Written, Shot, Edited, and Published in 12 hours. Screened 6 hours after completion at Warner Brothers.
Alright there's some backstory to this. I had a narrative film in it's final stages of editing for my project at NYFA, when the harddrive I had my files on crashed and took my project (and one of my friend's) with it.
So in the crunch time with a due date less than a day away, I was emoing/spazzing to my friends. Luckily they (one in particular) told me to suck it up and take it like a man. So I borrowed a friend's DVX100B and pumped this thing out in record time.
It's a little (read: Very) amateur, but it got a B+ for the writing and inovation (and record time) So... yeah.
Shot on: Sony DVX100B - NTSC
Edited on: Final Cut Pro 6
Sound: Soundtrack Pro
'Grotesqueness may appear in anything which is found to be in sufficient grave conflict with accepted standards to arouse emotion'. -- (Clayborough, Arthur. The Grotesque in English Literature)
'The basis of mankind's existence rests on his creating stability out of an otherwise chaotic world.'- (The Fear of Change in the 19th-Century Grotesque)
The basis of my work is to disrupt that stability, bringing people out of their comfort zone and planting them rudely back in the face of chaos and uncertainty, and my latest piece of work is centered on theories of abjection and the uncanny. My approach to making is heavily influenced by works such as: 'Street of Crocodiles' by The Brothers Quay, 'Love and Redemption' by Joel-Peter Witkin, and 'Body Fluids' by Andres Serrano.
My installation strives to evoke ambivalent emotions in the viewer by juxtaposing familiar elements with conflicting surroundings. Traditionally the teddy bear has always been associated with childhood, providing comfort and a sense of security through its unthreatening and cuddly, furry surface. In my work the teddy bears' attempt at life is disrupted; the stop motion animation makes their movements jerky and disjointed. Through their uncanny movements, they act out strange and nightmarish scenarios detaching them from their typical associations. The result is an unsettling, yet strangely captivating experience.
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Masque of the Red Death', this short film was created for my University assessment at the end of 2006 for the University of Technology, Sydney.
Since its original submission for my course assessment the film has evolved significantly into something which I hope can be considered no longer just a student film, but something that is festival ready.
Pre production took 5 months, shooting was over 3 days, and post production took 18 months.
Most of the cast and crew donated their time to the project and have done an amazing job.
I am happy to answer any question in regards to the production, but in the meantime, please enjoy the film!
Camera Used: Panasonic P2 HVX-200 @ 720P Editing Suite: Final Cut Pro (colour grading in Premiere Pro CS3) Animated credits sequences: Adobe After Effects Audio Mixing: Cubase SX3