September 15, 2015 at 6:40AM, Edited September 15, 6:42AM

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Does resolution and video quality really matter?

Hi nofilmschoolers! I am an italian student of fine arts, and I have just published my first vfx / live action short film (I've always made animated ones).
Here it is: https://vimeo.com/138506683
The short has a resolution of 720p, but it was shot on a Canon T3i at night so I think the actual resolution is even less, and sometimes the focus is not perfect.
My question is: does the video quality influence the general appeal of the story so much? Can I submit this to a film festival without being rejected because of the resolution?
Thanks!
Giovanni Bocchi - www.giovannibocchi.com

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Remember "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) that was shot on consumer handycam cameras and was likely far less than 720p resolution, but it still made $248 Million world-wide.

Story and acting are everything, but it doesn't hurt to also be good technically. I would not worry about your film's resolution right now, and try submitting it to festivals.

September 15, 2015 at 1:09PM, Edited September 15, 1:10PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Ok thanks a lot I'll look around!

September 17, 2015 at 11:58AM

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Giovanni Bocchi
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I believe that good movement & composition is much more important than image quality if we only talk about image. You can have amazing visuals with great camera movement & composition & mediocore image quality, but not the other way.

September 16, 2015 at 5:39PM

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Andy Tokarski
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About the movie - it has some editing & acting problems imo, image quality is good enough imo. I was even surprised that it was shot on such a camera, it looks much better than I thought. Good job, nice movie.

September 16, 2015 at 5:49PM

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Andy Tokarski
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Thanks for your feedback!

September 17, 2015 at 11:59AM

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Giovanni Bocchi
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Resolution doesn't matter as far as picture quality goes (to an extent) . It's all about the lighting.

September 19, 2015 at 5:01PM

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Don Way
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The image quality isn't that important as the audio quality is. If your image sucks but your audio is great than is everything fine because everyone can still follow the story. But if you have bad audio but a great image everybody will complain about it.

February 13, 2016 at 6:36PM

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Eric Halbherr
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In my opinion, I think the quality of films are dependent on how you use your camera, how your scenes are set up (lighting, location, etc.), and how you direct everything overall. I usually just consider the resolution as the icing on top of the cake.

December 10, 2016 at 12:14PM

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Randell Acuram
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