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Sri JIva Southall
Feedback on short documentary
on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:38:31 pm

Hi All

If anyone's got 9 minutes 17 seconds to spare I'd love to hear feedback on a short documentary I made:








It's about wildlife photographer Rupert Soskin's attempt to chart the world of insect metamorphosis in exacting detail. I take a look at his book project which has him working every hour under the sun for nearly 3 years.

Thanks in advance

Sri

Lighting Cameraman/Video producer
https://vimeo.com/srifilm


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grinner hester
Re: Feedback on short documentary
on Dec 20, 2014 at 2:36:26 am

very nice. the motion tracked titles are a very nice touch.



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Sri JIva Southall
Re: Feedback on short documentary
on Dec 21, 2014 at 9:34:11 am

Thanks for the feedback.

Lighting Cameraman/Video producer
https://vimeo.com/srifilm


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andy lewis
Re: Feedback on short documentary
on Dec 22, 2014 at 1:52:38 pm

Thought that was great. He's an excellent subject and I wanted to know more about him at the end. I wished it was longer and that's definitely a good sign. I really liked that you got natural interaction between him and his wife and him and the cleaner. How long did you spend with them?

I can understand why you started with the "life's too short" quote but I felt that the next point about "people should know about insects" didn't really follow. Life is too short not to learn about insects? This was the only edit in the whole film I felt this about. Maybe after "life's too short" you could put the shot of him abseiling, then maybe him studying something intensely, then maybe the comment from his wife about him being crazy, then introduce the insects.


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andy lewis
Re: Feedback on short documentary
on Dec 22, 2014 at 2:02:35 pm

BTW have you seen Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encounters_at_the_End_of_the_World

The "disgusting" comment from Bug Man made me think of the biologist in that film, horrified by the behaviour of microscopic organisms. It seems like a ridiculous idea at first - every good scientist knows we shouldn't anthropomorphise non-human organisms, but why not? The human perspective is the only one we have.

Possibly a digression.


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Sri JIva Southall
Re: Feedback on short documentary
on Jan 5, 2015 at 4:47:34 pm

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the feedback and sorry for delayed response. I'm glad you liked the film and agree that cut could do with some work. I actually got a fair bit of feedback about the intro being a bit muddled. Something to bear in mind for future projects.

Thanks

Sri

Lighting Cameraman/Video producer
https://vimeo.com/srifilm


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