Filmed in May 2011, and featuring John McNamara and Tom Kay and Nicholas Brien, "Crossing Swords" involves the exploration of an interesting concept through improvisation. Written by Nicholas Brien and John McNamara, it involved the idea of two best friends encountering each other for the first time since "bumping" into each other in the dark during a threesome with...Nicole.
The action was filmed from a number of angles using two low grade cameras and boom microphone, all operated by Norwegian film maker, Steffen Andre Hagen.
We experienced a number of issues in this workshop.
The realisation of a full narrative; without a clear plan of attack, the improvisation did not arrive at the desired conclusion. In addition to this, the final shot quality was affected by a difference in camera capabilities. As we were using two different camcorders, we experienced issues with focus, white balancing, colour correction etc.
Though the narrative may not stand alone, the workshop proved successful in producing a captivating and truthful exchange between friends, even if the relevance of Nicole was not unanimously uncovered.
The project is the first attempt of (hopefully) many, and was a great learning experience.
Open to comment and ideas! This is a work in progress.