Ed Sayers and Ben Gregor make commercials in London, and do other stuff like go cycling and develop movies, and so on.
They organise a filmmaking event called straight 8. It happens all over the world.
It's a simple idea:
You, the filmmaker, shoot a film on a single cartridge of super 8mm film. Then you hand over your exposed but un-developed, un-edited film for processing. You also burn an original soundtrack onto CD.
The first time you see your work is with a packed cinema audience, also seeing it for the first time.
Sounds fun? It is. Sounds scary? It is.
As projects & competitions go, you always learn something new, because it’s a challenge, but with this competition it was a vertical learning curve, and no amount of preparation gets you ready. Never have I had to think on my feet so quick, and rely so heavily on all those around me to brainstorm when things invariably go wrong.
This was one of the best projects I’ve done in years, so even if it’s not selected it’s been worthwhile, and I’ll be doing it again next year.
Once again a big big thank you to everyone who helped to make it.
The Top Video is the trailer - The Second Video is the Competition Entry - The Third Video is the full extended version.