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Het regiofestival gaat niet door op 25 april 2020 in De Tuyter te Krimpen a/d IJssel vanwege het Coronavirus.

Er zal een nieuwe datum worden gekozen.

De organisatie is in handen van de RVSL.

 

Lees meer: Regiofestival 2020

Titel van de film:   De jury                                                       Waardering: 226 p.

Naam maker(s):   Gerard de Boer, Else van Laere.                                

Datum:                  16 maart 2013


 Als jury wordt ons nu eens zelf een spiegel voorgehouden en we zien onszelf gepersifleerd in een hylarische en originele film.

 

In de – hier passende- overdrijving zit een belangrijk deel van de humor en dat spat van het scherm af.

Hierbij neemt de maker duidelijk een loopje met de intenties van goede juryleden en maakt er een goed geslaagde parodie van.

Allerlei details en vondsten, zoals de technische problemen, een rommelige setting, de 3D scene, gevoegd bij een goed toegepaste mix van live geluid met muziek, dragen daartoe allemaal duidelijk bij.

Opvallend leuke titels passen uitstekend bij de aard van deze film.

De casting, vooral die van de (onwetende) vrouw, is goed gekozen.

Met nog wat meer aandacht voor inzet en gebruik van de camera (variatie van standpunten) zou de film ook in technische zin nog verder kunnen worden verbeterd.

De belichting is prima in orde bij dit overdreven spel en evenzo overdreven einde.

Een erg vermakelijke film.

 

Jury: Francois Aelbrecht, Frits Stuurman, Gerard Swets  

 

Notes on the making of "Record"

The idea

The basic idea comes from a short story by the famous Czech writer Karel Čapek (1890-1938) who introduced the word "robot" into the world languages. (This word first appeared in the play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1920.)

The idea of his short story under the same title is that if one is sufficiently motivated one is capable of an improbable physical achievement. In the original story a simpleminded village youth gets upset by a villainous farmer who beats up a little boy because he was stealing some apples from his orchard.

Obviously this idea seemed a bit dated and I developed the script from this basic premise. So the idea that "a strong feeling of injustice can lead to an improbable performance" has undergone a transformation into "an infatuation can lead to an improbable performance".

Originally the script contained several more characters. We have spent some time discussing and modifying the script and managed to simplify and shape it into something more suitable for a short film.

Casting

Thanks to our production manager Elvira and with some luck we got together a group of more or less experienced actors with a very professional approach to the work at hand. The shooting appointments were always kept.

The girl who is the center of attention is in fact playing herself - being a professional model. Her suitors and the police inspector had some professional acting experience, the policeman's assistant has never done any acting, but that didn't matter in the end, because his uncertainty in front of the camera has produced some comical effect.

The main character - Piet - was the last one we cast. We wanted someone with rather naive looks which our actor Pepijn doesn't posses. So in a way he changed the original imagination about this character, but it certainly worked out very well.

Shooting

Except for one scene, we used a single Canon HD camera for miniDV tape and had an identical model as backup, in case of need. The live sound was registered in the camera by a directional microphone on a boom.

Replica stone

The jilted friend makes an attempt at forcing himself on the girl in the crucial scene. The would-be boyfriend, in his effort to prevent this, throws a stone weighing about 6 kg over the canal and hits his opponent's leg. For the shot of the stone hitting the former friend's leg we used a replica of the stone made of polystyrene. This light replica is a very true copy of the original stone and it cost quite some work by our friend Niek - but as it happens it appears in exactly 10 frames of the final edit of the film.

Lucky

We were very lucky with our co-operative cast and with the weather. The atmosphere on the set had always been very happy and supportive. After some problems we were satisfied with all the locations, almost all of which I managed to find within a stone's throw from my home address in Krimpen a/d IJssel.

As most of amateur film makers will agree, the greatest problem in such a film production is to match the availability of the crew and cast and the days of suitable weather as well. The owners of the house with the garden on the waterside insisted that we planned the filming during the time when they were away on holiday.

Not so happy

The co-operation on the part of the police proved to be non-existent. I remember the easy-going relationships at the same police bureau in our village some years ago. This time we hit an impenetrable wall of bureaucracy. With some creative thinking, however, we managed to find a way around it. Not only was there no way we could make a shot inside the police bureau, two policemen even checked on us when we were filming in the street in front of the building and expressed some doubts as to whether this was permissible.

We tried to solve the problems of a moving camera - dolly, crane, steadycam. In this respect we didn't mage to get what I really wanted. The main reason is that our crew was really minimal for this sort of production. The sound recording sometimes also suffered for the same reason.

 

 

Vladimir Murtin

 

 

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Making of Record