For My Fellow Soldier - Part 1
 
 
Studio: rileyman
 
Review Count: 50
Average Rating: 4.88 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 17 minutes 44 seconds
 
Posted on: March 24, 2007
 
 
Film Description
FOR MY FELLOW SOLDIER ??? PART 1

http://movies.riley-man.com/fmfs/

Accolades:
"dulcilicious" from Dulci (listed as 2nd under Drama)
S-F-F Gold from sisch
Best Romance in sgporsche48's 3rd Golden Film Awards
Best Script and Best Direction in Master007's 4th Archaic Awards

Please watch this film in full screen mode!

Part 2 is online here:
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/128249

This is Part 1 of FOR MY FELLOW SOLDIER, the fictional chronicle of Lance Holmes??? deployment in Normandy during World War II.

After his first tour of duty completed, Lance Holmes found himself in love with a captivating woman who had fled the German occupation in Paris. Lance and his new wife Stephanie then moved north to central England, making themselves a new home.

As the Normandy campaign continued to grow, and casualties mounted, Lance was informed his services would once again be required. His dedication to the continued war effort immediately found itself at odds with his new life. Stephanie would have to wait back in England, as Lance traveled through Normandy with a new squad to protect one small village in France...

CAST
JazzX as L/Cpl Lance Holmes
Tracey as Stephanie Holmes
Mustachio26 as Major Adam Mayweather
JazzX as Sgt Benjamin Norfolk
rileyman as Cpl Carl Devin
TheMonk as Pfc David Cooper
leonhart as Pfc Alex Serbin
Earl as BG George McDonald
dfallan as Sgt Riley Thomas
rileyman as Pvt/Sgt Walter Sears
Mister Bob as Sergeant in Saint-Lambert
Cheryl as Alice Mayweather
rileyman as Military Postal Runner

Thanks also to Parsons for his voice-over work in the second teaser trailer.

SOUNDTRACK
The City of Prague, Philharmonic Orchestra
(All music is in-game)
???Dark Horizon???
???Magic of the Movies???
???A Lone Fight???
???The Lovers???
???Mysterious Tombs???
???Center of the Earth???
???In the Saddle???
???Femme Fatale???
???The Big Adventure???
???The Last Stand???
???Adagio???
???Advancing Army???
???Pursuit???
???Melodramatic Love???
???All of My Love???

POSTER
Lin and rileyman

OVERLAYS
rileyman
Flag animations from http://www.fg-a.com/

SOUND EFFECTS
Custom ambience and rain created in Magix Music Maker
 
Reviews
- BasilFawltY

You, sir, have just, or a year ago, made the best movie to grace TMO. Thank you.

Posted on June 6, 2008
- adup1

Your movie was great movie. keep up great work

Posted on April 24, 2008
- cinecitta

I like History and movies about WWII, so I was very interested by your movie. I'm not disappointed by the story about this guy. It was a good idea to speak about Dieppe, a little desaster which is not very well known.
The work on the voices was really good and give personnality to the characters.
you've made good editing, the fight scenes were well built.
So, I'm going to watch the next part.

Posted on February 26, 2008
- captainstrider

I've had this bookmarked ever since I heard a bit of the radioplay version on TMOA. An excellent first part to the movie, nice choice of music used they fitted well. The camera work and editing really helped to set the whole thing up and kept it fresh.

The plot was great with great dialogue exchanging between characters all done by an excellent Voice cast.

I'm off to watch part 2 now.
Strider Out!

Posted on December 10, 2007
- Marine101

Wow Riley, this was your best film yet. Let me tell you, you did a splendid job at a WW2 film. You set the scene, the set and the mood of this film. You made The Movies music suit quite well. I loved the introduction titles with the soldiers next to their name-howd you do that? the fight scenes were splendid and well edited. You did some good editing in the barracks too. Sucks how Caen couldnt be like it was in WW2, but you used the urban city street just fine. You made the romance/tension between each of the characters real.

Overall, a great job and cant wait to see part2 later on the week.

Great job!

Posted on August 30, 2007
- Greenglades

A large production by Rileyman. Part 1 of this epic film, introduces us to the characters and gets the drama of their combat situation started. The plot starts developing as we follow the storyline and the character Lance Holmes.

Very good editing and camerawork. Good use of music to score your film. The voice actors did an excellent job. Did you lose one of your voice actors or was it by design to use the same vo for 2 parts ?

A lot of time and effort went into this project and it shows. This war film has a riveting story embedded in it which helps give it the extra spark. There are several places in this film with areas of �??downtime�?? which could have been streamlined with editing.

A strong first part of this ambitious project and I will be able to culminate the full picture after I view part 2..

Skinshack Small Studio Review
Greenglades Official Review

Posted on July 31, 2007
- ArtEscape

Excellent professional movie making. This deserves 10 stars.I dont regularly like war flicks but this was very well done and very entertaining. Please come visit my studio, I would really appreciate ratings from a pro like you, only PLEASE dont watch She Ghost, I put no effort into making that movie. I only made it cause I needed to earn some $$$ to buy a set Ive been wanting to make my next movie. Please rate my other movies. I have some funny spoofs, some westerns and a love story that are much better than She Ghost. If people keep waisting their time watching that one instead of my better movies Im going to take it off line. Thank You for sharing this work of art, now let me share mine with you. Art Escape films is made by Jade Kinkade.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- freddymurphy

I visted my studio and noticed I had this movie and pt.2 bookmarked.I also noticed that I hadn't watched them(The mind is the first to go)Anyway I really enjoyed it and I liked the story. I'm off to wacth pt.2 Sorry it took so long.

Have fun

Posted on July 14, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

The GOOD:

I'm a sucker for war flicks, and this has gotta be one of the best on TMO. The editing was flawless as was the VO, the music fit it like a glove and the story was epic. The end is certainly a surprise and I look forward to the next episode!

The BAD:

I felt that perhaps there was too much of the movie there for it's own good, and not enough action for a flick of this genre. Seemed like it's climax was largely underminded by the rest of it, not a good thing in my opinion.

Overall:

***** - Five Stars

Great job!

- Orky

Posted on June 28, 2007
- qtigger

Being a big fan of war movies and knowing how difficult it must be to try and capture the look and feel of combat, I think you did an excellent job. When I watch a movie, I look for story, character development and flow. I think the story (or plot) was well laid out and I could follow it rather easily. Basically, if I don�??t have to rewind the film to figure out what�??s happening, you�??re doing something right.

The voice actors did an excellent job providing genuine emotion in their performances to bring life to the characters. I know the story is mostly about one soldier, but it would be nice to see a bit more development of the rest of the team. If I�??m to care at all about them, I have to know something about who they are.

I feel the flow (or pacing) of the movie was almost perfect. You provided an excellent and extremely captivating beginning and a middle that sustained the story and developed the main characters. However, the ending was a bit flat. I know there will be (or is) a part two, but every movie must be able to stand on its own. The battle at the end seemed rushed somehow. I know war movies can get confusing during battle scenes, but you owe it to your audience to keep things clear. The ending battle scene seems to be detached, as if shot from a birds-eye view.

Technically, the film is just about flawless. Editing, camera work and sound were all spot-on. If I don�??t notice an effect, then it must have felt natural. There is nothing worse that having to be reminded that you�??re watching a movie because you �??notice�?? an effect.

Overall, you did an excellent job with this film. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Great work!

Posted on May 15, 2007
- Master007

The Archaic Awards
Review

Story: 8/10 The story was good, but it really didn't pick up until about 2/3 of the way through the movie. I didn't mark you down too badly for that because this is only part one. I felt the cliffhanger could have been a bit stronger, but other then that a great effort!

Music: 5/5 Music was used well. Great job!

VO/Subs: 10/10 All voiceovers and subtitles were excellent! JazzX and yourself stood out in my mind as some of the better VA's of this film.

Script: 5/5 A very good script! It had everything that was needed.

Extras: 5/5 Great mods, great freecam, great everything!

Editing: 13/15 Overall the movie was a bit long and it really moved slowly. If there is anyway you can keep my interest that would improve the movie. It was quite well done though so I have to say great job!

Final Score: 46/50

Posted on May 11, 2007
- Lucindamc123

Lucindamc123 - official reviewer for Silver Rock Entertainment




BOREDOM FACTOR - 100% (not bored) - 0% (Bored)

100% I was not bored at all.


ACTING

Beautiful acting

100%

TITLES/SUBTITLES

Subtitles should have been voice overs instead, except when each character and actor is shown.
90%


VISUAL EFFECTS/SET DESIGN
95%
Beautiful, artistic battle scenes. The only thing I would have liked to see was more contrast between the homelife scene cabin and the battle scene.
Cabin - For contrast it would have been better to use a backdrop of a more pastoral English countryside type house and the interior of the 30's living room.

The field was a little drab. Should have had some buildings in the distance, tanks, jeeps, etc.

SOUND EFFECTS/SOUND

Beautiful effective use of the music and all the voice over sounds were excellent.

100%

EDITING

Beginning credits would have been more effective using a voice over and showing different scenes of 15 seconds each of different locations, soldiers, homelife, etc, Normandy, etc.

The scene where four of the soldiers are talking in a group in front of the Municipal Building should have had dialogue or should have been cut to show just one scene closeup and one from a distance - each only 15 seconds each.

The campy body postures and movements should have been cut - for instance when Lance and Stephanie turn and look up and when the Fellow at the desk - I think he was the Major was pensive by the window - should have cut out the putting hand to chin.

All the battle scenes moved very quickly and were dramatic.

90%

SCRIPTWRITING

More dialogue needed in scenes where people are together, more shouts in the battlefield, etc.

90%

FINAL SCORE 95% 5 stars

Posted on May 2, 2007
- AxeCinema

Absolutely.. impressive. Being the first thing i've seen from you, i am bewildered and going for part 2!!

And the music was definitely classic too :-p hehehe

Posted on April 27, 2007
- rysto

HIGH DEFINITION review.

Sigh. The marvels of high defintion movies cannot be beat, that is for certain. Just seeing every detail of ones scene on a 15" screen with no quality loss is just sublime. Though it does allow one to see all the flaws too(look at the door mat around 7:00, I got a chuckle).
But none of that detracts from the story whatsoever. It was superbly written and executed from the historical subtitle notes to the stunning free-cam work. I enjoyed the battle scenes. I found them to be quite realistic and engaging. You used all the war scenes available and edited them so one could not recognize them in their original form. A very difficult feat in this game since we are offered only a few to work with. :)
The story was predictable, but enjoyable. An issue with me was why they would want a corporal back, much less, allow him to leave service in the middle of a war to begin with? I don't know the British rank system but the American's was done fairly well. Oh how I wish they had more options for unit patches and the like. The rest of the props for the period were well chosen and fit the mileiu(?) well.
This is definately an engaging and enjoyable feature and I am glad I waited for the HIGH resolution version. I know I ALWAYS will release higher quality versions of my movies. They allow the viewer to absorb that much more into the story. :)

Good job Rileyman---Rysto

PS As a veteran I truly enjoyed the ending scene in the cemetary. I salute you. :)

Posted on April 23, 2007
- NUKESTER

I am a big fan of artistic and captivating montages and I thought you're execution of this was simply brilliant. I thought you managed to capture the look and more imporantly, the feel of a war drama with precise character development. This film didnt feel rushed nor overdrawn, the pace was just right.

I thought your skills with Editting were very evident to see making this one helluva technical film! Your use of the free-cam was exquisite and it grabbed my attention for the whole duration, mixed with superb VO's, I truly believe this is the best War Drama on TMO! Full Stop!

Nuke Well For My Fellow Soldier!

Part 2 here I come!!!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2007
- EPANA

A very good movie

I liked the story and how the main character was builtup.
The music was well chosen and supported the story very well. Also VO were very well done
On the otherhand maybe some scens felt abit long and my mind started to drift.

Anyway a very good war movie deserves the 5 stars :)

Posted on April 11, 2007
- yoman6000

Brilliant! The voice acting was great, the plot was great, it was great! Brilliant! Phenominal! Can't wait to see part 2!

Posted on April 6, 2007
- tigereyes

The film opens with a powerfully classic overlay montage, what we expect from TMO at this point, but every time it is refreshing to see the great graphics display.

Now, war films are very difficult for TMO filmmakers, hey, I think they're nearly impossible for real filmmakers, even Spielberg stumbled on Saving Private Ryan. However, I want to start out with your "good". I rarely break reviews into section, but the divide in the film is great.

The best part of your film, hands down and without exception is the technical aspects of it. This includes editing. You obviously worked hard to condition your film, probably made multiple drafts to hollow out what was needed, and easily invested hours into the project. That or you got very lucky.

I loved a lot of your shots, the scene where the dead bodies lie in the water is the greatest part of your film. The problem is, the most visually impacting moment of a film should lie within the climax. I don't feel that happened. I feel as the film progressed you invested a bit less effort in each scene. The ending doesn't even stand next to the opening, which brings about the "Mulan" [Disney Film] issue. In Mulan, the most visually impacting moment is when the Huns charge over the hillside, however that is a half hour or so before the real climax. So that when the climax arrived we've already been visually satisfied, and the climax laggs. That was the main problem in your film, throughout the film you had dynamic camera shots that made your war film stand out among the bodies. However, you need to sort out the climax, as it needs to stand above and beyond the rest of the film. I would've shown your character die, and have the closing be a funeral, a white flag on a dark sky lit by gunfire, and then other soldiers running over the grave. It would've been a visual capturing segment to round out the film.

Now, your story really doesn't pick up. War films always seem to have trouble striking up the fire that burns into a story. You didn't create a character, so that as more and more men died they weren't anything tangible. Personally, I couldn't distinguish between Character A and Character B. This is the hardest part of The Movies, and really has tripped me up many times during a film while reviewing and making my own movies. Not to plug, but in my film City of Shadows many reviewers, and even myself at times, were lost by the mess of characters without explanation. Its a key flaw in the film, and we share the flaw. No character stands out enough to be the dynamic support needed to really make your film a classic.

Despite this, there were solid parts. And the voice cast really delivered a spectacular performance, no voice actor missed their mark. I was very surprised by the performance delivered by Mustachio, he did very well for his role and deserve a compliment for the effort he applied. Another stand out, Jazzx. Always a great voice actor, and among the best, this is possible the best voice in a film I've seen him in. Well done to every voice actor, they really pieced together the heart of your film.

I hope you take my comments to heart, especially about the climax. These are finer details because the overall flow of your film was top notch and grade A quality. However, the things I pointed out cripple a lot of TMO Directors, including myself.

Great movie.

Posted on April 6, 2007
- murpheykid

A decent film, but the plot needs a little get up and go. I needs something to keep it moving forward without feeling like it's getting stuck on itself. Some characterization is good, while I fail to care about the other soldiers.

The VO work and technical side is great. Overall, a good film and I look forward to Part 2.

Posted on April 6, 2007
- denver_91

very good. ive been looking for the best war movies and im adding yours to my list. im anxious about part 2 keep it up and i hope you produce more outstanding movies

Posted on April 6, 2007
- George_Locust

Great movie! I was let down only by the action scenes not having custom sounds, or being edited as well as the rest of the movie. One of the best war movies for sure!

Posted on April 1, 2007
- themonkthemonk

Im glad to see some of these longer movies being release. Movies that take the time to develop not just the story, but the characters in the story. This movie is not so much about the action of a war story, but how it effects the people in the story.
The acting was well done, and the uniforms and weapons were as close as you can get to the actual historical uniforms as the game will allow without extensive modding. The direction was clean and efficent, great care taken to get the technical details just right...even to breaking the movie into 2 parts to prevent the Sound Bug. And I agree with this method. The only thing I wish could have been better would be the battle scenes themself. While the editing works well for the story, I only wish that it didnt seem so familiar. Well Done, despite that.
You get 5 stars!
themonk

Posted on March 31, 2007
- Fedex16

I thought this movie was pretty good. It did get boring in some spots and I would have liked to seen more action. One really good I like about the movie was the ending. It shocked me that Lance had got shot. I hope the second one is good like this or better

Posted on March 31, 2007
- heuser7719

Great part 1. I will watching just the second part. Interesting idea and storyline....Great Vo-work, too. Well done. :)

Posted on March 30, 2007
- Aviticus

Amazing film! Going to watch part #2 right now!

I love how much detail you put into all of the scenes. Great camera work, love the angles! Although I would have used different music instead of the standard "The Movies" music, only because everyone's probably heard that a billion times while playing the game, otherwise great!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- Goofparade

Very well made Rileyman, I'm off to see Part 2 and will review there.

gp

Posted on March 27, 2007
- DNR

Incredible opening chapter nice charecter development, Fantastic editing and vo's my only drawback was in the in game music. You used it nicely but after a while we've heard it all. Wasn't enought to take away from the rating. Great movie off to episode two

Posted on March 27, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe

great film! I don´t wanne know how much time you spend for both parts^^ ...
great work!!!!!

Posted on March 27, 2007
- Howitzer

The best war film I have seen on TMO, no doubt about it!
Brilliant story that really draws you in, Superb VO's that are totally believable and some great editing and music.
Can't wait to watch part 2!

Posted on March 26, 2007
- biggstrek

Very nice, very nice indeed. Now on to part ii!

:)

Posted on March 26, 2007
- Mustachio26

Brilliant. Just fabulous. I was engaged throughout the entire film. Every cast member played their parts well, and this just shows even more how versatile JazzX is. Two parts, and both played masterfully. Every aspect was extremely well done, and I'll definetely be checking out the second part later on today. Great film once again.

Posted on March 25, 2007
- SHERWINLIU

Expertly written and directed, this is as good as one could wish for in a WW2 movie made with this engine. The story so far has a very old-fashioned romantic view of war, focusing on family and the solder camaraderie rather than the horrors of warfare. Nevertheless, with well-delineated characters and a steadily advancing plot with great attention to detail, this is avery absorbing part one.

Posted on March 25, 2007
- MefuneAkira

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

A great war drama!

THE GOOD: Excellent acting and the story is interesting. The music worked well with the scenes. The editing smooth and crisp. The action was put together well. Very professional credits!

THE BAD: An interesting tale, but we all kept saying the same thing, "Get on with it!!" The story flow was just too slow. Many scenes didn�??t seem to be completely necessary to the story.

SUGGESTIONS ON FUTURE FILMS: Stick to the immediate story. When the script is complete, take a step back and say is every scene essential to the story?

An interesting and epic war drama!

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

Posted on March 25, 2007
- Jenniza

Beautiful and exciting movie in it's respective parts. Excellent war film, much attention to detail (dates, times,locations, distances all given just like wartime coordinates; war tactics & strategy employed was very realistic and believable; characters were all well-developed and distinct in multi-faceted ways; etc). All in all, a very belieable film and that helped suck me in even further and further for the cliffhanger. I totally can feel for Stephanie and Lance in their roles. Bob and I have been talking about this and how we relate to them... the fear of life one day throwing us a curve ball and keeping us apart for any length of time in times of crisis.

Posted on March 25, 2007
- Ranedthel

For My Fellow Soldier I takes us into the second "war to end all wars" and is presented in an easy going style that, I feel, makes it a war drama rather than an action "shoot 'em up" For the most part I found this movie quite good. In a film such as this I would have expected more spirit and intense dialog especially while bullets and blood are flowing and having an Asian looking "Adam" as a charater in command at a time Japan and the Pacific theatre is also underway... Well I'll just say I felt these faulted the film. Never-the-less, I am drawn to the story and the next part of it. This movie shows a lot of thought to the plot to which I say... NICE WORK!

Posted on March 25, 2007
- jackalbane

Exciting and involving, For My Fellow Soldier has been a great ride thus far. The acting is superb, the situation is believable and the characters all seem to have their quips. Never before has a war film made on TMO kept me this interested and I can't wait to see the second part.

Posted on March 24, 2007
- kuroken

A great first part, Riley, but I'll save my full review for the second part....

Posted on March 24, 2007
- Artorious

This was one of the best war films I've seen on TMO. It was a great opening film. Introducing characters with depth and likability. The voice actors did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
The editing was solid and your use of mods and overlays was done with great execution.
nice use of ingame music.
This is a film I'd recommend to all.

Posted on March 24, 2007
- sweatyshoulder

I'm off to watch the second one where I'll happily leave my review there on BOTH of them for ya'. :)

This one does deserve a five, let's go see what the second one is.

Whoever did the VO for 15:09 was really good and reminded me of the guy from E! Hollywood Stories I think...=)

Posted on March 24, 2007
- parsons

Absolutly amazing work!
beats all my movies hands down! its a shame i couldnt have helped more! it was an honour just being asked to be in this film!
Congrats!

Posted on March 24, 2007
- Harb40

A much anticipated release. This film lives up to the hype and advertising.
A great story told very skillfully.
The voice-overs were excellent. Very nice custom costumes.
A couple of subtitles were hard to read due to the scene but overall very effective.
The music fit the mood of the scene and enhanced to experience.
The use of 'freecam' was expertly done.
The couple of anecdotes provided much need comic relief to break the stress of the moment.
Truly an All-Star cast.

You put allot of time and effort into this film. I have no doubt this will be a chart topper.
GREAT JOB!

Posted on March 24, 2007
- pegleg

A story is unfolding which I'm glad isn't at the face of it just another gung ho war movie (there are too many of those). It was nice to see heriocs and also heroic banter whereby war stories may or may not be exagerated. Some good VO's offer convincing characters which added to the games music (which is extremely well selected) and editing maintain interest throughout. The ending at a very critical point is also really clever.

Posted on March 24, 2007
- sisch

What a great first part of your story! I´m really impressed by your storytelling, freecam use and the amount of time you spend on getting the sound just right really pays off! Great vo´s (I´m particularly impressed by JazzX again, who pulls off his two roles just great!) and you have just given me some ideas about clever scene usage.. so wow! Off to watch the second part...

Posted on March 24, 2007
- StokeStudios

I'm not normally a big fan of war films, but I must say that this stood out from the norm. Your excellent freecam/editing style and the VOs, together a novel use of some mods, made it a most watchable film.
(I'll check part two tomorrow).

Posted on March 24, 2007
- eobaggs

WOW! That was the best war movie I have seen on TMO! It really seemed like a realistic war movie!

Good VO's, good music, good story, good overlays, great job, great effort, great movie! 5 stars! I look forward to watching part two.

~Eobaggs ;)

Posted on March 24, 2007
- de56u

May I be the first to thank you for a realistic war movie. This is the closest anyone could ever get to showing real war in this game. Some of the voicovers were off, but not so much as to do anything to ruin the movie. I love long movies by the way, and so I loved this film

Story:5/5
Music:4/5
VO:4/5
Total:5/5

Posted on March 24, 2007
- Davidwww

An excellent movie, some will say its too long but I love the longer movie you can develop the story more and have time to create different story arcs etc, of course it does take more time to make, but I think its worth it in the end, Well done.

Posted on March 24, 2007
- Dulci

A war saga of this magnitude is a difficult endeavor for any studio, but you have succeeded beyond expectations. The general feel of this movie fit the era it's set in. The dialogue is realistic, and well delivered. The soundtrack is an excellent compliment to the movie. Great ues of sets.

Looking forward to watching part 2!

Dulcilicious.

Posted on March 24, 2007
- y2k

That is sum of the most amazingest stuff ive ever seen on TMO that was brilliant!
If this movie doesnt make top 10 then TMO is rigged!!
im off to c the second one now i hope its as good as this peice of art!

Posted on March 24, 2007
- Neo_Nille

Ok first of all i shall warn you that i am very critical of me.....=D

Anyway this movies are waaayyyy to long
i don´t know everybody here but i think that many will not have the energy to watch the whole movies, and also i think that there is to much talking,
a little "Zzzzzzz"-effect

However i can see that you have put ALOT of time and energy on these films
and thats good......But perhaps TO much???

The VO are good and editing is flawless...so i should give you a five....but beacuse of the "above" things you wll get a four of me..

Posted on March 24, 2007