Wow, what a crazy weekend. On Friday night were given a genre (we got Drama) a prop (a brush) a character (Alison or Alistair, a collector) and a line of dialogue (Shall we leave it like this?). We then had 48 hours to script, shoot and edit the film.
We got to work brainstorming the script with Michael Holden, who scripted Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. We decided our film would use the ITN offices as a location and this led us to think about common situations that arise in offices. After discussing tax evasion we decided to make the film about a collection for someone’s leaving gift but with a twist.
We were really pleased with the quality of the actors involved, Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Holby City)Paul Reynolds (Press Gang Absolutely Fabulous). The quality of filming was great with our Director of Photography operating a steadicam from a Segway (you can see him in action in the atrium here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIdpp7qwuk4).
The lack of sleep was quite a challenge and Charlie Hawryliw, our editor, worked until the early hours. We dropped the film off with just five minutes to spare! The quality and professionalism of cast and crew resulted in a very high quality short film. We all had a great time and it is certainly something I would consider doing again.
The film will be screened tonight at the Prince Charles Cinema, with the award winners revealed on Thursday night. After the awards ceremony the film we be available for general viewing.