SA filmmakers to make fastest film ever

2013-05-03 14:35
fastest feature film ever made
Johannesburg – A group of young, enterprising South Africans are setting out to break the Guinness world record for making the fastest feature film ever – and they need your help.

The Johannesburg-based production houses Team Best, Localala and Ghost Sheep hope to make the most of their collective talents, and help from ordinary South Africans and businesses, to write, produce, shoot and release a locally made film in 11 days.

The team hopes to beat the record set in India where the makers of the film Sivappu Mazhai managed to produce the two hour-three minute long musical action feature in just 11 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes, from script to screening.

Over a thousand crew members were involved in setting the world record in India.

'The best crew no money can buy'

On 1 May the South African team gathered to begin the scripting process and conceptualise ideas for the as-yet untitled film. The restrictions of the record means that there is also no concept, no characters, story arcs or a page of dialogue, as it’s not allowed.
Currently the small SA team behind the project do not have catering, but do have gear and lights, cameras and lenses, "the best crew no money can buy and commitment from some of the biggest names in stage and screen".

According to co-producers Bryan van Niekerk and Asher Stoltz, "With all of this at our disposal, the team's mission is to not only to break the world record, but also to make an awesome film. Come 11 May 11, we are going to present a minimum of 75-minutes of gripping, blockbuster."

The progress of the production can be followed via their blog, #FastestFilmSA on Twitter and Facebook - and those interested in making the world record happen are encouraged to get involved.

Van Niekerk and Stoltz added, "If we're shooting in a public location, join us on set and you’ll almost definitely be an extra. Give us your love, your ideas and see us battle through eleven days of little to no sleep, split-second creative decision making and no catering (hint, hint)."

The filmmakers hope to premiere the film at film at the Bioscope in Maboneng in Johannesburg on the 11th day and secure the world record. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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