Student Film Festival Behind the Scenes of A Time Travel Thriller

My daughter, Nova, has her heart set on becoming a Film/Cartoon Director. She has an amazing eye for photography, brilliant art skills, and exceptional story writing. This past Fall she put her skills to the test and entered the local Teen Student Film Festival where she won a Finalist spot. My sons helped her with the filming, but the film was written and directed by her. The three had an amazing time with this and they look forward to participating with the next one this Fall.

ABOUT THE FILM:
Directed/Written and Featuring: Nova
Featuring: Alex
Camera Crew/Extra:  Rob

Topic: Time Travel
Genre: Horror

SUMMARY:  A young girl from the future gets caught in an unexpected whirlwind of time travel with a mysterious man whom is her only way home. But can she trust him?

RULES & GUIDELINES

1. Student teams only. No adults, parents, guardians can assist with the filming, crew, editing, etc.
2. The teams are assigned a topic they must film (the topic is not of their choosing)
3. They must use one of the following genres: Horror, Comedy, Drama
4. They must include 1 of 20 pre-selected lines (given by the judges at the start) and a shot of a local landmark for the Township (the town holding the contest).
5. No guns, no bullying scenes, no controversial films, no copy written music
6. Must be a MAXIMUM of 6 minutes long (not including credits)
7. Only 120 hours to complete total from the time it launched

 

We share with you, some behind-the-scenes photo shoots.

 

First film location shoot was a beautiful stream park
First film location shoot in panoramic view

 

Nova had an idea of how she wanted the scene to start. The willow tree by the stream provided a perfect setting. The breeze was soft enough to brush the leaves in tune with the stream while the sun provided ample exposure without having to modify the lighting. She decided to focus on the calming breeze of the tree and the flow of sound to represent how life for the main character was a calm flow before the initial entrance shot.

 

Focusing on the willow tree and stream
Focusing on the willow tree and stream

 

Preparing for the entry scene
Preparing for the entry scene

 

The next scene was a covered bridge to depict a lonely haunting atmosphere. Nova focused on the darkness of the bridge while shooting from an angle that made the bridge look long and narrow.

 

Covered Bridge Scene
Covered Bridge Scene

 

Prepping a shot from an angle
Prepping a shot from an angle

 

Zooming frames for field view
Zooming frames for field view

 

Shooting a kill scene
Shooting a kill scene

 

Moving onward we find a great spot to film a Colonial scene from the 1800’s. Nova wanted a scene representing a back splash of time gone by. The villain in the scene time travels backwards to collect more victims for his magical energy. This place was a perfect setting to represent the era she had visioned.

Colonial Cabin Scene
Colonial Cabin Scene

 

Reviewing the scene
Reviewing the scene

 

Rob plays the next victim in this time traveling thriller
Rob plays the next victim in this time traveling thriller

 

Although they didn’t win first place, they still won a spot in the Finalist round, which gained them some recognition at the Awards Ceremony.  They had their film displayed on the big theater screen for the public to see and was in the newspaper as Student Finalists.

Nova at the Student Film Festival Awards
Nova at the Student Film Festival Awards

 

I am so proud of her and her brothers for assisting her without question. They all worked together to create a cute 6 minute film and within such a short amount of time. I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish together this year!

What did you think of our behind the scene photo shots?

 

 

 

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