A moment I’d pictured in my head so many times over the years. On the screen, small and big, and on the front cover of a book. How would it actually feel? As opposed to the standard ‘weird’ I’d said out loud.
Well, last week Wednesday, I was able to provide the answer. For on the night, I saw the first showing of JUDGEMENT as part of the BA Directing Showcase (Night One) at the Platform Theatre near Kings Cross.
Because there were multiple day showcases of 2 short films and a live play (A play I’m told was delightfully bonkers) that I sadly didn’t get to see.
Of course, the 10 minutes and 54 seconds of film I primarily went to see came up as the lights went down and the credits rolled…
Because I’m going to get a copy as a keepsake and will show some people, I won’t detail it all but suffice to say I came away very pleased with what I saw. I’ve only seen it once but it will remain with me, even if it was to be the only time I ever saw it or if it was the only thing ever produced that I saw. It was well filmed and well acted. It utilised effectively a singular, haunting musical score at various intervals, reminiscent of the plane effect used in episodes of Lost when cutting between the island and the off-island scene. Otherwise there was silence and effective silence. One really fascinating aspect was seeing how similar or different scenes ended to coming across to how I had imagined when constructing the scenes.
I have this rather interesting (read: irritating) habit of watching shows from the perspective of a writer and storyteller, rather than just enjoying it for what it is. In this case, it was hard not to because I knew exactly what was coming next, dialogue. The main intrigue was seeing how it came across on screen.
Then came the end, and my name as writer. No shared credit, no script editor after it. That’s it, my first credited short film as a writer. That can go online and all sorts 😂
How did it feel? Weird? Slightly. A bit embrassing? Not at all. The main feeling I had was relief. That a milestone, the first milestone of many (I pray) that has been reached. And of course gratitude. To God and to the assortment of pieces and people that came together to present this opportunity. Let’s hope I feel all those and more again…
So what next?
Watch this space… 😉
Thanks for reading.