Tell me a story ... please!
Having done another stint of judging last weekend I am even more firmly of
the belief that the majority of amateur movies need a narrative. Of course
there are a few which do not, but they are rare indeed.
I have seen lots of "mood pieces" or studies of a "critical moment" in someone's
life and they simply do not satisfy. Even decent documentaries need some
sort of thread to help the audience move through them ... if there is a little
tension in the thread so much the better.
As for the "incidents" and "funny moments" - they are almost always mere
fragments from an unfinished story and tend to be unsatisfying. I don't ask
for Dickens, Dostoevsky or even William Golding ... just some progression
from A to B with someone or something trying to stop you getting there. I'll
take it in simple hints and passing references, but without it movies don't