Desert Story short film

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Per, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    A man comes walking out of the desert... carrying potatoes! And a gun! And potatoes! Such is the plot of Desert Story, a short Fallout-inspired film by Phil and Tim Pape:<blockquote>A post-apocalyptic dark comedy about a man trying to get some hookers. Part of a series entitled "Nuclear Coleslaw."</blockquote>
    If you watch it, that will be roughly 6:23 you will not spend doing something else.
  2. 4too

    4too Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 30, 2003
    The Song Remains The Same

    The Song Remains The Same / 'For A Few *Potatoes* More'

    Fallout thematic relevance!

    The cold comfort of continuity in choices and consequences.

    No "kind" deed will go unpunished.

  3. equilerex

    equilerex Still Mildly Glowing

    Apr 22, 2007
    frackin awesome, the production quality is really high for an amateur film (or i guess theyre not really amateurs anymore)

    hoping to see more
  4. Szeder

    Szeder It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Sep 6, 2008
    "They 're still people" the hollywood bullshit, and then he kills a woman...yeah, realy persuasive there :clap:

    Other than that, the directing and acting is much more professional than the other one we saw here (can't recall its name)

    Too bad that the main character takes his role so seriously because it's too cliché..
  5. Stevie D

    Stevie D Vault Cornwall my ansome

    Jan 25, 2004
    Yeah, slightly cringeworthy posturing on his behalf, but other than that, some nice work.

    Also: bluegrass closing credits wooo!
  6. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    Man, this is great. Want to see a full length movie in that kind of style.. Also, that girl in glasses is very cute, a shame she receives a bullet in the face. :( :D
  7. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    Don't particularly love the acting, the writing is ramshod.

    Love the atmosphere, really well-made.
  8. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    Mad Nation?
  9. CloudlessDruid

    CloudlessDruid Not a Soviet Droid Orderite

    Oct 11, 2008
    didn't find it funny at all, but I liked the atmosphere too, it was amazing. As amazing as the girls. The blond with the green cap made me happy for wasting this 6:30 minutes of my life. The other is really really fine too :P

    (the destroyed car which the couple stood in front was REALLY Fallout-y. Amazing)
  10. shihonage

    shihonage Made in USSR

    May 8, 2007
    Great atmosphere and attention to detail, in form of dirt-makeup, the guy's clothing, and the camera shot of the doll swinging on the ceiling...

    The "lived-in" props are priceless, as they go a long way to lend the scene visual authenticity. The video color filtering is right-on, too.

    Once this director is done playing games and gets serious, he's going to go far.
  11. el_jefe_of_ny

    el_jefe_of_ny Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 6, 2010
    I love it. freakin awesome movie. Girls were um... yeah real nice too. I liked it in all ways. it is a comedy you gota remember. It's not a Fist full of Dollars. I would love to work on this with them.
  12. Pope Viper

    Pope Viper This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 9, 2003
    I enjoyed it
  13. cogar66

    cogar66 Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 16, 2010
    If this had better acting, a better story, and was serious, this would make an epic Showtime series.
  14. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 12, 2009
    Like the others said, the atmosphere is pretty damn good, almost spot on Fallout like. But the writing and some of the acting was not good. And I think everyone should be a lot more dirty looking, that couple that got shot, their clothes look like they just got picked up from the laundromat.

    And, going back to the couple getting shot, why does the main character all of the sudden have morals, I mean, he just bought time with hookers, what did he expect indeed. The story is just not very believable, not all that great.

    With better writers, and with this short's production values, this could make for a great little web series.
  15. el_jefe_of_ny

    el_jefe_of_ny Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 6, 2010
    I know the style in which it was done. I wouldnt say it was bad acting exactly. The hero could have had better direction. ALl in all, anything grimy, violent, unwholesome plus those two girls, all bowing to Fallout, you can't possibly go wrong. ever....
  16. CloudlessDruid

    CloudlessDruid Not a Soviet Droid Orderite

    Oct 11, 2008
    I think the acting was pretty ok for that script. Few actors would have done better.

    the girls, ah, the girls... Awesome choice of actresses, I have to repeat.
  17. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    I liked it. Better than nearly all post-apoc amateur stuff out there, since the setting is decently worked out, props are decent and the atmosphere is good.

    Obviously both acting and writing can be improved, and the props should be more worn (like the shotgun was too nice), but that's ok.

    Watching movies like "A boy and his dog" would be greatly beneficial to the people involved if they haven't seen it already. Your main char doesn't need to be a hero to be worth following around. Don Johnson's character was a fucking rapist for fucks sake...
    After finding the woman dead after being slashed up:
    Vic: We coulda used her three more times!
    Blood: Ah, war is hell.

    But back to the vid: I liked the fact it wasn't a happy hollywood ending, but if you have the girls being ungrateful bitches, you could've let them shoot the guy. It's his own fault for leaving the shotgun lying around after killing the pimp. :)

    Why not? He bought time with hookers, not with slaves...
    Just because you've got a pimp doesn't mean you're enslaved.

    If you're however chained to the wall... Well... Maybe that's a step too far for the main character.

    I wouldn't say that's unrealistic. I've got no issue with pimps or whores, but slavers are not on my "ok" list. Slavers would be people I wouldn't mind killing and looting their possessions tbfh.
  18. Ravager69

    Ravager69 Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 21, 2007
    Yeah it could use a tad better writing, but it's good. Very.
  19. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Moderator Orderite

    Jul 12, 2009
    Well, I hold pimps and slavers in the same category of disgust. Pimps are basically slavers, there may not be physical chains around their hookers, but the chains are still there. Hookers can't just up and leave without consequence, just like a slave. Hookers may be paid, but they are still basically slaves in my book.

    I just found it odd that here this man is looking for prostitutes, in a post apocalyptic world mind you, and he all of the sudden gets bit by the morality bug when he sees the condition in which these people are being kept. Alright, fine, I'll buy it, but still there could have been a lot better story line than this.
  20. 4too

    4too Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 30, 2003
    Narrative Tension And A Tale Unfolded

    Narrative Tension And A Tale Unfolded

    Presuming this is episode #1, perhaps some back story will emote the shooter's motivation?

    This collision of characters may be working as an attention getter,

    from all the present texts that are projecting each viewers' moral / emotional justifications.

    The HUH? 'n' WAH? may or may not be resolved in the mystery of HIS-story!