The Edit Bay We Didn't Win

I think I'm truly starting to understand in a way I didn't before what they mean when they say that a career in film and video is 98% rejection. Maybe even 99%. But seriously - I never win any competitions, I don't get accepted to many festivals - it's quite possible that nobody likes my films. But the thing that I realized is that, even if that is the case it doesn't really matter because even if nobody watched my films I'd still want to make them. I'd still LOVE making them. It's part of who I am to create content and I enjoy it so much, I don't think I'll ever stop or retire. In a weird way, once I realized this getting rejected didn't suck as much. 

I was listening to a podcast episode (Hello, Pivot Podcast) on perfectionism, and somebody said instead of waiting to produce work that is perfect, "take people along for the ride". Meaning, maybe you're not the best yet (and maybe you never will be) but let people come on the ride with you as your work grows, changes and improves. That is way more engaging and authentic than just showing up as the best in the first place. Let people grow with you. Done is better than perfect anyway. 

So all this to say, we submitted to a FilmSupply challenge and didn't win anything. But I got a really great creative trailer for The Year of Artful Comments out of it and a reminder that it was never about winning anything in the first place. It's just about creating work that fulfills me. Also to remind my peers not to compare your behind-the-scenes with someone else's highlight reel. 

We Recommend: Carmilla

Feel as though you have seen everything under the sun? Netflix, HBO and Hulu are all dried up? Well, it might be time for you to delve into the depths of YouTube. Last night was my first trip down the rabbit hole and I'm happy to say I already stumbled upon a web series I'm freakin' obsessed with. It certainly helps that I already fell in love with the adorable, awkward and lively lead actress Elise Bauman, when I saw her in Almost Adults at the Austin Film Festival. Cute as she may be, she's not the only reason I love this YouTube sensation Carmilla.

For one, the cast is almost entirely made up of lesbian female characters -- yes! Secondly, the blend between reality and the mythical world is seamless and at times comical. I mean it's so obvious by just a few episodes in that  (SPOILER ALERT) Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis)  is a vampire, but lovable and oblivious Lauren (Bauman) doesn't figure this out until MUCH later.

Carmilla is a vlog-style web series adapted from a novella by the same name, much like it's predecessors Nothing Much to Do and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries. But while these other web series' feel confined and lacking because of their format, Carmilla is enhanced by it and thrives on it. Like a studio sitcom confined to it's one set, Carmilla feels familiar and natural. As a viewer, I don't desire to see more outside the room, I feel perfectly content in the space we're in.

I'm looking forward to seeing where the story takes me, as well as where this new genre does. In the same way that VR is pioneering a new front in media, web series' are pushing boundaries and changing the relationship between viewer and creator -- or rather feaux creator (the character inside the show, Laura). I hope to find a web series that pushes this boundary even further and uses the medium to its maximum potential.

Seen a good web series recently? Comment below so I can check it out!


Hey Everyone! 

We have a special holiday treat you to watch this Halloween! From the Primrose Path archives, Night Shift, adapts one creepy reddit story into a 3 minute horror film! Directed by Savannah Power, with sound deign by Samantha Doyle this mini-thriller doesn't play around.

Read the reddit strand that inspired it all but WAIT -- watch the film first because you wouldn't want to spoil the fun ;)

A young woman is victim to a creepy encounter on her way home from work. Based on a Reddit strand and adapted for film.

The Story

By Cranklowza on Reddit

I was about 15 minutes from finishing the night shift at work when there was a massive crash on one of the windows in the office so I get up and go to check it out. Someone has thrown quite a sizable rock through one of the windows on the front of the building. This is made especially weird because I'm working in the industrial district at 11:30 at night with none of the other businesses open. I go back to my desk, put a quick call through to security to let them know and decide to head home. As I'm leaving the building I'm freaking myself out about it more and more and end up running to my car, getting in and taking off. I'm almost home and I've started to calm down a bit when I realize that I didn't unlock my car when I got in. It had been unlocked the whole time. I do a quick check with my hand in the backseat for any possible murderers that might be hanging around there but there's nothing there.

Fast forward 30 minutes: I've called a friend of mine who says he is out drinking so I decide I'm going to join him. I jump on my bicycle and start riding over. I'm doodling along the road on my bike, it's a nice night and I'm in no big rush, just enjoying the moonlight when I hear someone riding behind me. I straighten up and stick to one side of the road. He passes me really slowly and, when he is right beside me, he shoots me a smile I can describe as purely fucking insane. I kind of flinch and am taken aback as he rides on. That's when I realize. He is riding my mom's bike.

Needless to say, I sprint the fuck home. When I get there, sure enough her bike is missing and one of my car's doors is open. The back left one. I was driving, and had no need to open that door.

The Sound Design

Now that you're familiar with the story and the film you can give us your expert opinion on it's sound design. During the making of the film, I thought it would be interesting to make an alternate version with an entirely difference soundscape. Both versions are so unique and awesome that we feature one on our Youtube and another on our website!

For a little fun we thought you might want to give them both a listen and decide for yourself which one is your favorite!

Watch Them Here, Vote on in the comments section