who dwell in


blover wrote on August 11th, 2009 at 10:34 AM PST:

Hmm, by your logic every movie should just over-emphasize camera movement and focus? Solomon Chase can operate a camera and color grade well? WOW, let’s break out the award trophy!

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Eugenia wrote on August 11th, 2009 at 10:46 AM PST:

>Solomon Chase can operate a camera and color grade well?

Solomon Chase has made thousands of people buy the HV20 because of his Rainy Day short, and he now won the DVXUser competition. What the fuck have YOU won?

And you have the face to come here and tell us that you don’t agree with how he operates the camera? You are laughable.

Rikki wrote on August 14th, 2009 at 3:15 AM PST:

Have to agree. Both fantastic, I left comments on how to improve as I see that as constructive not destructive (eg: clock showing incorrect time, titles not being on par with rest of production etc) but have seen the general negativity too.

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