Final Cut Critique Notes

Overall, the feedback on theĀ final cut of the film was very positive. Jerry Smith said we did an “awesome job” and Mike Russell called our final cut a “quantum leap above [the] rough cut.” We definitely need to fix the audio levels; our instructor Jerry Smith had to “ride the fader” throughout the viewing. We need to shrink the Ex’pression logo at the end and make sure that it doesn’t share the screen with any other credits. The end credits felt a bit long and need to be sped up.

Classmate Nzynga Shakur liked our cold open and felt it established Jenny’s character well. (“She’s a drama queen.”)

Classmate Jule Dildine wanted us to hold a bit longer on “Jenny loves Katie” for dramatic effect.

Classmate Brandon Edmonds felt that our Ex’pression entrance B-roll became distracting and instructor Mike Russell suggested a “smoothing voiceover” that ties the end of the film together with the beginning. Mike felt very strongly that we should lose the blank screen and fill it with images, while leaving enough room to allow the story to “breathe” a bit.

Mike further suggested we use music and room tone to smooth audio transitions and help the pacing of the story.

We need to smooth out some of our stills (tighten up the Ken Burns, use dissolves). Jerry wanted us to balance our text effects, keeping in mind how long the effect lasts versus how long the title is complete and readable on screen. The picture-in-picutre effect over Katie’s first interview had an ugly composition and we may decide to lose that segment.

We received reminders from all around that every segment MUST support the core concept, and that each individual segment needs an arc.