The Coffs Coast Advocate

Rudd bucks help wannabe directors

BULLSEYE, a dark comedy set on Sawtell Beach, is one of the films now being edited for entry into the 2009 Janison Short Sharp Film Festival.

Entries in the Coffs Harbour-based short film festival close on May 15 and films will be screened at the Jetty Theatre on July 11.

Bullseye is the work of a new Coffs Coast independent film company, Forge Films. Forge is the work of two couples, Fiona and David Foulkes of Coffs Harbour and Mark and Megan George of Sawtell.

Fiona Foulkes said the couples pooled their 'Rudd bucks' (economic stimulus payments) to make the film, which uses five local actors and seven film crew members.

David Foulkes wrote the script, Mark George directed and Fiona Foulkes and Megan George took on producing and editing.

Fiona Foulkes said they eventually wanted to make feature films and making short films was a way to practise their skills, as well as competing for the good $2000 prize on offer at the Short Sharp Film Festival.

“The standard was quite high in last year's films,” she said.

“We shot it on the beach over two weekends, which comes with its own problems, because we had to shoot in order because of the way the shadows were moving; the wind and the surf.”

Multi cam was used to try and get some interesting shots and local talent was used, including three cast members with no acting experience and local sound and camera men.

“We did a film course a few months ago with Tony Wickert and he talked about workshopping actors,” Fiona said.

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