As filmmakers, we are often energized by viewing great films. In fact, it’s tough to watch great cinematography, lighting or character development crafted in a movie and not think, “how can we incorporate that fantastic technique inside of our next project?” It’s not uncommon for us to wrap up the viewing of a wonderful movie by diving back to our editing workstations with renewed energy and enthusiasm as we do the production and post production on a current project
We appreciate great films. We enjoy sharing great films that we’ve seen with our readers. If you have not seen “Miss Potter”, we encourage you to do so. This film, based upon actual events, explores the zeal, excitement and heartaches that Beatrix Potter experiences as she begins publishing her children’s books.
As an artist, Potter filled her stories with some of the most beautiful illustrations. Incorporating a surprising and wonderful visual element, these illustrations come to life through the use of subtle and well-timed animation. This effect deployed inside of the story is amazing and helps push the film along, often acting as a window inside of the main character’s thought patterns.
For us, one of the most compelling elements of the story revolve around the manner in which Miss Potter, the creative, deals with sometimes skeptical but well-meaning family and business partners. People who share her artistic sensibilities may feel a kindred spirit as she struggles to express her passions and outlook on life with people who are not necessarily operating within a similar creative mindset. It’s the common story of left-brain/right brain individuals attempting to relate to one another. In that sense, this film definitely gives voice to the creatives, and may provide a chuckle or two as they relate to the heroine.
Whether you tend towards one cranial hemisphere or the other however, you’ll delight in this wonderful and visually tender offering. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with “the world of Beatrix Potter”, this film stands completely on it’s own as a great romantic story of hope and tender love.