Ac­co­lades for SA film made in two days

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - PAIGE SUTHER­LAND

MORE than 25 teams in Cape Town par­tic­i­pated in the 48 Hour Film Project last month, but Five Min­utes Till Noon owned the show last week, claim­ing most of the hon­ours, in­clud­ing Best Direc­tor, Best Ac­tor, Best Pro­ducer and much more.

Lead ac­tor Scot Cooper said he was blown away by the pro­duc­tion qual­ity. “It was re­mark­able what this team was able to pull off in 48 hours,” he said.

Cooper, who played Charles Cas­sidy in the film, said he loved work­ing with the team from TH Films and Epi­logue Pic­tures, and hoped to work with them again soon.

The 48 Hour Film Project has taken place in more than 120 cities around the world, with each win­ner get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to show their film at the An­nual Film­palooza in the US, which will be hosted in New Or­leans next year.

Teams are only al­lowed to choose a film lo­ca­tion; no other preparation is al­lowed.

A set genre, se­cret prop, char­ac­ter and spe­cial slo­gan are given to con­tes­tants at the start of the com­pe­ti­tion, hop­ing to de­ter any for­ward plan­ning.

Five Min­utes Till Noon was given a West­ern theme, which worked nicely with the planned set lo­ca­tion of shoot­ing on a train, said Kyle St John Peters, a writer and pro­ducer on the team.

The 20 or so crew mem­bers barely slept as they hus­tled to write, film and edit the eight- minute pro­duc­tion in two days.

“I think I might have slept for 30 min­utes,” Peters said. “I re­ally en­joyed it, but think I got a cou­ple more gray hairs af­ter that week­end.’

Direc­tor John de Vries said he was more than pleased with the fi­nal prod­uct. But, like any direc­tor, he would have liked more time.

“The pres­sure re­ally forces you to think on your feet, and pulls that cre­ativ­ity out of you,” De Vries said.

But, de­spite the harsh dead­line, the team man­aged to not kill one an­other, he added.

“With a crazy dead­line, there are a lot of po­ten­tial cracks to come into the team for peo­ple to scream or walk off set an­gry, but none of that hap­pened. We had a great crew and an end prod­uct we can be proud of,” he said.

paige.suther­land@inl.co.za

A WRAP: Ac­tor Scot Cooper, and, right, the movie poster.

TAKE THREE: Cast mem­bers of Five Min­utes Till Noon.

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