Well, it’s been a week or more since an entry on this blog, but it has been busy here at Dice Roll Films. As promised, the film produced as part of the Southampton Film Week 48 hour film challenge is now on-line.
The length of the film was limited to 4 minutes for the competition, but this Director’s Cut is marginally longer. The concept for the film was deliberately novel, in order to produce a non-linear film. There is only one actress, but two roles, whereby the actress converses with her opposite ‘other’ throughout the film. In the first half she plays the role of a scared, hesitant character; in the second half she plays the role of the arrogant, confident character. In a novel twist, in each half of the film, only the dialogue of the ‘active’ character can be heard – the responses of the other character can only be heard in the other half of the film, at a different time, but in the same location. The flow of time, and the order of events is deliberately confusing. The ending of the film is also the start, hence the name of the film – ‘LOOP’. The video is designed to be watched in ‘loop mode’, whereby the video starts again immediately, once it reaches the end.
It would have been great to have made this film with more time available, but that is the nature of 48 hour film challenges! The positive feedback from the judges at the screening was wonderful to receive, and included comments such as “a great simple idea with just one actress. Some good camera work and an almost seamless edit”, “the framing of the shots was really nice” and “the actress did a good job… it’s difficult to hold the audience when you are the only one on screen, but she does it well. The story was interesting and had me guessing throughout”. All in all, a very pleasing result from our first film challenge event.
The film can be seen here: