I just discovered that this short film I worked on has won the first round of a filmaka.com competition. Instead of the usual working behind the scenes I was in front of the camera on this one.
The story follows two brothers, and I was acting alongside my real-life brother Alec. We had a story outline but no script. We improvised the film using Meisner and Impulse Company techniques. Some people have made kind comments about my apparently understated acting. I can mostly attribute this to training with Remy Bertrand at Imprology (Far Games), Pat Kelman’s direction and to being heavily sleep deprived at the time.
Update: This short film went on to win the ReelTube category at the 2009 ReelHeART International Film Festival .
“The film got a really good response. At the beginning people seemed to think it was a comedy. They really laughed when Jim marches in … Then in the final scene when Jim asks “when was the last time you saw mum?” a girl in the front row started crying.– Alec Christie on the London screening of Elephant boy.
As they say: make ’em laugh, make ’em cry, leave them wanting more… 🎭