Accolades for SA film made in two days
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.
A WRAP: Actor Scot Cooper, and, right, the movie poster.
TAKE THREE: Cast members of Five Minutes Till Noon.