I learned some things from watching your film. Thanks
Thread: "Basement Story" - wcs
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02-14-2008 11:48 AM
Damn! That was really good.
You got me on that one. The story within this one is strong.
I really enjoyed it.
Technically it wasn't as strong as a lot of the others, but your story made up for it.
I'll get back to you with more later.
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02-14-2008 09:14 PM
Nope. There's only one scene cut from the short, and it's likely staying on the floor because I realized it didn't say anything.
It's an imperfect beast, kholi, but I think it says what can be said with the footage I shot, so feel free to lay into the version as if it were something you paid to watch.
I'll also add... ominous much? ;-)
Last edited by wcs; 02-14-2008 at 09:22 PM.-william
02-15-2008 06:07 AM
I thought this was really interesting, but I'm afraid I was a little confused by the ending.
Technically, there were some great shots - I particularly loved the lighting coming through the blinds. All the images look a little scrunched (from left to right) though.
Overall, I enjoyed the mystery of it, I just wish the ending had felt more satisfying, but that might be my fault for being to dumb to follow it.
02-15-2008 12:09 PM
I am very confused. I enjoyed this film on many levels but am completely lost.
There is some wonderful shots here... the window blinds (profile shot of the woman) was my favorite. Another was seeing her still shadow against the wall.
The music was perfect for the tone of this film. And speaking of the tone, I thought that you did a great job keeping the film's pace up. Especially with the intended "slow" pace.
The shot of her at the window left me very confused... in one shot her lips don't move, as if to suggest inner dialogue but in the other shot, her lips move!
I really don't know what to think here. As much as I liked what was taking place, I am so confused that it is unsettling.
I probably should hold off reviewing until I watch a second time. I am obviously missing something.
Thanks for sharing your work!
02-15-2008 11:21 PM
Hi again. I watched your film again because it begged me to! I must say that I really like your approach in this film. There is so much meaning without beating us over the head with it. Well done!
I did have some comments that I forgot to post earlier and I would like to share them...
One, I really wanted to hear footsteps going up and down the stairs to the basement. Just the sound. I think that would have been so cool. You could almost make a "character" out of the steps. They could be heavy or light... to convey what the guy is feeling and going through.
Two, I wanted to see the door being tried to be forced open... only to be blocked by the couch, leaving the guy defeated.
Really interesting film. You have something very unique here that is beautiful in it's quiet somber.
Congrats and again, thanks for the film!
02-15-2008 11:26 PM
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I ask because there's a lot of disjointed space for me which brought me out again and again. Like black in-between cuts, the lack of a second person at the beginning (I know that it was choice, somehow it felt like missing material though.)
I TOTALLY get what you were going after. I actually like the idea of all one person's POV, it simply felt like a bit was missing from foley, inserts, etc.
There's a pretty good idea going on here. I think, perhaps, taking the exact same content and revisiting it without the pressure of time and festival exhibition would garner some serious attention. It's unique and it has something to say.
02-16-2008 01:49 PM
I appreciate all the feedback, and I definitely see what you guys are saying (except for MDC... were you just trying not to tell me it sucked?). Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment.
I do see that some light foley would help (footsteps, door handle), so I might go back and add some of that.
I pondered writing more about my intentions, and I might closer to the end of voting, but for now I'll just say thanks and end with a question.
What did you guys think of the lead actress's performance?-william
02-16-2008 01:54 PM
I enjoyed your film. It was an interesting concept and one that I don't feel like I've seen a lot. I liked the starkness of the whole thing. It was well paced and didn't drag. My only issue is that I appreciate the fact that the guy's voice was muffled through the door but it caused me to miss a little of his dialogue. Maybe he could of managed to crack the door a bit and some of his voice could have escaped, although still muffled. Great job throughout.