One Year for 16 Minutes
Yup, that's what a year's worth of shooting and editing has left me with - a 16 minute short film. And what a film it is! Unless you were one of the 30(ish) people that attended the film premiere at the Champlain Trail Museum, you'll need to wait until November to see it on YouTube. That's because I have entered The Forgotten Valley into the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, which will announce selected films in October and screen finalists in November. So until that time, it's off limits to the general public.
The Forgotten Valley Poster
Leading up to the video premiere, I had shown family and friends the video, and all the feedback was very positive. I was still quite nervous showing my creation to the general public. After introducing myself and providing some background information to set the scene for the video, I sat quietly as the film rolled. The time passed faster than expected. After it wrapped up, I was greeted with great applause. The feedback was excellent, as were the follow up questions. I DID IT!
The feedback was excellent, as were the follow up questions. I DID IT!
It's always such a satisfying experience seeing a large project through to completion. As the weeks and months drag on, it can be easy to let your attention drift something new and exciting. It takes a great deal of mental effort to stay the course after the honeymoon phase of a project wears off and you're just left with all the hard work required to push it across the finish line.
As the weeks and months drag on, it can be easy to let your attention drift something new and exciting.
So CHEERS to me for completing my first short film! Stay tuned to see if I make the cut for the OCAN film festival 😊