I got a phone call last night from the Santa Monica Teen Film Fest! My short, Imagination for screening. :D So I figured it was a good time to do a blog post about it.
Imagination is about two boys who find a stick in their park playground, and imagine the adventures they could go on with it.
I came up with the idea last year after attending film camp. I wanted to make a film that was fun, and showcased my brothers. (aren't they awesome? :D ) So I wrote it as something they, and most other kids, would do when finding a stick. Turn it into guns and swords. ;)
I wrote the script, then school started last year, and I never got time to film it. Last April, I joined a film mentorship program, (http://abetterfilm.com/) and got the incentive I needed to actually make it.
One of the challenges in filming this was to have the different sections, dream and reality, match up smoothly. I filmed the park segments first, then would go and freeze frame the video, so when time to film the dream segments, I would have them be as close as they were position wise to the park shots.
Another challenge was the green screen. Note, generic duct tape is not good for holding up green screens! But after lots of fighting and fiddling with that, it came out pretty decent.
The overall goal of the film was just to be a fun thing to watch, and practice with different types of effects and shooting techniques. As always, I hope you enjoy it. :)
And it will be shown at the teen film fest June 21, 2pm. If you're in the area, come check it out, admission is free. http://www01.smgov.net/smtff/