LOL Sorry, Lon. The first credit reads:
Written and Directed by Jamie Jenkins
I tease you about that, yes, but no matter who the director was, it wouldn't change your advice which I appreciate. It's difficult to get honest opinions from people who care about you sometimes because they don't want to be mean. But I don't see being honest as being mean. I can't do better in the future if I don't know what didn't work in the past, right? You are A-ok by me. Thank you again.
Incidentally, I got the notes back from Viscera regarding the film. Here is what was said by three of the judges for anyone who is interested:
1)I think: I like the idea behind it, and the retro 1950s feel and music, which is a really neat way of poking fun at tradition and gender roles. I had to watch it twice to make sure I understood the twist moment, however. I like the stickers and the way you used them (probably my favorite part) but it was hard for me to tell which car the sticker was on the first time I watched it. I was confused as to whether the boy had gotten into the brunette's care accidentally, or if he was stolen. Then I got it on the rewind. Because the film is so short this is a crucial moment and needs to be really clear because it cinches the whole deal for the viewer.
I'm not sure if dialogue would have helped make that clear, or if it would have destroyed what you were going for. Perhaps a wider shot of the car, or more focus on the boy himself before he gets taken would have made it more clear to average joe viewer like myself? I was concerned that the twist wasn't clear enough and that might prove troublesome when it played in front of a large audience.
I loved the color schemes, the coverage in general, and the location!
2) I think it had a cute idea but was lacking a payoff. I like short and sweet stories but this could have benefitted from a little more time to give it a horrific twist.
3) I liked Secret Shopper and voted for it. I thought it was very clever, and the whole sticker thing was a really amusing concept. The only thing I wasn't particularly a fan of was the over the top acting, just because I thought a greater sense of normalcy pre-kidnapping would've enhanced the dark ending. I would've found that more funny because of the contrast, if that makes sense. Or maybe I'm a bad person who laughs at evil things!
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