Another Film Race! And a Mid-Summer Break.

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Hey there friends! For the past couple of months, I’ve been posting several weekly columns. This week, I’m taking a break from all of those. It was a tough week at work, and Barigord Studios ran another film race, the Abbotsford 48hr Film Race, from August 10th-13th. Those posts will all be back next week!

But I’d still like to say a few words on film races! As many of you know, we take part regularly in film races. These are film competitions that take place within a specific time period (24hrs, 100hrs, etc.) during which the racers must make a film. Racers get some required elements at the start of the race, and must include them in their film. The film must be written, shot, edited, etc. within the window, and submitted by the end.

These competitions are very hard, and not for everyone. They are not necessarily a comment on someone’s skill in filmmaking either. Plenty of great filmmakers would struggle because their process is established, and they wouldn’t compromise on quality just for the sake of speed. But they are a pretty cool filmmaking achievement, and making a great film under such conditions is particularly impressive.

I love film races. I love how hard they are. I feel like they level me up. They stuff I’ve had to learn on the fly in order to compete is now part of my skillset. I feel like we’re able to approach them proactively, rather than reactively, and that makes the process really manageable. It’s still a bananas amount of work, and that’s something I’ve come to accept.

I think we did something pretty amazing this time around. As always, we have to keep it under wraps for now, but the screening is 9 days away. You can see it on the big screen as part of the Abbotsford Film Festival, and we will likely make it available immediately afterward.

We like to thank the Abbotsford Film Festival, as well as our regular Film Racing competitions for these wacky races. They’ve really been a huge boost for us!

Check out Andrew Wade at the Edmonton Fringe through the end of the month also. He’s performing ‘The Most Honest Man in the World,’ his very successful one-person show, at the Lumos Dental Stage on 82 Avenue.

And have a great week!

Thanks for reading!

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