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Icarus by montyoum Icarus by montyoum
Hey everyone,

Monty again, got another movie here.


So umm, first off. I WILL NEVER LIVE UP TO HALOID. Goddamn! That was one crazy month. It was a fluke I tell ya. Pure luck/coincidence.

Now that that's outta the way. This movie here was thisclose to being scrapped. I closed up the ends and pushed the pieces in place. But I have been so bloody buisy this last month that making this movie happen was quite a feat. I cut out about half of what I intended. I'm nonetheless glad to have finished, but as always this could have been so much better. Chunky motion data, some pretty bad layouts, a horrible rendition of myself, no ending to speak of. But all in all I still made it happen. And it happened for this:


The jist of it is, make a 2.5 minute movie that tributes to John Woo's Style, win $25,000

It seemed like destiny when I heard about this contest. Me who's been watching John Woo movies since I was 11 yrs old have been waiting for something like this. If only the timing were better that I could have made a better movie, as well as get around some of the other techinicalities which makes me already disqualified at any chance of winning that $25,000.

Regardless of that I still wanted to finish this movie, because more important than the money (though I wouldn't complain.) Is the notion that John Woo himself might see my work. And regardless of quality, wat I hope for most people to see my vision.

And that's what John Woo means to me. Vision and the drive for symbolism so strong that you're willing to sacrifice continuity and quality for sheer powerful symbolism. I think that's what makes him somewhat controversial. I hope for somehow my efforts to reach him and perhap strike a chord.

Some of the rules of the competition (which I've already broken) include:

1. Must not contain any copyright violations.
I'm using the theme song to Zone of the Enders 2, "Beyond the Bounds."

2. The video must only be on their myspace page.
Well nuts to that. Since there's one more reason I can't state the makes me ABSOLUTELY ineligible to win th prize. I might as well add it here to my collection and home for videos

Some of you will notice I went with crows instead of the typical "John Woo doves" mostly because I felt adding a little of my own flavour. The quote in the contests profile has John Woo stating:

"Young filmakers need encouragement to grow; it is an aspect of my proffesion which I cherish deeply. I know the Stranglehold Short Film Contest will new new talent and with it, new possiblilites."

My first thought when I set out to make this movie was where is would take place. The Killer, my all time favorite John Woo movie, took place in a church, Hard Boiled in a hospital. I wanted something similar in terms of what sort of contrary scene I could make. My girlfriend out of the blue came up with a genious idea... A library.
Further down I was testing and rendering when I accidentally rendered the scene without any textures. Seeing my library completely white it hit me. A color scheme that I had had my eye on for some time was the perfect choice. Not onlyto make this movie more artistic, but also add to it's efficiency.

In fact this movie is me partly trying to also add an element of art into my movies. The color palette of strict white red and black was a choice I'm very happy I made. Someday I'll make the movie I really wanted to make with the color palette. So in this movie you'll see:

A stark white library/church With white books
An occaisional a red book.
Two protagonists dressed in black.
All of the antagonists garbed in black with a touch of red.
And black crows with red eyes.

It was also rather difficult, not aiming for my usual over the top fantasy styled action. And still I couldn't help wanting to defy the laws of physics here and there. So overall I hope this movie's artistic style and (somewhat) reasonable action scenes will entertain.

Mr. Woo if your reading, I too cherish filmaking, and cinematography. I feel the path that has lead me is similar to yours in that though my credentials and methods are questionable, my results are unarguable. You have been an inspiration, and I hope my path finds it's way towards you someday.

My next movie will top this a hundred fold. And will be crazy sexy to boot.

-Monty Oum
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MickEventide Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2017
Wow, this post is 10 years and two days old today. Reading this it's hard to believe you're dead... wow. Sadness.
ken-no-shi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

...and then came RWBY...
Gramps808 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha Ha yep.
Tresureman-on-RvB Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Stranglehold FTW
Akkari Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
it is ill, man...:))))
shadowangel28 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
amazing work on the video
Lrme87 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
A-Class job ^^
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
sweeeeeeeeeeet pic
MevTheDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008   Digital Artist
You're such an excellent choreographer. I can't wait until Dead Fantasy III!
Alpha-Dee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008   Digital Artist
The movie looked awesome :)
Daklra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
wirlygig Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Holy F*** Sh**! This was so good! Damn this'ed be good for a game man! Uh, will you try?
mackiechan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
saintpepsi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
looks damn good man./ wow itrs been a long time sense i talked with you. for the record ambers doing really good if you didn't know already and me well life could not better be. and for you damn man your skills get better by the second
Tyne2010 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
Amazing action, there.
$20 says that John Woo shat himself upon watching this. =)
Jamiewindwaker Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
All your videos that you made are epic.
Redwense Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Loved the cinematography, and with the music from ZOE, left me breathless!
G-G Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
absolutely amazing. love the one frame where you and the statue line up before shattering.
Guandao Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
The crows were an excellent touch, I loved the contrast both they and the blood provided against the white walls of the Library. The action choreography was incredible to watch, and even though you broke the laws of physics, every move seemed to flow flawlessly into the other. You have a way of illustrating impact so well that I could almost feel every hit!

Minor crit - at 0:43, the guy holding two handguns has only one in the next shot (really a small error, most people probably didn't even notice it). I also would have had the sequence at 1:28 play out a little longer to bring emphasis to the wings, even if just for half a second.

I'm a huge John Woo fan myself, so I especially love this piece and enjoyed it a little more than Haloid. I'm looking into 3D animation myself, so I find your work very inspirational. Thank you.
Blookazo22 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
sweet baby jesus AWSOME!!!!!
pikajc Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Like always man your work is incredible, I hope you work soon for Nintendo
The-King-is-Dead Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Dude, i very much doubt that Haloid is the best thing u will ever make. Icarus is great but its rushed, so it wont as good as Haloid...but dude, come on, with ur talent u'll better Haloid a hundred times over before the end....
Aleks-kun Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
your stuff is unbelievable good..
choreography, style, music.. well everything :D

Crazy-Jake Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Amazing. although your probably right in Haloid being your greatest piece but this is amazing for it's length. I especially love the part with the angel and it look's like one of the guy's has wing's. and then it goes Slo-mo when the wing's smash. i would have gone for the other way around but that might have been a little too pradictable
kedralynn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Good tribute. I really liked the visuals. The red, black and white. It's not smooth as some of your other videos but so awesome just the same. I'm glad you didn't scrap it. I just made bunch of people watch it with me :D

FullMetalFreak1313 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
YOU R GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! iv watched haloid like a million times and actually found this site because of u. plus idk if it was as good as haloid but it still kicks ass. you should make a full langth movie, although it would take forever. but u can do it ur GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=)
fieryamazon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
another great video. you entered this for a contest, right? you've got me hooked
Biospark Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Your movies are just plain awesome dude, keep up the good work, I'm hoping to see Road 4 soon D=
gdforce2k5 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... this is beyond amazing. A perfect blend of artistry and action; I'm sure you would do John Woo proud.
It sucks about the ineligibilty clauses you stated, but regardless it was superb. A little constructive criticism on my part, but I didn't really feel the music; "Beyond the Bounds" is good, but it didn't really roll with the action or the setting. I'd suggest perhaps "Kanon Melody ~Metal Wings~" by 403 -Forbiddena- for a scene like this. Nonetheless, the way it was presented was truly godlike. You truly have immense talent in the digital filmmaking business. In the future, good luck and great ideas to you.
grafficky Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Good concept and well animated...
LunarKnight48 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
freakin sweet.
it may not be like haloid, but you still make some great videos.
ShaneNewville Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Yeah man. Ill to def.
Looks like the intro to some new action/shoot-
em up game. I like how it's not mindless shooting.
The highlight for me was the main character crashing
through the wings of the angel. Very cool indeed.
I'm in love with your work.
CronicZ00 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
My jaw literally cracked a hole in the floor when he broke the angel wings. Great work !
TorrentWave Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
This is an amazing piece of work. It not only speaks volumes about your abilities as a designer and rendering god, but also as a cinematographer. The idea to do the entire scene in a three piece color pallet is an artistic stroke that gives the piece an artistic touch lost in most movies trying to duplicate John Woo's style. Just by how you position the characters and the way they interact and react to the environment and each other gives us major insights to a plot that no one knows.

The fight was epic, and defying a little physics only makes it more impacting. I would have liked to see a bit of struggle, it seemed almost too easy for the two, but considering the constraints in time and work I can understand why it was stuck with a pure one-sided view. This way the two are almost greater than average, adding to the overlying theme of beyond human properties (the wings were a huge boost to this and a great scene).

This is an amazing piece of work from a truly talented artist.
I think everyone wants more, and if you stop making movies there will be riots.
AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
nice man, but i too wasnt feeling the song, and you could have really put anything else in and i probably wouldnt have cared. I dont watch enough john woo films, but i thought it was good. didnt like the computer gamey things like jumping on people and shooting them, which took out any reaslistic type action it could have had, but it was nicely animated, and a nice art style.
Very nice. John Woo would be proud.
Firia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
I respect that you think you'll never live up to the internet buzz that was generated by your work, Haloid. :) But don't give up! Haloid was great! I fondly belive that if a person can do it once, they have it in them to do again and again! You've already shown you have it in you. I have no doubt that's why you became so popular, and got so many job offers. :)

With that said;
I like this! It's not as strong as your previous work, but it's still great work! The imagry, and the brief moment that one of the Men in Black became cloaked with wings was probably, in my opinion, the strongest visual motief in the peice. Close second being the red books. :D

All in all, you do great work, and this is no exception. :) Keep it up.
Firia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
PS: I totally wasn't feeling the song. :D I think a 2nd version could easily encorperate someone elses work (, as long as you got their permission. :) From there, it's a quick jaunt over to youtube, upload, and grab an embeded version. Slap that up on a impromptu myspace, rake in $25,000.

:D Just a few quick and easy steps to selling out in the name of art. :D hehe
ZeroMatrixGuyver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Even if you say it wasn't good or the like, the fans speaketh! It was simply divine, dude. While you may see it as not as good as the Haloid, people see it at the same level regardless. Keep up the good work <.<..Imma still watching your videos on my PSP damn near every day xD
kingcosmo11 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Z33LNR44L Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Love the vid, didnt really understand the whole angel wings thing u got going on on that pic till i saw it :D
hamsterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
sorry if im being retarded, but what engine was used for ICARUS?

I dont beleive I have seen a ref anywhere,

cheers Chris
spiner-storm Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
That was pretty fun to watch.

Zone of the Enders FTW music. <3
SavageShakes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Can I just say, I think you are one of the best action sequence animators I've ever seen? Seriously...
JayseR Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Digital Artist
John Woo's work is very inspirational, that I agree on, I look up to him. But your work has proven to have some of the most amazing elements I have ever seen in a user-made video, and I am finding myself looking up to you as well. Keep up the amazing work, I look forward to what you come up with next. I wish you could teach me and we could work together, that would be amazing in itself.
GuitarAtomik Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Very nice man! That shot with the angel statue breaking was great.
SirceUnlimited Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Writer
I do say that this is totally tats, and depsite its short length, is easily equal to, perhaps better than haloid in my eyes. Although I enjoy my scifi/fantasy, I always tie it as close as possible to something real. I can see those ties here very well. Where did you elanr to do this, may I ask, and do you take commisions?
shir-shaggy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
ha, my friend's name is John Woo. he's damn good at guitar too.
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