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Author Topic: Alien: Night Shift - 40th Anniversary Short Film  (Read 6004 times)



[cancerblack]
Apr 16, 2019, 08:10:24 AM
Reply #182 on: Apr 16, 2019, 08:10:24 AM
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People have always been offended by different things.

To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.



Listen to this man, he's older and wiser than the rest of you.



[cancerblack]
Apr 16, 2019, 08:18:03 AM
Reply #184 on: Apr 16, 2019, 08:18:03 AM
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Sorry, I replied from the previous page, didn't see your directive.


Highland
Apr 17, 2019, 02:09:12 PM
Reply #185 on: Apr 17, 2019, 02:09:12 PM
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Agree with most of the comments. They should have put a spotlight on the hugger then in spray paint a massive arrow and the words "face hugger" pointing right at it.

Sound issues, guy shoots the ceiling ? Space balls alien. Ending was decent.

Feel bad shitting on a short, but this one misses the mark by quite a bit. Looked nice mind you.


Huggs
Apr 17, 2019, 05:35:01 PM
Reply #186 on: Apr 17, 2019, 05:35:01 PM
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I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

It's really the only thing it did right.

Not everybody is an alien fan. For many people, it's just another horror franchise or an old movie. The shorts are meant for more than us, and if I wasn't a hardcore fan, I might not notice the hugger there until it was pointed out by the light. As a fan, I look for that stuff everywhere. The general public might not. So what leaps out at us, might blend just fine for others.

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ScaryMinds
Apr 17, 2019, 06:30:41 PM
Reply #187 on: Apr 17, 2019, 06:30:41 PM
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People have always been offended by different things.

To moan about it being new is laughable.  And to bandy around labels like "easily offended jizz buckets" when no one had mentioned anything about offense is a massive giveaway to say nothing of incredibly ironic.



Listen to this man, he's older and wiser than the rest of you.

And he's seen both Jism movies  :o

This one gave me one of those hmmm moments, the chestburster scene seemed very familiar and of a superior quality to the rest of the short, just saying.

Going against the general feeling here and stating the story line was excellent. We get the feeling the story is set in an ongoing narrative, stuff has happened previously and will happen after ... check. Shock ending ... check. Likeable lead character ... check. 

I'm perhaps more forgiving on these as the budget precludes the Oscar worthy cinematics some people are apparently expecting.


Voodoo Magic
Apr 17, 2019, 07:12:02 PM
Reply #188 on: Apr 17, 2019, 07:12:02 PM
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I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

Yes very tasteful. Not overpowering nor gratuitous, but possessing a unique post-life stature with the slightest hint of jasmine, olive and passion fruit, with just the right sprinkle of decay.


Huggs
Apr 17, 2019, 08:15:34 PM
Reply #189 on: Apr 17, 2019, 08:15:34 PM
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I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

Yes very tasteful. Not overpowering nor gratuitous, but possessing a unique post-life stature with the slightest hint of jasmine, olive and passion fruit, with just the right sprinkle of decay.

That was just exquisite.




Highland
Apr 17, 2019, 10:11:54 PM
Reply #192 on: Apr 17, 2019, 10:11:54 PM
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I thought the hugger shot was tastefully handled.

It's really the only thing it did right.

Not everybody is an alien fan. For many people, it's just another horror franchise or an old movie. The shorts are meant for more than us, and if I wasn't a hardcore fan, I might not notice the hugger there until it was pointed out by the light. As a fan, I look for that stuff everywhere. The general public might not. So what leaps out at us, might blend just fine for others.

It's a short film about Aliens. Even my mum would have spotted it. I thought the scene was framed just right, until the end.

You can do either, but not both. It either lingers off shot with just enough vagueness or you only catch it at the scene transition.



TC
Apr 18, 2019, 05:17:21 PM
Reply #194 on: Apr 18, 2019, 05:17:21 PM
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Alien: Night Shift

Cinematography 2/5
The version that is currently online is horribly dark but I’m guessing this is a colour grading issue, not the fault of the DP. By brightening it in VLC media player I got a more reasonable picture. The soft lighting is a very odd choice for a horror thriller, where harder lights with deep shadows is what you typically want for an edgy, tension-filled drama. The opening Springer/Rolly conversation at the computer terminal, where they put an additional overhead soft box, looks too toppy for my taste. It gives Rolly and Springer that sinister effect you see in The Godfather, which might have been useful for other characters, but not these ones. (Interestingly, once the crew got the soft box mounted over top they left it there permanently and tried to disguise it as part of the set - it has the “no smoking” sign on it). The trouble wth so much soft light is that it tends to spill everywhere, making it impossible to flag off the walls. And the effect of that was to give the entire room a higher-key look than they probably wanted. I wonder if they had the walls specially painted that dark grey to try to combat this. And that leads me to wonder if maybe the dark colour grade was intentional after all, in order to restore some creepy, dark corners to the picture; but if so all they proved was that you can’t simply crank down the brightness in post and expect to get well-exposed low-key lighting, after the fact.

Acting 3/5
I must admit, I got a bit annoyed with Welles’s street-slang method-mumble which I sometimes found unintelligible. Apart from that all the performances were good.

Production Design 3/5
I very much liked the alleyway prologue and the spaceship VFX in the background. The “moon shed” location was a good choice; imagine how bad it would have looked if it had been set in a standard rectangular room. My main complaint is that it wasn’t entirely convincing as a supply depot, more like a junk store.

Direction 2/5
Prologue worked well, except they should have revealed the face-hugger only at end of the scene, in the light from the spaceship. (It looks like in editing the director made a late decision to go with this approach by trying to conceal the face-hugger early on, with the subtitle placed over top of it.)

I wondered why the spaceship taking off was so silent - that was confusing - but now I think it being noiseless gave the scene an unsettling, ghostly effect.

I wasn’t impressed with the ending much. The climax of the story being conveyed by offscreen sound FX felt a bit too cheap (I’m talking about the xeno outbreak). It was something you’d only grudgingly accept in a stage play. It also happened rather abruptly. The outbreak needed to be foreshadowed far more strongly.

Story 2/5
Most often, in order to hold the audience’s attention, the main character needs to be powerfully motivated towards achieving some kind of goal. This needs to be signalled to the audience early on because it serves as the spine of the plot, taking us from the tale’s beginning to end. We know Harper is carrying a chestburster, and we want to see the inevitable happen, so there is some interest in that to keep us watching, but for 2/3rds of the film no one in the story is aware of the life and death stakes hidden in Harper’s chest and, in fact, no one is especially motivated by anything much. Welles is the only character driven by any kind of purpose and even then it’s only to score some booze for the night.

Since everyone is oblivious to the chestburster time-bomb that’s set to go off, the story really needs some other subplot  to drive the narrative forward and put characters in conflict. If I may be so bold, here’s how I would have rewritten the story:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Overall 2/5
I thought the music score was excellent. The sound design too. There were obvious technical problems with the post-sync dialogue, which I think can be traced back to the choice of the “moon shed” as their set. It gave all the production sound a metallic reverb which you can hear when Springer says to Welles, “Do you mind?” - probably one of the few bits of original production sound remaining. That must be why the dialogue was replaced. I also liked the chestburster effects, apart from the one shot where it runs at Rolly.

Some technical weaknesses, but mainly falls flat in the story.

TC

« Last Edit: Apr 19, 2019, 01:43:35 PM by TC »

 

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