Rustlin’ Up Respect
Well, we did it again. The National Film Challenge rolled around two weeks ago, so we got the gang together and made another film during a sleepless weekend. It was the usual deal, at 7pm on Friday your team is given a genre, character, line of dialogue, and a prop, all of which must be represented in a 4-8 minute film by the end of the weekend. Just like when we did Dial-a-Spy and Lunch Break, we loaded up on coffee and settled in for a long weekend. Here’s the criteria we drew:
- Genre - Western or Musical
- Character - J. Upton, Dog-walker
- Line of Dialogue - “You caught me at a bad time”.
- Prop - Map
Yes, the astute among you will notice the NFC has a grand sense of humor and decided to have their way with us and give us Western or Musical again. Sumbitch. In my opinion, out of all the possible genres, this is the shittiest. Not only does the prospect of making a western or a musical usually fall flat with a resounding thud, let alone the prospect of making a SECOND one, but you are cursed with actually obtaining TWO genres. The process of making a film in a weekend is already daunting enough, but I have discovered this to be an extra monkey-wrench in the toolbox. For the second time we spent half the night brainstorming both genres, splitting our efforts, and making the job tougher. When time is that tight, resources are that low, you really can’t rule out any potential ideas right away. Even if you don’t want to make a musical, you still have to consider it. We did consider it… then we chose to do another western. We had already exhausted most of the ideas we had when brainstorming Lunch Break (which was mostly a western in spirit), we decided to take a different angle with this one. Rather than going the narrative route, we decided to make an industrial educational film on sexual harassment, hosted by a cowboy of course!
The filming went pretty smoothly, despite us all being fairly inept with lighting equipment when deprived of our usual lighting man. This film in particular was especially lo-fi, which luckily aided the film’s concept in the form of low production value hilarity (as does using the given character’s occupation as his last name).
For those of you who just can’t wrap your head around work-place etiquette, saddle up with J. Upton Dogwalker and watch Rustlin’ Up Respect.