Making a film is a unique experience in a lot of ways. There's the travel, the uncertainty about the project, the tremendous personal debt the filmmaker gets themselves into in order to make the thing. The list goes on and on.
Sadly, one of the constants of film making is unsolicited criticism. Thus far in the life of PURE, all I've released is the trailer, and here are some of the criticisms I've seen thus far: (this list is abridged)
"you need a proofreader. In the Pure trailer you spelt Fontainebleau wrong. You missed out the last A. It is a crazy french word and everything but if there's one crazy french word a boulderer should be able to spell, that's it. Plus about 30 seconds after the misspelled on-screen text we see it spelt correctly on a sign.
(by the way, spelled is spelled S-P-E-L-L-E-D, spelt is a type of grain.)
If this was a one-off incident I wouldn't have bothered writing, but sadly it's not. First Try, a brilliant little film, so good I have it ripped to my hard drive and can watch it right now, is riddled with spelling and punctuation errors. First up, it should be JOE'S VALLEY, with an apostrophe. Then you spell thieves wrong, it's PRINCE OF THIEVES, not THEIVES. Then when it's DANIEL'S TURN you need an apostrophe again. Then THIEVES is spelt wrong again, but at least you were consistent. That's quite a lot of mistakes for less than nine minutes of film. I think I have noticed mistakes in other ones too but I can't remember which ones right now."
"Movie looks like it sucks, I heard the rocklands scene copies most boulder problems Dosage 5 and reshoot footage for switzerland as well….I agree with angie, the robot voice sucks."
"That voiceover was the worst though."
"How much did it cost to hire Stephen Hawking for that voice over?"
I know, I know... water off a duck's back. We all have to deal with criticism, but a lot of people have the benefit of their criticism taking place in a two-way medium or better yet face-to-face, while the bulk of mine comes via one-way channels, such as reviews.
Is it just me or do films get scrutinized particularly... um... thoroughly?
I chose to make PURE 'A Chuck Fryberger Film' and I didn't take that decision lightly. It is very tempting to put UP a big front and hide behind a faceless logo but I am becoming drawn to the honesty of presenting my work under my own name. The criticism bites twice as hard though when, inevitably, it does come.
There, that feels better.
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