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Here’s my first completed short film. Shot and edited between shoot days for ‘Paranoia’ this was created for Film4s ‘ Scene Stealers’ competition.

“We are looking for you to take an iconic Film4 moment from our list of selected films and put your own individual stamp on it. The judges will be looking for entries that do this in the most original and creative way encapsulating the Film4 ethos and celebrating some of its finest moments with a fresh, inventive approach. Make your own version of that scene with as much flair, invention and creativity as you can. You can use snippets of dialogue from the scene, but again, re-imagining the moment to stand out from the crowd is what we’re after.”

I chose to re-imagine the confrontation and LSD scenes from Shane Meadows’ excellent film ‘Dead Man’s Shoes.’ 

It took three hours to film with a Sony PD175 camera, a boom mike and sunlight. I used two reflectors on the actresses’ faces under the arch scene and have learned that a white dress is not great in bright sunlight if you haven’t a clue about white balance!

Sound was really tricky, we were delayed by a lot of airplanes and helicopters – it was the first sunny day in over a week!

Final Cut is HUGE but I had a great manual and some help with leveling out the sound in post.

My cast were incredible and huge thanks to the multi-talented Edd Lane for creating a perfect piece of music for me in less than 24 hours after I asked. It makes the film!

For some reason the end titles won’t screen on YouTube – I have posted on a forum so we’ll see if I get a response. I’ve submitted to Film4, haven’t had confirmation yet and am worried that the swearing might be construed as ‘offensive’. Fingers crossed it’s not!

  This was a great learning experience for me and I’m dead chuffed with the result!

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Short Film


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