In June the DMF crew behind Raindance-screened short film The Hunt collaborated again on another 48-hour film project. This is the result…
We wrote, shot and edited Pretty Gone Diggin’ over one weekend for the 2015 SF48 competition. As per the brief we built the story around the supplied line of dialogue (“long before the invention of ceilings and walls”) and worked in the assigned prop, ginger. As in both the rules and the spirit of the competition, we did not start work on the film in any way until after we received the brief.
Overall I think we did a good job. We took advantage of the summer weather to frame the story and got some good shots. The colours are saturated and lively, and the sound, which I paid careful attention to from the start, is some of the best from any DMF project. For a 48-hour film I’m happy with what we achieved.
Of course there are still things I would change. The last few shots suffered as we didn’t have the physical space to frame them how I wanted, and due to the sequential shoot we didn’t have enough time to plan suitable alternatives. To keep things simple I decided to go with A/B and wide shots for the conversation, which worked from a production point of view but starts to wear as the film goes on.
Most glaringly, ginger may have been a more suitable alternative for the antagonist than a carrot, but I think there was some kind of reason that made sense at the time as to why we didn’t do that. Maybe. Either way, the film still works.
Unfortunately, despite a barrage of tweets, some aggressive Facebooking and the highest amount of views achieved in a set space of time by a DMF production, we didn’t place in the top six for number of views by the deadline, which meant that we missed out on the final. As it is we simply don’t yet have the reach needed to compete, but with each project we’re working towards it.
Objectively speaking the film probably ranked in the top five or six in terms of quality and adherence to the brief, but c’est la vie. We knew the rules going in. The right films won overall, which is the most important thing.
What I loved is that we finally completed another short film after what felt like an age of editing jobs and unfinished productions. 48-hour film contests are brilliant at forcing you to create, and the results are frequently rewarding.