A beautiful princess is held in a tall castle tower against her will.
"Tower Princess" was made on the spur of the moment. Another film, "Feud Angel" (at the same location and with three of the same characters) was scheduled for filming, but there was a unforgivable mishap: After filming for two thirds of the day, I discovered that I actually had no film in the camera!
The day before the shoot, I considered that, if we finished filming "Feud Angel" early enough, a couple hours of sunlight might still yield another film. We were all dressed up, in a great location, so why not put that to use? Of course, this is a ludicrous notion given the time constraints of Super 8 Extreme films -- usually there is not enough time to finish even one film. Nevertheless, the notion of a second film reoccurred several times, so that a basic script had formed in my memory of a princess trapped in a tower. This is what got us through the film with no shot list to speak of.
Looking back at "Tower Princess," I felt that it was the primary mission of the day, and seldom has a film, so quickly slapped together, come out so nicely. It seems it was meant to be.
Super 8 Extreme films are all shot and edited on the spot, with "one-takes" and are mostly shot in sequence. This is called "in-camera editing." The goal is to film the entire the 50-foot reel (or reels) of super 8 film, sequentially, with no mistakes. No re-takes are allowed. Such a discipline requires great concentration (and much in terms of blessings!) as so many things can go wrong. The longer one films, the more chances for something to go wrong. In the case of "Feud Angel," it was considered a failure by the rules of "Reel Challenge(tm)."
To accept the Super 8 Extreme "Reel Challenge", visit super8extreme.com.
The challenge: To make super 8mm films using first takes, sequential shots, and "in-camera" editing. Feel free to submit yours!
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