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Feel free to take a look at what some of the other students in the class are doing. After watching their film, I would encourage you to write constructive thoughts on what you saw.
Always use a variation on the Golden Rule: “Say unto others what you’d like people to say unto you.” That is, don’t say snarky, critical, mean, ugly, unpleasant things. You wouldn’t want people saying those things to you, right?
Here are few helpful guidelines for critiquing films:

1) Avoid simply saying “I like it!” or “Great” or “Neat!” Instead, find something specific that you can praise. For instance, “I like how you framed the action to the left side and left the large building on the right to create an ominous feel.” Be specific in your praise.

2) Avoid saying “I don’t like it” or “This doesn’t work.” Instead, be specific. For instance, “I think you could have used medium shots to show the conversation instead of an extreme long shot.”

3) If you are going to say something critical, always say something honestly positive first. For instance, “I really appreciated how you accelerated the montage in that chase sequence, but perhaps you might want to consider using a wider shot instead of just closeups since all the fast camera motion made me a bit nauseous.”

Finally, a word to you, the filmmaker: you will need to have tough skin if you want to be in this business. Everyone has an opinion, and that’s just life. Ultimately, you are going to have to go with your gut. And you’re always going to have people say that what you do isn’t great. Ignore them. ?

All said, my hope is that we will create a nice little community discussion around the films that are shot, providing helpful and honest feedback for everyone.

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