AFDA Durban first-year student Charles Matthews as well as students and staff from the tertiary institute took part in the Durban 48 Hour Film Project (Durban 48HFP) that challenged a crew of film students to create a feature film of which writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.
The end product called Chase was co-written, directed and produced by Matthews and follows Miles (Peter de Klerk) who is in a dangerous situation when he has to run an errand after owing money to the owner of a gambling den. Miles’ girlfriend Layla (Layla Ochse) is held as collateral to ensure that he does not slip up.
“The experience of making a complete film, from inception to final product was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had. We had a cast and crew who had never worked together, we had no beginnings of an idea for a story and yet we managed to all pull together and make a film,’ says Matthews.
He continues: “Every person on set proved their salt and with pulling all-nighters and under high pressure we managed to make a film we are all very proud of. It was a phenomenal project to be a part of. Unfortunately we won’t be able to compete in the best film category as our film was submitted 18 minutes late, but we are happy to still compete for the audience award among other categories.’
Durban City producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, Itumeleng Losaba, comments: “We have received submissions of the seven films that will be running for the Best Film prize out of 11 different crews. The winner of the Durban 48HFP will represent Durban among 125 other cities from around the world in New Orleans, America in March 2014 and the top 10 films of those 125 will be screened at Cannes International Film Festival next year.
“Of the films that have been submitted, M-Net Movies is on board to select some which will be broadcast on its movie channels, which is great news for the crews involved,’ Losaba concludes.
The tight deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers, emphasising creativity and team work skills while the time limit places an unusual restriction on everyone involved. This year the project takes place in more than 120 cities where over 60,000 people will make short films.