Critics – Season Three


Critics Season 3 Webisode 7
Critics Season 3 Promo - Farewell
Critics Season 3 Webisode 6
Critics Season 3 Promo - Too Much Info
Critics Season 3 Webisode 5
Critics Season 3 Promo - Epic 2
Critics Season 3 Webisode 4
Critics Season 3 Webisode 3
Critics Season 3 Webisode 2
Critcs Season 3 Promo - Phil Storms off Set
Critics Season 3 Webisode 1
Critics Season 3 Promo - Epic


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185 Responses to “Critics – Season Three”

  1. Susan Rapp on October 19th, 2010 3:45 pm

    Thanks Guys ~ it’s going to be an insane season 3. Cheers (Twitter Hugs to you J), ~sue

  2. Susan Rapp on October 19th, 2010 3:46 pm

    Paul ~ Which part? Steve or Phil? Cheers, ~sue

  3. Susan Rapp on October 19th, 2010 3:47 pm

    Yes, those two are quite the handful. Thanks for your support + cheers, ~sue

  4. Susan Rapp on October 19th, 2010 3:48 pm

    Big thanks Jon Connor!! Miss you guys, ~sue

  5. Jakub Panik on October 21st, 2010 2:50 pm

    Brilliant… Nothing to say, just make the next episode already.

  6. Michael Buffa on October 21st, 2010 2:55 pm

    Wow! I was a bit worried what was to come after I saw the first two, but Vicky and Sam was amazing. This season starts off with a bang. High-fives all around!

  7. Philip Bloom on October 21st, 2010 2:57 pm

    I sound drunk!

  8. Nuno Rocha on October 21st, 2010 3:03 pm

    You got me for a minute man…
    Loved it, 
    Great show! :)

  9. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 3:42 pm

    Daniel ~ glad you enjoyed….but what is wiky? I feel stupid… ~sue

  10. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 3:43 pm

    I think you were drunk. Didn’t I make your cocktails? ~zapp

  11. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 3:44 pm

    Nuno…I know! That Philip Bloom is turning into quite the actor. Big congrats on an amazing film. Can’t wait to see what comes next. Cheers, ~Sue

  12. Philip Bloom on October 21st, 2010 3:45 pm

    he he! Did you really think I hated it? Even after I emailed you a couple of weeks back!?

  13. Philip Bloom on October 21st, 2010 3:46 pm

    oh my GOD I look like David Dickinson!! Google him…never going in the sun again!

  14. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 3:53 pm

    P ~ I thought that was fake-bake? Wait unitl the “Shower” promo comes out. ~zapp

  15. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 3:55 pm

    M ~ I know. I actually had to mute the first one after like 30 sec. We did end on a high note! Nuno rocks! As always, thanks for supporting our shows. Cheers, ~@zacuto_sue

  16. Gert Kracht on October 21st, 2010 3:56 pm

    Ok, the gloves are off! Critics Season 3! And I watched it on my Big Screen downstairs!
    First one: The creator of that movie owns me a new TV screen! My big screen went up in flames after the first ten seconds! I’m NOT going to watch it again. It gave me a double headache!

    Second one: Way too short. It felt like the whole story was broken down from a movie to a short. What a shame. Some shots were nice, but overall it’s incomplete.

    Thrid: Loved the story! Hated the ‘James Last music’. That was terrible. It could use a few more closeups from the people playing in it, to show their emotions.
    For instance: Mr. Montgomery Scott with the big gun in his face…I wanted to see him sweat! Nothing happened there! Some roles (like the guy with the gun) could have been played with a bit more ‘oemph!’ – he has to mean what he’s saying! He’s telling them to…SHUT UP! or else…
    Spray some water….use fake blood…whatever! Make it real! Still: great entertainment!

  17. Nuno Rocha on October 21st, 2010 4:20 pm

    Yes Philip, even after your email!…I don’t know, maybe you were just being nice!… Can’t believe I’m so naive sometimes…God I thought you were serious…lol
    I think I can cast you next time, hehe.

  18. Maik Thomas on October 21st, 2010 4:23 pm

    can´t wait for the next webisode … :-D

  19. Gert Kracht on October 21st, 2010 4:34 pm

    Shower promo? You mean Bloom and Weiss NAKED in a shower promo? Now that’s what I call desperate! :-)

  20. koen miseur on October 21st, 2010 4:49 pm

    Third story was amazing! Second video was ok but story was boring though some nice shots. I didn’t like this first one at all. 

  21. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 4:52 pm

    Crap. Did I say too much? You’ll have to wait and see Gert! ~z

  22. Rui Pinto on October 21st, 2010 4:54 pm

    Just loved this episode, but, what the f***, Philip…?! You just made me stop breathing when you started talking about Vicky & Sam!! Man… :-) As I am Portuguese, friend of Nuno, and also work at the local Zacuto’s dealer, I was really anxious for this critic. You really caught me (and everybody else, I believe).
    Congratulations Steve, Philip, and all the crew for another great episode! Cheers!

  23. Susan Rapp on October 21st, 2010 4:57 pm

    Jakub ~ thanks and I know Scott, Karen and Dan are working like maniacs to edit the next webisodes. Cheers, ~sue

  24. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2010 5:00 pm

    When that happened, I couldn’t believe it.   I totally was believing that Phil hated it.  My skin got hot, like my world didn’t make sense.  We are starting to find out that Mr. Bloom has acting skills well beyond what we thought.  He seriously could be an actor.  He certainly acts like a real critic ;-)

  25. Rui Pinto on October 21st, 2010 5:05 pm

    Hi Steve! He really tricked us all. Philp deserves an oscar!! Maybe Nuno and Victor can get him in their next movie as an actor! eh eheh

  26. Rob Imbs on October 21st, 2010 5:06 pm

    Steve is having so much fun!

    Television is a Drug: OMG, F-ing ruled! So my kind of thing, kinetic, fast editing, so simple, very well done. You guys are OLD, this is the ADD generation! ;D

    The Hard Road: Here’s my entire review – eh,.. nah… (were was the middle)?

    Vicky and Sam: 3 seconds in and out loud I’m saying “uhh beautiful, beautiful!” to the text in the black top. Proper use of a slider, well framed, I like where it’s going. Ya know what, I’m done, I’m 2 mins in, this rules. It’s a perfect example of why your rehearse.

    CREDITS: Hahha, “make me look sexy Daniel Skubal”

  27. Rui Pinto on October 21st, 2010 5:18 pm

    Well, I was watching it again, and you were realy frozen!! Philip got you just right… ;-)

  28. Laurens on October 21st, 2010 6:15 pm

    Amazing job Nuno! When is your next movie coming out ? :)

    Returning theme of the critics seems to be the story and script. Would be interesting to hear more critique on the filming itself. Critique being both positive and negative sense of course.

  29. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2010 9:50 pm

    Correct Laurens, it’s all about story and script.  My problem with indie film is that most of the films on the internet look incredible, that part we all have down.  Great camera moves no problem.  The places where I think the industry is lacking huge is in script, story and formula.  Sound is also a huge problem for me.  I can tolerate bad cinematography (I don’t love it) but I cannot tolerate a bad story, bad acting & bad sound.  Those are the elements that make a great film, nice picture and camera movement is a bonus.  

    P.S.  I make my living by the picture and camera part, so take my advice to heart and put your money into script doctoring, rehearsals & a good sound man.  I’m not saying not to focus on pictures, I would focus on all of it. 

  30. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2010 9:54 pm

    Agreed Rob, I was having fun.
    Also agree, best use of a slider and the lines Nuno is creating in his opening shot with the angle of Vicky and Sam and the angle of the bike coming in are elegant.  You know from the very first shot that this is going to be good.  When Nuno sent me his video and asked me to watch it, I had a smile on my face after I saw that first shot.  Nuno has tapped into the Hollywood formula style script with lots of great twists.  It worked because of why… it had a beginning, middle and end.  thank you!!

  31. Laurens on October 22nd, 2010 5:55 am

    To be fully clear, I do not disagree with what you are saying Steve. Just trying to learn as much as possible about all parts of the filmmaking. This series is great for that.

  32. Rob Imbs on October 22nd, 2010 12:31 pm

    It was an entire class above most things on vimeo.

  33. Anonymous on October 22nd, 2010 2:38 pm

    I have yet to watch season 3…please can you make your videos iPhone friendly? I edit most days, so my iPhone tends to be my casual viewing device. I can’t be the only one!! Will fire up the lappy in the meanwhile. Thanks for making such great shows. Adam

  34. Anonymous on October 22nd, 2010 3:10 pm

    G ~ sorry you are unable to watch the show from your iPhone. We will be posting this video on Vimeo on Wed next week here and I will announce it on Twitter @zacuto_sue. Hope that helps… ~sue

  35. Susan Rapp on October 22nd, 2010 3:13 pm

    G ~ Nope…’re still in trouble. ~sue

  36. Susan Rapp on October 22nd, 2010 3:14 pm

    Derek ~ really? I thought they were pretty 60’s vibe cool. I guess it’s different here on set. Cheers, ~sue

  37. Susan Rapp on October 22nd, 2010 3:16 pm

    Kevin ~ I thought you would like the “Kevin Shahinian Z-Kudos Z-Ward” mention by Steve Weiss! Did you also like the look on Phil’s face? It was great seeing you and you need to come back to ChiTown soon! Hugs, ~sue

  38. Susan Rapp on October 22nd, 2010 3:18 pm

    Wow Rob ~ you are such a freak of nature to love “Televison is a Drug” or maybe, you are like one of the only peeps who totally gets it. See you in Twitterville and it was great having you on set for BTS. Cheers, ~Sue

  39. Sean Christopher Vergara on October 22nd, 2010 11:57 pm

    This has to be the best critics video….the “Vicky and Sam” bar has been raised.

  40. Susan Rapp on October 23rd, 2010 10:51 am

    Sean ~ like the [ critics ] said, everything else will be compared to this. I totally agree with you and Nuno deserves all the recognition for “Vicky and Sam.” Cheers, ~sue

  41. Pete Lee on October 23rd, 2010 1:04 pm

    Hi, is the submission process closed?  I must not be good at site searches or reading fine prints ’cause I can’t find any instruction regarding the process.  thanks.

  42. Scott Lynch on October 25th, 2010 12:50 pm

    Hi Pete, 
    The submission process for Season 3 ended on September 10th. Keep watching though, we will probably ask for submissions for Season 4.

    Zacuto Video Producer 

  43. Luke Bradley Francis on October 25th, 2010 11:39 pm

    I would like to thank the both of you for the review on “Vicky and Sam”, Mr. Bloom had me worried there for a minute!
    My name is Luke and I played “Mike” the lead character in the film!
    Thank you

    -Luke Bradley Francis

  44. Susan Rapp on October 26th, 2010 10:59 am

    Luke ~ Amazing job on “Vicky and Sam” and all of you + Nuno deserve all the recognition you’ve been getting. Keep in touch. Cheers, ~sue

  45. Josh D on October 27th, 2010 12:10 pm

    #1 is yes, too long.  The editing is great, the monologue content is also really good.  The idea is good, but I feel that television is no longer the culprit- it’s media in general.  The internet (ha ha, what we’re doing now!), tv/cable, movies, it’s all trying to get your attention.  This piece would’ve been cooler 5 years ago- or more.

    #2 has no story.  The shooting is okay, but uninspired.  The acting is wooden.  The biker gang boss looks like someone just trimmed his beard- a little too metro…  The tough guy biker isn’t tough enough- tattoos, but at no time did he look rugged…  Watch him walk into the house, or park the bike- he’s not an experienced motorcyclist (or doesn’t come across as one here).  The guy on the couch is not convincing at all.  The girl on the phone is also not convincing.  Resources galore, though!  You guys did an excellent job with the resources and costumes…  A missed opportunity.

    #3 a short about making a short.  Someone punch me in the face.  We all hate movies about making movies.  They’re lame.  Well shot, though.  Oh, and it’s also about ten minutes too long.

  46. Steve Weiss on October 27th, 2010 11:36 pm

    Excellent performance Luke

  47. Dale Kamp on November 1st, 2010 11:35 am

    I loved Vicky and Sam by Nuno Rocha! Thanks for helping me discover it.

  48. Susan Rapp on November 1st, 2010 11:48 am

    Dale ~ Glad you were able to discover Nuno Rocha here!! I think we can expect a lot of amazing things from him in the future. Cheers, ~sue

  49. Susan Rapp on November 1st, 2010 11:49 am

    Olivier ~ As always, thanks for the support of the show and now you can get caught up on the other seasons of [ critics ]. See you in Twitterville, ~sue

  50. Gary Nadeau on November 1st, 2010 5:47 pm

    I love the amped up production value of this season. Really enjoyed Vicky and Sam from the minute Vicky and Sam entered the Diner. Great Job Steve and Philip. Hats off to you Mr. Rocha.

  51. Susan Rapp on November 2nd, 2010 10:38 am

    Gary ~ Yes, the amp up was one of our fav parts and Scott Lynch is amazing with Trailers!! Did you like our new set too? Glad you enjoyed the first show, we always appreciate your imput. Hope all is well,  ~sue

  52. Anonymous on November 5th, 2010 9:10 am

    Hey Steve, any chance you and phil could do an imdb-style chart list of ‘top movies’ so giving entries a score in different categories i.e story, framing, editing, direction etc to give an overall rating. I think this would make it more accessible and a useful tool for us guys to improve. Cheers, Ross

  53. Anonymous on November 6th, 2010 8:50 pm

    Thank you very much Sue! It ‘s a real pleasure to support Zacuto!!!! See you in Twitterville! ;) Oli

  54. Anonymous on November 15th, 2010 1:24 pm

    great tache Dave

  55. Philip Bloom on November 15th, 2010 1:29 pm

    I could smell this promo

  56. Rob Imbs on November 15th, 2010 1:50 pm


  57. Susan Rapp on November 15th, 2010 1:53 pm

    Rob ~ Yes….no body doubles were used in the making of this promo. You were there!!! ~sue

  58. Susan Rapp on November 15th, 2010 1:54 pm

    Phil ~ that’s gross. ~zapp

  59. Paul Treacy on November 16th, 2010 9:35 am

    Vicky & Sam. Very interesting. Enjoyed it. But the Scottish accent was dreadful. 

  60. Susan Rapp on November 16th, 2010 11:28 am

    Paul ~ Glad you enjoyed…but I think the accent is real?? Cheers, ~sue

  61. Sven on November 16th, 2010 8:00 pm

    He gives Glasgow as his hometown, so there should be a wee bit of Scot in him :-)

  62. Rob Imbs on November 18th, 2010 4:15 pm

    SS trailer: Totally agree with you both, sound design and screen direction sepeartes the men from the boys. And those VFX are perfect, because you don’t even know it’s an effect.  
    THE GIRL ON THE WALL: Interesting concept, nice wipe transtition, editng was meh, acting wasn’t great, rather heavy on the F-words, kinda boring. Oh the ending was cute…but the story was kind of weak.  
    Blood in the Sand: I had to fast forward about half way through. I think that sometimes you have to make something graphic to get people’s attention and force the issue. I don’t think it was particlarly well cut, but I excused it because it was a doc. I don’t expect doc to have high production value.  
    I want a T-shirt that says “Make me look sexy Danile Skubal” ;D

  63. Susan Rapp on November 18th, 2010 5:01 pm

    Rob ~ thanks for the insight and comments. I think Ronin’s film is beyond amazing and to me, it could really be a contender for the Oscars. As for “Blood in The Sand,” I too had trouble getting through it and Christina actually had to leave the room. On a more happy note, I want a T-Shirt that says” “Make Me Look Sexy Daniel Skubal!.” Cheers, ~sue

  64. Richard Fiander on November 18th, 2010 6:03 pm

    What happened to Phil’s moustache?

  65. Susan Rapp on November 18th, 2010 6:18 pm

    Richard ~ His MO is for Movember only! Cheers, ~sue

  66. Gert Kracht on November 18th, 2010 6:26 pm

    SS Trailer – What a great motion tracking, special effects and keying used in that film! Brilliantly done! I would love to see a ‘making off’ when they have finished the actual movie. The work really deserves it!
    I really want to know which software he used!

    Girl on the wall – Not a strong story, but the animation was done well.

    Blood in the Sand – About the bull fighting: It’s very cruel (most of the swords have a ring on the tip so the sword doesn’t kill the bull). Killing an animal for amusement is wrong.
    About the Doc: I would have loved to hear the whole story. The matadores and people who organise these events. Put them in front of the camera and ask them what they love about killing the animal. (Maybe not ask them like that….but maybe you should!) Anyway: this is the year 2010 and I would love to see people stop these ‘sports’.
    About the cut: Re-Cut the whole movie. Make it shorter. More dramatic. Show the pain. It’s there, so strong!

  67. Zacuto on November 18th, 2010 6:28 pm

    On Nov 18, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Echo wrote:

  68. Susan Rapp on November 18th, 2010 6:33 pm

    Gert ~ Yes…we are all blown away by Ronin’s talent and just wait until you see his short film. Thanks for your comments on “Blood in The Sand” ~ it was hard to get through. Hope all is well my favorite Dutch Pirate!! ~ sue

  69. Francis Coral - Mellon on November 18th, 2010 7:18 pm

    Dunno if you should have showed the bull fighting one. Its a bit much. He could have got his point across without as much blood, In this case quite a few people will just feel sick and not watch the whole thing. Probably blocking the actual point out of their mind.

    The other two were fantastic. The first one especially. The third one ruined them for me :( I still feel sick.

  70. Rob Imbs on November 19th, 2010 9:37 am

    I think I’d officially be a stalker if I made a Daniel Skubal shirt, since I alraady have a custom made zacuto tee…

  71. Axel Cipollini on November 20th, 2010 5:39 pm

    Thanks For the critics.
    Yes, Blood in the sand is hard to see, and I can assure you it was even harder to shoot and to edit.
    But that’s all. Before to listen to the bullfighting supporters or the animalists you have to have the courage to watch what’s bullfighting if you want to have an opinion about. And it’s very rare to see what’s the reality of corridas world.

  72. Steve Weiss on November 27th, 2010 11:02 pm

    Look Francis, everyone knows i can’t stand blood or violence but I felt it necessary to put this video in the show so people can really see what this is all about.  Many people did not realize that they kill the bulls, I didn’t. Even know i felt the film could have been better, it can cause change and that’s why I felt it needed to be seen.

  73. on December 2nd, 2010 4:22 pm

    Hi i’m a portuguese filmmaker and i would like very much to share my short film with you here is the link ->
    If you have the time just leave some feedback about the film, thank you all very much

    Chico Alice Peres

  74. Lawrence McGovern on December 2nd, 2010 11:33 pm

    really enjoyed this episode, the standard of videos you’re reviewing this season seem a real step up to my amateur eyes! 

  75. Steve Weiss on December 3rd, 2010 12:55 am

    We don’t really pic content just because it’s good.  If we did that we wouldn’t have much to say.  We sometimes pick content because we think it’s a good example of something that with a little help it could be much better and we offer that little help.  Or sometimes we pick content because it’s controversial or just fun to watch.  It’s important to me to create a show that is entertaining and informative.  Like our tag line:  an eclectic mix of personalities, perspectives and laughter.

  76. Susan Rapp on December 3rd, 2010 12:23 pm

    Axel ~ Once again, thanks for having the courage to make a film like this. I was just talking to Steve about your film. Although it’s very hard to watch, I think that bringing the reality of bull-fighting to our attention and getting the conversation started is a good thing. Cheers, ~sue

  77. Susan Rapp on December 3rd, 2010 12:30 pm

    Francis ~ I know how you feel and my assistant ran out of the office because she could not view the bull-fighting film. I too did not think we should include it due to the horrific nature of bull-fighting. As Steve said, I didn’t know that they kill the bull and I’ve heard from many of our other viewers that they were not aware of the tradition either. However, now after the conversation is starting, I’m glad we included this short film in our show because it is getting people talking and bringing attention to the cruel nature of this “sport” which as Axel pointed out…”it’s not a sport…but a slaughter.” Thanks for watching our show, ~sue

  78. Steve Weiss on December 16th, 2010 10:33 am

    You film is very impressive.  Dark and scary.  The lighting is extremely well done.  Shots, framing, screen direction also very well done.  Good job with the story.  All in all, extremely well done piece.

  79. Nate Morguelan on December 16th, 2010 2:50 pm

    Hey Steve, Phil (and the crew),

    First off, I love Critics. It is an excellent series that offers a lot to learn from concerning both what is good and bad. This episode was wonderful as usual.

    Anyway, I’m a Kentucky filmmaker and have just finished s short that I was rather proud of. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind taking a look at it and letting me know your thoughts.

    It would be an honor. Thank you so much for your time.

    “I Once Was Lost”

  80. Anonymous on December 22nd, 2010 2:25 am

    hi steve,

    is the third season gonna be available on itunes?

  81. Susan Rapp on December 22nd, 2010 11:52 am

    G ~ at this time, we will not be uploading our videos to iTunes. You can watch all of our web shows here on our site, on Vimeo, and on 12 other video sites. Hope that helps and feel free to email me with questions Cheers, ~sue

  82. Steve Weiss on December 26th, 2010 12:44 pm

    Very impressive. Especially for filming in 100 hours.
    I like the effect of hearing the female OCN while we are seeing the story of the man. Very effective. Well shot, edited, spec. Efx all great.

  83. Dan Newman on January 5th, 2011 1:31 am

    Hey Steve (and crew),

    I just was looking to get feedback on a short I filmed a couple months back. I just stumbled upon the “critics” series and really loved what you guys are doing, helping young filmmakers and entrepreneurs all around! 

    The short film I conjured, “exit”, was created, shot, and edited within a 10 hour time period on a $0 budget. There were two people on set, one being myself. I’d love to hear your feedback! Heck, see my short on a webisode ;)

    exit -

    Thanks Steve!


  84. Steve Weiss on January 13th, 2011 11:03 pm

    I checkout out some all of your work on Vimeo.  I like the progression you are making toward you latest work.  Exit scared the shit out of me, you know how I feel about violence.  Your cinematography looks good, sound is good.  I like to see you do more storytelling.  Work on screen direction and framing too.  Keep me updated with your work.  

  85. Rob Imbs on January 19th, 2011 5:31 pm

    The ending is the best!

  86. Susan Rapp on January 20th, 2011 1:29 pm

    Totally. It’s great that we leave the cameras rolling during pretty much the whole show. Cheers, Sue

  87. koen miseur on January 20th, 2011 6:01 pm

    3th story was incredible!

  88. Susan Rapp on January 21st, 2011 10:42 am

    Koen ~ Yes, one of my favorite films on the web. Make sure to check out his other films: Alex Amengual. Cheers, ~sue

  89. Brian Carey on January 22nd, 2011 3:07 pm

    Loved the “Human Connection” video!

  90. Susan Rapp on January 22nd, 2011 3:33 pm

    Thanks Brian ~ it’s one of my favs too. Cheers, ~sue

  91. Ethan on January 22nd, 2011 11:36 pm

    Does anybody else find it ironic that while Steve is saying there were no unnecessary camera movements in Intercanvi the camera is quite unnecessarily revolving around the two?

  92. Steve Weiss on January 23rd, 2011 1:04 am

    I wouldn’t say that, as director, that is my favorite shot.  That movement at eye level draws you into the conversation and allows you to shift from one speaker to the next.  I’m afraid it’s a signature move of mine and you’ll see it in all of my shows and works.  In this video I directed from 1986 when moving around the models I do the very same move.  Sorry, I love it and it’s what makes me, me.  Every director has a look and my belief is you should stick with it instead of trying to re-invent yourself.

    P.S. there were no unnecessary camera moves in Intercanvi, meaning that the ones that were done were brilliant and in that drama drew you into the action of the scene.  Especially the one push in through the doorway with the woman on the terrace.  

  93. Mandy Rogers on January 23rd, 2011 2:18 pm

    Hairy car was strange! I must be an idiot like Steve as i did not get it at first either! I absolutely love Intercanvi; fantastic story.

  94. Cathal Hegarty on January 26th, 2011 6:04 pm

    Well I didn’t care too much for the first 2 films, but from the second I clicked that play button on ‘Intercanvi’ It had me fixated, beautiful story telling, shots were excellent in my opinion, I can’t really fault it.. it wasn’t necessary to understand the dialogue at all and in the end it doesn’t even need any explaining, the visuals give a clear understanding, this is fantastic film making.. clearly now one of my favorite shorts on vimeo

  95. Gary Nadeau on January 27th, 2011 12:24 am

    Thanks for another great episode Z people.
    I personally really enjoy the idea of 3d. I still get giddy every time I put on the glasses. But I usually end up disappointed… unless it’s animated. Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon were amazing 3d experiences for me. I can’t wait to see how it develops in the next decade. 

  96. Andrew Howe on January 27th, 2011 6:11 pm

    I am a 3D skeptic and I hate the anaglyph style but I donned my Spy Kids 3D paper glasses.  To be fair, right now its the only way to mass distribute 3D and I think it was central to the concept.  I thought the graphic were impressive and the saturation & convergence issues were probably limitations of the medium.  There were touches I love like the digital litter but I agree with the guys otherwise. I think there is scope for a really interesting piece of future gazing or social commentary with the right story and better sound design.

    I didn’t see an ad coming on the second film and laughed at the joke although probably laughed more at Phil’s look to the crew.  You are brave man to leave that one in Mr Weiss – good on ya sir!

    The third one I had seen before, was it one of Steve’s picks?  Really enjoyed seeing it again.  Whilst I get Phil’s point (I have noticed a similar issue with my own viewing habits), I vote with Steve on this one.  I think the pacing was right.  The old man’s character was all about patience, precision and deliberation.  Things moved faster when only the girl was on screen.  Only when she has her realisation do things slow down with the long and rather lovely door shot.  I wonder what the
    intention was for this piece.  Its long for a commercial and sometimes the low dialogue is a deliberate where the audience is likely to be outside the country of origin. 

  97. Susan Rapp on January 27th, 2011 6:26 pm

    Andrew ~ thanks for your comments and great critique of our critics show! Yes, we all laugh at Steve when he doesn’t get it or it takes awhile for him to get it. It’s a pretty fun set to be around. Yes you are right, Intercanvi by Alex Amengual was a previous Steve’s Pick. The next [ critics ] webisode is on Feb 16th. See you then. Cheers, ~sue

  98. Susan Rapp on January 27th, 2011 6:29 pm

    Hey Gary ~ Yes, I heard Tangled was fabulous!! I love how you get giddy for 3D…it was hard for me to get into (since I don’t own the glasses). Great to hear from you, make sure to always send me your new projects and see you in Twitterville. Hugs, ~Sue

  99. Susan Rapp on January 27th, 2011 6:31 pm

    Cathal ~ I totally agree with you on “Intercanvi” ~ it was a beautiful story…beautifully told and no translation (dialogue) needed. Thanks for watching the shows. Cheers, ~sue

  100. Steve Weiss on January 28th, 2011 9:30 am

    Someone claims it’s an actual commercial for stopping development of a building project on that beach.

  101. Ricky Norris on January 31st, 2011 10:41 pm

    Id love to hear your feedback!

    Thank you

  102. claudioagmfilho on February 2nd, 2011 11:48 pm


    Great episode you guys…

    I am from Brazil in South America, and I just love Phil and You when you guys are together on this program…
    Its great, I feel like watching this gives us some sense of literary, artistic, musical and video directing, how it all works, a sense of critic if you will…

  103. Steve Weiss on February 3rd, 2011 10:54 am

    Thanks Claudio

  104. Andrew Sampson on February 6th, 2011 3:15 am

    I do like the dolly-around camera movement as well, but you should figure out some way to prevent having the subject obscured for so long. In the particular shot that Ethan was referring to, we’re looking at the back of Phil’s head for like 3 or 4 seconds while you’re talking. Kind of distracting. And the fact that you’re talking about unnecessary camera moves at the same time draws even more attention to it. 
    Maybe just tell the camera operator to move a little more quicky whenever Phil comes between you and the camera, for instance. Or just don’t cut to that angle until it’s past Phil. 

  105. Steve Weiss on February 7th, 2011 11:24 am

    Very impressive.

  106. Paul Treacy on February 7th, 2011 6:47 pm

    Have to disagree with Philip on the last film. I was making pancake mixture for tomorrow’s breakfast when this came up. I was standing in the kitchen watching this on a small MacBook and I think it’s a masterstroke of filmmaking. Not too slow at all. Pure poetry. I’m sure had I watched it on a big screen spralled out on a comfy sofa it would have been no more delicious as a film. 

  107. Kevin on February 11th, 2011 12:29 pm

    Looking forward to this!!!

  108. Susan Rapp on February 11th, 2011 1:02 pm

    Thanks Kevin ~ next [ critics ] season 3 webisode is Wed Feb 16th. See you soon in Chicago or NAB! Cheers, ~sue

  109. Susan Rapp on February 11th, 2011 1:10 pm

    Paul ~ I totally agree. Beautiful film…poetic pace. It’s one of those films that stays with me for a long time. And it’s always okay to disagree with Phil. Thanks for your comments and next show is Wed Feb 16th. You can see a sneek peek at the next 3 films to be critqued on the “Fashion Statements” trailer above. Cheers, ~Sue

  110. Andrew Howe on February 16th, 2011 3:52 pm

    The First Days Of Spring Teaser didn’t quite grab me although there were parts I really liked but I have the same reservations as the guys.  I think it gets caught a little from being too long for a teaser and too abstract to be a trailer.

    I loved Nuit Blanche. I loved the look and concept.  When the slomo sequence started I did think water splash and wine glass were a bit cliched but I have am speculating that was deliberate to throw you off track for what happened after that.  I loved that they ignored physics and left them in a shower of glass.  It seemed to add to the power of the moment.

    Small Pleasures I think was beautifully made and well acted and though I knew something was coming i didn’t guess what.  Knowing the end you see each of the pleasures in a different light.  However, I think the real issue using this construct is that you are probably less likely to re-watch than a more traditional structure.

  111. Susan Rapp on February 16th, 2011 4:20 pm

    Hey Andrew, I also loved Nuit Blanche by Arev Manoukian and the old hollywood symbolism (I wish men still wore hats + suits) and as a non-confessed hopeless romantic, I liked the idea of taking a chance encounter with a perfect stranger and crashing into love. For Small Pleasures, after learning the ending…I actually had to go back and watch again to really get the point. Thanks for watching. Cheers, ~sue

  112. Rob Imbs on February 16th, 2011 4:42 pm

    The First Days Of Spring Teasaer: Alright, there’s a guy putting on a tie at a table. Oh look at that, crazy set design, is that the pay off? Is this supposed to be funny? I don’t understnad what’s going on. I feel like I’m being mean…

    Nuit Blanche: Seen in, love it, amazing! The BTS of Nuit Blanche is even better! It’s so much more than you even think when you understand how every shot was carefully conceived and executed.

    Small Pleasures: Very well done and written, it got a little reptitive but the pay off that he was blind wrapped it all up nicely. Very nice short film, nice little story, it made me feel happy to be human.

    I like that term, “snip happy”.

  113. Susan Rapp on February 16th, 2011 4:54 pm

    Oh Rob ~ you always make me laugh and “snip happy” sounds kinda wrong? Yes, Nuit Blanche is quite magical and makes me believe in love + chance encounters; while Small Pleasures helps us to understand the human conditon and maybe we should stop complaining that we don’t have an iPad or a 52″ plasma screen TV. Life goes by in moments…and that’s all we get. As always, thanks for your comments and see you soon at NAB! Cheers, ~Sue

  114. Gary Nadeau on February 16th, 2011 5:11 pm

    Gary Nadeau 
    Great banter as always. You guys should do a live show w. audience at next years vimeo awards or at NAB. I can imagine Steve counting the yay or nay hands in the crowd.     
    As for the films. Nuit Blanche is visually fantastic. Great job. So ambitious.    
    Small Pleasures. Also beautifully done. I would like to see less narration and more of a narrative. Do you know what I mean? Love the twist. It has the feel of the Belgian film Eighth Day by Jaco Van Domael – which I highly recommend – if you haven’t seen already!ème_jour

  115. Alex Amengual on February 16th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Hi Everyone, I’m the DP from the third film, ‘Intercanvi’ (means exchange). Thanks for such great support; it’s meant a lot to me to read all these comments and for Steve to have selected the film amongst his top 10.

    It was my first time making a short after 20 years as a photographer, so I’m looking forward to putting into practice the MANY lessons learned in this experience as I’m drawn more and more into the world of moving images.

    I have to give absolute credit to the great direction of Toni Bestard who is just shooting his first feature and I believe will succeed as a great new Spanish Director. He had a clear and beautiful vision and he both directed me very specifically as well as left me the freedom to create the ilustration I wanted to his story; the perfect balance. I also had the support and vast experience of friend and filmmaker Hans Hansen, and super-gaffer Javier Catalan.

    FYI the film was comissioned by a local political organisation to promote the restoration of the bay-front of Palma Beach, but they gave Toni extreme freedom in how he expressed the concept through a simple, emotive story of past meeting future. We had a minimal budget and it was shot in two days. The dolly on the beach was an old thing and using a 200mm lens we couldn’t get rid of the wobble, it should have been fixed in post, but it was done by a separate company and they didn’t. Some shots in the beach show a very high shutter speed; someone dropped the only ND filter we could find on the island and it broke… shit happens. The language is Mallorquin – the local dialect of Catalan in Mallorca – the text when the girl appears says “one year later” and the guy says “the photo you saved will go here”, then she says “can I ask you a favor?”

    Thanks again for all the appreciation. I am now in NY shooting a teaser for a feature which I hope to be shooting next year. Thanks Philip and Steve for promoting the use of these amazing new tools which have put cinema into so many new talented hands,


  116. Alex Amengual on February 16th, 2011 8:32 pm

    Hi Paul, personally I like more action, but this story needed to be told this way. The director had a very clear message which needed stillness and quiet to be felt emotionally rather than pushed. In followup to Philip’s comments, I agree – the web and also games have made for a much faster energy in visual language, but that is also why I think this is like a break from all that and a return to a peaceful place of more gentle, pure visual storytelling.

  117. Alex Amengual on February 16th, 2011 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much Cathal!

  118. Alex Amengual on February 16th, 2011 8:33 pm

    I was lucky to get to put pictures to that story! Thanks!

  119. Alex Amengual on February 16th, 2011 10:02 pm

    he he, see my note above – it was actually to promote a huge renovation project, but in the end it turned out to be another political scam and didn’t happen. At least it got our little film made!

  120. Susan Rapp on February 17th, 2011 11:14 am

    Alex ~ Once again, congrats on a beautiful film and I keep hearing that some photographers make the best cinematographers because they understand framing and lighting, etc. Also, thanks for the back story on the film and the Mallorquin translation. I want to go back to Barcelona and come over to Mallorca (one of these days). Good luck on your shoot in NYC and keep us updated on all your future projects. Cheers, ~sue @zacuto_sue

  121. Gert Kracht on February 17th, 2011 6:05 pm

    The fist time I watched this episode I fell asleep with the laptop on top of me in my bed. The combination of the first film and me being very tired worked perfectly.

    Now I don’t want to be rude. I actually was very tired, but the whole thing was way to slow and still is. I absolutely didn’t get the message. So, it does not work as a teaser. So: keep it short and wake up the audience with a clear message!

    The second movie I watched tonight. Brilliantly made! Very very nice effects. Maybe a bit too slow, but still the message is clear. Nothing stands in the way of love. Allthough I don’t recommend running accross the street bumping in to cars like that, nor run through glass. This is a pretty nice clip. But, I don’t think I would watch a 1.5 hour version of it. Very nice work!

    Small Pleasures is a diamond. Great story. Not too long at all. It shows the things we often forget in our life. The simple things, like enjoying the smell of a cake or fresh coffee….one of those moments made me realise I had to enjoy more out of life. Simply by taking a day off from work, take a bike and drive around…enjoy nature, make photo’s and video….go for a walk or drink at a cafe at the beach. Oh, and that smell of the apple pie with cream on top combined with the chocolate milk or tea. Just by closing my eyes I can relive those moments. That’s why I simply love this movie. It remembers me of the important things. Simply brilliant!

    Steve, you are a true Jedi Master. And Philip knows….that’s why he is teasing you constantly.

    P.S. My laptop is fine and I woke up early this morning. I passed my examn ‘Prince 2 Foundation’. ;)

  122. Steve Weiss on February 17th, 2011 10:06 pm

    Wow, great having you on the site Alex.  I really loved your film.  My favorite shot is the push in (felt like a dolly shot) when you see the girl on the balcony and the camera starts from inside the house.  What a creative story for what is essentially a corporate video.  thanks for filling us in with the sub-titles, I’m going to re-watch it I think that changes some of the meaning for me.

    Great work.  You are in my top 10 on the internet.  High honors to you Alex.
    Keep sending me your new works.

  123. Steve Weiss on February 17th, 2011 10:08 pm

    Thank god they didn’t ruin that beautiful beach.

  124. Susan Rapp on February 18th, 2011 11:24 am

    Gert ~ as always, thanks for your comments and critque. I totally agree with you on the first film/teaser and as Steve Weiss often says “I don’t get it.” It’s funny that you mentioned you would not be able to watch a full feature film of Nuit Blanche – is that just because of the slow-mo? Sara and I were watching it again and we both said we wish they would make a movie because we didn’t want the “story” to end. I also like the symbolism of the “crashing” into love both through the window and in the street. Yes, so many great things to say about Small Pleasures and we take so many moments for granted. See you in Twitterville, ~Sue

  125. Steve Weiss on February 18th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Sorry kids, that was just a video to show off some wonderful cinematography and special effects Nuit Blanche, it could in no way be a feature, that would require an entire script and story, then you could not use the special effects as often (we would get tired of it).  I think this was made more of as a demo.

  126. Susan Rapp on February 18th, 2011 1:09 pm

    Steve ~ but it’s such a beautiful love story?? Plus, I miss men wearing hats + suits!! It could be like “Closing Doors” how each of their lives unfold had they met or have never met. Can we make that? ~z

  127. Steve Weiss on February 18th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Sure, with a script you can tell that story.  But that’s the age old problem with every story.  The script of this concept of love at first sight has been made a million times and will be made a million more.

  128. Andrew Howe on February 18th, 2011 4:21 pm

    A laptop that passes exams for you while you sleep, where can I get one of those Gert?  If you were doing Prince I understand why you felt sleepy ;)

    If you watch the BTS for Nuit Blanche and you see how much work goes into creating the environment for the characters you realise what a massive undertaking that feature would be.  There is a great quote from Gareth Edwards (who made the film “Monsters”) after a career in VFX.  He said it was hard to get over how much easier it was to just film things.  He said he kept thinking “Wow this realtime rendering is brilliant!”

  129. Susan Rapp on February 18th, 2011 5:09 pm

    Hey Andrew ~ love that quote!! And it was me that wants to see this as a feature. Not so much for the special effects, but more so for the story. I was hoping I would grow out of being a hopeless romatic…but I guess not. Thanks for your comments + have a fun weekend, `Sue

  130. Aldis Lapiņš on February 19th, 2011 3:57 pm

    The first clip i think was a music video for some album not movie trailer. I agree that lip sync was not good, because it was too obvious, but can you judge for that if it wasn’t suppose to be. Sometimes in music video where main character isn’t a real song performer it is acceptable.

  131. Anonymous on February 24th, 2011 3:18 pm

    quero video em portugues como usar ag 40

  132. Paul Treacy on March 3rd, 2011 8:26 am

    Philip, I’m a big admirer but your overuse of the f word is substantially more childish than Steve’s outfit. It’s unpleasent and immature. What’s the point? 

  133. Ben Shmulevitch on March 7th, 2011 4:28 pm

    The phantom demo looked amazing. I’d love to see a DP have a go with it a little on a feature. 

    But this has been bugging me… in the ‘Fashion Statements’ Promo… what’s the track in the background?

  134. Gert Kracht on March 16th, 2011 7:58 pm

    There are many different ways to tell a story. I watched the movie ‘The Horse Whisperer’ last weekend. Now that’s a love story well told, combined with very beautifull camerawork.
    No special effects or slow motion stuff to tell a story. Just the best camerawork you can get. Closeups of the eyes….sounds so well combined….the colors….very nice work done there.
    I miss those movies in the theatre. Many of the modern movies burst out in special effects or way too much moves. It distracts the audience from the real story.

    Love stories are as old as we walk on this earth. We tell them from person to person or people write them down because they are special and want to share them with the world.
    Only a few can translate these stories in to a very good film. Often the stories are transformed in to a overwhelming series of fast (or slow) scenes and effects which do not add anything to the real story.

    As a demo it’s nice to watch Nuite Blanche because of the 3D effects. They are very nicely made and great quality. But as a love story I prefer the real world thing. As it should be. Maybe with a tiny little bit of slow motion at the right moments to stretch it. But they also can ask the actors to slow down so Sue and all the womans of the world can enjoy the story a little bit longer.

    Compare it with a very well written book. You begin to read it and don’t want to stop until you reached the last page of the book. A perfect mix of a story and the imagination of the reader are the best mix you can have. Same goes for a good film. Keep some details open so the viewer can use his or hers imagination to complete the story. (That’s one thing it does have by the way)

    After all….I still don’t know which planet ET is from.

  135. Anonymous on May 6th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Hey Steve/Susan/Philip if he’s ever on here, and anyone else of course.

    I posted a short film that I made a little while ago (“I Once Was Lost”)and was delighted to receive positive feedback from you guys. Well, I’d like to post our most recent short film here too in hopes that I can get the best critics to watch something else that I made.

    It was made for a 24 hour film race…so it’s definitely a bit weird and has a couple glaring mistakes; nevertheless, we’re proud of it considering that it was made completely within 24 hours.

    Here’s the link

    Thanks for your time, it really does mean a lot to me and my crew, and we still love critics and every other Zacuto show, Keep on rockin’.

    Nate Morguelan

  136. Dylan Hesp on May 8th, 2011 1:07 am

    You guys are awesome!

    And i was really hoping to get some feedback on my short film Driving.

    It’s about parents taking responsibility for their children online. Specifically Facebook.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  137. MisaGarcia on May 17th, 2011 5:12 pm

    I know I’m a little late on this one, but what can I say, it’s been a crazy year so far, playing catch up on this.  

    About Nuit Blanche:

    I gotta say I’m impressed w/ Phil’s detail view on this one and a little disappointed that Steve’s being so technical about this “test/film” short.  Steve honestly threw me off a bit with how he seemed to miss the point about how this short film focused on this moment in time, and was able to create this mood and feeling and also do it so well.  It’s a bit absurd that you wanna call it a test rather than a film/short.  To me this is one of those extraordinary moments and he managed to captured it so well in this short.  Of course there’s no story enough for a feature, but that’s why he didn’t do a feature, it’s definitely enough for short.

  138. Steve Weiss on May 17th, 2011 9:31 pm

    When I referred to this as a test it’s because I believe that’s what I read on their website.  These guys are big ad agency effects guys and I think they did this as a test to show off their effects ability.  I could be wrong this was a while ago but check out their website.  It’s beautiful to look at and every part of it is top notch but I’m just not as ga ga about it as others are.  Still, I’d probably put it in my top 30 on the internet just for sheer beauty.

  139. Rob Imbs on May 18th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Well cut, I loved the closing animation of the CRITICS logo, nice work!

  140. Susan Rapp on May 18th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Thanks Rob. That’s our editor Chase Kubasiak. Big hugs, ~sue

  141. Chris Manning on May 18th, 2011 4:16 pm

    The twist making the film only works for me for short films. I was getting really bugged by Constantine’s film before the twist. I felt like it was using the text of a damn chain email that my grandma would send me. Beautiful words, sure, but something we each need to get out of life by ourselves. But once the twist was revealed, it made the whole thing come together, and made me feel like a jerk for thinking of it as a chain email.

  142. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:33 am

    Sorry for the delay Dylan,I couldn’t disagree more with MART’s critique.I was very moved by your piece.I thought the read of the narrator, not sure if it was you, was excellent.  Truly a great read.  Pacing of the read was great, completely natural and unstumbely and that is really hard to get a straight to the camera read like that.  I would have loved to see some profile shots of your from time to time to avoid the jump cuts but you used the jump cuts as a constant theme so I was cool with it.  Yes, it could be a bit shorter.  It may be interesting to get some shots of kids and parents using Facebook as B-Roll during the narration.  Excellent choice of music, it kept the piece moving along.  If you didn’t have excellent narration sound this would have been unbearable, thank you for getting great sound. I truly enjoyed the piece and learned a lot as well.  I though it was a great idea to not tell people Facebook is bad but to get involved with it with your child.  The cinematography was nice, couple of shots with clipping on the nose but better then most folks on the internet.  Not sure how old you are or how many pieces you done in your life but this was excellent.  Well though out, extremely well written, editing and cinematography well executed.  Had I had it on critics I would have said exactly the same things.
    Well done Dylan.


  143. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:43 am

    Sorry for the delay,
    Not a big fan of these 24 hour contests.  I think it’s hard enough to make a great film with all the time you need.  But for creating this in 24 hours it’s great.  Well shot, lit, edited, excellent sound design.  Well done.

  144. Ryan Dunlap on May 25th, 2011 4:03 pm

    Thanks so much for choosing Leave Me to critique!  It’s definitely a tricky story to pin down in such little time since we didn’t really go into explaining the ruleset of what happened to Jack, but we like to think that just encourages discussion!  I’ve found that people will often try to add mechanics to the story in order to make it end how they like (i.e. making Jack actually travel through time instead of visiting photos so he can stop the wreck that killed Amy. etc).

    So very humbled that Leave Me was selected and thanks again for watching it!

  145. Susan Rapp on May 25th, 2011 4:30 pm

    Ryan ~ we loved featuring you and your film. I totally agree with you…I like that it’s somewhat ambiguous and leaves the audience guessing. Beautiful film. Big congrats, ~sue

  146. Steve Weiss on May 25th, 2011 4:33 pm

    Well done Ryan, 2 thumbs up, that’s hard to do with us bastards.  :)

  147. Rob Imbs on May 25th, 2011 5:35 pm

    Begging, Middle and Happy end, ha!

    First two were,… meh.

    Leave Me: Nice little story, reminded me of INCEPTION

    Best Part – “Make me look sexy Daniel Skubal!” ;)

  148. Susan Rapp on May 25th, 2011 5:40 pm

    Rob ~ that’s always your favorite part!!

  149. Ryan Dunlap on May 25th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Thanks!  The short is actually a couple years old.  We did it for a 36 hour film race initially the weekend after we wrapped on a feature.  We tend to get a lot of comparisons to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but I remember watching Inception in the theater and thinking “Well there goes THAT element of making a feature version of Leave Me…”

  150. Casey Huxtable on May 26th, 2011 9:32 am

    Steve Weiss there better be a damn Season 4 of Critics or I will come down to Chicago myself and beat your ass…. Really enjoyed the show  :)

  151. Susan Rapp on May 26th, 2011 11:20 am

    Casey ~ I totally agree with you. Our industry needs this type of show and nobody does it like Steve & Phil. Cheers, ~sue

  152. Nick on May 26th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Right in the Riot one – i don’t understand why you guys didn’t talk about the safety aspects…i mean he could have got some nicer shots on a long lens

  153. Steve Weiss on May 26th, 2011 10:33 pm

    Casey, There is going to be a season 4 (I haven’t told Phil yet) and all I can say is, stay tuned, it’s going to be totally different and going to completely shake the indie film community.  You’ll see.  No bullshit.

  154. Tom Pantz on May 28th, 2011 1:54 am

    I’m confused was Phil commenting on the Riot piece or EVERYTHING he’s every posted from his own videos.

  155. Joe Perez on June 2nd, 2011 10:03 am

    i want to say that when his dad took the camera from his son and took a picture of his son, he then entered “the camera” or the pictures within the camera. is that right Ryan? GREAT story btw.

  156. Joe Perez on June 2nd, 2011 10:05 am

    EFF! I clicked the reply button under Ryan Dunlap’s comment but my comment didn’t end up there. sorry. Obviously this comment is meant for “Leave Me”

  157. inge nilsen on June 8th, 2011 8:59 pm

    so, any dates on season 4 right now?  I want more right now! I hope Phil still is in season 4 with you Steve. You guys crack me up. At times its like watching 2 teenagers verbally  go at each other but with  the knowhow of 2 seasoned film makers.Love it. You`re the “Newman/Redford – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” of webvideo critics :)

  158. Steve Weiss on June 8th, 2011 9:43 pm

    We are in the planning Critics Season 4 and it’s going to be amazing.  Just a teaser, it’s going to be a contest American Idol Style where people can enter 3 minute webisodes and through elimination end up in the top three who win over $30K worth of gear each so far (it will go up as we bring on more sponsors), the ultimate winner will win a cash prize of $10K and and a $15K contract to produce 5 more webisodes.  Judging will be 25% public, 25% each Phil and I & 25% guest judge.  I hope that all of these numbers will go up (as we bring on more sponsors) and as we get closer to announcing this to the industry probably in mid August or sooner.  Stay Tuned.

  159. Gary Nadeau on June 9th, 2011 6:41 pm

    I must say I am beginning to enjoy your banter more than the films!

  160. Steve Weiss on June 9th, 2011 10:41 pm

    So should we just have a chat show  ;)

  161. inge nilsen on June 9th, 2011 11:21 pm

    That sounds cool. Will there be some kind of interiew/airtime with the contest winners? I can see that flying a winner in from lets say Thailand would be expensive, but perhaps via skype or something similar to that. Or even better make a deal with some airline company and make them pay for it in exchange for a video ad made by Zacuto or contest winners :) Anyhow you got a ton of work priar to that, so good luck to you and the whole team at Zacuto.

    Cheers from Norway – Hammerfest,  home of the vikings, Mjød(Mead) and everything cold. The northern most city in the world. 

  162. philip blauw on June 13th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Sorry Guys,

    Maybe a matter of taste, but the banter up front felt like a bad send up of the “Grumpy Old Men” epilogue or “Hangover” outtakes. It felt contrived. On the other hand, I can see why Steve felt inclined to drop 5 “f” bombs in the first minute of this webisode. All 3 films seemed to come from the same pretentious film school, with only #3 being marginally interesting… Why were these chosen to review? Should have saved some “f” bombs for the person who picked these films…

  163. Steve Weiss on June 14th, 2011 10:11 pm

    Many of the films are not picked because they are great.  If everything was great what would be the point of the show.  Phil and I would both say wonderful, show over.  I think we can learn more from the films that aren’t great and enjoy films that are great.

  164. Peter Miranda on June 20th, 2011 8:02 am

    Woot, about time Steve…
    Love the show…. Its funny how you guys have a great chemistry together…(Sounds a bit corny maybe…)
    But you guys own this space right here :-)
    Where the subscribe button already?

  165. Bill Campbell on June 21st, 2011 8:54 pm

    Phil’s observations and insights on the films is so often intelligent and interesting.  It’s too bad he tries so hard with “jokes” about Steve’s age and appearance.  If I ever want to hear that kind of “humor”, I’ll go rent Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  166. Steve Weiss on June 21st, 2011 10:22 pm

    Be nice, we are just having fun.  I am older then I look (hope) or admit to.  I started in the business in 1981, you do the math.

  167. Bill Campbell on June 22nd, 2011 7:13 am

    I appreciate how you take it all in stride, Steve, but it’s not about whether you are actually “old” or not.  Phil’s ad hominem jokes come across to me as juvenile and mean-spirited.  I have no problem with him lambasting your opinions whether I agree with him or not.  Indeed, I frequently agree with his film opinions.  But vigorously attacking an opinion is a very different thing from attacking the person holding the opinion.

  168. Bill Campbell on June 28th, 2011 9:21 am

    Right on, Steve.  I REALLY appreciate that you guys pick a variety of films, and discuss mistakes as well as triumphs.  It’s great to mimic other filmmakers’ brilliant ideas and techniques, but it’s also good to avoid blunders by seeing their mistakes.

  169. Jeremy Dylan on July 10th, 2011 12:30 am

    These are fantastic and an exceptional resource to anyone making short form dramatic content. Season 4 cannot arrive soon enough.

  170. Anonymous on July 11th, 2011 4:35 am

    If Steven actually had a problem with it, then I could see someone else having a problem with it. It’s just two friends having fun. It wasn’t mean spirited at all in that situation/context. It’d be taking it in stride if he was actually crossing the line. Just my opinion since me and all my friends joke with each other in similar manners.

  171. Anonymous on July 11th, 2011 4:35 am

    If Steve actually had a problem with it, then I could see someone else having a problem with it. It’s just two friends having fun. It wasn’t mean spirited at all in that situation/context. It’d be taking it in stride if he was actually crossing the line. Just my opinion since me and all my friends joke with each other in similar manners.

  172. Anonymous on October 10th, 2011 3:50 pm

    Is season 4 going to be a thing?  I heard you will be voting on original web series, elimination style.  I still can’t find to info on this.  Is that something that never took off?  Every so often I would do a search but come up empty handed.  *** Oh, and you said it right there in the comments!  Can I get on some list so we know when to submit?

  173. Aaron Williams on October 10th, 2011 3:52 pm

    I thought I was logged in…

  174. Mandy on October 10th, 2011 4:42 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    We are still working on this behind the scenes. When ready, there will be big annoucnments. You won’t miss it! ~ Mandy 

  175. Daniel on October 20th, 2011 1:07 pm


  176. Rob Imbs on October 26th, 2011 3:32 pm

    With respect to all of the others, who are great, Joe is the best in his field.

    PS, “Make me look sexy Daniel Skubal” ;)

  177. Michael Hammond on October 31st, 2011 12:58 pm

    I have to admit that I did not follow the “Prosperity Gospel” section either…and I’m a Christian. The best I can say about that doc is that it was scatterbrained. 

  178. Rob Imbs on December 1st, 2011 9:59 am

    well cut

  179. Diesel_Film on December 6th, 2011 5:17 pm

    Okay, forgive me, but why is this the last episode?  Is there something BETTER coming around the corner?  Do tell.

  180. Steve Weiss on December 6th, 2011 11:03 pm

    I really enjoyed making this show but everything has to end.  trust me the new programming is going to be engaging and entertaining.  If I can describe what we are going to be doing this year is “LIVE”

  181. Rob Imbs on December 7th, 2011 4:16 pm

    <3 CRITICS!

    First they Came: I’m with Steve’s on this one, I’m an idealist, so I love angry and principled. I can’t believe that Phil hates artists!! ;) PS. I agree, moles are distracting :)

    Apple of my Eye: iPhone 4 cam, how far we’ve come,.. “meh”, but Steve makes a good point about our access to tools today. I think we all spend way too much time talking about camera’s and specs, which have nothing to do with a script.

    love, she is cruel: no comment aside form the fact that Phil’s face at the 15:02 mark is priceless.

    dark side of the lens: I’ve watched this film many times, it’s one of my favorite things on vimeo. ABSOLUTLY GORGEOUS shots. And I love the VO, I feel so vindicated after watching this. Steve’s right too, I think this is kind of a pretentious piece.

    Thank you both for putting togeather this series, it was so much fun to get togeather and watch web video with you both for 3 seasons.


  182. Anonymous on December 8th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Why the f… is this last one?
    Would love to see more!
    Anybody else?

  183. Steve Weiss on December 8th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Everything in life has to end.  We have new ideas on content and you will be seeing them in Febraury/March.  I think you will like them.

  184. Mr Robinson on September 25th, 2012 11:49 pm

    like the show

  185. Prince Ribeiro on April 17th, 2013 2:18 pm



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