James F Coton Brings Sci-fi Short DAY48 to Life in Lockdown
This gripping quarantine film, portraying a girl who is in the quarantine lockdown, just as everybody in the world. As she starts seeing strange phenomenas outside, we are thrilled to uncover what"s really happening, and is it all happening in her head, or something bigger is at play?
Day 48, by directed by James F Coton (represented internationally by Nicholas Berglund) and produced by Aurelia F Coton.
Aurélia Coton - who is James’ wife, and also a producer on this project as a job once told James: “Imagine if it were all a machination, and that it was actually a military exercise to prepare us for something else … ”, Then we immediately said to ourselves:“ ok, we're making a film! "The idea was to make do with the available resources and to use phone and computer cameras in an assumed way, social networks, etc.
At the beginning of the confinement, everyone gave their opinion: the pragmatics, the naive, the conspiracists... This is where the main theme of the film appeared: "we are all experts in our field". We got down to it, the script fell in two days.
It's a short film prep so it's calling people you know and asking them for a helping hand! We did a wild cast on the web for two days and Anne Chapelot organised everything from home with a dozen actors in different countries… ”
James shot with phones and computer. But it was part of the constraint and it determined the writing. The team didn't have a real remote system so had to set up a process to see the screens of the actors live when they were filming. James asked each of the actors to download an app that allowed them to have a screenshot on their computer, and then asked them to share their zoom screen with him, so he saw live what each of them was filming.
Add to that the problems with everyone’s internet connection, communication… but found the right pace and shot 20 min of content in less than three days.
For the post production, James had two computers and three phones. He really created fake skype, insta, etc. accounts to record live conversations. No time to recreate everything on after-effect. Even if there is a little post-production that James did at home.
“Regarding the sound, I was helped by Benzene for the composition of the piano (it had to sound true and amateur, which technically is not so obvious), composed by Jack Bartman. For sound design, I want to say, like everything else, I tinkered and recorded the sounds with my iPhone." said James.
Category: Short Films and Music Videos , Short films