Sleepless nights 

Newcomers to the filmmaker showdown wow crowds, judges with stylistic short, Sandman

click to enlarge Director's Cut Amazing Factory team members shoot a scene for their short film during the 72-hour Filmmaker Showdown.
  • Director's Cut Amazing Factory team members shoot a scene for their short film during the 72-hour Filmmaker Showdown.

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The film also has some comedic aspects to it — namely, exaggerated facial expressions, body language and costumes.

The Amazing Factory crew shot the entire film in a friend’s condo, turning three rooms into six or seven different bedrooms.

Josh, Joe and Andrew also star in the film, each taking turns acting while the others direct and film.

“I play about four characters in total, including the twins,” Joe said with a laugh. “…We may not be the best actors, but we got it done, I guess.”

The use of black and white was a stylistic touch, and the simple Sandman animation is supposed to be a child’s rendering of the fabled character.

“So that was where this design came from, this kind of shaky, not very well drawn character that a kid would do,” Joe explained.

Having only 72 hours to shoot, edit and animate the four and a half minute film was definitely a stressful experience, but the Amazing Factory team was ready for the challenge.

The first day of the competition, they managed to shoot the majority of their tape, then, the following morning, they began cutting and animating.

They weren’t right down to the line, either, when it came to the 10 a.m. deadline.

“Actually, I was surprised. I thought we were going to be right on the edge, but in the morning, me and Andrew stayed up overnight tweaking it at the end,” said Joe.

By 8 a.m. of the third day of the competition, they realized Sandman was done.

Despite the Amazing Factory’s efforts, and the resounding praise of the judges, Sandman didn’t win. Joe said they knew they were up against some tough competition as soon as they saw Arbitrarily Pear! during the prescreening.

“I was just happy to be in the finals,” Joe said, adding that he loved Taylor’s winning film.

“We figured before that just being picked from all those other ones is good enough, and then winning would be a big bonus, but not necessary for us.”

Now, the Amazing Factory team plans to enter Sandman in a few other competitions, and work on more film projects, including a feature length film down the road.

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