before dawn
 
 
Studio: meowan
 
Review Count: 120
Average Rating: 4.86 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 12 minutes 52 seconds
 
Posted on: July 14, 2007
 
 
Film Description
Imagine, you come into this town after a long ride, and all you want is only one drink. But you find out that stranger are not welcome in San Dolpho... what next?

cast
SMITH - David Riedel
LUZ - Hannah Pierchalla
FERNANDO - Alessandro Alioto
SHERIFF BANKS - Andi Krösing
COLIN - Sebastian Liebich
SAMANTHA - Nicole Hise

music with Magix Music Maker 2007, used with permission

translated by Sebastian "the_only_iceman" Liebich

Special Thanks to TheFlyingDuDe and Aoimtxvzlmser for their support!

Info: Das ist erst mein zweiter Western. Nach NO DUSK, NO DAWN kam mir die 4. Runde des ITC gerade Recht. Man durfte nur auf den Sets drehen, die du hier siehst. Die Musik habe ich mit dem Magix Music Maker 2007 Pro komponiert und arrangiert.

GER/ENG SUBS - HighRes-Version: http://downloads.david-riedel.com/download.php?id=2 (without subs)
 
Featured Reviews
- Primaer

Herrlich fotografierter Western, der auch vom Drehbuch überzeugen kann. Dialoge sind gut geschrieben, hihi der Barkeeper war lustig, und auch die Handlung ist gut ausgefeilt und spannend. So lässt das Ende einen zurück mit der Erkenntnis das man hier halt doch im Westen ist und Happy Ends haben hier sowieso nichts zu suchen. Wieder wurde ein bisschen mit dem Genre gemischt. Da sind paar Krimianleihen mit dem Sheriff, bisschen Gedächnisverlust (untypisch für nen Western). Das obligatorische Duell gegen Ende find' ich zwar nicht unbedingt notwendig bzw. hätte man einfach dreckiger rüberbringen sollen, lässt aber in Sachen Inszenierung keine Bedürfnisse offen.

�?berhaupt ist die Inszenierung wohl wirklich richtig, richtig klasse gelungen. Ich erwähn nur mal eben das Ende: Der Himmel mit einem leicht orangenen(?) Touch, die Leute sehen zu, manche heulen und dann die Kameraeinstellungen rund um den Galgen in der Mitte. Gro�?e Klasse, fast schon denkwürdig ist diese Szene.
Die gelungene Kamera profitiert natürlich ganz besonders von der Musik, die manchmal etwas eigenwillig rüberkommt, aber gerade deswegen dem Film ihren eigenen Touch gibt. Vergleichbar mit DEM Filmkomponisten schlechthin, Morricone.
Die VOs, tja, was soll man da sagen. Wär cool gewesen wenn sie alle in nem härteren Tonfall gelabert hätten, aber hey, pures Wunschdenken von mir, denn auch die VOs waren gro�?artig, wie gewöhnlich bei dir.

Ohne Frage 5 Sterne für einen tollen Western.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Eagle_93

OMG! I haven't seen nothing than this!

I have to say that this is a masterpiece! It looks like the real western movies, you are like a Sergio Leone, but of TMO! All is fantastic in this movie:
1) The plot was excellent, an original story with a great and sad end.
2) The introduction was great, I loved the overlays and the first works of free camera were original and excellent.
3) The cast was really good, I loved to listen german voices and the subtitles were good.
4) The music was very professional, great work! An excellent soundtrack.
Best luck for the ITC, but I have to say that I'll vote for this in the competition if there won't others movies I'll like.

The thing I most loved was the free camera! It was the better you can see. A bad free camera, for me, is a bad movie, but a FANTASTIC free camera is a FANTASTIC movie, for me! Sincerely,

Eagle_93 Studios.

Thanks to show me this excellent movie, I really appreciated it

Posted on July 15, 2007
- jakechief

Rated: PG-13
Violence
Graded: A+
COMMENT: That was amazing. I loved it. Your work is amazing. I love this movie and "In The Nick Of Time" They were splended. Well done. The VOs were fantastic. The subtitles went a tiny bit fast but who cares? I love this movie so much. I rated this PG-13 and is graded an A+. Amazing. 5 stars all the way. WOO!!!!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Jenniza

That was so sad. I mean really sad. Sigh... Good movie; great camera work; great emotions in the voice-acting; nice translations in the sub-titles; awesome music; excellent scene selections, costuming and general mood of the setting. Overall great story and very well-done film.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

BEFORE DAWN is professionally crafted to be a feature film presented in widescreen. The scene selection and dressing were appropriate. The camera work within each scene is stupendous! Music was overall contributing to the story! The VOs seemed to be done by Professional Voiceover Artists and extremely well balanced. A commendable and awarding effort to everyone, because this is certainly worthy of THE K4 NETWORK AWARD!!! Congratulations!! ===K4===

Posted on July 15, 2007
 
Reviews
- jazzx

Very well shot and edited, good use of music as well.

The story was very contrived with far too many coincidences for my liking - the hero just so happens to have the same name as the barman (but in reverse), he gets thrown out of the saloon just in time to be knocked over by a blast while a bank robbery is in process. There's unlucky and unbelievably unlucky!

The dialogue was also contrived - the lead up to the gunfight didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I couldn't see exactly what they were falling out over enough that they'd want to kill each other.

But, apart from my problems with the story, this was still a good watch.

Posted on November 30, 2008
- wolfies

an great movie I dont whant to put in an to long speech about it, but you know that I suport your work when I can, hey you supported me as much as you coud^^

Posted on August 12, 2008
- shadowwarriorstudios75

That was awesome dude!! You show everyone that is how the movies are to be made.
Well done indeed!!!!

Posted on April 21, 2008
- turneye

Awsome movie good job

Posted on March 30, 2008
- hippieking

freaking awesome there was nothing not to like!
Great plot
I only wish it was American but what an outstanding film deserves the hot pick by far!!!!!
thanks for making it

hippieking

Posted on March 29, 2008
- www_ms_de

Ausgezeichneter Film mit einer Spannenden Geschichte, exzellenter Kameraführung, guter Musik und guten Dialogen.

Handlung: 5/5
Musik: 5/5
Sprecher: 5/5
Kamera: 5/5
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Gesamt: 5/5

Posted on March 9, 2008
- SarA1an

a beautiful movie.. how do you put in your own music into the movies?

haha.. i like the music. and the movie is so great!! thanks :).

Posted on January 27, 2008
- cecil_evans

oh, that's what we're supposed to do...
cinematography is the key to this movie. unsurpassed. overwhelming. incredible.
i can't say i cared that much for the story. and the anti-american anti-genocide sentiment is nothing we here in the states need to be lectured to by a German, if you know what I mean. But, 5-stars just the same. How could it not be, this movie is so stunning to watch. I will steal EVERY camera angle and movement for use in my own movies.
One critique is that we never really find out why this town hates strangers. Not really much to complain about otherwise. A classic western tragedy.

Posted on January 18, 2008
- meekrob

der film ist richtig gut

Posted on January 11, 2008
- Victaa

Very good. I love westerns and this didn´t disappoint.

Posted on January 10, 2008
- HansTond

Exzelent!!!

Posted on December 14, 2007
- fallenthomas

Wow! A very good movie. I enjoyed this film a lot. The storyline was well thought out. The voice acting was very impressive. Although they did not sound tough enough to be cowboys. The modding was used perfectly in this movie. Not too much, not too little. The ending wasn't very satisfying, but it did, however, leave a question on your mind which is very original. Overall I give this movie 4.75 which rounds off to 5 stars of course. I really like your movie and hope to watch more of yours soon.
If you've got any spare time, can you please review "The Creature" for me? Don't rate any of my other films, they're garbage.

Posted on November 19, 2007
- dan1981football

Wow! i am new to The Movies scene but this is a such a great film... the soundtrack was amazing.. is there anyway i can get a copy of it especially the track 2.53min into the film... i love it

EINFACH KLASSE!!!!

Posted on November 18, 2007
- yor444

another awesome movie from meowan. I like allmost all your movies.

Gut gemacht. Herrliche film.

Posted on November 17, 2007
- Ellis07

Excellent that all i can say

Posted on November 5, 2007
- bahar00786

wow this is an excellent movie.... i like the story ... sory to tell you tthat unlike others simply giving five star is not my quality... i rate the movie as i have enjoyed... so its cool that you have crafted the movie well.... so four star for the excellent work....i hope to see better movie from you..

Posted on October 23, 2007
- otherme13

So that's what you can do with a free camera, eh? Nice. Very nice. Cool camera work. Good atmosphere. Acting and subtitles were top notch. Story was clear and concise. I'm glad I watched.

Posted on October 19, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

Before Dawn is an utterly enthralling Western. A great film by any standard that is both complex and thrilling. A brilliant screenplay is the fine foundation for this film. Great stories are something hard to come by and Meowan has the imagination and talent to tell one.

Incredible acting by all the voice stars really gave the film a reality that filled with truth and meaning. And speaking of the stars, I found the creation of the on screen actors to be nothing short of breathtaking. Such beautiful expressive faces Meowan has created with StarMaker. It is part of the business of the movies to give us real stars and this is something one must take time to do rather than use the faces that came in the game. Movies and their stars are something out of dreams and here we have a lush Technicolor Hollywood dream peopled by Stars!

The direction too was of the highest Hollywood standard. A hark back to the days of John Ford and Henry Hathaway. Brilliant camera work and editing were right out of the soundstages of 20th Century Fox or Paramount in the golden age. And the score for the film was a perfect fit. Remarkable really in it�??s haunting simplicity and beauty.

An all around magnificent film that I simply fell in love with! Before Dawn is epic, sweeping, and yet intimate and human. I want more and even more from this talented artist. Bravo!
Before Dawn is hereby awarded the MGM Golden Seal of Approval. An award that only goes to films that truly live up to the magic of Hollywood and the Stars!

Posted on October 13, 2007
- Howitzer

A perfect western, a perfect movie! This was brilliantly put together. The editing was proffessional and seemless, smooth all the way through.
The acting was superb! Excelent, believable VOs by all actors.
The custom music fit just right. The atmosphere and mood created was perfect.
I loved the writing of this film, the story was intriguing and had depth.

Congratulations!

Posted on October 7, 2007
- Armand

Very good film! Wonderful acting, terrific directing. Congratulations on a very atmospheric and interesting work.

Posted on October 6, 2007
- samyhouse

That was a very well done western like I'd like to see more on TMO. Good job.

Posted on September 25, 2007
- yogurt_king_cinema

Superb directing. Shorter films are the most difficult to pull of complex scene interactions, but this brief film does it flawlessly. The incidental scenes, such as the two women speaking of the recent heist, are integral to the story and draw the viewer in as much as any of the action. The narration is done very well; excellent voice casting for the lead. A wonderfully existentialist theme incorporating the amnesia of our hero. Somewhat weak is the connection between the woman and the hero, but the film maintains its own via excellent pacing. An inspiring western for any one interested in the genre.

Posted on September 23, 2007
- George_Locust

Nice directing. You are a master.

Posted on September 21, 2007
- john-mercurio

very nice

Posted on September 18, 2007
- CarolinMueller

Was mir gefallen hat sind die Sprecher. Jeder passt gut in seine Rolle. Ein wenig langatmig fand ich die Erzählung, mag aber daran liegen, dass Western nicht mein Genre sind. Der Twist am Ende des Films ist sehr herb und bleibt einem lange in Erinnerung.
Ich finde dieser Film ist für seine äu�?erst kurze Entstehungszeit sehr gut gelungen. Dafür gibt es volle Punktzahl.

Posted on August 30, 2007
- Throwaxe

Great, great cinematography, David.
Also good music, voices and an excellent story,
which could have been set anywhere, anytime, and still work well.
It's a classic Western with appropriate pacing and build up.
I just love those camera angles.
My only minus point is for the ending.
I feel it could use a stronger image to end the movie with
than just seeing him walk to the hangman and cut to black.
But that's just my opinion.
Great, great movie :)

Posted on August 17, 2007
- Corey13

That's so sad but it's such a great movie!

Please rate any of my movies.

Posted on August 15, 2007
- filipekholmstudios

It was a verry good movie, that started a bit lame, but ended with style.

Posted on August 14, 2007
- peaceandlove

Super einfach ein klasse Film!
Viel Action , super Synchro und geile Schauspieler.
So muss ein Film sein.
5 Sterne *****

Posted on August 12, 2007
- Kyle1995

I am a fan of western films. Your western films turned out to be a very well made one. The whole idea is I think based on the saying "The wrong place at the wrong time" which makes it unique. The voice actors did a great job and the translation with the subtitles were good. They stayed up for a sutible amount of time. I could relate to the main character. The whole thing was compelling. I can't wait to see your next movie. Could you possibley rate my second trailer for my upcoming movie The Flesheater 3 please.

Posted on August 6, 2007
- OcelotFilms

This kafka-esque western is easily one of the best short films I've seen on TMO. Everything about it is professionally done, and executed in a technically perfect, masterful way. Bravo.

Posted on August 2, 2007
- D-Tritus

Fantastic West movie!
Film on!

Posted on July 30, 2007
- davidebborn

bad and didnt like... my movies r worse but sorry im not being rascist but i h8 u ppl voices! its so girly n wimpy... n y usa y not THE FATHERLAND! its better n germany is smarter! gd job m8!

Posted on July 28, 2007
- Ranedthel

AN EXCELLENT FILM! This well crafted feature offers the viewer a simple Western story that wiggles like a sidewinder. The easy going pace of this film is highlighted with wonderful camera angles and music. The cast, from what I could tell, delivered their lines with emotion that seemed proper for the scenes and the subtitles were steady with only minor spelling errors. It is easy to see why viewers have lifted this film into the charts

Posted on July 28, 2007
- 123654

Wow! That was an amzing movie! Omg! I have never seen a movie better than this! You should consider making a second one or something. Like, maybe about what happened before he got to San Dolpho, or that he escapes or something. Wow! It was so amazing! There are no bad traits to it! Wow. How did u get the music? It was good. I rate it a straight 5. Check out my movie. Its ok, but yours was amazing!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- MAXIMILIAN0

OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!Its Just Amazing and hows Eagle_93 wrote
"It looks like the real western movies" he is right in every word
the free cam was "SOMETHING" You really succeed to keep me interesting in you movie usually film of this length not so good to keep me focus all the movie
(call me shallowed but most of the "film makers" here don't really know how to do long movies and still keep them attractive) you've got me inspired. thanks man!!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Ploob

Didn't quite grasp the story but the camerawork and voiceovers were fantastic. Some very well executed shots and editing. fine music also. Marvellous use of sets and lighting also. A triumph.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- daniellecrownford

Ich weiss nicht woran es genau lag. Aber teilweise erinnerte mich die Musik nicht an the good old Wild West, sondern an Irland. Sorry, aber ist so. Die Dialoge waren mir teilweise zu flach und unausgereift. Zwischenzeitlich fehlte auch die sinnvolle Erklärung der Rückblende. Was mir am meisten fehlte war das typische Westernfeeling. Das kam bei mir persönlich nicht auf... :(

Posted on July 23, 2007
- ttswe

This was absolutly great! Like this very much!
This was absolute the best here, i think now :P
Great entry and outro. Thanks for uploading!

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Joshielad2k7

very good, and true to life, good stunts and sets where in excelent condition, just one thing, i can't see how its a romance, i would say it is an action.

Posted on July 22, 2007
- -B-

Ich wuerde mich ja "bellasellaa" anschliessen, aber fuer mich workte der Film pretty gut out, sehr gut sogar. Dass die Inszenierung stimmt, erwartet man von einem Profi. Dass Musik und Sprecher erste Wahl sind, kennt man Meowans Filmen. Was mich aber ueberzeugt hat, war die Geschichte, die ich so nicht erwartet haette. Ueberraschend und ohne haarstraeubende Ungereimtheiten kommt sie daher und macht den Film zu einem Gewinner. I just did like it.

Gab es 1848 schon eine 'pump gun'? (Ich weiss es wirklich nicht.)

Posted on July 21, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

This is, without a doubt, the coolest western I have seen so far on TMO. And this flick is much better than your last ITC entry. The story was well done. The were one or two little details I didn't like (for example the Smith Collins/Colin Smith thing), but overall this was just a thick and deep, dark western flick. The dark ending was really something special. If fitted very well into this movie.
The camera was awesome. The music was good. The VOs were wonderful.
In the end I can tell you, that this is one of my three meowan favourites. Continue like that. :)

Posted on July 21, 2007
- KaeptnWiglo

stimmungsvoller western mit klasse story. die musik hast du auch superpassend hinbekommen. WENN western hier auf tmo - DANN dieser hier ;)

weiterhin viel erfolg...

gruss KW.

Posted on July 21, 2007
- dylanabbott

ok this was the best western movie ever!
1)the plot was great!5/5
2)the vo's were excellent5/5
3)the music was sopurb!5/5
4)most of all the action was the best 5/89

Posted on July 20, 2007
- alethegiant

Good movie fantastic music great job!
But watch my movie monster in the house danke =)

Posted on July 20, 2007
- clement93

Hello, Sorry for my bad english I am frensh...

I like realy your movie. I think is a great western with bad mans. I like this.
I don't understand everything the scenario, because I don't speek english very well. But the decors are impressive, and I know the conditions of the round, it's not very easy.

Good luke for the competition !

Posted on July 20, 2007
- Alutt

Very very good. The editing was perfect to me, liked it very much, and the rythm and voice over acting too. Just, the first music did'nt match, I found, it's another culture... A fine fine story. Bravo !

Grüsse von Frankreich und viel Glück für die ITC !

Posted on July 20, 2007
- bellasellaa

Sorry it just didn't work for me i dont know why. I just didn't like it. It could of had more action or better angles. I don't know it just didn't work!

Posted on July 20, 2007
- Master007

The Archaic Awards
Review

Story: 10/10 This is the type of story I like. It grabs you and never lets go. I felt the need to watch this film all the way through. The story was beautiful. Many twists and turns all leading up to a powerful ending. Great job!

Music: 5/5 Music worked perfectly. Suited pretty much every scene.

VO/Subs: 10/10 The voiceovers and subtitles looked and sounded great. I didn't see many spelling mistakes if any and the voiceovers were clear and crisp.

Script: 5/5 A very good script. Well written.

Extras: 7/5 Your use of freecam is amazing. The mods were excellent too.

Editing: 15/15 The movie had wonderful scene transition and also wonderful scene usage. The length was just about perfect and the flow of the film was pretty good. Overall I think this was an excellent film!

Final Score: 52/50

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Lloyd_Hollywood

Great direction and flow. I've overcome my fear of low and high angled shots; for that I thank-you; your premise is solid. Your talent for story telling and film making shines. The only problem I see is the characters talking and discussing things outside in the open, along with the gun fight. People are nosey and gossip hounds. Luz hit it on the head. Some questions arise. Like the role of the sheriff. Was the bad guy a known criminal? If so, I don't think the lead character would hang after his dead body was found in the center of town. Also. If I have important news, I tell it right away. I don't wait until the end of a gun fight. With some minor changes this film is Hollywood gold.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Knopfer

Drehtechnisch perfekt, Story prima, VO und Musik auch gut. Es war ein Film, der einem realen Film in nichts nachsteht. Er war eben gewohnt gut imszeniert.
Dennoch zwei Dinge haben mich etwas gestört. Zum einen die Widescreen Streifen und zum anderen die etwas unausgegohrene Krimistory. Der Sheriff frägt nach, der Barkeeper gibt ihm eigentlich ein perfektes Alibi, interessiert nur keinen. Da hört dieser Teil der Geschichte einfach auf. Man denkt da kommt noch was. Doch es kommt nichts.
Trotz dieser zwei Punkte war es insgesamt ein sehr guter Film. Es hat Spa? gemacht ihn zu sehen.

Gru�?
McM unlimited

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Vasil

Eigentlich stehe ich ja nicht auf Western-Filme,aber du hast mich vom Gegenteil überzeugt.
Der Film war in jeder Hinsicht absolut Stilsicher,geniale Sprecher gepaart mit spritzigen Dialogen,einfach spitze.
Den �?bergang der Szenen hast du wirklich absolut flüssg hinbekommen...wirklich Respekt dafür.
Das einzige was mit ein wenig negativ aufgefallen ist,ist die für mich unpassende Musik ganz am Anfang....sonst war der Film wirklich toll.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- oletheking92

a 20 words comment: a very good western, probably the best western i have seen here. good vos good music and very good storyline. good setdressing too!

Sehr gut!!!

oletheking92

Posted on July 19, 2007
- gilga

an excellent jib! I especially appreciated your story, very mature, close to the genre but also original in the direction you chose.... very well done!Excellent voice acting of the whole cast, and perfect music... so gratz!

And good luck for the competition.
Gilga

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Tal0n

Ein schöner Western, der mich zu Anfang ein wenig an El Mariachi erinnert.
Die Sprecher sind 1A, Editing über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Die Musik ist auch grö�?tenteils extrem gut.
Die Story ist gut geschrieben und recht geschliffen.
Als Kritik hätte ich nur das, wie in den meisten deiner Filme die Charaktere recht glatt rüberkommen und auch so aussehen. Eine krumme Nase hier und Segelohren da würden Wunder wirken.
Au�?erdem ist mir ein Logikfehler aufgefallen... der Wirt hat sich die Pump Gun wohl mit der Zeitmaschiene beschafft^^

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Sokay

Wow,I am shocked that you didnt get a full five stars for this.It wasnt short, it was lenghty,you used your time very well,The subtitles were on track,The story was straight,awesome, to the point.I tip my hat to you.You definitely have my vote.

Posted on July 18, 2007
- SillyBob

WOW! Just Wow! That was really good, now I want to go make a western, though it probably won't be anywhere near as good.

Posted on July 18, 2007
- jacpaco30

No comment

Posted on July 18, 2007
- dee4life151

gd movie man

Posted on July 18, 2007
- nasum84

guter Film, gefällt mir sehr, gute Kameraführung und auch ein sehr guter Plot

Posted on July 17, 2007
- Lukok

Good good movie.

Posted on July 17, 2007
- REliver

No comment

Posted on July 17, 2007
- ESegal

That was a terrific Western movie. Everything about this movie was done correctly. If only the duel could have been a little bit more suspensful, but no matter, this is certainly a 5 star movie.

The voice artists were excellent actors and actresses, and the script was an excellent foundation for this rock solid movie. I want to see more!

Posted on July 17, 2007
- froci

meowans filme sind so perfekt und genial dass es langsam langweilig wird, immer dieses hollywoodniveau da ist ja überhaupt keine abwechslung :P

die kamera perfekt, die story gut, die VO sowieso (wieso erwähne ich das überhaupt?^^)
also alles in allem wirklich klasse, besonders die story fand ich echt gut, das einzige was ich zu meckern hätte wäre die atmo. bildtechnisch und von der kamera her zwar sehr überzeugend, aber die musik (zwar gut) aber nicht 100% passend eingesetzt. sie hätte an einigen stellen mehr in den vordergrund treten sollen und vielleicht auh etwas markanter sein können...

Posted on July 17, 2007
- Disney2000

Wow,a very good movie!
1.Excellent story,kinda sad,and thrilling!
2.The german voices was very good!
3.I love how it all ends,but I wont tell it,if I do,ill spoil it!

Posted on July 17, 2007
- jjnelson222

A man goes to San Dolpho where noone seems to like him. He is then accused of being involved in a heist and gets involved with a gang. Then theres a duel...I hope nothing was spoiled.

Truly a magnificent movie. I loved the use of the widescreen overlay. It is one of the best westerns I have ever seen. Truly amazing.

Posted on July 17, 2007
- sisch

Das war guuuut! :)
Ich bin ja eigentlich kein Westernfan.. aber die Story war klasse, die Sprecher wie immer erstklassig, die Musik umwerfend und über die Kamera mu�? ich wohl nicht extra Worte verlieren - wie immer grandios!

Posted on July 17, 2007
- rjb2112

A totally wonderful film. The emotions were touching and the film work down very well. Good luck in the contest. :)

Posted on July 17, 2007
- gsears

In My Review, I look for 5 things,

1) Story"Fabulous"
2) Sound Effects"Fabulous" and Sound Track"Fabulous"
3) Scene editing"Fabulous"
4) Costumes"Fabulous"
5) VO's"Fabulous", Captions"Fabulous"

Ratings,
"Poor"
"Good"
"Great"
"Excellent"
"Fabulous"

Nominated for,
October 2007 Toons World Cinema Golden Movie Award!

GSears GIVES 5 STAR!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Bigpapa360

That was very good! It was like a German Spaghetti Western. I loved it man, especially how you didnt actually give an end so that the viewers could imagine their own ending and leave with whatever emotion they wanted. One of the best movies on TMO!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- jasonx102493

very goo I must say you germans sue can make a good moie!! lol but really this was overall a little bad not horrible. But this kind of movie isnt for you but I mean if you want to make this movie then you should but horror and action movies best suit you cuz you are really good!!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Froggen

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWw LOVED IT! But poor guy! I felt so sorry for him! It was a very entertaining western! I love westerns but they are not very common so this was special to me!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- HitmanGames

Wow..... Ich bin wirklich sprachlos! Einen so genialen Western habe ich auf TMO bisher noch nicht gesehen! Es gab viele sehr gute Western, aber keinen, der so genial inszeniert war und eine so intensive Atmosphäre hatte!
Dein bester Film seit Langem! Before Dawn ist von nun an bei mir gedanklich mit Unfaithful auf einer Höhe! :-)

::: Firefly's Reviewsystem 2.0 :::
http://www.hitmangames.de/the_movies/bs/
Story 45/50 :: Editing 50/50 :: VoiceOver/Subs 50/50 :: Soundtrack 50/50 :: Genrebezogen 45/50 :: Impression/Eindruck 50/50
--> Before Dawn >> rated /nP/ for "Nearly Perfect"! >> 48/50 >> 5 Stars!

Fazit: Ein nP habe ich (mit dem BS2) bisher so gut wie nie vergeben, aber Before Dawn hat es auf jeden Fall verdient, denn das hier ist ein kleines Meisterwerk!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Frenhofer

Als ich anfangs vom ITC-Contest gelesen habe, war meine Reaktion zunächst eher verhalten. Ich hatte befürchtet, dass, durch die knapp bemessenen Produktionszeiten, der Community nun eine ganze Reihe eher mittelprächtiger Filme ins Haus flattert... Nun, nach der Halbzeit kann ich getrost sagen: Ich habe natürlich absolut schief gelegen mit dieser Prognose! Und "Vor dem Morgengrauen" ist sicher das beste Beispiel dafür. Hier stimmte einfach alles: das durchdachte, intelligente Drehbuch, die wunderbar atmosphärisch dichte Inszenierung, der Soundtack, der es mir ganz besonders angetan hat, die erstklassigen Sprecher... Das Resultat ist ein ganz gro�?artiger Western, dessen Umsetzung von Anfang bis Ende absolut zu überzeugen und zu begeistern vermag.
Glasklare 5 Sterne und viel Glück und Erfolg beim Contest!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- DNR

What a great movie one of the best westerns to ever hit TMO. The Voice acting was amazing. The music fit perfectly and the directing was incredile. The editing flawless. Great job to all involved

Posted on July 16, 2007
- DNR

What a great movie one of the best westerns to ever hit TMO. The Voice acting was amazing. The music fit perfectly and the directing was incredile. The editing flawless. Great job to all involved

Posted on July 16, 2007
- todi2004

Ein wirklich beeidruckender Western, der nicht zuletzt durch die gute Sprachausgabe und den gelungenen Kamereinstellungen überzeugt. Fernando hat mir ein wenig zu schnell gesprochen, ansonsten aber haben die Sprecher so gut wie in allen Situationen den passenden Ton getroffen.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- heigi

Ein sehr gut gelungener Film, von dem ich so einen Erfolg ncht gedacht habe.
Meowan hat mal wieder tolle Arbeit geleistet und mich vom gegeteil überzeugt.
Die selbstkomponierte Musik war stimmig und die Sprecher haben gute Leistung gegeben.
5 Point goes to Mwowan!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- verguit

Great story but too quick. some action would have been good. vo's sounded great. some good cam work. too much dialog in such a short time. but being though its basicly the only western its the best so far. Shame for the lack of action even though its a romance action is still needed.

GREAT FILM!

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Primaer

Herrlich fotografierter Western, der auch vom Drehbuch überzeugen kann. Dialoge sind gut geschrieben, hihi der Barkeeper war lustig, und auch die Handlung ist gut ausgefeilt und spannend. So lässt das Ende einen zurück mit der Erkenntnis das man hier halt doch im Westen ist und Happy Ends haben hier sowieso nichts zu suchen. Wieder wurde ein bisschen mit dem Genre gemischt. Da sind paar Krimianleihen mit dem Sheriff, bisschen Gedächnisverlust (untypisch für nen Western). Das obligatorische Duell gegen Ende find' ich zwar nicht unbedingt notwendig bzw. hätte man einfach dreckiger rüberbringen sollen, lässt aber in Sachen Inszenierung keine Bedürfnisse offen.

�?berhaupt ist die Inszenierung wohl wirklich richtig, richtig klasse gelungen. Ich erwähn nur mal eben das Ende: Der Himmel mit einem leicht orangenen(?) Touch, die Leute sehen zu, manche heulen und dann die Kameraeinstellungen rund um den Galgen in der Mitte. Gro�?e Klasse, fast schon denkwürdig ist diese Szene.
Die gelungene Kamera profitiert natürlich ganz besonders von der Musik, die manchmal etwas eigenwillig rüberkommt, aber gerade deswegen dem Film ihren eigenen Touch gibt. Vergleichbar mit DEM Filmkomponisten schlechthin, Morricone.
Die VOs, tja, was soll man da sagen. Wär cool gewesen wenn sie alle in nem härteren Tonfall gelabert hätten, aber hey, pures Wunschdenken von mir, denn auch die VOs waren gro�?artig, wie gewöhnlich bei dir.

Ohne Frage 5 Sterne für einen tollen Western.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Pikmin

Hi Meowan, mal wieder ein klasse Film von dir!!!
Am besten gefielen mir die Voiceactors und der Einsatz der Freecam!
Die Overlays für Intro und Outro waren etwas klein, aber nicht schlimm!
Die Musik war auch toll und der Story habe ich bis auf ein paar Stellen
gut folgen können! Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg mit diesem super Film beim ITC!

Liebe Grü�?e, Pikmin! Film on...

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Andore

ich mu�? feststellen das die messlatte in meiner eineinhalb jährigen abwesenheit extrem hochgelegt wurde^^
meine erfahrungen mit stunts & effects tendieren ja noch gegen null, trotzdem mu�? ich sagen das die kamerafahrten genial aussahen.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- Bodyrock

Ein gro�?artiger Western. Die Story ist sehr gut aufgebaut und fantastisch umgesetzt.Die Arbeit der Freecam ist von dir wie immer bombastisch. Die Sprecher sind natürlich auch alle top. Die Musik erinnert mich ein bisschen an den mexikanischen Stil. Kommt auf jedenfall ziemlich gut rüber.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- GiorgioKiwi

Eine interessante Idee, die du da hattest, auch an der Umsetzung sind mir jetzt spontan keine Mängel aufgefallen.
Die Musik passte eigentlich während des Filmes relativ gut, alllerding kann ich mich mit dem Gitarren-Stück am Anfang und am Ende irgendwie nicht anfreunden.
Aber alles in Allem 5 Sterne Wert, auf jeden Fall besser, als dein anderer ITC-Film

Posted on July 16, 2007
- ArtEscape

Excellent work. Very well done. Great camera direction, great voice overs and good written dialogue. I think westerns are hard to do, but you made it look easy. It was a good story,and it made sense. It also had a bit of romance in it which was also good. Im not a fan of random movies that dont make any sense at all.I thought your movie was terrific from beginning to end. Happy movie making to you, and good luck with all yout future films. Thank you for sharing, and let me share with you.Please come visit my studio and rate my movies. Art Escape is made by Jade Kinkade. Thank you.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- themonkthemonk

Now that was one of the Best TMO westerns I have ever seen. A great story, and... well, there was nothing in this movie that was not exceptional.
A triumph of storytelling!
You get 5 stars!
themonk

Posted on July 15, 2007
- JosephKw

Another finely crafted film from Meowan and company. The opening shots were brilliantly chosen and quite memorable. Great editing as well. The music was very well done, but I did find the ending theme to be more of a comedy or even horror piece (with the staccato violin strings), instead of a tragedy or western. Good luck with the competition!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- thejoe8pizza

The great story was completed with a sad ending. The music (more like soundtrack) added an atmosphere to the movie. The free cam was good and once again the widescreen overlay make it seem like a real movie. Thank you for the english subtitles.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Harb40

Smith Collins? I'm Collin Smith.

The Good:
As usual, the mods were very good.
The Music was exceptional.
The voices were clear and crisp.
The subtitles kept me up on what was being said.
The main story was good but a bit confusing.

The Bad:
A few spelling errors but nothing that distracted from the story.
I am still a bit confused about Luz and Smith Collins.........

Overall:
A good film but with a slightly confusing twist.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- RaYdAwG

Well meowan, you made one hell of a movie here. While western movies aren't really among my favorite genres, I still can appreciate good filming. The music was well selected, the editing was top notch, the script was well written and the vo's were very well done. Very good job!

da dAwG

Posted on July 15, 2007
- DanielH20

Everyone have to see this film! I never see this best western film on TMO!! Music is perfect very professional!! Great subtitle and the voices too. Overlays and free-cam look awesome. This film is...PERFECTION!!!

Good Luck in the ITC. :)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- thejester005

that movie was amazing. i love westerns. this was something new and i loved it. thx man. good cast. good music. good plot.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Active_Studios

You gave me a good smile on my face, you really did.
The subtitles helped with your talking.
Got good camerawork.
The music was very impressing.
Good plot on this movie.
You got a good cast.
I just never seen a good western movie since I started on TMO.
Amazing, Meowan. 5 stars.

Active_Studios

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Hirsches8

WoW!

Und mal wieder bin ich begeistert!

Der Film fängt schon hervorragend an. Richtig spanndend und das hält auch bis zum Ende. Der Film wird in keiner Minute langweilig.

Die Story ist sehr gut ausgedacht und VoiceActing ist natürlich wieder perfekt.
Before Dawn glänzt durch seine wirklich perfekt passende Musik, die den FIlm zum Erlebnis macht.

Auch hier gibt es wieder 5 Sterne - Wie zu erwarten!

Meowan gehört zur Elite der deutschen TheMovies-Produzenten und dem entsprechend gut sind auch seine Filme!

Weiter so!

Gru�?

Hirsches

Posted on July 15, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

This movie was superb! Meowan does it again by making such a unique, intrigueing film with great music, VO's, and overlays. Absolutely splendid! A definite five stars.

- Orky.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Richegroover

Nice work Meowan, this was a cracking western. Lovely work on this. Closer and closer to the real thing each time :)

Seriously though, nice work on this one buddy well done! :)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Spaceman72

Bravo Mr. Meowan! This is truely a cinematic masterpiece in the western genre.
The whole 12 minutes just flew by as I've watched it, beacuse I were so fascinated about the excellent camera work and the brilliant German VO's. Not to forget to mention the very original story. The technical aspect of the movie is also brilliant, everything from sets, costumes, overlay and soundtrack matchet perfectly together. So as a final conclusion, I can easily give you 5 stars and two thumbs up for this masterpiece of yours. :)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Eagle_93

OMG! I haven't seen nothing than this!

I have to say that this is a masterpiece! It looks like the real western movies, you are like a Sergio Leone, but of TMO! All is fantastic in this movie:
1) The plot was excellent, an original story with a great and sad end.
2) The introduction was great, I loved the overlays and the first works of free camera were original and excellent.
3) The cast was really good, I loved to listen german voices and the subtitles were good.
4) The music was very professional, great work! An excellent soundtrack.
Best luck for the ITC, but I have to say that I'll vote for this in the competition if there won't others movies I'll like.

The thing I most loved was the free camera! It was the better you can see. A bad free camera, for me, is a bad movie, but a FANTASTIC free camera is a FANTASTIC movie, for me! Sincerely,

Eagle_93 Studios.

Thanks to show me this excellent movie, I really appreciated it

Posted on July 15, 2007
- derbyrams

A very professional film dude. I throughly enjoyed this from start to finish.
The plot was very good, simple and enjoyable!!! The voice-over cast was exceptional and really top-notch!!! They made the film very enjoyable.
Thankyou very much for translating the film, very much appreceited!!!!
A very good idea, like you have done for your previous amazing films.
The editing was very spot on and well done. The script was very good.
I didn't see a flaw throughout the entire film, it was that professional and so well done. I loved this film. It gripped me from the start, a very clever opening. I must say that the music was beautiful and worked very well for the film. You are a fine composer indeed sir, a very talented one indeed!!!!
The camera-work was astonishing and really made the film very enjoyable. The free-cam work definelty gave the film a unique look and feeling.
I liked the ending, it was very sad, but very well put together. You tied together a very good ending. This film felt as if the right length and was not boring at all.
Overall: 10/10
A highly recommended western, by far the best western on TMO atm and I haven't seen such a good western on TMO for quite some-time, so well done!!!
A very, very, very good film!!! Excellent work, excellent music, a fine effort, it was all there!!! You put together one hell of a movie!!!!!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Torben11

ein sehr guter Western, wenngleich ich keien mag, haben die Stimmen und die Story sehr überzeugt.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- NUKESTER

Fantastic Cinematography!! I loved the way you wrote and executed this film that looks great in widescreen mode. Your use of sets and scenes were appropriately used and the characters within the story really drove the story forward with some great moments. You did a great job with the translations aswell which must be easy. Good subs and I found it very easy to follow.

Overall a very good attempt and an enjoyable outing!

Nuke Well Before Dawn!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Ralfduran

Its good to finally see some Serigo Leone here on the site, because what I have missed myself is some descent western movies. This was truly a worthy attempt from a talented filmmaker. The camerwork was exceptionally good and your voice actors delievered without no real flaws. However I gotta admit that I think that the duel was quite odd. Did they actually have to shot each other because one of the guys didnt want to take the other guy with him? It felt quite hmm strange and a quite patethic excuase for bringing up an duel. But hell ... it is the wild west so I guess that is fine. Also, it would be quite cool if the hero was rescued by the end. Like in The good the bad and the ugly, but your version had its points as well. Excellent work Meowan and once again you show the rest of the world that the germans are the best filmmakers ... besides from us swedes of course.:)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- jakechief

Rated: PG-13
Violence
Graded: A+
COMMENT: That was amazing. I loved it. Your work is amazing. I love this movie and "In The Nick Of Time" They were splended. Well done. The VOs were fantastic. The subtitles went a tiny bit fast but who cares? I love this movie so much. I rated this PG-13 and is graded an A+. Amazing. 5 stars all the way. WOO!!!!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Jenniza

That was so sad. I mean really sad. Sigh... Good movie; great camera work; great emotions in the voice-acting; nice translations in the sub-titles; awesome music; excellent scene selections, costuming and general mood of the setting. Overall great story and very well-done film.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- SebastianW

Ein sehr schöner Western. Die Sprecher waren super. Die Kamerafahrten fand ich genial das Ende ebenfalls. Die Musik war super.

Gru�?: SebastianW!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

BEFORE DAWN is professionally crafted to be a feature film presented in widescreen. The scene selection and dressing were appropriate. The camera work within each scene is stupendous! Music was overall contributing to the story! The VOs seemed to be done by Professional Voiceover Artists and extremely well balanced. A commendable and awarding effort to everyone, because this is certainly worthy of THE K4 NETWORK AWARD!!! Congratulations!! ===K4===

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Starmovie

Spannender Western mit klassen Sprechern, einer guten Storyline, super Editing und teilweise guter Musik, machnmal wirkte sie unpassend für einen Western. Die Letzte Kamera Einstellung mit dem Galgen fand ich sehr gelungen, schade das Smith gehängt wird, er war doch undschuldig! Trozdem gute Arbeit.

Posted on July 15, 2007
- alfric

a superb western movie....
a great story with some nice noirish touches....
splendid music and characterful Vo....
as always edit and scene choices were excellent...
again the bar has been raised....nicely done
i liked it....

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Cruise1970

+ Very nice outfit selection, fitting the time period..

+ Wonderfully compose music, adding more drama and adventure to the scenes..

+ Storyline was creative, dramatic but humorous at times..

+ Very nice use of free cam...

+ Subtitles were perfectly chosen though at times they did move alittle fast, still it didn't ruin the experience...

Overall a very entertaining western that kept my interest throughout the 12 min 52 second feature. The film kept making me wonder would happen next... Great Job..

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Damien7

That was amazing loved the story line the music and the widescreen effect it was like waching a real western.I know it was in german. Mabey next time can he subtitles be in german and vos be in english? anyways great movie loved it!
-Damien7

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Zarrmida

GREAT MOVIE!!!
Die Geschichte ist sehr interessant, spannend und original.
Die Musik ist unglaublich gut!!!
Der Film ist technisch perfect!
Viel Glück beim Competition. Ich gebe meine Stimme für "Before dawn".

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Gargamel93

Die Musik hat nach meiner Meinung in einfach jeder Minute gepasst.
Hier und da hätte man noch etwas die Story ausbauen können , aber da du nicht so viel Erfahrung mit Western hast , oder besser gesagt , kein Western Freund bist, war das hier schon ziemlich klasse.
GL�?CKWUNSCH !

Posted on July 15, 2007
- budrick

Ein sehr guter film schöne musik gute sprecher schöne kamera gute schöne stóry nur immer weiter so viel glück

Posted on July 15, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Ein sehr guter Western....
Sehr gute storyline..
Die Musik hat auch immer super gepasst..
Viel Glück weiterhin beim Contest....

Film on!!!

Posted on July 15, 2007
- Vincenzo_Damatta

well the story was interesting, maybe i thought that could be another end but, that was good too. i liked very much the use of the free cam, was quite good...good film for the 4th round ;)

Posted on July 15, 2007
- The_only_Iceman

Ein schön gemächlich laufender Film. Western ist ja nicht so mein Fall, aber gefallen hat mir der Streifen trotzdem. Naja zu deiner Kamera mu�? man ja nichts näheres mehr sagen. Zu den Sprechern auch nicht ; )
Bin gespannt, was die restlichen Zuschauer sagen werden.

Posted on July 14, 2007
- kwistufa

Excellent! Just like watching a real Western, great Story!
The Cam work was executed beautifully & kept things interesting all the way.
Great Characters involved & enjoyable voice overs.
Prop placement & sets were also top notch.
Well done on a very good Movie!

Posted on July 14, 2007
- Willy-Wonka

Ja, ein hübscher, langsamer Film, der mit viel Ruhe die Stimmung des ruhigen Westernstädtchens zeigt, das, ohne das der Hauptprotagonist etwas dagegen unternehmen kann, schlie�?lich zu seinem Verhängnis wird. Gut ist, dass soviel Hintergrund darin steckt, weniger toll ist wohl, dass diese Ruhe auch gewisserweise Lust beim Zuschauer weckt, das irgendetwas passiert. Die Sprecher sind natürlich toll, auch wenn ich nun zumindest ein bisschen nach Eigenlob stinke.

Posted on July 14, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Now that was the best western on TMO I have seen till now. I thought that "Far Heaven" wouldn´t be easy to top, but Meowan did it again with his perfect flaw, perfect fitting musik and an outstanding cast!
But who knows maybe I see some more good western this ITC round =)... But so far this is deffinatly the best western I have seen on TMO!
great job Meowan eehhrr... Germany team2

Posted on July 14, 2007
- chrisu69

Klasse Western.Einsatz der Frecam wie gewohnt sehr gut,die Sprecher waren auch erste Sahne.Die Geschichte hatte einen guten Plot und wurde nie langweilig.Musik hat mir nicht so gut gefallen,aber sonst saubere Arbeit viel Glück!

Posted on July 14, 2007