A group of friends, £500, 48 hours and a brief from Sci-Fi London….
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Our very own 3D scheduler Ben Burdock, teamed up with some
friends last weekend to take part in Sci-fi London's latest
challenge to create a five minute film to fit their mysterious
brief. Here he reveals how they did it....
For our latest short film we decided to enter the
Sci-Fi London 48-hour film challenge. Our task was to write,
shoot, edit, grade and complete visual effects on a film within a
48 hour time period, with just a £500 budget. To add to the
pressure, entrants are given a title, prop and line of dialogue to
shake things up and make sure nothing has been prepared in
We spent Saturday writing the script, planning the shoot and
making final adjustments to the location that we used. We filmed
for 12-straight hours on Sunday, utilising the RED camera to really
bring out the seemingly simple location we had chosen, which had
been transformed by our fantastic production design team. 500
coffees later we were ready to commence post!
Our amazingly talented crew rose to the challenge and the result
was No Escape, a film we are all truly proud of. The crew
included director Will McGregor plus The Mill's Dom Burgess (2D),
Stu Turnbull (3D), Tom Slinger (concept), Harry Wormald (matte
painting), Maxime Chaix (2D) and Emily Greeley (DIT).
We hope we've shown what can be done when a group of mates band
together to make a film over the weekend!