Here are my reviews for the films that were screened on Thursday night, overall it was a brilliant screening and it had opened my eyes up to the vast amount of talent that is present in our program. From this I shall be definitely securing strong connections with some of the awesome filmmakers in the hope to collaborate and produce more amazing works. The future is exciting! Anyway here are my reviews, three of them have been copied and pasted from my last blog post, where I reviewed my three favourite films:
I shall be using the “Hat’s critique” in order to review these films in the most honest way I can. There were a few films, which I couldn’t remember based on the title, I know what these films are, I just cannot assign them to the titles left, so I have left them blank, sorry!
Here is what each category represents:
Red- emotional response
“01 Jerk at Work
Red- It has a quirky feel, colourful feel to it and I enjoyed it.
Yellow- It has a nice rhythm that adhered to the Dr. Suiss style, I actually liked how it wasn’t too ‘over the top’, making it a little bit more believable.
Black- There are some awkward pauses, and maybe it could have been cut down a lot more to make it flow a little bit nicer.
Green- Get rid of the awkward pauses and maybe add some more dramatic score and SFX? Overall great job!
“08 Occulus Mentis
Red- Really funny in it’s own, unique way.
Yellow- The actors were great and even though the script may not have been conveyed in it’s best sense, there is a great potential evident and I think a little further editing will enhance this.
Black- A lot of awkward pauses and some instances of jerky camera movement.
Green- I’m not sure if it was colour graded, but I think if that was done properly it would have made a big difference.
Red- Creepy in a good way, left enough open for individual interpretation.
Yellow- Fantastic Lighting and location, great casting and a brilliant mood created through the soundscape and increase in suspense. Great ending.
Black- May drag on a little too much and the moment where the ropes fall free is a little confusing and could be clearer, but this is being picky.
Green- Some extreme close-ups with amplified breathing noises would have added to it in my opinion.
“05 Preteintiux Art
Beatriz Ramirez Lopez
Red- Great concept, a little awkward to watch, but I liked it in some senses.
Yellow- Great casting, locations and production design.
Black- Awkward cinematography.
Green- I would have played on the awkwardness of the cinematography and found a way to edit the film so that it almost becomes another character to it, otherwise a re-shoot?
“16 The Job
Red- Hilarious at moments, awkward at other moments.
Yellow- Some of the jokes were quite original and found them to be hilarious
Black- I didn’t quite understand it, maybe it was the script, maybe it was the way in which it was filmed and edited? I am not sure, there was just something that didn’t allow the story to connect with me.
Green- Obeying the 180 degree rule would have been beneficial for this film and if a lot of the pauses were taken out and the lines were clearer and volume levels were more consistent, I think it would have been a strong comedy.
“18 Donna’s Deed
Red- Quirky and funny at moments.
Yellow- I love the dog! It was a nice concept.
Black- Camera work and editing could have been improved.
Green- Colour grading and general tightening up would improve the film.
“04 Family Traditions
Red- Heartfelt and encompasses a comedic tragedy that begins by drawing you in and explores the story in a comedic way before ending on a tragic note.
Yellow- Nicely filmed, great story.
Black- Could have been a little stronger if it was tighter in terms of editing.
Green- I think a different colour grade and matching all the shots together with the grading might have brought a consistency that the film was lacking (in my opinion), then it would enhance the montage, which has a completely different grade that suggests the moments are flashbacks or in the past.
Red- Nice concept, stunning location shots.
Yellow- Well thought out and a nice variation of shots without deterring too much from a central location.
Black- More close ups would have been nice, as I think this was all it was lacking.
Green- I think if it all went a little faster we would understand the concept more and maybe a different colour grade for all of the footage in between the cafe scene?
“10 Blitzkreig Tots
Herald, Jun Hao Chia Eunice Tan”
“06 Movie Addicts Anonymous
Red- Hilarious, engaging and interesting.
Yellow- Fantastic camera work, great actors and performances, excellent lighting and sound, clever ending.
Black- The script may be a little vague.
Green- Nothing too much else to say about this one! Yeah if the storyline were a little clearer then it would be perfect in my opinion.
“17 Hard Light of Day
Edna Lim Xin Yi
Red- Stunning and captivating.
Yellow- Really interesting camera work and it allowed itself to take its time to fit in some great location shots, engaging the surroundings with the events that were unfolding. Fantastic script.
Black- I don’t really see any negatives in this one…other than I can’t really see a guy getting rolled off a pier into a lake during daytime, but I think the title of the film suggests that this was intentional.
Green- If it went a tinnnnnnyyyy bit faster and had a little more guts to the sound that would be great, but this is being really really really picky.
“09 Still Waters
Ming Chieh Lee”
“12 Screw Youssical
Yellow- A great dedication to the production design and shot planning, with a good sense of comic timing and a brilliant rendition of the Dr. Suiss style of storytelling.
Black- May have actually been a little too over the top for me…I still need to believe a film, even if it is fantasy etc. and I didn’t see myself believing this one.
Green- There was a lot of moving about over the location, which it ok, but it exposed all of the location and made me think about what the location is used for in real life as opposed to the world in which the film in about. I think if it was a little more restricted, I would focus on the characters and the story more.
“13 Head Case
KB (Katherine Buzza) Leona Jiang”
Red- Brilliantly, creepily, scarily awesome.
Yellow- Fantastic build of suspense and the flashbacks were amazing and tied in with the present story beautifully. Great story idea (*cough*cough*).
Black- I can’t really remember, but I think there was a little too many close-ups and I felt I needed to see more of the room.
Green- Yeah, just lingering on some wide shots would have really enhanced it I think.
“11 Crossing Live
Red- Engaging and captivating.
Yellow- Fantastic cinematography, brilliant script and soundscape. Awesome, original idea that hasn’t really been explored in film.
Black- Dressing room scene felt a little cramped with the close-ups, but that is an unbelievably picky statement.
Green- I wonder if the lipstick was a darker reddish colour it might enhance the shocking effect of the cross-dressing? Again- pickyyyy.
“15 Press one
Red- Amazing, exciting and engaging.
Yellow- Really well structured, shot and great colour grading and soundscape.
Black- No negatives!
Green- Simply brilliant, so I have nothing constructive to add.