'60 Year Valentine' by Stew Art Film

(London, UK) Second Edit

60 Year Valentine is the directorial debut of experienced cinematographer Stewart Hadfield and was shot on the Canon 5d. Accomplished make up artist and costumier Toni Loveday offered historical accuracy, Producer Emma Stickland added a social context with an interesting cultural twist and sound designer Asteriks finished the piece with an emotive soundtrack.

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'60 Year Valentine' by Stew Art Film

(London, UK) First Edit

First cut: Producers notes for the filmmakers

  • Well done for tackling the hardest production
  • Try and use grading to help set periods
  • Maybe the sound of newscasts from each era too
  • Trim down second half

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Mark (Thursday, 08 November 2012 21:59)

    I haven't read the script and I could see they were obviously getting older and was over 60 years because the title told me that. Otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue. I'm not sure what happened at the end as the husband looked younger than the wife in the final scene and wondered if her husband had died and she was dancing with her son but my best guess is they were still the same couple overlapped with them from the beginning.

    I would use wide shots when the couple first begin a new age so we can see their dress better.

    Later on the shots seem to get longer and do nothing. I would cut these back. Cutting a lot of shots down may help the story make sense.

  • #2

    Stephen Cooper (Friday, 09 November 2012 08:09)

    I think it's a good attempt at a difficult script to make (abeit a very good one.) Would try to establish the time era a little bit more if possible and feel you lose your way a little towards the end with the next generation dancing. Just need to cut the end scenes down a bit and get to the last dance between the couple sooner. Liked it though.

  • #3

    Peter Carruthers (Monday, 12 November 2012 00:38)

    Agree with producers notes, grading and some more imaginative sound will help to place each scene in its own era.
    And shave as much as you can off it. As soon as we stop learning something new it's time to move on. The shot where the older woman is waiting for the daughter in law to sit down is way too slow and awkward.

  • #4

    Shaun Bond (Monday, 12 November 2012 21:49)

    Same as above, I think it would greatly benefit from a much faster pace as this would inject a greater sense of fun and movement.

  • #5

    Stew Art Film (Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:40)

    Thanks everyone for your comments. We're looking at how to improve the film using these suggestions. appreciate your help.