Documentary feedback

All groups stayed in their groups as we reviewed another groups work. Each group had tp display one of the finished edits and my group agreed that we’d show mine

We reviewed the TTTFF group which stands for ‘Transition Town Totnes Film Festival’ as we gave our criticism on their micro documentary.

This is the feedback we got for my edit of our documentary on Chaz Singh.

Please insert the title of the film you are evaluating (this should be the Client name e.g. START)


Do you feel that the group has met the requirements of their client?


Expand upon why you think this.

Interviewed relevant people who gave answers which represented the client well

Do you think the production is “successful”?


Explain what you think “success” means for this group’s project i.e. what do you define as a “success” in this scenario?

(no answer)

How has the location been used, through scenes, to represent the client?

Used relevant locations, were able to clearly see what the client does

Do you think the documentary looks ‘professional’?


Discuss how ‘professional’ the documentary looks and feels. Discuss this using the formal elements – can you draw any conclusions about what is needed to make you view work as ‘professional’?

Some shots needed to be stabilized, colour grading could have been used more effectively, and some interview backgrounds could be improved. However, interesting shots such as in the guild hall provided professional looking shots.

Upload a still from the film that is “Successful” (TIME LAPSE SHOT)

Symmetrical, and good colours as well as the time lapse

Upload a still from the film that is less “Successful” (PANNING SHOT OF THE CHAMBERS)

Shaky footage colours not balanced – a bit orange

Was the film long enough?


Would you like to watch more?


Select a keyword to explain how you think they intended to represent the client.


What did the film makers do to make you select this keyword?

Showed his work place as well as colleagues

Overall I’ve got to be honest and say I wasn’t too impressed with the feedback. A couple of things annoyed me for example in the question where it asks “Explain what you think “success” means for this group’s project i.e. what do you define as a “success” in this scenario?” There’s no answer. Plus I really tried to make my answers as detailed as possible or at least give a better answer than “maybe” when I wrote a review on their projectI usually greatly approve of group critiques and feedback but this time I couldn’t see the point in the feedback I received. Just makes me think ‘why do I bother’ when I see feedback that just doesn’t help when this project was a head ache to organise and a painful rush to edit literally hours worth of footage in one day, on the day of the deadline!’

Which was no one’s fault but an inconvenience that the council meeting happened to be the day before the project was due.

I just feel the feedback told me nothing but the obvious! and I wanted more in depth feedback so I could confidently improve

I don’t agree with the feedback either as some things like “the interview background could have been improved” just sounds impossible to achieve when you ask such busy people on the spot what ‘their views are’ that literally have ’30 seconds before they have to go’.

I do understand though that maybe the group that gave me this feedback might not be confident with giving their honest and detailed opinion and if so then that’s just unfortunate. This is also the reason why I wouldn’t let them know


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