A film that isn’t out of this world.

Escape Velocity is a film that myself, Joshua Tarasenko, Eric Trigg, Joseph Potter, Pia Harrington and Karl Redgen made for Genre, Form and Structure at Deakin University.

I remember the feeling I had in my gut when I first read the Unit Guide the weekend before classes were to start: shock. The amount of work that had to be shoveled into this one project seemed ludicrous for such a small time frame, let alone trying to balance three other demanding units. We split off into teams first class, based upon our preference for what kind of film we wanted to make, and in this case it was Black Comedy (which, spoiler alert, kind of got abandoned somewhere down the line).

Writing a script, delving into the character’s backstory, attempting to add humour, location scouting, set building, prop hiring, casting call, auditions, rehearsals, the weeks leading up the dreaded production days were fast dissolving.

As for the cast, trusty-worthy Adam Gilding took the role of Buzz, Ashley Lucey-Jannert (StarNow Profile) as confident Tina and Jacob Gerring (StarNow Profile) as foul-mouthed Hal. All three were incredibly hardworking and poured so much effort into the intense filming weekend. We can’t thank them enough for their time, skills, and patience.

Soon we packed an insane amount of expensive gear into two cars and got the gear safely to the filming location.

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Early Saturday the shoot began in the park. The nerves were as high as the probability of rain: 90%. Thankfully, not a drop fell the entire time we shot outside. Once we were done outside, the rest of the day was dedicated to the non-attic, indoor shots.

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Sunday rolled around and it was time for the attic. After countless cans of spray paint and rolls of tape being used in the weeks leading up to this day, the attic was ready. The fog machine, which cooled the fog so it stayed on the floor for longer, was a great atmospheric choice which really added to the interest of all the shots. It was a mammoth of a weekend, but we got all the shots we needed and nobody got hurt, and in the end, isn’t that what every film shoot is about?

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The precious files got ingested, backed up, and then backed up again and every took a big breath of relief.

And so began post-production.

Editing, colour grading, foley, audio mixing; this film got the royal treatment. I spent many, many hours in the editing labs, late into the night working tirelessly on the film. I believe I did the colour grade four times over, improving each time. Why four times? Current day Riley doesn’t really know but the time invested was well worth the final product and the skills learnt. By that time, Da Vinci Resolve, Avid and myself were on pretty good terms but we needed music.

Simon, our unit chair, pointed us towards an ex-Box Hill music student, Tamara Violet Partridge (http://www.tamaravioletpartridge.com/). She was our knight in shining armour. Even with such a short deadline of 48 hours, she managed to deliver the goods within 24. Her communication was beyond phenomenal and her work even more so. If that wasn’t enough, she joined us for the mixing session and absolutely smashed it out for us. The film above could not have happened without her.

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Soon enough, the due date rolled around and we were all but ready for the film to be rendered and presented. The entire team were very proud of what we made, even if it didn’t turn out to be exactly the black comedy we originally planned. Thank you to all that helped either directly or indirectly with the film, especially to those who I subjected the film to countless times.