"Pitch": An Original Film
Priest, Matthew M.
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When I decided to make the film "Pitch" as my SIP, I received numerous warnings from friends and family alike that perhaps it would become too much of an undertaking for someone of my ... well ... responsibility level when it comes to school related work. I had to admit, I was aware of this shortcoming of mine. I was reminded that I would also be allowed to graduate with a SIP consisting of perhaps the screenplay itself, or a 5 min. music video, or a one-man theatrical performance, or even a film of a much shorter length (15 min.?). But something I've never done before, always wanted to do, and someday hope to turn into a living is film making-- real film making. For my purposes at this point in my life, a 45 min. film would, by far, serve as a satisfactory "real film" to me. At first, I had aspirations that everything about the film be amazing. As if the length weren't a respectable goal, I wanted to have an amazing story with amazing insights. I wanted amazing performances from the actors portraying my already amazing characters. I also wanted to find amazing new ways to implement new camera angles, music, and lighting tricks. I wanted anyone who watched it to feel comfortable saying that all resources considered, this was as good as anything they'd ever seen on film. Luckily, I realized these wishes to be silly. This was to be my first project of this sort. Plenty of movies are far from amazing and they have specific individuals concentrating on each and every aspect of the film. So instead, I decided to make myself more general goals. I decided I wouldn't be concerned so much with conquering each and every aspect of film making. I chose to aim for an end result that was overall successful although perhaps not perfect in each of its individual parts. So my new goal in creating this film (which I had long ago decided would be a comedy) was simply to do at least the majority, if not all of the work in each area of the film making and do it sufficiently enough that the final product would be in a word, entertaining. I would be doing all of the writing, scheduling, casting, directing, sound, producing, an editing. I would be doing most of the lighting and camera work and a fair amount of the acting. In order for the film to be a successful one, each of these needs to be adequately filled. That's a simple fact of movie making. Therefore, if the final film as a whole is entertaining to my audience (what they consider entertaining is up to them), I can rest assured knowing that I learned enough about every one of those important roles and portrayed them with a degree of success. Nobody has seen the film yet so I can't say I know it to be successful. But I think that as a comedy, it's unpredictable, witty, fastpaced, and original enough to function well as that type of film. I went into the project confident about my editing, camera work, and acting. I believe I have creative writing skills and a knack for humor. I think I also posses a good ear for music, a good eye for talented performers, and a good heart for dealing with people. But on the other hand, I know so little of lighting and directing. And any film with 26 students who always have better things to do is going to require an amount of scheduling and organization formerly unknown to someone like myself. I somehow managed to get the whole thing done. And the amazing thing is, I actually still like it. Based simply on the fact that I did it by myself and it has become without question, the single most effort and time consuming "anything" I've done in my life and I enjoy the final product, I must, from my standpoint, label the entire thing a success.
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