My film 'The Residue of a Relationship' was released online by Short of the Week on June 5th and it's been quite the ride watching it find its own little audience ever since.
I just wanted to give a little run down of all the places it's appeared so far and where you might be able to find it in the future.
The movie premiered on Short of the Week via Vimeo and got some really nice feedback from a few reviewers and publications...
Short of the Week said: "Reminiscent of a John Green or Woody Allen movie, Chapman’s visual diary is campy to the point of cheesiness, but gets away with it because of how utterly charming it is." https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2017/06/05/the-residue-of-a-relationship/
Film School Rejects said: "Every single person in the world can relate to what Chapman’s documenting, because regardless of the specifics, we have all loved someone we couldn’t quite have, even when we deserved them. How Chapman uses what he’s lost to discover more about himself and the conundrum of love is inspiring, endearing, honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful.” https://filmschoolrejects.com/short-day-residue-relationship-documents-ramifications-love/
Director’s Notes called it “A short that feels impossible not to like.” http://directorsnotes.com/2017/06/05/residue-relationship-brett-chapman/
It was also released as a featured short by Film Shortage here: http://filmshortage.com/shorts/the-residue-of-a-relationship/
I was pretty happy with the reviews the film got at this stage and it managed to garner a respectable enough number of views. I also received a heap of messages from people who watched the film and wanted to share their own stories with me or just talk about what it had meant to them. This was an unexpected but really heartening side effect.
Then I was contacted by a company called 'Omeleto' - I guess they're sort of like 'Upworthy' but just for video content. I was skeptical at first - I'm always skeptical of unsolicited emails from people claiming to like my work. All that considered, I decided to trust in them and they released Residue on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Despite them slapping a clickbait title on the film that I'm not in love with, they managed to snag over 110,000 views (at the time of writing) across their platforms.
Residue has also made it into a bunch of festivals and recently won the Audience Choice award at Indie Flicks. I'm still waiting to hear back from a lot of the festivals it's been entered into but I'm hopeful.
The majority of people commenting online or speaking to me about the movie have been really positive and I have to say that it's helped me to keep the faith in my own particular style of filmmaking and point of view. The support and encouragement I've also had from my local community of filmmakers has been amazing.
I'm really excited to see how much further Residue can go but, also, I can't wait to get to work on the next project. Watch this space.