Looking back on your very first short film is always great fun. And this film WAS great fun when I shot it for my first film production class in 2004. It actually wasn't even considered our first project. It was an exercise with the only requirement being that we go out with whatever video camera we could find (in my case it was a tiny little handheld Canon video camera) and shoot one scene where one person enters into the frame, does something, then leaves. I obviously took it a bit further than that. I remember that I watched Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' the night after the class we were assigned this exercise, and somehow got the idea for shooting this from the scene towards the end where Jimmy Stewart is struggling with the murderer. Don't know where the connection is, but I'm glad I thought of something at least. It was a very vague assignment.
I recruited my good friends at the East-West Center Jeff Hayes from Michigan and Fidelis Magalhaes from East Timor to act in the film. We shot everything at the H1 underpass just up the road from the University of Hawaii on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and since it involved two guys beating the crap out of each other on the side of University Avenue, a lot of people driving by ended up calling the cops, and in only 2 hours of shooting we had four different cop cars pull up and ask us what the hell we were doing. All I had to do was tell them we were 'making art' and they of course headed on their way and left us alone. Well, not all of them actually. But hey, at least we more or less finished the film and didn't get arrested.
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