Mostly what I have been working on is the short film about the end of the world. I recently screened it to an audience for the first time last night. This was an interesting movie because once I was done with a fine cut of the movie I realized I still didn't know what the movie would be like since music and vfx would change the feel of the movie significantly. I had only just gotten all the elements together a few hours before the screening and suddenly the short became a different movie before my eyes. I didn't know if it was for better or worse but I decided to just screen it and see what happens.
As expected, the first few moments that were meant to be funny hit the right beats and I think people understood the premise right away. It was the ending that the audience did not laugh at all at. I think we did really professional special effects so the kind of ironic comedic ending I was going for was not appearing somber and depressing. As the movie ended, silence filled the theater and I almost wanted to say "come on guys! It's funny!"
Afterward people did congratulate me and say that they liked it, but I couldn't help but feel that I had failed somewhere. My co director for the movie stated that maybe this new reaction is just a new direction that we need to take the film in, but I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with that. I showed it to a few more people and I think I came up with a solution to "enhance" the ending in a way that more clearly shows what I was initially going for. We'll see how that turns out.
On a side note I'm auditioning more which is nice. Hopefully this is a good sign for the new year.