25th September, 2013
Orbit Ever After is the award-winning new short, written and directed by Jamie Stone. Having provided the film with a shooting package, we pass on a big congratulations to the team for receiving the Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award on 22 September at this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. The project is produced through the BFI Shorts Scheme, managed by Lighthouse.
Our camera department worked closely with DoP Robin Whenary to provide the best set of equipment for the job. The Alexa and Ultra Prime lenses were selected for filmic quality and versatility. To meet the story development, the shoot was challenging, but inventive. Whenary adds, "It was a technically ambitious film, and Jamie and I had great fun devising and testing lots of in-camera effects which we relied on during the shoot. For instance, we achieved the anti-gravity scenes without wires, which sometimes involved the actor rather than the camera being pushed along on a dolly.
The practical and digital effects combined to create the illusion of this world in orbit. We shot the film at 3 Mills Studios, and the support of ONSIGHT was invaluable. They were fantastic to deal with, as always, and offered great service and flexibility. We're all delighted with how the film came together, and pleased that it's getting such a good reception already."
ONSIGHT is delighted to have helped facilitate this short. See more about the making of this film by clicking here.
The festival awarded the short for its “creative ingenuity, inspired casting, humour, clarity of storytelling and poetic ending”. This main prize means Orbit Ever After is now eligible for Oscar nomination.
The sci-fi comedy stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mackenzie Crook, Bronagh Gallagher, Bob Goody and Naomi Battrick. Produced by Chee-Lan Chan and Len Rowles, it tells the story of Nigel falling in love while living aboard a ramshackle space hovel and the girl of his dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way…
We can certainly see the success of Orbit Ever After continuing. Encounters is only its first festival outing and it is already part of the Official Selection in the upcoming BFI London Film Festival 2013.
For the full list of winners at Encounters Short & Animation Festival, including news on the event's first double British win, click here.
Photo credit: Thomas Brodie Sangster in Orbit Ever After by Angus Young.