What do you pay special attention to when judging films?
Damiën: "I pay special attention to the flow of the film and how well it makes us understand the story. Every filmmaking element should be connected to the story."
Daniel: "When watching and studying film I pay close attention to the film as a construct, when a film has a specific effect I deconstruct the effect in reference to the film's constitutive parts. This gleans why the effect has taken place, taking note of the music, cinematography, because normally what isn't being shown is equally important to what is. I also try to make a note of a film's ideological biases, what is the message of the film? And how does it stand in reference to its core themes?"
Maya: "When I judge films, I pay special attention to what the moral of the film is. That's because I think that especially a good story can make a good film."
Muriel: "I especially pay attention to the music and sound effects and the camera work because they often deliver a specific message although it appears concealed."
Nino: "How people are using the medium of film to tell their stories and how they connect."
Zoé: "In my opinion it is especially important to be meticulous when judging a film. Therefore I will be taking notes throughout the film. It is also very important to be open about the film and its plot, as whatever piece your are judging might not be for you, considering the genre. But what I pay most attention to are the small details: symbols, metaphors, basically all rhetorical devices. It is very interesting to analyse and judge a film based on how complex and deep the plot is. The unsaid is the most essential, as it forms the film's true character and makes it the most entertaining, as it can lead the plot's direction in an underlying way, changing the feel and atmosphere the viewer experiences."