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Laika
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Video source:Believer
Music:Omri - Begin To Break
Genres:Drama / Action / Story / Character Profile / Psychedelic / Modern Alternative Rock
Contest: FocusCon 2020
Video parameters:1920x800 H264 (11439 kbps)
Audio parameters:AAC
Length:00:03:39
Comments:20  [ month: 1 ]
Downloads:126
on-line views:45
Date added:29.12.2020

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As the opportunity to join a new contest on creaspace arose, so did my desire to put out something really special this time around.

Thus came to be this insane ride alongside a few cops' frantic efforts to take down a certain drug lord only known by a cryptic "Mr Lee". Enthralled by their cause, they venture deep into the web of lies spanning from one corrupt middleman to another in the deadly waltz of drug trafficking, each step they take turning the screws of this story looser and looser every time. Add one faceless explosion survivor whose affection blurs the lines between business and family into the mix, and you're already dancing on the edge of the rails.

I therefore gracefully invite you to also step into this carefully arranged spectacle of limit-breaking, as Laika is bound to test your faith in what lies before your very eyes.

Outro track: Believer OST - Into Darkness
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MrAuditore - 24.02.2021 в 19:44  
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Написал t0m1k 14.01.2021 at 16:53

Wow, that was hell of a trip!
High quality work. Really impressive editing skills, interesting mv, nice sync and using effects, rare but well placed using sound effects. I can't say that I've managed to track the plot, I consider this work as a simple frames cut, yet it's not a disadvantage.
Really enjoyed the clip, despite I'm not a big fan of such movies. Good luck here, and I'd love to see more author's clips here)

Dunno how I've managed to miss your comment, but thank you very much!
MrAuditore - 14.01.2021 в 22:17  
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Написал Sham 14.01.2021 at 19:22

Смотрится легко и хорошо, хотя как по мне под конец не хватает динамики, может нойзов каких-то надо было накинуть, или что-то тому подобное, ну и может с ЦК стоило выжать что-то более атмосферное, а так понравилось, пересмотрел пару раз.

Alright, points taken! You make very good observations, as I should have had more impact in the ending perhaps, indeed. Thanks a lot though, glad you were able to enjoy this! (am a big fan of your work here too )
Sham - 14.01.2021 в 19:22  
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Смотрится легко и хорошо, хотя как по мне под конец не хватает динамики, может нойзов каких-то надо было накинуть, или что-то тому подобное, ну и может с ЦК стоило выжать что-то более атмосферное, а так понравилось, пересмотрел пару раз.
t0m1k - 14.01.2021 в 16:53  
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Wow, that was hell of a trip!
High quality work. Really impressive editing skills, interesting mv, nice sync and using effects, rare but well placed using sound effects. I can't say that I've managed to track the plot, I consider this work as a simple frames cut, yet it's not a disadvantage.
Really enjoyed the clip, despite I'm not a big fan of such movies. Good luck here, and I'd love to see more author's clips here)
MrAuditore - 13.01.2021 в 23:15  
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Написал SOLVEK5 13.01.2021 at 22:07

Greetings! To be honest, I did not immediately understand the meaning of the video, but gradually reviewing it over and over again and looking more closely, I began to notice those details that
began to appear in a single puzzle of this performance. Yes, in technical terms, also a test! Good luck!

Thank you! This truly is music to my ears, as it was my intention. There's much to find and interpret in this work, imo. So glad you were able to give it some meaning. I appreciate it.
SOLVEK5 - 13.01.2021 в 22:07  
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Greetings! To be honest, I did not immediately understand the meaning of the video, but gradually reviewing it over and over again and looking more closely, I began to notice those details that
began to appear in a single puzzle of this performance. Yes, in technical terms, also a test! Good luck!
MrAuditore - 12.01.2021 в 23:34  
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Написал Mark&Trailer 08.01.2021 at 07:26

That's simple.
Good editing = great video and a great sense of tempo. Keep it up!

Woah, thanks a lot! Happy you enjoyed the energy in it!
MrAuditore - 12.01.2021 в 23:33  
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Написал Madfield 08.01.2021 at 20:07

Все эти фишечки монтажные не могут не доставлять, да. М/в зачетное. Автор растет в техническом плане. Это хорошо. Но я не увидел ни драмы, ни истории, ни хоть сколько-нибудь связного повествования. Это плохо. 4.

Thanks a lot for the feedback! I did intend to show desperation and brutality in the last act of this video at least, all hopefully breaking off as a culmination of the tension built up all throughout, but I guess the direction I took towards getting more "style" points left me a bit open on this other side of story and drama, as I wanted to include this too, ultimately. Would extremely appreciate if you offered me more details on what I could have done better for next time, I am a big fan of yours!
MrAuditore - 12.01.2021 в 23:16  
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Написал Anejo 08.01.2021 at 13:27

Yeah I meant Korean drama movies, where most of the heroes looks like a fashion models or boysband members
That just breaks my suspension of disbelief for the plot and etc.
But sure I'm just biased on that, I can give that movie a try)


Да нормуль они в полном метре выглядят. В Корее как раз криминал - это топовый жанр в полном метре. Но такой c драмой 100% без стеба, типа "Карнавала бесчестия", не так весело, как у Японцев эпохи видеосалунов, чего мне часто и не хватает) У них там, в корейском криминале и и заросшие и небритые герои попадаются часто. Очень показательный в этом плане сериал "Голос"

Постер, конечно, подобран красиво, но это оригинальный постер с "Нарковойны", поменяли название. Думаю, автор особо этот факт не скрывал)

Если быть честными, то криминал а-ля экшен, про наркодилеров и боевку - то Китай тут явно больше дает поле для клипания. Корея - это все равно кровушка ради кровшуки и драма ради драмы. Если бы и взялась клипать, то только на Гонконг-Китай начиная с нулевых. А то вот опять же, какие-то герои излишне галмурны.


I just belive in Сhineeze action more, than in Korean. And yes, I prefer the original filmed in 2013. But still good presentation. Among weeknesses: some important frames were to short (for a story), instead of pointing characters (1:10), at the same time unimportant transitions like at 1:14 were too long. Why not to try moving here the hand of a cheracter with a burning paper in it? To many transitions making stress on directions are good at action, not story. And again in the ending: fast changing frames with the characters, and a very long frame with the house without any sutten meaning. I would prefer to see the face for a bit longer time with gradually lowering exposure. Etc

Good luck at cont)


Hey, thanks a lot for the feedback! I appreciate light & dark combos of feedback, because I can see what I did wrong without feeling too bad about the whole situation : p Again, I thank you all for commending my efforts in crafting something better each time.

In relation to the original Chinese movie, Drug War, I've gotta say that I haven't seen it; the reason I gave this movie a shot was because of my passion for Korean cinema, and in this case - the heavily stylized aspect of this movie, with everything simply being a colourful pool of chaos trying to sort itself out.

While I acknowledge your observations and agree with some of them, I still wish to voice my remarks in order to make my vision clearer. For example, the establishing shots for some of the characters could have indeed been a tad longer, yes, but in this particular case I just feel that such distant shots of either urban or natural protrusions such as that tall building (of whose kind I also used at 0:35 after the explosion scene) coupled with fading away vocals offer the feeling of incorporeality and eerie immateriality of such moments in a song, that leaves you just as breathless and sinks your spirit just as deep within your chest like actually being at the top of such a construction. But as you have carefully noted, a different scene could have worked in the place of the building at 1:14.

About the frantic transitions in the sequence after this building though, I actually meant it to be some sort of action-like piece of exposition, meant to showcase the preparations the characters made in order to reach their goal. I can agree that this might've been more focused on the scenes themselves and not on following the exact story, though I did intend to include enough clues for the purpose of telling the story.

But about the final shot, I left that on for so long in order to send some sort of message about the cyclical structure of the vid, that's returning to its previous set of exposition scenes, with the man travelling through the snowy land to reach that same house - with the difference that now his travel has a finality. Your idea was actually really cool though, as a fade of the last character's face through the house would've maybe managed to put more emphasis on this, as long as it didn't ruin the emphasis put on the gunshot.

All in all, I still hope I managed to offer a pleasant enough experience, and that you found some more valuable insight in viewing this work in my reply. Thanks again!
Madfield - 08.01.2021 в 20:07  
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Все эти фишечки монтажные не могут не доставлять, да. М/в зачетное. Автор растет в техническом плане. Это хорошо. Но я не увидел ни драмы, ни истории, ни хоть сколько-нибудь связного повествования. Это плохо. 4.
Anejo - 08.01.2021 в 13:27  
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Yeah I meant Korean drama movies, where most of the heroes looks like a fashion models or boysband members
That just breaks my suspension of disbelief for the plot and etc.
But sure I'm just biased on that, I can give that movie a try)


Да нормуль они в полном метре выглядят. В Корее как раз криминал - это топовый жанр в полном метре. Но такой c драмой 100% без стеба, типа "Карнавала бесчестия", не так весело, как у Японцев эпохи видеосалунов, чего мне часто и не хватает) У них там, в корейском криминале и и заросшие и небритые герои попадаются часто. Очень показательный в этом плане сериал "Голос"

Постер, конечно, подобран красиво, но это оригинальный постер с "Нарковойны", поменяли название. Думаю, автор особо этот факт не скрывал)

Если быть честными, то криминал а-ля экшен, про наркодилеров и боевку - то Китай тут явно больше дает поле для клипания. Корея - это все равно кровушка ради кровшуки и драма ради драмы. Если бы и взялась клипать, то только на Гонконг-Китай начиная с нулевых. А то вот опять же, какие-то герои излишне галмурны.


I just belive in Сhineeze action more, than in Korean. And yes, I prefer the original filmed in 2013. But still good presentation. Among weeknesses: some important frames were to short (for a story), instead of pointing characters (1:10), at the same time unimportant transitions like at 1:14 were too long. Why not to try moving here the hand of a cheracter with a burning paper in it? To many transitions making stress on directions are good at action, not story. And again in the ending: fast changing frames with the characters, and a very long frame with the house without any sutten meaning. I would prefer to see the face for a bit longer time with gradually lowering exposure. Etc

Good luck at cont)
Mark&Trailer - 08.01.2021 в 07:26  
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That's simple.
Good editing = great video and a great sense of tempo. Keep it up!
MrAuditore - 06.01.2021 в 23:54  
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Написал Samuel 05.01.2021 at 03:45

Yeah I meant Korean drama movies, where most of the heroes looks like a fashion models or boysband members
That just breaks my suspension of disbelief for the plot and etc.
But sure I'm just biased on that, I can give that movie a try)

Aaahhh, I see, hahah, well matter of fact, the pretty boy in this vid is actually a kpop star, so your guess was not that far from the truth BUT, despite his wooden performance from time to time, I still liked their attempts to display him as human-looking and vulnerable as possible, while maintaining his real role, that of the actual Mr Lee, the drug kingpin. Like he always looks worn out, exhausted, you can even see it in the poster. And the rest of the characters in this are downright off the charts in madness, it's just a great watch. So I hope you do give it a shot! Looking forward to your impressions! Also, it's a movie, not a series/drama, so you should be able to have fun while not having to invest yourself tooooo much.
MrAuditore - 06.01.2021 в 23:43  
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Написал OneStrangeMan 06.01.2021 at 08:16

Really good progress in editing since your last video here!Nice sync,sfx and overall quality of video.Good luck

Heeey, thanks a lot for the support! You guys are really pampering me this year; because I appreciate these words, especially when coming from such a sync-freak like you. Thanks a lot, best of luck to you too!
OneStrangeMan - 06.01.2021 в 08:16  
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Really good progress in editing since your last video here!Nice sync,sfx and overall quality of video.Good luck
Samuel - 05.01.2021 в 03:45  
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Написал MrAuditore 05.01.2021 at 02:19

What did you mean by "this kind of movies" though? Korean? Or stylized like this?

Yeah I meant Korean drama movies, where most of the heroes looks like a fashion models or boysband members
That just breaks my suspension of disbelief for the plot and etc.
But sure I'm just biased on that, I can give that movie a try)
MrAuditore - 05.01.2021 в 02:19  
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Написал Samuel 04.01.2021 at 15:16

Seriously, it's quite a progress, well done.
Even though I'm not a fan of that kind of movies it was interesting to me and looks good, gj.
p.s. That poster!

Woah! Extremely happy to have piqued your interest, Samuel! I had this idea brewing in my head ever since watching the trailers for this movie and the movie itself shortly after, so to put out something that's enjoyable to you guys too is making me beyond delighted!
p.s. It's half-official, sooo I only took inspo hahah, but thank you so much nonetheless!
p.p.s I really recommend watching this movie, it's extremely fun to watch in the most surprising of ways. What did you mean by "this kind of movies" though? Korean? Or stylized like this?
MrAuditore - 05.01.2021 в 02:16  
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Написал Илья Чижов 04.01.2021 at 11:19

Good thriller with good exposition and much better storytelling than in your previous job. It is a some kind of clip-trailer. After 2 minutes it is usually hard to stay focused on video but in this clip it is OK and i watched it till final titles. Good job! Your progress is nice!

I really appreciate your constant support all throughout my journey on this website, Ilya, so I'm glad to see your comment yet again! This is great news too, because I had a lot of fun editing this and am really proud of this combination.
Samuel - 04.01.2021 в 15:16  
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Seriously, it's quite a progress, well done.
Even though I'm not a fan of that kind of movies it was interesting to me and looks good, gj.
p.s. That poster!
Илья Чижов - 04.01.2021 в 11:19  
3 | 0
Good thriller with good exposition and much better storytelling than in your previous job. It is a some kind of clip-trailer. After 2 minutes it is usually hard to stay focused on video but in this clip it is OK and i watched it till final titles. Good job! Your progress is nice!


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