Back in February, my school put on an event called the 24-Hour Fest. It’s exactly as it sounds. The theme would be revealed when everyone was gathered and in 24 hours, a piece of work from any medium had to be produced based on the theme. This year, we were given “Secrets and Memories.”
I signed myself up as a director and editor. What I found out was that not a lot of people were going to be using video. After I was given the theme, I walked across campus to start brainstorming. The two actors in the black and white scenes were in the animation lab with me at the time. The girl in the colored scene was willing to come in the next day to help.
Script-wise, there was a one page, bare-bones treatment. The dialogue was mostly improv, based on what I had wanted them to say. The camera was a decent digital camera I recently got from my parents. I say that it captured what I wanted.
The reactions that I have received from others have been generally positive. Some say that my work was like David Lynch, one of my influences. One person said that after repeated viewings, it was beginning to make sense. After discussing this with her, she mentioned that she applies her own experience into the piece and making it more personal. I find that helpful now that I know my work has had an impression on someone. This will definitely help with future pieces.