Pianoman - Urban Warrior I
 
 
Studio: JazzX
 
Review Count: 47
Average Rating: 3.32 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 2 minutes 55 seconds
 
Posted on: August 16, 2006
 
 
Film Description
This is the pre-credits sequence for the full length film URBAN WARRIOR.

A pianist sits at a piano playing to an empty bar, but why does he play with such passion? What is the dark secret that consumes him?

Hankies at the ready for this prologue, it's very sad...

All music was made by JazzX (my finest ever piece of recorded piano playing - I can't really play it properly, but I got into the character so much that the notes sort of "just came out").

JazzX Research created the humming and breathing sounds that sell the idea that he's always playing the piano in the bar when it cuts to the flashback.

This film is best viewed in full screen with the lights off. All available chapters of URBAN WARRIOR are designed to flow seamlessly together as one complete movie.

CAST

Pianoman - Mark Spangethal
Juliette - Jennifer Armstrong
Mohawk - Tim Vanlaw



TRIVIA:

* This one stars Mark Spangethal and Jennifer Armstrong who were both in 5 Stars (Music Video)

* This is the second cut of this film and has numerous changes in the editing, improved lighting, better continuity and more romance! The Lionhead credits have been removed to help the transition from this chapter into the next one (Midnight City - Urban Warrior II)

* Jennifer Armstrong gets to play "Juliette", a different character, starting from chapter III (Love Casino)

As with all my films, feel free to use my music but be sure to give me full credit for it in the description of your film. If you modify the music in any way, make sure you state this as well. I would hate to take credit for all the improvements you've made!
 
Featured Reviews
- jase180

I'm sorry to say this Jazz, but they wont let me give out more than 5 stars.

Lets talk about the film itself, this, and ANY person who knows anything about film history, will tell you in a perfect re visit to silent films at the dawn of the industry. I can tell you that music is key for me in filmmaking, and you told a story within those 2 minutes a 55 seconds, and I liked it. Top notch camera work, the solid score and some excellent use of editing as a blender to the whole thing. Seriously, not everything has to be glitz and glam and fast cars, zombies and whatever. Well played Jazz.... and I aint one to blow sunshine, so these are well a earned 5 stars. Oh, and I'll be swiping a certain camera angle...heh heh.

Cheers

Posted on March 14, 2007
- JimboWelcome

I think you've been robbed of some well-deserved stars in some reviews for this film, Jazz. Some people mightn't have read the info at the top of the page explaining this as the pre-credits intro, but that's not your fault. Anyone who can ignore the brilliant camera work in this film needs to go back and get a new pair of eyes - it really is outstanding. Kudos on the music - it was well written and brilliantly performed (really shows my own self-made, computer composed stuff for what it is).
Don't lose heart with some of the revenge rates and one stars by folk saying they didn't understand it (when are people going to realise that it's not our fault they're stupid?); this is a great introduction to what looks like it will be a great film. I'm off to find out.

Posted on November 12, 2006
- bongoman

Absolutely Fabulous, as usual. Wonderful camera work in the piano scene in the opening. People who didn't like it didn't get it. Such a pleasure to see a class act!

Posted on August 26, 2006
- KirinRiotCrash

**** RANDOM Guignol Review ****

You know, I kind of enjoyed this piece. Let's say I'm in the same boat as Joseph here. Probably because it's early in the morning and I just woke up.

The movie, itself, feels like an arthouse film and with that, I would have to say that some of the camera work looks brilliant. I have to wonder about the man in the mohawk though ... seems like an unlikely person to carry a gun around.

The overall feeling, however, was a bit relaxed.

Posted on August 26, 2006
- JosephKw

Despite the other low-star reviews you received, I did find the piano sequence moving (I guess I was in the mood). I noticed that most of the piano flourishes matched the actor's hand movements (a few were off, but to match every movement is tough with a pre-animated character). The freecam use was a bit inconsistent though--some movements were slow and others choppy--which did not exactly match the mood set by the piano piece. The ending of the film was a bit strange, with the killer with the feathers in his hair shooting his lady love. Perhaps it was a figurative symbol which will be revealed latter in the film, but as it stands is quite odd and intrusive to the established theme of this piece.

Posted on August 23, 2006
 
Reviews
- TheSeeress

boooo... the first half almost put me to sleep - and not in a happy lullaby kind of way - boooring!

Posted on September 3, 2008
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Never before has the saloon been presented so beautifully and with such beautiful music! Jazz you kick ass! =)

Posted on June 6, 2008
- pianodude135

This film lifted my spirit as I viewed it. I became deeply connected to the story, even though there were no words. The power of music shines through. I would love for you to check out one of my older films, Stranded. Althoug It got confused by some other viewers, I think you would understand what I was trying to create. Your honest opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on February 24, 2008
- axlslash

the piano wasnt that bad and I understand that it was a pre movie / prologue thing so overall it was pretty good. Except youre an [wash your mouth out!].

Posted on February 19, 2008
- Sam-o

could use more, but good music.

Posted on July 4, 2007
- Sugaree_Bugg

Playing a piano is not nearly as productive as creating it! Shame on you for not learning your lesson, grandma!

Posted on June 12, 2007
- pogomtb84

I loved the camera work in this movie. The music drew me in and made this such a powerful story. I'll be looking forward to your next release.

Posted on April 23, 2007
- StephB

Beautiful. Simply wonderful.

Posted on April 11, 2007
- WoopDeFrickinDoo

TMO�?� Review �??

Though it has no subtitles or voice overs, it doesn't matter, this is a masterpiece. Really inventive! It uses the power of music to get the message accross that he was a lonely man who imagined a life with a wife. As if he could get one, he is so god damn ugly. Lol. Fantastic work. Though there were no subtitles or voice overs, there was fantastic music, which boosts the mark.

Ratings �??

Subtitle/Voice over Quality - 5/5
Story Quality - 3/5
Other - 4/5

12/15

Overall Star Rating - Four Stars - Almost Five

Posted on March 18, 2007
- jase180

I'm sorry to say this Jazz, but they wont let me give out more than 5 stars.

Lets talk about the film itself, this, and ANY person who knows anything about film history, will tell you in a perfect re visit to silent films at the dawn of the industry. I can tell you that music is key for me in filmmaking, and you told a story within those 2 minutes a 55 seconds, and I liked it. Top notch camera work, the solid score and some excellent use of editing as a blender to the whole thing. Seriously, not everything has to be glitz and glam and fast cars, zombies and whatever. Well played Jazz.... and I aint one to blow sunshine, so these are well a earned 5 stars. Oh, and I'll be swiping a certain camera angle...heh heh.

Cheers

Posted on March 14, 2007
- Patt0192

You try so hard man... and you wonder why you have no 5 stars to speak of? No, I'm not talking about your reviewers, you have plenty of those, I'm talking about your overalls for your movies.

Your movies would be so much better if you actually had a plot.
That's why you deserve nothing for your efforts. If I could go lower I would.

Good job on two horrible Urban Warriors.

Posted on February 10, 2007
- pianoman160

A beautiful touching film! I thak you for using my name and piano skills for me. You sounded 10 times better than me though.

Posted on January 18, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

Beautiful and moving. A poetic blend of music and visuals that simply soars! Wonderful work that shows the power of music in films to bring the story to emotional life! The Golden MGM seal of approval!

Posted on January 15, 2007
- ct_senge

Dude, you are terrible. Not just because you've rated mine poorly....but because....everything you have made is....crap. You should have called this a music video. Please, stop torturing us.....quit while you are behind.

Posted on January 11, 2007
- DeliriousStudios

My first glimpse into the series. An astounding prologue, love your piano style. It's something I would aspire to if I could find the time to practice more.
A fine piece of art. I'll be watching the rest soon.

Posted on January 11, 2007
- sisch

I loved the music (piano is my favourite instrument).. very sad! And a very sad story you told with the music and the pictures, great freecam work!

Posted on December 27, 2006
- MJBarlow

As a pre-credit sequence, this works very well. There is some wonderfull use of freecam in the opening sequence. The music fitted the scenes perfectly. On a personal level I did feel it was a bit overlong. On the whole though it got my interest, and I am now going to check out part two.

Posted on December 24, 2006
- bobwallett

What a pile of toss. See why you hated my VO's. It's cos you can't do your own.

Posted on December 16, 2006
- rjb2112

What amazing music!

Posted on December 3, 2006
- Jupiter2

Wonderful work on the piano. The mood was just right. No hankies, here BUT I did feel empathy for the character.
Nice work. Glad to have found you!
The only smirk I had was for the Indian brave with a gun but maybe there's a story there.
You have my interest.

Posted on November 26, 2006
- JimboWelcome

I think you've been robbed of some well-deserved stars in some reviews for this film, Jazz. Some people mightn't have read the info at the top of the page explaining this as the pre-credits intro, but that's not your fault. Anyone who can ignore the brilliant camera work in this film needs to go back and get a new pair of eyes - it really is outstanding. Kudos on the music - it was well written and brilliantly performed (really shows my own self-made, computer composed stuff for what it is).
Don't lose heart with some of the revenge rates and one stars by folk saying they didn't understand it (when are people going to realise that it's not our fault they're stupid?); this is a great introduction to what looks like it will be a great film. I'm off to find out.

Posted on November 12, 2006
- azza93

I didn't see anything in this flick!
I must say that I accidently gave you 5 star for your URBAN WARRIOR movie,
I meant to give you 1 star!

Posted on October 15, 2006
- BraydenPorter

Wow, I've never seen a movie so emotional and powerful on TMO. You have talent........... PURE TALENT! I was almost in tears, you are someone who focuses on the drama and the emotion of the story and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Anyway, Mystery of the Wicked 3 was not the last part of the series. NO! There's LOTS MORE thats going to happen. I'll only reveal a tiny bit. Officer Fred becomes a priest who vows to eliminate evil, zombies won't be the only demons stalking the streets and we will find out a backstory on the characters. Anyways, GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 29, 2006
- mulliganmaster

was best said by another user.... "OK, so maybe 1 star is a little harsh, but I've noticed that you're fond of doing this to other people's movies that don't deserve one star either - let's see how YOU like it, it's not very nice is it? Try to lighten up a bit my friend." BTW> Your rating of my movie was completely lame. If you would have checked my other titles, you would have seen it was a sequal. As far as giving a musician credit? Well all music within my movies are original works by someone who doesn't want to be credited, just read my profile and you would have also seen that fact. Read before rating....

Posted on September 19, 2006
- benf45

jazz man i don't know how you are a movie making legend, cause your movies are lame and you played one scene like 45 times over again and again and added different camera angles, not very impressive. You can play a piano, but the movie you made sucked! Make a movie with more than 1 scene over and fu**** over again! The first minute of your movie explained to me the rest of it, Fu**** boring dude. If i was in love with the piano i might have liked this but, i didn't. have some consideration for new movie makers a**h*le i don't need a fu**** lecture about my movie just rate it and keep your mother fu**** comments to your gay self!

Posted on September 15, 2006
- Rainbow_6

this was really a master piece! but it sucks. 1 star.

Posted on September 10, 2006
- Stutum

A good, dramatic story. Very well put together, and I like the effect that there are no dialogue, as it's not necessary. Nice choice of music as well. Keep it up! :)


Thank you for rating my Rose Rage movies. And yes, it's to be continued. ;)

Posted on September 6, 2006
- LOOPICS

OK, so maybe 1 star is a little harsh, but I've noticed that you're fond of doing this to other people's movies that don't deserve one star either - let's see how YOU like it, it's not very nice is it? Try to lighten up a bit my friend.

Posted on September 4, 2006
- bongoman

Absolutely Fabulous, as usual. Wonderful camera work in the piano scene in the opening. People who didn't like it didn't get it. Such a pleasure to see a class act!

Posted on August 26, 2006
- KirinRiotCrash

**** RANDOM Guignol Review ****

You know, I kind of enjoyed this piece. Let's say I'm in the same boat as Joseph here. Probably because it's early in the morning and I just woke up.

The movie, itself, feels like an arthouse film and with that, I would have to say that some of the camera work looks brilliant. I have to wonder about the man in the mohawk though ... seems like an unlikely person to carry a gun around.

The overall feeling, however, was a bit relaxed.

Posted on August 26, 2006
- Jeefey

Great

Posted on August 24, 2006
- JosephKw

Despite the other low-star reviews you received, I did find the piano sequence moving (I guess I was in the mood). I noticed that most of the piano flourishes matched the actor's hand movements (a few were off, but to match every movement is tough with a pre-animated character). The freecam use was a bit inconsistent though--some movements were slow and others choppy--which did not exactly match the mood set by the piano piece. The ending of the film was a bit strange, with the killer with the feathers in his hair shooting his lady love. Perhaps it was a figurative symbol which will be revealed latter in the film, but as it stands is quite odd and intrusive to the established theme of this piece.

Posted on August 23, 2006
- Ody456

Well good idea with the piano and freecam...!BUT!Unfortunely I have more negative things to say than positive...

First off, this movie drags to long! It starts off with some guy playing the piano which gets really boring after the first minute!TRUST ME IT GETS BORING!!!
Second, Thier was no story! Just a short part og the film which shows 10 seconds of romance and a Indian guy killing....?!!!CONFUSION!!!
And last, shouldn't the guy be older? Since it is a flashback. You surely do have Stunts and Effects, right? ...Gotta think about characterization!!!!


I hope my review was helpful to you and not abusive...and if it was abusive...oh well.

Note: You don't have to worry about me using your "piano music", or in that fact anyone else.

- Ody456

Posted on August 23, 2006
- Duck1994

hmm is it over yet?

Posted on August 21, 2006
- CorpsehereProductions

thanks for reminding me of that JazzX going to fix that problem now sorry that I up set you. good work on the piano keep up the good work.

Posted on August 20, 2006
- nightfire101

boooorrrring....

OH YEAH AND YOU RATE MY FILMS 3 STARS BECAUSE OF POOR QUALITLY THEN AT LEAST MY FILMS ARE INTERSTING AND HAVE VO'S!!!!

Posted on August 20, 2006
- calih

2 stars cause of the camera work, but this movie is boooring. I'm not gonna watch te full movie.

Posted on August 19, 2006
- Cruise1970

No matter this isn't my type of movie, I thought it was still very creative. Very nice music selection and short story to go along with music. Good storyline and editing...

I did feel there was some good shots with free cam but at the sametime it was overused. I did think the piano playing scene was too long. Thought it would have been alittle more entertaining showing more of the beach story.

Overall a pretty good movie with romantic storyline....

Posted on August 19, 2006
- princeinexile

Ummm Yeah If I where you I'd think about making a decent movie before you review and give your opinion on obviously much better stuff than yours...Sorry but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz for 2mins and 55secs..mind you the camera work was good..

Posted on August 17, 2006
- NUKESTER

Highly Talented, Highly Under-rated! I enjoyed this installment as I did with the second installment. I would love to see you do an opening sequence for a project of mine in the future. Well done and keep it up!

Posted on August 17, 2006
- riott007

A good effort but 2 minutes 55 seconds too long.

Posted on August 17, 2006
- MelonTheCreeker

hey, well i am sorry but i had no idea that you had this idea of a tortured soul at a piano, because i had no influence on my movie.
i saw that you had a piano movie and i thought i would have a look to see some tips. but i must say i am a little confused. the music in my movie was the point which you didnt like about my movie, however the music in this movie lacked any real passion and interest. maybe you didnt like the fact my movie was similar? i am not sure.
anyway, i think you tried to do too much with the camera. when i did mine i just told myself not to take the attention away from a simple storyline. this is what you should of done. i think you did too much. sometimes less is best!

not a bad effort, but i think the music was dull and you tried too much with the camera work.

Melon!

Posted on August 17, 2006
- kwistufa

The Camera shot twisting from above the stairs...
That is the very best thing about this...movie. The piano playing, was ordinary, to be truthful, and a boring piece at that. The shots of him playing went way too long before any "REAL" story appeared. At first I thought we were just going to see how many different angles you could film the same scene from.. until he turned to look at the door, taking his hands from the Keys, well his right hand anyway..whilst the playing carried on.. a bit strange..Unless of course it was a Pianola..Then thats acceptable...
Then the Beach scenes,, Different lighting jumping back and forward. Im really sorry if this is your masterpiece.. To me it was just piano scenes thrown together with as many different angles as you could muster..
I would take a look at some other piano man movies if I were you to get a better idea of how to present this style movie in a more entertaining & fluent way. Maybe have a look at MelontheCreekers 'Life by a Piano'... That is along the lines of what I think you were trying to attempt here.. But far more entertaining to the viewer. Good luck with it in the future!
2 stars for the Cam work...

Posted on August 17, 2006
- Fozz20

Not a bad film, good effort.

Posted on August 16, 2006
- tkw

good music and originality, but the bar sequence was a little long, unfortunately not redeemed by it's great camera angles, it was a good story when it got to the point, but that took too long for me, i prefer movies that get to the point a bit quicker. also, can detect a large age diference between the man and woman, sorry, but i'm not a fan of these slow ebbing romances.

Posted on August 16, 2006
- Vid_Vain

It was kinda boring , i thought the music would have a least some good parts in it but it didn't

Posted on August 16, 2006
- swordfish66601

Now That's A Good Storyline And Well Put Together Movie. Well Done.

Please See My New Movie "Arockalypse"

Posted on August 16, 2006