Five Notes After A Rough Cut Screening

by tully
October 22, 2010 8:49 AM
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1) They don't call them "rough" cut screenings for nothing.

2) We have borderline too much feedback to chew on but ultimately this process makes for a better film. Test runs aren't just important; they're vital.

3) We are getting closer and we are on the right track.

4) This movie's tonal schizophrenia will never find a perfect balance, which, somewhat suicidally, was one of my primary reasons for making it.

5) More filmmakers need to know how affordable shooting on celluloid is. It isn't an unattainable goal. Get in touch with Kodak, tell them what you're dealing with, and they will do their damnedest to make it happen.

Bonus: Title, anyone?

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  • Arthur Vincie | December 9, 2010 8:41 AMReply

    SIGH. I have to disagree with you on the film format topic. Kodak will make deals, no doubt about it. They're very good people. But you haven't mentioned the other costs that will crop up that put celluloid out of reach for a lot of first-time filmmakers.

    FilmSTOCK is affordable. But that's only part of the equation. You forgot to mention:
    * the lab processing fees
    * the camera package (admittedly cheaper every day)
    * the need to have more experienced 1st and 2nd ACs
    * the larger camera package size, which requires more space on the truck (or a truck instead of a cargo van)
    * the videotap rental
    * the (often) larger grip/electric package
    * the larger grip/electric crew required to work with said package
    * the dailies syncing costs
    * the neg. scan for the DI (if you go down that route)
    * long-term storage of the negative...

    in other words, you forgot to mention everything but the filmstock. If you're shooting mostly daytime exteriors, can control your environment, are very careful with your shooting ratio and coverage, then maybe it all evens out... maybe. But if you're like most low-budget first-timers, you're likely working with a small crew, minimal environmental control, inexperienced seconds and thirds... you might as well just put sprocket holes in dollar bills and run them through the camera instead of stock.

    Of course, there are exceptions to this, and it's not an iron-clad rule, and much depends on the shoot's budget, but if you're doing shooting a $500K or under feature, it shouldn't be where you're spending your money.

    Congratulations on the rough-cut screening by the way. And good luck!

  • tom quinn | November 19, 2010 4:43 AMReply

    Awesome to hear, Mike. I always feel like I'm in some parallel world where I think I'm coloring red and I get to the rough cut screening and everyone goes, "why is this so blue?" Yay filmmaking!

  • Molly | November 17, 2010 12:07 AMReply

    "Tonal Schizophrenia"

  • Redmon | October 24, 2010 6:18 AMReply

    title: "schizoid" (or, you're gonna have to give a description of your film to come up with a title)