DOCUMENTARY CAMPUS MASTERSCHOOL: DAY 3
Workshop with Tom Roberts
Today was our final day of group workshops and today it was Tom Roberts we had to impress. In only three days it was clear to see the progression of all of the projects and all of the participants were speaking with energy and confidence.
It was the first time that we had been in a group with Alba Moraroca whose project, A Child’s Game, is an incredibly important and poignant one. Alba intends to merge stop motion animation, user generated content and camera work imitating a child’s perspective to convey the reality of a child’s life in New Mexico where drugs cartels and the consequent violence are the constant backdrop. This project, even on paper, immediately struck a cord with both Ben and I and we are really excited to see it develop.
For the first time we showed the trailer for Paa Joe: Dead not Buried as part of the pitch and it was wonderful to watch peoples’ reactions to the footage, the beautiful coffins and Paa Joe himself. It was even more wonderful that the reactions were overwhelmingly positive. Tom said it was clear that we have a film that could competently stands it’s own as an “art film” but in order for the film to reach the next level and resonate we, and Paa Joe, need time. And that is fine by us.
After lunch all of the participants regrouped and were encouraged to think about the importance and structure of the first two minutes of films, the “pre-roll”. The lecture was lead by Roger Graef who showed us the first two minutes of some brilliant and very contrasting films. This lead to some great discussion and tomorrow the conversations will continue as we present our ideas for our own films’ pre-rolls.