It’s funny how quickly time flies when you are in your 40’s. This decade seems to be at a different pace, and the months and years are just flying by. It’s seems like just the other day that I completed the work on the last short “Off Colour” but to my shock it was at the end of 2015, meaning a gap of over three years since the last film.
I am have been involved in a few stage shows (Seusical, Footrot Flats and The Pohutakawa tree) which has kept me busy creatively, and when this last show is over I will look into a new project on film.
“There’s something I have to tell you…”
Another year passed and a second place in the competition this year. The number of entries was an all time low, but the quality of those entered was an increase on previous years. Due to lack of time and deadline changes, we almost didn’t get an entry in this year.
Thanks to the commitment and effort of our lead actors Barb and Phil, the track record was maintained for a fourth consecutive year. Fingers crossed they will both come back on board for 2016…
Private Eye for Hire
It’s that time of the year again; The annual OSPA short film competition. I had very little time left and although I had wanted to involve the wonderful cast I used last year, there just wasn’t time to put it all together. I had a single evening window of opportunity to get the whole thing shot!
This years theme was an object. Filmmakers could choose a box, a gumboot or a newspaper to add as an key prop. I went for the box option as I imagine many will have.
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”
Having committed myself to a stage show at the theatre, I has access to the costume department. I borrowed a cute little outfit for my son to wear. My daughter already has enough outfits. The next step was setting up a scene and letting them play. They did the rest. I watched the footage during a break and then formulated the plot… A few extra scenes were contrived and finally, a mere 3 hours into the process, the principal photography was done. The actual voice over and editing took me another day, in between dinner/bedtime routines, and the end product still makes me chuckle.
How will it do at the film competition? The standard of entries has been getting better each year, so we can only cross our fingers and hope!
I finally had the opportunity to put together a final edit of some footage I took a few weeks ago with a fellow actor before our class. We only had two hours to set up, rehearse and shoot and tidy up again. We had the added disadvantage of having to both act and crew the whole thing with just the two of us to fill all the roles. Not the best, but certainly fun making.
Any guesses as to where the dialogue came from? If you know the answer… your may well be showing your age!