Thanks, NFS, for more shameless self-aggrandizement from David Simpson. When I started reading the article and realized who wrote it, I hoped that he’d taken to heart some of the feedback in the comments of his previous article here. Oh, well.
David, it’s impressive that you made a feature film and wore so many hats in its production (although this doesn’t justify you referring to yourself as a “freak”). It’s admirable that you want to share the details of your process with the indie community. But the tone of both of your articles is so pompous that it makes them impossible to read.
My advice — stop comparing your micro budget feature to a $65 million studio film and accept it for what it is: a nice-looking indie flick made on a tiny budget. You’d probably receive much more positive feedback by recognizing that this film serves as a great work sample with room for improvement, rather than treating it as a flawless, game-changing magnum opus.
“I discovered during the filming process that a lot of people don’t possess the ability to visualize a scene... I [storyboarded] the first third of the film until I realized that no matter how much I tried to explain a scene to someone, I'd always end up just having to re-explain it when we were about to start filming.”
Perhaps instead of blaming everyone else involved in your production for their inadequacy, you might take the time to hone your directorial skills and find better ways to articulate what you’re seeing in your head. Better communication proves useful in all areas of production and will likely save a lot of time and stress, in addition to creating a more collaborative working environment.
“We redid the majority of our dialogue in ADR... I wanted the sound design to be as incredible as possible, and I am proud to say that the 5.1 Dolby Surround that the movie will be delivered in, is truly excellent.”
The first part of this statement completely discredits your point. In most cases, if location sound is poor, the film will suffer greatly. Extensive and unecessary use of ADR/sound effects will do the opposite of what you’re intending—the final product will appear amateurish as opposed to “truly excellent.”
To put it simply, tone down your marketing brain a good bit and recognize that we all have room for improvement. Treat your promo process with more humility and perspective and you might find that people will be more forgiving of your film’s faults, and more inclined to support it.