The 416film team was at it again in October, 2017.
We joined the Toronto 48 Hour Film Project competition and after 6 screenings with all the competitors, we still managed to eke out a spot in the “Best of Screening” taking place Nov. 18 at Bloor Hot Docs.
We snagged a theme that is near and dear to our hearts: Time Travel.
We also had to involve the following pre-requisites:
There’s a whole bevy of other contenders in The Best of Screening so come out and support local Toronto filmmakers!
You can check out our latest short film Closure here:
Apparently Closure didn’t resonate with the judges at the 100 Hour Film Festival this year.
To be honest, while it is something that is not part of our regular film style I think overall the group was pretty pleased with the end result. Admittedly it’s a dark and moody little thing but we will send it out to a few film festivals and see if there is an audience for the film.
A quartet of regulars: Neil Bennett, Eric Myles, Rob Paul and Patrick Williamson. A fifth player, musician Chris Pauley worked offsite composing pieces based on the script and then tailored to the rough and final cut of the film.
Eric and Rob wrote the script, something a little off the beaten path for the regular “comedies” 416film makes. Pat and Neil filled out the two acting roles while Rob and Eric worked behind the scenes.
The weather, although bleak and mildly snowy actually provided a great somber look to the film.
A little less hectic and rushed than some of our previous films we still were tweaking up towards the midnight deadline and uploaded in the last hour of the contest.
That’s right…despite saying several times, “This one is the last one we are doing!”, we have decided to tackle the 100 Hour Film Project again.
We are putting together our team. We have a couple of regulars like Pat Williamson and Neil Bennett hooking their star to our little red wagon, but in theory we may have a few newcomers to the group as well to help either shoulder some of the burden or dive into the abyss with us.
A friend of ours has been working on a website and a series of Trumposaurus videos. (Check them out)
He asked for a little help so we got Lazlo Bienkila out of the grave (apparently he was long dead, the result of a Zamboni incident) and got him to direct the two shorts (The Poopular Vote & Voting Season) below: There’s supposed to be more coming but hey, give Lazlo a break, he’s been mostly dead for over a decade…it isn’t easy getting back into the directorial seat for a corpse.
The following day we wrapped the final opening and exterior scenes with Neil in hobo mode before relocating down to our Hock Shop location cheerfully open and donated by the Hock N’ Shop on Queen Street East (plug, plug).
Friend and first time 416er Stacey Iseman joined the crew and wrapped our shoot weekend within an hour and a half. Hit the marks and hit the lines.
We still have a few scenes to shoot, some effects to do.
So…with our track record…somethin to peruse by 2015.
A week away from shooting.
Locations nailed down and after a possible slight rewrite of the short we might be ready to go on our latest 416filmPenny Saved.
Spent a couple hours with Eric Myles, Pamela Tophen and Pat Williamson hitting the ever reliable Value Village for our costumes. Pat in his always charming way managed to get us a 15% Canada Day discount on our clothing. Then we briefly perused the pawn shop location (Shameless Promotion: The Hock N Shop at 1608 Queen St. E, be nice to them) and perused the outdoor site where our homeless characters reside. The location is under construction but with some possible minor changes to the script we plan to go ahead with our shoot next weekend.