just noticing as with my short there were several other comedies. I'd love for anyone who made a comedy in loss fest or anyone in general to chime in.
Mainly, i'm curious as to whether there was more comedy this time around because laughter is an easy coping device and with the theme being loss, more people gravitated towards humor.
For those of you who've either made a short this time around or just watched them, do you feel like the comedies were more engaging/interesting/effective and affective? or was it the other way around.
Additionally, I think that it's usually much harder to be uplifting without being cheesy. Now, i'm not exactly advocating joining Oprah's book club or anything - but generally it's easy to capture loss, angst, hate, sadness etc through drama and darkness, yet tackling the same things in a light hearted way can be sort of tough. I'm sort of typing out loud but i'm just interested in the approach people took to get their story across and when humor was involved.
also... uh... shameless plug... but watch my short!
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03-10-2009 05:02 PM
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03-10-2009 05:44 PM
I don't think capturing any emotion on camera is easy.
But the comedies in loss fest did not bother me. If a film didn't fit the theme we wouldn't be watching it.
Personally I think a comedy will win it this time around. There a few really great ones.
But there were some excellent drama pieces as well.
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03-10-2009 07:29 PM
the comedies i've seen so far, for the most part, haven't really resonated with me to the degree that the more compelling moments from TINY DANCER, EVIE, et cetera did. but i've seen less than half the films so far. I think the more downtempo films, the dramas, ran equally as much risk of being overly sentimental as the comedies did of avoiding the cheese. cant say one genre is more enlightened than the other in dealing with this theme. 2¢.
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03-10-2009 07:56 PM
My comedy is in no way enlightened, uplifting, moving (unless you count bowel) nor did I tackle some tough subject matter in a light-hearted way. I just had fun with a silly "I wonder if they'd let me get away with this" concept.
03-10-2009 10:06 PM
As a lover of comedy, and one whose past work is usually comedic, I've been very pleased to see as many comedies as I have so far. Though I've only watched about 1/3 of the films as of now.
03-11-2009 01:46 AM
I only did a comedy because I thought everybody else was doing drama...well, part of a comedy...some comedy? Ah, forget it.
03-11-2009 07:26 AM
Thanks Michael Anthony Horrigan!
We definitely take pride in the comedy.
Please give our short a watch -- just as I'll watch yours.
Glad to be back in the fests!!!
(what happened to the Mr. T Smiley?!)