Yeah I studied filmmaking, specifically screenwriting, and @catalog 's right that film school pretty much put me off of filmmaking. I wrote a short film at my first college in upstate NY, which my friends there made into a film after I transferred to Chicago. The whole production was kept as a surprise, which was easy because I don't use social media, until a mutual friend accidentally spilled the beans by showing me a post with my friend holding one of those take clappers.
i just watched it. good structure to the script, but some shocking sound editing means i lost focus. interesting decision the directors made to not use any close ups at all. that meant the actors needed to do more and they were a bit ropey tbh. but nicely shot and sort of poignant by the end, although i never really got why he was so arsed about the farm anyway. must've missed that. that scene where they confront him as hes fixing the car was almost brilliant in its wrongness. it has made me want to go back and watch the first film i ever made.
Yeah I was into organizing the whole production, which although I know nothing of producing would have made me a sort of producer, but I got the sense that people weren't really into it, that they were being nice - a prevalent insecurity. It was only after I made the decision and filled out the forms to transfer that I understood people were actually serious and even passionate about making the film, and I had to let them know I was leaving.
And so I thought it was dead in the water, and I knew I couldn't adapt the story to fit where I was going (Chicago). But apparently a wonderful time was being had throughout the production. So I really have no idea what would be different about the film if I had stayed. The key thing that was switched in the script: I had John, whose sister it was that died, tell Stephen, here boyfriend, that he loved him. It was a sort of exclamation point to the story, but maybe for some reason it didn't work out.
In any case, I think they did a great job considering it was many/all of our first times making a film - but you're right. The sound I think was a red flag early for other viewers as well. They hammer it into you early that bad sound is one of the first things you have to overcome.
But hey I don't know how far my orchestrations would've gone. Directing, even producing, would likely prove to be an exhausting juggling act in my case. But thank you for watching it, and for the feedback. I hadn't even noticed the lack of close ups - which shows how dull the eye can get.
the first film i made, we used two cameras cos we thought it would be better, would be able to cross shoot one scene, save time. total balls up, the settings on each one were different, so it looked like completely different worlds between cuts. madness. great fun making a film tho, even though at the time it's like a living hell.
I was making a film a few years back. We didn't bother scripting it though. We just made it up as we went along. Some of the best fun I've ever had that. Very productive. Unfortunately the material was very heavy and it gave my collaborator a nervous breakdown. He's addicted to codeine now and he never leaves the house
Woops was in at least two scenes. I guess it is just another thing to add to the pile of mythical lost works. Alongside the Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix sessions. Orson Welles filming Don Quixote. The Jodorowsky Dune.