With a confused centre and a disappointing conceit, this flick failed to fire.
The highlight was the central figures final piece to cam, the worried face of a man lost in hypnosis(?) and murder.
Many issues with sound and all-over-the-place grading.
Too bad, as this team has fired nicely before.
I would encourage this young and adventurous team to write more before they shoot again. Clearly there are skills here, but more attention to sound/grading will help a great deal..
Interesting film, good content but film technique lacking. Great creativity and good vision.
A bit all over the place.
This film suffered from being a bit dark (thanks somewhat to the projector) which meant some shots were completely black. Overall though this wouldn't have helped much, the story was confusing and a bit weak and the lighting was inconsistent and badly done. One real issue I had was whether it was trying to be a period piece or not, the costumes and "noir" style attempted would suggest yes but having cordless phones and modern cars in shot made it just seem off. Also the ever changing accents of bad american accents in-dispersed with kiwi accents made it difficult to listen to. Overall disappointing as you could see what this team were trying to do but they just didn't pull it off. I'm sure we'll get a better showing next year.
"Sleeping with Murder" felt like it could have been a really great 15 min film that had to abruptly end halfway through. Of all the films in this heat, "Sleeping with Murder" kept me engaged and thinking about what was happening, but was let down by poor audio which made it hard to follow, bizzarely dark scenes, and chiefly the structure of the film, which as I state above was paced as something longer, but failed to deliver the conclusion that the setup demanded. My favorite aspect of this film was that the title was integral to the film; it was worked into the script in a believable manner and was not just a pretentious tack-on someone thought up to put in front of the film at 6:30 pm on sunday.
First of all - Nice job with a tough genre.
I enjoyed watching your film.
I did find the story line to be a little complicated and not particularly compelling, and some dynamic camera wouldn't go amiss. But a great place to build from next year.
Had a few good laughs out of this film, but probably not due to the right reasons.
Nice idea filming exterior 'night' shots in daytime and then doing it in post -- could have been executed better (I should not have noticed!)
Audio was a big issue, as it always is for many teams.
The big twist at the end was a bit too M. Night though...
My advice would be to get out of the "it's okay we'll do it in post!" mindset, and to try and get as much right on the actual shoot.
An interesting artistic call in relation to the genre. I think the b/w worked well, and it definitely had the feel of a crime movie from the 30s. Unfortunately, even with a few technical difficulties, the audio was very muddy and unclear. A lot of dialogue was missed, which made the story even more unclear. This is a pity, as it stopped us from fully connecting with any of the characters fully, which was something the story was unfortunately not compelling enough to afford. There were definitely promising elements to this film, but in the end I felt it missed the mark sorry.
A lot of technical issues plagued this film throughout. Story had merit. Heavily graded probably due to exposure errors. But I enjoy watching your guys films. This team is of Polytech students too.