Making-Of of the Week: “That Day”, Short shot by Philip Bloom on a Canon C300
This week making-of is about the sci-fi short movie ‘That Day‘, written and directed by Danny Lace and shot less than a month ago over three days.
The movie’s release is not scheduled until this summer but thanks to an impressive organization and strong planning, indie writer/director Danny Lace and his team managed to already share a 42 minute making-of.
Danny Lace is an interesting filmmaker to follow, he switched to filmmaking after having worked 17 years as a radio presenter, and has since built a network thanks to his active participation in sharing his journey throughout his blog and the now expected social networking tools.
You can find there various blog posts about That Day pre-production and how it got together, as well as many other tips and tools.
The reason why Lacey’s parallel’s activities matter is because as you’ll see while watching the making-of, this wasn’t a small scale short.
The team was of 15 people, there were three locations, pro equipment including a Canon C300 with Philip Bloom behind it, ten actors but yet, Lacey says that it was a zero budget film.
Of course I don’t know how much really cost a zero budget film, and as I’ve said before I don’t believe in zero budget stories, but I do believe a lot of what would have been included in a regular budget got waved thanks to Lacey’s contacts. Half of his team came from people sending emails saying they wanted to be involved in the movie, which is amazing.
The making-of could have been shorter, but it is definitely worth watching, especially if you are an aspiring filmmaker.
It gives a good idea of the type of unexpected surprise that inevitably show up on set (bad weather, lighting issues, narrow shooting schedule) and about the choreography that takes place on a set, between each person involved, with the director in the middle.
Thanks to @PhilipBloom