Direct from the cutting room floorWritten and edited by Richard YoudPresented in conjunction with Vestfold Productions

Back stage at Davis

Last weekend saw the Davis crew (and many others across the continent) attacking the Antarctic 48hr Film Festival. The team pulled together brilliantly as we spit-balled ideas, formed a rough idea of a story and leaped (maybe a little prematurely) into filming. There were a number of heated discussions between the director, producer and editors… but needless to say we got through them and ended up with some great footage that we were able to cut into a pretty decent short film. I’ll cover the details of the competition in a later story.

This set of pictures gives a little insight into what was happening behind the scenes.

Where would we be without the tremendous efforts of the catering team? Rocket and Jase served up an amazing hot breakfast on Saturday morning, and we needed it! Saturday night turned out to be a record cold day at Davis, negative 41.3 degrees. This is now the coldest August day here, and only 0.5 of a degree off the coldest Davis temperature of all recorded time! Having to shoot outside in these conditions meant three things; beautiful clear skies, but lots and lots of clothes, and frequents breaks to come back inside to warm up.

Lucky for me, after shooting some early scenes on Saturday, I relegated myself to the warmth inside to sit down and start editing… there are always perks when you wear the editors cap!

Vestfold Productions presents an extended trailer for “The CALL”

The rules of the 48hr Film Festival are pretty simple, the film must be shot and edited over 48 hours (one weekend). To ensure this, we are provided a list of five elements on the Friday afternoon that must be included in the movie. We then have to upload the final product on the Monday morning. This year the elements were:

  • The sound of an “authentic sneeze” 
  • A table tennis ball (ping pong ball) 
  • A bath tub 
  • Someone must say “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir” 
  • The character “The Gingerbread Man”

Our production team decided to shoot our film in the style of a trailer, and eventually we came up with the title, “The Call”. The storyline begins with discussing how hard it is on an Antarctic station made up of only 17 guys. The tempo ebbs and flows and it all changes when a call comes in over the radio from a damsel in distress. The team immediately go into search and rescue mode to find her. And, like all great thrillers, there are twists and turns that will leave you guessing — everyone loves a cliff-hanger!

These are a selection of some of my favourite shots taken from the movie footage.

DVD Extras, the alternate scenes

What would a film be without the added DVD extras?

Some of these were either cut completely from the final movie, or are just different angles of what was used. Either way, they are all collected from the pile on the cutting room floor.