Slightly ahead of schedule, we can proudly announce that our smartphone-shot film is now released and on Amazon! Do check out this article and this review by Midlands Movies, which includes links to the film. It would help us greatly if you could provide a review on Amazon and/or IMDb and spread the word on social media!
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Well it’s great news in the post-production camp: the offline edit for Cyberlante is complete and coming in at around 80 minutes duration. The ‘offline’ edit is essentially a rough cut of the entire film without music, fancy graphics and all of those bells and whistles. It is, nonetheless, a good indicator of how the finished film will play out.
This is somewhat of a relief and a real achievement for all involved – experimental films can often fall short in many ways, but we believe we have a very watchable thriller with some great character acting!
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After a break of some months, we’re finally underway with editing of Cyberlante, our experimental feature film shot on a smartphone with some added gizmos and technology. The story behind the ‘making of’ Cyberlante so far – like many ‘indie’ films – is one of fighting fires and dealing with unexpected problems.
Indeed, the first shoot was aborted due to a ‘crew issue’ that we didn’t see coming. Just so happened that the crew came with gear, so we lost that vital component as well! This afforded a rapid regroup, re-write, re-cast, and the adoption of lightweight smartphone technology, namely Google Pixel (original), Filmic Pro app, and various camera supports and stabilizers.
Strangely enough, this seemed to add extra energy and dynamism to the way in which we produced the film – much of the dialogue was improvised and we could shoot rapidly in real locations, out in the street, in apartments, and hotels. So, maybe our initial ‘hitch’ was fortuitous.
The shoot was a hell of a ride, and we learned (and continue to learn) a lot about this relatively new way of filming. Now in post-production, we’re assessing what we did and it’s a case of, “Hey, that’s actually pretty damn good!”
Sponsored by Cyber Security experts PCrisk, we now forge ahead with this exciting smartphone project, so do keep in informed about release, screenings, festivals, and so on!