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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2012
     (10662.21)
    Saw it last night, and it was really good. The review you just linked to sums it up pretty well, and I would add that as someone with absolutely no connection to Oregon OR chrystal meth, I found the film beguiling and moreish. If you take the framework out of the picture, the core of the film is timeless and borderless. You hurt the ones I love, I hurt you.

    The cinematography was very good, and certainly used the fact that it was a low-budget film shot on a Canon Rebel to full effect. It has a high-quality, home-made feel. Yeah, the climax does fall a bit flat, but by that time the audience is already invested in the story and is more likely to suspend their disbelief. As a side note: Did you make a dummy of the guy getting bashed in the face? That looked quite painful and reminded me of the opening scene in Irreversible.

    He does have a point about the Lynch thing. It was a bit of a blatant "Look at my movie knowledge!" moment that replaced an opportunity to show a more sincere connection between the two, but I also appreciate that scenes like that are INCREDIBLY hard to write. I never quite get them right myself. When two people have to "randomly" gain a connection over the course of a minute or two, it can often go wrong, even in quite a bit bigger film written by more experienced writers.

    All in all, a fantastic achievement, especially as a completely grassroots effort in full length filmmaking. A host of powerful performances and great cinematography. It feels raw and natural throughout and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2012 edited
     (10662.22)
    ^^Agreed that the article summed it up pretty well, and that as another person who has no experience with neither Oregon nor meth, I still really enjoyed the movie. I do, however, have experience with drug users in general, and I was eerily impressed with how well your gutterpunk actor portrayed an addict.

    I can see the argument against the whole David Lynch conversation thing, but I personally think it was fine. I think it's perfectly believable that a 15 year old alt teeny bopper just saw her first Lynch movie and wants to talk about this strange cool film she just saw for the first time, possibly because I can remember a specific point in my life where a friend of mine was having a similar conversation, only about Eraserhead, which then led to a conversation about Lynch and film in general. So, I can see how on the one hand that part of the movie can seem like it's the director going "Look how much I know about film!" but on the other, I've been in that conversation before.

    The only thing that bugs me, now that I think about the movie a couple days later, is that the relationship between the Aaron's younger cousin (forgot his name) and his father isn't explained too well. Granted, it's not a huge part of the film, but it's almost just kind of thrown in there. I still don't really understand why he stole the kid's bike. Was it just pure malice cos he's an awful druggie father? I felt like there either some lack of motivation there and he just did it, or I just didn't catch on to the motivation. Other than that, though, the story was stellar and felt very real and believable to me.

    And as has been said already, the cinematography was ace and really does make the film look like it had a bigger budget than it did.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
     (10662.23)
    Well first off, holy crap thanks for watching. It means everything in the world to me and I knew it wouldn't be a waste of Whitechapel's time, otherwise I wouldn't have brought it here. I'm very proud of the film and after laundry list of rejection letters from prominent festivals, its nice to get a warm reception.

    It isn't my place to defend the film in any way, the viewer decides the level of achievement and the success or failure of its connection to them. So what I'm about to say isn't me trying to point out that anybody is WRONG, but simply for the sake of conversation explain what was attempted. Again, whether it worked or not, is up to the viewer.

    *SPOILERS AHEAD*

    @Magnulus

    The David Lynch thing was me actually trying to be as honest as possible. I've overheard conversations like this, granted, not between people meeting for the first time. But between young fringe kids who have JUST stumbled upon something weird or cult and are trying to explain it/suggest it to their friends. I was trying for honesty, but for some (possibly most) people it may come across as INSIDE BASEBALL and indulgent.

    @Argos

    The dad steels the bike for drug money/money in general. Bikes are, for one, really prominent in Central Oregon, and two, ripped off all the time. Sorry if this wasn't made clear at all. In attempting to mute the hell out of all the expositional elements and bury them in ordinary conversation, I may have left a few things nebulous.

    Thanks for watching guys. I mean it. Sincerely. It just makes me want to burst (in a good way) reading these comments. And if you feel so inclined, pass it on. This, for me, is a resume that will hopefully get me proper work. I'm not expecting a call into the majors, but a more sizable budget for the next one would be welcome, because I don't know if I could take the toll the grassroots effort had on me again.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
     (10662.24)
    I know what you mean, and I've had these kinds of conversations myself, sometimes with people I've met for the first time, though never within the first minute of chat. I think one thing I've learned over the years in terms of writing, acting, and anything to do with fiction is that "just because it's real, doesn't mean it's believeable." I've often vehemently defended a choice with "But that's what WOULD happen!!!" and then lived to regret it (or been shot down by tutors, etc). I might be too sensitive to it, of course.

    I definitely think that the film stands as a testament to your (and your cast and crew's) dedication to and skill at the craft of filmmaking, and I think that if you don't have a much easier time generating funds for your next feature project, it will be an absolute travesty. Wolfman's Hammer shows a confidence in the direction and cinematography and everyone involved should be able to take a step up in their respective careers after this.

    I've shared it on the Socials and sincerely wish you the best of luck in your further career.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2012 edited
     (10662.25)
    UPDATE:

    Wow. Got a shoutout on twitter from CHRIS WEITZ, Director of A BETTER LIFE, ABOUT A BOY, and THE GOLDEN COMPASS.

    He tweeted the link to the film on his twitter page, calls it 'stunningly good' and then goes on to praise the lead actors performance as 'astonishing' in his follow-up tweet. CRAZY. Just shows you what a little bit of blood, sweat, and tears can get you.

    https://twitter.com/chrisweitz/status/214975240118345728
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      CommentAuthorFrowardd
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2012 edited
     (10662.26)
    I've no sentiments to echo, only this: it's pretty good if you're drunk. Continue on, Brad!

    EDIT: I lived in that exact model of trailer for nearly a year. Also I'm only ten minutes into this but I think it's pretty great. Sentiment rendered.
    EDIT2: And now I'm twelve minutes in and creeped out. I wish you guys had a reliable torrent, so I could download this and watch it at home :(
    EDIT3: Two point bonus for having a shot of a girl on the toilet.
    EDIT4: THIS FILM IS WONDERFUL YES GREAT!
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2012
     (10662.27)
    Followed the link, thought "shit. it's over an hour..." , watched a bit and couldn't stop watching this wonderful film, and now I 'm late! :)

    Brilliant, I loved it, and it looks absolutely stunning. Acting was great too. Particulry enjoyed his apotheosis into the 'wolfman'.

    Hugely impressed, I'd love to find out more about how you made it.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2012
     (10662.28)
    @Frowardd

    Thank you. Its not for everyone, but I'm super damn proud of it. I've been going at this since I was 19, trying to break in to the business ANY way I could. I just turned 27. I realized that nobody was going to give me a break so I just basically put my life on hold for two years and sweated out making this film. And its comments like yours that make me feel invincible and full of hope. Thanks for giving it a shot.

    @NellFord

    Thanks! We tried our best to make it as cinematic as possible, since most films made for that price range tend to look TERRIBLE. I'd be happy to answer any and all questions regarding production. The short of it is this: write the best script you can and then take no shortcuts and do whatever necessary to get what you want done.
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    I just watched the trailer. I get the suspicion from the trailer I won't be able to handle the movie, because the threat of violence scares me and this shit looks much too tense. Great job.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2012
     (10662.30)
    Hah. Thank you. I'd say its actually not as violent as you might think, but it is very bleak. I've screened it for an older, conservative crowd on several occasions and its never been 'too much' for anybody to handle.... yet.
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    I watched and dug it, no doubt!

    I'd say for anyone yet to check it out, watch it but skip the trailer. The trailer does a GREAT job of getting you interested enough to see the film, BUT it also lessens the suspense for the film itself. It's a double edged sword kind of deal. With all of the people on here saying it's worth a shot, I think that should be enough reassurance for anyone to skip the trailer and instead just watch all 67 minutes.

    I'm going to find a way to work THE WOLFMAN'S HAMMER into the next episode of my Film Podcast. We have a pretty modest audience, but maybe it'll get it a few more views.

    FYI THE WOLFMAN'S HAMMER is waaaaaaaay better than a lot of films that get into the film festivals. It has to be a who you know or don't know thing as to why this film didn't get into one.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
     (10662.32)
    @thinwhiteduke

    Thank you. I'd be honored to mentioned in your podcast, that'd be sweet as all hell. I used to have a podcast, even got to interview Jason Aaron on it. They are a lot of fun and thank you for keeping me and my film in mind.