One of the designers I work with has a wife, Sam, who likes to direct. So, to make a calling card for herself, she took her bonus from work and produced, directed, and starred in a short movie. She also co-wrote the script together with the writer of the short story it is based on. The short story itself comes from a collection of stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "Meeting Across A River" (Born To Run, 1975)
. So yes, there's desperation, shady meetings, and hopes for redemption.
She entered the result into a short film competition over at http://www.famecast.com
, and has survived all the rounds, based upon internet voting, all the way to the finals. Last 5. Prize money and exposure are on the line here. So the designer is telling his friends and cow-orkers about his wife's work, and I went, and registered as a fan -- minimal registration required, choose FAN REGISTRATION on the first screen
-- went to STAGE 12 - SHORT FILM, chose KEEPING IT GOOD from the scroll of thumbnails on the right hand side, saw the short, and voted for it below the main screen, because I genuinely liked it.
There are allegations of ballot-stuffing by the main competitor to KEEPING IT GOOD for the last couple of rounds; in fact, he lost a lot of votes in the previous round after an audit by the organizers. It is Internet voting, after all. Right now votes him seem to be coming in in ten-minute bursts -- by going to Apple stores and voting anew from each machine? Seeing bunches of new friends on irc? Who knows.
Anyway, watching some amateur short movies that have been whittled down from a large playing field to the five best is not the worst way to spend an afternoon. And then vote for the one you like best, but mine was for 'Keeping It Good', yes. I did like it the best.
Although after seeing my cow-orker credited as art director on the end credits I went to his cube and said as a joke: "I can't vote for this, the art direction is too awful."
-- "All I did was buy some inspirational posters." And temporarily replaced much of the furniture of the house for worse looking stuff to fit the story. Yeah, that's their own place. I am sure zombietruckstop
has all sorts of stories of his own about repurposing his own and found stuff for the camera. However, here is a detail about the maker, Sam, that he hasn't emulated or gone through yet: Sam didn't do all this work, besides having a full time job, and then go out and rent a pregnancy suit to play Cherry in her state of pre-motherhood. Sam was doing all this work while she was actually two months away from popping for real with her first child.
Now that's dedication to cost-cutting.