Formally the Hamilton Ontario Film and Television Network
I can't imagine how much room I would need if I put up every picture that my daughters coloured and created. You select a few and they make it to the fridge. When you make a film it is much harder and takes more time to create and finish but your desire is to immediately "put it on the fridge". You send it to all the major festivals, blog about it, throw it up on YouTube and return every hour to see the view count and comments. What you really need to do is step away from the film for a bit and ask yourself if this is fridge worthy or just you developing your skills. Being on the jury at the Hamilton Film Festival, I see fridge films and I see filmmakers in development. It is really disappointing to pour your blood. sweat, tears and money into a film only to have it rejected or to get a low view count etc...but you have to compare your work with everything that is out there. If you find yourself making excuses to your friends as to why your film is flawed, then it probably should be on a shelf rather than the fridge. That isn't a bad thing. You have to be realistic. I speak from experience. I spent thooousands of dollars on a 16mm film in 1998. Shot, processed, workprint, editing on 16mm, answer print, negative cutter. When I look at it I say "that was a great learning experience." My friends may see it but the light of day never will. Or the fridge.
Nathan Fleet is a film composer and filmmaker based in Hamiton Ontario