Two weeks ago I participated in the Rialto Channel 48 Hours short film competition: a weekend of furious film making resulting in a wee short film, a lot of fun, extreme tiredness and a massive migraine!
Our film was shot at the National Library on Saturday (25th May) as the annual Rialto Channel 48 Hours short film competition rolled into town. The competition hosts aspiring film makers from all over New Zealand who battle to write, shoot, and edit a film all within the space of 48 hours.
At 7 pm on Friday evening, teams are given the genre of film they are to make, along with the character’s name and attributes, one line of dialogue, and a prop, all of which must appear in the film.
After a frenzied night of writing, scripting and story-boarding, and two hours sleep, team StreamWorks arrived at the National Library at 6am to begin shooting their short with New Zealand actor Alistair Browning as the lead.
The character Browning was to play was Vic Meyer, an insomniac in a non-dialogue genre film where the only single line of dialogue permitted to be used was “Did you hear that?”.
The team occupied the National Library for a period of ten hours in a bid to tell a story using only visual and audio cues with no dialogue alluding to any plot line or story.
After a short visit to a second location, some careful editing and sound creation, the short film, Ex Libris was born.
It was tough going trying to tell a story without using dialogue and trying to visualise how different sequences would fit together during editing. In the end, we were lacking in plot somewhat, but it was lots of fun creating the film! Anyway, here’s the link to our short: