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Enemies: A short film shot on the way back from Paul Fest.

Hey guys, I'm an aspiring filmmaker from Southern Oregon. I've made and am currently working on several liberty-oriented films. Here is my latest, it's called Enemies. Check it out at the link below:


This one isn't quite so explicitly liberty oriented as some of my past and upcoming work, but I hope you guys will still enjoy it. This film was shot on a whim while me and my associates were on our way back from Paul Fest. We made up a story and just shot it as we went on the long drive from Tampa back to Oregon (although we didn't even come up with the idea until Mississippi!). I hope you guys will like it and share it with your friends.

We've got a couple more films in the pipeline already, including one that will be shooting in two weeks time for a period of 6 days over presidents day weekend and into the following week. This film will once again be much more liberty oriented than Enemies.

If you like our films, be sure to check out our websites, like our Facebook pages, and watch our previous work! Thanks!


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comment on propaganda, but kudos to your dramatic production and political relevance!

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Bravo! Really good


Really good production. keep it going

Kept my attention throughout

The ending was interesting. The Liberty side of the argument was that responsible people who carry guns are able to keep their temperament even in the most dire situations. His life was not threatened but that doesnt mean he doesnt want to shoot him on vengeance. There are more important things to consider when pulling the trigger, like his brother, his religion, and ultimately the other guy's life.
fittingly, the wanderer might have learned something with this encounter since he left the safe. Now he has no gun and no money, and just maybe the taint of his murder can be washed away when he starts anew without his gun or his crime.

I second that ...

It leads to some questions as well...left a few in my mind, anyway. Some times it's good to leave a story with them.

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way better then the garbage coming out of Hollywood

great work. Can't wait to see more.

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Very nice work

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to your next production.

One thought for you to consider for your next film that you say will be more 'liberty oriented.' You are obviously very talented, this is abundantly clear. Take this talent and AIM BIG.

The "liberty movement" per se is small. Our challenge at this point is to take the concepts and make them palatable for a broad audience, something I touched on a bit in this thread.

So rather than make a "liberty oriented movie," think about making a movie with mass appeal, that demonstrates the concept of liberty.

What I really liked about this film was the ambiguity. The final scene brought up the question: What should he do? What would I do if I were in the same situation? And in the end, the restraint he shows is the powerful message.

Very powerful. Thank you for sharing that. Hope to see you picking up an award at the Oscars in a few years. Fiction is a powerful medium. Keep on doing what you love.

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I've got to hand it to ya, Dave-

You've got a talent there for conveying a story in a short time frame with all the elements of a full-featured film or documentary. Not even easy. Keep it up! Looking forward to seeing you others on YT.

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I have an entry in the works. It's in the early stages right now but I think it could be pretty powerful. It will be a documentary, not a narrative, even though fictional narrative is usually my thing.

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Good Work David !

You hid the actual murder, but made viewers think there was a murder.

I don't know why, but it made me think of how many Americans are conditioned to think that murders of innocent people in foreign lands is perfectly all right, but if they see a fake murder on the screen, they think that is reality.

It made me think of our district U.S. Congress critter, saying before a packed house at the local library last summer, that he would vote to bomb Iran !{Isn't that murder?}

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The common thread you hit on is..

People know "they" die, but if you don't "see" it, its okay.

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Really really really

Well done!

I'm confused.... Why did he

I'm confused.... Why did he let the guy just leave? He had killed his brother. Why didn't he do anything to stop it?

Is everything all better because the guy leaves the safe with a big fat wad of cash?

So are you trying to say criminals are able to buy their way out of trouble?

Clearly, it's not about TELLING YOU what to do-

but questions, what WOULD YOU DO?- if in this circumstance...

Do you have a clue?

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My guess is that the shallow murderer was touched by the

driver's kindness (at the restaurant) and when he realized that his victim was the driver's bro (back in the car), he wanted forgiveness. He walked off, leaving the booty of the theft. The driver "could" kill the murderer to revenge, but his natural god-loving temperament didn't allow him to pull the trigger. He had an ambivalence: he wasn't totally happy that he let the murderer flee. He found the key, the money and the gun only after he let go of the intense desire of the moment to revenge.

It's not as if he was bought to let the murderer go in exchange of the wad of cash. . . Besides, the murderer left his(?) gun in the box, ready to be killed by the driver bro of his victim, if that was what the driver wanted. In his fleeting way he was ready to meet the consequence and left his life in the hands of the driver.

Anyhow, it's a nice thought-provoking short story. Very enterprising to shoot this on the cross-country drive on the fly.

I didn't like the end at

I didn't like the end at first, and I had to think about it, and then when I realized that the end made me think about it, I liked it, not because I liked it, but because it made me wonder "why?" and it caused me to ponder the possible reasons. It left me thinking, it didn't do the thinking for me, I like that.

good post

good post

Nice production.

Interesting story and high quality film. We don't see enough of this on Youtube. Someone was dizzy from watching it? I thought it was completely watchable.

Seeing some criticism about the story. I guess for me I was intrigued by the fact that the driver showed restraint with his fire arm. I also got that it was more of a film about morality, faith, and human psychology.

Generally, most people don't get film as art. They only understand good prevailing over evil stories. Doesn't really challenge the viewer to think what they would do in reality. Thanks for not being so predictable.

Keep it up. Subscribed.

P.S. David, I'm sure we met at an event or two. Good to see people using their talents. God Bless.

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It drew me in and kept me

It drew me in and kept me until the end. I enjoyed it. Good job! Looking forward to more. If you guys can come up with that one on the fly, I can't wait to see what you come up with on purpose!

Pretty good! I have admiration for small productions

Pretty good! I have admiration for small productions. I've seen how much work has to go into putting these things together.

My sole suggestion is for all films, not this one: find value in moments of silence. Only a few film makers have known when to stop the music and let the sounds of the world take charge.

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Best of luck to you!

I suggest invest in an image stabilizer and tripod or something, I could not watch it. I know that jiggly camera thing was made very "cool" by Blair Witch but I just can't watch them.

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We almost always shoot with a tripod...

Or at least some form of stabilization. In this specific instance we just chose not to. Remember, this was literally shot while we were on a road trip. The entire thing was extremely impromptu, and virtually everything you see in the film is first or second take material. For the sake of expediency, we shot the whole thing handheld.

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OK, I'll check the others.

I appreciate the "spur of the moment" conditions. "Everything you see" for me was about 20 seconds, I get nauseated really easily.

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This is called a psychological suspense, correct? A crime-fiction subgenre?

A psychological suspense fiction lingering over the mind of the criminal and the other people involved. Referred to not as whodunnits but as whydunnits, because they aren't as concerned with the finding of the solution to a crime as they are with psychological and social observation -- with tracing the reasons that lead to a crime and the consequences that flow from it?

I suppose you could call it that!

I suppose you could call it that! Although I think you might have put more thought into it than we did! We just wanted to make an interesting short film with the extremely limited resources we had available to us. We weren't really shooting for any particular genre.

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