REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival 2017 is now nearly two months into its workshops program on the Mid North Coast. But young people across the whole of regional NSW can enter a short film before the deadline of 21 August 2017 and be in the running to win part of the $25,000 prize pool, including Blackmagic Design cinema cameras and AFTRS courses.
Thinking of entering but stuck on a film idea? Need to beg, borrow, or steal a camera? Not sure about editing? Coffs Harbour local Mirco Guidon, aged 23, a winner of REC Ya Shorts in 2015 and 2016, shares 5 tips to help…
Base your story idea around what you have available. For example, if your parents own a shop or a restaurant, see if you can film there at night or when it’s closed, and work your story around that. That doesn’t mean that you have to do an idea that you don’t care about – there’s still lots of room for creativity. If you set that film in the restaurant, for example, it can still be about whatever you want.
When it comes to actual equipment, use your imagination to make whatever you have available work. Last year, my friends and I shot a whole film on a mobile phone. We knew that it would never look like it was shot on a professional camera, so we decided that we’d run with it being in found-footage style instead of trying to it make it look like a standard narrative film (found-footage is the style where the characters film themselves, such as in The Blair Witch Project). Our film was about a group of friends who went camping and run into a serial killer. We felt it worked best if they were operating the camera, which made it feel more scary and real. Plus that also solves a problem if you only have a phone to film on!
To find out how to submit a film for this year’s festival, plus more advice on short film-making, visit screenwave.com.au/recyashorts/
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