Well, some people don’t get it, but the overall impression of our smartphone-shot zero/micro-budget feature film has been overwhelmingly positive. Below is the latest from ‘Mad House’ on Amazon Prime (and for the cynics out there, we have no idea who this person is!)
Not what I was expecting “I have previously watched Do Something, Jake, which I enjoyed, so when I saw this hit Prime I wanted to watch it. I was expecting lots of gadgets and computers in the story line but it’s very simple and easy going as all you need is a laptop. Amazing how the film has been made on a smartphone, yes it is a little slow at the beginning but so are many Hollywood movies that have Millions$$ spent on them. Very well filmed and yes I would watch another made by the same director.” — Mad House [Amazon User Review]
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!
Finally, to the cast, crew, supporters, crowdfunders and everyone involved, just check out these wonderful words from Lee Tracy and feel proud about what you have achieved:
“I watched Cyberlante fully for the first time last night. What a magical film. The atmosphere created, as with ‘Jake’ [ Do Something, Jake ] was a slow ride to start with then a build up of intrigue about who’s who and what is actually going on. As the story unfolds I found myself totally absorbed and fascinated. So much humour built in but without detracting from the serious side of the plot. It touches on subjects that many of us will be concerned about in this cyber, electronic world. Plenty to think about as it makes you perhaps double think a lot of what goes on behind that innocuous looking computer screen. The characters were great. Spot on in fact. The lead characters were just so good. All had that element of caricature about them that I loved in Jake too. So much to compliment. It’s a must see. It has atmosphere and intrigue in buckets full combined with that sense of humour that Raya Films work in brilliantly. ‘Calm down? Do I detect a hint of attitude?’ ‘Are you sitting in a hot-tub!’ The lead was so convincing in his tolerance of his situation whilst trying to behave and holding back when insulted by the brilliant boss. The hotel manager played to perfection. So good. Soo irritating and arrogant you just want him to fall flat on his face. No spoilers here. Anyway, I loved the film, it hits the spot in so many ways. Congratulations to Raya Films. Great Job. ❤️❤️”
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!