In the week since I finished my first short film, Hanging in There, I've been reflecting on the project and what I've learned.
- Having written a short film script in 2016, it made writing the script for Hanging in There easier. I was familiar with the structure, tense, and format. Even though I knew I was the only one who would read the script, it was good practice to adhere to the standards.
- Getting good audio is so important. All of the audio in the film had a low buzzing noise to it that I had to edit out in post. I've since acquired some better audio equipment and learned more about that subject, so I'm aiming for better audio quality with my next project.
- I prefer editing with Final Cut Pro over Adobe Premiere. Final Cut Pro much more intuitive, and I felt like I was fighting with it much less than Premiere.
- Acting is fun but difficult. Granted there were no other actors, so I'd imagine there's a lot to it that I don't know about yet. I don't think I'll be acting in my future projects unless there's a character that's a good fit for me. I'd like to be behind the camera and help orchestrate the project.
- While the low resolution of the animations looks good on the Nintendo 3DS screen, it looks questionable when scaled up to 1920x1080. I like the artifacts, but I think I'd try to doing higher resolution animations in the future.
- It's a bit of a mental struggle for me to define what success is for a project. What does success mean for art? Does it simply existing mean it is a success? The internet creates this strange set of expectations where I see acclaimed and widespread projects daily, and it can be disappointing when my own projects are completed but kind of stagnant. I keep continually learning how important marketing is for getting the word out for a project. And it also takes time. I had no expectations for Hanging in There because it was my first short film. It's easy to fall into the mental trap of "I made this thing, why am I not a successful author/director/etc.?"
- Throughout the whole process of making Hanging in There, I felt like what I was doing was exactly what I want to be doing. It was challenging and fun and exciting. I had my share of self doubt, but that's been natural with all of the creative projects I work on. I'm going to continue to make films and see where it goes.
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