Dvmission 2014

Portsmouth 48 hour film festival

After we entered the Sci-fi London 48-hour challenge for the first time in 2013, we realised that we weren’t quite producing at that level yet. so rather than enter Sci-fi London again in 2014, we found a local competition – ‘DV Mission’ that ran out of Portsmouth. This was our chance to show people (locally at least) what we could do.
DV Mission was set-up in 2006 by Jinx Prowse so local film-makers could have a go at making their own 48 hour films, but on a smaller scale. It culminates in every team attending the ‘Premiere’ screening of all the entries, and loads of awards given out. So every team was in with a chance of winning something, which was really cool. Similar to Sci-fi London, each team that enters gets a brief, but everyone gets the same brief! This means you end up with 20 or so teams that have all followed the same ‘obstructions’ but each film feels unique and special in it’s own way.

We had kindly been offered a friend’s big house as our ‘Base of Operations’ for the weekend, and as soon as we got the brief on Friday night we all got together there, made a truck-load of Tea and got to brainstorming. Can you say that anymore? I read somewhere that 93% of epileptics don’t find it offensive so majority rule, right? I digress…
We got ourselves a whiteboard and wrote our Obstruction on it. They were:


Title: Exit 13
Line of Dialogue: “When the going gets weird”
Genre: Hybrid Disaster


We spent most of Friday night coming up with various Sharknado, Mega-Dick vs. Giant-Vag type ideas, until someone suggested combining one traditional disaster with a trivial one, and BOOM we had our movie. Zombies vs. Running out of Tea-bags.

Perfect. It felt instantly Broken Brick-esque. If you’ve seen the rest of our sketches, you’ll see we like to make trivial things outrageous, and vice-versa. It wasn’t long after that we had the plot nailed, and the script followed shortly after.
Those 2 days of filming were I think the most fun we’ve all had as the Bricks. Everyone was enthusiastic, bought into the concept and we went into the edit feeling really confident we had made something awesome.

Scott bossed the effects as always, we rendered out and handed in with about 15 minutes to spare (which for a 48-hour challenge, is quite early!).
Time to put on our Sunday Best and head to the screening. This is why we love DV Mission. It’s great to see everyone’s work on a huge screening and chat to all the other teams about their weekend. There’s about 12 awards given out, from ‘Best Film’ to ‘Most Imaginative Prop’ and the great ‘Spirit of DV Mission’ award – given to the team whose film best captures what DV Mission is about. The previous year we won Best Actor (a fact Nathan always manages to slot into any conversation) and …, so this year we were dreaming a little bigger. After several nominations, Everyone went crazy when we won ‘Best Story’. It is one of the awards every team wants to win, and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better it did…


BROKEN BRICKS WON ‘BEST FILM’.

It was an incredible feeling. To know that all your hard work had been recognised by a team of judges is so rewarding, and we couldn’t be more grateful (Even with Lee embarassing himself/us during the speech with his typical vulgarity).
It was humbling, and at the same time a relief. It really felt like we were moving forward as a team, and gave us the motivation to step up and started taking ourselves more seriously.
Needless to say, the afterparty got very messy.


Due to funding there are doubts over DV Mission continuing, but if it happens we’ll be there to support a great local film competition.

Here it is. Our Entry:

Exit 13 - Broken Bricks