Experimental film-makers at Staffordshire University are pulling out all the stops to impress at the largest film event in the southern hemisphere.
Film Technology lecturers James Fair, Andy Paton and John Bradburn have been invited to shoot, edit and screen a feature length movie in 72 hours at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The three were approached by the festival after achieving a similar feat at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2008.
“It is a very demanding challenge, especially as the technology has moved on even within the last two years,” said James, who has already scripted the film.
“Galway is one thing but the geographical hurdles involved in doing the same thing in Melbourne is quite another. I am confident it can be done though - with the right amount of planning!”.
It is the lecturers’ experience in such pressured filmmaking that has led them to create the MSc in Digital Feature Film Production - believed to be the only course of it’s kind designed to help first time filmmakers to get their films made.
James added: “Melbourne is world stage and to already have that festival slot guaranteed is endorsement of how relevant something like this is.”
The 72 hour movie project has developed a strong international following upon Facebook, drawing eager filmmaking volunteers from all over the world.
The feature length project will starting shooting only three days before it’s premiere on Saturday August 7 at the Australian Centre for Moving Image.
James launches the 72hourmovie.com website officially to an international audience at the 60th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on Saturday February 13.
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