Presentation & Release – FMP

Audience

I want my film to reach as wide an audience was possible, because the theme of the film is something that I feel like doesn’t belong to one particular demographic. My film is aimed to resonate with those who have experienced/ are experiencing the feeling of being stuck in a rut in life and I feel like almost everybody has experienced this and will be able to relate to it. Because of this, I will release my film onto Vimeo, so I can add it to my portfolio of work that I can show people.

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This is my most professional-looking page and is the place I direct people to when they ask to look at my work, so I want to make sure it’s on there.

I’ll also share the link to my film on my Facebook page.

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On top of this, I’ll share the post I make on my film page onto my personal Facebook, as I have over 200 friends on there, as opposed to the 63 people that follow my film page and I want to make sure my film reaches as far as possible. If enough people like it and maybe even share it, it might reach further than my friends on Facebook and I’ll get new interest over on my Vimeo page.

Film Festivals

This year, I want to start submitting my films into film festivals and what better one to start with than my final film made at college. There are plenty of film festivals going on that welcome both young people and short films, here are a few I found:

Cinemagic Belfast 2017

Cinemagic young filmmaker of the year 2017 competition

KinoFilm Festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Along with these ones I found, I also discovered that BFI have a page specially dedicated to showing young people what festivals are available to enter their films into. This kind of resourse is extremely valuable, as not only can you see what’s on when and where, but it also makes it easy to compare festivals and decide which suit your film best.

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Although none of these festivals are especially big, there’s nothing wrong with starting out small and getting involved with small organisations like this as much as possible means you’re more likely to be noticed.

Presentation

On the 20th of June, my film, along with everyone else’s on the film course, will be shown at a screening event. This event is being organised by my year two group and we had a meeting so we could figure out what we needed to organise and who was going to have what job.

Supplies we’ll need

  • chairs
  • tissues
  • cordial/squash
  • popcorn
  • bowls
  • cups
  • napkins

Invites

  • Matt Burke
  • Satt
  • Rebecca Day
  • Leigh Beavis
  • Dan Hodge
  • James Richardson
  • Chris Ash
  • Governors
  • Allen building tutors
  • New first years
  • Old second years

As there is limited seating o around 120, every film student will only be allowed a maximum of three guests to bring along.

Job Roles

Kit, Ash and Tucker – guiding people to seats

Wilson and Elena – welcoming people at the door

Izzy – Title and credits

Edan – setting up projection stand

Caitlin – creating a playlist\

Kayla and Harry – photography

Chantelle, Jenny and me (who weren’t able to make it to this production meeting) – organising food and drinks

For this screening, every year two has to to a 1-2 minute introduction to their film. For my introduction, i obviously want to mention cinematography, as it’s been such a major factor for me during this project and is what I want to focus on in the future. I’d also maybe like to say a word or two about how I’ve progressed. It just seems right, as this film marks the end of my two years at college and is a sort of showcase of what I’ve learned.

General introduction

“I love cinematography. I love colour and composition and shot types, and the idea that a story can be told entirely through these visuals is so interesting to me. So that was my focus for this film, I wanted to create a film that had very little dialogue but still had a proper narrative and the story was told through the shots instead. I had a lot of fun making it and  hope you enjoy watching it. It’s called soulful.”

The Screening Day, 20th June

Set up for the screening took a good few hours. In order to speed things up, I and a few others helped to put out the chairs and clear the area.


 We set up for an audience of 140 people as that’s how many were on the guest list. This list consisted of friends and family of the course, as well as tutors from other courses, local filmmakers and even the governors at the college, so there was a wide range of people there that night. 

This year, we made the screening a lot more professional, to make if feel more official. Last year some of the audience at the back struggled to see the screen, so this time we asked for the seats to be arranged like they are in the pictures for ease. Also this year, the speeches that the year two’s must make before their films had been given more of a spotlight (literally). We had to stand up on a podium with microphones. Whilst this did feel intimidating at first, it was good experience for the future, as hopefully, it won’t be the last time we present a film to an audience. Film consists of a lot of presentation, whether it’s for a pitch or a release, so it’s important we build up our confidence as early as possible and get used to speaking to an audience. 

In the end, I chose to stick fairly closely to the words I’d written for my introduction. I felt like they nicely encapsulated the essence of my film and they focused the audiences attention towards my cinematography, which is what I wanted. I feel like I spoke professionally and with confidence, although it wasn’t a long introduction. I tried to make sure to appear confident, by looking out into the audience instead of at the ground and keeping my back straight instead of slumping. I wanted to make a good impression on the audience, especially any of the filmmakers watching. 

In general, I’d say the night was a definite success. Everyone had their own role which kept the night running smoothly and the feedback I got from people’s friends and family was all positive, saying they enjoyed the films and the atmosphere in the room.

Release Online


 As planned, I released my film onto my film page hen shared it onto my personal. The feedback I received was all very positive and as you can see, it reached 661 people.


Releasing it like this has been really useful for me, it’s meant that people who’ve never really been involved in my filmmaking have been giving me feedback and reacting to it, so my audience has grown. It’s also gained interest of some people looking for filmmakers, as a band have  approached me asking if I can make a music video for them because they like my style.

In general, I’d say Facebook is the perfect way to gain exposure, as I already have a wide range of friends on there that I can share my work with and who are also able to share my work so it can reach a wider audience. 

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