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Old 06-21-2017, 10:21 PM   #1126
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Originally Posted by jedidia View Post
 Hey Tex, I hope this won't sting too much, but... I think it falls short of your previous videos.

The production values have improved and it is clearly visible that you put a lot of effort into this, that's really not the problem. I have always admired your style of almost purely visual storytelling, using evocative and memorable scenes coupled with a soundtrack that supported them in the best way possible. Your films are always a short, emotional and thoughtful trip through space and possibility for me.
This one has such moments too, but they're constantly being broken up by the narration instead of flowing seamlessly into each other as is your signature style. I appreciate the effort to co-opt a familiar voice, but Scott, while being a great presenter, isn't that good an actor. Maybe the film would feel different to me if the narration managed to pick up the emotional load usually carried by the music, but I'm not sure. Maybe it's also because the narrative is a bit cliche and overdone (except for the twist in the end, that was a cool touch). In general, I feel like this film has too much telling, and too little showing when compared to your other work.

It's still very good work, though, and I don't want to discourage you, now that you finally seem to pick up films again. We've been without Tex Films for way too long!
No worries here and no offense taken or anything. I've developed a thick skin over the years when it comes to constructive criticism of my films. I really appreciate your extremely insightful feedback.

Oddly enough, I originally performed the narration myself in draft versions of the video, but my voice just didn't have the impact I was looking for. This project was something I've wanted to do for a long time; that is tell a story with a voice heavy story line combined with stunning visuals. I think my favorite projects still remain stories told with music and little, to no narration. But, this was a lot of fun to create something new and push myself way past all previous work in terms of new skills acquired specifically for this project.

Thank you again for your honest feedback. I appreciate it more than you know.
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