Most of what I’m about to say applies only to the challenge environment. Most of what I’ve learned came from the actual process of making my movie. There are, however, some exceptions.
Balance of previz vs gettin’ down to it.
I saw a lot of projects where the planning and previz were exceptional, but the entrants had to compromise their finished product. Though these projects may have been technically superior in many ways to others, the “finished” movie kinda left me flat.
Professional level / talent of other members / entrants
I had NO idea what I was up against. The quality of work of almost everything I’ve seen is inspiring and enviable. I’ve been studying special effects since Star Wars was released in 1977 and digital effects for roughly 10 years via online tutorials and trial and error. I’m still not sure what I am missing, but I don’t know how some of these people do it. Staszek, adelben and Beuda, just to name a few, brought a level of quality to this thing I didn’t know I’d see.
I can’t light a scene to save my life
This comment speaks for itself.
More consideration for those who don’t speak English Well
There were some brilliant entries that seemed to be complicated by the English thing. Kinda gives an advantage to us Yanks and other predominately English speaking types. I understand the reasoning I guess, but still…
I didn’t get as much criticism as I would have liked
As I watched and rewatched and rewatched my peice, I cringed at the obvious faux paus (See comment above) and tried to correct them. I really didn’t get much painfully needed crits or advice, though I saw some good stuff offered to other posts. I guess I’m whining here. Sorry.
Finishing is, well, like finishing (If you know what I mean, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
I had attempted the Secret Agent challenge. I had some great ideas that I’d still like to finish as a personal project and did a lot of work to that end. The time of year was all wrong, blah, blah, blah, excuses, excuses, and I didn’t even come close to finishing an entry. Knowing that I successfully uploaded a finished product after three months of hard work… I need a cigarette.
This is a great community
I hope to raise my standards to those I’ve seen in this challenge and I am already a better artist because of it. Thanks to all for the kind words, not-so-kind words and opinions not expressed. It’s cool to have 2,384 views when I was making movies that were lucky to see 50. (Staszek’s 20,588 and counting is, I must say, humbling and rightfully so.)
Rock on people and keep doin’ whatcher doin’. We should all get together and make a feature.
Can you imagine?