Screening Update

We had the screening on Saturday evening and overall, it was a real success.  It accomplished exactly what we intended it to accomplish.  We were able to sit down, have some soda, well, beer AND Soda, some popcorn and other snacks…  We gave out note cards and pens so people could reference ideas, suggestions, comments to the timeline in the film.  We watched it and some folks clapped, some didn’t.

Okay, so what did we learn?

Lot’s.  First, we need to make some shot adjustments in the film.  There were clearly some objections to the use of more than a few shots and while I could default to the heart and say, “well, they were here for this and that”, I’m going to default to taking a harder look at what we used, why and where.  So the general sense I got was, we should have asked folks to NOT write down during the film because my experience for this type of film, the length and the narration, if you miss something, it’s likely something won’t make sense.  And of course, there were some things that people questioned.  Which is exactly what was intended.

 

Roof of Car

When writing this film, the intention was to be ambiguous.  That challenge with ambiguity is that it can frustrate some audience members.  However, we CANNOT spoon feed this kind of story and make it interesting.  We see movies for the entertainment value, not to get a life lesson so we want to be careful to separate the two, but we also want to make you as a viewer, “Think about what you just saw”.  Graphically, we tackle very specific subject matter and it’s difficult when you don’t want to give away plot.

So, the plan is, is to maybe, MAYBE shoot one additional scene, rearrange a couple of things around and tighten up some things.

One of our friends who is a critic beyond all critics, which is why I love the guy, said simply, “It was much better than I expected”.  Of course he went onto share why and what he didn’t like but overall, the general sense was we accomplished something film wise that would be regarded as successful.  We would like it to be unquestionably successful so we’re going back in folks.  Not for long.  Nothing should take more than a couple of weeks to get through this and I think we’ll be in a very very good place to submit this for scoring.

So, all in all,…  it was great, GREAT to see people watch our film and enjoy it and ask questions after.  Thanks to everyone who took the time.