Last night I attended the 29 Days Later Film Festival, held at The Patterson Theater in Baltimore. It’s similar to the 48 hour film projects around the country, but the extra time makes production less frantic. As is normally the case in these projects, some shorts were good and others were really bad. The short that won was really good. I don’t mind the bad ones, one because heckling can be fun (I know I know, bad form. Sorry!), and two, as long as the filmmaker is really trying to do the best they can. However……
I wanted to write about something I overheard that aggravated me. One of the filmmakers said they’d “actually have to get a crew next time” when entering for the competition. I took that to mean they could’ve done better and purposely chose not to. To that I say- why did you even bother?!? You’re entering a COMPETITION! How can you not do your best when your work and name are on display to everyone else in town? By entering in a competition, I thought it meant you really wanted to take this seriously and possibly have your short lead to something better!
I’m not saying to sign on with a union crew and get 3 RED cameras for your short, but come on, get lights and someone to help with your sound! I’m also not saying to not play around and make a film just to make it. By all means go ahead because that’ll help you develop your skill. Just don’t enter it in a competition, which should be all about pushing the envelope and forcing everyone else to get better.
Hopefully they’ll get their act together and not sandbag it next time.
Before writing yesterday’s blog I really wanted to compare TPE to another indie superhero movie, but was having a hard time finding one. Then I remembered the recent release aptly named “Super” with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page.
Make me stupidhead!
I frantically searched every online retailer, even trying to sign up for different streaming sites like Hulu (thanks OCD, you’re such a big help) only to find out it’s not available until next month. Drats, foiled again! I was interested in comparing because from the review I watched Super isn’t “Dwight from The Office” in a costume, but a regular Joe dealing with personal struggles who becomes a crimefighter. Has anybody watched this movie? Without any spoilers, would you recommend it?
Speaking of the review I watched, it was from a funny and somewhat insightful show called “Half in the Bag” on the site http://redlettermedia.com
The two hosts review movies while drinking what I’m sure is real beer while “fixing” their customers broken VCR that must’ve been manufactured during the Carter administration. They know enough about filmmaking to make you believe they went to film school, but sometimes they are intentionally obtuse just for the sake of being edgy and cool. For example they ridicule the “shiny blue box thing” Red Skull has in Captain America, wondering what it is. You guys reviewed Thor for pete’s sake! You know it’s the cosmic cube! Anyhoo, other than that gripe it’s still a funny program and worth the 15-20 minutes each review runs.
While we’re at it, here’s an update on the production. We’re reviewing the DVD commentary and getting it properly formatted. We’ve also entered a submission to a new distribution site called prescreen.com. They email members every day with info about one movie in their database, which definitely helps with exposure. And since they’re a new company we know they’re motivated to get their catalogue out to as many people as possible. We’ll let you know if TPE is approved!