“Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” – Robert Altman
Here’s a little background information on the subject of this post…
Basically, for one of our Media projects at school, we had to create a documentary that is about a current issue, interest or of a unique topic, approximately 5-6 minutes long using conventions that we had learnt about in the previous months leading up to the project. So, each student of the class had to come up with their own concept and then form groups of one to three people and choose one concept to develop into a film. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? But with a partial storyboard, script and tonnes of detailed description of your concept, the practicality of whipping out a concept in one day was impossible.
My original concept was Puppy Milling as an issue, however I decided to combine with my friend Shani in a group and undertake her idea: the struggle of misidentification in identical twins. Shani is an identical twin herself with her sister Celine, and so she was perfect to be in a group with; her acting and me filming. It was certainly unique and I think that is what drew me to it. I already had a million and one ideas for the concept already and Shani was really passionate about it and so it seemed like a no brainer to do it.
In short, the whole film making process includes lots and lots of planning and preparation, filming, editing and perfecting. Oh, and plenty of time! In total we had about weeks to do everything which is not a lot of time and so it was quite a challenge to complete but not impossible. Shani and I made a great team as we were both quite committed and dedicated to the production of the film and I’d say that we both have elements of a perfectionist in our personality, therefore we were relentless when it came to the editing process.
Nevertheless, we are both very proud of our little film having put so much energy and time in to producing it, despite our reservations with parts of it. Like anything that anyone would create themselves, there will always be something that they think could be improved in some way, hence why I still watch this with pride mixed with a sense of cringe-induced anticipation as I wait for the shots that are overexposed or wonky. But nobody is perfect and I love our little film and it was so fun to make.
So here it is. We hope you like it!