The Letter has just won 5 stars at the IAC British International Film Competition 2012 along with a special recognition award from Carin Music Productions.
The film will be shown at the fesitval in April and is also eligible for the Best British Movie to be announced at the festival.
This is what the judges said:-
The success of this delightful film was in keeping the audience guessing until the last moment and telling a very poignant story in two minutes.
Brevity was the keynote with not a frame too long and accompanied with delightfully appropriate music this film was a joy to watch and the revelation at the end when we saw very briefly, but long enough, that the girl’s leukaemia was in remission and with tears in her eyes, made it a most heart warming moment.
Everything was right about this film with smooth tracking shots, excellent differential focus, the colours in the girl’s room and her hand hovering uncertainly over the letter that she knew was about her addressed to the parent or guardian.
We have seen very few films that didn’t evoke some comment about a weakness but your film was an exception.
Congratulations on your 5 Star award. We certainly look forward with interest to seeing more work from you.
Tom Hardwick FACI
Rob Day FACI
Ron Prosser FACI
The photography and camerawork were very well controlled with an economy of style which makes the viewer concentrate on the story line. The fact that there was no dialogue meant that filming and particularly the acting had to carry the plot.
The young girl acted beautifully throughout the film.
There were some interesting variable focus introductory shots which set the scene.
The introduction to the letter led to some questions. Would the child have had access to it? Would she have opened it since it was addressed to her guardians?
We also felt that the letter was not held long enough to be read by the audience, although its importance was evident from the girl’s acting.
The tension which had been generated up to then was maintained during the walk to the park, for the peace and solitude the girl needed in which to open the letter.
The relief and joy on the girl’s face was very well captured.
At that stage, where it becomes clear that the girl is in remission from leukaemia, a few more close-ups of the girl’s face would have accentuated the apprehension and subsequent relief.
The tearful end and the girls acting throughout was good enough to recommend her for consideration for the Best Acting award, despite having no dialogue.
She would certainly have got it for best reacting.
This was a very competent film, extremely well acted, with a good choice of music and great economy of style. The storyline was slight but very powerful.
We had no hesitation in recommending it for consideration for the Club Award. We wish you luck.
Ron Davies: FRPS, FACI(M), EFIAP, FIPF
Peter Dobing FACI
Mike Shaw FACI
Wednesday, 20+ people come along for the auditions for the lead roles of Charlie and Jordan. I was blown away with the quality of all the auditionees and it made for a very difficult evening for Darren and myself yesterday, when we had to go through the footage and choose between all the hopefuls. We felt that each and everyone would have bought their own specialness to the roles which didn’t help when we had to make our decision. Throughout the evening we looked at learnt and read scripts, role playing and how each person looked and would look next to another.
Eventually after a long period of time (and yes i did miss most of the Manchester United game!) we decided on Lewis and Sophie who counterbalanced each other in terms of look and had good up-close profiles with the camera. Their hard work starts now in terms of learning and rehearsing the script. Well done to you both.
Our next task is to go through the cast and minor roles and try and match these up, then invite people to be in those particular scenes.
A good weeks work but I am feeling a little scared as the deadlines for shooting are much closer than I thought and we have so much to do!!
By the way. How do people feel about Channel 7 being on Twitter as well?
'Just Friends' is the new working title for our previously named 'Trapped'.
We are still not completely settled on the title, but this one definitely suits the film a little more. Often the final title is not confirmed until editing is over... Some months away yet!
Audition preperations are well underway now and are eagerly awaiting next Wednesday March 7th, to begin the process of finding actors for our roles.
Read about Gregg's new role Click here
An interesting evening with Dave of Cre8ive Music and ‘The Saffron Hill’ discussing filming the band doing a ‘live’ performance for a demo video to send out to promoters.
Looks like we will be using 4/5 cameras and needing some camera people to assist. Let us know!! This is our way of thanking Dave for all his support in creating the music for our last few films. Going to an interesting day filming and subsequent editing.
We also managed, when we got back to go over some of the tasks for ‘Trapped’. Unbelievable what is needed to be done.
Here goes and it is far from incomplete:-
Meeting with Paul our technical advisor to discuss techy stuff
What crew do we need?
Check out couple of professional actors for coaching sessions
And who ever thought making films was easy. All the above and much more are needed to go anywhere near a successful final film. If you ever look at the credits at the end of a film it all begins to make sense. In a professional film they have a team for each of those jobs!! With us it’s just me and Darren. Anyone want to support? You will be welcome.