Mike Glasswell

About me: 
A member of the Team 'I Love Loops' we do animations every year and started in 2014 -Films- Frame Race Meatloaf Captain Flowers For Everlynn Recess (es) Terra-Fried


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5 years 3 months

a great little 2 character piece. nice dialogue and a great little story. the use of the double take worked particularly well as it was tied to the story. nice film over all even though the overall premise was very simple. but a simple story executed well, is better than a complex story executed poorly

great effort, from the one person animator. this had a nice story, and good use of the ULTRA elements, the only gag the hit with me was the ending twist. the sound and song design were a bit uneven, and i did not find the character designs appealing at all, the rendering time for this project must have been intense, unless they had access to a render farm. nice work overall

im on the fence with this one. as i was chatting to my team after the finals. I like to see something simple, executed well, rather than something complex, executed poorly. this film was inbetween. it was very ambitious and the use of split screen was great, a constant zoom into a screen while character moments are happening and the the screen transitions into the next shot through the screen. the story was simple, yet effective.

but there were a lot of technical moments that took me out of the film. the chroma keying errors, the green screen computer monitor popping up in long shots, tracking markers taking up the full screen at one point. also characters walking in front of the effect and not having time to Rotoscope the effect behind them.

I applaud them for trying a complex shot out, hey i guess this is what the competition is for, experimentation and trying new things. great work

very clever use of the split screen, one line of dialogue while to events are happening. i found this film very entertaining. simple in its execution, and the story didnt really lead anywhere. thought was fun to see what each piece of dialogue represented in the others screen

My personal favourite of the Auckland Finals. a simple date film. great dialogue and shot very well. both actors were very handsome. the tension is built from the start and the dialogue keeps the focus on the overall problem, until the eventual POP. great gross out moment. (which upon talking to the team afterwards, was just mayonnaise. i do prefer a simple film executed well, rather than a complex and grandiose film executed poorly .

this film was ok, i didn't know if it was suppose to be funny or serious, some action felt comedic, but the interrogation scene was very serious. very bland main character, who didnt have anything interesting driving him. or nothing that the audience could relate to attach to. its tough to get character in such a short time. his trigger discipline on the gun was driving me a bit mad also. the twist was cool, but maybe a bit predictable. and the russian guy's run around the crate was funny. ending was very abrupt.

I only clicked and realised what was happening in this film after talking with some friends after the screening. it migh have been only me, but i didnt get that the two events were happening simultaneously and one was in the kids imagination, perhaps if the kids had some clothing or props that translated to the imagination, i could have connected better. of maybe filming one with a different filter or colour effect to differentiate. Other than that. it was a basic chase scene with no real character or story to it.

goodness gracious, what a way to end the night, my rating here is purely on my laughter alone. as the film was not very coherent or put together especially well. It seemed though everyone had a blast making this film. and the sillyness and randomness was great. it seemed like a super budget Kung fury. great laughs all round, i think if this team keeps doing what their doing and practicing, they will have a big comedic future in this competition

another one of my Favourites of the night, i love the Documentary crew angle of the film. the little narration and showing bits of equipment helped solidify the shooting style they were going for. the main actor was very good and i loved his zany character. there is a candid moment of him handing out flyers, and i hope it was done with real people, as one lady gives a great line with brilliant comedic timing. the ending gets hectic and fun as the camera crew run off, each succumbing to a hilarious fate, but i think it would have been great for a stronger ending for our hero, rather than facing his impending doom.

Great, another Superb film from the Jovial crew, my favourite of the night. Great use of the split screen as the members of the gang are planning their heist and it taking place at the same time. i loved the purple colours and cinematography very much. the time travel gag was well done, and it gave the audience the ''click'' moment. ah i get it. nice characters that were simple and easy to identify by either costume, mannerisms or personalities. the ending part even though it took a moment to realise, did feel very quick, and perhaps a cool effect could have been added. but maybe the simple approach was the right one. hope to see this in the finals.

this film was a little hard to understand at first. though there was not enough mystery to keep my attention held, as i did not really understand the plan. the shots were very simple, and acting was ok.

this was Technically very well done. well some bits were done technically well. the Audio was very off and scratchy in some places, and it was hard to hear important dialogue to the story, so i didnt really know what was happening. though the highlight for this film was the brilliant oner (one take shot) all through the house, it would have been fun to plan and execute (forgive the pun)

Great work

the main character in this film did not feel natural, talking to themselves and being heavy on exposition. reacting out loud and discussing inner monologues. I did like how annoying the customer service rep was. i think they could have had a bit more fun with the time travel, perhaps she catches the object before it falls, or we have her live out the full day, the audience sees all the landmarks you put in place, and then have fun revisiting them.

Great Production Value in this Film, I loved the lighting and camera Work. the use of split screen was well utilised, by showing the outside of the space station and on some display screens. even though if sometimes the monitor screen was out of sync with the real time action and dialogue, it worked well. I think they could have used better use of the cringe and gross out aspects of the genre.

overall great, acting, great production value and beautiful cinematography

I love these guys. their stuff keeps getting better and better. the cinematography in this film was great. it was 'shot' well. forgive the pun. great cast and actors. and used the child actor well. the zany set ups and payoffs for death gags were done very well and the ending was a great gag.

the only thing i found hard to understand was establishing the environment of the office. perhaps setting it up and normalising it with some establishing shots of some everyday office activities, before hell breaks loose. I didn't know wha tthe office was, if it was a FBI type office, government, or just a regular office.

kudos. great work Jovial. it was a blast

a bit hit and miss with this one to be honest. some good set ups. but some of the songs fell flat, and the ending was of no consequence. some good actors, and a lovely backseat car song with some lovely lenseflare

i liked the concept of this film, i loved the use of home movie footage. to show time and life flashing before eyes. great work. the guardian angel was a great actress too. nice simple dialogue. I felt the ending was a bit jarring and the 'No' cut didnt work to well. the overall ending seemed to simple, why wouldn't we all choose the door if we were in the same situation if the out come was the same. there needed to be a consequence or reason for choosing or not choosing the door

a good little body horror film. some acrobatic actors, pulled off some great poses and gave off some creepy vibes. nice little message built in also. some shots felt a bit jarring and some cohesion was needed to show that the main actor was being stalked.

man, that HD camera. some beautiful shots, feeling straight from the show planet earth. a good little story with a tragic finality. though I feel it was more visual gags and absurdity of situation which made it great. the dialogue felt inconsequential and not really that necessary.

my favourite of the night. what a great team.

I loved some of the shots and fast cuts. the finale and escape in the Tire center was great with a well filmed comedic gag. i thought it felt a bit short and would have like a proper ending. as the story sort of drifted off into nothingness with no good or bad consequences

a great little 8-bit short. this was an Ultra entry, though i had not seen many of the previous entries so the story was hard to relate to, as i didn't know what it was a sequel too. the crude 8-bit artwork worked very well and the jokes and shock value worked well. the story was a bit non-existent but the visual gags were great. the Wilhelm scream was implemented the best on the night.

i really enjoyed the lighting and atmosphere in this film. it was clear and easy to understand. the progression of time worked well and the feeling of claustrophobia came across in the cinematography and editing. i did want a little bit more towards the end. perhaps the voice over the speaker to become audibly panicked when she breaks out.

Very entertaining. my Audience favourite. Jovial's cinematography and polish on their film continue to impress. A very simple, action chase sequence, a likable main character, just trying to do his job. the Roller skate sequences were great the actor has great comedic timing and acting chops. I loved how it escalated into a big action set piece at the end, with great effects and violence. I would have like both of the head phone ear pieces to be in the pizza delivery boy's during the fire fight, to give a reason for why he didn't freak out by the gun fire. perhaps he is use to this sort of thing.
great work all round.

Great film. I really loved the community 'paintball' episode vibe. It had some great characters. And some small elements of world building that wanted me to know more. I would have liked a stronger set up for the cookies, perhaps at the beginning with an oven timer. Setting up the mayhem ahead. Great job
Very deserving of audience favourite.

Fantastic film. The puppets were gorgeous. A great subversion of the zombie genre also. Great work all round

Very funny. Loved the punkers. Had a very cool bad taste, brain dead vibe. Nice work and great blood effects

I enjoyed this film a lot, my favourite of the heat. Great production value and character interactions. the two partners discussion in the car was nicely acted and genuinely funny. great jokes and humor. fantastic work