Some Of Us (by Ally Miller)
 
 
Studio: biggstrek
 
Review Count: 69
Average Rating: 5.0 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 4 minutes 33 seconds
 
Posted on: March 30, 2007
 
 
Film Description
GAGA Winner for Best Music Video (2007)!

Song used with kind permission from Ally Miller himself.

Ally can be contacted via peoplesound: http://www.peoplesound.com/artist/allymiller/

***UPDATE*** Email from Ally follows:

..... Hi Phil,
.....
..... Thanks for sending me the link.
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..... I really enjoyed it. I especially like the twist at the end which fits
..... perfectly with the own-worst-enemy theme of the song.
.....
..... I'm really honoured that you chose one of my songs for your work!
.....
..... Cheers,
.....
.....
..... Ally

***END UPDATE***

This music video is my first attempt at such a movie. The video is a stand alone story, that is highlighted by the music, complimenting it (hopefully!)

I have used many overlays, custom costumes and the like. Special thanks to the great modders of the community who contributed (indirectly) in the production of this short video. In particular, Daninsky's Sets As Set Dressing (and others), plus rileyman for telling me about the proper overlay size! Saved me lots of time and trouble!
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(And the answer to your question is: 'paradox' --- Luckily, no-one has asked the question, yet!)

[Also available in HIRES at www.tmo-hi-res.com]
 
Reviews
- DiamondBackFilms

loved it...6 stars

Please rate my movies

Posted on October 9, 2008
- deeb

Wow! I loved it!

Posted on June 29, 2008
- rogerSIMIAN

Cool music video, Biggstrek. The plot-line of jumping to alternate realities to find a better life works very well with the song's lyrics. The twist near the end ties the storyline up nicely. 5 stars.

Posted on May 31, 2008
- jazzx

Good song and an entertaining visual story to go along with it - I liked the teleport effect and I was fooled by the "letting-hair-down" special effect, very good.
Funny opening in the bar as well.

A very good music video.

Posted on May 31, 2008
- lionchild

Very good!

Posted on April 27, 2008
- MoviesMan4Ever

You are incredible. I need your help and advice. No one likes my movies, and i cant add sound due to audio problems. Will you donate Vcs or help me? So far, you and the spirit are the number 1 studios! if anyone sees this message, and wants to help, search for Mechanism 829 Part 1. Click on it, then click on my studio. It is Poketech Studios. Whoever helps will be listed in my movies, and will be reccomended!

Posted on April 26, 2008
- cipheruzmad

Amazing effects and camera work. A very excellent music video!

Posted on March 21, 2008
- JuanitadelaVegaZapata

I greatly enjoyed the musical score, the teleport effects & the scene camera, ambience & weather effects. An interesting story.
The 6 pages of reviewers were all 5's. That is unusual to see. I do not rate the story as that compelling. Interesting, just not compelling. However, since I have rated productions of less credibility @ five this one certainly deserves a high rating just on the music & tying the story line to the sentiment expressed in this very good musical score.
I will look forward to your next production.
Adios, JdlVZ

Posted on March 20, 2008
- Sara1An

OMG GOD.. this was the best MUSIC VIDIO EVER !!! :):):)

Posted on March 11, 2008
- mrweedog

omg thats was awsome!!!!

Posted on January 12, 2008
- houdiniofac

pretty cool

Posted on January 11, 2008
- sparky1512

loved it

Posted on January 7, 2008
- bongoman

Cool TMO music video, it's the closest I've seen to the real thing. Liked the overlay animations and the overall delivery the best.

Posted on January 3, 2008
- cecil_evans

great song. great video. great effects. great direction. and a most gracious reviewer, to boot!

Posted on December 28, 2007
- Primaer

Well deserved GAGA for best music video. Love the song!

Posted on December 23, 2007
- Speedy

Nicely done.

Posted on December 18, 2007
- Greenglades

Very well done.

A Biggstrek story fit well with the music. Nicely done.

Posted on November 14, 2007
- zuckerman

excellent! gonna go watch it again.

Posted on November 6, 2007
- thebiz

This is definitely one of the better storyline music videos that I have seen on the site yet. Great use of freecam and props to make things fresh and fun. The sideways shot of the gunfight made me envious of your technical skills. The woman running off with the closeup of the scanner is another great shot. It reminded me a bit of Punk the Zombie in its ability to tell a story very effectively with no VOs or subs. Nice roundabout story and good song as well.

Posted on October 9, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Now that was a good music film, there are a lot music videos without song using permission or just, a bad not fitting film. But your truly was really well done! good job =)

Posted on October 1, 2007
- cinecitta

I've appreciated this song by Ally Miller. I didn't know him before. Your work on the editing is great, specially the awesome backdrops. It was a pleasure to follow the nice story.
A very good music video!
Cheers

Posted on September 29, 2007
- sillyfergus16

Cool. Please Rate Any Of My Movies! PS How Do You Make Posters For Your Movies?

Posted on September 15, 2007
- meekrob

No comment

Posted on August 17, 2007
- Bitethedust88

Wow that was fabulous. I can't believe this is your first attempt at a music video-it was absolutely perfect in every way. Magnificent!!!

Posted on August 14, 2007
- Toxindude

WOW that was a great twist at the end . I have to say you obviously have some skills . This was an overall amzingly done film probably one of the best I have ever seen on TMO great job .

Now I am gonna book mark your studio : )

ROCK ON !!

Posted on July 30, 2007
- slarner

Great music, great effects, great film!
Loved it!!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- luizfz

very very good movie!! congratulations!!

Posted on June 27, 2007
- Jamibi

Nice teleporting effects and nice track :D good one mate

Posted on June 2, 2007
- Moviehurricane99365

For a first attempt it was pretty good.

Posted on May 28, 2007
- rileyman

This is one heck of a fun music video, with some fine camera-work and absolutely brilliant production work.

As this is a music video based upon someone else�??s work, I am using a template I that�??s sort of a mix of my music video and narrative ratings.

Overall enjoyment: 31/35. I quite enjoyed this, but must admit to feeling some confusing as to how all the visuals were matching the lyrics. With the way this ended, what I took away is that the whole sci-fi part of the video was more a dream sequence. By interpretation is that the main character is letting his imagination run while he�??s presumably passed out after drinking too much. This whole video is perhaps abstract enough that everyone will view it in a different manner.

Editing: 28/30. Visually stunning in just about every sense. Use of free-cam and fades is perfect throughout. The animations as the character is warped to other �?? �??dimensions�?? I�??ll call them (was he being transported through time? To alternate universes?) �?? is woven in perfectly. I got the sense that you exported the visuals and worked those in with absolute precision. My only concern visually was a few shots near the beginning were very dark, and I simply couldn�??t see what was happening even after multiple viewings (this may have contributed to the confusion factor). I also thought it would�??ve neat to add some kind of sound effect when the character was being transported. ;)

Video / Music Synch: 18/20. If I had only watched this once through, I may have given this a 16 here, due to that confusion factor. I became more comfortable with how the song and lyrics were matching things a second time through. The beginning scene in the bar, and the ending after the music is finished, add some context for the rest of the video.

Production Value: 15/15. As music videos go, this is the best production work I�??ve seen. Costumes, props, and sets are all chosen well. The opening title and credits work are all superb, and the overlay work during the video itself is absolutely stunning.

Total: 92/100.

5 stars! And I�??ll be keeping this for my archive.

My suggestions: Not much here I can offer, but I�??ll try with this: For those shots that come out dark, consider either finding another scene & camera angle, or using different lighting and some overlays to fine-tune the brightness (or lack thereof). This game sometimes has scenes that simply come out too dark, and it can be a tricky thing to work around.

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

Posted on May 27, 2007
- laurabagley

Brilliant loved it

Posted on May 27, 2007
- JACKRABBIT

Didn't ask the question as I already knew the answer!
Excellent.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- mixmasterfestus

Loved it. Really nicely shot and edited :)

Especially liked that ending.

Posted on May 6, 2007
- mixmasterfestus

Loved it. Really nicely shot and edited :)

Especially liked that ending.

Posted on May 6, 2007
- julianallees

Just one word for this movie...........Masterpiece
:O

Please rate my series "The Groovy Four", its 15th best action

Posted on April 30, 2007
- LauraJSoffe

I've seen this advertised loads and not watched it as the thumbnail put me of for some reason.

Today I decided to give it a go and I really loved it. The story was great and the song was cool too, I've never heard of Ally Miller before and I do like his sound.

I loved the time travel aspect and the custom overlays and stuff were all great, I aspire to be able to make a movie that good.

Posted on April 28, 2007
- Nahton

Wow, that's a great song and your video did it suitable justice. All the custom effects and graphics that went into it shine throughout.

I think I might have some idea as to what the question is:-)

Posted on April 22, 2007
- AxeCinema

What's been said is what i was going to say, so i won't go over it again but. woohoo! finally someone made a decent story out of a song :-D

Posted on April 19, 2007
- Howitzer

Great music video! I lovedthe story you came up with here, it went really well with the song too. Some excelent camera work and editing with superb effects thrown in! Good work!

Posted on April 19, 2007
- richke

Bravo!!!! At first I thought it was just going to be some movie with a music video set behind it. But it turned itno something so much more. I loved the effects...i loved the way you made everything alien moving around on its own, loved the teleport. Loved how it all went full circle. Nice work all around and a good song. 5 stars EASY!!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2007
- Goofparade

This song is very cool. Ally Miller deserves more recognition because this song is better than 99% of the crap out there right now.I can see why you chose it for your video.

I thought you did an incredible job at making this song come to life visually, given the limitations of this game. The time displacement idea was very clever and allowed you to vary the location settings nicely.

The overlays were simple and effective, I've tried to do a video myself (my first film) and it was not easy keeping things locked up, nor did I show the level of imagination you did in your video.

You've made funny entaining movies before, and this another great example to add to your collection.. and mine!

cheers,

gp

Posted on April 8, 2007
- rjb2112

Great Music Video!

Posted on April 8, 2007
- Sam-o

No comment

Posted on April 4, 2007
- WhipItGood

amazing effects
good story
catchy song

5 stars

Posted on April 2, 2007
- Jenniza

Yes! I love those paradox stories! Travelling around through time making his life better only to be undone by his own initial brutality and greed. The lyrics perfectly match the theme of the story. Those that try and cheat in life eventually have it come back at them is the theme of the film. It's a wonderful lesson to learn and expertly told. Well done music video.

Posted on April 1, 2007
- jacpaco30

No comment

Posted on April 1, 2007
- SHERWINLIU

Awesome... This was just fun through and through. :D

I love it when custom effects just blend in, and story and humour rule the day.

Posted on April 1, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Wow...Cool musicvideo....
Great work..

Film on!!!!

Posted on April 1, 2007
- derbyrams

A very cool music video. I loved it, it was shot very well, to perfection imo!
I loved the song, it was excellent. I also found this to be a very clever music video, i loved the animated overlays! Excellent work dude!!!
A very entertaining music video which is very good quality indeed!! Great stuff!

Posted on April 1, 2007
- siclops

COOL!!

Posted on April 1, 2007
- DNR

Absolutely awesome. This is the first video i've seen that actually has an old school type real video feel. Great Job I really enjoyed it

Posted on April 1, 2007
- Judyann88

Whoa that was cool great story,and very nice effects

Posted on March 31, 2007
- kuroken

You know, I really don't much care for music videos....but I guess I'll have to make an exception for this one cause....well, it was great!

"Some of Us" is a really fun song, which I liked from the first time I heard it. And knowing your work, I knew that your music video for it would be, at the very least, entertaining and probably amusing as well.

Little did I know what gears were turning in your head when we talked about this project. This is a music video that could stand on its own as a movie - with dialogue, this film would be climbing the charts even if it used in-game music. It's imaginative, technically superb, and a great mix of equal parts romance, comedy, and science fiction.

This is one I'll be watching again - and like all good music videos, I'll always see this when I hear "Some of Us"

Amazing work, Phil!

Posted on March 31, 2007
- spaceloner

Wonderful music. Interesting story.

Posted on March 31, 2007
- JosephKw

Well no wonder it took you forever to create this music video. It was gorgeously and lovingly crafted. I think Ally Miller will be proud. Fun effects shots (love those triffids LOL) with innovative camera and overlay work. Superb job Biggs.

Posted on March 30, 2007
- BricksFilms

Wow, an outstanding job! One of the best Music Videos on TMO!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- janedoe

Deciet music video with great SFX.
Please check out my latest film "The Tellinator!"

Posted on March 30, 2007
- sisch

Wohoo! All the time you spend on this music video was time well spend, this is awesome! I will download it immediately.. but first, your review! ;)
I love the story you´re telling here - I´m a great fan of music videos telling a story, and the way you told it is great! Everything fitted: cam angles, the overlays, the timing, all the little details, the special effects - this made me smile, and fitted perfectly to the great music! Great!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- JetCityWoman

WOW ... BRILLIANT!

All the hours and hours of hard work really paid off!

Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

Looking forward to your next endeavor.

Posted on March 30, 2007
- danlally

That was brillant, the way each scene connect so right with the next was great

-BEST MUSIC VIDEO ON TMO-

and thats a fact

:) DanLally

Posted on March 30, 2007
- CaptainStrider

That was pure genius, the song mixed with the story is a pure brilliance.
The effects really helped to give it that little bit extra to make it even better.

Strider Out!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- THROWAXE

That was awesome !
A tremendous amount of work in this movie,
with much attention to the little things.
Love the overlays, the camera angles, the props,
the repetitive element at the end, surely the music
but most of all the creative brain behind all of this.
Very original and very well excuted.
Excellent job, biggstrek :)

Posted on March 30, 2007
- DanielH20

Really Great Music Video!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- NUKESTER

Now this is how to make a music video!! pure genious, pure brilliance. Nuketastic from start to finish. I'll be honest I've never heard that song before but guess what, mixed with that video I LOVE IT!!!

Great Stuff!! it had it all, overlays,editting,mixing,choice of props, outstanding and ingenious animations.. i'm speechless!!

Nuke Well in Some of Us and the Odyssey and then some!!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- Fulkster

Simply great!
The music is fantastic, and so is the story... it almost fits into the category in what you (Biggstrek) did with one of your other movies, telling a story without any words (though we do have the music lyrics this time for help). This one is more than worthy of topping the charts!!!

Biggstrek and Ally Miller, BRAVO!

Posted on March 30, 2007
- heuser7719

Awesome movie...enjoyed for to watch. Really an very good song and the overlay-work was great! Well done in all.

Posted on March 30, 2007
- Daninsky

Great work!

Reminds me of the time when they used to make real music videos, well done.
Some awesome overlays you have there and a fine song that you selected for this.

Posted on March 30, 2007
- tigereyes

One of the greatest films I've seen in ages!

Your filming is amazing, creative, and innovative. Really well done.

Prop placement was incredible, you created environments were a mastery of the game. You also used a bit of advanced modding, in the prop movement, to bring alive the world around the characters. Overlays played a secondary role in forwarding your story. Very well done, in your ability to show us what transporting looks like once, enough that a simple glimmer and a body hurl become an understood scene.

Without dialog, you created a story. Difficult for some to really understand, your film, as you said, didn't need music [although it adds a smile and easy listening] and could've stood alone as a silent film. Some of your best shots, are when he watches the girl in the street, and you show his face, the horse, and his face with new emotion. The Measure of a true filmmaker, is when he can master the poorly designed emotion of The Movies game. You have really challenged yourself, well done.

Free cam work was a strongpoint all the way through, start to finish. The western scene, to me, highlights the best. Although, throughout really, you used camera angles effectively, when he wakes up to a sideways world if expresses emotion without dialog or sound, confusion is apparent within seconds. You show the German general in the streets, and all you need to do is transfer camera angles, and you've completed silent dialog and vialized a character. Again, well done.

Music. Need I really say more?

Quality, really just a quality film. I hope you steal the charts, but given them back :D. I'm watching it again, and I'm very glad I saw the film, everyone should watch the film. It is a useful expense of a few minutes of time, a four minute masterpiece, and... well... I liked it :D

Posted on March 30, 2007
- cheese101

Very smooth music video, keep up the good work. I liked the song too... Your overlays were simply amazing too, and how did you get those props to move across the screen. Well I was simply amazed, to put it simply...
Well Done

If you get time please check out my new movie Farm 7
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/128613

Posted on March 30, 2007