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Film Dash: Digital Galore Round Up

The evening of Film Dash started in true form, by dashing. I fetched a camera from the lovely Warren from @Warblefly and then ran off to the briefing – starting these things already sweating shows that you’re serious. A friendly atmosphere was brewing at the Custard Factory and Ian had even met a fan of The Outsider. All anyone knew about the challenge was that we had to make a 1-5 minute film in 48 hours based on a specific brief. Everyone’s brief would be different. The winning film would be screened at the event, ‘Into the Light’, a celebration of Birmingham born film producer, Sir Michael Balcon. When the time came we got our brief:

  • Incorporate the spoken line, “I don’t believe the world has been in such a terrible mess since the flood.”
  • Somehow reference the film, ‘The Cruel Sea’.

How nautical. By now Ian really needed the loo so we headed back to my new flat/office, tip-toeing around the subject of trickling water, floods and the cruel ‘it just went down my leg’ sea.

The most exciting thing about the challenge was to learn what we could (or should) do in that time. We knew we could write quickly and wanted to work to that strength. We’ve also filmed sketches very quickly, especially with Tom acting. But bringing everything together and making it look good within the time was the trick.

Pizza, brainstorming and a couple of shakedowns of the whiteboard got us a nice script and a schedule by 2am on Friday night. Not too shabby. On Saturday morning Tom was getting into Mr. C. (Mr. C would have liked that) and all was go! We got a couple of shots done and Sara Leung kindly came round to fill in for the part of the girlfriend. DSC_0086

Apart from, or because of, the lack of crew, actors, and equipment, filming went pretty smoothly. By 3pm we had started editing the first lot of footage down and unleashed Max Fitness onto the world. Snippets of other people’s film’s were starting to pop up in various guises at this point which added to the chase. In the evening we unwound at the pub. Later, we started tightening right back up as Ian and I broke the back of the editing overnight. As expected there was way too much footage, so we stripped down and cross-faded our way to safety.

DSC_00813 hours sleep later and in a cold sleeping bag, Tom said reassuringly something to me about sausages. I agreed that I liked sausages. A shower, a cupper and a McScwadge burger later, we were back in action. After a couple of reshoots, sound work and some tutting at some very dodgy cuts we were done! It would have been lovely to chat to everyone at the hand-in but by that point we were shattered. Unaware of the relevance we finished the evening with a couple of pints of Landlord. So, so tired.

In the end, I think we can be quite chuffed with our script. It had a few nods to Hitchcock and fitted the brief in a nice Ealing farce comedy sort of way. Whether it came though as well on screen I don’t know. Looking at other people’s films, particularly Dunkirk, maybe we should have gone a lot shorter, simpler and quirkier. Whatever the weather, Film Dash was amazing. It was a great laugh, it taught us a lot and we were part of a really buzzing filmmaking event. It did what it should have done, it left us wanting more! Bring on Film Dash ’09.
Louis ‘Pumped’ Hudson

The Re-Incarnation of Captain Scarlet

How does it feel to be immortal now, Captain?

Featured on Dailymotion… again

Dailymotion, the website that sounds like something it isn’t, has featured us in their ‘Funny’ section. Nicely tucked between a CNN report and the new Coen Brother’s film trailer on the homepage as well.

Phonographantasmascope – Jim le Fevre

Here’s a bit of fun that my friend threw my way. It’s a take on the Pixar’s and Studio Ghibli’s 3D Zeotrope Sculptures using 2 turntables. It’s really quite cute. Shows what you can do with a bit of spare time and a technology who’s only obvious use was to play music and rotate helpless kittens.

The creator, Jim le Fevre, also studied at my old art college, which was nice to see.

Here’s Pixar’s and Studio Ghibli’s originals:

Dork Side of the Moon

Not me you see (Botched Court Defence)

Video Recommendation: Kipple

I think we can allow one of this blog’s functions to be to allow us to show unusual videos that we like / wish we had made. For example, this one made us laugh till we cried.

I’d also recommend these: The Microwave Magician, Kipple Intro Rough, Robin Morley’s Smelly Cheese. In terms of who the creators are, the nearest to a normal name that I can find is Peter Ward. A normal place? Sheffield?

Chicken or the Egg – Uncovered

Here’s a question that’s been a bee in my bonnet. Which came first: Chicken or the Egg? It’s annoying because anyone who accepts Darwin’s theories could only logically conclude that the Egg was indeed first (as illustrated). Saying that though, whatever did poo out that egg would have given birth to what was essentially a mutant and would have got rid of the evidence before prehistoric society laid it’s judging eyes on this odd-ball family. Or, maybe I just haven’t quite grasped the theory of evolution. So, like a Channel 4 documentary, there are no real conclusions here, just lingering, time-wasting afterthoughts.

Outsider Featured on DailyMotion

Well… Yep. Does what it says on the tin. Took less than 24 hours for that to happen. Maybe we should make stuff like this more frequently. Hmmm, maybe we might.

Shorts on the Walls

David Allen kindly managed to squeeze DON’T TOUCH into the Shorts on the Walls line up today. Ian went along to introduce it.

It got a pretty good reception, including a nice mention from Chris Unitt on CiB. Just found Eight Eyed Sea Bass also liked it. That’s nice of them too.