After our DV Mission success, we decided it was time to enter another competition. With a good few months until the Sci-fi London 48 hour competition, we turned our heads towards Empire magazine’s ‘Done in 60 seconds’ competition. Run by the legendary Empire magazine, it is open to teams from the UK, as well as a select few other nations such as Brazil, Russia and Armenia. I’m not too sure why there is a such a random bunch of countries allowed to compete, let’s hope Empire isn’t caught up in a FIFA-esque bribery scandal!
Now I’ve gotten this week’s topical joke out of my system, a bit more about the competition.
Rather than the traditional 48 hours you get to create your film, you get roughly two months, depending on how early you start. You may find yourself saying “Two months? That’s ages!” but there’s a catch. Your finished film can be no longer than 60 seconds (That’s one minute to you YOLO’ers out there). It also has to be a re-make of a classic or your favourite film and resemble the original in some way – something Jaden Smith’s ‘Karate Kid’ couldn’t do in 140 painful minutes.
So we had our gauntlet, now just to get through it. We spent a couple of weeks at least trying to agree on a film to re-make, and considering horrors, comedies, action movies, everything. (Unfortunately my Giant-Dick vs. MegaVag idea I’d been sitting on since DV Mission was shot down immediately). How do you re-make a film in one minute whilst maintaining all of the story arcs, character development and key beats it needs without it looking like trailer? In the end, we settled for an iconic piece of cinema history –