Oh, also, my film is done!
Yeah, that happened.. I wasn’t sure it would.
Well, okay, I knew I’d screen something, mainly because we fail if we don’t screen something, but there were many weeks when I honestly, anxiously believed that what I would end up screening would not make me proud. I expected to stand at the podium in shame at having failed to do what I and everyone else expected of me. This sounds vain, yes, but I was in legitimate doubt about living up to expectations.
For good reasons, I must admit.
And, in the end, I was honestly surprised to see it all come together. Several last all-nighters, a lot of coffee, naps instead of actual sleep – you know, all those classic college things that everyone gets tired of hearing but never gets tired of saying, because they’re very true and very prevalent. Everyone thinks their struggle is the worst, competes with everyone else to see who’s struggling more, and gloats in illogical pride when it seems that, in fact, their life is the least enviable and the most pitiful.
My film came out in just under 4 minutes, with an amazing score by my friend Kurt Venezuela and an even more amazing sound design by my friend Matthew Lees (done almost entirely overnight before the submission deadline). I finished it mere hours before it was due, but many of my friends finished even later. As I plan to submit it to festivals, I cannot post it online, but I will post a “screenshot summary” here:
There. Without giving much away (without posting the ending shots), this is roughly how the four minutes go.
Oh, and I ended up naming the thing “Lepestok”. In Russian, it means “petal”. I couldn’t name the film “Dust” (for unwelcome associations with a different, earlier student film), which was the only appropriate title for it, and I couldn’t come up with anything better, do I went with “petal”. Except “petal” sounded boring, so I took the Russian translation of it. Good enough? Good enough.
At RIT, animation students are required to produce three films during their undergraduate studies: a “one quarter” (film in 10 weeks), a “two quarter” (a film in 20, or for us, 15 weeks), and a thesis (full year for one film). Two down.
One to go.