Almost Human - Chapter 1
 
 
Studio: Tahndur
 
Review Count: 39
Average Rating: 4.74 stars
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: 8 minutes 3 seconds
 
Posted on: September 27, 2006
 
 
Film Description
PART 2 HAS BEEN RELEASED! Dimension X's "Almost Human" which aired May 13th, 1950. Written by Robert Bloch, and available under public domain license here: http://www.archive.org/details/Dimension-X

Thank you all for the kind reviews I've received for this series. It is much appreciated indeed.

I am sorry to have to defend myself publicly like this, but recent assaults on my integrity, and that of this work (with neither retraction nor apology), have forced my hand, and I refuse to lie down to it:

There are some I am addressing, who have mistakenly used some harsh words against my use of a public domain radio show as the soundtrack for my film, and these points are addressed to them, or anyone else who feels the need to make uneducated, baseless accusations:

1.@ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism - "Plagiarism is the practice of (dishonestly) claiming or implying original authorship of material which one has not actually created, such as when a person incorporates material from someone else's work into his own work without attributing it. Shakespeare's appropriation of stories into his plays may be considered plagiarism, except that Shakespeare never claimed that the stories were his own, and his transformations of them as so great that they served as literary sources, not as materials to be copied."

I am NOT plagiarizing anything, and have given proper credit to the original work. The film:though: It's conceptualization, it's direction, synchronization to the audio; ...every last frame of it, IS my work, and IS original.

2. @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement - "Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of material that is protected by intellectual property rights law particularly the copyright in a manner that violates one of the original copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it."

I am NOT commiting any copyright infringement. The audio used is not protected under copyright law, as it is dedicated to the public domain.

3A. @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain - "Public domain comprises the body of knowledge and innovation (especially creative works such as writing, art, music, and inventions) in relation to which no person or other legal entity can establish or maintain proprietary interests within a particular legal jurisdiction. This body of information and creativity is considered to be part of a common cultural and intellectual heritage, which, in general, anyone may use or exploit, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes."

3B. @ http://creativecommons.org/ - Creative Commons holds that: "Public access to literature, art, music, and film is essential to preserving and building on our cultural heritage. Many of the most important works of American culture have drawn upon the creative potential of the public domain. Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life is a classic example of a film that did not enjoy popular success until it entered the public domain. Other icons such as Snow White, Pinocchio, Santa Claus and Uncle Sam grew out of public domain figures."

The audio you hear is public domain, and available for everyone to use as they see fit, just like any other piece of royalty free music, sound effect, or voice not created by the TMO community; many examples of which fill even award winning and/or chart-topping TMO works. What I have done is no different, nor should my work in Almost Human be attacked or penalized for using it.

So please, and with all due respect, review me, or criticize Almost Human as honestly as you wish, but keep baseless allegation, and uneducated opinion out of it.

Thank you TMO,and the Funky Rebels, for making "Almost Human - Chapter One" so successful...for all of the wonderful reviews I've received,...and most importantly, for appreciating the time and effort I've put into making an old time radio show come alive on TMO.

But again, I want to thank most of all my One Moriaiwe... for without her calming my frustrations, this film would never have seen the light of day. Thank you Vessenya, Di'Twai Nu.

As always, I hope you enjoy the show, and even if you don't let me know!

~Tahndur~

Part 3 Coming Soon!
 
Featured Reviews
- pegleg

Anyone who heard me on TMOA knows I'm not Sci Fi's biggest fan, I always said sci fi is an optomistic genre and I'm a self confessed pessimist. So when I watch Sci Fi I'm looking for a meaning, a message and something beyond a typcal narrative. In this I see the nature nurture debate, or the nurture debate as conceptualised in the blank slate theory mentioned here. This is going to be a very interesting story that develops here.

On the technical side this was excellent, you used the broadcast and scene usage particularly well and matched the voices well considering this would have been a large file to put in the game. I have similar problems when I lay voices to a soundtrack. This movie is well worth watching and I would recommend to anyone. For someone that doesn't like Sci Fi (thats a great achievment). Some excellent Freecam as well, I nearly forgot that.

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Morris101

What a fantastic bit or work here. I understand your pain. I bet you don't have a hair on your head left trying to line all this lot up. Well done.

I notice someone has stated that you should have had the lip synch going. This would have been almost impossible for you to do unless you were able to isolate the voice track.

You were very inventive with choosing your scenes and camera angles and it worked a treat and you ended at just the right time... Who is this man? what does he want? :-)

One question I have for you :-) could you go further, can you put yourself through the pain again to bring us part 2?... We will have to wait and see.

So in summary a very fresh TMO movie that brings alive an old (very) radio show.
Great job!

Keep at it, Take care

Posted on September 29, 2006
- SilverStarlight

You have done an Awesome job turning this Audio into a movie. Brilliant I say again! I was so pulled into this story and kudos to you for putting the scenes to this bit of audio.

Posted on September 27, 2006
- Moriaiwe

An absolutely brilliant piece of filmmaking Tahndur. Truly ingenious, with a compelling storyline that leaves me craving the next bit of the tale! I know how unbelievably difficult making this film was for you, how synchronizing the character's actions to a predetermined voiced script nearly caused you to go bald with the hair pulling. But you pulled it off... not only pulled it off, but you made it look effortless. Your freecam work is parallel to none. You managed to convey a vast variety of emotions through character actions.

Tahn, I am honoured to have been your motivation for this film. Not just a film, but a truly magnificent piece of art. 5 stars, plus another 50 if I could.

Posted on September 27, 2006
 
Reviews
- lohmann99

Very greast movie i think you got the 50's sci fi style just in place

Keep filming !

Posted on August 9, 2007
- laforest76

I liked it. You did a really good job!

Posted on May 11, 2007
- First_Demand_Productions

Very original!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2007
- Ranedthel

I think your idea of using an old public domain radio show is terrific! Your selection of all the shows out there was grand as well. I can understand how some might frown on this idea but I think breathing new life into old and otherwise overlooked radio dramas is excellent. I'm placing a bookmark now. Well done!

Posted on March 28, 2007
- stevec375

A good movie, makes me wonder whats gonna happen next. The VO's were excellent and the soundtrack worked really well. Your use of Freecam was also good. I hope to see the story unfold.

Posted on February 9, 2007
- DNR

This was absolutely awesome. The editing was incredible. I love the idea of the radio show as the sounds. Truely amazing. Great Job

Posted on October 29, 2006
- kos78

Obviously I cannot comment on the quality of the voice acting, plot, etc, since these are from the public domain. So this review is focused on the visual aspect of the production. Incidentally I did like the plot, acting, etc.

There was some very good editing to match the visuals with the audio, and I especiallyliked some of the camera angles at the start. I think there was an overuse of dark scenes where the actors' faces were obscured, and some of the backdrops in the lab seemed out of place. I would have liked to see some more close-ups of the actors; as it is they were mostly obscure and distant. Overall, I thought this was a very good movie, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the story (since I missed it the first time around).

Posted on October 19, 2006
- Dulci

Very enjoyable to watch! Loved the idea of using the old radio show to form the movie around. Just a treat!

Dulcilicious!

Posted on October 15, 2006
- JazzX

This idea works very well.

It's probably worth 4 in terms of effort (no need for V.O. or music, and there's no lip synch when there could be [more on that shortly]) but I`m giving it 5 for bringing attention to/and interest in the golden age of radio sci-fi and presenting it in a well edited and entertaining manner.

As for the aforementioned lip synch, it is indeed possible to do with a single track on the music channel. I used this technique when I made "5 Stars (Music Video)" and dubbed it "Muted Dialogue Lip Synch" (MDLS). What you do is record yourself saying the lines along to the radio track, line by line in an outside editor like Audacity (you must be very familiar with each line). You then put the lines on the dialogue track of Post Production at a reduced volume. Then you adjust the positioning of your lines of dialogue until you can hear yourself talking almost exactly at the same time as the actors on the radio. You then synchronise as usual with whichever character is supposed to be talking. Finally, with everything synchronised, you turn the dialogue track down to zero or as close to. The characters on screen will move their lips in time with the spoken dialogue.

You can save time by ignoring scenes where the characters aren't in close-up, as online quality is so poor you won't notice their lips move anyway.

The good thing about this film is that, despite the lack of lip synch, the head movements are well chosen so that the characters appear to be gesturing in a natural way as they speak.

Anyway - I`m only here because I tried part II first and your voice directed me to watch this part. So it's back to part II now .. I want to see how the story continues thanks to this effort ...

Posted on October 15, 2006
- jolo45

naja
nicht so gut
gru�?
jolo

Posted on October 13, 2006
- schnufflstreifen94

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Posted on October 13, 2006
- JamesWorcester

Fanschmastic! Great VO's, great plot, great camera-work; GREAT ALL ROUND! Congratulations on this fine movie, and keep me posted on the series.

Posted on October 13, 2006
- JustinMoore

Just a few words . . .Excellent, Awesome, and Absolutely Brilliant! Are just a few of the words that come to mind when thinking about your movie. Overall: Absolutely Outstanding!!! One of the best films on TMO I've ever seen! You get a Bookmark!

Posted on October 10, 2006
- CaptainStrider

Interesting and well made movie

Posted on October 10, 2006
- JohnOkinawa

S.S.R.C-Johnokinawa

The opening of the movie really reminded me of that one scene in "Charlie in the Chocolate factory" when they were going into the tunnel. The Narrator's Voice in this movie is completely flawless and has that sound of the fifties. The female lead was extremely acted and I'm in awe of the other voice actors. But then again, I see that it's a radio show.

Nevertheless, it's still directed with which appeals to me. The camera angles shown on the floor when they're talking made it seem natural, but created a different atmosphere. The editing was top notch with a bit of too much fades that I felt like were unnecessary.

Again I would say nice story, but I am still confused if this is your own work. Still it's one of the better Sci-fi's I've seen on my thread. One cannot judge this movie based solely on the fact that it's a radio broadcast. They must also include your directing skills, editing skills, and visuals. I felt this movie...I can feel the robot's feelings even though I've seen many types of these movies before about a Robot with no feelings. Hopefully you can find more of the broadcast, because the twist was very intriguing. I want to see more! (Why would he need to build a coffin? Is it for the profesor? DUN DUN DUN!)

Posted on October 9, 2006
- Newdaff

Very good movie.

Posted on October 6, 2006
- Trashman

I've heard many old radio broadcasts.Some seem hoaky,while others are good but rather out-dated.This particular broadcast is excellent just to listen to,but I have to hand it to you with the nice work you did in bringing back to life with your visual interpretation.It really enhances the experience,and I think if those people who originally did the radio show were somehow able to see what you did with their story,they would be at once intrigued and pleased with your work here.
Nice attention to details.I liked your use of the sci-fi bridge as a sort of chamber for the "creation".
Its somewhat difficult to comment on something like this,just because it would sound funny if I said "Great voiceovers and dialogue" lol,obviously:-)
But rather I have to concentrate on the technical aspects of this movie.Editing.Sets.Costumes.Lighting.Camera angles.Overlays.All were done to perfection.Its clearly evident that alot of time was spent piecing this together.
I enjoyed your vision of this great old radio show.
Nicely done:-)

Posted on October 5, 2006
- freddymurphy

I can't even imagine the time it took match the dialoge with the lip sync, You pulled it off nicely!!I actually couldn't take my off the screen! I am amlooking foward to seeing part 2! Great job

Have fun

Posted on October 3, 2006
- alon1993

I liked the movie! it reminds me the good ol`dialogs from the 20's lol, great movie, Exelent VO's, and very good editing(freecam, etc.) the charecters looked very realistic and i see they are from starmaker...great! no-GREAT! 1000000 thankses for returning us for the 20's! :) two thumbs UP

Posted on October 3, 2006
- benf45

good movie i enjoyed it alot i have a feeling jr is going to turn into a mad serial killer because you know how it goes with robots, they usually malfunction and end up killing everything they see
good job!

Posted on October 1, 2006
- Weasel_005

I went through alot choosing between a 4 or a 5 star. In the end I went with 4. I would go ahead and give it A 5 noting the superb quality and the countless hours you went through to make this, but when I think of 5 stars I think of Black Bird, or 3 Lives. This movie did a great job on capturing the old Sci Fi feel and that to me was great. I'm now going to review part two an I can't wait.

Posted on October 1, 2006
- cecilbdemovies

This is one of the best concepts I've seen someone come up with on TMO and I think you've handled it brilliantly. The editing and camerawork bring the story to life so well that I could almost believe it was written for TMO, haha.

Posted on October 1, 2006
- Leora

SSRC Leora
What can I say? Brilliant! All the pain and trouble you went through to make this film has been well worth it, you managed to match the broadcast perfectly with your visuals, which I know was no small feat.
I hope you decide to continue on with the series, as I am very interested in where the story is going now! :p So glad I finally got around to watching this one!

Posted on September 30, 2006
- sidy

GREAT! its only talk scene, but interesting.
profesional VO. nice scene editing and good storyline. i enjoyed it. keep it up!

Posted on September 30, 2006
- Meosha12

Great job
ps check out Route 16
and It's On music video

Posted on September 29, 2006
- pegleg

Anyone who heard me on TMOA knows I'm not Sci Fi's biggest fan, I always said sci fi is an optomistic genre and I'm a self confessed pessimist. So when I watch Sci Fi I'm looking for a meaning, a message and something beyond a typcal narrative. In this I see the nature nurture debate, or the nurture debate as conceptualised in the blank slate theory mentioned here. This is going to be a very interesting story that develops here.

On the technical side this was excellent, you used the broadcast and scene usage particularly well and matched the voices well considering this would have been a large file to put in the game. I have similar problems when I lay voices to a soundtrack. This movie is well worth watching and I would recommend to anyone. For someone that doesn't like Sci Fi (thats a great achievment). Some excellent Freecam as well, I nearly forgot that.

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Morris101

What a fantastic bit or work here. I understand your pain. I bet you don't have a hair on your head left trying to line all this lot up. Well done.

I notice someone has stated that you should have had the lip synch going. This would have been almost impossible for you to do unless you were able to isolate the voice track.

You were very inventive with choosing your scenes and camera angles and it worked a treat and you ended at just the right time... Who is this man? what does he want? :-)

One question I have for you :-) could you go further, can you put yourself through the pain again to bring us part 2?... We will have to wait and see.

So in summary a very fresh TMO movie that brings alive an old (very) radio show.
Great job!

Keep at it, Take care

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Eyris

First of all, what a brilliant idea to use an old radio play for a movie! It was interesting to hear professional voices at work, also to think that people really listened to this back then and were most probably glued to their radio's.
As was I to my computer screen whilst watching this. The editing and camerawork were flawless, I read about your problems with making this movie, and I can only say I am glad you persevered, this was definitely worth all your blood, sweat and tears!!

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Timo666

You did an awsome job deliving this unique movie! I can understand all the problems you had during production, therefor 5 stars are a must anyway!

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Legend51

This is an outstanding acheivement, especially after reading about the hardships you had on your description. This movie oozes quality, as you said it was well worth the effort. The editing is superb and even without being able to do lip sync you managed to make the scenes so there was no confusion about who was talking, in fact for me it flowed naturally and i couldn't really tell the difference. Possibly because i was so enthralled in the movie. This was a pleasure to watch and you ended it in the perfect place, a suspicious cliffhanger ending with many questions i look forward to seeing answered. Top Job.

Posted on September 29, 2006
- PearsonHouse

A terrific job of turning the audio into a movie. Camera work, editing and sound was also excellent too. I am so glad that you persevered with the making of this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done! �?�(�?�¿�?�)�?�

Posted on September 29, 2006
- Loyd2000

Truly fantastic! You lined up the audio perfectly. I understand you had a lot of problems making this and I agree with you that it was well worth the effort. Very creative although the audio wasn't original. I love this movie and I'm bookmarking it now! I remember my grandma telling me about this show. My grandpa and her used to listen to it years ago, so it hit a nerve with me. Once again, great job!

BTW, thanx for the excellent review you gave for REAPER MAN'S RETURN. It is greatly appreciated! I will keep checking in for the rest of the series and I will eventually get to your other films as well.

Posted on September 28, 2006
- heuser7719

Great and interesting Movie.
The Vo and the storyline was great.

Good Job. :)

Posted on September 28, 2006
- Meowan

imrepssive flich! GREAT

Posted on September 28, 2006
- JerroStarr

This is such a good concept! Excellent thinking, Its great how all the suspense and music and VO is already done for you!!! Good thinking, im lovin it!

Posted on September 28, 2006
- OlliEntertainment

Excellent movie..
Great story...
Good work at all......

Film on!!!

Posted on September 27, 2006
- dysfunktion

Good film! Great editing and voices, However, it would've been more realistic
with some lip syncronization. Hope the second part has more action and a bit
less talk. All in all, very good start to a sci-fi movie....keeps you guessing.
Keep it up!
Dys.

Posted on September 27, 2006
- SilverStarlight

You have done an Awesome job turning this Audio into a movie. Brilliant I say again! I was so pulled into this story and kudos to you for putting the scenes to this bit of audio.

Posted on September 27, 2006
- Moriaiwe

An absolutely brilliant piece of filmmaking Tahndur. Truly ingenious, with a compelling storyline that leaves me craving the next bit of the tale! I know how unbelievably difficult making this film was for you, how synchronizing the character's actions to a predetermined voiced script nearly caused you to go bald with the hair pulling. But you pulled it off... not only pulled it off, but you made it look effortless. Your freecam work is parallel to none. You managed to convey a vast variety of emotions through character actions.

Tahn, I am honoured to have been your motivation for this film. Not just a film, but a truly magnificent piece of art. 5 stars, plus another 50 if I could.

Posted on September 27, 2006