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Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:44 am
by StephenF
I was a newbie last year, and really enjoyed the Q&As afterwards. It was also an opportunity to say hello to the filmmakers, all be it briefly, in the cinema straight after and let them know you enjoyed the movie and perhaps what you thought. I met and spoke to far fewer cast and filmmakers this year compared to last, which is a shame - as it was just too much of a scrum directly outside, or we were headed to the next screening.

Still had a fab time, though :)

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:47 pm
by gazadams
Really missed the q&a . was always nice to see the cast afterwards and have a quick chat. Now it all really rushed with the guests

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:56 pm
by Wolfshade
Really didn't like the new format, I like the option of being able to stay for the Q&A or being able to leave....I think the "actors might get upset if loads of yer walk out" isn't really a valid argument, the festival has been operating that way since it started, and other fests do that, so actors in directors will already know some people are likely to leave before the Q&A.

The worst thing for me was some of the protracted waffly intros before the films this year that went on way too long. On Friday I had an appointment and had to leave the cinema at 5.30pm, and I thought I could watch the whole of The Puppet Master which began at 4pm....however due to the intro going on forever and Paul asking about some rather tedious stories from Barbara Crampton, the film only began at 4.30pm, a full half hour after it was scheduled and I missed a big chunk of the end. The Q&A at least gives someone the option of if they want to watch it or not, and allows people to properly to plan their time properly.

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:03 pm
by benj
I also disagree with the whole ‘if you have a question you can ask the filmmaker in the foyer’ thing.

I often don’t have a question (or have the nerve to ask) but always love to hear other peoples’ questions as they’ve often spotted something I didn’t and bring out extra interesting nuggets about the film. You simply can’t do this in the foyer without looking like a creep constantly hanging around but saying nothing :s

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:48 pm
by ChrisReynolds
benj wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:03 pm
I often don’t have a question (or have the nerve to ask) but always love to hear other peoples’ questions as they’ve often spotted something I didn’t and bring out extra interesting nuggets about the film. You simply can’t do this in the foyer without looking like a creep constantly hanging around but saying nothing :s
The foyer isn't too good a place to hold conversations or ask questions as there's a constant flow of people walking around and buying things. This system also means that the guests get monopolised by a small cadre of the pushiest Frightfest fans while shyer and less experienced Frightfesters are edged out.

I would also prefer that the Q&As are restored to normal. Frightfest shouldn't be taking away a perk that most other festivals provide. The guests have the option of choosing whether to do Q&As the first place, and the questions are almost always positive (unless you've made something on the level of Shockwave Darkside).

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:50 pm
by TheDukeAbides
I'm sure all the guests are told, in days of yore, that an after film Q&A is likely to see people leaving because they need to get to another film, get something to eat, or you know, take a piss.

If their egos are so fragile that this "not a good luck" exodus of the audience damages them, then fuck them, grow a thicker skin.

I've sat through Q&As needing the toilet just because I was interested in what people said and I don't like approaching them in the foyer. Conversely I sat through the Shockwave Darkside 3D Q&A because I'm British and I felt sorry for those involved.

Also when the Q&A were at the end it allows a staggered exit of the audience, therefore avoiding mass queues of the stairs.

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:01 am
by The Soapmaker
I don't really understand the rationale for dumping the Q&As. The extended intros "wasted" almost as much time - we barely had time to eat on any of the four main days - and were, by necessity, much less informative.

As for the argument of people walking out in front of guests, I'm sure they've been to film festivals before, they know how it works. Not everyone is going to like a film no matter how good it is. And people have to shit and eat. Plus, as one or two guests commented, with the spotlight on them they can barely see the audience anyway.

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:35 pm
by Paxton
I was the London Film Festival a few weeks ago, it didn't seem to bother the film directors there that some people had trains to catch and/or just weren't that into the film. And as I mentioned early, it makes a big difference to the experience

Re: BRING BACK THE Q & As

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:36 pm
by Paxton
I was the London Film Festival a few weeks ago, it didn't seem to bother the film directors there that some people had trains to catch and/or just weren't that into the film. And as I mentioned early, it makes a big difference to the experience