Archive for December, 2010

13
Dec
10

A House Divided

I just finished a house divided, and I must say that for a student film I was very impressed. The production quality of the film was obviously very high and the piece was very stylized. The idea of making a ultra dark alternative history about Old honest Abe is very unique and has instant draw for any audience. The film its self was very violent and as such, I cant advise this film for any younger audiences. This film acts like a mash up between Inglorious bastards and Ichi the Killer. The places where the film could have used improvement are were the finer details. It seems as though the film makers were rushed for time towards the end of the film and as such, some of their shots and edits suffered.  I was really impressed with the range and durability of the lead actor Will Neff, with that said his co actor Ben Stanly was certainly no slouch and played a truly maniacal villain. The direction of the film and the production were also equally impressive. I would give this film a 4/5 as it is unique and entertaining, but not quite fully there yet. If you have ever wanted to see President Abraham Lincoln kick some ass then make sure not to pass on A House Divided.

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13
Dec
10

Reflection on a house Divided

As I put the finishing touches on a house divided, I must say that the first emotion I’m greeted with is relief. This project was such a massive undertaking, and to say that I’am exhausted would be an understatement. I was the major actor in this film, not because I wanted to be, but for safety reasons, as we did not feel comfortable having an actor do the stunts that I performed. This semester I think that most of my major growth as a film maker occurred behind the camera, and in the editing sweets. My comfort using a camera and final cut grew immensely. Also the amount of planning that went into my productions has changed entirely. I used to be a heavy proponent of gorilla filming, and on the fly editing, but there comes a point when this method is no longer effective, mainly when trying to accomplish a larger production or when working with multiple talents. With that said A house divided ¬†could never have been accomplished without a massive amount of foresight, our actors, costumes, set and equipment all were prepped in advanced, and as a result the shots look very polished and professional. Looking to the future I think this will remain my largest challenge when attempting to take my film making to the next level. I have a tendency to fly by the seat of my pants, and I have to learn to appreciate that the other parties involved with my project might not have the same mentality. Also I tend to love my ideas, and to love your work too much can lead to poor decision making. If I can detach myself from my projects and look at them more objectively I will be able to cut the fat of things that really aren’t good enough to be in the film. This film was a fun learning experience and I hope that some one (other than myself) can really get a kick out of it.