Does my movie suck?
For the last five or six years something has been bothering me. During my first semester of film school, I was forced into shooting a movie I wasn't quite ready to produce. I had to have something to screen otherwise I would have failed the class. Despite the uncomfortable situation, I'm not the kind of person to do a half ass job on anything even if i'm under prepared. I shot this movie on a shoestring budget and screened it in front of my classmates who all said in one way or another that the movie...well, it sucked. I organized a screening of it too, even though I felt a little ashamed. I wasn't trying to make a movie "so bad it's good." But even if I heard that it would make me feel better.
Recently, I revisited this movie though one night when I was reflecting on my film school experiences. And although I don't think "One Way Ticket" is masterpiece, I think the movie has many redeeming aspects about it. In this second episode of "A Creations" I rewatch the movie with my friend Kwon, my film partner in crime, where I re-access whether my movie truly does suck or if I am just being hard on myself.
Brian A. Crandall tackles the hard truth with his good friend Kwon Moon! Does my movie suck?
One Way Ticket Video Commentary
Question : Is it lame to try to ride the wave of pop trends when producing short films?
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In this second installment of Mark and Me, Leigh explores "a particular brand of loophole-wriggling American ingenuity" that Mark Twain personifies in his writing. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the words of Tom, Huck, or even Twain himself in his travel diaries there is something we all admire about a rascally trickster. But when does pulling someone's leg go from being cute to just plain cruel. Mark Twain certainly pushed the limits. Leigh introspects, "Should I feel guilty about stealing my history teacher's treasured stuffed Loch Ness monster doll named Shougal MacDougal?" Perhaps we'll scratch more than the surface of Leigh's guilty admiration of rascality in Out of Depth.
Strangely enough as Crockett was on his way out, another luminary figure was being brought into the world. This individual would become a prolific writer who would owe a great deal of his craft to the folklore and legends that were developed around Davy Crockett.
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It is unfortunate that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are so often paired together. Not only were their personas and legacies entirely distinct, but the spirits of the ages they come from are perhaps as different as the Greeks and Romans. Ok, maybe I went a little over the top with that comparison. But I have to make the point that blending these two figures together prevents us from understanding the real men and the cultures that they belonged to.
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An American Producer working in Seoul, struggles to find his own artistic voice while immersed in a foreign country. Despite having assimilated into Korean society, he wonders what he left behind decade ago when he first left his hometown. His peculiar position as an expat working in a homogenous culture, leads him to wonder if there is any mentor who can advise him. For want of an exemplary figure, he reflects on his childhood hero. This leads him to ask the question, "Do we need role models?"
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