Holy shit, Francis! You googled me and everything! Nice!
Hi David, I understand, and this was my perception as well - that this is a high school project. The critique was offered to No Film School regarding the choice. It doesn't really count as critique of the piece itself since I didn't really actual offer suggestions for improvement.
Since you're here - it's only fair to address that as well: in terms of content - I would suggest offering a more in depth analysis in regard to meaning and context, that would help understand the film on a deeper level, as opposed to just stating the facts of what is seen. Acknowledging the technique is the first step, but you shouldn't stop there - challenge yourself to derive a deeper meaning, in order to produce a "defensible" theory - one that you can support with said facts and gives a wider context for the film. That is the main critique regarding the content and that is the very base of film analysis, which is what I assume was the goal.
In terms of execution - my advice is to refrain from the (very) distracting and unnecessary gimmicks such as shouting the titles of sections. Also screen-capping a film with your Google notifications popping up in the background is just not good form if you're meant this to be a serious piece. Nothing prevents you from doing it over, if that happens, except lack of effort/will. Execution and form matter. Not the only thing that matters, but the first of many, if you're aiming for excellence. Which is also what I came to expect from No Film School in regard to choice of articles. I wish you all the best in your future essays :)
I'm very much looking forward to all of your video essay articles, but this one was very much sub par. Very trivial, barely scratching the surface of the film, and with amateurish execution. Would love it if the bar was set higher for your future choices. Don't mean to be a dick about it, meant only as honest critique.
No low angles, apparently :/
DIT is indeed "Digital Image Technician", but for some reason the article uses the terms "DI" (Digital Intermediate = mainly refers to the process of digital color correction) and DIT interchangeably. You're right to be confused :)