On a second quick look there's probably five shots I'd drop, one I'd extend, and one audio grab I'd remove altogether (particularly that crowd post atmos at the head is way too much..with the visuals it actually feels like you're going to bring up a "StillMotion Features" logo rather than actually moving into the film itself). I don't know if pretentious is the word for this bit, it actually just doesn't feel right.
First and foremost thanks for sharing your work.
I get why you guys have leveraged your IV with Jewel at the head of the doc, however the way it drops in at the head is quite jarring, unfortunately not in a good memorable way, but more so in a way that feels a little like a first cut. At the same time, yes I understand why you didn't open with the opening title montage / credits and VO combo that comes in after Jewel's first piece to cam... you want to use that point of difference in Jewel and leverage both her profile, success and relevance in her own life story... it makes you stand out from other docs that might be in the similar vein.... I absolutely get that, but unfortunately I think the cut could've been executed just that little bit better (in this section).
I have only watched the first 4-5 mins but will hopefully get a chance to watch the rest over the weekend.
Regardless, keep on trucking with the great work :-)
I'm hearin you Andrew, everyone has their cutoff around price point and what their market can pay for (*please don't think I'm having a crack at the level of your client base or anything like that as the point I'm making is it's crazy to overspend on gear if you're not going to pay it off in a good amount of time with the market you work in). And of course no one likes to pony up cash for the non-sexy stuff like storage / media, but the obvious "apparent advantage" is this media is far more robust, less likely to drop frames and less likely to fail.
Reports of SSDs failing seem to be proving not as uncommon as many of us think, and in that I'm personally far more comfortable paying the extra $1-2K now for CFasts than forking out $5K+ for a reshoot and / or running the risk of damaging a relationship with a client.
Have you, or any colleagues you know had any trouble with SSDs failing / dropping frames etc? How long OR at a guestimate what are the kind of hours you're recording to SSDs on average?