Networking :: Short Film

Firstly, apologies for not updating this blog for months! It’s kept passing my mind as I’ve started college and had a lot going on, I plan to get back to it now with photography and filmmaking posts!

I’ll start with a post about my latest short film. Since making “The Untold Story” I’ve been bitten by the filmmaking bug, and I just needed to give it another go and rectify all the mistakes that I made in “The Untold Story”. So here’s my second attempt: “Networking”.

It’s a mild thriller, about three girls who return home after a night out and end up playing host to some very unwelcome guests.
The entire short was shot in 2 consecutive days, 21 hours of work. And it was all edited together in the space of 2 weeks – so everything was quite rushed! It’s far from perfect, and nowhere near as good as “The Untold Story” in my eyes, but it was fun to make and everyone had fun – which is the most important part, your head has to be in the right place when you’re a creative person, there’s no point making something when there’s no joy in what you’re doing. If you’re not loving what you’re doing, then you’re not doing the right thing – so have fun in all your artistic endeavours!

The finished short film is available here:

And the behind-the-scenes/bloopers video of all the fun we had on set over those 2 days, plus cast interviews (and an interview with myself) is available here if you’re interested:

Filmmaking isn’t something I’ve ever really covered in my blog, but as I have plans to either make a feature film next summer or a 40 minute short film, I think I might start covering the creative process of it a lot more if people are interested in it. If there’s interest in anything I did in “Networking” or even “The Untold Story” then please feel free to ask and I shall make a post explaining what I did in detail!

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Making a Short Film…

I’m not a videographer, my skills don’t really stretch that far. Although I would absolutely love to making videos it’s just not something I feel comfortable getting into, my preference lies in still images. I prefer the much wider creative scope and the power a still image can hold. However, I want to change that.

I’m a huge film fan, my respect for history of cinema and filmmaking in general has grown and grown since I was in 4th year in school where I did a filmmaking course, a film studies class and a history of cinema class. And over the past few months I’ve become more and more attracted to the idea of directing a film myself. One thing that often pushed me away was the amount of people who work on a film set to make the project come together, I’m quite the control freak and not only do I like to be in charge of everything, but there’s very few people I’d trust to help me and I like learning the extra skills involved.
I did a photo story to be used as my portfolio to get into college to study photography, and the issues in the story which the shoot addresses is one which I strongly believe in and really want to get out there and have it gather more attention. I’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of filmmaking in an effort to get this story out there and hopefully have these issues addressed by more people. So, a few weeks I started piecing together a script and developing my idea to suit the different medium. But the best thing is, my portfolio pretty much acts as a visual shooting guide/basic storyboard.

DSCF3483Instagram photo from Stuart Comerford

It’s been rather difficult to contain the world I’ve created in the script, it’s hard to not let other storylines drift into the spotlight. I’m trying to replicate a real world environment and keep it as realistic as possible without going too over-the-top and I’m finding it rather difficult but the script is coming together and is practically done, all other tweaks would be done during filming.
As I’m in the middle of my Leaving Cert exams I can’t start it quite yet, but at the end of this month the production will be in full swing! Hopefully everything will be wrapped up and released by August (actually, it needs to be into post-production at least by August since my leading male is moving to England in the first week of August!). I’m really excited to make this.

The film is a documentation of the frequently avoided subject of teenage depression, following the story of one teenage girl as she deals with bullying, social exclusion, isolation, and domestic violence during a pivotal time in her life when she’s finishing school and concerned about the purpose of her existence. Not everybody “fits in” as a teenager due to it being such a crucial period of personal development and self-discovery, and I hope to create something that at least opens people’s eyes to a topic which is very serious and demands attention.

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