April is rapidly approaching, and that means two things for us here at Norwich Film Festival:
- We have less than two weeks until we launch the 2015 edition of the festival, so we’re all in work hyperdrive.
- It’s reaching the conclusion of our NFF/UEA mentor scheme and the highly anticipated premiere of our students’ short film Platform One (that’s right, it even has a title).
We took a short break from designing our brand new 2015 merchandise to catch up with director Holly to ask her how the production was coming along.
“So, we’re onto the next stage of production – or, rather, onto post-production! We’ve assembled the footage into one (not so) tidy project, and we hope to have a rough around the edges first cut ready and playing soon.
“Getting to this stage? It was an interesting path, to say the least. We’ve swerved from a story about brief human connections in temporary environments, to a naked older man harassing a poor soul on a train platform, heavy references to Purgatory, and finally, to a mildly surreal(ish) comedy in which the circle of time and the world shifts, changes, and flows; well, it certainly does for our two ‘out of place’ characters, Nick and Bill.
One thing that the whole team should be commended for, including our intrepid actors, is their ability to wake up at 6 in the morning, and be energetic enough to film, i.e. work incredibly hard, by 7AM on a chilly Sunday morning. Even more so when the location is three miles from the nearest road, and the only company is either one solitary dog walker and a mixture of birds. However, like the true embodiments of professionalism they all are (and aspire to be – I see great things in their futures!) they got down, they clambered through marshland, and together we got through the shoot and finished two hours early. “What?” I hear you think; “you cut a shoot short by two hours???” Yes – such is the magic of a quick thinking and practical team.
It feels poignant that a script and film that examines the sometimes absurd situations we find ourselves in as we connect with each other, has thrown together five wildly different people not really known to each other and made them create an artifact. Luckily, there haven’t been any major clashes, but the sparks that fly off creative people placed together in a fast-paced project leads to revelations in the way that we work as individuals and as an unit. I am ashamed that, as a wannabe director, I’ve never truly worked with a creative team before. Of course, in true narcissistic spirit, I’ve had people help out with some technical roles I couldn’t do all at once, but I’ve never really worked with people with their own strong vision. I think we’ve all learned a lot about ourselves so far, and what we need to do to make ourselves, and our craft, even better than before.
Hopefully, the edit and post-production should be pretty smooth and plain sailing. Yes, there were a couple of problems during the shoot, but despite this, we’re all incredibly positive about this film, and hope you’ll enjoy it too when it premiers in a month’s time.”
Interested in seeing the film for yourself? Email us about attending the premiere on 10th April at firstname.lastname@example.org.