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.
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.
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.
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.