Thursday night’s screening of TV 2’s documentaries was my very last time coming into uni. Sitting in the darkness of the theatre, I felt that this might be the last time for a while that I’d be in a creative environment, as I’d gotten a job this week doing in-house marketing for a property development company – a completely different field and industry to what I thought I’d be entering after Prof Comm. As happy and grateful as I am for the job, I’m also sad to be leaving the creative side behind for the moment.
Unfortunately, I had to leave the screening a little early because I had a concert to go to but I did manage to see quite a few films and was extremely impressed with most of them. Some of them were filmed and cut so beautifully that I could’ve sworn they’d been done by seasoned professionals.
The first one that really stood out to me was the tattoo film (I can’t remember its title) but it was just beautiful to watch. The cinematography was so professionally executed, and it was cut the way you’d expect something on a quality television show or advertisement to be cut. It also was an interesting subject – even though tattoos aren’t exactly uncommon – but there’s always a level of intrigue surrounding the permanency of tattoos, the people who get them, what they decide to carve into their skins forever and the artistry that goes into the intricate images. With little to no dialogue and rather just a flow of imagery, this film brought wordless stories of people who want to doodle on their bodies. I liked it a lot.
Another film that I liked – although wasn’t sure about in the beginning – was “After The Fall” (I think that’s what it was called). I do know that Marcin was one of the people involved in that film. They’d found a really interesting story of a young guy at Queen’s College who had sleep-walked out of his fourth storey window and miraculously survived, but it was intertwined with a story of his friend who also happened to be a musician. This element allowed the addition of a well-lit and well filmed clip of these guys playing and singing a beautiful song to be dispersed throughout the second half of the film, increasing the film’s appeal and uniqueness.
There were a few interesting stories and concepts, such as the music therapy film and Campaign Auslan one, although they certainly weren’t shot or edited as professionally as the above-mentioned two. I really liked most of the films though, regardless of levels of skill (and to be fair, I’m not sure that ours was up there with the very best of them!) although one that stood out to me that I didn’t connect with was Tram55 – I felt that it was a little bit overly dramatised in its execution, which (and maybe it’s just me) often repels instead of drawing me in and getting me emotionally involved. It was a fairly interesting story though. I think that maybe it’s just me because some people probably really loved it, but generally I like things to be a bit more subtle, even if the story is dramatic or emotive.
Seeing Cubbies again was great – they did a fantastic job of it and I loved just looking at the imagery, let alone hearing the stories of the kids and their struggles. It had a great balance of visual and spoken colour, all the while tugging at your heart strings and also making you giggle. Unfortunately, that’s when I had to leave the screening, but I was so happy that I’d gotten to see those handful of films and I was thoroughly impressed with everyone’s effort! It was a good final end to my time at uni.