I was incredibly impressed the other night. I attended the finals of the 48hour Film Festival of which ex Media Design School student, Jared Kahi was a finalist. The 48hour Film Festival is an initiative that sees teams compete to complete a film in 48hours. Each team is given a genre and then are left to their own devises to create. Jared’s team – Lens Flare, were given ‘One shot – crime’ as their genre which made an already complicated shoot even harder. Here he talks about the teams process.
“Rehearsing was intense. Our idea was to show the morning after the party and flashback to the night before when the party was in full swing. This meant we had to choreograph not only the precise camera moves, but also sneakily moving the actors behind the camera into new positions with quick costume changes, a house full of extras and lighting changes to show the transition between day and night. The great thing was it was like theatre! Looking back, the tricks we used were all really simple but so effective. For daylight we just swung one light through the window behind the couch, but with a little sound design it looks so convincing. It always amazes me the first time the camera moves from the characters on the couch to the kitchen and finds the same characters standing there, that gets me every time I see it. Full credit to the actors who hid how puffed they were from constantly running around the house. In total I think we did about 8 full takes, and in the end the final product was comped out of 4 takes using sneaky hidden edits”.
Lens Flare came took out the ‘Runners Up’ title which is awesome… I but I personally thought they were robbed. Yes the winner was good and funny, but the skill, organisation, scripting and production values of Lens Flares entry won it for me.
It’s an amazing work produced in a ridiculousy short period of time. Incredible.