Into the Shadow - Part2
 
 
Studio: sherwinliu
 
Review Count: 114
Average Rating: 4.94 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 15 minutes 34 seconds
 
Posted on: February 24, 2007
 
 
Film Description
Betrayal becomes her. Death surrounds her.
He has one purpose: to prove himself wrong.

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CHAT NOIR STUDIOS PRESENTS
A NEW BLACK-AND-WHITE FILM NOIR SERIES

"INTO THE SHADOW"

PART 1: OVERTURE
PART 2: A QUESTIONABLE DAME
PART 3: TRUST IS A NASTY THING ** NOW PLAYING **

Part 2 covers a 24 hours time span after private investigator James Fergan was hired by his ex-lover Eleanor Dunham to investigate the murder of a lawyer and the disappearance of a doctor. As we walk through a gallery of suspects, the plot thickens and more flashbacks reveal the truth of the relationship between James and Eleanor.

The main character is the same as the protagonist from the one-year-old TMO trilogy "Shadow of the Light", which can be found on http://chatnoirstudio.com. (No "s" after "studio") But this new trilogy is completely independent.

~~~

Confused about all the dead people? Read more about them at:
http://allboards.lionhead.com/showthread.php?t=204849

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Credit for the series as a whole (Alphabetical order)

Lizard ................................. as P.I. James Fergan
Sisch .................................. as Eleanor Dunham
AnotherNewDawn ........... as Alan De Vallier
JazzX .................................. as Detective Jenson
Dulci ................................... as Lily
Rposhard .......................... as George
Myshinator ........................ as Mrs. Morgan
Chrissi .............................. as Rebecca Dunham


Written by Kate Lee
First Director: Kate Lee
Second Director: Sherwin Liu

Music by Sherwin Liu

French Living Room Set by Frenhofer
Church Altar Prop by Marvelous Guppi Movies
Horse Riding Costume by Daninsky
Ring board created by 6-headedmonster, modded by sherwinliu

Newspaper Backdrops by Sherwin Liu
Wine Rack and Wine Props by Sherwin Liu
Title and Credit Screens by Sherwin Liu
Shadow Overlays by Kate Lee & Sherwin Liu

Miscellaneous Public Domain Photos from Flickr.com
Old New York City Photos from Skyscrapercity Forums

Confused about all these dead people? Find more about them:
http://allboards.lionhead.com/showthread.php?t=204849 (there should be no space between 2 and 0)
 
Featured Reviews
- StevenKreg

A Mashinimatic Masterpiece!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

This is a masterpiece. Normally I hate to kiss peoples asses. But in this case, I have to do it!

Every single kid knows, that the cast, which is assembled here, is taken from premier league. Every single name, whose owner has taken part in this movie, is music for my ear. Anothernewdawn, JazzX, Dulci, Sisch. Cut.

But what impressed me as much as the VAs, was the incredibly well-made kind of storyline. When I watched this movie, I felt like travelling into past with a timemachine, falling down into a 50s/60s cinema-chair. Damn that I didn't get a pack of popcorn. But maybe it was better for my health. I would have eaten not only the content, but rather the package, too. It is such an enthralling and suspenseful movie. Unbelievable. And you unfair kind of people stopped right in the middle of the story. How dare you!
Before I come to an end, I just wanted to mention, that there are two other parts I really enjoyed. The Music. The Dialogues.
The music was just so "noirish" and awesome, that I didn't recognize it. The whole atmosphere of the movie sucked me in. And I think a big reason for that IS the music. And then the dialogues. Just profound and deep. As I said in my review for part one: Every single sentence was just like a punch into the face. Beautiful!
And now give me part three! Or I.... hate you. ;)

Posted on February 24, 2007
- tigereyes

Great work, just great work again. The script is flawless, from the poetic opening to the darkness that is always a step ahead, so you dare to keep up but are nearly afraid to know what happened... It makes the film truly classic, a deep story with a solid backbone and a euphoric escape from mediocrity.

Voice acting again simply strengthens the film, you perfected it before and simply capitalize on your monopoly on Lizard, and surprise us every time with a new undiscovered talent that skyrockets to fame. Well done, and every voice over was equalized, but beaten into the pattern of the film. You obviously worked hard on directing, but even harder on matching the voice overs with the momentum, the feeling, the tone, the overall flow.

Again, you simply use special effects to let your film roll of the tongue. Never spitting to much spew into our faces, you just display what is in your head, whatever mod facilitates the vision is there, and you paint enough to a picture we can see everything we need to recreate the poetic images of kate_lee's script into our own heads.

Editing to lust for... Tackling the film industry recently I remember how hard it is to string an audience along with fragments of your dreams making them realize their own, your editing pieces together a mystery. Details, you present them stacked alongside every other perfected aspect of the film and give us the vision of Noir we have never seen.

You've surpassed my expectations for The Movies in general, classic. Classics are born all the time, every time kate sits down at her computer...

-PawPrint- I can't let this film get away, and will watch it once more after I post the review, I really want to know... Who Done It...

This is by far not only the greatest piece by Chat Noir, it is a heroic epic that conquers all TMO Films that have ever come, and sets a new standard for those that will.

Posted on February 24, 2007
 
Reviews
- userjosh9874

Wow! A film noir masterpiece! This exceeds the quality of the first one by far! (And that's a good thing!) Keep up the great work! :)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Hirsches8

Wow! What a great job!
This movie is a real masterpiece!

It is one of the greatest movie I have ever seen on TMO.
The script is really wonderful, the voiceacting is extremely good and
the music fits perfekt to the movie!

A real big masterpiece!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Heglisson

muito bom!
good!

Posted on July 4, 2007
- allenrules

awsome

Posted on July 4, 2007
- ThomasMorin

This is a good movie so good that i can see it 10 times:)

Posted on June 27, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

Again the classical Noir feel returns better then ever. A great second part which opens up a doorway to another mystery. A big congrats to the VO's for doing such a great job, and an equally big congrats to Sherwinliu and Kate Lee for making such a masterpiece! Off to go see the third part now.

- Orky.

Posted on June 1, 2007
- CaptainStrider

Continuing the first part everything that was good has been carried over, the plot deepens and new characters are introduced. This is turning out to be another TMO movie that I regret not seeing earlier.

Strider Out!

Posted on May 29, 2007
- jakechief

OO!! Very spooky. Gave me goosebumps.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- HeinrichIV

No comment

Posted on May 27, 2007
- capemedia

And the plot thickens.

Again like the first part this is well written, acted, produced, directed, etc. But again it just doesn�??t have that something that makes this a top rated movie for me.

Maybe I'm the "Weirdo" of TMO, but I cannot give this full marks, maybe it's not my style, maybe it's me????

I'm trying to be fair here, and you have said it yourself, you cannot please everyone. Even though I must give you credit, it's not better the first part but there again it's not worse.

Weighing everything up I must give this 4 stars.

On to part 3, maybe I'll get a surprise ;)

Posted on May 27, 2007
- Howitzer

Well, well. The plot has certainly thickened! Once again the quality of the direction is infallible! Even when compared to part one, the writing is simply astounding. The characters are now so clear that the audience is made to feel as if they themselves are involved with the investigation. Another cliff-hanger, leaving us wanting more of this suprb production. Again, my highest regards to everybody involved in the creation of this masterpiece.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- chrisu69

A great masterpiece!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- Ranedthel

It's one thing to be hooked on this story but it's quite another to want to crawl inside the screen and snoop behind every door and curtain. I think that's pretty much where I am now. Every time a new character steals the screen I want to shove them to the floor and yell "Why'd you do it!!!" I could go on but I would only echo my review from part one. EXCELLENT Magic!

Posted on May 22, 2007
- hollywood_jellybeans_film

I LOVED IT.
i like to be honest in my reveiws so...EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.
brilliant.

Posted on May 20, 2007
- 0630

A great movie

Posted on May 6, 2007
- gpeddino

Unbelievable. Amazing atmosphere, I love the way the music was combined to the settings and editing to achieve the suspense. Ths story is awesome as well... but who's the killer is still not really clear to me. Can't wait for the last part!

Posted on May 1, 2007
- Vanana

This is a great movie it was very weel made I love classic type movies like this and I love the voiceovers. Great Job keep up the good work.

Posted on April 26, 2007
- Frederis-Ettenein

Un chef d'oeuvre en noir et blanc

Posted on April 21, 2007
- moviemaker09

this movie was beyond fantastic, i give this a six but i cant, everything in this movie blended so well even the music, the cast was very well played and perfect in every way, but if u r kind you could check out both my bunnies vs apes movies, and rate them and tell me what i can improve on.

Posted on April 19, 2007
- norriefpb

I love dense plotting, and this had it in spades. The highest compliment I can give is this: I watched on a 32" widescreen television and forgot that it was made on a computer. My only (tiny) quibble was the scoring. As marvellous as it was, I felt that some of the dialog scenes could have down without it.

Posted on April 18, 2007
- bgood4-me

i luv it i dont know how u get the affects also can someone plz tell me how to unlock some new sets

Posted on April 17, 2007
- 121232343

No Comment?

Posted on April 15, 2007
- Alutt

Great as was the first part, love it from the beginning to the end, pm me when the part 3 will be available if you want so. A fine fine editing, voice acting set dressing, ambiance, etc. So much smart ideas (like the art gallery !). Go on !

Posted on April 12, 2007
- rileyman

The investigation begins and leaves us hanging with some crucial clues in this middle part of this entertaining film-noir series.

Overall enjoyment: 32/35. This time we get plenty of the story. My enjoyment of this chapter is hampered slightly by some confusion that caused me to watch this twice to key myself into all the characters (both alive and deceased). This is something I�??m going to bring up in my suggestions area, as I think I might have a tiny bit of advice that might have helped along these lines.

Editing: 28/30. Once again, your scene selection and scene flow are just about flawless. There are just a few minor things that I noticed. On a few occasions, a character was taking a puff of a cigarette while talking (or in another instance, the animation suggested a character was smoking, but didn�??t have a cigarette in-hand). Also, there was one moment where the camera pulls back (on the mansion), revealing a small sliver of blackness along the top of the screen.
Music and sound are perfect again �?? clean voice-overs, and great mood established.

Production Value: 14/15. As the middle part to a series, perhaps my one gripe here is slight�?� But I always feel like including a credits sequence, either at the beginning or end, is necessary for full marks in this category. The title and closing sequence are well-executed, but short. Other than this, use of costumes, props, set dressing, and overlays throughout the film are in full force here.

Characters: 10/10. More players are thrown into the mix, with plenty more character development to go along with it.

Dialog: 10/10. Again, very strong dialog and narratives.

Total: 94/100.

5 stars! A slight decline for me from Part 1, due to some confusion �?? but perhaps this was inevitable given the nature of this portion of the story.

My suggestions: There is one thing that I wonder might have helped potentially reduce viewer confusion: the addition of a few sub-titles (or some other means) to indicate where Fergan is arriving. The art gallery sign was the one example of this used, which perhaps could have also been used at the various households in some manner as well. After a second viewing, I was able to tell where he was, and why he was there �?? but I tend to hope these things don�??t require that second viewing.

Reviewed via �??Riley�??s Reviewing Thread�??

Posted on April 2, 2007
- siclops

Original and Amazing!
Masterpiece

Posted on March 30, 2007
- derbyrams

I am so speechless Sherwin..... I mean you are so exceptional with your films, each one is unique and excellent. The amount of work that has gone into this film is amazing, the overlays, the special effects, the excellent sets and mods, wow, wow, wow. I say wow again!! It was such a masterpiece, everything in this film was excellent, the cast was excellent, i loved the music, the editing was very professional. I also felt that the story was excellent, with a lot of depth, i love that in your movies, that's what makes your films, your films Sherwin. BTW, there are a lot of qualities your films always do so damn well, not just the amount of depth you put in a movie with the story.
I also do love the camera work, you are just so damn good at it, a master of free-cam you are. Each shot was so effective and it looked so well and worked very well for the movie. So much work has gone into this movie that it's really hard to describe in words. I loved the way you shot it sherwin, the black and white style really went with the mood. I found this film to be a very stylish, arty piece of work. From the several overlays, backdrops, mods, all of this and more make this film a pleasure to watch. I really enjoyed this next part in this series, you are such a creative and clever guy Sherwin.
You have released so many great films on tmo, you make your films to perfection!
I feel that there is absoutly nothing wrong with this film at all and that it was very professionally made and my jaw is dropping by how good this film is.
I've always loved your work sherwin. You're a really well known director on tmo, that just doesn't deliver an amazing movie, you are a director that delivers just so much more than that high standard and the final product is really great, done to perfection. It couldn't of been done better. I loved the ending. Excellent work Sherwin. Fab work.
Your films always are a pleasure to watch, i love them all.

Posted on March 30, 2007
- daniellecrownford

GREAT MOVIE!Go on for the next!!!
See my movie Codename Dany (HOTPICK!!!) and rate it, too! Thanks!

Posted on March 27, 2007
- Martello736

Great movie and absolutely perfect. No problems or anything

Posted on March 23, 2007
- skarsten

As great as this series is, I wasn't as fond of this installment as I was the prior. Beautifully shot, as always, and well-acted, of course... but it dragged a bit and the script - well, I got completely lost about five minutes in... and I was no closer to understanding anything when the movie ended. I think it was the number of characters introduced - the cast seems to have at least doubled since part one and I can't tell them apart without a program.

Still, I'm looking forward to part three. These films have enough style that they're great to watch, even though I have no idea what's going on.

Posted on March 21, 2007
- atomicboy5000

stellar!!up,down and all around

Posted on March 20, 2007
- jameseva

Before I settled down to watch this, I already had high expectations for this film. The first episode introduced the story beautifuly and i've been struggling to find the time to watch the part two since its release.

You blew my expectations away! Into the Shadow part 2 was a pleasure to watch.
Beautifuly cinematic scenes, proffesional quality dialogue and voice overs all carry the intriguing story perfectly.

One of the few films to leave me in awe, This is truely outstanding.

An amazingly well written project and an inspiration to film makers everywhere.

Beautiful Work.

Posted on March 20, 2007
- markrichardbehenna

So in the last part we have the foundations laid for an intriguing plot, this part clearly outlines it will go into more detail on that. Immediately we�??re introduced to a new character who I�??m assuming is the detective. He seemed a little larger than life, like he�??s overcompensating for something but still it works well. Movies such as Sin City which I consider a masterpiece had plenty of larger than life characters, it�??s not always a bad thing.

We�??re taken along on the our detective�??s endeavours throughout the investigation as he visits one of the victim�??s homes collecting evidence, then off to the mansion to meet up with Eleanor�??s butler... I�??m with Lilly, everyone knows it�??s always the butler.

That encounter with Elenaor was superbly done. The passion displayed from initial thoughts to close-ups of her face all adds an exclamation point which tells me this woman has an air of power around her, and that power causes trouble. I could figure that out by myself but just to be sure the later meeting in the artist�??s gallery confirmed it, and might as well of shown us diagrams on a chalkboard. Why not just have some subtitle come up to the audience randomly and say �??she�??s trouble, get it through your skull moron!�?? We then have a brief run-in with Rebecca and at this point I was starting to be overwhelmed. The characters with a wealth of background and depth were beginning to mount up.

I have no doubts the sound department added greatly to this, music and voiceovers were nothing short of astonishing.

What we have here is a genuine mystery, I have no idea who killed those people, no idea who tried to run him over, I�??m completely in the dark and know only what this man knows. Surely that alone proves this is not a predicable storyline. There are a couple of leads but it�??s like you�??re tossing a starving audience a crumb of bread now and then, I�??m dying to know, who did it?!

Posted on March 18, 2007
- SnakeEater42

The coolest movie on TMO. Top notch VOs and editing. Writing was superb, it was one of the best movies I've seen can't wait for part 3.

Posted on March 17, 2007
- l3w15-18

I've watched the two parts of the "Into The Shadows" series, and am thoroughly impressed by the quality of the series so far. The visual style of the film is unlike any I have ever seen on TMO, and the voice-overs are impeccable. The music choice is also birlliant, making it feel like TRUE noir, unlike most "noir" films on TMO.

Keep Up The good work!

Posted on March 17, 2007
- Bitethedust88

Spectacular-keep up the good work, can't waint till' part 3!!!

Posted on March 14, 2007
- FunkyFilms

This series is certainly a great one. Fantastic and gripping story, good characters with a really good voice-work, incredible music, and well directed. All this together make for this wonderful piece of movie-work, and now all I can do is wait... wait for the third part.

Final Score: 90%

-FunkyFilms

Posted on March 14, 2007
- rjb2112

More brilliance from Chat Noir studios!

Posted on March 11, 2007
- WishfullThinker

Editing 4/4 : Nice use of editing, great scenes and the flow was good for a movie this long.
Dialogue 2/3 : Mostly good, a couple of the female characters had a few pops here and there. Although it wasn't bad, it was still notable.
Plot/Originality 5/5 : The story is still moving along well. A bit of intrigue, while we still havn't seen the ending you have clearly thrown a couple red herrings at us to keep us guessing.
Entertainment 4/5 : A great mystery. It still dragged a bit for me. The length was a little to long for a TMO movie. But I would still recomend it to others to watch for a idea on how to do murder mysteries using the program. I don't think TMO handles drama well, the manequins are a bit to wooden to really get the emotion needed to carry this type of movie well. Your voice actors did a great job in bringing the characters to life, if only the menequins were up to the task.
Music/Sound 3/3 : Excellent sound and the music was perfect.
Total : 18/20 - 5 stars - Excellent

Posted on March 11, 2007
- DarthDirector

A charged, stylistic noir mystery tale that grips the viewer with visceral intensity as it cycles through a skillfully crafted plot, with an even more detailed gallery of characters. While Part One began this tale, Part Two brings it to stronger and greater heights, with witty dialouge, a crafty plot, and amazing voice talent. Part Two introduces a plethora of characters, but it doesn't feel like too much...it seems completely balanced, and each character has their own backstory which "Into the Shadow" takes the time to delve into and explore. All in all, the results that the second installment of "Into the Shadow" wields are magnificent, keeping everything in the darkness as we attempt to slide pieces of a revealing jigsaw puzzle together.

Posted on March 10, 2007
- jacpaco30

No comment

Posted on March 7, 2007
- MefuneAkira

GREETINGS FROM L.M.A.O. STUDIOS!

Again...Perfect!

Similar review as Part 1:

THE GOOD: Everything! This is the masterpiece we filmmakers strive to accomplish. A perfect homage to a classic detective seies. The opening credits were a marvel to watch, one of the very best we have seen. The writing by Kate Lee was suspenseful and mysterious. To be able to create the classic dialog so magnificently, leaves us in awe. The music flowed through this great achievement like a second narrator, leading us from scene to scene. The story has unfolded to a monstrous who-done-it film, simply amazing! The acting was so overwhelmingly brilliant, it was hard for us to pay attention to the story itself, a powerful performance from all. Now for the cinematography...my lord in heaven...using faded overlays to capture that classic dark frame is nothing less than genius. The quality of each shot was impeccably detailed and beautiful to view. The camera movements were also spectacular. The story and flow are equal to none, the very best we have seen.

THE BAD: Yeah right!

Overall, this is still the very best classic detective genre seies, if not best series, on TMO. It simply has no equal.

Winner of the AKIRA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE!

-Mefune Akira
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on March 5, 2007
- jase180

No question, you are a very skilled filmmaker. I think Dashiell Hammett would be proud of you. I will now look forward to your projects with great anticipation. Its my favorite genre, and I'm glad you have captured the essence of Noir with your films. If they had more than 5 to give, I hand em over.

Posted on March 4, 2007
- actorjay

A great masterpiece. Well done.
Your a great director and movie maker.
Watch my movie and rate it
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/126425

Posted on March 4, 2007
- filipekholmstudios

part 2 is great as part 1!! but how did you get black and white color?

Posted on March 4, 2007
- Meowan

E X C E L L E N T

Posted on March 3, 2007
- Luisa_d_Vos

This is one half of your review from Berkley/Luisa's review thread.

Once again. Wow.The incredible smooth and edgy cinematography continues to delight the viewer in this second part of the series. kate_lee's absolutely masterful writing becomes if possible, even more captivating then in Overture. I'm dying to have this story resolved!

Posted on March 3, 2007
- Spaceman72

The brilliant film-noir series continues with this excellent second part. Once again you did a great job making this movie. This is such wonderful old school story and the characters envolves more in this second part also thanks to the brilliant cast which also did a excellent job again. The technical aspect is again state of the art and gives the movie it's stylish film-noir look. Two thumbs up and 5 stars from me! :)

Posted on March 2, 2007
- Nahton

Another well crafted piece of film noir art. This is truly a wonderfully directed and acted movie. I am anxiously awaiting part 3.

Posted on March 1, 2007
- Melghoul1

Very nice, I just can't get over the engrossing plot. The music and VOs just bring me into it even farther. My hopes and dreams as a tmo director are to make something this worthwhile. seriously brilliant, can't wait for the next one.

Posted on March 1, 2007
- gilga

well...the amazing part one is nothing compares to this work...what appeared already there is really impressive in this part : yes, I'm really impressed by the way you recreate masterpieces of the "film noir" in this poor site, every character reminds us moments, actors we crossed already, the story is wonderfully told, with what is needed in terms of revelations and secrets...this series could last a life time, I guess I'll follow it with the same pleasure and excitement than what I felt there..really grtaz and see you...

Posted on March 1, 2007
- samyhouse

You give us so much information that you get our mind in trouble, we don't know what to think. Is it her? is it someone else? That was really brillant. I think I won't be disapointed by the end, bacause you want to make us think that she is the killer, that makes me think it is someone else. But I really don't have any idea of who!
So I'm waiting the last part now and I count on you to PM me when it's release :)

Posted on March 1, 2007
- admultosanos

Just as insanely superb as it's prequel. It's like 'Brick': a pastiche, a little tacky and absolutely brilliant all a the same time. And more fabulous music! Seriously though, a very impressive movie, beautifully shot with some really impressive and subtle mods.

Posted on February 28, 2007
- otnemem20

Sorry this took so long. I've been having connection problems which inhibited my ability to watch movies or log into the site.

Anyways, I think it goes without saying that you have created yet another masterpiece with the second entry in this series. If the quality of the third film is just as slick and entertaining as the first two, then there will be no doubt that you will have created the finest series to ever be posted to this site. Of course, this production was not without its faults of which there seemed to be more of in this entry than in the first. The direction in the first film was very inspired and well-conceived while it seemed to drag a bit in this one. This is mainly due to the overuse of the same shots. I believe you used the same close-up shot of the eyes over and over throughout the second half of the film. Overall though, you did a solid job of containing the dense material that you were trying to present while keeping it entertaining enough.

Posted on February 28, 2007
- Frenhofer

Amazing! What a wonderful movie! I'm looking forward to the last part!

Posted on February 28, 2007
- pegleg

A great cliffhamger to finish on took me back to stories I used to hear about when TV serials were a Saturday morning treat at the local cinema. Again there is a mark of authenicity about this. It's as if we're transported to the late 1940's.
We see an intricate plot of clues and red herrings unfolding and we are pulled into the investigation by the script actors and music. I really hope that this can be maintained because this will be a terrific achievement.

Posted on February 28, 2007
- Daninsky

I love it, I really do.
Again a great score and the scene you selected for your thumb reminded me instantly of Laura, which was surely intentional.

Overall I have to say that now we are in a field where the, for part 1, made reference to Humphrey Bogart does have ground, the movie has a great overall feel that reminded me more than once of The Big Sleep.

But don't get me wrong, this it not me crying out murder most foul and accusing you of plagiarism, it's just my way to express my true felt delight over watching this movie.

Another scene of the movie reminded me heavily of The Eye (the french version with Isabelle Adjani and Michel Serrault, not the remake), not sure if that was intentional. :)

I have to admit that I haven't yet made my mind up about the who done it, my prime would be suspect is unfortunately dead for all we know.

I'm eagerly anticipating part 3.

Posted on February 28, 2007
- First_Demand_Productions

5 Stars, see my comments from part 1

Posted on February 27, 2007
- joker_josue

Very good!

Perhaps of the best films that already vi here in the The Movies.
Good angles, good sound, good photograph.

Congratulations!

Posted on February 27, 2007
- AxelWelch

Great voiceovers and good storyline.

Posted on February 27, 2007
- Master007

Brillient! Absolutely brillient! This was by far 100% better then part 1. It had great music, wonderful twists and turns, an all star cast, and even great freecam! I knew this would be one of the most interestingly entertaining mystery thrillers on TMO! You have given Scramble a run for it's money! This is worth it place in the charts. Just like Cleopatra, Dignity of Men, and Attack of the Garden Gnomes, you have raised the bar for movie making! Great job and keep up the good work!

Posted on February 26, 2007
- Dulci

Truly amazing. The only praise I can add to what has already been said is to compliment the work you did with StarMaker, makeup, and costumes to give this characters that much more depth and personality.

Posted on February 26, 2007
- benstudios1991

Once again- stunning visuals, a great storyline, fitting voice acting. Just a superb film all around.

Posted on February 26, 2007
- murpheykid

Part 2 continues the complex and intriguing storyline of mystery, lust, and murder. With stylistic camera angles and classic cinematic visuals, this part proves to be the best thus far. The combined effort of TMO finest voice acting community breathe life an essence into the very being of this movie. A fantastic film!

Posted on February 26, 2007
- Mericc

The plot thickens in truly stylish fashion. I have to say that I am loving the perfect way in which this movie has incorporated the 50's noir style of filmmaking from the credits to the half-shadowed glances to the dark locales and even darker characters. Kudo's as well for the wonderfully done music, also perfect for this kind of film. I eagerly await the next installment of this intriguing series.

Posted on February 26, 2007
- Primaer

"Really, I also thought it was the angel-face secratary?" Yes, this investigator has really the humor of a true noir protagonist.

The plot gets deeper and deeper. After the short opening, we meet a lot of characters now. The plot is film noir typically, and well, I love film noir, so I guess I have to love this plot with no doubt. But a little bit originality could have been maybe good, sometimes I have the feeling that the characters are little bit stereotypcal, the saler e.g. But this is only a little detail.

Direction is fabolous and in the absolutley highest class on TMo. Fantastic Angles and then in combination with this music. Creepy!

VOs are the best you can get for money. I know now why you took Sisch for the role, although her english is fantastic, you hear her accent. Great performances from the others as well.

Overall: Amazing 2nd Part, I can't wait to see the third and review it then all for the MovieCheck on TheMoviesVision.

P.S.: I hope you will put all three parts together and upload then im HighRes.

Posted on February 26, 2007
- IISharperII

An absolutely seamless production, very well crafted. Scene to scene the movie flowed naturally, and was complimented by fitting VO's and soundtrack. Unfortunately I've never been much of a fan to the 50's private eye romance genres, well romance in general... But as unfamiliar as I am with the genre, this series has incredible production value, and I hope to see more.

Posted on February 26, 2007
- gwg93

Da iawn! Dwin siarad Cymraeg felly sori nid onin dallt chi! Dwi am drio siarad Saesneg (English) rwan felly tilliho a charlam eithafol.

Ghret Muvie!

Posted on February 26, 2007
- ubernewbie

A cool classy production that oozes talent. Nice Noir piece and the 15 minutes passed so quick i thought it was 14 and a half minutes. :D

Posted on February 26, 2007
- rysto

. Part 2 was magnificent! Good thing I didn't have to wait too long between parts. The story keeps getting better and the characters are great! I feel like I am watching I am watching one of those old mystery films. Hopefully Part 3 will arrive soon. :)

Posted on February 26, 2007
- BerkleyJL

Wow, this is simply the best thing I've seen on TMO, and better than quite a few Hollywood releases I've endured. The attention to detail is flawless, and the story has me on the edge of my seat.

I can't wait for the next part! Please PM me when you release it!

Posted on February 26, 2007
- Goofparade

Simply amazing.

I'll merely add that all participants should be proud of their contribution to this film...And pride is what was necessary to extract this level of performance from these actors and filmakers.

We all commented in the quality of VA and I agree completely,tiping the hat in the direction of A_N_D for absolutely nailing Allen De Vallier.

Well done all!

Musically, the composing was truly solid with my favorite cue being at 11:30 min to 12:45.That cue is all music, no dialogue, and includes 2 -3 changes in density and a lovely double bowed section at 12:00 mins. Well done on this score.

Hey,I'm hooked, had to see it twice. :)

gp

Posted on February 25, 2007
- RaYdAwG

My goodness...this is flawless! Exemplary scriptwriting, awesome vo performance from a great cast. The special effects are brilliant. The music is great. This one is easy...

My Rating:
Script: 6 stars (bonus)
Music: 6 stars (bonus)
VO's: 6 stars (bonus)
Directing: 5 stars
Custom: 5 stars
Genre Effectiveness: 5 stars
Overall: 5.5 stars - Flawless!

da dAwG

Posted on February 25, 2007
- alfric

an excellent continuation of your most absorbing story...
the plot thickens..
great Vo acting throughout and the stirring score drove the movie along nicely..
superb edit,use of custom work and free cam work...
i really enjoyed it and look forward to the conclusion....

Posted on February 25, 2007
- jhurst

Very well done! Great writing, filming, fantastic art direction, and the VO is perfect!

Posted on February 25, 2007
- melicendre

As the first part, the editing and the Vo's are perfect, I loved the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the plot is very unclear for me due to my poor english, It's difficult for me to understand all the dialogues and I'm frustrated by this...

Posted on February 25, 2007
- Towelie

AMAZING! 5 stars, greatest series on tmo!

Posted on February 25, 2007
- JosephKw

This second, and longer installment, dives deeper into the shadow. As the plot thickens, the suspicion mounts and draws the audience into the role of the P.I. until this story becomes our story. James' concerns become our concerns. This is master storytelling at its best. Whether it's by visual imagery or spoken dialogue, Sherwin and Kate have shown that they have mastered their craft. Additionally, Sherwin's astounding music tracks again enhance the scenes brilliantly, or darkly as the case may be. This is yet another masterwork worthy of this legendary team.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- colingaiser

In an illustrious Part 2, the story finds its track and begins a thrilling runaway train ride to a spectacular finish. All the elements of good filmmaking are written in stone for Into the Shadows, with an exceptional atmosphere, astounding VOs, poetic music, and writting fit for the silver screen. Chat Noir is the magician of TMO, and Part 2 of Into the Shadows solidifies that role.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- Jenniza

Awesome film. Amazing details in the story. Great filmmaking techniques too. I enjoyed this a lot. I'm submitting my answer now.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- qtigger

What can I say? Simply flawless! You've absolutely captured the noir style. The first film was really good but this one is just terrific. Great cast, great characters, great music, and your direction is a wonder to behold.

I think the killer will actually turn out to be Fergan himself because he's still in love with Eleanor. But, I'm usually wrong about these things. Cheers!

Posted on February 25, 2007
- AxeCinema

An intriguing, delicious, scandalous continuation of the story. I'm very much pulled in and looking forward to part 3. As always, the music and acting was superb!

excellent.

Posted on February 25, 2007
- FLIPMANBURN

All I can really say about this film is...AMAZING! From the script to the production, everything is just pure excellence. It has a pure, classic noir style that is so well played off and executed, it almost feels like your watching an old 30's film. The Vo's were also another big hight spot...Probably the best stuff I've heard on this site! Killer work, to all in envolved! - 5 stars!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- y2k

Bravo!! this is sheer exellence! i am really looking forward to the next film.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Davidwww

This movie is very Rick and Ilsa, I love it and only wish I could make such wonderful movies.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- PamDennis

Yes I am speechless! LOL

You know how to pull in the viewer and immense them into your tale... then leave them hanging for more.

I can't wait for the finale.

Your studio continues to raise the bar for The Movies and I am always amazed to see that you will raise the bar even though you hold the height of excellence already. Not many studios will gladly outdo themselves. I'm glad you are not afraid to do more...

I am speechless!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- theycallmemisterbob

No comment

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Andy_inc

Another flawless masterpiece from Chat Noir Cinemas. Nothing needs to be said, this movie is perfect in every way. I can't wait to see the other parts!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- ZanNight

Wow, i'm speechless. What a captivating film. Wounderful storyline. Wonderful cinematography. wonderful...everything.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- verguit

very cluedo like. not very fast moving but an intriguing mystery film, first for TMO. A film for the oldies ha ha ha ha. Classic Perry Mason type film, looking forward to the end.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- postmodernchuck

Whereas the first part plunged into the tormented psyche of these tragic characters, part two works its way through the serpentine path of mysteries and double crosses, delivering the sort of intricate puzzler plot befitting the gritty world of Raymond Chandler. Delivering with eye-popping cinematography, daredevil technique, and some of the best voice acting around (any time Lizard and A_N_D share a scene in ANY movie is a moment to rejoice over), Into the Shadows (Part Two) sets up the pieces for what looks to be a tragic and satisfying conclusion.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- pookashells

This has got be one of the most beautifully done masterpiece's on TMO. I really enjoyed this film because of how all of you voice actors interacted with each other, it was flawless.

I do have to agree with 6-headedmonster, I do think the butler did it, That is my guess.

I am really enjoying this series mainly because of its plot and not knowing what you will deal up next. Also the melodic music was splendid, It defintely fit the tone you were providing for each scene. Also the editing, There was editing? A perfect cut is one that the viewer does not notice, I happened to notice a total of zero cuts in there, well ok maybe one ;). The voice acting performance was truly spectacular and did not let me down one bit. You have chosen a very nice cast of voice actors in this movie, chalked full of story and guessing who did the crime.......

I can't wait for number three!

5 stars

~pookashells

Posted on February 24, 2007
- 6-HeadedMonster

I believe in the power of foreshadowing...and indeed the butler did it...
Another masterpiece of style and dialogue that accellerate the viewing in anticipation of the final curtain call..

beautifully done...especially impressed with that great music and the authentic voice work

Posted on February 24, 2007
- dafoso

Yet again, the mystery is unravelled a bit further. I must say I am very impressed at the sofistication and elagance of this story. It really is a fantastic 3 part film, worthy of a lot.

Daf

Posted on February 24, 2007
- jackalbane

This is exactly the reason that TMO has stuck with me. The countless stories people tell and the edge-of-your-seat, can't-stop-watching way that they tell them. Into the Shadow, Part 2 is no different.

Amazing cinematic work on this chapter of the Into the Shadow series! I still can't believe that this was made with our beloved 'The Movies' game engine. Obvious hard work and dedication went into it and I couldn't be happier with the result. With Kate at the camera's eye and Sherwin keeping his ears open, Chat Noir Studios will continue to succeed in making masterpieces. Excellent work!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- mimouch

O_O ! Just an AWESOME movie! one of the best I saw, I did not understand everything because that's not my language, but the realization is excellent, and we take a big pleasure to follow this intrigue. We can only bow before this masterpiece and jump for joy at the idea of seeing a new part.
Swerin Liu, Kate: I love you ! ^^

Posted on February 24, 2007
- steelblade_1

I'll wait for part 3 to leave a dtailed review. :)

Posted on February 24, 2007
- DanielH20

GREAT WORK !!! Can't wait tbe final Chapter WELL DONE!! :)

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Mustachio26

Holy great mother of all things great. That was stupifying. It runs cricles around part 1 as the mystery deepens and the tension heats up like a recently lit cigarette. This was brilliant. The delightful voice cast compliments the custom score to a tee. The story playfully masquarades around you mind as ou try to wrap your brain around the increasing suspense. This will surely be a classic on TMo forever and ever and ever.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- DJDanny

Well, I have reviewed your last movie and he's my verdict on this movie............ Absoulutely Brilliant!!! This was way better than part 1 and I hope the parts improve as they go along. My Final Rating: 7.9 Stars.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- StevenKreg

A Mashinimatic Masterpiece!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

This is a masterpiece. Normally I hate to kiss peoples asses. But in this case, I have to do it!

Every single kid knows, that the cast, which is assembled here, is taken from premier league. Every single name, whose owner has taken part in this movie, is music for my ear. Anothernewdawn, JazzX, Dulci, Sisch. Cut.

But what impressed me as much as the VAs, was the incredibly well-made kind of storyline. When I watched this movie, I felt like travelling into past with a timemachine, falling down into a 50s/60s cinema-chair. Damn that I didn't get a pack of popcorn. But maybe it was better for my health. I would have eaten not only the content, but rather the package, too. It is such an enthralling and suspenseful movie. Unbelievable. And you unfair kind of people stopped right in the middle of the story. How dare you!
Before I come to an end, I just wanted to mention, that there are two other parts I really enjoyed. The Music. The Dialogues.
The music was just so "noirish" and awesome, that I didn't recognize it. The whole atmosphere of the movie sucked me in. And I think a big reason for that IS the music. And then the dialogues. Just profound and deep. As I said in my review for part one: Every single sentence was just like a punch into the face. Beautiful!
And now give me part three! Or I.... hate you. ;)

Posted on February 24, 2007
- Timo666

A great continuation of the story. Again I loved it and the 15 minutes passed in no time. I can't wait for the third part!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- AnotherNewDawn

A moving and ultimately fitting score accompanies a solidly talented cast through an entertaining, compelling, and altogether delicious screenplay and story.

Where does one even begin to dissect such deliciousness?

Let's start simple, with the "The Movies" software. Even before the advent of the freecam, Chat Noir always made excellent use of scene selections, tone, and pacing. Just by being able to reset that camera and add overlays, whole new visual vistas opened up for TMO filmmakers - and immediately, the ever-impressive Kate Lee got right to work on pushing the limits of what could be done with the tools.

Here, Kate's (very fine) camera work performs an instant makeover on all of TM's naturally inherent quirks and blemishes - neatly excised are the strange facial expressions and odd mannerisms, just like that. Kate shoots below them, above them, behind them, around them - she often makes us forget they even exist, makes us forget how frustrating those TM tics are when we're looking for the right facial expression, the right gesture. Here, TM's inherent blemishes are so masterfully concealed as to be nonexistent. These are just actors doing their thing without laughing inappropriately or throwing up their arms for no good reason. Even more, we get a solid sense of movement, instantly recognizable flashbacks and dream sequences, well-shot inner monologues - Kate's astute eye for compelling cinematography shows in every angle, tilt, pan, and closeup. This woman sure knows how to work a camera, and the mind boggles at what she could do with unlimited scenes, sets, and facial expressions.

Add in customs, mods, backdrops, overlays, and every other visual trick Le Chats could fit into the mix, and suddenly, yet again, the boundaries of the standard software are blown to atoms.

We shouldn't be TOO terribly surprised at all this, of course, as Le Chats have made quite a habit of such boundary-smashing in the past. This is why we all squirm so expectantly in our seats every time we hear they've embarked on a new venture, and the bonus is that they keep getting better and better. And so, we shall happily squirm on.

Le Chats have got writing, producing (securing solid voice and mod talent), directing, scoring, filming, editing, customs (backdrops, overlays, and green screens), AND promotions (don't forget to enter the Whodunnit contest in the forums, now, kiddies) ALL DOWN TO AN ART FORM.

Chat Noir may well be the finest overall filmmakers on TMO, and we should all aim this high.

Humbled and grateful to be a part of this, I remain yours,


A_N_D

Posted on February 24, 2007
- THROWAXE

Truly a masterpiece, so much attention to detail, so many classic tricks (the inserts, the backdrops, the close ups)
Once again the voices, music and black & white work together and deliver a perfect genre movie.
Imaginative, stylish, made from a well written script and visualised with the secret ingredient, love. Awesome !

Posted on February 24, 2007
- docontheweb

This is film noir at its absolute zenith. You guys use every element of noir filmmaking to create this stunningly beautiful who-done-it.

I'm going to be honest. The part of the story that grips me the most is the relationship between Fergan and Eleanor. It is done in "Rick and Ilsa" or "Johnny and Gilda" style. The two have a past together, but Fergan is trying hopelessly to forget. What exactly are the details behind this past romance? How did it end? One can certainly guess based on his words and the flashbacks, but its hard to say for certain what has happened. Eleanor is a very mysterious lady...

The scene in this film that I absolutely LOVE is the flashback towards the end. Your use of imagery in that scene is perfect. The way you focus on Eleanor's wedding band during the conversation makes the viewer all to aware of the "sin" that is occuring. You feel exactly how Fergan must feel at that moment: awkward and all too aware that they are doing wrong.

It's almost sad that whenever I see a Chat Noir picture the A-Grade directing and amazing voice acting are taken for granted. That is a testament to your ablility as filmmakers. I honestly don't think that I am watching a TMO movie. I am able to become so engrossed in the story and visuals that my awareness of it just being "machinima" goes right out the window.

My regards to everyone who contributed to this masterpiece of noir filmmaking. I eagerly anticipate part 3.

-Doc

Posted on February 24, 2007
- sgporsche48

Once again you amaze everyone with a tale of murder. The black and white cinematography really helps out in this series. The VOs were again amazing. The music was astounding. The writing was perfection and the direction was delicious. Great job!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- DNR

Simply Incredible, Everything about this series is perfect. The editing, use of backdrops, mods, and the music is simly perfect. Without a doubt this is the best acted series ever. Everyone is simple incredible. A_N_D was pheonominal, I just love sisch's voice and of course Lizard was simply fantastic as were all the VA's.I thought ut would be hard to top what you guys have done previously but you guys always prove me wrong.This truely is amazing. Fantastic. I can not wait for the next installment

Posted on February 24, 2007
- sisch

I feel like I should write a very long, very elaborate review now.. but all I can think of is: I love it! again... :)
This is so incredibly good that I´m at a loss for words. The directing, the script, the attention to little details is a marvel, the voiceactors fit their roles as if they actually are those people.. the mystery deepens at every turn, and the music carries the viewers on, setting the mood for every scene.. this is an instant classic, a movie which will be burnt into the minds of the viewers and a high point which most of us can only dream to reach! Thanks again for having me on the cast (I know I sound repetitive) and thanks for making this wonderful series!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- biggstrek

Needless to say, terrific stuff! Awe inspiring work. If I was wearing a hat, I'd either tip it, or take it off to you. ;)

Posted on February 24, 2007
- NUKESTER

From the Striking Visual Grabbing Intro of Part 1 to the In-depth investigations of Part 2. I felt this part was much deeper and more engrossing. Once the film began, It became clear to me that Part 1 was only the tip of this Colossal Iceberg in that the plot thickened. Once again you have managed to create a film so distinctive and so far and apart from anything I have seen on TMO. Visually and Audibly Striking with the black & white camera use to the exquisite Voice Acting. I also thought your use of backdrops and props were highly effective in creating and setting a scene of the film. The plot itself was magnificent and was reminicant of a great film-noir classic!

A Brilliant Story that was told well and in all honesty I cannoy wait for the 3rd part. I was SCREAMING "NOOOOOO" when I saw "To Be Continued" because quite frankly I did not want it to end.

A Fabulous, Thrilling , Captivating, Amazing, Fantastic NUKETASTIC Film not to be missed by anyone!

Nuke Well in All the Noir Films In The Universe!!!!

Posted on February 24, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

A Masterpiece ! This is such an intriguing story, I cant wait to see how it all works out. The VA all did an amazing job. this movie also looks really beautifull and is completely flawless in every way! I will bookmark it and I hope it gets high in the charts

Posted on February 24, 2007
- tigereyes

Great work, just great work again. The script is flawless, from the poetic opening to the darkness that is always a step ahead, so you dare to keep up but are nearly afraid to know what happened... It makes the film truly classic, a deep story with a solid backbone and a euphoric escape from mediocrity.

Voice acting again simply strengthens the film, you perfected it before and simply capitalize on your monopoly on Lizard, and surprise us every time with a new undiscovered talent that skyrockets to fame. Well done, and every voice over was equalized, but beaten into the pattern of the film. You obviously worked hard on directing, but even harder on matching the voice overs with the momentum, the feeling, the tone, the overall flow.

Again, you simply use special effects to let your film roll of the tongue. Never spitting to much spew into our faces, you just display what is in your head, whatever mod facilitates the vision is there, and you paint enough to a picture we can see everything we need to recreate the poetic images of kate_lee's script into our own heads.

Editing to lust for... Tackling the film industry recently I remember how hard it is to string an audience along with fragments of your dreams making them realize their own, your editing pieces together a mystery. Details, you present them stacked alongside every other perfected aspect of the film and give us the vision of Noir we have never seen.

You've surpassed my expectations for The Movies in general, classic. Classics are born all the time, every time kate sits down at her computer...

-PawPrint- I can't let this film get away, and will watch it once more after I post the review, I really want to know... Who Done It...

This is by far not only the greatest piece by Chat Noir, it is a heroic epic that conquers all TMO Films that have ever come, and sets a new standard for those that will.

Posted on February 24, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

INTO THE SHADOW Part 1 and 2 grips the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go! INTO THE SHADOW is a series not to be missed because it is the epitome of noir films on TMO! ===K4====

Posted on February 24, 2007
- cheese101

great stuff once again, another marvellous piece of film noir...

Posted on February 24, 2007