Critique is one of my favorite parts about art school. You’re provided with this opportunity to view your work through new lenses and, considering that these are other art-minded folks, imagine what other-minded folk might think, too. There’s infinite potential. In a sense, though, critique is also daunting. It’s not fun to stand there and defend yourself against some opinions sometimes; especially when the notes are more observatory and less useful. It’s way different when someone says, “I don’t get it” versus, I don’t know, the colors could have been warmer to convey the romantic imagery you were shooting. You know? One of those is constructive. There are helpful things one could say, but there’s no guarantees with critiques.
The critique for this To the Death video was easily the worst critique I’ve had and that experience really solidified how important good, constructive criticism is to me. I always want to promote that, keep that dialogue going, so I thought I’d start right here, with To the Death.
Notes from my professor and classmates:
- death reference seemed a little stiff
- cut into action
- love the energy
- your work surprises me in a good way
- music fits well with the mood of the video
- I didn’t care for the fancy shiny transitions, they seemed a little cheesy
- I think the pacing was a little problematic- the tone of the second half is completely different than the first, and there wasn’t any indication in your first act that that was gonna happen.
- The part with the band lasted a little too long
All that said, there were a few edits that weren’t perfectly timed. While I tried to keep my transitions few and consistent, my classmates took that as being cheesy. Considering it was my second video attempt ever made, that it was my band’s original music, that it was my band starring in it (during real work time, etc), including filming myself, with $0.00 budget, I’m calling it a success.
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