Letting go

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mhh
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Filmed using the Canon HV20. It is a study in grief, love and hope. I hope you can take the time to watch. Many thanks.

http://vimeo.com/5559801/l:transcoded_email

Flame1
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Joined: Apr 21 2007

Hi Mark,

Apart from the first couple of minutes which I just did not get and found repetitive I thought this was beautifully filmed and edited with great colour grading in my humble opinion.

The camera positioning, composition, framing etc was spot on for me. You clearly have put a lot of time and effort into this and I believe you have succeded in portraying the emotions you wanted to create along the rollercoaster called life!

you clearly have a lot of talent in your film making skills and camerawork.

Now cut it by half and it will be stellar:)

Cheers,

Flame.

branny
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That . . . was probably the most moving short film in the history of the good doctor.
Intensely moving!

Exceptionally well filmed and acted with just the right music slotted into the very emotive story.
Is this personal experience or observation Mark?
p.s.
The long intro could maybe lose a few viewers and I feel, like flame, this could be trimmed. Not by half, but a missing minute or two at least wouldn't harm the content and could maybe make the intro more compelling to watch.

Do not follow, I may not lead. Do not lead . . . I may not follow.

mhh
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Thank you for watching and taking the time to make comments.

The film is actually a personal account, albeit indirect, and filled with metaphorical fantasy to portray hope. I tried to capture what I felt watching my father disintegrate in front of me and then gradually rebuild himself after the death of my mother. I guess I’m the girl in this scenario although I was a little older, 10 years old. Now, I’m a father myself I wonder how I would cope in such a situation. I hope I never have to find out. In fact it breaks my heart just thinking about it and what my father must have gone through.

The purpose of the first few minutes was to reflect that you were seeing the man’s memory of the woman and that something wasn’t quite fitting in with the perfect, beautiful surroundings. This was also supposed to be implied in the final shot of the sun going down. The jumpy shots happen when the viewer goes in for a closer look. For instance when I think of my father I see his face in my head for a moment before it fogs over and drifts away. I wanted to capture this inability to remember someone as clearly as you would like. This is why the shots jump in the more intimate images and you only really see the back of the woman until there are a couple of shots of her face, which drift in and out of focus.

All the best

branny
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I had a feeling it was very personal and you have the perfect vision for portraying all this and more.
I also have a feeling you could win a short film award with this fascinating tribute.
Please try to enter a competition and let us know how you fared.

Do not follow, I may not lead. Do not lead . . . I may not follow.