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Call to test skills with scripts

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The skills of both up-and-coming and veteran film-makers will be put to the test during a 48-hour film challenge, which forms part of this year’s CaribbeanTales Film Festival.
The challenge, open to teams of up to ten members each, will begin on April 11 with a three-hour workshop to assist participants with scriptwriting and organizing workflow.
Coordinator Chris Cooke-Johnson explained that film-makers would have exactly two days to develop a script, choose locations, film, edit and produce a four- to ten-minute film.
“There are a number of objects they’re going to have to include in the film – locations, lines of dialogue, interesting things that they’re going to have to find a way around in that period of time.
“This is to prevent anybody prewriting their film . . . ,” he said recently during the festival’s launch at Island Inn.
Cooke-Johnson said teams must be submitted in advance.
“Depending on the script or the ideas you have in your head, you may have a larger talent pool and a smaller core crew actually producing, or you may go the other way around,” he said.
He added: “Workflow is going to be a very, very interesting thing, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the various teams will split that up, how they will adjust, who will do multitasking, and how they will actually manage to get it in here.”
The coordinator noted that teams would lose points for every five minutes they were late.
Prizes will be awarded in a number of areas: Best Film, Best Editor and Best Actor and Best Actress.

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