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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Critical Response?

I have three movies out there available to the public and have gotten tons of pro and fan critical response. People ask me a lot how I take negative criticism. My answer? Very well. Whether folk like or hate my work, the only response that really bugs me is no response. Someone much wiser than I once said, “The worst criticism is indifference.” ( I don’t know if anyone actually said that, they may have, but I think I just made it up?)
That, in a nutshell, is how I feel.

Sure, from time to time, I take some of the negative criticisms personal. For example, a couple of reviews and message board posts have called out Edges of Darkness as racist. This is ridicules. It does feature a character who outwardly appears to be racist, but it is revealed later that is not the case. It also features a Sam Jackson-esque turn by Alonzo Jones. The intent, and I think it’s pretty clear, was to satirize the types of characters he plays. It was more characature than character. But there were also some actual nuance to the performance. Anyway, I digress…

I actually get a kick outta most of the straight venomous attacks. It actually makes me happy to see my work eliciting such a strong response. But it’s not all negative. Most of the real critical reaction has been pretty damn favorable, and that makes me feel good too.

When you make a micro-budget movie, there are going to be plenty of technical flaws. Then if you take creative risks on top of that and they don’t 100% pay off, they will be mistaken as well…mistakes. For example, in all my work I employ an almost awkward since of humor. It’s often mistaken as unintentional. It’s not. If the production values of the work were higher, I think less people would make that mistake. I guess we’ll see as my budgets and production values grow.

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