This week work and stuff happened as usual, but we also made a movie!
A massive whole of station effort as ‘Casey Productions” rolled into town and the station became just as we’d imagine a film set to be… a hair and makeup department, costumes and props filling the Red Shed lounge area (along with a good coating of talcum powder…for white walker hair), special effects development, a production office set up in the mess, a stunt department, cinematography team with multiple cameras, lenses, tripods and extra batteries, and the sound and editing team.
Masses of people getting into costume, heading to film location, filming as quickly as possible (‘cause it was cold!), and then back to warm up, costume change, and then on to the next scene.
Exhausting. But, we think, a great success! All here undoubtedly impressed with the finished product.
For those uninitiated; each year the international community of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations enter into the Antarctic Winter Film Festival with an Open category (films made at any time over the past year) and the most fun and competitive 48 hour category (made between Friday night to Sunday night; with five items that must be included provided Friday afternoon to prove the filming was done post the provision of this information). This year the items to be included in the 48hr film included:
- Object: Clock
- Role on Station: Plumber
- Action: Throwing/Tossing a boot
- Sound: Fire Alarm
- Quote: “I take your boots, your clothes, and your motorcycle” (from Terminator II)
The Casey submission has been based on our regular Wednesday night TV series (see Pat’s story below), Game of Thrones. We’ve made a trailer for the upcoming Season 8. I can see HBO just taking it in its entirety and using it for their upcoming advertising campaign and imagine that some of our cast might be contacted for future roles (or at least to be body doubles); the similarities are remarkable!
We may not win, but we think it’s pretty damn good. And, importantly, we had a lot of fun making it. And now, to see the competition.
Film Fest viewing and voting scheduled for Friday night. The coke, popcorn, choc tops and voting cards at the ready…
Rebecca (Casey SL)
[If you’d like to see the final product it will be available on VIMEO from Tuesday (after the voting has concluded). Just do a search for Casey Station or AWFF 2018.]