Today I received a comment from Aladan57 containing some constructive criticism on my previous FX work. I think he makes some awesome points and I’d love to into detail about them. I really felt this topic deserved its own blog as it’s a criticism that has always bugged me too. Until now I’ve never really talked or explained the reasons why it exists!
Aladan57 Wrote: You have great special effects, but unfortunately most of your victims have been gnomes, ant people, some random micro city on a strawberry. Who cares. Ok, they’re already small. No one got shrunk. For me the point is to shrink victims who were once normal size or better yet taller than you. People we get to know at least a little.
Here’s an example of what you could have done with the micro city on the strawberry film you made. The film starts with the news talking about scientist who have invented a shrinking ray. Then there’s breaking news about how there was an accident and the scientist accidentally shrunk a whole city on earth. Pick any city. Say Chicago. The anchorman says, so far scientist don’t know where the city is, but it was shrunk to micro-size. Please to all citizens be careful where you step and if you find the city please call authorities.
Now we cut to you who hasn’t been watching the news and finding the city on the strawberry. Where it landed after being shrunk. You don’t know where it came from and your movie proceeds. Suddenly the fact that it’s Chicago. A normal sized city just a few seconds ago that we’re all familiar with and now a micro-city at the mercy of this normal sized girl. Makes it a hundred times more arousing. Here we have this amazing famous city with millions of people, now a tiny nothing next to your feet. You pick up the strawberry and the people are screaming. I love the power you have over the city.
In your version it’s some micro-civilization. Who cares! They’re already small to begin with? Who are there? I don’t care. It’s meaningless to me. That’s just an example of why I’m not such a big fan of your films, but at the same time. You show so much promise and I’m hopeful that your next films will make me care more.
Thank you for this comment! I’m sure many people feel this way, but sometimes I feel people are a bit hesitant to post the stuff they don’t like about my work here on my blog thinking I’ll ignore it or they’ll be attacked for it… when in reality I actually love constructive criticism. Telling me why I suck and how I could change that is awesome. You don’t get better at what you do or know the truth about how people feel if they don’t ever tell you!
You are absolutely right that most of my movies do not have strong plots and start rather randomly. Oddly enough this has been mostly due to accident and life getting in the way, rather than intentional planning! I’ve never really explained how my FX movies came about, or the turbulent history behind each of them which would explain a lot. So here goes!
Let’s start with Garden of a Giantess and why it was random. I had just moved to Seattle in real life and didn’t know any models / actors / actresses in the area. I was also really busy moving in and getting back into the flow of things and didn’t have time to find and schedule additional people or spend a huge amount of time on a film. My house was also filled with boxes and a total wreak so I couldn’t film inside. I had about two weeks to go from start to finish which is barely enough time to film a few scenes and put a few FX in. I wrote a basic guideline for a script and went outside and shot it.
Therefore the strawberry movie was supposed to be a very short, very quick FX movie- something simple enough I could get out in a week or so that would be a fun little test of FX and camera work. The project ended up taking a little longer than I expected (as I added more FX to every shot than I originally planned), but overall the movie was still short and sweet (literally :3) and done in a short amount of time. I did consider adding in a news-style beginning just as you suggested, but I ran out of time to add additional things and had to focus on moving in.
If I could do it again and had maybe an additional month’s worth of time I would have definitely added a story, more FX shots, and filled out the concept more. There’s no reason I can’t do exactly what you described in a future scenario however! ;D Chicago here I come!
I love a good story, and I’m right there with you in that I prefer background and believable situations, ones that allow you to feel for the characters. The story and content of Serving a High School Hottie is probably closer to what I’d like all of my FX work to represent. (Despite it being a collage story) So I’m just as frustrated as you are that many of my FX movies are random!
Let’s go back in time now. Gnomes was my first big movie ever and I really had no idea what I was doing! XD I kind of wanted to be tied up… I had a neat idea for a Gnome costume…. I had this sexy adult goth nurse outfit… one of my only adult outfits at the time! …Why not put them together I thought? The result was obviously as bizarre as it sounds, but it was my first ever and the whole movie kind of just happened by on a whim. Also, keep in mind, this movie is five years old now! It’s one of the oldest videos on my site.
As for everything before Midnight Goddess and after Gnomes, my technology was too limited to pull off the effects I wanted. I couldn’t realistically make people shrink to anything over a half an inch, or grow, or make complex dialog situations with shrunken actors without the final product looking like crap. And I hate crap. Spellbook was unique in that I spent a crazy amount of time getting it to work, but realistically I knew I couldn’t do this in every movie until my equipment improved. Once again, that was five years ago.
A Business Meeting Unaware had a plot of sorts, and I knew I wanted to head more in this direction, but I was still limited. Right after this I moved back to PA from Florida to focus on my site full time and to help my mom. Thankfully I didn’t have much stuff or equipment at the time, so this was a relatively easy move and I was able to continue with FX.
Mistaken for a Mint, My Delicious Little Toppings, I was just playing around and wanted to see if I could make movies that took weeks instead of months, stuff that could fill the gap between my large FX projects. But I was still limited by my shoddy tech. I discovered that while they were faster to make, they still ate up precious time I could use on larger FX… and I so began focusing on Midnight Goddess.
Midnight Goddess, well, I kind of wanted to leave the story up to the viewers and only hint at it. I found the mystery in this particular situation sexy. However going this route furthered compounded the idea that my movies were random and had no story! Whoops! My original estimate for this movie was three months of production. Turns out it was nine months. This was a huge learning experience for me and made me realize that if I’m going to make a movie of this size, it better have a full story so you can get to know the characters better. This resulted in me scraping my next film “The Girl Next Door” that I talked about in the Midnight Goddess bonus clip. I had already filmed half of it but it was too long and detailed in comparison to its rather simple and basic story. (This is not to be confused with “The Girl Next Door” I am filming right now, which is of completely different story and is very character heavy. I just like the name.)
So next I filmed Your Hungry Unaware Wife which had a little more story and was much shorter. Afterwards I felt I was finally in a more solidified position to make detailed FX movies with plots and more interesting characters. Instead of jumping into a new FX movie however, I had been wanting to try a collage story, mainly because I had never done one before and really enjoyed making collages. You can also get fantastic angles and interaction with collages that are much harder to capture on film. A vore scene that might last 5 seconds on film could be an entire set of extremely detailed high res photos and tell a story that could take you five minutes to fully absorb. I’m really happy with the result too! Everything from the photos to the story to the viewer I programmed turned out great. No time saved here however, it took just as long as an FX movie!
And then the year of no FX. Right after Serving a High School Hottie I had to turn my attention away from FX. I spent a full year programming my new site and store in place of making FX movies. This was something I had to do, something that I knew needed to be done as my website will forever be the foundation of all of my work. I wanted to build my own custom store that way I could upgrade it for years to come without relying on third parties. As a result there were no FX movies from Dec 2009 to April 2011. Ouch! I did plenty of testing and playing during this time, and filming my daily videos kept me in practice. I also bought tons of new high end film equipment, software, and computers which corrected all of the limitations I previously had. I just couldn’t film any FX yet! That was very frustrating.
Once my new site was out, I could finally film FX again and go all out! …. but then I began the move to Seattle, a move I knew would ultimately improve the quality of my work in every aspect possible. Had to do it. This left me with only enough time to create one medium sized FX movie. So I created Katelyn vs. Ant Men. This movie was a personal tribute to all the Pennsylvania ants that met the bottom of my soles as I grew up and to me was a fitting way to say goodbye to my home state forever. It didn’t have much story (as I played myself) but I knew I’d have plenty of time for that in Seattle where I could finally settle in and make movies, movies, and more movies.
That brings us to today where I’m finally not burdened with limitations, time, life happenings, or other unrelated projects! There are still some large non-FX programming projects I want to work on, such as improving Giantessbooru for everybody, but they are more long term and ultimately I’m working on FX full time now. Unlike previously where I could only have one movie going at a time, I’ve got six or so new movies in the works as I write this! Each new movie will get progressively more detailed, more in depth, and feature more characters and actors. From here the sky is the limit… or maybe the galaxy… depends on how large I grow!
“Big Sister’s Big Feet” has a cute story, although it jumps right into the action from the start. It’s pretty much my warm up movie. “Sex with Her Science” is more detailed, and features a story involving a nerdy girl documenting a micro civilization for school… as she accidentally eats and fucks it! “The Girl Next Door” is a very cute young lust story that features a very different way of shrinking. (Although the beginning is shot from your POV, as I want it to really feel like it’s you. The shrinking however is not… you’ll see!) A third movie I haven’t talked about, involves a threesome and the jealousy afterwards gone horribly wrong. My first Giantess and Growth Film will definitely have a VERY cool story, one you will love, although I can’t say anything about it yet! And finally, I have a few other movies in the works that involve believable, emotional characters getting tangled up in dangerous and sexual twists. (And they may come out before the other movies I’ve mentioned here) Best of all this is just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg to all the movies I’ve always wanted to make!! I now have the time, the resources, and the locations to finally go all out. Each new movie should address further the depth of story and character criticisms we share.
Hopefully this better explains why my previous FX movies haven’t had much story substance and why there have been so many delays in between movies. Trust me, I have been just as frustrated and have felt the exact same way you have! The good news is these problems should be a thing of the past.
Thanks again criticism and for the opportunity to talk about this!