Having finished editing “Split”, I sent it out via Whatsapp and Twitter to invite others to watch the film in order to get audience feedback. I didn’t conduct another Twitter poll (like I did for the website and postcard) because I wanted more specific, detailed responses from the audience. So, by sending the film individually to 30 people from different social and ethnic backgrounds, I could correspond with them one-on-one and find out what they thought.
On the whole, the responses were positive, with everyone saying they found the film to be entertaining and engaging. People generally seemed to like the aesthetic of the color scheme and lighting, and the editing. Nobody had trouble following the storyline or making sense of the ending, which was a personal relief to me. I wasn’t sure if people would get it, but they did, which made me happy. This assured me that the film was generally fine, and there was nothing major that I needed to change.
Here are some audience responses:
- “The camera angles and lighting are really good.”
- “The editing is accurate and the plot is also good. The only thing I would say is that there are maybe too many close-ups in the beginning. I know it adds to the plot, I’m just not a big fan of close-ups. But that’s besides the point. It was actually really good!”
- “That was creepy good.”
- “The editing was nice, especially in the last scene.”
- “It’s really well portrayed, and I love the aesthetic. The frames and colors are so good. The end is perfect.”
- “That was so well portrayed.”
- “I found it interesting.”
- “I liked the way you edited the dialogue and visuals together. The 360 degree shot was really cool to see.”
- “I really like it because it has a very surreal feel in the beginning which helps you realize their psychosis. In a couple of places the music felt a little too dramatic, but it does add to the intense effect so it works. The special effects in the end is so good. I love the abstractness. A boom mic would’ve helped make the audio a little clearer.”
- “It’s a really creative concept and the way you shot and unveiled everything is really cool.”