Sunday, 8 March 2009

Mother - art show currently in Kilau Coffee, Aberdeen

by shaun hughes

This show chronicles the making of ‘mother’, my 1970's set short film about a family torn apart by the wife/mothers suicide. The film focuses on the relationship between the father and daughter characters in the wake of the loss, and shows how in their grief the daughter falls into her mother’s place.

In a bid to attain a period aesthetic using modern equipment we shot the film using prime lenses from the 70’s and used an adapter to attach them to a Sony HVRZ1 High Definition camera. This kit was provided by Dave Falconer of Falcon Audio Video ( Dave also served as cinematographer on the project.

Making this film was truly a collaborative experience with Richard Browne holding dual responsibilities of lighting and sound as well as taking some production photos. Caroline Smith produced the film as well as playing the mother character. My girlfriend Becky Wheeler came onboard as production assistant and photographer.

In front of the camera Lindsay Cromar and Sarah Birtles also delivered as the father and daughter respectively. Tim Courtney, of the band Katerwaul, provided the film’s score.

The film is still in post-production after which I will put it on the festival circuit and look to get it screened as widely as possible. For now I hope this show can act as a preview and as a glimpse into my filmmaking process.

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