Saturday, 10 December 2011

Where will it all stop - Screening Feedback

This summary post was originally written for a practical exercise undertaken in the Planning and Making a Film module I undertook in the penultimate year of my BA (Hons). The module's practice was undertaken between October 2011 to June 2012 and it provided me with a hugely enriching experience. For a more detailed overview of the module and the projects I undertook as a part of it, see Planning and Making a Film: The student filmmaking experience.


All the members of the Planning and Making a Film module were in attendance for this seminar; this was to ensure that everyone could view and provide feedback for all the versions of Where will it all stop. This seminar was also my first opportunity to see my group’s completed version of Where will it all stop.

 Our version of Where will it all stop. 
You can see the other versions here.

During the editing process, I know that Emily and Jenny were concerned that they would not get the other groups footage in time and that Emily’s friend would not have enough time to score the film. But the fact that they devoted so much of their own to time to achieve this is testament to their commitment to the project. I was also impressed by the high standard of the second half of the film, considering the limited amount of time they had in which to put it together.

With our version of Where will it all stop, some of the things that were specifically pointed out were:
  • The framing of shots in the second half. Although, this is down to the other group of our production because they shot that half of the film
  • Difficulty understanding the whole story. We had adjusted the original script to explain why the old character of Chuck had a youthful appearance. However, the structuring of the film did not make this entirely clear.
  • Everyone liked the music that had been composed for our cut.
  • An overall good use of sound design.
  • Smooth transition between scenes.
  • We met the eight minute length rule.

One of the things I am amazed that no one picked up on was the casting change of the character of Lolly. This was something I thought people would catch onto to straight away but, amazingly, no one noticed!

One of the things that Mike (our tutor) pointed out is how we could improve our cuts further and he has suggested that, potentially after Christmas, we will go back to the cuts and refine them further. However, whether we will actually have time to do this in the new year I don’t know but from an editing stand point, and that being the role I would like to fill on the next film, it would be incredibly useful.

Overall, the feedback that was given for all the versions was unbiased and constructive. The feedback is also something that we will need to adapt to and absolutely implement in the second film we have to produce, as that is the one we are getting marked on!

You can read my final reflection on the whole process of making Where will it all stop here: Botch-ups = brilliance (eventually): Pete's reflection on the process of making 'Where will it all stop'

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