Film Maker: John Howden
Competition: 5 Minute Competition - 18 October 2011
Film maker John Howden won first place in the competition with ‘Bedtime Story’ in a field of seven entries.
Asked where John got the idea for his winning ghost story, he said: “It came to me at three in the morning when I happened to be puzzling about what I could do for the competition with the subject ‘Night Life’.
“I thought I’ll make a ghost story film. When I go up in the morning and started to write the ghost story developed into a love story and ‘Bedtime Story’ was born.
“All the actors came from Writtle village, just outside of Chelmsford, and my story teller, Brigid Main, is a Church of England priest with a lot of acting experience. The setting in the local churchyard was ideal.
“The ‘ghosting’ and night time effects were done in post-production. The main scenes were shot in the early evening and it was amazing how many Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Mums and Dads and other walkers came through! Shots filmed to shots used ratio was about 5 to 1,” added John.