We were fairly busy the first weekend in April, having taken the challenge to complete a Sci-Fi film in just 48 hours. The basic rules were get a small team together, in our case 2 – Dave and me! Collect the elements for your film (a prop, a line of dialogue and a title) from the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly and make a film. We had asked 3 wonderful actors to work with us James Alper, Liz Boag and Michael Quartey, and when we opened the title ‘All that Remains’ we knew we were going to make an end of the world story.
Lots of films are made about the world ending, but Dave and I are really interested in what would happen next, we have avidly watched series like Jericho, Survivors and a great doc. series called ‘Life after People’ (thanks History channel you are awesome!) and we have talked and talked about what would happen… and we reckon in the initial instance for any people left the world would be very quiet and very dangerous.. just think about all the things you don’t know and can’t do once the electricity has failed. Could you find clean water, warmth, would you fail to survive? In our film, the reason for the apocalypse is a virus spread by words/speech. Our survivors have survived because they have stopped talking after their daughter went missing. By mourning their missing child they severed links with society and sat in stony silence together and were spared by the virus. Our villain, Sy’s story is left to your imagination.
So, after the world ended what would remain? What are people like after the fall of civilisation? All that remains in our story is the chance to keep your humanity, watch it and let us know what you think?
We filmed this on on our Canon 7D, mainly with our Sigma 30mm film, a couple of shots are using a 50mm F1.8 which cost us the grand sum of £90 but it is great as with the 7Ds crop factor it works out as a kinda 80mm lens which gets us a different look. I’d love you to be able to see it though, you know that feeling when you pick up a pint glass at a festival, and it turns out to be plastic, and you practically throw the pint over your shoulder… well it feels like that (cheap, plasticky – even cheaper actually! – Dave) but here is the great things about DSLRs it still gives you a really great look, different to the beautiful Sigma glass lens but still great!
It was a great weekend and experience and we’re delighted with how the film turned out. There’s a few beautiful shots that fell on the cutting room floor and a more complex grade that we simply didn’t have time for so I’ll definitely be revisiting it soon for a directors cut!
Enjoy – thanks!
Nell and Dave