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.
Stagecoach was the film we viewed in this lecture and this time we touch upon the idea that this film might actually be considered, by some people, to be more of an action film than a melodrama since there is that (mistaken) idea that a melodrama needs to be a soppy romance where everyone dies and no one lives happily ever after. Well that’s taking it to an extreme but that’s still how some people think. Hell, I thought like that, once upon a time! But one good thing about this module is that it has been slowly opening my eyes further to the actual complexity of movie genres in a way that I didn’t expect. So continuing what I was saying is that this film can be considered an action flick since it involves cowboys, Indians and shoot-outs yet you need to look further into the film to actually understand why that is not so. Yes this film has a lot of the characteristics of a regular action packed Western, but what is actually just under the surface is the existence of a lot more character plots rather than action plots. The film focuses more on the characters than the action itself, being that the key to why it is a melodrama. You see virtue being challenged constantly, the persecution of evil represented by the Indians and the corrupt bankers, amongst others.
Then we talked about the difference between syntagms and paradigms, basically meaning that the syntagmatic represents a specific “rule of combination” in this case being the Western and the paradigmatic is the various alternatives within a specific category, for example, the locations, firearms and clothing specific to the Western genre. And it’s with this in mind that the idea of stereotypes follows up behind. We all know that in film and even in real life we are all set as a specific stereotype within the eyes of society, and sometimes once you fall into that it’s sometimes hard to come out of it. Because, I think, one of the ways a stereotype is formed is through the very first impression we have of someone. We are a very hard society in the way that we are very hard on each other and consequently on ourselves, so it is obvious that that had to be transmitted onto film as well. In the Western we see represented in “Stagecoach” the main character stereotypes relating to that specific genre. We further go into the intertextuality and hidden ideology of the film. This lecture also helped me to understand the idea of stereotypes and how myth is formed.