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    Quote Originally Posted by RodThompson View Post
    I'm in total shock that FACADE placed where it did.
    Thanks, but I'm cool with it

    I think films with non-traditional stories like "For Your Own Safety", "Stretched", and "Facade" probably caused strong reactions (love it or hate it) and in the end our averages reflect that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RodThompson View Post
    I wouldn't call it criminal, Jason. I'm in the same boat as curl in wondering how my first short, the abysmal "Fence Rider" scored and placed better than "Safety" did. The quality of story alone is 1000% better between the first and second.
    You know, I think maybe this fest, despite having less entries than many, had a higher standard in general. My first film The Five Worst Days in the Life of Bartholomew Saxton placed 11th in TimeFest out of 70ish films, but I can't imagine the same film would have placed as well in this festival.


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    There were certainly a lot more solid entries in this fest than in others. It was hard for me to even pin down a solid top 10 let alone a top 15. Usually it's very evident which ones are favorites, but this time... seriously: wow. And you're right Jason, I don't have a clue how well Bartholomew Saxton would have placed in this fest at all despite the differences in number of entries.

    At least we didn't have anyone "raising the STEAKS" in this fest.

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    Now that you have all gotten over your loss. Check out the ScriptFest. They're ain't many to read. That was a terrible transition and pitch. I'll leave that to Rodney from now on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Keaton View Post
    Now that you have all gotten over your loss. Check out the ScriptFest. They're ain't many to read. That was a terrible transition and pitch. I'll leave that to Rodney from now on.
    That's classic.


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    34th.. me and scott were bros and stuck it out together.. haha


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    Dude I totally get you. So many comments in my thread were about what people would have like to see... the girl somehow overcomes and the witch loses... but instead the witch wins. All they wanted to leave with was a good feeling, not a big let down. Resolution leaves people more satisfied and psychologically they can say "that was a good story"... leaving it open ended... to be continued... well it's just a "so what now?" kind of scenario....

    We need "Feel Good Fest"...

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    I don't know about that... I think it should be "Feel Miserable Whats the Point of it All fest"


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    Quote Originally Posted by seanmcleod View Post
    I don't know about that... I think it should be "Feel Miserable Whats the Point of it All fest"
    That would have been "LossFest".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney V. Smith View Post
    Dude I totally get you. So many comments in my thread were about what people would have like to see... the girl somehow overcomes and the witch loses... but instead the witch wins. All they wanted to leave with was a good feeling, not a big let down. Resolution leaves people more satisfied and psychologically they can say "that was a good story"... leaving it open ended... to be continued... well it's just a "so what now?" kind of scenario....

    We need "Feel Good Fest"...

    Well I deleted my post thinking It would come across as me bashing people since nobody responded to what I said. I don't want to be the online jerk.


    I guess I'll repost it....

    I think it gets back to what people want to watch without being forced to watch it. Many people are watching things because they are encouraged to. If you look at the top 10, they are for the most part enjoyable somewhat mainstream concepts that people would check out if they didn't have to. They'd also get pretty great word of mouth.

    Dead Drop - dougspice (action film with an explosion)
    LAWLESS - Marlon Ladd (western hero, good guy wins)
    Little Voice - Alex Jeffery (hears a voice, love wins in the end)
    Occupational Hazards - Tim Joy (funny buddy cone comedy)
    ROM - Ben Sliker (sci-fi father/son film)
    The Dinner Guest - DC Ninjas (twisted boy meets family tale)
    The Indispensable Chaucer - jared.c.rogers (suspenseful drama)
    The Slice - lyonfilms (professional Jim Henson styled puppet comedy)
    Voices From The Dark - AJ Brooks (suspenseful drama)
    xepoj - namelok (cinematic foreign love story)

    For the most part the people that are suppose to win, do win in the end. You're left with a good feeling. It's when you leave people with anything other than that good feeling, you are breaking some unwritten rule on storytelling.

    I think if you choose to go outside of the above, you have to do it because you really love and want to tell the story regardless of its wide acceptance or not.

    Many people that come home from a long day at work/school don't want to come home and watch a movie about someone cutting themself. Or conspiracy theories or about a space guy who dies in the end. They want that happy ending. Those stories aren't mainstream and in many ways the votes show what sells and why Hollywood doesn't make those types of films as much.
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