A ferocious duel renders two Edwardian gentlemen half dead. An angelic girl intervenes in hope of changing their fates.
Location, time constraints, and tricky choreography made this the most challenging Super 8 Extreme film to date. In fact, it took two attempts to complete this film.
The first attempt (aka "The Never Beginning Story") failed based on the director's inability to ensure that there was film in the camera. This seemed an act of providence, however, because it set the stage for another film known as "Tower Princess" which was shot on the fly using the last two or three hours of remaining daylight.
Some surviving footage of that day was presented to us by a young photographer/filmmaker who just happened to be at the location and was willing to cover the days events. Here's a link: facebook.com/album.php?aid=2086169&id=1498220548
"Tower Princess" was considered the very day before as the director pondered that a couple hours of sunlight might still yield another film the same day--a ludicrous notion given the time constraints of Super 8 Extreme films. Nevertheless, the notion reoccurred several times, so that a basic script had formed in the memory of the director. This is what got us through the film with no shot list to speak of.
Looking back at "Tower Princess," the director feels that that 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 with "one-takes" and are mostly shot in sequence. 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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