I’ve judged my share of film festivals, which is an incredibly glamorous process by the way, involving sitting on the floor of the festival director’s living room, munching on pizza, and inserting DVDs into the player for hours on end.
I do it because I love film. And because I’m constantly trying to get better at making films myself and what better way than to check out what other people are doing?
An interesting thing happened while judging the shorts submissions for one festival years ago. One film stood out as having had incredible production values.
All the judges were incredulous. The film opened with a spacecraft landing on another planet. It was huge!
We were all so stunned by it that we decided to watch the film again.
Turns out, once we got over the initial being blown away thing, most of the film involved a guy sitting on the floor with his back to a wall. The rest was flashbacks to happier times on earth. In other words, things you could shoot in a day with a crew of three.
Only the opening shot was huge, but it was so beautifully made –– and so well-integrated into the story –– that it made everything else feel huge, too.
Without that shot, the film would have been okay. With it, it was stunning. The whole film.
First impressions count.
Brian Belefant is a director who makes a hell of a first impression. Why not give him a call at (503) 715 2852 or send an email to belefant (at) me (dot) com?