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by Howard-Smith
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

The main point of my post here is that what does well in one festival might fare very differently in another. I remember Michael Slowe mentioning a while ago that even some Diamond Award winning films at BIAFF get rejections when entered for other festivals. I just find it remarkable that a 3 star f...
by Howard-Smith
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
Replies: 3
Views: 78

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

As I've mentioned previously on the forum, I submit films to various festivals via Film Freeway. As we know, film judgements and appraisals can never be totally objective, nor is film judging an exact science. I submitted three films to The Trojan Film Festival which is based in the UK. The results ...
by Howard-Smith
Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Jameela
Replies: 48
Views: 12196

Re: Jameela

I personally have an aversion to videoing with a smart phone in PORTRAIT MODE. I can’t help feeling irritated when people have filmed some event in this way instead of doing the OBVIOUS thing and turning the phone to horizontal. Portrait mode is for still photographs of people or statues or towers. ...
by Howard-Smith
Mon May 31, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES

The pace of a film to a large extent depends on the type of story being told and the kind of atmosphere being aimed for. I’m all for punchy, tightly edited films but I’m also tolerant and appreciative of ‘slow cinema’ when it’s interesting and well done. Putting aside whether or not they should have...
by Howard-Smith
Thu May 27, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES
Replies: 5
Views: 120

IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES

Certain BIAFF judges have an aversion to dissolves as transitions in films, arguing that (a) they are old-fashioned and have no place in modern films, and (b) any still taken from the film during a dissolve would not be good, as it would be a jumbled mess. I personally like dissolves when used corre...
by Howard-Smith
Fri May 21, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Contentious/contemporary subjects
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Contentious/contemporary subjects

Good question regarding holiday films. My holidays usually consist of travelling around France with an old mate of mine. And guess what... I never take my cameras with me. I like to enjoy the holiday, take a break from filmmaking and come back with good memories. If I went with the intention of maki...
by Howard-Smith
Fri May 21, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Contentious/contemporary subjects
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Contentious/contemporary subjects

In 2009 I made a thriller called PERCEPTION which I’ve recently uploaded to Vimeo. It won an award at the final AMPS and the final Guernsey Lily Festival. This film was quite controversial, featuring as its main character an outrageously racist BNP candidate who murders two young black people who ar...
by Howard-Smith
Wed May 12, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

The 1 star award for the film in question was a unanimous decision. I’m confident we got it right. I only scratched the surface regarding what was wrong with it in my brief references on this forum. I was surprised that it was even accepted, “officially selected”, by so many festivals. I’ve spent a ...
by Howard-Smith
Tue May 11, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

To me a budget of £4000 would be enormous. I’ve never spent more than £100 on any film and that includes my 2008 feature film MADDER running at 87 minutes. Our judges’ appraisal for the 1 star film to which I referred was very tactfully and sensitively worded. It was a well-intentioned film. It was ...
by Howard-Smith
Sun May 09, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

Re: film festival awards and laurels. You might find what follows interesting. Make of it what you will. There's a certain film (which I'm not going to identify here) for which I was involved in the BIAFF first round judging. It runs less than an hour and it's listed on IMDb as having an estimated b...
by Howard-Smith
Fri May 07, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

With regard to Laurels, the only official Laurels issued for BIAFF films are for 5 star and Diamond Award winners. I received mine from David Newman as both white on black and black on white designs. (I think John Roberts is the man who creates them.) I choose not to display my laurels on the actual...
by Howard-Smith
Wed May 05, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

I can’t agree with Geof about the suggestion that foreign language films should be required to be dubbed rather than subtitled. Dubbing destroys lip-sync and usually sounds stilted. What IS essential with regard to subtitling is clarity (white text on black background or white lettering with a black...
by Howard-Smith
Mon May 03, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Horror Adrenaline Rush
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Horror Adrenaline Rush

I remember the short-lived system Sensurround used for just three films: Earthquake, The Battle of Midway and Rollercoaster. During selected scenes it felt like not only was the seat shaking but the whole cinema building as well. In the early 1960s there was a brief experiment with wafting into sele...
by Howard-Smith
Sat May 01, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Horror Adrenaline Rush
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Horror Adrenaline Rush

I’m thinking of making a film in which a terrorist inserts an explosive device into a farm animal.
Abominable...
😂
by Howard-Smith
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)
Replies: 29
Views: 1064

Re: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)

Good post Tim. I always like your tagline “Proud to be an amateur film maker - I do it for the love of it.” I am also proud to be an amateur. I’ve never had any ambitions to be a ‘professional’. If anybody thinks ‘amateur’ means ‘poor quality’ that is an unfortunate misunderstanding of the word. I h...