May Miles Thomas
Stand is that rare thing, a film made for its own sake. There was no money
riding on it and no reputations were on the line. Leading up to the shoot, when
trying to convince myself that making it was a good idea, everybody told me it
couldn't be done, that it was impossible. Looking back, this was probably the
most helpful attitude. It unleashed a tiny monster called defiance. Reined in by
pragmatism - and some talent - it's as good a definition of independent
filmmaking as it gets.
There comes a time when a filmmaker must refuse to give in, even when the whole world says no. Realising that their barriers were not my barriers I was set free. When we finally made OLS, lack of money, time and wisdom became the very things that made it possible. It all comes down to the way you look at things. With just enough positives - a little cash, a solid, doable script, a few good people to work with - we were able to turn all the negatives into something lasting.
I'm convinced that a lack of confidence, of self-belief, goes to the heart of why so many aspiring filmmakers can't get past go, whose ambitions are stalled. They believe more in the business than in themselves. Six years ago, this was the very situation I found myself in. But with the emergence of the first good camcorders and cheap editing tools everything was about to change. Now only the right combination of human qualities - skill, good sense and sheer hard graft - would be required. Money - other people's - no longer mattered.
Theatrical Release: August 21st 2000 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
DVD Review: Elemental Films - Region 0 - PAL
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|Distribution||Elemental Films - Region 0 - PAL|
Average Bitrate: 4.54 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, German, None|
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Although produced entirely on digital, the transfer is not progressive and exhibits some minor combing (see the straw in the last capture). Contrast is good although black levels are almost saturated. Otherwise it looks very acceptable and certainly tube-friendly. Very small font (optional) subtitles are offered in English and German. The extras are a nice addition, but for a small budget film a director commentary would have been a big plus.
The film has some unique elements and the focus of 'individual independence' and maturity is quite far-reaching. It is dark and honest - dialogue is a little pretentious/awkward at times. Reaction has been quite sub-par from many critics, but I think it's a positive first effort. Nice to see such indie features arise on DVD, although its grassroots creation seems to be almost over-used as a sales ploy. I look forward to more from May Miles Thomas - hopefully motivated by the positive response of One Life Stand.