Just when I thought I was done slicing and dicing...
I had three "test screenings" last week of my (supernatural thriller) independent movie, CONJURE, and jeez am I glad I did. To any fellow aspiring filmmakers out there, I cannot recommend this enough... Wow.
Looks like it's back to the editing room. More cuts. More cuts. And then, even more cuts. (Screenshot from the flick below.)
Overall, the feedback on CONJURE was extremely positive. I'll tell you what, for the hundreds of times I've watched my own movie pretending to "see it for the first time" as my audience did, there really is nothing like experiencing it with an actual room full of people.
Yes, I was fortunate enough to get my audiences to write out their thoughts, comments, and suggestions, but even more than that, just being in the room to see how they reacted told me so much. In many cases, I realized how successful my efforts have been. I made people jump. I made people laugh. I made people scream. But I was able to really see which areas worked better than others.
As an example of humor, or areas with comic relief, there were places I thought for sure I'd have the place rolling, and instead there was silence. There were also places I thought were funny, but not LOL funny, and yet I was taken back by an uproar of laughter. Who knew?
Anyway, long story short, my earliest cut of the movie was over 3 hours, but that was just part of the assembling process. The first real draft was just under 2 hours. After showing a few friends, I cut it down to 1 hour, 45 minutes. And now, after these last three screenings, I'm really aiming for and hour and a half.
Hopefully the juice I'm getting rid of will only make it punchier than it already is. Better to leave them wanting more...
As always, you can find the latest on CONJURE by clicking here: ConjureTheMovie.Com