Ascension
 
 
Studio: Tarison
 
Review Count: 50
Average Rating: 4.78 stars
Genre: Action
Length: 13 minutes 12 seconds
 
Posted on: July 19, 2007
 
 
Film Description
"War has come to Gallekin. No more can we live our lives in peace. The Kellerine are attacking. People are dying. They have a foothold in our lands. We have no defenses left, save one."

Join the young squire Tohvel as he travels throughout Gallekin to find their last defense - a brigand. Watch as he comes to terms with the repercussions of his actions, unaware that he alone will decide the fate of all humanity.

Cast:

goofparade ............. Tohvel
Docontheweb ............. Malchus
Kwistufa ............. Gen'ji
Betral ............. Salle
RaYdAwG ............. Kestor
goofparade ............. King Aram

Mods by 6-headedmonster, BusStopWilly, budbundysmullet, Msaeluk, Dr_House, Fraasmovies, Rik_Vargard, ranger21, catfisherman, judyann88, Templeofthegods, Tigereyes, KirinRiotCrash, Melghoul, Lizard, Richegroover, and probably a few others I can't remember. If your name is not on the list (and it should be), pester me about it, and I'll fix it!

Music by Lionhead Studios (Fable Soundtrack), and Rik_Vargard.

Directed by Tarison

High Quality version available at http://www.blip.tv/file/311136/

(-: If you haven't seen the movie yet, I advise you to do so before continuing to read this. :-)



This is my first foray into making a film in a medieval setting, though I have to admit I'm not without my influences. The two that stand out most for this movie are 'The Bridge over the River Kwai', and 'Mysterious Cities of Gold'. Yes, things have twisted about significantly since I first wrote the plot 'Ascension', though those well-attuned to those two influences may recognise a line or two as being inspired.

Now that I've ruined the magic of the film, I may as well say it -- The story was significantly altered from the original plot, for the sake of the Fable Competition. Three weeks overdue, 5 minutes over the length I was going for (though I guess I did have a 10-page script), I'm still pretty happy with it. The Fable-style choices influence is there (though if you didn't catch it, and just got confused to death about what was happening, give it another look-over), though I did try to keep the overall tone there. I've been wanting to make a decent medieval film for a while (since it's a genre I tend to write in), and I also wanted to show to many nay-sayers that there's still life in the old bird yet. TM-made movies may not be as flashy as some of the other machinima formats, but honestly, I can't discount it out of the race.

At any rate, I have to really thank two people for helping this be possible. While I'm immensely appreciative of everyone involved, two warrant a special mention. The first is one of the people I consider a King of TMO. Rik_Vargard. Always helpful, supportive, creates awesome mods (while I've listed many, this film really rests upon his genius as far as props/sets go for the most part), makes wonderful music, and tends to inspire so many to excel in this format because of his unique vision.

The other person I really have to thank is goofparade. Some of you may have noticed above that I've got his name twice in there -- that's no typo. Goofparade really did both rules. He really saved my neck when he agreed to fill in for Aram, and honestly, I had my doubts before he agreed, as to whether I would get to finish this. Truly a lifesaver, and by no means anybody's second choice.
 
Featured Reviews
- Neuray-Enterprises

A NEURAY REVIEW (lol)

THE GOOD:
The storyline. Very well written, good plot, great work. The Voice overs were good too, the music was well used, it totally helped bringing the story alive. The freecam use was amazingly good, some nice shots. The mods & set dressing were excellent. The medieval theme was very well executed, with a nice story that keeps you on the tip of your seat during the whole film. If you love medieval films, then you can't let this one unnoticed.

THE BAD:
N/A.

Posted on August 1, 2007
- Rik_Vargard

Ohh well I really thought I reviewed this back then. Just came back to see it once again and oh... where's my review...? Did I ever missed the Rate Movie button or something lol? Anyway....

I REALLY enjoyed this movie A LOT!! One thing that you're taking more time for than before, is using the cam to set the ambient with some really gorgeous shots. To me the most beautiful are those while he travels.
The whole plot is very deep and the main character is well developed. Well the whole storyline might look like a little complicated, but just knowing this movie talks about possibilities and choices made me find out how to watch it.
Once again, along with "Foreigner", you show you have a style on your own.
You have your own way of telling stories, so it always ask for a minute of adaptation, wich is excellent, because it proves it's originality. And I love that.
VO's where absolutely great. Nobody I could say he could've done otherwise.
This movie didn't blew me away like a blockbuster, but it did leave me in awe because of the artistic side and the storytelling.
Excellent!
:)

Posted on July 30, 2007
- mixmasterfestus

Had all composite parts of your bog standard great TMO movie. Editing and all that jazz. I can't be bothered to elaborate on it because we've heard it a jillion times before.

4* for all that...and now that elusive 5th...

The twist. Right up my alley :)

Bravo!

Posted on July 25, 2007
- sisch

Wow. This is a great dark fantasy story, with wonderful music and voiceacting and brilliant cam work - you transported me to a dark and medieval world and kept me on the egde of my seat as the story unfolded. Great work!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- docontheweb

Bravo, Tarison. Bravo. You have succeeded in creating a unique and visually stunning fantasy masterpiece with Ascension. From the wild west to the outer reaches of space, and now to the mythical lands of Gallekin, you continue to conquer and amaze audiences everywhere.

Your true prowess as a filmmaker shines in the creation of Ascension. You are able to take a complex plot and handle it with the upmost delicacy and efficincy. Where a lesser director would lose you in the time-shifting story, you handle it perfectly.

Your set creation and visual style are the highlight of this tale. If there were a TMO award for cinematography this would win hands down.

I will end with mentioning the lesser recognized anchor of this film. Goofparade. His ability to handle two main characters, and breathe the gift of life into them so effortlessly is nothing short of amazing. A big hats off to him. My compliments to Kwis and the rest of the cast as well.

An film easily deserving of that 5 star accoldae.
-Doc

Posted on July 20, 2007
 
Reviews
- BiggsTrek

Well, I've watched this twice now, and I am still a little confused about what really happened. Some technical points first: There are some really cool mods/props in this film that make it look appropriately mediaeval. That's very important, in my book.

The music was all great, as were the VOs. No complaints in that area.

Now... the Red and Green filters.... while they looked nice, I really missed the point of them. I'm notoriously "thick" when it comes to subtlety in films, so I guess it was me. Maybe they were purely for mood... if so, then they were used a just a tad too much in my opinion.

This was a good film. If anything, it probably needed to be longer and a little more detailed in its story telling. As it is, 4.5, I think.

Posted on October 13, 2007
- adzy666

very good nice medeival theme with lots of mods! plz vote my movies on my studio page

Posted on September 22, 2007
- ubernewbie

Nice piece of work. Some clever shot and good editing.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- dude123456HasReturned

Teh Poptart Kid's Review Corner

That was amazing! I love medieval flicks! :0

The fable music was classic. I love the fable music. All the voice actors did wonderful jobs, and they were easy to hear as well. The story was great, and the mods were stunning. I was on the edge of my seat as I watched all the action, death, excitement, and fighting going on in the movie. It was really entertaining.

Great job, Tarison.

film on!

5 stars!

Teh Poptart Kid

Posted on August 2, 2007
- Neuray-Enterprises

A NEURAY REVIEW (lol)

THE GOOD:
The storyline. Very well written, good plot, great work. The Voice overs were good too, the music was well used, it totally helped bringing the story alive. The freecam use was amazingly good, some nice shots. The mods & set dressing were excellent. The medieval theme was very well executed, with a nice story that keeps you on the tip of your seat during the whole film. If you love medieval films, then you can't let this one unnoticed.

THE BAD:
N/A.

Posted on August 1, 2007
- Zatl

Good storyline, very real-seeming.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- qtigger

Great story and very well drawn characters make for a pleasurable viewing. The music is well placed and the set dressings, well what can I say, I was taken back to a time of castles and kings. I really like the story on this film. I didn�??t expect the ending and it was satisfying when it came. My only grip is the traveling scenes. The horse and rider seem to go on for well longer then needed. A quick fade in/out would have been better then watching the rider make his trek. But all in all, a very well told story with good voice actors and dialog. I really enjoyed this one.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Lloyd_Hollywood

Strong Title. Good opening segment, sets tone; I'm have problems with our main character and his quest; his search for Malcus. I understand the logic, out think your nemesis, get his plans, but you're source, Malcus, for me has to be blood related or a spy. Who is he? Can he be trusted? Powerful line. "the blind sage has seen him", cut out been and with. There is a cardinal rule in Hollywood. Always go with the flow. For instance: if character 1 says, "I have nothing to tell you", and character 2 replies, "liar" and kills him, he's restricting the flow of the scene and must be bagged. Did he stumble upon Malcus? You could have worked in this tower idea. I can sense your passion.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- Rik_Vargard

Ohh well I really thought I reviewed this back then. Just came back to see it once again and oh... where's my review...? Did I ever missed the Rate Movie button or something lol? Anyway....

I REALLY enjoyed this movie A LOT!! One thing that you're taking more time for than before, is using the cam to set the ambient with some really gorgeous shots. To me the most beautiful are those while he travels.
The whole plot is very deep and the main character is well developed. Well the whole storyline might look like a little complicated, but just knowing this movie talks about possibilities and choices made me find out how to watch it.
Once again, along with "Foreigner", you show you have a style on your own.
You have your own way of telling stories, so it always ask for a minute of adaptation, wich is excellent, because it proves it's originality. And I love that.
VO's where absolutely great. Nobody I could say he could've done otherwise.
This movie didn't blew me away like a blockbuster, but it did leave me in awe because of the artistic side and the storytelling.
Excellent!
:)

Posted on July 30, 2007
- Ranedthel

A wonderful opening, great mods, and some terrific camera angles highlight this film's quality. Add to that scene setting music and you have a winner. This tale however suffers a bit in the plot. The searching seems endless but moves this film at a steady pace. Then it thickens into a blood red that makes it hard for this viewer to see what is, has , and what at last becomes the final outcome. Sure, the last scene sell it but I still can't tell under what colors it stands. (???) Perhaps this film is too complex for a simple viewer like me. Maybe it was just over thought, if that's possible, in it's creation. I'm not sure but I had a delightful time reaching this confusion.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- kwistufa

This is a great Story/movie.
Fantastic job done on the wide & varied
use of scenes to create the setting of the movie.
Great job picking your VA's as well.
They all suited the Characters they played
and did a very good job at it.
Music fit well too.
Although, some of its editing/trail offs could have been a bit smoother.
Something that caught my eye was inconsistent Backgrounds used.
Sometimes it was dark & eerie then in the next shot bright blue skies.. (?)
The use of the coloured overlays worked well..,
set the tone of the Delivered lines in a unique & clever way.
The costuming was top notch too.
There was some great cam work done as well
but I'm sorry to have to say this, being Honest..,
some sloppy cam as well.
If you'd taken just a little more time on this I'm sure
the latter could have been avoided.
The Pan up of the Tower. Nice shot but the Background cut off point
was very apparent & then just Black sky..
I would let this go for younger 'Directors' but
you do have quite a reputation for being finicky
with these type things.
I'm sure you could have knocked up or used a Sky Mod to counter this.
I think I've even seen one somewhere..
The Movie moved along at a good pace & was an interesting
& entertaining watch. There was a little bit of dead time
in a few of the conversation scenes too but nothing drastically bad..
My apologies for taking so long to review ASCENSION T Man but
the things I've mentioned above WERE playing on my mind.
You've probably (Definitely) seen me give other Flicks that have
nothing on this one the Full 5 stars but being the Man you are,
& your want for Honesty in reviews, I can only hand out the 4.
I watched this Movie just Hours after you uploaded it.
Downloaded it & watched it again a day or 2 later.
This has been my 3rd viewing & those things that
I thought let it down a bit still stick in my mind.
Thanks for letting me be a part of this,
I really enjoyed playing Gen'ji.
This is definitely 1 of the more entertaining
Flicks on TMO. Good Stuff my Aussie Alien friend. :)

Posted on July 26, 2007
- akinis

I'm in agreement with almost everyone else on their reviews. The plot was well written, the VO's outstanding, and the general tone and feel of the movie was excellent.

Some of the scenes dragged on a little bit for me,(some of the transaction scenes, such as the horse riding, static shots of locations,etc. I understand they were put there for pacing, but to me it slowed down the pace of the film for me at times

All in all a top notch production that deserves every star it gets.

Posted on July 25, 2007
- Myshinator

I've said it somewhere before but you are one of my favorite storytellers on TMO. It's hard to have a layered story in such a limited time frame, but this one pulls it off.

The mods were of course, fantastic and you made excellent music choices.

Posted on July 25, 2007
- mcrispy13

That was unsurprisingly fantastic!!!
Loved it from start to finish. Strong plot, great characters, helluva cast; it had everything.
Great work T!

Posted on July 25, 2007
- mixmasterfestus

Had all composite parts of your bog standard great TMO movie. Editing and all that jazz. I can't be bothered to elaborate on it because we've heard it a jillion times before.

4* for all that...and now that elusive 5th...

The twist. Right up my alley :)

Bravo!

Posted on July 25, 2007
- FredTheDuck

A FREDTHEDUCK REVIEW

Plot: 19/20 - a very good plot, and it shows that this was originally for the fable comp, although cutting it down would have ruined it altogether.

Originality: 5/5 - Unlike anything I have ever seen on TMO before. Fantastic.

Predictabiity: 14/15 - Although parts were slighty obvious, there were few, and the death of the king at the end was a real twist, and definitely one I didn't see coming.

VOs: 14/15 - awesome VOs, as you would expect from that cast.

Custom content: 10/10 - almost everything in this was a mod! this made it look so new and appealing to the eye, and was. . .great!

Editing: 13/15 - although the editing was brilliant, I could not understand why the coloured overlays were used...and also, the fog made a couple of the scenes a little difficult to see. Other than this, editing was spot on.

Music/sfx: 9/10 - great music, it really fit the story well.

The wow factor: 9/10 - a very, very high quality movie!

TOTAL: 93% - 5 star!

Posted on July 25, 2007
- JimboWelcome

A brilliant Medieval story with a great twist at the end, T. The props and sets completely transformed the TM environment into something new. You've really shown that it's still possible to break new ground and make great, entertaining films with TM. Well done.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Dulci

Intense and captivating from the opening scene on. The voiceactors truly brought their characters to life and the unique style of direction fit the script and flow of action perfectly.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Majicman182

I enjoyed this film even though it was a long drawn out movie and I hate stupid fantasy stuff....and I hate modded films mostly. Anyway good freaking movie, I didn't even know clint eastwood was still alive!!

-Majicman182 Productions-

Posted on July 24, 2007
- thejester005

7/5 PLOT
5/5 VO'S
great movie. good music. good scenes. good ending.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- DanielH20

This is a pretty good film. VA casts and mods is great! Music and SFX is good! One scene I really like the horse riding that was real good. Great medieval film man! Thumbs up.

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Froggen

liked the mods and VOs............that was it

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Master007

The Archaic Awards
Review

Story: 10/10 A good story. This was told in a fun and exciting way that kept us guessing up to the last minute. Great job!

Music: 5/5 Music was awesome. (Yes I love the kayna music)

VO/Subs: 10/10 All voice actors did a wonderful job! Great job choosing a cast.

Script: 5/5 A decently well written script.

Extras: 6/5 Mods, overlays and freecam were excellent!

Editing: 14/15 Felt long and had a slow pace, but the movie transitions and scene usage were great! I really enjoyed this wonderful film! Great job!

Final Score: 50/50

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Harb40

"That the people, that the people are safe"

The Good:
The basic story. War has ascended upon a territory and only one man can save it.
The mods, music and overlays. Very well used.
The voices were excellent. Well read and easy to understand.
The alternate endings definetely added to the story.

The Bad:
On 2 occassions, the music stopped abruptly and left a bit of dead air.

Overall:
A good film set in medieval times. Truly much time and effort went into this production. A job well done.

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Rated18

I don't know why you think it's a good movie....

Posted on July 23, 2007
- rjb2112

Wow that was some moral! :o

Posted on July 23, 2007
- DeliriousStudios

Loved it.

From the way you dressed the sets to how you shot the movie, it was all very good! Certainly looking forward to the rest. A deep and involved story that drags you in and wont let you stop watching till the end.

Give us a pm when you release them. :p

Posted on July 23, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

A commendable first effort presenting a medieval movie! There was certainly artistic credibility here scene-wise! Goofparade did a fantastic job as always, having to carry the film. Docontheweb is always a plus to any film! Raydawg, Kwist, and Betral were superbe as a supporting cast! A fine job indeed! ===K4===

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Leora

Wow.
So, what did you use to make this? :p
Seriously, though, you managed to make me forget I was watching a TM movie. The good/evil things were a nice touch (trying not to include spoilers here), a bit confusing at first but that may just be my malfunctioning brain.
VAs did a GREAT job (Kwis made me laugh... Then again, when doesn't he?), particularly Goof, I didn't even notice the same person playing 2 roles!

Great story, great characters (I still think I preferred him with a sword through his face) and a great setting.

Posted on July 23, 2007
- Goencc

Wow, quite amazing, I guess that's true skill in making movies, I really like the setting and the character development, truly nice job!

MfG
Goencc

Posted on July 22, 2007
- Goofparade

When I read the script I wondered how Tarison was going to fit this expansive, well developed story into the 6 to 8 min minute film format needed for the Fable 2 Competition. Turns out.. he didn't!

good thing too :)

In the end, a baby came along and a deadline missed resulted in a more developed and polished film.

Great cast that worked every part to the max.. You have to admit Kwis did one killer ol' dude there! :)
The use of the green and red overlays clearly demarked which timeline we were viewing and to me that was brilliant.
Glad to be a part of this team effort.

More!

gp

Posted on July 21, 2007
- Chris62

GREAT MOVIE!
PLOT-5/5
VO'S-5/5
MUSIC-5/5
FREE-CAM-5/5
USES OF MODS-5/5
THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME THE ENDING WAS GREAT!
VERY WELL DONE WHAT A PLOT!
KEEP FILMING GREAT JOB!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- KaeptnWiglo

wow, what a great movie!
great music, vos and mods...

cool nice work.

gruss KW.

Posted on July 21, 2007
- ESegal

excellent mods, great choice of actions, great music, incredible cam work, cool story, great voice overs. most of them.
i really liked how you did all of the horse riding scenes, it seemed very realistic.
And I liked how the screen would be green when Tohvel was good inside, and red when he was evil.
stay number 1 !!!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- sisch

Wow. This is a great dark fantasy story, with wonderful music and voiceacting and brilliant cam work - you transported me to a dark and medieval world and kept me on the egde of my seat as the story unfolded. Great work!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- Andy_inc

I love the medieval genre and I frothed at the mouth when I heard the director of classics such as Foreigner and the Gritty West was making one.

Ascention dove us straight into the action, and I mean STRAIGHT into the action and set the tone and pacing of the rest of the film. The set dressing was beautiful, absolutely flawless, and really sent us to another world, especially as the young Tohvel ventured across fair lands on his horse. As Tiger always says, the basis of creating a good periodic piece is to create a world and transport us back in time, and I can honestly say you did that with ease. You created an absolutely breathtaking world, that is Gallekin.
Now the free-cam... the free-cam was bloody brilliant, absolutely 100% spot on with pacing and the rest. The editing was really great with some cleverly selected scenes. I must say however, that at the beginning, it felt a tad bit rough as one or two scenes jumped, but that's one or two, and that's the beginning as I could see you were really starting to get into it as it went on.
One or two skyward shots (for example of the tower), showed the backdrop just cutting off to show darkness... I'm not sure if that was intentional, but a sky prop would've made it look a lot more realistic, but the world you created was already realistic.

Now the script, music and acting... what can I say, they were all spot on. The script was free-flowing and set the period, as well as the music and I must commend every actor for their brilliant perfomance, especially goofparade who pulled off not one, but two characters, and to do it so well and put a unique spin on each character is something he must be commended for. This film was a great adventure, but I must say it took me a while to fully understand the story with all the colored overlays, but I did watch it in the morning and as I watched it again, I can do nought but admire your creative intent. The story was perfect to suit the length as well, and was well executed.

Seriously, you have to delve into this again, and as far as your creative ability is concerned, you've lost absolutely nothing, but instead, you have gained Andy's 6th Star Award!

Congrats T-man! Truly well deserved and a must see, highly recommended to everybody that's up for a breathtaking adventure!

Posted on July 20, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

An excellent movie..
Great storyline..
Good work at all..

Film on!!

Posted on July 20, 2007
- docontheweb

Bravo, Tarison. Bravo. You have succeeded in creating a unique and visually stunning fantasy masterpiece with Ascension. From the wild west to the outer reaches of space, and now to the mythical lands of Gallekin, you continue to conquer and amaze audiences everywhere.

Your true prowess as a filmmaker shines in the creation of Ascension. You are able to take a complex plot and handle it with the upmost delicacy and efficincy. Where a lesser director would lose you in the time-shifting story, you handle it perfectly.

Your set creation and visual style are the highlight of this tale. If there were a TMO award for cinematography this would win hands down.

I will end with mentioning the lesser recognized anchor of this film. Goofparade. His ability to handle two main characters, and breathe the gift of life into them so effortlessly is nothing short of amazing. A big hats off to him. My compliments to Kwis and the rest of the cast as well.

An film easily deserving of that 5 star accoldae.
-Doc

Posted on July 20, 2007
- AxeCinema

Who ever said Fantasy had to be happy?
What a dark, awesome movie. Directed by an awesome director with an awesome name you go Khaaaaaan!

The VOs were outstanding, go Goof! everyone else delivered their lines very well too...

the camera was the highlight for me... Mood-mood-mood!

Just perfect... Ah, you've done it again T ;-)

Posted on July 20, 2007
- George_Locust

I love a dark fantasy, boy was this dark. The sword fight editing was great, about the best I have seen. A couple of your camera angles were perfect to create the mood you needed for a particular shot. Exellent work.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- rysto

Great story with a good flowing plot that leads one through a wonderous world. The set dressings and scenes helped draw one into the story. The horse riding scenes were long but the visual effects being displayed brought more awe than boredom. The story was developed well, but being well past it's original intention(as a fable comp entry) I probably would have opted for one single storyline. The one which was cleverly brought to conclusion. Nicely done overall.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Richegroover

Firstly - Great work :)

I think everyone knows that Fantasy is a hard genre to create convincingly on tmo but this really does do a good job. A meaningful story recreated using such a constraining medium says a lot for your abilities as a movie maker.

Congratulations Tarison - this is one of the best movies of it's kind that i've seen in some time :)

Rich

Posted on July 19, 2007
- murpheykid

What an epic film about choices and what becomes of those choices. It flowed well, and wasn't all too confusing. I believe you still have it in you Tarison. And it's great to see you directing movies again.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- NUKESTER

A Fantastic Fantasy Epic that grabbed me from start to finish. It had the look and feel but more importantly, it had the character. I thought you executed this brilliantly. You managed to provide some execellent use of scenes coupled with great editting to make this one of my favourite movies of all time. You did it with 'The Gritty West' and 'Foreigner' and I have to say you've done it yet again my dear friend!

Congratulations on your latest blockbuster and all I have left to say is...

Nuke Well in the Ascension!

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Betral

Wow.

Everything was awesome. The music fitted with the scenes, the mods looked great and worked well, all the VAs (besides me, my lines were terrible next to everyone else's) did an amazingly wonderful job. I never knew goof could do such different voices like that. The script and story were great, and I really liked how you used the color overlays. Definitely enhanced the look and feel.

Overall a brilliant movie that is right up there with TWG. :)

Posted on July 19, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

just perfect!
The va´s-outstanding!, the story- great!, the use od mods - excellent!, the atmosphere -fabules! and as I heared the music I thought damn that´s as good as the music in Kayna, then I had a look at you movie disciption and who made it =). Rik is just the best for the music! =)

All in all this is like with Kayna, like postmodernchuck said: this what´s all about with making movies with tm, you created a own world! =)

Posted on July 19, 2007
- RaYdAwG

Amongst the rush of midieval films to hit TMO, this one stands in a league of it's own. The mods were very good and used really well. The music really added that adventurous feel to the movie, while calm and serene when it needed to be. Also, your vo cast selection worked to perfection. They all gave a hell of a performance. Thanks for letting me be a part of that. ;)

Very good job indeed, Tarison. Well done!

da dAwG

Posted on July 19, 2007
- capemedia

OK, decided to watch this after seeing the thread on the forum.

I suppose when new mods are released we see a glut of movies depicting them and I must say the medieval one's have been done to death. Everybody from ADMR to Andy_inc has produced movies to incorporate them and now this.

I wonder was this written for the mods or just written for its own sake. I cannot tell as like the others it's very LOTR like and the problems that have plagued the other directors remain.

All the mods in the world aren�??t going to show a really epic battle or a good sword fight, �??The Movies�?? just doesn�??t have it. Because of this editing and camera work is needed and even then it's just not convincing enough.

As with all your work the standards are really high and every detail is taken care off based on your knowledge of this game and your directorial skill.

The movie was great for TMO, many will not even reach this level of story, character and twist, never mind the actual making of it. Really for me TMO movies have reached their peak and cannot get any better, yes there are those who will disagree but that is how I feel.

�??Ascension�?? is truly a great TMO movie worthy of a high place and long term success. Comparing this to others of TMO then it gets 5 stars from me, it�??s just short of my �??Excellence Award�?? but it�??s up there in the elite bracket.

A wonderful TMO movie, well done.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- Hamzahman

A Great Film Tarison.

The Fable Competition has brough many Fanstasy Films to TMO and this is up there with the best of them, and like other Fantasy Movies, it has: Special Effects and Modding, and a story, a powerful combination and it certainly worked here.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- tigereyes

Having been one of the few that watched each and every entry into the Fable Competition, I can say with great confidence you would've been a worthy competitor, if not the true victor.

I like the concept of overlaying colors to guide the viewer through layers stories. Though, in fantasy especially, I am a sucker for a hero. I find that having a solid hero, especially in a medium as artificial as The Movies, nearly requires a relatable character or hero type character. I think, if not on purpose, your hero is an anti-hero. This is the main complaint I have with your film, that I couldn't connect with it, because I found the central character repulsive and the wise Brigandine to be unknown and outside the originally introduced world. Thus, I think to relate to this story is hard, and that takes away the best part of the very essence of film.

If you plan to continue the series, I would try to give us someone we can latch on to, or a singular emotion that helps unify the film, and the audience. Overall, I think that is mort important than a linear or non-linear story, and even the dialog. However, your script and concept is great, well executed.

Another central part to fantasy storytelling, especially with The Movies, is the idea of "creating a world". Using mods, or whatever you want to call it, to create a world that is not our own, unique. Something that makes your fantasy the fantasy rather than a fantasy. The only film on TMO, until yours, that accomplished this was done by Rik_Vargard, however you did it as well. With tricky use of the vertical mods you've unleashed, but more importantly by maximizing filters and set dressings compounded by every detail matching in style, you created a wolrd that is your own and recognized to your film. Given a screenshot, it can act as a fingerprint, very unique, and speaking volumes about your film.

Every other aspect of the film, editing, volume, music, all is top notch and obviously the result of a lot of effort and attention to detail. It was a great film to watch, glad I caught it hot off the press.

-tiger

Posted on July 19, 2007