transparency in filmmaking

October 27, 2010

So I’m watching this low-budget sci-fi film made by the SyFy channel back when they were the Sci-Fi channel.  It’s called Darklight.

Now while I thought this was a fun movie and a great way to spend a little time I do not believe it to be great cinema and I have no desire to own it and watch it over and over again.

But what makes this disc fantastic is the commentary.  The co-writer and the director actually sat down and discussed what worked and what didn’t.

It is so refreshing to hear someone admit that things didn’t turn out perfect.  That there are some things that if they could go back with 20/20 hindsight they would change / fix / jettison.  It made me appreciate the movie all the more.

It ties into something that was said during /Filmcast: After Dark 120 where they discuss what makes a good film commentary.  I totally agree that if it is possible to do the commentary after some time has passed you get a much better perspective on the film as a whole.

Sometimes mistakes are made and if you want to be forgiven…. sometimes all you have to do is ask.



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