1. "Film de femme" by Jolly Roger film crew

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    from Chimpgrin Added 674 1 2

    This film was created for 48HFP (48 hours film) competition in UB, Mongolia, on 16-18 Sep 2011. Our crew consisted of the same guys as last year, still a bunch of amateurs who loved and dream of the art of movie making, except we added Music composer G. Gang "Gang" who was actually a key member of the last year's champion team iCity. By random draw we got received the following elements: Genre: Film de femme; Dialogue: "Are you stupid or are you doing this on purpose" (which by the way is the only line used in the movie, so you don't need any Eng sub.); Prop: An egg; Character: Ms. Alimaa, a singer by profession; So we made this short-film titled "Film de femme", with logline: "Who understands the mysterious powers of great women". Unfortunately we didn't win the competition, despite the weaker performance (I mean the idea and script) of the competitors. Apparently the judges deemed that our film was not matching the genre of Film de femme. I argued the genre requirement is "strong female character" which can be even a female animal or female extraterrastrial or a female object. But the judges said it must be a woman or women. Oh well, we don't really regret anything since we made what we wanted to make. The process of brainstorming to think up a film idea was the most fun, as our crew came up with many very interesting alternative ideas. We of course were for the principle that the idea must be something original, not copied, unconventional, unexpected, preferably out of the box, and as simple as possible straight to the point, while still retaining the aura of mystery. Also assuming that general audience expected a woman possessing tomboy appearance or manners to qualify as "strong", we instead tried to promote the idea that a girl doesn't have to exhibit masculine qualities to be regarded as "strong", but the natural female characteristics are by themselves what make a woman strong, winning not just respect but adoration. And among various ideas, we chose this version, because I thought this reflected best the mysterious attractive power of the opposite sex. Of course, not everyday or not everybody notice anything in Mona Lisa, but we felt that just at right moment, at right mood and state of mind, maybe an onlooker may find themselves staring at the portrait with amazement, incomprehension, although feeling something familiar, something beautiful, as if hypnotized, which might be the glimpse of something which the old artist tried to capture in that painting in his long years of labor and contemplating in his genius. And yes, we do notice some hitches and bugs which we now realize we could have done much better or would have done differently, and I admit we had to leave out some scenes from the script due to time constraints. By the way, the seed of the idea actually came from our music composer G. Ganga (who by the way did wonderful music score composition for the film in his inspiration as he was happy to take the part of Senior Da Vinci) when he gazed on a (fake copy of) Mona Lisa on his way to toilet, an idea about "a guy who purchases an unknown item and carries it to home and unwraps it to show a Mona Lisa, and gazes at it long time and then suddenly starts to wear woman's outfits". We liked the idea, took the seed, nurtured it and it grew up to be a beautiful tree with many branches and offshoots and we just used a leaf. The whole idea of 48HFP is to have fun during a weekend, and we did have fun, enjoyed the whole process, including its problems and challenges. We shoot the movie on the same lame vidcam Sony PD SD150, and I wish I had Canon 5D. In the end we left with something we created, which is better than sitting idle and doing nothing. Thank you Mr. Tsogtbayar N, for organizing 48HFP in Mongolia again, and thank you to my crew, who are eager to try other short-films ASAP.

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    • Fupete - Jolly Roger

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      Jolly Roger Fupete Art Since gallery Paris late 2009 Shooting Claire @ Since Editing Nasonero Music Pirate Song by Colin Mahar www.fupete.com/research/jolly-roger

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      • The Cake Man

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        from Steven Puziss Added 31 0 0

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        • Jolly Roger (2010) Trailer - english subtitles

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          from Matías Zemljič Added 110 0 0

          Ljubljana is a place where crows swarm around rancid meat and pirates sow panic. Boštjan Baker, Jaka Koraka, Rok Sveder and their captain Vincent Mraka Kalabra are responsible for the shudders of terror that reverberate through the city and its people while the pirates enforce their ideology. Their principles are untouchable and wretched be the one who dares oppose them – they will do anything in their power to ensure their maxims stay respected. The journey Vincent has to make in order to uphold his status and power will lead him through the darkest moments of his past. Yet it is the only way he can reveal himself and his personal truth. Todos los derechos de la música, video y fotografías pertenecen a sus autores.

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          • Art Book Show - Moscow

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            from Pirate Movie Production Added 877 7 1

            This spontaneous ArtBook show went down during the faces&laces youth festival in Moscow 2011. The venue was right next to the Red Square in the center of this metropolitan city! 15 000 people were checking out this outstanding happening that had it's 5th anniversary. BigUps to Andrew&Mary, Masha&Elena for making it happen!

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            • Jolly Roger (2010) Trailer - subtítulos en español

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              from Matías Zemljič Added 94 1 0

              Jolly Roger - synopsis Ljubljana, donde los cuervos se reúnen alrededor de la carroña, es sitio donde modernos piratas siembran pánico. Boštjan Baker, Jaka Koraka, Rok Sveder y su Capitán, Vincent Mraka Kalabra, son responsables de hacer temblar a los habitantes de la ciudad haciendo valer su ideología. Sus máximas son sagradas, y pobre de aquel que las ropa: los piratas harán cualquier cosa por mantenerlas vigentes. Sin embargo, el camino que deberá recorrer Vincent para conservar su estatus y poder de mando lo llevará a su pasado más profundo y oscuro, y así logrará descubrirse a sí mismo, descubrir su verdad. Ljubljana, kjer se zbirajo vrane okrog crkovine, je kraj, kjer pirati sejejo paniko. Boštjan Baker, Jaka Koraka, Rok Sveder in njihov Kapitan Vincent Mraka Kalabra so odgovorni za to, da se mesto in prebivalci tresejo, medtem ko oni uveljavljajo svojo ideologijo. Njihova načela so nedotakljiva in ubogi tisti, ki se jih ne drži –pirati bodo naredili vse, da se njihova načela vedno spoštuje. Toda pot, ki jo mora Vincent prehoditi, da bi ohranil svoj status in oblast, ga bo pripeljala do njegove najgloblje in temne preteklosti. Samo tako bo razkril sebe in svojo resnico. Todos los derechos de la canción, video y fotografías pertenecen a sus autores.

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              • The Adventures of Jolly Roger

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                Captain John "Jolly" Roger and his crew attempt to steal a treasure from the British, but there is a small hitch with his plan....

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                • Jolly Roger Blender 2.49 Physics

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                  Short animation using Blender 2.49 physics

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                  • Jolly Roger film crew "Best Buddy" (Hamgiin Sain naiz) eng sub 48 HFP 2010

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                    from Chimpgrin Added 5,733 1 0

                    I am the filmmaker and owner of the short film, and here's my commentary: Since me and my skeleton film crew are a bunch of volunteer amateurs, with no prior experience of filmmaking, a few friends who just love watching movies, and we had only 48 hours to start from scratch and complete a 7 min short film with randomly drawn Genre and elements (Character, Prop, Dialogue), we made good many mistakes in hindsight. If the race limits were 72 hours and 15 min length, we would have done much better job of realizing our script shot by shot. But we are very proud we did it in time, full of surprises and fun despite the fatique of not sleeping 3 days, and much motivated to learn the art of filmmaking and to try ourselves again with short films. I already am working on dozen Real crazy original concepts of mine. Thanks to the 48HFP organizers for the opportunity to do something and begin our journey towards our dream. Logical explanation of the ghostly apparition and some notes: Since Tulga was in major depression, compounded by his disability below the waist, and his inability to escape from his bed, confined to his room in front of the cable TV all day long, he chafed and the life felt worse than prison cell. When a person is in depression, and when he is unable to fight off or cope with the depression, life seems worthless and feeling unbearable pain of boredom and loneliness, the person’s life feels like an unending nightmare of gloom and doom. Since depression is a form of mental disorder, it is very hard for the brain to cure itself. Every information, everything is reflected in contorted mirror in the mind, dark thoughts just would not go away, haunting every waking moments, whispering poisonous lies, twisting facts, sabotaging logical thinking and producing only self-destructive, self-accusing, deeper depressing, suicidal conclusions, trying to convince the brain that death is the only escape, thus attempting to overwhelm and override the survival instinct, which is afterall hard-wired in genes of all living creatures. Now, when Tulga is decided and committed to claiming his life, and all else fails to save him, and no hope remains, the self-preservation software that is lodged somewhere back of the brain frantically, desperately seeks a way to help itself. So intuitively, that survival program guesses correctly that since the logical brain cannot seem to heal itself from the fatal illness, and since no one outside, none of his close friends, nor his family, not even his beloved girlfriend could not and would not help him, because they don’t even realize that Tulga is in depression and so close to end his miserable life, although any of them could have helped him to get through the darkness of the mind if they were not so ignorant of the danger, and if they really tried to help him by talking to him, or just being there for him beside him, with compassion and with kind and prudent reasoning, but that only way that might be of help is if someone that he knows and listens to with respect were there to talk to him and shake him up until he wakes up. So perhaps Dalai figure was such a man, a childhood fond memory of a cool young man who was like a big brother to kid Tulga, who admired and emulated him with strong childish devotion. Or perhaps since the brain was replaying just that particular piece of memory at that time, the survival instinct self-defense software grabbed the figure of the long past childhood memory, and cast out and projected the figure, exactly the same as he remembers him, unto external world, just like a hallucination in principle. And it worked. The ghost man saved his life somehow, at least for time being, although with such unusual dramatic display of unexpected psychotherapy. Even the side effect of the exploding emotions triggered by the insults apparently broke through the neural block that prevented signals and caused the lower body paralysis, and miracously re-animated the numb legs with twitches and kicks (although it is of course doesn’t necessarily mean that Tulga is or will be cured from the paralysis), which ultimately had decisive impact of releasing the mind from the clawed hold of the malicious Depression, which is truly the killer epidemic in the modern world of lonesome teenagers. So now, where’s the dark comedy in this? First of all, people who watched the film, people who judged the film, and even the people who read the script, didn’t seem to understand what I wanted to say by this piece of story, and they all of them never got a clue as to why I think this story is in anyway a dark comedy. How fucking sad and frustrating, that I cannot express what I think in visual story, and how baffling that even what I wrote as the script could not communicate my thoughts to any reader I approached and asked for criticism and checked what they understood. People, esp. the judges seem to expect Dark comedy film (or story) to show a funny or hilarious story, e.g. of a clumsy man, and yet behind the superficial funny mask was hiding tragic face of a weeping man. Yes of course there are many such stories in films and in novels, of which a classic example would be a story of a clown, always funny, making people laugh, throwing flower bouquets of laughter and happiness to everyone around him, and yet that clown is so sad, weeping in his heart, behind his mask of paint and grin. Behind the scene or the stage, his real life is of cruel fate and dejection, full of sorrow and grief, and often the clown is a real man, despite the debilitating pain, carry on to look cheerful, continue to be the kindest of men, the most humane, generous of soul, and forgiving. But, me being me, a rebel at heart, a pirate in spirit, I decided to try a different story or other side of the Great Dark comedy art. The story would have to be tragic from the beginning to the end, very heavy and dark, oppressive and even unpleasant. Hell, I even chose the most boring and cliché or the most common storyline, you know, friends together drinking, and a couple in love, a picture of happiness. Then of course, predictably, because the protagonist is taking his happy life for granted, repeatedly drives his car while he is drunk, even though the beverage was a few beers of low alcohol, he gets traffic accident, (Yes, the most boring, commonplace way to subject the main character into tragic predicament) and then obviously the suffering of loneliness comes, and so begins the wallowing in self-pity and self-hatred, leading to suicidal thoughts. So unoriginal isn’t it? But I see irony in many many aspects of this tragic story, the irony so amusing that I smile. In other words, the other side of Dark comedy is a story of tragedy, but that which elicit uneasy feeling of amusement and wondering. The exact opposite really. To mention some of the irony: - Why the hell would Tulga commit suicide when he got so good friends, great girlfriend and loving well-to-do family? I mean if such lucky guy cannot escape the clutch of death because of a misfortune, then what chance do the poor bastards who are in lot worse situation than Tulga, e.g. no supportive friends, jilted by his wife, or wife having affair with someone, or turning into alcoholism for escape and temporary peace and forgetfulness. But strangely, people in worse situation actually often survive with sheer determination to live and stubbornly refusing to give up no matter what. This observation is something to consider about, to mull over. - Well, I insisted on showing the boring scenes where audience would see how great friends he has, and how deeply in love his girlfriend looks, and even the scene with his little sister is to show he has family who loves and cares for him. Otherwise, if the film began with Tulga already in bed, in agony of depression, audience would assume he is just a lonely man, with no one else to look after him, and would not be surprised he is in depression, esp. with his unfortunate condition, and would not take the warning message of the danger of depression. - Car accident seemed the most obvious and simplest choice or instrument to explain the cause of the depression, although depression can be caused by unknown and unlimited numbers of factors. Since I didn’t care what caused the depression in the first place, I chose the simplest explanation, to avoid confusing the audience with any more complicated ado, which is car accident which is so common risk that almost all of us exposed to. - Also, I took pains to, at expense of my precious time limit of only 7 minutes length, show the audience that his friends didn’t abandon him, in fact they regularly visit him, although not as often as he would have liked, because they have their own lives to live and their own problems to attend to. His girlfriend didn’t dump him either. Instead he, in his frustration and self-delusion, pushed her away from himself, doubtless believing that he dearly loves her and so he would not have her sacrifice her life for this invalid hopeless sorry remains of a man he once was, and forced her to leave him alone, dumping her, thinking he is doing her a favor by releasing her from the bondage, the obligation to be with him when he is in need of her. All these, just to avoid the misassumption that his girl and friends are bad people, betraying him, thus causing the depression. Even his little sister still lives up to her word, and keeps up the role of the nurse, although I also implied that such task has its toil and if he was being difficult and gave her hell, or hurt her feelings with venomous words and insults, she would grow distant, no longer warm and open, but still she would not desert her beloved brother. I even rejected the notion of showing the scene where how Tulga broke up with Misheel, because my friends felt the main character Misheel disappeared from the film too abruptly, without any exit scene. Because such dramatic scene is unnecessary for my intended message, and would just distract the audience’s attention from seeing what I wanted to tell them. No, all those apparently banal scenes serve certain vital purposes each and all of them. I too do hate waste. - As explained briefly in the main body of the script text, I also wanted to point out the changed nature of friendship, which used to be so cherished in olden times. In short, with all the toys and distractions (Cable TV, internet, chat, SMS etc) value of friendship may seem diminished in Modern times. But I think even if a person may boast 100 friends on Facebook, without the human contact, I mean physical touch, the person will still be susceptible to depression, which is I think partly the cause of the rampant loneliness in this age of technology and prosperity. - The conclusion of the film, through the Tulga monologue at the end, seem to suggest that you yourself is the best buddy of yourself. Yet the ending is ambigious as to who is the Best Buddy? Tulga himself or his girlfriend Misheel? If Tulga believes that he himself is his Best Buddy, then yes there will be benefits, as he will start fighting for himself, without excessively relying on others or waiting passively for God’s mercy. But sooner or later, especially if he fails to succeed healing himself by himself, the Depression will be revived in him again, and then he will be truly alone, since his friends and girlfriend will be away from him, and his imaginary friend (Dalai) might not come again to rescue him, and he will die for sure this time. I repeat, when a person is in major depression, he cannot help himself. He needs external help, he needs genuine friendship or the healing power of love. So since he cannot save himself, if he fall into depression again, it’s ironic if he relies solely on himself, rejecting help from others, because his Lover and perhaps his close friends, or even his family can truly help him when he is in dire need. By the way, I think some very rare people have inate ability to fight loneliness, and keep his mind relatively sane. For example, if two prisoners are in separate solitary cell for long time, while the other one will die or emerge mentally completely damaged because of the loneliness, the gifted one will survive, by keeping himself occupied somehow, or even summoning his imaginary friend to play with, just like small children with vivid imagination, and even creating his own fantasy world where he is free and have adventurous life with his imaginary friends, thus escaping the confinement of the prison cell. I guess what I am trying to say in the end is that a person needs his girlfriend, his close friends, and his family, even if he is strong willed and self-sustained. Also, even if a person has his girlfriend, close friends, and family, but if he doesn’t have his inner best buddy with him, then he is vulnerable and fragile to fend off onslaught of depression, and easily overwhelmed. That inner strength, that self-reliance, that deviant spirit, that will to live is very very important, without which the person is doomed to defeat by the monster of depression, even with the presence of the wife, friends and family. For example, a teenager boy got family, brothers and sisters, and many friends, some of them very close buddies. But he feels lonely and he is in major depression. Then he finds himself a girlfriend, someone to love and be loved. His depression is lifted and he is happy. But he then makes his girlfriend the center of his universe, relying the whole meaning of his life on her alone. Such relationship is not stable, and often it is bound to fail and break apart. For one reason or another, there will be a mistake, or accumulation of little things, dissatisfaction, a built of resentment, a cause for anger, a nasty case of quarrel, or just the girlfriend will have enough and would feel fed up with him, sick of his constant whines and his total dependence on her, his jealousy, his misery and complaints and self pity. She will want to break up with him. He asks why, but she’d lie or accuse him or blame his weaknesses or just be straightforward and plain, even cold and cruel with honesty. His world will be crushed, his heart will shatter, he will feel dizzy and will reel and stagger from the sudden blow and will be shocked, dumbfounded. But soon he will be waking up from his numbness, to find himself in total cold pit darkness of depression. Nothing will be in life to hold him. Because he made her the only column to support his universe, instead of many columns which could be his parents, siblings, friends, books or his self or some form of imaginary friend. So when that only or main column collapses, the whole universe will cave in, even if there were other columns they would be too weak and not strong enough to endure. Phantom pain will grip his heart, clouding his sight and distorting his view of the reality. There will be no joy in anything. He will taste dust in his favorite food, nothing he could do would be meaningful, and any further action or pursuit of life’s path would look meaningless. Then the idea of death would grow on his mind, with its unnatural appeal and ephemeral promises. His survival instinct will resist the temptation of course. But the ailing mind will keep assaulting the self-defense system with daunting persuasion and false argument, twisting any facts or suppressing and hiding any discordant information, to support or justify his dark purpose, to point out the logical conclusion of the escape route from this empty suffering which is life. Scary thing is that while he is struggling in his mind and failing to shake off the death wish, he will maintain his normal composure, betraying little of his internal turmoil, and no one around him will be attentive enough to be able to suspect that anything is wrong with him or he might be needing help desperately, until it is too late, (or even if someone did felt intuitively his cry of help and even if that someone is not indifferent to his plight, that someone likely will do nothing worthwhile, crippled by apathy and selfish preoccupation) and then when he finally convinces himself and decided to go on “the long trip” away, he will become eerily calm, even cheerful and kind, and often he won’t make any farewell or any dramatic exit, because he is still a bit ashamed and embarrassed, and would quickly and impulsively end his life with a brief note left behind or just whispering his bid of goodbye, no fuss no explanation, just a hasty departure.

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