My personal favorite production
Duels in Time have a very dear place in my heart. For many years, it is the movie i have regarded as the production amongst my film work that is my personal favourite. It was the first real productions that i put together, and the overall process was a joy to go through.
From Idea to final Film: Driven by a vision
Duels in Time was the exam production for my group and I, in media studies in high school. The idea for the film came very early in the process.
We knew that our teacher liked action movies, as we had analyzed several action film throughout the course. Therefore, we approached the brainstorming process of the film with the mindset of:
"How can we include as many different action tropes as possible, within one film, without undermining the internal logics of the story."
When we tought about action movies, there was a very clear historical factor for many of the classical tropes. They were all set in a distinct context within a time period. Following this notion, it did not take long before we got the idea of a film illustrating some of the moments in history, when humans have clashed against each other.
Due to the inherently temporal qualities of film, we decided that it would not be unnatural to jump between the different time periods, if we structured the film in a linear fasion. Starting the story from early pre-historic cavemen, all the way through to science-fiction.
Before production, i communicated with many of our friends, asking if we could lend equipment, costumes and props for the production. At production i coordinated the delivery of the items.
The backbone of our production was our initial storyboard which only consisted of six frames - each representing the context, time period and type of action movie we would focus on. All the actual sequences was improvised on location.
After shooting, it was my task to compose all the clips into a unified narrative. As i never had worked with Adobe After Effects at such a scope, it approached the editing one clip at the time, starting from the beginning of the film. The initial vision was still very clear in my mind, and it became the guiding light for the editing process.
We released the film on our common YouTube channel, and shared it to our peers at the media studies course. Our teacher told us about a film competition for people under the age of 20 in Copenhagen and we decided to submit the film.
The film ended up winning the Audience Award for best film at the competition, and was selected for the national film competition. Furthermore, the film was part of a group of films which was send to another film festival in Ghana, to illustrate how young people can approach the craft of filmmaking.
Imagination flows among friends
As the length of this case-page probably illustrates, this is one of the projects that i am most passionate about, of all the projects in my portfolio. The whole process, from end to end was a joy to navigate. It sparked my overall interest in project management.
The team had a very clear vision throughout the process. The creativity and imagination appeared naturally and unimpeded between us, and i believe that this unquestionably increased the quality and outcome of the final product.
Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Oregon Film Festival 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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