Yesterday at midday we started the 13th annual 24 Hours Film Racing Challenge. We were given –
A THEME: An ultimatum
AN ACTION: Biting into something
A PROP: A broom
We all gathered at Pearly Productions headquarters where we brainstormed for a good two hours on themes, plots and character ideas.
Nick Triandafyllou had already booked a venue for us to shoot out of, which was a creepy, down trodden upstairs loft of an old barber’s shop. It was old and dusty with blood stains and bullet holes.
Given that we had the main setting, plus we wanted to take advantage of the current outdoors Vivid display of light sculptures around Sydney’s Opera house, we brainstormed together and came up with three possible story scenarios to suit our two settings. One being a thriller, another being a drama and the third being a romantic comedy. After exhausting all three avenues, we agreed that with the time limit placed upon us, the romantic comedy was the best avenue to go down, plus we were satisfied with our romantic comedy’s ending which would raise social conscience about judgements we place on people in our society.
Rory Kelly, Pearl Tan and Aileen Huynh
We had five actors on board – Emma Palmer, Aileen Huynh, Rory Kelly, Mansour Noor and myself (Joy Hopwood). Considering Aileen and Rory were the youngest out of the five of us, we agreed that they should be the young lovers and the rest of us be Rory’s homeless friends. The big question was, would his girlfriend accept us? Nick then went away and typed up a rough script for us to work with. Afterwards we headed to the loft for a run through and rehearsal blocking with director Pearl Tan.
After rehearsing, blocking and then finally filming all ours scenes up until 1am, Mansour then started editing the footage. Pearl also booked a music composer to start work at 5am.
Aileen Huynh, Rory Kelly and Pearl Tan.
“Basic planning is the key!” Nick said.
Nick had worked on film racing last year and said that that project failed because there was no basic structure and no time limits placed on each aspect of the filming process.
Aileen Huynh, Mansoor Noor, Joy Hopwood, Emma Palmer
Once the music composer added music and the film was colour graded, Pearl loaded the film just in time on the http://www.filmracing.com website, with 42 minutes to spare. Great job to everyone involved. Fingers crossed that our film is selected and that the film’s message is well received!