So, yeah, I graduated from college for the most part. For the last couple of weeks I have been caught up either in finals or graduation stuff or the Holstad family reunion (which is just concluding this evening, might I add), so I haven’t been posting a whole lot here.
In all the hubbub, I forgot to post a link to my latest (and regrettably, last) college video project: a delightful little film called Motel 7 (it’s Motel 6, only plus 1, which makes it all kooky). I still have traumatic flashbacks of this film because my professor, a delightful, cherubic man named Wolfgang Hastert, watched our rough draft and called it an incredible disappointment and offered that we were wasting our time, which was came as something of a sucker punch since he had literally never given a bad critique in the entire quarter leading up to that point (and I’ve put some of my previous movies from that class up on the web: they are not that good). The time he chose to start being merciless was two days before the final edit was due, which was less than helpful (especially since I was the one responsible for the final edit).
I figured he must have eaten some bad shellfish or something.
The above controversy is kind of a shame, because, on the whole, I am pretty proud of this movie. This movie was a group project, where everybody in the group was supposed to take on a pretty defined role in the production (we had a writer, producer, director, etc). Also, we were supposed to use actual actors in this movie, which was an utterly frightening prospect since we didn’t really know what we were doing. The script was written by a guy named Matt Johnson, who is a pretty incredible student filmmaker in his own right, and it was utterly incomprehensible from the beginning. It was designed to be confusing and art film-y, and we managed to follow it pretty much to the letter. The actual shots and look of the movie are pretty consistant with the way we planned everything in our production meetings, and I thought the actors did a fine job. Finally, we were really able to do some cool things with sound, which was a huge deal for establishing the the (incomprehensible) scenario of the film.
Some of the problems with the film were that it turned out to be quite dark in some places (for maximum enjoyment, you may need to adjust your monitor), and some of the important action turned out to be pretty subtle (ie. the bathtub scenes).
Watch Motel 7