The Dead Cases Part1
 
 
Studio: jase180
 
Review Count: 58
Average Rating: 4.97 stars
Genre: Action
Length: 21 minutes 35 seconds
 
Posted on: September 9, 2007
 
 
Film Description
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The Dead Cases

This is a Film Noir with a twist.

John Nobel is a man who can raise the dead, a trick that served him well while he was a cop, and later a PI. He spent the last 3 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, thats until a Mob Boss arranges his release..because his daughter has gone missing, and he knows John is the only one who can help. Step into a seedy noir underworld like nothing you have ever seen. Its part Frank Miller, part Dashiell Hammett detective thriller with a new twist.


Starring:

MefuneAkira
JazzX
Od_Ork_Boy
AnotherNewDawn
SnakeEater42
KateLee
Kwistufa
SailorKnightWing
CaptJoker
And Jase180

Release notes:

There are some glitches, like vanishing props and i could not fix it, please try and understand that. This was never meant to be a 2 part film, but the bugs forced me to split it up.

Also note, in a film like this the pace will not be something you are used to seeing. Noir films have a certain pace, a quick snap of dialog that goes at its own beat. Snappy lines and quick retorts are part of the genre. Make note of this while watching, this is akin to the films of the 30's and 40's, and they are very different than todays films. Back then, playwrights wrote screenplays and Theater Directors made films. This made films roll at a differant speed. Just wanted to make a note of that.

ALL music used in the film is Copyright Free and either was composed for the film or is in the public domain.

Helen Humes ???Song of the Wanderer??? is in the public domain and available for use by anyone for anything.. It can be found on www.publicdomain4u.com a source of public domain music with no copyright restriction on use.

Enrico Caruso???s ???Ava Maria??? was recorded in 1913 and is in the public domain.

???The Dead Cases Credits ???Death is coming??? written and recorded by
Languid-Phenomenon (a non TMO Member) and used with permission for this film.

???The Dead Cases??? The films theme Written and Performed by JazzX.

???Mays Bar??? music created by me using Mixcraft and copyright free loops for the bed music.

???The Girl in a Cell??? Created by me using Mixcraft and copyright free loops.

All sound F/X and Sound Design created by Myself and AnotherNewDawn and mixed with Audacity and Mixcraft. No copyrighted elements were used in their creations, but sounds from my personal collection of Royalty Free Effects that I have paid for and own.


To the cast and crew: You have my eternal gratitude for your support and encouragement. This film is for all of you.
 
Featured Reviews
- TheMGMKid1

Where does one begin when reviewing Dead Cases by Jase180? One begins with the glorious screenplay. A finer writer would be hard to find than Jase180. He infused his screenplay with echoes of the great noir films of the past. It begins with voice over of the main character which is indispensable to this genre. He builds the film with deeply layered character development and takes his time to unfold the story through Johnny Boy�??s journey. The screenplay is packed with memorable stock characters one finds in this type of film but they too are deeply drawn. More than noir stereotypes, they are icons of this style of film.

The direction of the film is perfection and here we see that Jase knows how to tell a story with his camera as well as with his pen. Dark atmospheric lighting pervades this world and carries with in its dank corners the feel of omnipresent night, a night that never ends. And it rains! Heavy sad rain that soaks the streets and the characters with a lovely gloom. The camera moves lovingly around, above and into the souls of the characters creating a cinematic jazz ensemble worthy of the great music of the era. A waltz of pure sadness and despair.

The acting is incredible and far above what one expects to find on TMO. Everyone involved gives star making performances. But the stand out to me is KateLee. She is sexy, smooth and world weary. She brings to mind the great Anna Mae Wong, who was sadly under used and underrated in her career. Kate�??s velvety voice is hypnotic as she draws us close but not too close. There is real mystery here and she plays it to perfection.

The music for the film is in its self pure movie score brilliance. It evokes a bygone era in Hollywood that is thrilling to hear. I was elated by the use of Caruso and the lovely �??Song of the Wanderer�?? by Helen Humes who unearthed the shimmering ghost of Billy Holliday in her rendition that added so much to the montage it played over. But the real star here is JazzX. This hauntingly lush jazz theme for �??Dead Cases�?? was brilliant. It reminded me of Jerry Goldsmith�??s theme for �??Chinatown�??. Jazz is indeed at the top of his game here and shows what a gifted composer and musician he is.

The entire film was hauntingly luxuriant and more intoxicating as a Singapore Sling. I loved it more that I can say.

Posted on September 24, 2007
- anothernewdawn

Of course, being a co-producer of sorts on this film, it was only right that I let others review it before I added my three clearly biased cents and possibly influenced opinions...

Given that I have harangued Jase with all of my gripes and complaints about this film (and frankly, I have more than any of the reviewers thus far) at length by Skype and phone, I won't bother pointing out the quirks here; better to focus on the positives...

John Noble is a real guy, or at least it isn't tough to believe that he could be; between Mefune's excellent performance and the words Jase gave him to peak in the first place (not to mention the depth of the character that's only hinted at this installment), John is a treat to watch and carries the film nicely.

Jazz's Book is another treat, and a new side of Jazz for me - I've never seen him play the heavy this way, and again, there is more to come from this delightful and deep character...

May, ah, May, May, May - absolutely inspired casting (for which I will proudly take part of the blame/credit) - Kate Lee just doesn't do enough voice roles, but she sure should... her understated delivery was ideal for the character, no matter what anyone says (including her, being her own worst critic and all).

The biggest character in this tale, however, is the story itself, this unique take on the detective/noir genre that makes me glad to know Jase and reminds me that he really does know what he's talking about whenever we discuss films, plot, tone, structure... Writers of his caliber are few and far between here, and all we can hope for from him is more, more, more, and more...

And guess what, kiddies? We're going to get it - I can definitively state (and I KNOW, having been involved in this project since the first scripting) that part 2 will blow part 1's doors off. I, for one, cannot wait.

Even considering the difficult learning experience of not shooting enough coverage (which mistake Jase certainly won't make again), there is still enough here to delight and entertain visually (and again, Part 2 is even prettier, I assure you), with some wonderful freecam, angles, and transitions...

The music is outstanding (Jazz, you are the [not-so-nice-word!]ing man), and the sound design (which, yet again, is even better in Part 2) is superb, really a clinic on when to just let things be quiet and savor the sound of silence...

I am so proud of having been a part of this production (and can't wait to see my dessicated mug in part 2), and this project alone would have bound me professionally to my colleague Jase for the foreseeable future - I'll work with the guy on anything - he's just that good.

Not bad for a guy playing a video game after several years in the real industry. ;) Not bad at all.


A_N_D

Posted on September 14, 2007
- ubernewbie

A Noir Film? Well, perhaps. The movie, for me, was nearly a brilliant piece of work. Just needed a bit of polishing as to actor location and acting. I found in some of the dialogue sequences, the corny head scratch or both hands held open did not fit the time or style of the converstaion, these could have been edited out. As for When he looked into the crystal ball he was in the booth, and when he finished and fell over, he was across the bar. This irked me a tad; sets as props son, sets as props. And if you are using the original sets, there is a prop called magic walls which would fill gaps in nicely rather than the greay wall in the pub that you used. But, my technical grips aside, it most a good script developed nicely. Rated as 4.6 on the Uber Scale. With rounding up or down, it becomes 5. If you want further help with sets as props, let me know.

Posted on September 13, 2007
- George_Locust

You are a master my friend. The 'vision' scene was my favorite, from the sounds to the free cam, it was awsome!
Great job!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- josephkw

A TMO film with a strong, compelling plotline is far and few between. Too few. So when I heard the opening introduction I was immediately drawn into this intriguing story, and the wonderful music score by JazzX along with the perfect selection of scenes, angles, and editing, made the experience complete. Top it off with some exquisite performances by MefuneAkira and KateLee, and you have a professional piece of filmmaking. However, I did find myself drifting at times due to the pacing. I read your film description and understand your intent was to capture the atmosphere and tone of a bygone filmmaking era, but I feel modern viewers (speaking for myself at least) expect more in less time. I also noticed a lot of freecam pans utilized in this movie, and that seems (to me at least) a modern convention; which breaks the illusion of a vintage era film. Yet regardless of these observations, I still found this story intriguing and a tale well-deserving of five stars.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- Norriefpb

Room lights out, Computer connected to the TV, and headphones on: for the next 20 minutes I seriously forgot I was watching a TMO movie. From the opening bars of Caruso I was transfixed and, by turns, shocked, delighted, amazed, engrossed, in awe, and, finally, disappointed it had ended so soon.
I loved the pace; time to tell a story is something we too rarely see.
I just adored the acting: Mefune sounded like he was born to do Noir and Kate was, for me, a revelation.
As for the music: Jazz gave me goose bumps, I swear to God. Just an astonishing piece of work from a maestro. Everything else was chosen and used to perfection.
The sound design grabbed my interest from the get go. People should study this as the perfect example of when and how NOT to use music. The SFX were just amazing.
Lastly, a great story, beautifully scripted, and directed with verve and aplomb, but who expected any different?

I am truly on tenterhooks for part 2, and now I'm going to sit and watch it again.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- sisch

Oh yes, this was definitely worth the long wait, and it easily surpassed my already high expectations!
You created a wonderful atmosphere and I definitely forgot I was watching a TM movie - loved your directing on this, the cam angles, set dressings, wonderfully chosen music - JazzX title song is just beautiful - the voice actors all did great jobs, giving life to their characters, and the sounds fitted perfectly!
The plot pulled me in from the first moment, and I don't need to say that I can hardly wait for part two.. well I'm doing it anyway: I can hardly wait!
I hope all those problems you had will be solved soon!

Great, great work Jase!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- nukester

The hardwork and the tears have truly been worth it my friend as this is an astonishing piece of work!

You assembled a fine cast who executed their lines to perfection with some really stand out performances from Mefune and Kate, who lead by example and were quickly followed by the rest of the fine cast.

Your use of SFX was a distinctive touch which gave this movie true originality mixed with some outstanding music.

The plot never wavers and it's deep engrossing story grabs you doesn't let go. This is an audio visual masterpiece and I am so thrilled you hung in there!

With that said and done, I found it to be a highly satisfiying movie to watch and it gears me up for Part 2. Roll on the release (minus the problems) but until then...

Nuke Well in the Dead Cases!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- trewill7

A Cinematic Triumph from beginning to end.

Jase, first impressions, Wow! This is, without a doubt, one of the most, if not best, films i have ever seen on TMO, and that says alot, standing against such an array of elite directors.

Your cinematic eye knows no bounds as you truly set the atmosphere and tone of this film from the opening credits. A story of this ambitious nature requires dedicated individuals to breath it life, from the producers, the cast, all the way to the composer, and that's exactly what happened here; all excel in their field.

I will save my full review for when Part 2 is released; as for now, just know that i am eagerly, oh so eagerly awaiting Part 2.

Fantasitc Film, and Great Job.

-tre

Posted on September 9, 2007
- sparky1512

The long awaited DEAD CASES has arrived (pt.1 at least). But does the movie live up to expectation? Hell yes! Part one of The Dead Cases is a fantastic movie in its own right. The plot is very well conceived and executed beautifully on screen. The style that Jase180 has created here is quite unique - a dark thriller in 1920s (ish) America. Even the scenes that have no real drama or 'spooky' goings on, still retain a sense of mystery, of another world that we are not a part of.
Excellent vo's voiced by an 'A' list cast and a music score that fitted and complimented the action perfectly helps create the unique atmosphere of The Dead Cases. There were a few minor points negative points that i could bring up if i chose to be pedantic, but this movie delivers so well that they are not worth mentioning. A truly great pt.1 movie.

cheers

Posted on September 9, 2007
- artorious

This is a great opener. I loved the style and direction you went with this. This was a very well written story with good, strong characters.
The cast should be commended for their work. They did a great job of helping to make the characters come to life.
I loved your choice of music aswell as your editing and camera angles. This is a great piece of work that I think all will enjoy.

Posted on September 9, 2007
 
Reviews
- EightyFilms

man, i really. really liked it... the freecam usage was fantastic and the whole feel of the movie was like a Romero graphic novel film... definately one of the best ive seen

Posted on October 17, 2007
- greenglades

This film is like a good creme pie. You take a small bite and savor the taste before grabbing another piece, but it still ends all too soon...

The story is the film. Everything revolves around the storyline and is woven through superbly to tell the tale. Developed characters, rich background, interesting past, dark, deviant, and enigmatic characters help bring the Dead Cases to life.

The cinematography is well done and moves us through the tale with John providing varying perspectives. The look of the characters and sets help keep the feel of the period. There are always glitches with movies, and you had your share of bugs and a few continuity errors, but they don't detract from the film.

Sound design is a painstaking thankless job, but critical as the lifeblood of a film. Great work in the soundtrack, element design, and choice of pieces for the score. The voice actors did an exceptional job and kept the story vibrant and alive. Great work by all. Well scored to drive the story forward, create atmosphere, drama, and suspense, and merge transitions.

A well-crafted tale brought to life with TMO: solid storyline, intriguing characters, great voice acting, well scored. We anxiously await Part 2.

Posted on October 11, 2007
- Staree_Movies

Well I finally got around to viewinf this masterpeice and I am glad it took the time!

One thing I can say to it's future viewers don't be startled by the time it is worth every damn second.

Now this is what I call a work of art :)

You have assembled and amazing cast and you have conducted some amzing music. It's great to see some top notch films on TMO again. Proves to us that this community still has talent.

STAR REVIEWS
***** -Staree Stars

Posted on October 10, 2007
- cinecitta

Hello jase180!

I like a lot the storyline very well written. The atmosphere "film noir" is well built here. First, characters are interisting (specially John Nobel)because they are developed and there is a part of mystery. It's the same thing for the story, mysterious and captivating.
Then, there is the really good work from the cast, they give life to the characters. I appreciate too your big work on the soundtracks and music. There is beautiful songs, for example Caruso which I like. The ambiance Jazz is very nice. I love movies of 30's 40's and I find this atmosphere here.
To finish, there is a great use of camera. Overlays are awesome.
It was a real pleasure to watch you movie. Thank you, I'll be there for the next part.
See you.
Ciao

Posted on October 10, 2007
- nahton

There are 5-star movies galore on TMO and then there are the those that go beyond the rating system and stand above for level of achievement they attain. This film obviously falls into the latter catagory. It is impecably directed with free cam shots and pans worthy of live feature film. The script is tight and unwinds in a fashion true to the noir genre. The acting in all instances is superb.

I watched this in high def and I would highly recommend it be viewed that way. It is available, which I only knew by listening to the R&K show. I can also appreciate the "under shot" dilemma you faced. Been there, done that. The only change I would have made to the final product would have been to turn on the mumbling.....kidding:-)

Posted on October 7, 2007
- docontheweb

George Romero meets Mike Hammer in this unique spin on the classic noir genre: 'The Dead Cases'. When you hear the first notes of Ave Maria you are immediately transported into a different time and place. I enjoyed how you kept with the noir theme, I don't think there was a savory character in the whole bunch. The dark lighting and sets help add to the melancholy mood that is so necessary in a film of this genre.

The music in this picture was inspired. I dare say it may even be my favorite part of the film. It adds the emotional element that is so necessary in a tale such as this.

Glad that I could finally catch it. Looking forward to part 2.

-Doc

Posted on October 6, 2007
- cvg6712

This was grest. Can't wait for part 2!

Posted on October 5, 2007
- StokeStudios

A great film, definitely something a bit special - I enjoyed watching it.

Posted on September 30, 2007
- jameseva

Right from the very effective opening narrative I knew this was going to be something special.

The camerawork used was outstanding, every shot in every scene felt fresh, which along with the wonderful use of music and the professional quality of the voice work made every second of Dead Cases Pt 1 a special and atmospheric pleasure to watch.

For all it�??s technical competence, Dead Cases still has a gripping and highly polished tale to tell.
The noir feel of the Nobles superbly written narrative really pulled me into the picture.

Dead Cases Pt1 is a glossy, high quality and highly entertaining film. Every second of it oozes quality.

After 21 mins, my only regret is not having watched this masterpiece sooner.

An awe inspiring piece of work.

Posted on September 29, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

Where does one begin when reviewing Dead Cases by Jase180? One begins with the glorious screenplay. A finer writer would be hard to find than Jase180. He infused his screenplay with echoes of the great noir films of the past. It begins with voice over of the main character which is indispensable to this genre. He builds the film with deeply layered character development and takes his time to unfold the story through Johnny Boy�??s journey. The screenplay is packed with memorable stock characters one finds in this type of film but they too are deeply drawn. More than noir stereotypes, they are icons of this style of film.

The direction of the film is perfection and here we see that Jase knows how to tell a story with his camera as well as with his pen. Dark atmospheric lighting pervades this world and carries with in its dank corners the feel of omnipresent night, a night that never ends. And it rains! Heavy sad rain that soaks the streets and the characters with a lovely gloom. The camera moves lovingly around, above and into the souls of the characters creating a cinematic jazz ensemble worthy of the great music of the era. A waltz of pure sadness and despair.

The acting is incredible and far above what one expects to find on TMO. Everyone involved gives star making performances. But the stand out to me is KateLee. She is sexy, smooth and world weary. She brings to mind the great Anna Mae Wong, who was sadly under used and underrated in her career. Kate�??s velvety voice is hypnotic as she draws us close but not too close. There is real mystery here and she plays it to perfection.

The music for the film is in its self pure movie score brilliance. It evokes a bygone era in Hollywood that is thrilling to hear. I was elated by the use of Caruso and the lovely �??Song of the Wanderer�?? by Helen Humes who unearthed the shimmering ghost of Billy Holliday in her rendition that added so much to the montage it played over. But the real star here is JazzX. This hauntingly lush jazz theme for �??Dead Cases�?? was brilliant. It reminded me of Jerry Goldsmith�??s theme for �??Chinatown�??. Jazz is indeed at the top of his game here and shows what a gifted composer and musician he is.

The entire film was hauntingly luxuriant and more intoxicating as a Singapore Sling. I loved it more that I can say.

Posted on September 24, 2007
- Jenniza

Excellent film. I really enjoyed this. Excellent voice-acting (make sure Kate Lee knows she's fantastic and needs to do more voice acting!!!! she's spectacular!!! oh heck, i'll go send her messages myself. :) You all did spectacular. Wonderful camera work and music (and sound FX). The story was brilliant and really well-augmented by everything you added to this film. Great job.

Posted on September 23, 2007
- judyann88

I enjoyed this very much.
Wonderful vo's,superb editing, camera work, sounds and effects an all over spectacular job.

Posted on September 23, 2007
- Tarison

First and foremost when it comes to this site (and it's probably a good reason to discount much of what I say, anyway), I'm a Gamer. I've never studied film, and though I'd love to say otherwise, I probably never will. This is just a hobby for me, and though I've watched a number of movies, what I consider good will never be considered a universal 'good'. This is all common knowledge, though I'd just like to say I don't consider myself the penultimate authority on what makes a good "The Movies" movie. I'm just gonna give it to you straight.

It almost pains me to see this made, because doing this with TM really does a disservice to your concept. As one of those that believe story is king, I really think you deliver in that department. I don't really think TM offers you what you really need to give this script what it deserves. I have to wonder how much of what you did with the Dead Cases cinematically, was done in that manner because you would have done it like that anyway, and how much because it was "hey, look what the movies can do." The use of mods and such was fine (though the fan overlay has never worked in any TM movie, if you ask me). There were a few glitches I noticed also (some weird sunshine-like transparent prop in many, many scenes), but we've all encountered those. The only other thing I felt, in regard to TM itself, was that with the great VO work done with John, I felt as though the actual look of the character didn't fit. Again, most of this isn't your fault in the slightest, but I felt it did detract from the overall experience.

There are some cinematics I wasn't a fan of, and it's more about my own personal preference than anything of real merit. Hell, those that can do, and even those that study it, will probably disagree with me entirely, but some of the camera work really broke the fourth wall for me. Moving through objects, and some overreaching on the movement itself in the pre-credits scenes didn't fit for me. The use of the default movies subtitles was also shattering to the emersion, given the other great uses of custom effect overlays in there.

Though it probably sounds more negative than you'd like, I didn't really want to rehash over the same old ground. However, the script, the VO's, music -- all great. Aside from what some others have said, I found the pacing to be perfect. It did not feel too rushed, nor too padded with filler, and as the end neared, I had an awful sinking feeling, as I knew this segment of the story would soon be over. That's not the sign of something dragging on for too long, nor seeming slow. Kids these days (says he who isn't even in his third decade) rarely appreciate a well-played out story, but you honestly have nothing to worry about in that department. At the end of this journey, I can say there's no doubt you know your craft (as we all expected anyway), and it's a shame that the game can't keep pace with the likes of the Dead Cases.

At the end though, gotta give you a rating. You gave us a world. You showed us your ambitious vision, and for a little under a half hour, we believed it. It had a lot of those little touches that really lift things off the page, and plonk them down into our imaginations -- the old Victrola playing set the tone so well. Not to mention you left us wanting more. I'm gonna five this one, and hope I'll be able to do the same for part two.

Posted on September 23, 2007
- rjb2112

An excellent film.

Great script, camera work, sets, costumes, voice acting.

I particularly loved the music, both the old songs and Jazzx's.

I don't like Film Noir, but this film was excellent. A must see!

Posted on September 23, 2007
- BiggsTrek

Loved it. Simple as that. I've always been a fan of Noir, but never had the courage to attempt it myself. This is pretty inspiring stuff, Jase. I might just have to give it a shot now (I've been itching to do something "serious").

A couple of minor continuity glitches with the visuals, and some of the dialogue wasn't as well spaced as I'd like. But hell, that's nothing compared to the story, performances and, well, everything else! Brilliant.

Bravo!

Posted on September 22, 2007
- Fozz20

Amazing film, I'm speechless.
5 stars and very much deserved too. I'm glad I decided to watch it now.
Well Done!

Posted on September 19, 2007
- Mustachio26

One word: refreshing.
A truly refreshing piece entering the TMO scene from Jase180. You skillfully recall a forgotten age using masterfully techniques only an expert could withdraw from his pocket of tricks. Supported by a damn fine VO cast headed triumpantly by Mefune and Jazz, a score filled with tunes that induce shivers and others you just can't seem to get out of your head. I can only regret knowing how it ends, and not being able to really indulge in the mystery. Nevertheless, brilliant work all around and I'll be back for part 2.

Posted on September 17, 2007
- marvellousguppimovies

Groovy.

Posted on September 17, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

Wow, that was impressive!
The dream sequence was so intense, I have to say that it's probably one of the greatest scenes I've seen on tmo, at least in the top three. the characters and story were highly original and captivating. there has been so many good noirish movies lately but this one really stands out to me, and deserves more attention.

Posted on September 17, 2007
- anothernewdawn

Of course, being a co-producer of sorts on this film, it was only right that I let others review it before I added my three clearly biased cents and possibly influenced opinions...

Given that I have harangued Jase with all of my gripes and complaints about this film (and frankly, I have more than any of the reviewers thus far) at length by Skype and phone, I won't bother pointing out the quirks here; better to focus on the positives...

John Noble is a real guy, or at least it isn't tough to believe that he could be; between Mefune's excellent performance and the words Jase gave him to peak in the first place (not to mention the depth of the character that's only hinted at this installment), John is a treat to watch and carries the film nicely.

Jazz's Book is another treat, and a new side of Jazz for me - I've never seen him play the heavy this way, and again, there is more to come from this delightful and deep character...

May, ah, May, May, May - absolutely inspired casting (for which I will proudly take part of the blame/credit) - Kate Lee just doesn't do enough voice roles, but she sure should... her understated delivery was ideal for the character, no matter what anyone says (including her, being her own worst critic and all).

The biggest character in this tale, however, is the story itself, this unique take on the detective/noir genre that makes me glad to know Jase and reminds me that he really does know what he's talking about whenever we discuss films, plot, tone, structure... Writers of his caliber are few and far between here, and all we can hope for from him is more, more, more, and more...

And guess what, kiddies? We're going to get it - I can definitively state (and I KNOW, having been involved in this project since the first scripting) that part 2 will blow part 1's doors off. I, for one, cannot wait.

Even considering the difficult learning experience of not shooting enough coverage (which mistake Jase certainly won't make again), there is still enough here to delight and entertain visually (and again, Part 2 is even prettier, I assure you), with some wonderful freecam, angles, and transitions...

The music is outstanding (Jazz, you are the [not-so-nice-word!]ing man), and the sound design (which, yet again, is even better in Part 2) is superb, really a clinic on when to just let things be quiet and savor the sound of silence...

I am so proud of having been a part of this production (and can't wait to see my dessicated mug in part 2), and this project alone would have bound me professionally to my colleague Jase for the foreseeable future - I'll work with the guy on anything - he's just that good.

Not bad for a guy playing a video game after several years in the real industry. ;) Not bad at all.


A_N_D

Posted on September 14, 2007
- dnr

Jase A truely amazing work, The direction was incredible.The VA's were incredible/Thr music was incredible. This movie was INCREDIBLE. Fantastic and amazing work

Posted on September 13, 2007
- ubernewbie

A Noir Film? Well, perhaps. The movie, for me, was nearly a brilliant piece of work. Just needed a bit of polishing as to actor location and acting. I found in some of the dialogue sequences, the corny head scratch or both hands held open did not fit the time or style of the converstaion, these could have been edited out. As for When he looked into the crystal ball he was in the booth, and when he finished and fell over, he was across the bar. This irked me a tad; sets as props son, sets as props. And if you are using the original sets, there is a prop called magic walls which would fill gaps in nicely rather than the greay wall in the pub that you used. But, my technical grips aside, it most a good script developed nicely. Rated as 4.6 on the Uber Scale. With rounding up or down, it becomes 5. If you want further help with sets as props, let me know.

Posted on September 13, 2007
- nayazu

I'd rate this film 4.5, but as it's not possible and I can't rate it 5, I'll have to go for 4. I could most certainly rewrite about all the qualities of this film reviewers have already pointed at, so I'll abstain from that here, I agree with most of them. So where is the 0.5 star gone? In the body language to which I attached extreme importance. The all thing deteriorates in the bar, during the phone call and then the conversation at the table with May. It would have been very easy to get those two scenes right, just a few cuts here and there when the moves have absolutely nothing to do with the dialogues -- and it's so obvious I think you've been lazy there.

Posted on September 13, 2007
- DarthGuybrush7

Nice job! A very well-done movie. It definitely had the feel of an old-fashioned noir, especially the dialogue of the main character. Top-notch voice work from everybody involved. The atmosphere did a good job of setting up the death angle without actually getting to it inn this part. And, the camerawork was inspired. I'll definitely be watching out for Part Two!

Posted on September 13, 2007
- Aitor19

Una película excelente, aunque está en inglés, que no es mi lengua, se entiende bastante bien, las voces son muy realistas y de la música no hablemos, felicidades por esta obra maestra del 7º arte

Posted on September 13, 2007
- thebiz

Nearly everything here shined like a beacon from the opening credits (the rain over the titles was a great look) to the closing credits (a completely different look that played upon a previous scene - y-gads!). Dialogue popped, music was great and scenes choreographed nicely. Overlays (fan and fog) looked good and were used to great effect. Sound effects and lighting were wonderfull. Story is truly engaging. Critiques are few and far between. I love films that leave no doubt about how to rate them. Bring on part 2.

Posted on September 13, 2007
- emilule

Words fail me. 6 Points.

Posted on September 13, 2007
- kate_lee

What a wonderful slow dance into the dark inner world of the necromancer! Let the narration leads you with its gentle yet sturdy hand, and drift along the beautiful tunes.

I liked all the musical pieces where they were placed, and loved JazzX�??s sax, truly and deeply.

The pacing of this movie is superb. It is slow when it needs to be, but with nicely placed startles and weighty utterances that properly punctuate the languor.

The only flaw I could find was the erratic volume and noise level of one particular VA�??s lines. Her performance seemed rather troublesome as well. (Oh, she swears she tried...) Other than that, this movie was well worth the long wait. I will look forward to Part 2. I will be able to relax and enjoy the second installment.

Posted on September 12, 2007
- Ashwyn723

There is only 3 words to describe this movie:

AMAZING: a big thing for me in this movie was the use of Free Cam and through out i tohught it was so crudly done and effectively i also forgot for a min tht i was watching a TMO movie

BRILLIANT: What i found brilliant about this movie was that usually u watch film on here that are around the 20 min mark and get bored and stop watching but urs kept me guessing with the plot

OUTSTANDING: Two main things made this movie great apart from the plot and that was the VO work, what can i say great script and another was the movies soundtrack especially in the first few intro scenes like the suicide i tohught the background tune made it seem so real and outstanding .. KEEP IT UP :D

Also if you have time review one or two of my movies i no there not in the same league or anything but still :D

~:..ASHWYN..:~

Posted on September 12, 2007
- CaptainStrider

From the first few scenes I knew I was going to see something I hadn't seen before and I was right. The introductory scenes and the intro-credits scenes were great.
The free cam was exceptional and the prop placement gave the feeling of new scenes. something different.
The music was well chosen and created it fitted the movie and the time period perfectly. Jazz has done some excellent work here.
The story is certainly something I haven't seen combining necromancy with the noir, really well written, excellent dialogue, voiced really well.

Great work I'll be watching out for part 2
Strider Out!

Posted on September 12, 2007
- gsears

In My review I look for five things,

1)Story
2)Sound effects & Sound track
3)Scene editing & camera work
4)Costumes
5)Voice overs & Captions

My Review,

1)Story"Fabulous"
2)Sound effects"Fabulous" & Sound track"Fabulous"
3)Scene editing"Fabulous" & camera work"Fabulous"
4)Costumes"Fabulous"
5)Voice overs"Excellent" Some background noise. & Captions"Fabulous" Some dialog captions

Ratings,

"Poor"
"Good"
"Great"
"Excellent"
"Fabulous"

Nominated for,
October 2007 Toons World Cinemas Golden Movie Award!
(See site page for details)

gsears gives 5 star.

Posted on September 11, 2007
- SnakeEater42

Superb, even with all the hype it still exceeded expectations. I simply cannot wait for part 2. Loved every second of it. :)

Posted on September 11, 2007
- Primaer

An extraordinary noir, definitley. I wasn't sure when I've seen the poster (you should try and get another one ;O ), but when I read the comments in your thread, I just had to watch it.

Well, so far, we can say, that the movie builds up an atmosphere only very few movies have. I loved the music score (with my new subwoover I finally had a real scary bass!) and the VOs were greatg. The VA of John Nobel (I've no idea who is it), is just superb and his voice - gosh.
The camera angles and the direction care for a right feeling. For example the scenes by the dead, fog and crosses.

A nice plot, it's the noir stuff noir dreams are made off. Great dialogues, above all are the monologues from John - already the beginning words care for the right feeling. I can't say that much about the story yet, it's only part 1 and to be honest so much didn't know really happened. We know the characters and you did a great job on portraying 'em - but I think the action is still coming (hehe, I am truly a genius of notice^^)

Posted on September 11, 2007
- mefuneakira

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

Masterful filmmaking! A disturbing and elegant noir comes to TMO!

I know its taboo of sorts to review a film you star in, but screw that. This film deserves aw from all.

The premise of this film is a bold and adventurous task to even consider. Jase180 knowledge of what beats the heart of a film is utilized to achieve one of the best films ever made on TMO.

The titles are the very best I have seen, very professional with a touch of horror.

The cinematography was exceptional. From the long pans and the ceiling fan blade shot to the amazing quick clips that added a taste of what�??s to come and left the viewer craving answers.

The acting was believable and professional. An excellent performance by all actors.

The music, oh man what to say. Jazz's gift for capturing an audience and bringing the mood to life was the very backbone to this films emotion.

The script is emotional, honest and has humorous undertones at times to keep it on a believable plane. Jase180 is a true artist.

The sound effects and background ambience, on of the aspects of film we pay close attention to, was impressive. The background voices at the prison comes to mind.

The modified sets and props really delivered that 40's motif.

A truly masterful piece of cinematic art.

It was a true honor to be a part of this amazing project.

Mefune Akira - DARK+KNIGHT - Sushii
L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on September 11, 2007
- active_studios

A amazing movie.
The VO's were incredible.
The music was 100% fine work.
All of it was truly the best I've seen so far on TMO.
A total of 5 stars.

Active_Studios

Posted on September 11, 2007
- kwistufa

What a Fantastic Start.
Loved it. A flawlessly created work of art here on every front.
Everything was just Perfect. JazzX did a superb job,
& the Ol time Music was just the Best.
Cam work flabbergasting! Really Enjoyable Movie to watch.
Mefune & other VA's were great, perfectly cast.
John Nobel was totally convincing & believable.. Good Job Johnny.. ;)
Good Job to All involved in the creation of this Flick
and absolute Hats off to you Jase for piecing it all together
and creating a Masterpiece Part 1 to the 'Dead Cases'.
Really well written movie too. I'm totally hooked.
Also the Set Dressings... Whooa!! They were awesome..
Must mention the background Sounds & effects too...
Amazing!! You must have sat for hours editing
& placing just those alone. You & the Helpful hand of A_N_D.
Good stuff! Well Done again on making a definite Keeper
for all good Film Lovers.
Looking forward to Pt2!

Posted on September 11, 2007
- chrisu69

" WOW.........GREAT"

Posted on September 11, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

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

Film on!!!

Posted on September 11, 2007
- George_Locust

You are a master my friend. The 'vision' scene was my favorite, from the sounds to the free cam, it was awsome!
Great job!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- josephkw

A TMO film with a strong, compelling plotline is far and few between. Too few. So when I heard the opening introduction I was immediately drawn into this intriguing story, and the wonderful music score by JazzX along with the perfect selection of scenes, angles, and editing, made the experience complete. Top it off with some exquisite performances by MefuneAkira and KateLee, and you have a professional piece of filmmaking. However, I did find myself drifting at times due to the pacing. I read your film description and understand your intent was to capture the atmosphere and tone of a bygone filmmaking era, but I feel modern viewers (speaking for myself at least) expect more in less time. I also noticed a lot of freecam pans utilized in this movie, and that seems (to me at least) a modern convention; which breaks the illusion of a vintage era film. Yet regardless of these observations, I still found this story intriguing and a tale well-deserving of five stars.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- dulci

This is a movie that lets the riveting script shine. Yes, there are mods and special effects used, but they ehance the movie and the movie is not used an excuse to showcase them. The music, smooth direction, excellent performances by the voiceactors all lend this a professional flavor that makes me yearn for more.

Dulcilicious!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- Norriefpb

Room lights out, Computer connected to the TV, and headphones on: for the next 20 minutes I seriously forgot I was watching a TMO movie. From the opening bars of Caruso I was transfixed and, by turns, shocked, delighted, amazed, engrossed, in awe, and, finally, disappointed it had ended so soon.
I loved the pace; time to tell a story is something we too rarely see.
I just adored the acting: Mefune sounded like he was born to do Noir and Kate was, for me, a revelation.
As for the music: Jazz gave me goose bumps, I swear to God. Just an astonishing piece of work from a maestro. Everything else was chosen and used to perfection.
The sound design grabbed my interest from the get go. People should study this as the perfect example of when and how NOT to use music. The SFX were just amazing.
Lastly, a great story, beautifully scripted, and directed with verve and aplomb, but who expected any different?

I am truly on tenterhooks for part 2, and now I'm going to sit and watch it again.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

What a wonderfull atmosphere from the beginning to the end! This intense atmosphere is based on the beautifull music, the outstanding cast and the perfect fitting pictures! A very speacial film!
I´m really looking forward to part2! =)

Posted on September 10, 2007
- sisch

Oh yes, this was definitely worth the long wait, and it easily surpassed my already high expectations!
You created a wonderful atmosphere and I definitely forgot I was watching a TM movie - loved your directing on this, the cam angles, set dressings, wonderfully chosen music - JazzX title song is just beautiful - the voice actors all did great jobs, giving life to their characters, and the sounds fitted perfectly!
The plot pulled me in from the first moment, and I don't need to say that I can hardly wait for part two.. well I'm doing it anyway: I can hardly wait!
I hope all those problems you had will be solved soon!

Great, great work Jase!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- ralfduran

A beautiful movie with a subtile approach. However, I do think that the film would work on a more emotional level without the somehow in toxiz use of free cam, but that of course is only a matter of personal taste. Excellent voices that goes along fine with the face of the characters. Excellent work.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

An Orkish Review

(The Dead Cases - Part one, is the first movie to get my "Orkish review", so enjoy!)

First, the directing.

You did a wonderful job at making it, Jase. The camera angles were cinema-quality and your cast was, for the most part, well-chosen. You put a lot of effort into making sure everything looked right, that's for sure. It was a beauty to watch and the extra 10-sum MB was worth the high quality. A real gem to see.

10/10


Now onto the VOs.

MefuneAkira and JazzX did superbly. Their voices fit the characters like gloves. I love the tired, rough-around-the-edges kind of voice Mefune put on, a real treat to be sure. JazzX's quiet yet gruff and tough voice also put a real charm to his character (Wish we could have saw more of him in this episode!).

It was nice to see Katelee in a movie; I recognized the name from "Into the Shadow", so it was nice to see a well-known director in the actor's role for a change. Her voice fit her character as if it was pre-set; by far the most fitting. Acting could have been a bit more realistic but it was still great. Her microphone seemed to be a bit quiet though, which made me turn up the sound to be able to hear her and thus made the suspension of belief fall a bit at the end. I hope she decides to start doing more roles in movies, because she's really got promise.

BUT ME! AGH! How a guy's voice can change in such a little time! Jase, if you ever decide to re-release a special edition of this or something, please let me re-do my lines over because for cryin' out loud, I sound like a kid, man! I'd have canned me from the get-go. Obviously though, I'm not lowering your rating for my own mistake...Sorry, my bad. I did do those a while back though; I guess my voice decided to deepen in that time.

9/10


Now onto the Music and sound effects.

JazzX proves his talent in this with his marvelous score, and I loved the "Oldies" songs you put in here and there, they really put the mood on. The sound effects were sensational, and like the visuals they really added to the pure loveliness of the film.

10/10


Set dressing, Scene selection, and editing.

Set dressing was definitely well done. I loved the tube things (Sorry, can't think of their proper name right now, too tired (Canisters?)) with the skulls in 'em, very interesting and unique. The scenes were very well chosen, especially at the end when John's having his vision. However I noticed a couple of scenes a bit out of place (like when John turns side-ways when he's talking to May) and some that were re-used, especially during the briefing with Sonny. Editing was also well done, but it seemed like the lines were squashed together which had them "Racing" right after the other, which seemed a bit un-realistic as there was no pauses or anything in-between speech. Surely it wouldn't have hurt to have just kept 20 seconds or so of film on to have a split second of silence in-between lines? Just my opinion though.

8/10


Finally, the plot.

So Film-Noiry that I was waiting to see Bogart pop up and do a number any minute; I loved it! I of course knew what was going to happen from previously reading the script ages ago, but had I not I would've totally been guessing. This film has ZERO predictability. The plot put the Origin in Original, good and straight. No qualms, no fusses, no complaints. Nadda; just pure goodness wrapped up in a wonderful looking and great sounding flick that anybody who's anybody's gotta see.

10/10



Overall:

4.7/5.0 = 5 stars, rounded up.

Well done!

- Orky.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- verguit

Great. Some scenes in the first 5 mins where too long could have been a bit shorter. Great vo's i must say, first film i've seen in awhile with all vo's giving emotion. I'm not much for Narated films but this was ok. I was missing not hearing loads of background sounds though. The music was a good choice although i feel some scenes inbetween didn't suit, that type of thing needs many quick scenes inbetween. Cam work,top notch, sets,props, fantastic, overlays, good choices, i loved the flashing red light on the cop car.

overall: Well done.

Posted on September 10, 2007
- goofparade

I don't hear myself saying this too often, but that was a cinematic experience that transfixed my attention.

Bravo to all involved
and glad to see you made it Jase, well worth the wait.

gp

Posted on September 10, 2007
- nukester

The hardwork and the tears have truly been worth it my friend as this is an astonishing piece of work!

You assembled a fine cast who executed their lines to perfection with some really stand out performances from Mefune and Kate, who lead by example and were quickly followed by the rest of the fine cast.

Your use of SFX was a distinctive touch which gave this movie true originality mixed with some outstanding music.

The plot never wavers and it's deep engrossing story grabs you doesn't let go. This is an audio visual masterpiece and I am so thrilled you hung in there!

With that said and done, I found it to be a highly satisfiying movie to watch and it gears me up for Part 2. Roll on the release (minus the problems) but until then...

Nuke Well in the Dead Cases!

Posted on September 10, 2007
- kuroken

Oh yeah. You've delivered on all the promise that this project had, and then some - from the magnificent performances of your A-list cast (with MefuneAkira being a real standout as Noble and Kate Lee a treat as May) to the terrific camera work and set design, this movie is stone cold solid all the way.

The sound design is another high point, with atmospheric sound (real and hallucinatory), perfect period music and JazzX's haunting theme, which frankly sounds as good as anything I've heard in any movie, here or on the screen.

But what holds it all together is the writing - the dialogue and narration may be Chandleresque, but you've put your own stamp on it and made it more than just homage. And the story is effortlessly complex - there's a lot going on, in the dialogue and the visuals, but you've rendered it both accessible and easy to follow.

I know this was a tough project to get out the door, but you can be proud of what you've got here. It's one helluva piece of work. We'll be seeing part 2 soon, right? Right?

Posted on September 9, 2007
- bricksfilms

Outstanding work Jase! Quite an amazing experience! Every scene and camera angle was so captivating it was hard to look away! I am simply caught up in excitment for part 2!

Posted on September 9, 2007
- K4ownzall

OOOOOOoooooooozing from every frame is delicious dark sweetness dipped in mystery and suspense. ===K4===

Posted on September 9, 2007
- trewill7

A Cinematic Triumph from beginning to end.

Jase, first impressions, Wow! This is, without a doubt, one of the most, if not best, films i have ever seen on TMO, and that says alot, standing against such an array of elite directors.

Your cinematic eye knows no bounds as you truly set the atmosphere and tone of this film from the opening credits. A story of this ambitious nature requires dedicated individuals to breath it life, from the producers, the cast, all the way to the composer, and that's exactly what happened here; all excel in their field.

I will save my full review for when Part 2 is released; as for now, just know that i am eagerly, oh so eagerly awaiting Part 2.

Fantasitc Film, and Great Job.

-tre

Posted on September 9, 2007
- sparky1512

The long awaited DEAD CASES has arrived (pt.1 at least). But does the movie live up to expectation? Hell yes! Part one of The Dead Cases is a fantastic movie in its own right. The plot is very well conceived and executed beautifully on screen. The style that Jase180 has created here is quite unique - a dark thriller in 1920s (ish) America. Even the scenes that have no real drama or 'spooky' goings on, still retain a sense of mystery, of another world that we are not a part of.
Excellent vo's voiced by an 'A' list cast and a music score that fitted and complimented the action perfectly helps create the unique atmosphere of The Dead Cases. There were a few minor points negative points that i could bring up if i chose to be pedantic, but this movie delivers so well that they are not worth mentioning. A truly great pt.1 movie.

cheers

Posted on September 9, 2007
- RavensFan_09

Boy, I clicked on this movie on a whim, and was a little hesitant because I had never heard of you, until I scrolled down and saw all the people involved. After watching, all I can say is wow! That was awesome! That was very professional, with such great effects! You had quite an amazing cast and they sure as heck delivered!

There was some amazing freecam, and I loved all those shots with the fan; great touch! Although in the beginning, some of the scenes went on a bit too long, and nothing really seemed to happen for a really long time. The first eight minutes were very boring (to me anyway, except for that scene with the gunshot that came out of nowhere, which scared the bejeebus out of me!) but I'm not docking any points for that because I know you had to set up the story during that time, and it's sometimes hard to do that and still keep the viewer entertained at the same time.

I loved the special effects at the end, with the crysal ball and the whole scene that followed it. The whole movie just exuded an atmosphere which I liked. To me the whole movie was kind of like a detective noir to me, especially with the music at the end. (and the music throughout the entire movie was great, by the way!)

All I can say is Loved it, loved it, loved it! Cannot wait until pt. 2!

Posted on September 9, 2007
- rysto

Nice introduction to an intriguing story. What secrets will be revelaed?
Some nice scene transitions and clever overlays(ceiling fan?).
Might be able to get rid of some of those cigarette smokes by turning off those props that are not being used. Even if they are not being used by an actor. ;)
I didn't see any horses in this episode either... ;P
I'm looking forward to the next chapter as I have been intrigued by this series since I saw the trailer!

Posted on September 9, 2007
- artorious

This is a great opener. I loved the style and direction you went with this. This was a very well written story with good, strong characters.
The cast should be commended for their work. They did a great job of helping to make the characters come to life.
I loved your choice of music aswell as your editing and camera angles. This is a great piece of work that I think all will enjoy.

Posted on September 9, 2007
- sgporsche48

Well that was a fantastic supernatural-neo-noir. MefuneAkira IS John Noble. Great work on this. 6 months well worth it. Anxiously awaiting part two.

Posted on September 9, 2007