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In a moment of global panic, the artificial intelligence we've created to help us turns against us, turning our devices into antagonists intent on manipulating us toward our own destruction.
Our story starts when a message is sent globally via smart phones saying that “Life as you know it will end in 7 days”. The characters smart devices start to play tricks on them. Sending antagonistic messages either anonymously or posing as people from their contact lists. Sharing their private information to others and taunting them with voice commands.
No one knows for sure what it means. Is it the end of the human race? Or is it the end of the internet? or the end of year sale?
From here the story is up to you. Where will it lead to, we have no idea? Whatever happens over the next 7 days shit is going to get real interesting for our characters...
It's designed to be fast and fun and definitely NOT aimed at perfection, but is ALL ABOUT creation and finding that old love of grabbing a camera and shooting something for the hell of it. Some of our participants go to town on production and others shoot it all in one shot on an iPhone.
Click below to watch the current episodes available.
There's not too many rules, just some guidelines. See below.
Watch the current episodes to see where the film is going. If you haven't got time to view all of them, go back 3 or 4 from the end and get a feel of where you will be picking the story up from. Click here to go to our youtube page.
In the last episode before yours you will see a cue given at the end of the episode. Be sure to acknowledge that cue at the start of your video and carry on from there. It could be the last video hearing the phone ring and you start by being the caller, or a knock at the door etc... What ever it is use it to start your episode.
Now is the fun part. Create the next piece of the story, whether you script it out, or just put it together in your head is up to you. Try to keep it a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 5 minutes. Whether you shoot it on an Arri with full production qualities or shoot a single shot on an iPhone is up to you. Both are fine. Just have fun with it. As far as genre is concerned, you can make it a thriller, horror, comedy, you can do real life or animation, or anything in between, you can be serious with it, or you can take the piss out of it if you want. It's totally up to you. Just keep moving the story forward thats all we ask. Oh yes and a couple of other things too please:
Shoot your footage in 1920 x 1080 - High Definition (HD).
Be sure to read the WHAT FORMAT DO I SHOOT IN - FAQ is below
Don’t use anything that is copyrighted in your clip (like music)
Don’t get naked, racist, or violate social media platform standards
FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC PROVIDED
Our good friends at FILMSTRO have provided free music for every episode. Those participating will have access to their amazing library of music.
Check them out here: www.filmstro.com
Once you are done, you need to send it to us. You will be provided with a secure private link to so and then you can pour yourself a beer, or a glass of water, whatever works.
Oh but before you relax too much you need to tag the next person to carry on the story and then it all starts again.
**It's probably a good idea to check who is keen to carry on as soon as you are tagged so that they get a heads up a couple of days in advance.
NEED HELP? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
If you need help with any of the above just get in touch with the contact details you will be sent. Also you can click here to download a resources document with all sorts of tips and tricks.
The format is 1920 x 1080 which is High Definition (HD).
Super important - if your shooting on an iPhone - we need HD 1920 x 1080.
On iPhone go to:
> RECORD VIDEO
> choose “1080pHD at 30fps
To set focus & exposure to manual, hold your finger on the screen where you want to focus for a couple of seconds the yellow box will blink and say AE/AF lock. This means AE (Auto Exposure) and AF (Auto Focus) are now on lock or manual. You can swipe up and down to adjust the brightness.
2 minute video - Shooting on an iPhone
6 min video - more in-depth shooting on an iPhone
17 min - shooting on an iPhone using in-camera software only
FilmicPro - iPhone camera app tutorial
Here are a couple of great quick tutorials on lighting with what you find at home and also just using natural light only.
Lighting with natural lights - Great cinematic lighting tips.
No cost lighting for beginners. Great hacks & basic lighting principles.
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Please use www.filmstro.com they have kindly provided all participants with music options for this project
Editing doesn’t require much to tell a great story, no need to get too fancy.
Editing on your iPhone with iMovie
Editing on a PC with Shotcut - ITS FREE SOFTWARE
Editing on a Mac with iMovie and or screen flow
Please check the information that you were sent its all in the pdf explainer doc. Otherwise message us and we can help.
Set Apart Pictures
All of our members have spent decades honing our craft and collaborating on projects that span around the globe. We love creating whether it be big projects, or tiny little stories that find their way into our lives. We serve two main purposes currently. (See below)
We are a production house for the stories that have brewed in our collective hearts. With a very nimble team that spans the globe. Set Apart Pictures delivers projects no matter the content or the location.
We take new ideas or existing concepts that have been struggling to find their voice and assist in bringing them to life, a story incubator for storytellers in need of guidance and support to finalize indie projects in final stages of development.
I hope this project brings a little bit of joy and fun to all those who get to participate in it. It really is just an opportunity to run around with a camera for a tiny amount of time and find the old joy of just wanting to create something and show it to your mates. After many years of being in this industry it's easy to forget why we started down this path. This whole project is not designed to be a reflection of what we can create as professionals and nor should anyone view the episodes in that way. It's just a quick moment in time to forget all the usual challenges and red tape that comes with creating content and just embracing the "get out there and just do it and don't think too much".
For those who are just viewing. I hope it passes the time and you get a few laughs along the way.