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24 Hour Comic (2017)

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8 artists confined to a comic book store, partake in Scott McCloud's 24 hour comic challenge. Each attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.

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Milan Erceg
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Credited cast:
Barkles Barkles ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Allie Scott Allie ... Himself
Rebecca Celsi Rebecca Celsi ... Herself
David Chelsea David Chelsea ... Himself
Stephen Conser Stephen Conser ... (as S.W Conser)
Paul Guinan Paul Guinan ... Himself
Batton Lash Batton Lash ... Himself
Tom Lechner Tom Lechner ... Himself
Scott McCloud Scott McCloud ... Himself
Andrew McIntire Andrew McIntire ... Himself
Jacob Mercy Jacob Mercy ... Himself
Rachel Nabors Rachel Nabors ... Herself
Arnold Pander Arnold Pander ... Himself
Jacob Pander ... Himself
Opal Pence Opal Pence ... Credited as Sera Stanton
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In Portland Oregon, eight artists come together to participate in Scott McCloud's 24 Hour Comic Challenge, attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours. With the smell of coffee and doughnuts lingering over a table filled with pencil shavings, director Milan Erceg delves into the personal lives of each of the participating artist to examine how and why they got into an industry that rarely rewards their passion with fame or money. Further exploring the business of comic art, Erceg peppers in interviews from an impressive list of nationally recognized comic book experts including, Scott McCloud, cartoonist and author of "Understanding Comics", Paul Guinan creator of "Boilerplate", David Chelsea, acclaimed graphic novelist, Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics and many others. An inspiring look into the art world's version of a marathon, 24 Hour Comic leaves the audience with a deeper appreciation for the artists who spend a life creating.

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USA

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English

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21 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Interesting story, but what's with the camera??
17 June 2018 | by zionorchardSee all my reviews

The subject matter of this film was interesting enough, and I won't provide any spoilers in regard to the storyline, but the camera work was just awful. The person behind the lens could not, for the life of them, focus their camera or hold it steady. It drove me NUTS!

Every single shot either began or ended out of focus and, after a while, it started to give me a headache. From the repeated quick zooms in and out, the jerky camera movements, the countless blurry shots, and the barrage of shots that would begin out of focus only to quickly hunt back into focus and then back out of focus again--sometimes more than once in the same scene--ended up becoming so distracting that I could barely focus on the storyline and what the people in the film were saying; I was focused more on the poor camera work. In fact, I find it to be so bad, for me, it's now become the reference film for how not to shoot a film.

I don't know if the cameraman thought they were being creative or what. But the purpose of these types of camera movements and focus techniques is for creative purposes that are meant to be used sparingly--not for virtually every scene! Otherwise, it just becomes annoying and viewers end up paying more attention to the flaws than they do the story. That's just filmmaking and videography 101. This cameraman doesn't seem to understand this, so it's left feeling like amateur hour for most of the shots.

TL:dr: If you can manage, for over an hour, to stomach the distracting and annoying camera work, then you might enjoy this documentary. If not, then that's too bad for all involved, including the viewers.


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