That Straight 8 time of year again ... this year I had even less time to prepare than in previous year's so I had to get a wee bit creative. I didn't have time to work with actors, or to spend time with a crew, but I wanted to make something a bit more precise, so I decided on the concept that machines have become addicted to sugar, and as a result the human race has been wiped out, and now all that is left are sugar-addled machines.
That meant that I could shoot the film in my own time, with my own props & lighting, and actually get hands on with the Super 8 camera, which is half the buzz anyway .. listening to the whirr of the motor as you cruise ever closer to the end of that roll.
I decided to go with the black & white film this year, rather than the colour just because it was an option that hadn't been offered before, and also because I thought it would lend itself well to the film.
I took photos with the digital camera of every shot that I took with the 8mm camera, and made a note of how long each shot was [in seconds]. I then had a record of them all, and then placed them in a timeline in Premiere & cut a version to do the soundtrack to.
And then used a combination of electronic sounds & a computer voice to create the audio accompaniment.
The guys at Straight 8 recently informed me that it had been selected for 'Straight 8 Art', and that the selections for that category would be screened in Brick Lane, London some time during the summer. Dead chuffed & looking forward to it.