The Deed of Midnight - Chapter 1 - Act 1
 
 
Studio: trewill7
 
Review Count: 76
Average Rating: 4.96 stars
Genre: Action
Length: 22 minutes 59 seconds
 
Posted on: July 29, 2007
 
 
Film Description
Jeremiah Smith thought his battles were over. After leaving the military and becoming the religious leader for the small town of Haven, he was looking forward to a new life of peace with his wife and unborn child. Unfortunately, Jeremiah's new life would prove to be anything but a Haven. A merciless ex-Confederate General descends upon the town with a dark purpose. Jeremiah's life is forever altered as the mystery of the Deed of Midnight begins.


2007 GAGA WINNER
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BEST PICTURE
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST ACTION
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OTHER GAGA NOMINATIONS
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BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST ACTOR - OD-ORK-BOY
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - ARTORIOUS
BEST SOUNDTRACK

MUSIC
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"The Good Old Rebel".
Lyrics by Major Innes Randolph ( public domain, popular civil war folk lyric)
Vocal and original music performed and arranged by Goofparade.

MaestroRage (recently joined our TMO community)

Bruscar5 - 8eyedbaby

(ALL SOUND EFFECTS FROM "ABSOLUTE FREE SOUND EFFECTS ARCHIVE".

Release Thread link - http://allboards.lionhead.com/showthread.php?t=217203


VO CAST
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AnotherNewDawn - William Chase

Blaze Lee Dragon - Jeremiah Smith

OD-Ork-Boy - General Thomas Sinclaire

K4ownzall - Seargent Calloway

Goofparade - Solomon Saint

Mrs_Guppi - Rose Smith/Georgianna Wilson

Cruise1970 - Nathan Waters

Theycallmemisterbob - Seargent Woodson

Trewill7 - bit parts


MODS (if i forgot anyone, please let me know, i will correct it immediately.)
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MarvellousGuppiMovies - Special Thanks to him as well.

Stvndysn - Special Thanks

8eyedbaby & Skinshack

Fraasmovies

Samyhouse

Bongoman

Bricksfilms

Phrozin

Gleem

OVERLAYS BY - TREWILL7


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
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HOTPICKED!

The K4 Network Award
Fredtheduck's Action Excellence Award
GoofParade's Gilded Gold Goblet of Distinction
Nuketastic!
Andy_inc's 6th Star Award
Samisawesome's "How did you do that?" Award of Excellence for Best Action
Pariah's Hot Stuff Award
Bricksfilms 300 Award of Excellence (First Recipient)
Nikstudios05 Valedictorian Movie Award (First Recipient)
Amadeus Says "Dammmm!" An SGPorche48 Award

#2nd in Action - August 07
#3rd in Stunts & Effects - August 07
#3rd Overall - August 07
 
Featured Reviews
- MefuneAkira

GREETINGS FROM L.M.A.O STUDIOS!

The best action film of 2007 by far.

This debut film by Trewill7 is the most surprisingly professional film we have seen this year. This Civil War era masterpiece takes place in a town called Haven, Texas. The town is ravaged by the Confederate General Thomas Sinclaire, played devilishly smart by veteran actor OD-Ork-boy. The general is in search of a mysterious item known as the Deed of Midnight and will do anything to get it. The town folk roles are played mainly by GoofParade as Solomon Saint and Mrs_Guppi as Rose Smith. Goofparade never ceases to amaze us with his range of character voices and dead on portrayal of the characters he plays. Mrs_Guppi is simply exceptional as she takes on double roles as Rose and Georgianna Wilson. She has a gift for acting and bringing her character to life.

The opening title sequence is by far the very best opening we have seen in TMO history. It simply does not get better than that. The subtle music and background sound effects slowly lift the mood as the credits of impressive actors are displayed. Then, dawn rises to reveal the blackness turn to blood, the camera unveils the body and ends the opening with a still frame of the Main titles. Creative, entertaining and breathtaking all rolled up into the opening credits. Marvelous.

The music choses for this film is something that requires a foresight of how the films moods are set. Trewill7 knows how to master this process. From the opening score to the �??Hall of midnight�?? to the action sequences, this films music has so much depth and heart to add to the films emotion.

The cinematography and editing are flawless. Each scene, and I mean EACH scene, has a level of detail that is par with only a few TMO films made. The camera angles were not randomly placed, but artistically position to bring out the powerful dialog and the tantalizing performances. A perfect example is the close up shots of General Sinclaires mouth when he gives the unthinkable orders to burn the towns people. The still shots were very effective as well. Trewill7 used small moments and pauses in the film for the viewer to soak in the moment. Brilliant. Overall, the camera angles, pans and wide shots were all well thought out and designed to add to the films energy.

The special effects of the film were cleverly used as well. The �??Hall of Midnight set really stood out and gave the film a locational depth. The constant feeding of blood and mayhem really gave the film its realism. The rain of fire was also an impressive touch.

The script is something that we are in awe over. Truly. The story, story flow, dialog and locations are simply fantastic. The dialog is so believably rich with honesty, evil, heartbreak, terror and compassion. The General's dialog stands out with grim hate and spite. Adding that Rose gets murdered was rough, but that she is the bishops wife AND she was pregnant. We asked ourselves, �??Dear lord, how hard is this move going to get�??. See, now thats great film making!

The sound effect were also impressive. The slaughter of the town background atmosphere worked well with the feel of terror. Although, the volume of it was a bit too low. From the fire of the town to the sword being drawn, this films sound is awesome.

Overall, we think this is film is a TMO classic and the best action film of 2007.

A true masterpiece by Trewill7!

Mefune Akira �?? Bucky_McMacho
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on December 6, 2007
- tigereyes

My father once told me that when you finally see a published novel, it is rarely the first work of any author. Usually, it is the result of a childhood of short stories, an adolescence of poetry, and a mild adulthood of failure and success. This film, no doubt, is not your first attempt at putting together a movie, clearly you gave thought to each shot and calculated each angle, each expression, and each cut, sound bite, and exploding wine bottle.

Overall, an excellent film, I have complaints and praises alike, but mainly I'd like to applaud you for making a great film with a topic so many fail to capture. War movies are a dime a dozen, and WWII/Vietnam movies are easy to come by, but a well made Civil War film is rare. Rare enough that it deserves accolade.

Firstly, I would like to say that your star rating was the result of a lot of thought and struggling. In the end, I boiled it down to your pure effort and awarded you five stars. However, I had a few issues with the overall plot and story. The Movies is a game that makes it nearly impossible to tell a story without reverting to action, explosions, and various forms of quick pacing and intense sequences. Films like "Forest Gump", a classic, probably wouldn't work through the TMO lens. Simply because it is easy to turn our heads away, we need action to jerk us back and correct our focus.

A lot of times in your web of story I found myself tangled. Some moments were drawn out and paced, not poorly, but in a format I would've done differently. To me, there was far too much dialog from the Confederate General, despite the amazing delivery of said dialog by Anothernewdawn, and to many close ups of him. You could've pulled back, given us some resistance in the city he was burning, or some sort of tension to drag us through the shot. We're presented with a little bit of dramatic tension to tie up knots, however it doesn't bring about the action I'd hoped for.

When the Confederates burned towns, and they did so frequently, they really burnt them to the ground. Showing shots of soldiers marching was excellent, but I think showing shadows on walls, flames crackling in close up profile, and then the rubble and ash on a field set or blue screen, rather than the Destroyed City which we know and love, would've delivered a more effective sense of desolation. Having a few brave patriots be gunned down by Confederates, maybe the general get in a small and diluted fight, all of this could've drove that part a bit faster and further.

Some other sequences and scenes, I felt, could've been beaten down to let some dialog trickle out. I am not saying it was bad dialog, but it ran your film a bit on the long side and I felt there wasn't enough carry to really get me through it without becoming distracted. It has taken me a while to place my finger on the "why", however, I fear that a lot of the reviewers below were more than likely distracted as well.

My next issue was 11:20 [rough] the throw of a wine bottle to launch an explosion didn't work for me, he should've lit it on fire. Advanced explosives didn't work back then, not to that degree of precision. It seems like he threw a little firebomb and blue up a huge building, probably a city block, with a seemingly small explosion. A more effective scene would've been to have the general sitting on a horse, looking at the church, and saying "burn it to the ground" and then having flames slowly rise, gather, and finally crackle the building to ash.

Also, the best advice I can give you is to download Tarison�??s blue screen mods from dcmodding.com . What that will give you is free reign and control over the game. In various shots I felt you had gotten stuck in certain parts of a set, with certain angles and shots and placement. Tarison�??s blue screen sets let you break out of that. The best example I have of that is the church set, when we look through the flames we can see the blue abyss that is �??off-set�??. With Tarison�??s 360 Blue Screen sets, that is erased. Rather, you�??ll see a background, or if you get very creative perhaps we�??ll see a distance shack, field, etc [using Rysto�??s props at Skinshack]. These mods are the things that expand the game for directors like yourself, who are more skilled than the game originally allows. My best suggestion is to download these mods, break out of some filmmaking chains, and challenge yourself to utilize these new aspects in your next films to really conquer some difficult boundaries.

I tried my best to tackle my issues with the film, now lets get to the good stuff.

Visually it is possibly one of the best online, certainly the best Civil War film I've seen ever. Although I'm critical of some camera movement choices, and a few times you slid through props and walls, overall you created a great Western World; great mods, great use of mods, and a thrilling expansion from the norm.

Music was in tune, perfectly executed [and sung!] and carried me through the film well. You cut each scene and shaped it around your perfect voice overs and sound effects. The Audio was well practiced, obviously took hours of careful consideration at each turn in the film to make it feel like it did.

The story was well written and conceived characters, breathed them life, and gifted them a soul for our theatrical pleasure. I am a bit of a sucker for a crooked villain, and so I fell in love with your character. These types of historical films are what interest me, but when you shape unique characters around historical pillars with deep foundation you strike gold. Well done.

Awesome effort, spectacular film, and an all together thrilling production from a studio I'm sure will release films greater than I could ever dream of. It is this sort of innovation that keeps us moving forward.

-tiger

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Andy_inc

A debut movie? You're kidding?

This film... this gem is better than a lot of films that I have seen on this site from experienced directors who have created numerous films, and to think it's your first movie.

Now, where do I start? Oh yes, the era. There were no mysterious televisions, lightpoles, or anything made a century after the film was set in, in the movie, which is a bonus, because with your precise and skillful set-dressing work, you really set the era and created a world... a world in the 19th century. The costuming was absolutely brilliant, and the portrayal of each character was magnificent too. Usually in most films, people forget that the characters are people, like you and me, each with different thoughts and a unique personality, and you really breathed life into each of the characters and bought them their own characteristics, so kudos for giving us living characters instead of cardboard cutouts.

I thought the free-cam was beautifully interwoven within the film, but I felt that one or two shots felt off and ruined the flow, for instance the establishing shot in the hall went on for a bit too long I felt (as beautiful as the score was, in the background), and also the part where the General was walking in the forest. At one stage the camera was behind the bush. I'm not sure if you were indicating that Rose was hiding, but if she were, it would've been good to have perhaps an overlay or a shot of her behind the bush, but it seems to me otherwise. Other than that, the rest of the film had some absolutely breath-taking shots met by some extraordinary scenery, all thanks to your clever set dressing.

Along with the portrayal of the late 1800's through stunning set dressings to deliver us "new" sets above old, the editing was sublime, and your effort in carefully selecting the scenes really attributed the fact that there were absolutely no flaws at all in the editing. Very clever, and very lifelike, especially when the Confederate Soldiers were talking to their General. They did not dare look into his eyes, because reflected in his eyes were madness and blood. The editing was spot-on, much like hand-crafted chocolate and the attention to detail was fantastic the whole way through. One shot that stood out for me was when the Confederate soliders were destroying the town, and as they went to beat up an old man, the camera went backwards to show other soldiers invading the village. Thanks for that shot, because that was absolutely delicious... Like a caramel truffle.

You needed an all-star cast to deliver the very impressive dialogue, and you needed tight editing to give flow to what seemed as a genuine and realistic script. You had both, and more. The whole cast was absolutely phenomenal, and nailed their lines, except for one or two of Mrs. Guppi's lines as Georginnia Wilson, where she sounded like she was reading, but that was only once or twice and the rest were superb, with absolutely no pops or annoying bg noise, so kudos to the whole cast and also kudos to the scriptwriters for going back into time and writing for that era without a hitch. Beautiful dialogue, and stunning performances.

The story is definitely original for TMO, and I am thoroughly looking forward to the other parts, but I just hope and pray that the story doesn't fall into cliche'd mode with the whole treasure hunt thing. I know this is the first part, and you can't do much in 22 minutes for an epic story of this magnitude, but I hope to see some twists and turns to spice things up as we move along, but thus far it's looking good.
The pacing of the film was also spot on, delivering us straight into the action as well as revealing more of the story as time went on. If I had not read the description, I must admit I would be a little left out on the background information on the deeds and such, but for the most part I felt you covered it really well. But pacing is really important, and this part delivered everything it needed too.

I really enjoyed the film, and the 22 minutes just flew past with the greatest of ease. It was a terrific debut and I'm certainly looking forward to the other parts to see where this series will take us, and I am more than willing to believe that it will take us to infinity and beyond, if it hasn't done so already. With A_N_D and everyone else that helped get you off the ground by your side, I can't wait to see what else you will deliver us with in the new future, which is certainly a bright and prosperous one.

Welcome to TMO Trewill; you get an easy 6 stars from me.

Posted on July 30, 2007
 
Reviews
- dayewilliams

Simply a classic. From the opening credits and the chilling dialouge I knew this was going to be worth the time. To take on a theme as the civil war and incorparate it into a power drama film its magical. Very well scripted, the sets stand out great. The cinematography was on another level, you brought it out with the still frames and the color was intense.
The acting was unbelivable, something I hardly see in most movies. When the Jerimaiah woke up & talked to Solomon i was blown away. The music drives the film.
Final Thought-One of the best films i've seen, and that cant be knocked with. True talent rises. Not to give this 5 Star is an insult to me.

Posted on October 8, 2008
- DerekHH

I'd like to know how you got that church set, and how you can write words on the screen like that.

Posted on August 25, 2008
- dee4life151

Wow. I loved this!im going to watch act two soon.I loved the VOs the camara work was extremely good. I liked the village that was a really good set.Oh and the church was really good.Also i liked the music you put in some of the scenes. Anyway away to watch at 2 bye

Posted on August 11, 2008
- dansun81

This is a masterpiece! I can learn so much about moviemaking by watching this film! The editing, the VO's, the camerawork ... simply the best!

Posted on August 7, 2008
- moviemaster07

i rely like it

Posted on July 9, 2008
- nexusinteract

I forgot to write this review when I had seen this, but now that I can't remember what I wrote, I'll rate it by what I do know from seeing the film, and it was spectacular. A 5...out of 5.

Posted on July 5, 2008
- ultrasigma

This has been something I have wanted to watch for a while and I am very glad I did.

Great story telling right from the start with some excellent cinematography paves the way for future installments. I see you have the second act uploaded so I will be watching that two.

So far I would say this is the best material I have seen you release and you have created something unique that can be marvelled by all on tmo.

The dialogue was exellent and the characters themselves did a great job of depicting their roles with such precision.

Review of Act 2 to follow shortly

Great Job!

U>S

Posted on July 3, 2008
- catboy101010

This movie is well desurved of it's awards! Great movie!

Posted on June 22, 2008
- deeb

THE BEST WAR MOVIE I'VE SEEN SINCE Tears Of A Pale Moon! And also best romance type. An amazing flick! I need more!! GIVE-ME-MORE!

-deeb

Posted on June 17, 2008
- flyboy513

dont take this offensive, cuz your videos better than mine, but you needed better gun sounds, and some voices didnt sound from the old days, very good work on the general btw, anyhow good vid!

Posted on April 22, 2008
- cinecitta

Hello!
I've found your movie on the hot-pick page, now I understand why. I'm really enthusiastic by the story you have built and impressed by the work you did on that movie.
First, the most important, the script is well written, I was captived by the story and I like a lot the characters beacause they're charismatic and their personnality is important for the story, overall General Sinclaire. The character of the priest is interisting, but I think we're going to know more in the second part.
Then, I appreciate the work on the editing, there is great scenes and the freecam was ingeniously used. The setdressing was original and a good way to be immerged in the universe of your movie. I like the details too for the soundtracks, for exemple I found they're original for the guns (Maybe I'm wrong^^). The music is great too, you had a good idea by using the song "The Good Old Rebel", it gives a plus to the atmosphere. To finish, the cast play very well, it was a real pleasure to follow the dialogues.
Ah, I was going to forget, the pictures that we can see somtimes are very pretty.
So, thank you for this very good moment, I'm going to watch the next part.
Cine.

Posted on February 21, 2008
- sphinctorio

simply delightful

Posted on January 5, 2008
- rileyman

A very solid introduction to what promises to be a very grand civil-war era TMO epic! There's all the attention to detail here: from set dressing to costumes to sound. Music is used very well to punctuate at all the right moments.

Camera-work is well done, but in some cases was a tiny bit of a mixed bag for myself. There's a style at play here -- the camera will be stationary, then we get a long pan across to another location, then it turns stationary again. Personal preference I guess, but it rubbed me the wrong way in a few places. Almost like it was too deliberate; not subtle enough.

Water under the bridge, really... This is a solid well-written story, with plenty of good characters and dialog. It's well-produced and exceptionally edited. Some good overlay work was on display as well; not just in the title and credits, but during the film as well. Voice acting from all the primaries is done well -- a few minor occasions a character didn't quite react as strongly as I might have expected under the circumstance, but these were few and far between.

A solid five stars from me. (If only I had time right away to catch the next act!)

Posted on January 4, 2008
- samyhouse

Wow! That was really incredible! I loved it! Your story telling is perfect. The character are charismatic and the actors are acting really well. Use of mods, frecam etc... was great also.
I totaly understand why you won those gaga's prices and why your movie is hotpicked. That's totally deserved.
Congratulations and see you soon on my review of act 2 ;)

Posted on December 7, 2007
- MefuneAkira

GREETINGS FROM L.M.A.O STUDIOS!

The best action film of 2007 by far.

This debut film by Trewill7 is the most surprisingly professional film we have seen this year. This Civil War era masterpiece takes place in a town called Haven, Texas. The town is ravaged by the Confederate General Thomas Sinclaire, played devilishly smart by veteran actor OD-Ork-boy. The general is in search of a mysterious item known as the Deed of Midnight and will do anything to get it. The town folk roles are played mainly by GoofParade as Solomon Saint and Mrs_Guppi as Rose Smith. Goofparade never ceases to amaze us with his range of character voices and dead on portrayal of the characters he plays. Mrs_Guppi is simply exceptional as she takes on double roles as Rose and Georgianna Wilson. She has a gift for acting and bringing her character to life.

The opening title sequence is by far the very best opening we have seen in TMO history. It simply does not get better than that. The subtle music and background sound effects slowly lift the mood as the credits of impressive actors are displayed. Then, dawn rises to reveal the blackness turn to blood, the camera unveils the body and ends the opening with a still frame of the Main titles. Creative, entertaining and breathtaking all rolled up into the opening credits. Marvelous.

The music choses for this film is something that requires a foresight of how the films moods are set. Trewill7 knows how to master this process. From the opening score to the �??Hall of midnight�?? to the action sequences, this films music has so much depth and heart to add to the films emotion.

The cinematography and editing are flawless. Each scene, and I mean EACH scene, has a level of detail that is par with only a few TMO films made. The camera angles were not randomly placed, but artistically position to bring out the powerful dialog and the tantalizing performances. A perfect example is the close up shots of General Sinclaires mouth when he gives the unthinkable orders to burn the towns people. The still shots were very effective as well. Trewill7 used small moments and pauses in the film for the viewer to soak in the moment. Brilliant. Overall, the camera angles, pans and wide shots were all well thought out and designed to add to the films energy.

The special effects of the film were cleverly used as well. The �??Hall of Midnight set really stood out and gave the film a locational depth. The constant feeding of blood and mayhem really gave the film its realism. The rain of fire was also an impressive touch.

The script is something that we are in awe over. Truly. The story, story flow, dialog and locations are simply fantastic. The dialog is so believably rich with honesty, evil, heartbreak, terror and compassion. The General's dialog stands out with grim hate and spite. Adding that Rose gets murdered was rough, but that she is the bishops wife AND she was pregnant. We asked ourselves, �??Dear lord, how hard is this move going to get�??. See, now thats great film making!

The sound effect were also impressive. The slaughter of the town background atmosphere worked well with the feel of terror. Although, the volume of it was a bit too low. From the fire of the town to the sword being drawn, this films sound is awesome.

Overall, we think this is film is a TMO classic and the best action film of 2007.

A true masterpiece by Trewill7!

Mefune Akira �?? Bucky_McMacho
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on December 6, 2007
- Armand

This is a seriously fine film, possibly one of the most intricate and involving stories to be found on TMO. Artfully and intelligently told, with an absorbing storyline, Trewill7 shows an extraordinary talent in wrapping an audience around a complex and vivid tale.

There is no wham-bam in your face gratuitism anywhere in this production. Everything is where it needs to be, when it needs to be, How it needs to be. This is an ambitious project that, I suspect, Trewill7 has lavished many many hours in perfecting. It is a drama that is enormous in scope but very finely tuned so that we the audience are with the unfolding intrigue every step of the way.

Wonderful cast, wonderful mastery of the tools of the editing suite, beautiful soundtrack...

So very impressive.

Posted on November 29, 2007
- Marine101

Very,very good.

Great cast, camera work,set dressing,music and titles. I will watch Act2 soon. Nicely done tre!

Posted on November 9, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

The Deed of Midnight Chapter One Act One is a complex character driven film of immense scope and ambition. A horrifying tale of death and destruction visited upon a small town in Texas by a rogue Confederate General and his men. The film unfolds at a leisurely pace and slowly draws us into this incredible tale.

Expertly directed by Trewill7 he shows us a good story need not be rushed but savored and enjoyed for its detail. The construction of this film springs from a great script brimming with memorable lines, expert editing and great camera work and effects.

A great cast of voice actors are assemble here and really give wonderful rich performances. Some stand outs are, Blaze Lee Dragon, AnotherNewDawn, The wonderful Goofparade and the marvelous Mrs. Guppi! The performance that is at the heart of the film for me is that of OD-Ork-Boy who is so convincing in his performance as General Sinclair that it gave me shivers. Savagery drips from his golden tongue and tickles the ear like a whisper from the devil himself.

Wonderful mods abound and add so much to the film. Sound design was brilliant and never overshadowed the film An a wonderful score that hit all the right notes. And then there is the song sung perfectly by Goofparade. It was just the perfect touch to begin the film with and so informed what was to come.

Great work and well deserving of the MGM Golden Seal of Approval!

Posted on November 3, 2007
- rjb2112

Wonderfully filmed!

Posted on October 28, 2007
- nahton

Watching this movie was a very enjoyable experience. The story was well crafted and the acting was outstanding. It is obvious you have a talent for directing and you learned the various aspects of the application in a way that allowed you to hit the ground running with this initial release.

I can't wait for part 2.

Posted on October 9, 2007
- BiggsTrek

Very impressive little film here! Not much to say about it, other than praise. Almost faultless in its execution.

Oddly enough, I haven't seen very many movies set during the Civil War. And you managed to convey the period, and mood, etc particularly well.

Overlays, props placement, set use, voice over cast, script, freecam etc etc etc. All spot on.

Bravo!

Posted on October 7, 2007
- swiftdark

Fantastic!, Brilliant!!, Superb!!!....
That was SWIFT and DARK .... What an idea!
The story line so far moved along WONDERFULLY (Swiftly), the camera works was EXQUISITE, the VO's ... my god the VO's .... ABSOLUTELY DARK!!
The music was GREAT ... fit LIKE FLESH TO A BONE.
Plus all add-ons/mods greatly appreciated!

I felt like i was with hundreds of people in a DARK room and every one silently lost in imagination, visually and attentively glued to this production

---FOR THIS PRODUCTION YOU DESERVE EVERY STAR AT MY DISPOSAL---
It is only natural to want to improve and only unwise to believe that this is your height. There may be some points to critisize, but i can assure you it would mostly be down to individual preferences. YOUR presentation is what counts.

I enjoyed every second of it and i never thought i'd say this but for 23mins i felt it was too short ... hehehe. But don't worry i won't be greedy and i await ACT II.

SwiftDark has been inspired by this movie

..................................inDEED, stay SWIFT in the DARK!

Posted on September 29, 2007
- Bezzer36

Stunning.

from story to visuals to sound to editing, this is one of those rare movies on TMO that has it all...and for a debut movie...wow.

Probably the most difficult thing to accomplish with 'the movies' is to bring 'cinematic' qualities to a production...this is purely because the game wasn't designed for that, but in the right hands...

There are only a handful of movie makers here that I know can achieve those qualities and take the game to somewhere it really shouldn't be.
Add Trewill to that list.

The Sam Peckinpah of TMO has arrived...violent as hell, but brilliant.

Casting was inspired...Trewill has obviously done his homework, because the VOs here are fantastic.

Music and editing were also immaculate...again, not easily achieved with this medium and I applaud you for it.

A rare gem and a damn fine piece of movie making.

Salut!

Posted on September 27, 2007
- Zarrmida

Great Movie!

Posted on September 24, 2007
- JazzX

A stylish supernatural Western which I will, unusually, deal with department by department:

Writing - Excellent, although the reason why the Deed is important was never set up in the film. Either that information is being saved for later (in which case I see the blurb as a complete spoiler!) or we were all expected to read the blurb first (a complete no-no). This had more of a part 2 than a part 1 feel about it as a result - like the introduction had been skipped.

Acting - very very good from the majority of the cast. With some of the lengthy dialogue in this film, it was necessary to get good actors to deliver it. And that's thankfully exactly what's happened.

Editing and Cinematography - very good. I like the way the end of key scenes were frozen and embossed on the screen for a few seconds, that gave the film a lot of class. Very good camera moves with only the occasional faux pas of moving the camera through a person or object.

Music - I didn't notice it, that's a good thing. It means the music complimented the atmosphere of the scenes very well.

Sets/Mods - very impressive, the scenes felt very fresh due to the interesting way the camera was used within the well dressed and modded sets.

So - no doubt - an excellent piece of work which bodes well for future episodes in this series.

Posted on August 15, 2007
- cruise1970

What an amazing historic film you created tre�?�

The Deed of Midnight is a masterpiece that you cannot just walk away from. Even with a running time of 23 minutes my interest from the film never wondered. With professional dialogue/storyline, use of free cam, mods and talented VO cast this film stands out line no other. I also liked the way you used custom animated overlays, adding uniqueness to your film. The music selection was also perfectly selected... Some can complain about a scene or two that might be able to have done better but those can be easily overlooked or forgotten.

The Deed of Midnight is a unique and creative storyline that I have never seen before on TM. The storyline alone is worth 5 stars. Great job tre will be looking forward to the next chapter�?�

Posted on August 15, 2007
- nikstudios05

OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

I can't believe the amazing talent placed into this film around each and every corner. I loved the cinematic feel and it truly had some legendary moments. Hell, the whole thing was legendary!!! Here is a full review:

CENTRAL IDEA/PLOT: The central idea of this film revolved around a real, historic idea along with a general fictitious one. I was truly impressed by the way you made it seem almost like a history lesson, as so many little details placed in there were so very true (Ex. The Mason-Dixon Line). I have to ask, was that actually your talented mind holding such historical information or was there a full research during pre-production? Being honest, I did not have much interest in seeing this film right away, if at all. It had nothing to do with you, because like I stated before, I loved your past works and I would definitely look out for your work. It was the fact that this was a Western, which aren't my particular favorite films, and it was twenty minutes long, which I haven't seen one of them since the dawn of time. But, when I saw the production thread (which I might post this on) I loved the criticism it was receiving. Then, this morning, I had I decided to just start watching the movie, and maybe I could turn it off if I didn't like it. Well, I don't think there was anything getting to stop this movie, which was for damn sure. But getting to the plot, I think even though elements of past westerns are present here, it still shines show bright with originality. I really hope the others are the same, and I have no doubt of that. I loved the fact that you completely set at least some story for Jeremiah, left to play a card of revenge and loyalty at the same time. (*SPOILER*) The one thing though, is that his wife had to be apart of that crowd. I was so touched at that moment, although not even much build up had happened yet. Because, I knew, that he would have come back and open up a can of WOOP-A$$ on them. Oh, man, I am just really hoping some how she survives. Don't ruin it for me! (*SPOILER*) But anyway, I love just how something like that is thrown into the pit of fire brewing now. I just can't believe you are capable of doing such amazing work, especially with this program!

THEME: The central themes of the movie: oh, what can I say. You really do add as much as possible, having the viewer experience so many emotions at once. Starting with betrayal, you surely captured this sense within the story and character. Having this ex-confederate go back and finish this deed after the war is lost is betrayal on his country. If this had been during the war, no one would have any of such crimes because of the ultimate horror of the time. But doing this when peace and justice was supposed to meet at a point completely demolished the whole idea, and ruins the viewer's mind idea of what is 'supposed to happen.' I really feel that betrayal and evil darkness in the character, and I just loved the VA for him. When it comes to the revenge factor, so many movies have that direction nowadays, even in TMO. But, you pushed it to the limit. (*SPLOILER*) When the whole town is done for, you leave one man to do it all. Yea, so what? Hasn't the 'one man' factor been seen? Well, yes, but when you throw in his wife was a part of it, his friend died in his hands, he was almost killed before hand, and the leader behind the murders was basically that ex-confederate so far, you kind of wonder how much is too much. (*SPOILER*) With the hope that the next installments will settle the score soon, we really wonder what is next in line, and how will it all fit together. I am sure that you will do this with a dead-on moral and a couple of empty revolvers.

MOOD: The mood to me mixes many present feelings all throughout the different locations of the film. With General Thomas Sinclaire, we feel a dark and mysterious area being pulled out. It�??s when he is present, and only when, do we experience this. The murders for example, have the dark look matching the evil side of his character. Also, at the end, when he is in the coach with his boss, we see the darkness again, joined with a mysterious "Why are they really doing this?" kind of thing. It isn't until Jeremiah do we almost get smacked in the face with the touch of hope. He really opens up to the other side of the film. And look, he didn't even have to leave the building!

MUSIC/VO'S: Oh My God! This part of the movie just threw all together in the end, the way it is supposed to be seen. All the various tracks, whether it was the western desert, the Indian mountains, or the religious chorus, they all really captured the essence of the film. But, don't even let me start on the VO's! Okay, I will. Those actors were jus tremendous. I don't even think I have heard most of them until now. K4, of course, one of the most diverse voices of TMO, I knew from his first word. But why, why did that have to happen to him!? I thought you guys were friends. Did you have some resentment towards him or something, you know from that last interview. Man, I couldn't believe it. Really, though its things like that that throw off all expectations. (Kind of like when Drew Barrymore died first in Scream.) As for OD-Ork-Boy, he blew me away with his performance. He needs an award for that one! And of course, who could counterpoint him by being his boss in the movie, of course AnotherNewDawn. Excellent cast here, I hope they are all up for reprising their roles!

FINAL SCORE - 98%

Congratulations! You won the first ever
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---VALEDICTORIAN MOVIE AWARD---
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Great Movie!

NiK

Posted on August 14, 2007
- sam-o

nothing wrong with the movie at all.

Posted on August 13, 2007
- Primaer

Wow, an epic western which might even get bigger. First I wasn't sure about this movie, well, it actually took the first scene shot, you had me after the opening. An awesome storyline with a great mythical touch mixed up with good, old western feelings. As for now the story seems to be truly amazing, so I can't wait for the other movies. Directing has been great as well, a little bit more eyeshots and a little less mouthshots would have been nice but this is only a little criticsm. Gosh, this is a debut...

Posted on August 13, 2007
- sisch

Wohoo, why was this over so fast? I got pulled into the story right from the start, and can hardly wait to know how it continues! I have always been a fan of well thought out stories, character development and atmosphere - all of this I found in this movie, plus great voice acting and always fitting music, great camera work and overlays. Great movie!

Posted on August 13, 2007
- derbyrams

WOAH! I am speechless Tre! As this movie being your first debut as you put it, you've really put yourself on the map on TMO!!!! Well done!!!
You are a top class film-maker. A very talented one!!!!
This movie was a sheer delight to watch!!! Definelty a TMO blockbuster!!!!
It had such an epic feel to it!!! A very professional film Tre.
From the exceptional mods, the out-standing score, the A-list cast, the professional editing and pro camera work.... along with so much more!!!!!
I was really impressed that you did use some very good overlays of a scene before it would move onto the next, you gave those few overlays a very artistic look! I have to say i have never seen such artistic overlays as i have seen in this movie than any movie on TMO ever!!!!!
This film reminded me of a lot of previous TMO block-busters and how they compare to this movie, by that i mean your movie is really up to the high standard as such TMO block-busers like: Cleopatra, Alletho, Dignity of Men,
Scramble, Empire [the series], I:O, Mancini and so many more that i'll be here all day if i list them all!!!!!
The film has a lot of levels in it to be enjoyed.
From the exceptional acting, which really shone through in this movie, making it a sure pop-corn treat! I'm not saying the movie was a cheesy pop-corn treat or anything like that!
The movie isn't cheesy at all. Anyways, i must say i'm not completly sure on the story atm. I have a fair idea about the story in this series so far. Like for example: with that guy's wife dying, i suspect he'll want revenge, by killing the general's army and that nasty general.
He sure was nasty, as his character should be!!!! LOL!!!
The main sergeant was really nasty, you definetly directed the VA very well to bring that type of character across. Well done. Not to mention, all the other wonderful VA's, the direction in this movie was spot on and professional on so many levels. Like in a lot of movies i've seen on TMO, the cast really made us believe that they are these characters! Your cast did this and more.
For me, in quite a few cases, the film was a visual feast!!!!
Very nice uses of set-dressing and backdrops. A very unique look to the movie.
Great job. I loved the opening. It was very stylish and artistic.
Also, the opening gave the impression that this would be a dark film by that guy dead on the floor, with all that blood around him!!!!
Not that there's anything wrong with that, i love dark movies!! In fact, i think a lot of violence doesn't do anything bad to someone and especially, when there's a reason behind it i have no problem with it at all. As in your movie, that nasty general did disobey orders by massacring the whole town!!!!! However, as a few characters stated in your movie "Use violence if necessary". LOL! I didn't mind that the nasty general went over-the-top and ordered his men to kill everyone in sight!!!!!
I like a good bit of violence, especially when there's a reason behind it.
I hate it when someone is like shot for no reason in a film, but if it's to do with the genre of the film, then i'm fine with it!!!!
I especially loved the way that the nasty general was introduced at the start of the film, a nice short musical montage! It gave us a good look into his character!! Great stuff. Was funny too!!!!
To sum it up, by far the best western on TMO right now and for a long time to come!!! A very enjoyable first part. This first part gave me a lot of questions to think about which the future installments will answer. I'm pretty darn sure about one of them already! I can't wait for the next part.
This was a very enjoyable film, no dull moments at all and a true TMO masterpiece. I agree with Andy inc, i would give this 6 stars if it were possible, but that's a well deserved five stars for you on TMO!!!
Well done. I await the next part with high anticipation!!!
I have a lot of expectations for the next part and for the ones that follow.
I know the future installments will not be a dissapointment as this first installment has already shown us!!!!
Overall: 20/10 [which would make up 6 stars or even more if possible on TMO!]
A true epic movie from start to finish. I can clearly see that the director has really gone all out on this one! I mean, the starmaker faces [truly amazing],
the script [damn, it's hot!!!!], so much and stuff i've already mentioned.
Five stars no doubt, a really well made movie. You've shown us what's possible to us with this game, which a lot of TMO directors have already shown us, but you've shown us something really intruguing with all your unique sets too!!!
Good job there too. An A* for effort and an A* overall.
Two big thumbs up and this film is highly recommended by me!!!!
Go watch it right now. You won't regret it i promise.

Posted on August 13, 2007
- EmeraldEdge

Truly and amazing effort. I'm left almost speachless that this film was created in game. The editing was solid, and the scenes were extremely engaging, even the longer dialogue scenes which always seem to be a rough spot for TM movies, but you've found a way to make it work, and work well.

I must applaud you for taking the time to do things right with your first movie. Waiting for the quality VA's, getting the script, editing, and everything else that goes into producing a TM movies, to be just right. Far too many are in a rush to get their movies out there and don't do what is necessary to really put in the finishing touches (or in some cases any touches). I honestly couldn't believe that I had watched a long conversation scene in the stage coach, and was actually into it. That's unheard of in the movies I've seen around here, and I hope that you realize that your skill and patience has not gone unnoticed.

The score fit seemlessly into the film, and even the credits kept my attention. There is room for refinement, I believe (there almost always is), where a shot went on a bit too long (personal opinion there) but you are, with your first film, a TMO master. Congratulations, I hope that the future will hold many more films of similar or greater quality.

Posted on August 12, 2007
- bricksfilms

A solid start to the beginning of what i hope to become a great series. The script is excellently written and the performances are all great. The editing was superb, as i found the edited dialog for the church scene where the voices echo to be a great fine touch to show the dedication of this product. I found the music amazing aswell although I felt certain scenes could have had the music edited better, as the transitions seemed to feel awkwards a bit at times. I must say that i really did like the opening scene, it works wonderfully.

Posted on August 9, 2007
- Howitzer

Very interesting stuff! I have to say it's great to see a descent film based in the times of the ACW. It was very skillful and quite realistic.
The story was well written and the the script writing brilliant, interpreted skillfully by a selection of talented actors/actresses.
The use of camera was very original. A little over done at times but often breathtaking, especially combined with the stills.
I await act 2 with much excitment!

Posted on August 6, 2007
- jonathan_92

that was amazing!!!!!! im speechless...
everything came together so perfectly

maybe rate 1 of my movies???

Posted on August 5, 2007
- Lloyd_Hollywood

Holy high profile. Are you a wizard? Maybe cancer is your sign. I get the picture; your title suggest some kind of pact that happens at midnight; I'd rework the title. I can relate to this film; I once made a pact at midnight.

Holy unfair. How did you get the program to mark points and move dollies in camera mode? And why can't I rotate the camera with the Ctrl button, or movie it up and down? And light faders? How about a director's pavilion using block points? I'll watch the movie, but Lionhead better be releasing a new expansion pack.

Good intro, opening is strong, and you made me laugh, great song, high marks for sound-scape; I'm hooked. I like the diversity of characters. We have rights. Now that's funny.

Your knack for story telling is superb, but the town was cut off from the rest of the world. What did the he expect? Damning God over your own incompetence seems a little far fetched, and I'm pretty far out there. I Probably would have introduced the historian off the top, give a little more emphasis on the pact and expand the community to a near by town of opinion and bias. As for direction, give the same attention to the rest of the film.

Posted on August 4, 2007
- ubernewbie

Well, not a bad flick. Some small foibles with costumes, but on the whole a well done production. Great set dressing and overlays. Not too much of any one thing. Good job.

Posted on August 4, 2007
- kuroken

A truly amazing debut.

You know movies, and it shows. The pacing and camera work are superb, and serve to enhance a well-written script that's both action-packed and character-driven. The mods enhance, without overshadowing, and the voice acting...well, each character is perfectly realized with this great cast.

If I had more stars, I'd give 'em....

Posted on August 3, 2007
- norriefpb

Just watched this in high res and it was a treat from start to finish. Others have commented on the technical side and I'll only agree.
What set this apart for me was the script: I love to see someone take the time to set up a story, and not feel the need to rush. I see that far, far too often.
Suffice it to say I'm greatly anticipating Act 2 and all the other parts.
Wonderful stuff.

Posted on August 3, 2007
- RavensFan_09

My Goodness! What an amazing film! I mulled over the description and saw the length of your film and thought "Holy Crap, 23 minutes!? Do I have time for this?" Well, all I can say now is thank goodness I did!

Everything in this movie screamed 'professional' from the camera angles (excellent freecam, especially in the beginning, by the way) to the voice acting (everyone really made this movie feel like the Civil War-Era epic this was, and who knew OD-Ork-Boy could play such a bad-ass!) to even the scene selection (a great example was when Jeremiah woke and fell out of bed woozy from his injuries, when that scene is supposed to be for a drunkard shambling around after one to many; excellent choice!)

My only complaints were: 1. at 19:52, I believe, when AND's character William described the General's behavior as "Barbarism". Is that a word? and 2. It just seemed kind of sad that the charcters in the beginning (and eventually everyone in the entire town) all died! We just got to know them, and now your killing them off!? But if I had to look that deep for faults, you can tell I thought this was an amazing movie.

Everyone should see this movie, whether this genre of movie piques the person's interest or not. This grand example of masterful filmaking shows that with a great cast, writing, and mods, a film of this caliber can be achieved. And I still can't believe that this is only part 1! It is so amazing that some people *cough, cough, me* can consider making a 5 minute movie 'lengthy' and others *cough cough, you* can make a 23 minute movie and still not be anywhere near done!

The easiest 5 stars I have ever given. This is getting bookmarked! -RavensFan_09

Posted on August 3, 2007
- cheech2010

Perfecto!
Please rate my movies: "The Genetic Chance and The Crypts". Thansk!

Posted on August 1, 2007
- sweatyshoulder

Well made. Good job putting this together. I give you a lot of credit.

Posted on August 1, 2007
- Active_Studios

A top chart movie.
The VO's were great.
The music is top chart.
The camerawork is swell.
The story you wrote was excellent.
Whatever I say, you made a top movie, top movie on TMO.
All is worth are 5 stars and 50 stars for top movie.
Enjoy.

Active_Studios

Posted on August 1, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

I get front row tickets to a film and by the time I click the link 5,000 people have already stated everything I want to say about it. Typical :P. However, I've found that repeating praises aren't such a bad thing so let me start making sense and say the good stuff:

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SPLENDED

Sure, we have other movie-gems out there on TMO, but if those are single gems then this is a mountain made out of the purest gold lined with pearls, rubies, and all those other expensive things. I could go on and on about how wonderful the cast were, the pure greatness of the music (GoofParade's singing was very good!), the amazing mods used here, and of course the script which goes beyond the most elite directors of Hollywood and into some totally new category of excellence never found on TMO before, but there is one thing that really really really really stands out here: The Camera work. Tre, when you start making blockbuster films outside of TMO, either make sure that you have close supervision on the camera-men or do the camera work yourself, because you've got the golden eye of both a trillion dollar worth artist and an eagle.

HOWEVER - While this film is amazing, I noticed two things: In one scene we see the edge of the set, and in another we see one of the soldiers use....A Sci-fi grenade!? There was also one other thing I got kind of confused on. You used my audition for the first line in the last scene in the horse carriage, which goes against the Southern draw that Sin has with my typical Northern accent I used originally. So it kind of got uncharactered for a second, which while not really a bad thing, just sort of confused me.

Never the less, this film has got to be in the top three best films ever to be released on TMO. I sincerely hope that even after this amazing series comes to an end you continue to make films on TMO for as long as you possibly can.

Closing words: An absolutely marvelous beginning to what looks like a splendid saga that I am extremely proud to be a part of. General Sin is a marvelous character who I'm happy to say is my best role to date. (Unless I read it wrong, Tigereyes confused my voice with A_N_D's own; that must mean I did really good! ;D)

Bbbbbbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaavvvvvvvvvvvooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!


- Orky.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- tigereyes

My father once told me that when you finally see a published novel, it is rarely the first work of any author. Usually, it is the result of a childhood of short stories, an adolescence of poetry, and a mild adulthood of failure and success. This film, no doubt, is not your first attempt at putting together a movie, clearly you gave thought to each shot and calculated each angle, each expression, and each cut, sound bite, and exploding wine bottle.

Overall, an excellent film, I have complaints and praises alike, but mainly I'd like to applaud you for making a great film with a topic so many fail to capture. War movies are a dime a dozen, and WWII/Vietnam movies are easy to come by, but a well made Civil War film is rare. Rare enough that it deserves accolade.

Firstly, I would like to say that your star rating was the result of a lot of thought and struggling. In the end, I boiled it down to your pure effort and awarded you five stars. However, I had a few issues with the overall plot and story. The Movies is a game that makes it nearly impossible to tell a story without reverting to action, explosions, and various forms of quick pacing and intense sequences. Films like "Forest Gump", a classic, probably wouldn't work through the TMO lens. Simply because it is easy to turn our heads away, we need action to jerk us back and correct our focus.

A lot of times in your web of story I found myself tangled. Some moments were drawn out and paced, not poorly, but in a format I would've done differently. To me, there was far too much dialog from the Confederate General, despite the amazing delivery of said dialog by Anothernewdawn, and to many close ups of him. You could've pulled back, given us some resistance in the city he was burning, or some sort of tension to drag us through the shot. We're presented with a little bit of dramatic tension to tie up knots, however it doesn't bring about the action I'd hoped for.

When the Confederates burned towns, and they did so frequently, they really burnt them to the ground. Showing shots of soldiers marching was excellent, but I think showing shadows on walls, flames crackling in close up profile, and then the rubble and ash on a field set or blue screen, rather than the Destroyed City which we know and love, would've delivered a more effective sense of desolation. Having a few brave patriots be gunned down by Confederates, maybe the general get in a small and diluted fight, all of this could've drove that part a bit faster and further.

Some other sequences and scenes, I felt, could've been beaten down to let some dialog trickle out. I am not saying it was bad dialog, but it ran your film a bit on the long side and I felt there wasn't enough carry to really get me through it without becoming distracted. It has taken me a while to place my finger on the "why", however, I fear that a lot of the reviewers below were more than likely distracted as well.

My next issue was 11:20 [rough] the throw of a wine bottle to launch an explosion didn't work for me, he should've lit it on fire. Advanced explosives didn't work back then, not to that degree of precision. It seems like he threw a little firebomb and blue up a huge building, probably a city block, with a seemingly small explosion. A more effective scene would've been to have the general sitting on a horse, looking at the church, and saying "burn it to the ground" and then having flames slowly rise, gather, and finally crackle the building to ash.

Also, the best advice I can give you is to download Tarison�??s blue screen mods from dcmodding.com . What that will give you is free reign and control over the game. In various shots I felt you had gotten stuck in certain parts of a set, with certain angles and shots and placement. Tarison�??s blue screen sets let you break out of that. The best example I have of that is the church set, when we look through the flames we can see the blue abyss that is �??off-set�??. With Tarison�??s 360 Blue Screen sets, that is erased. Rather, you�??ll see a background, or if you get very creative perhaps we�??ll see a distance shack, field, etc [using Rysto�??s props at Skinshack]. These mods are the things that expand the game for directors like yourself, who are more skilled than the game originally allows. My best suggestion is to download these mods, break out of some filmmaking chains, and challenge yourself to utilize these new aspects in your next films to really conquer some difficult boundaries.

I tried my best to tackle my issues with the film, now lets get to the good stuff.

Visually it is possibly one of the best online, certainly the best Civil War film I've seen ever. Although I'm critical of some camera movement choices, and a few times you slid through props and walls, overall you created a great Western World; great mods, great use of mods, and a thrilling expansion from the norm.

Music was in tune, perfectly executed [and sung!] and carried me through the film well. You cut each scene and shaped it around your perfect voice overs and sound effects. The Audio was well practiced, obviously took hours of careful consideration at each turn in the film to make it feel like it did.

The story was well written and conceived characters, breathed them life, and gifted them a soul for our theatrical pleasure. I am a bit of a sucker for a crooked villain, and so I fell in love with your character. These types of historical films are what interest me, but when you shape unique characters around historical pillars with deep foundation you strike gold. Well done.

Awesome effort, spectacular film, and an all together thrilling production from a studio I'm sure will release films greater than I could ever dream of. It is this sort of innovation that keeps us moving forward.

-tiger

Posted on July 31, 2007
- murpheykid

Interesting so far. The story could be a little tighter, and a little more gripping. I look forward to further chapters now that the introduction of the characters is out of the way. It is time for development. Good job.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- BlazeLeeDragon

I am very impressed with the project so far. only grips is a few sounds where slightly off, sounded too echoy. but on a whole.

great free cam and freeze frame use. the story is griping and pefectly devilivered by cast and music.

standing out was samuel and william. everyone did an excellent job, however I really felt the lines for samuel and william.

very well done, great progression through the story you didn't stay in one place to long, and jumped to the next one with out making it chopy.

increadible man keep it up :D

Posted on July 31, 2007
- sparky1512

A fantastic movie that i could not fault. Plot is original and holds a viewers attention throughout the movie, leaving it open for the next chapter. Editing was pretty much flawless with amazing VO's from an all star cast, fitting and mood enhancing music score and a genuine sense of bing back in the 19th century. One of the best movies i have seen i a while. Very well done

cheers

Posted on July 31, 2007
- sgporsche48

Interesting story and good VOs. Nice work.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Ranedthel

In this, dare I call it an intro, we find another wonderful example of how we all wish more movies were made on TMO. And, this is only the beginning??? JESUS!!! You have created an exciting and moving enviorment along with an excellent cast of villians. Did I say cast? Your voice "STARS" not only stand out but at times try to steal the show from one another. The script is a treasure but your actors get the credit for enticing, grabbing, and shaking up the the viewer to the viewers own delight. No film is perfect and... I think I saw saddles on the horses pulling the stage, I did not get the Union hat over a Rebel Grey uniform nor did I grasp the reason for the red cap. But there will be no down grading for such things. Not when they are compaired to the music, sfx, and all in all wonder presented on this screen before me. AN EXCELLECT MUST SEE SERIES and A BEAUTY TO BEHOLD!!!

Posted on July 31, 2007
- userjosh9874

AMAZING! You have me hooked, Trewill7! This series is sure to be a hit! I can't wait for the future parts! The vo's were top notch, and the music selection was perfect. Great job with the set dressings and such, I have no complaints here! Keep up the amazing work!

Posted on July 31, 2007
- mixmasterfestus

All the vital bits, VO, editing, modding etc...all there.

Now what I like about this movie is the patience. Tre has clearly shown he's willing to tell the story at his own pace. He'll do what needs to be done, which is an admirable trait especially from my perspective because the of sagas I've started.

Keep it up mon, don't leave us dangling ;)

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Zatl

Wow, brilliant, especially for a first movie!

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Samisawesome

Wow... just wow. The best freecam I have EVER seen on this site, the best music I have ever heard on this site, the best action movie I have ever seen on this site, and, possibly, the best overall movie I have ever seen on this site. Amazing, outstanding, "How the heck did you do that?" good. Keep it up, this will remain bookmarked!

Posted on July 31, 2007
- MarvellousGuppiMovies

Another great director is born.

Posted on July 31, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Excellent movie..
Good work at all..

Film on!!

Posted on July 31, 2007
- Andy_inc

A debut movie? You're kidding?

This film... this gem is better than a lot of films that I have seen on this site from experienced directors who have created numerous films, and to think it's your first movie.

Now, where do I start? Oh yes, the era. There were no mysterious televisions, lightpoles, or anything made a century after the film was set in, in the movie, which is a bonus, because with your precise and skillful set-dressing work, you really set the era and created a world... a world in the 19th century. The costuming was absolutely brilliant, and the portrayal of each character was magnificent too. Usually in most films, people forget that the characters are people, like you and me, each with different thoughts and a unique personality, and you really breathed life into each of the characters and bought them their own characteristics, so kudos for giving us living characters instead of cardboard cutouts.

I thought the free-cam was beautifully interwoven within the film, but I felt that one or two shots felt off and ruined the flow, for instance the establishing shot in the hall went on for a bit too long I felt (as beautiful as the score was, in the background), and also the part where the General was walking in the forest. At one stage the camera was behind the bush. I'm not sure if you were indicating that Rose was hiding, but if she were, it would've been good to have perhaps an overlay or a shot of her behind the bush, but it seems to me otherwise. Other than that, the rest of the film had some absolutely breath-taking shots met by some extraordinary scenery, all thanks to your clever set dressing.

Along with the portrayal of the late 1800's through stunning set dressings to deliver us "new" sets above old, the editing was sublime, and your effort in carefully selecting the scenes really attributed the fact that there were absolutely no flaws at all in the editing. Very clever, and very lifelike, especially when the Confederate Soldiers were talking to their General. They did not dare look into his eyes, because reflected in his eyes were madness and blood. The editing was spot-on, much like hand-crafted chocolate and the attention to detail was fantastic the whole way through. One shot that stood out for me was when the Confederate soliders were destroying the town, and as they went to beat up an old man, the camera went backwards to show other soldiers invading the village. Thanks for that shot, because that was absolutely delicious... Like a caramel truffle.

You needed an all-star cast to deliver the very impressive dialogue, and you needed tight editing to give flow to what seemed as a genuine and realistic script. You had both, and more. The whole cast was absolutely phenomenal, and nailed their lines, except for one or two of Mrs. Guppi's lines as Georginnia Wilson, where she sounded like she was reading, but that was only once or twice and the rest were superb, with absolutely no pops or annoying bg noise, so kudos to the whole cast and also kudos to the scriptwriters for going back into time and writing for that era without a hitch. Beautiful dialogue, and stunning performances.

The story is definitely original for TMO, and I am thoroughly looking forward to the other parts, but I just hope and pray that the story doesn't fall into cliche'd mode with the whole treasure hunt thing. I know this is the first part, and you can't do much in 22 minutes for an epic story of this magnitude, but I hope to see some twists and turns to spice things up as we move along, but thus far it's looking good.
The pacing of the film was also spot on, delivering us straight into the action as well as revealing more of the story as time went on. If I had not read the description, I must admit I would be a little left out on the background information on the deeds and such, but for the most part I felt you covered it really well. But pacing is really important, and this part delivered everything it needed too.

I really enjoyed the film, and the 22 minutes just flew past with the greatest of ease. It was a terrific debut and I'm certainly looking forward to the other parts to see where this series will take us, and I am more than willing to believe that it will take us to infinity and beyond, if it hasn't done so already. With A_N_D and everyone else that helped get you off the ground by your side, I can't wait to see what else you will deliver us with in the new future, which is certainly a bright and prosperous one.

Welcome to TMO Trewill; you get an easy 6 stars from me.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- DNR

Absolutely amazing. Every aspect of this movie was flawless, Easily one of the best productions I have seen on TMO. The direction was incredible, The voice actors where phoenominal. The music perfect. I cannot wait to see the next installment

Posted on July 30, 2007
- kell1608

Good job!!! I love it!!

Posted on July 30, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

WooHoo!What a movie!
I saw only 2 things which I dissliked about that movie, once I saw the end of the set and the other thing is that one solider threw a granate, what doesn´t fit in that time this movie plays.
But except from that 2 little mistakes ,which are normal for a movie of such a length, everything worked out perfectly! Your whole cast did an amazing job, every single voice actor played his role very well! The music is... awsome, and fitted perfect, espeacially at the chruch and the midnights place. You use of mods to show us places we´ve never seen before is... just great!=) The sound effects and overlays are also very creative.
And the story? outstanding! What a well written skript with great character development! And because I always like those evil characters best, the gerneral is my absolute favurite character on TMO! That´s not only because of OD-Orks pefect fitting voice but also because of the evill sentences you gave him!=)

overall:
A outstanding movie, which takes us to places we´ve never seen before on TMO. That combined with the excellent voice acting, perfect fitting music and an genious skript makes "The Deed of Midnight - Chapter 1 - Act 1" to be remembered as a masterpiece!=)

Posted on July 30, 2007
- NUKESTER

I remember the day, the day I saw your first thread, your first screenie and your first poduction note. I knew then, right then and there (along with many people I should add) that something special was in the works. I had great hopes and expectations from your early TMO career which is a rare and exciting thing to happen and un-suprisingly, I was spot on.

The Deed of Midnight is an awesome concept on its own, a Saga that has so many stories to tell yet has the characters to fill each and every installation that is released.

Chapter One is exquisitely written with perhaps some of the best use of dialogue I have heard on TMO to date. The pace of the story carries the heavy complex simplistic plot steadily gaining momentum at critical points and settling down at dramatic points. Your use of the free-camera was highly professional giving the scope and range of the angles a natural touch rather than rash zooms and pans.This was complimented well with fantastic editting which was highly professional due to your commitment to delivering establishing and continuing shots, rather than quick cuts to speed up the running time.

The Musical Score was appropriate and really helped to set the mood. It also fused well with the editting and pace to ultimately become unified.

Applauds to the Vocal Artists who all delivered some great charismatic lines all with a hint of accents too which I must commend!

Overall I thought Chapter One was a highly satifying Thriller with room to expand beyond its original concept and foundation. It's production values SOARED above my expectations for any newcomer and you my friend along with your debut blockbuster should get all the praise and recognition you Truly Deserve!

I shall eagerly wait for the next installment, but until then.....

Nuke Well in the Deed of Midnight!!!

Posted on July 30, 2007
- Jenniza

Great movie. Great story and great voice-acting. Intense story and music and dark tones along with nice freeze-frames catch the intensity of the story along with the emotions of the voice-acting. I really enjoyed this story. Well done.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- Ralfduran

What stands out for me in this film is your set dressing. You have trademark on that. The story was interesting and by the end of it I didnt want it to end. Awesome direction and your actors delevers their dialougs with perfection. Incredible trewill. you have something that noone else has, so keep on posting those amazing films.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- theycallmemisterbob

I'm very proud to have had a role in this incredible movie. Kudoes, to all the voice actors, including me. For once, my acting didn't suck.. but in truth, I think it something to do with the skillful way tre crafted this film. A true artist, he.

Posted on July 30, 2007
- George_Locust

Super job trewill! Loved the camera pans in the begining. You got steller performances out of your cast, big time. If I have any complaints it would be that the guns sounds were a bit weak. Your custom sounds were great. I didnt want it to end!

Looking forward to part two!

Posted on July 29, 2007
- Goofparade

Tre,
You really put together a fine piece there. You grabbed a great bunch of people(and you were new and not well known yet)and somehow got them all to come together and work that little bit extra hard, knowing what good was coming.

And you pulled it off magnificently! My hat is off( if I had a hat) to your giant, inspired, effort.... and you can take a day off now :)

If I was to offer constructive criticism: certain music cues seemed very soft,(the opening segment for example) while others were mixed at the right level.

Pacing wise, The sacking of the Town felt a tiny bit long for my taste with perhaps not enough music to support it; on the other hand all of the dialogue seemed to fly by thanks to a great cast.. and hats off to the lot of you.Amazing work.

Speaking of which,in your discription above, it might be a good idea to write which actor played which role. It helps other TMO directors figure out who sounds like what, and the members like to know too... kinda like boxscores in Baseball.. heh.

A job very well done Tre,proud to be a part of it,

gp

Posted on July 29, 2007
- FredTheDuck

A FREDTHEDUCK REVIEW

PLot: 20/20 - I hung on every word of that perfect western plot. It was perfect. Usually, I'm not a great western fan, but I have to say that that is easily better than almost every other movie I have ever seen.

Originality: 5/5 - Man, that was so different to anything else I have ever seen on TMO. This movie will go on to be one of the most recognised movies on TMO, I can assure you.

Predictability: 14/15 - to be fair, when the opportunity came for me to work out what was going to happen, I only guessed it right once. Brilliant. A roallercoaster of a movie.

VOs: 15/15 - That cast...that cast were all spot on. No mic pops, no volume variations. Spot on.

Custom content: 9/10 - everything that was used suited the movie perfectly. however, I spotted a few default items, mostly sets, so I knocked one off.

Editing: 14/15 - the only fault I can find in your editng was that one or two of the credits overlays moved too fast. I barely had a chance to read them.

Music/sfx: 9/10 - other than recognising one of the songs (Bruscar5's), this music was all new and fresh to me. And all sfx were perfect.

The "wow" factor: 10/10 - It is obvious how much time and effort has gone into perfecting this, and it was worth it.

TOTAL: 96% - 5 star

Posted on July 29, 2007
- ESegal

Thoughts of what I should write for a review here rush my through my head.
The way that you created the tension between Sin and Chase in the stagecoach was superb.
The characters all had purpose, emotion, and they were not a slight bit out of place in this movie.

I made sure to download this movie and watch it in full screen, like a real movie, and I was so upset when it ended, because I was ready for hours more of that movie. I don't know how long I'm going to have to wait before I get to watch them all at once, but it'll be worth it.

and, not to mention, the overlays were incredible!

Posted on July 29, 2007
- JosephKw

Some say TMO is dying. Rubbish! With films such as this, and filmmakers such as Trewill7, this site is immortal. This was a spectacular western/action/adventure film permeated with superb scriptwriting, voice performances, custom mod and effects use, and a brilliant music score. What more can one want? The answer...Act 2! I'm in line already.

Posted on July 29, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

ENORMOUS!!!!! FABULOUS!!! STUPENDOUS!!! A professional presentation which raises the bar on TMO!!! Super powerhouse VOs!!! Wonderful music by MaestroRage and the talented GoofParade, who finely added a depth to this film!!! BRAVO in every aspect!!!! TREWILL is a cinema genius!!! Without a doubt THE DEED OF MIDNIGHT instantly is awarded THE K4 NETWORK AWARD. Congratulations to the composers, the artists, the modders, the VA's, and of course, TREWILL!!! ===K4===

Posted on July 29, 2007
- Mustachio26

Exceptional. Absolutely intense, riveting, and mind expanding.
One of those flicks that you know will be great from frame 1. The character development is spot on, I felt like the humanity and realism was there. A terrific VO job from every single cast member. I especially have to commend whoever played General Sin for such a performance (and being able to stomach some of that dialogue). An opening chapter to a series that simply is a breath of fresh to this entire website.

Posted on July 29, 2007
- MaestroRage

The beginning, where the camera moves around the dead priest. I felt that perhaps if you kept it moving rather then stopping it would have been less like you were waiting it out. Maybe that wasn't the intention, but thats how I felt it. Moving the camera slower so that it's steadily always moving would fix that.

The voice acting and effects you put on them were really good! The faces worked with the voices.

At 6:29 "Make sure nobody survives..." --> awesome!

at 10:37 when the woman gets captured, it would have been more realistic if she had screamed or gasped in shock. She just gotta accepted it.

The general had a smirk on his face when he said "Jeremiah... the preacher" was a great splash of facial structure. Added more sinister energy from the general.

I would have liked to see the burning church door fade out, rather then disappear on me into the next scene, at around 12:17ish

I don't know if the characters smile automatically when they're done speaking, but at 14:34 when Jeremiah asks "Know what" before Goergina tells him about the town burning down, he smiles, and that kinda killed the moment.

A special props to Soloman's voice acter. His Voice Acting on the deathbed was exceptional! Truly, it moved me!

I didn't like how Jeremiah lets Soloman die. No "Solomon? SOLOMON!?" you know. I know it's a tad cliche, but I mean, to sit there and just let him die without saying anything. Was a tad awkward.

I really liked how you did the ending credits, though I wish the generals eyes would have remained closed so to keep the dark visage thing.

Overall, it was an EXCELLENT movie trewill! Overall 4/5!

Posted on July 29, 2007
- BamRyan

Total awesomness. Loved it. We need more movies like this.

Posted on July 29, 2007
- Artorious

This is simply a brilliant piece of work. It's flawless in everyway. The story is deep and complex, rich with plot. Each character is written believably well. The dialogue flows smoothly and naturally. You have a keen ear for the spoken word.
Your use of music to help set the mood for the film is amazing.
The Cast did a magnificent job of bringing these great characters to life and driving this great opening act.
The phrase, Simply Perfect, comes to mind when thinking of this film. I can't wait for the next act!

Posted on July 29, 2007
- jasonx102493

a great western movie!!!!!!!!
great music and good vo's and an impressive cast!
please rate mindgames:)

Posted on July 29, 2007
- jakechief

Amazing.

Posted on July 29, 2007