This weekend I took part in the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge. This was my third time entering the competition and it was both knackering and extremely fun as always!
I only tend to have the financial resources to make one or possibly two short films each year, which is why I find it incredibly fun and challenging to enter this competition with the objective of spending as little money as possible: coming together as part of a team to develop a film through production in the seemingly impossibly short space of time.
Charlotte Rose Palmer and Jamie Weston, who produced my upcoming short film ‘Glove Compartment’ with me, were part of the team, as 1st AD and Production Designer respectively. The super talented Clive Double, special effects and make-up, produced a monster for the project which was awesome!
Lily Staff, who I haven’t worked with since Husky produced the film alongside myself and Clive.
There were lots of other awesome people involved across all departments with the exception of post. For whatever reason we were not a good looking enough team to attract the eye of visual effects artists, sound mixers and colour graders. Nonetheless I assumed all such responsibilities and somehow, at 1pm today, April 14th 2014, delivered the finished film.
Given more time, it would have been nice to have developed and matured the special effects in the film, asI only had time for one attempt at each effect. So, building up a post production team would definitely be a focus for next time.
The result of our combined creative juices and our given parameters is ‘The Offer on the Table’ – a Sci-fi / drama / horror about two women who, as a result of financial desperation enter a virtual reality game which imposes greater dangers than they first expect.
I was personally excited to explore the fringes of horror in relation to science fiction as well as establishing an emotive character base which I think we pulled together fairly well. Although having not D.O.P’d my last several films it was both exciting and frightening as well as occasionally prohibiting, not having a direct and assured visual consultant to work with and bounce off of. Our given information (from which we have to construct our film), was:
Title: THE OFFER ON THE TABLE
Line: Got back home around 3_00am. Very tired now. And cold.
Prop: DICE_ WE SEE A CHARACTER ROLL TWO DICE
We decided to go with digital dice as a way of reimagining our parameters through the genre field.
As a 48 hour film project goes, I think its important to prioritise, so for me it wasn’t about fine tuning the effects as much as I would have liked to, but ensuring all the different aspects were in balance with the narrative and the story being told, which is, albeit, a little heavy for a five minute film!