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Contest Name :Race Against The Clock, Submission Date :09-29-2009, Uploaded By : Srdan
Directed By :  SRDJAN RODIC, Director, writer,,
Shot On: Canon DV camcorder, Edited On: PC, Adobe Premiere 2,  Crew Members: 9  Duration:
Sarajevo ,Kanton Sarajevo , Bosnia And Herzegovina   Views: 1476
Inspiration: Film goes in two forms. One goes backwards, shot by shot and the other is used as refrain, which in the end overrides and we watch action in present.
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Well shot, seems a little blown out on a shot or two, but other than that great work. 
Yes, but whiteness has dramatically point in the end. Thanx for a comment. 
Interesting footage and well acted and edited. Music added to it too... I have to say, though, that I didn't really understand what it had to do with the theme. I watched it twice to make sure I didn't miss anything. Please watch my entry, 'Deadline'. 
Great angle shots. Its a rape right, How does it goes with the theme. 
Music goes well with film. 
Sorry to say mate , but this is the lamest film in the competition..dont know wht it has to do with the theme? May be u need to get yourself checked and see if you would understand what the actual theme of the competition really was...maybe eyes ...maybe lenses...but something needs to be checked..mind maybe lol !! Good luck 
Excellent music. I think a better title would have been "KILLING TIME" The violence seemed forced. Shot selection had some interesting choices and the characters had unique faces. Good luck! 
I only watched the movie once, but as far as I can tell, it is well in line with the theme. The guy in a cap is racing to save her life - at some point we see him tied to a chair, trying to free himself, later on giving her the kiss of life. The race against the clock is referenced in the narrative flow itself which is unfolding into the future as well as into the past, possibly converging at some point, possibly changing the outcome at random. 
I only watched the movie once, but as far as I can tell, it is well in line with the theme. The guy in a cap is racing to save her life - at some point we see him tied to a chair, trying to free himself, later on giving her the kiss of life. The race against the clock is referenced in the narrative flow itself which is unfolding into the future as well as into the past, possibly converging at some point, possibly changing the outcome at random. 
Srdan, I love this but I'm just a bit confused with the chain of events in this film. From what I can work out, a Woman is Tricked by Man 1 into letting Man 2 and 3 invade her house and rape her - however, at what point does Man 1 get tied up? At what point does Man 2 get strangled - before or after Man 3 is stabbed (Because presumably Man 3 would stop mid-rape to help him) ? Why is the woman shown to be coming into consciousness underneath a dead Man 3, when she is later shown to be getting resuscitated by Man 1 in what looks to be a position removed from her orginal position under Man 3? Did Man 1 put her back under the dead guy post resuscitation(!) and knock her out a second time? When did she get knocked out the first time? Regardless of what others have said I get the idea of racing against time - the woman to me is running out of time. I like this film but to me there are a few holes in the chain of events - and I've watched it three times now just to be sure. P.S. Are you a fan of Dogma films? 
I think it can fit the theme fine, depending on what is actually going on. I find the shots and the unfolding incredibly interesting, however, I only watched it once because my personal aesthetic can only stomach so much rape, and with only one viewing, I'm left confused, albeit intrigued. The claustrophobic close-ups work extremely well in adding to the overall disconcerting narrative. Explain the "film exercise" thing. Wishful thinking? Parallel universe? Stepping momentarily out of the suspension of disbelief? Oh -- I just read your notes under "Inspiration," which definitely explains a bit more -- I'm a big fan of non-linear chronology. (PS- I also left you a comment regarding ketchup in the comment section of my film "The Course," I have a feeling you've never experienced a freshly opened glass bottle of ketchup or your "real-time" issue wouldn't have come up.) 
Srdjan, I have watched many films and under many of them you write some very negative comments. Then add a condescending 'Good Luck'. Why all the hate? I figured that from the high platform you judge people from, that clearly your film had to be the next Citizen Kane. After watching it, I am further perplexed as to what puts you in the position to so harshly judge other's films merits. Clearly your work tells me, you should focus your efforts on developing your own process and not kicking people who are in their own early stages of development. Because ironically, you are right there with them. Plus by spreading hate I can't imagine that it will help your vote count. Make love, not war my friend. 
You made me watch this film again! As Hedia put it, the rape is difficult to watch and it makes me nauseated each time. Bryan: I think the nice guy (grey cap) is forced by the gang to trick her into opening the door. As they force their way into her flat, they forget about him. Although he could now escape, he decides to help her and enters the flat. They tie him to a chair and proceed with the assault. He somehow frees himself and kills them one by one. He gives her the kiss of life and she becomes conscious. The exchange of kisses in the end is a result of emotional bonding during and after the traumatic experience. The entanglement of the narrative flow paves the way for alternative scenarios though. 
Chris: Thanks for opening this for discussion, I was itching to say something as well. One of Barrett's 'Principles of Interpretation' states that 'interpretations ought to present the work in its best rather than its weakest light'. There are 18 principles all together, you can check them out here: http://www.art.unt.edu/ntieva/pages/teaching/tea_comp_artcriticism.html#Barrett_Principles Personally, I tend to concentrate too much on the positive when giving feedback, which is not useful to anyone. While Srdan's comments are often very harsh and even annihilative, his feedback may be more useful than one would imagine. People who dare to speak their mind, often (not always!) speak for many more who think the same, but don't want to say anything. Personally, I want to hear from these people! Srdan: I am sure you heard of the 'sandwich' before - first you present a nice thick layer of soft bread, than you add some sour pickle and salt and you finish with another very nice and very thick layer of bread. This way the sour part is easier to swallow. It takes an army of people to make a film, let's all be friends. 
Mira: I agree with you that critiques are more useful than praise, however, when they are not related to the film or how to improve the film, and just general snarkiness, then they are simply bitter and pointless. That's why I'm liking your sandwich thing, which I had never heard of before but I think subconsciously employ. 
gud could have worked on the framework.. . We, the viewers, as I am, we like not to know everything you as a creator (ha-ha) knows. 
Well, hello everyone for first! I just want you all to be a good filmmakers and that does not have anything to do with friendship. If you do not take comments as helpful for your further work, you can just ignore them, because they are meant to help, even for those geniuses which thinks that they or they work can not be more improved. So, I am telling what I think despise your comfortably. I certainly have unpleasant news for people and I do not consider that you have to love me. As I said, I will talk despite your efforts or cries. That is the way I am and you are not in my skin to understand myself more then you understand you alone. My only goal is to tell you how I perceive you and that is as I think point of giving comments. Good luck to you all, because some of us will be chosen for awards! It is still a competition and not a kindergarten or school, although we are learning from each other, which is inevitable as death. Also, there is no certain growth and there is a growth in a bad direction. I am going towards light, who ever does not, that one can not take advise, but only clapping on a shoulder which often is a clapping in a hole or bad direction of growth. Good luck to everyone, not only you who left comments, but also to the ones that are oblivious, forgetful or just not brave enough to share their impressions! At the end: Good luck! 
Dear Sardine (AKA Cluless in Sarajevo), well done on the next installment of a sub par, child's attempt at filmmaking. You should be ashamed to speak so harshly of other people's work when you yourself have no skills. Seriously, I feel embarrassed for you. You're drowning in a cesspool of your own creation, and then accusing other people of smelling like shit. There's no excuse for that. Bottom line, there is nothing remotely exceptional about your work. And I'm not saying that out of anger, I'm just being honest, and truthful... and maybe even a little bit brave. With that being said, I'd like to leave you with my words regarding your last blockbuster submission "developmental". Thank you for your time. Dear Srdan, excellent picture movie! Highly entertaining and excellent concept. Got me to be thinkings of the high stakes entertaining world of silently developing film in dark room in Sarajevo. Real psychological eye candy as well. Much mind blowing! Also, very much look forward to sequel entitled "Man Prepares Tax Statement in Silence". Your idea of using single camera on tripod with everything shot in real time, one take, no editing is brilliant. Good luck to the top and can't wait to see future projectors.  
I am sorry girl/woman/lady, but you changed a man with a monkey. What do you think how should I feel about that? It is certainly not funny. Also, Adam is a stupid guy who does not know that he should eat from a tree of apple, but not literally, because it is allegory and some people, not me, are exploring the true meaning of Bible or Kuran or some other allegorical book. I really think you humiliated many more people then I will ever by saying to you that I am still disgusted with your film. There is no need to be nice on my other films, because this is not mathematics and it does not make you any better by adding a + to - in life. You should write that when competition was on. Good bye! 
interesting inter cuts..was actually reading faces to understand the progress.. creative ..something new with making! 
Interesting concept ! Wanna see more. 
different. what i got about how it fits in with the theme is he's racing against time at the end to save the girl? i was wondering if maybe he tricked her into opening her door in the first place - maybe he was a neighbour of hers? he tricked her with the idea of raping her with the others. then he changes his mind? am i far off? good luck with it. 
Hey Nathan, he asked for a 1 Mark which is about 75 cents. It could be a neighbor if he was not dressed in hat and jacket. I think he is a beggar and people do beg in Balkan countries from door to door, because we do not have right to shoot anyone who is around our property. I hope I helped to explain. Good bye! 
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