Ahead of creating my Celluloid Soup winning music film clip, My Girl She Isn’t Kosher, I took part in a film making course that was run by Open Channel.
After learning the fundamentals; from framing shots, to handling and setting up lighting, we were given a generic script that we had to bring to life.
While it was very much a group project, seeing the potential to do something much bigger, I corralled the troops to take the project to the next level and then some. I wanted this to be the most ambitious thing to have ever come out of Open Channel.
From composing and recording the main musical theme, to physically doing the edit in Final Cut, I pulled out all stops to make sure we were punching well above our weight.
I also scoured the Russian specialty shops in Koornang Rd, Carnegie in a bid to unearth some Russian language DVDs. It was a painstaking process going through them, but we sampled a selection of the dialogue which we then stripped in back over the footage, matching the tone to the action. Of course as none of us spoke any Russian we had no idea what was actually being said. In fact, there’s no native audio in there whatsoever as everything was replaced with samples and foley.
As a group we not only performed the various roles in the film, but also got our hands dirty, cycling through all of the on-set duties.