Rev. JMJ

On Christmas Eve Amy's father got married. I officiated the ceremony. It was my first as an ordained minister. I'm a Reverend through the ULC. I can do weddings, funerals, and baptisms, perform last rights, and absolve sins. Lemme know if you need help with any of the aforementioned. I'll do what I can.

GDMF color correction is done thanks to Clay Liford. Computers can do the darndest things these days. All the filters enhance the look in a way that I couldn't have conceived while shooting on the MiniDV DVX-100. I mean, I know film elitist will groan at this but these Safire Filters make it look really close to 16mm. Honestly, I wasn't even going for that. I love video. I have yet to shoot anything on film purposefully. Apparently the style and lighting we accomplished while shooting really lends itself to the so called "film look" effect. I'm kind of torn about it because I have no interest in faking a film look but it looks really damn good and it works. Now on to sound.

In case you haven't clicked the GDMF banner above there is a new and improved website available. Check it out at gdmf.beautifulconfusion.com.

Quite a few festivals have rejected me. As a matter of fact I haven't gotten into any since DVF. I'm very happy with GDMF and confident that it is a good film worthy of festival play. This movie came out exactly the way I wanted it to. The minor amount of negative feedback I've had regard things I very specifically aimed to do so they're not changing, for better or worse. I'm fairly certain that the most outstanding reason I'm getting rejected is because of length. It is 1 second shy of 30 minutes. But it is what it is. That's how long the film needed to be to tell the story. I'm not changing that for anyone. It does seem to be that the entire film festival world is partaking in a scam against filmmakers by saying they accept films 40 minutes and under. Most programmers have made it quite clear that they will only program films under 20 minutes, the closer to ten the better. So why don't they just say that instead of taking our money through false advertising. Personally, I think it's quite a disservice to the culture of filmmaking to dismiss longer shorts. Sometimes the characters and narrative just need a little more time to breath. Essentially we're asking our short filmmakers to make cutesy plot driven films that can be wrapped up in the length of two commercial breaks.

BTW, here's my video for "Razor's Gone" by The Theater Fire:

1 comments:

Bryan P | 11:17 AM

While it's true that festivals program 20+ minute short films very, very rarely, it does in fact happen. In 2000 & 2006, the Sundance short film award went to longies - the 29-minute Five Feet High & Rising and the 36-minute Bugcrush. But, these are definitely exceptions.