Today we had the rough cut screening of our film “Lamentation”.
This means that we presented the film already with it’s organized sequence but without any music or colour grade.
I was more anxious than nervous as I always am right before presenting and showcasing any of my projects because they are all so personal and intimate that when I have to present to any type of audience, it’s always difficult because then the criticism rolls in. I enjoy criticism but it’s always hard no matter what.
So as our film started to be showcased, and because our film has no dialogue, the silence was all that could be heard in the room during nearly 10 minutes.
I couldn’t stop smiling at the screen because I was so proud, not only of myself, but everyone that was involved in making the movie what it is today.
When the film ended, everyone started clapping and I couldn’t stop the stupid smile in my face!
Right off the bat, our teacher asked what everyone thought of it and one of my classmates immediately said “I liked it!” and that just set the tone for the rest of the feedback session.
The criticism we received was that it felt like the climax of the film happened too quickly and that after that, the story just seemed to mellow out a bit. The suggestions to resolve that were to maybe re-edit it in a way where the climax would happen later in the story instead of where it is now.
And the good feedback we received was that our actor, David, transmitted emotions well; the choice in locations was good as well as the props.
I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished.