Johannesburg – South African film makers have embarked on a challenge to break the world record of the fastest movie ever made.
Three award-winning production houses; Team Best, Ghost Sheep and and Locolala, have set out to create a movie from script to screen in just 11 days.
“On May 1st 2013, a team of young, homegrown industry professionals are meeting to begin the scripting of a brand new South African feature film. Eleven days later, this film will premiere at the Bioscope in Maboneng and the Official World Record will belong in Joziwood,” the team’s official website says.
Until early on Wednesday morning, the team were not allowed to have a concept of the film to be made.
“We also don’t have a concept, we don’t have characters, story-arcs or a page of dialogue, because that’s not allowed either. We don’t have a thousand crew members. We don’t even have catering.”
The team has called for anyone who would be interested to provide them with support, as well as offering their time as extras in the film.
With nothing but some high tech film gear provided by sponsors, their mission is to not only break the world record, but also to make a compelling feature-length film.
“Come May 11th, we are going to present a minimum of 75-minutes of gripping, blockbuster-ness… Also there might be poo jokes,” they said.
According to Asher Stoltz from Team Best, the project is more than a world record breaking attempt, but would bring together some of South Africa’s best talent the film industry has to offer.
“I have eaten a lot of Rennies already” he said, “its unreasonably nerve racking not being able to prepare for such an endeavour. A bit like going into an exam without learning.”
Asher said that the public support had been overwhelming, with individuals and businesses alike, offering aid in the form of coffee for the all-nighters, posters, t-shirts and brand collateral, locations, food, helping hands and the list continues.
This film cannot simply be the fastest our country has produced, but also one of the best, Asher said.
“What more can I say, its ridiculously exciting and appallingly terrifying at the same time.”
The current record for the fastest film ever made is Sivappu Mazhai (English Red Rain) a 2010 Tamil musical/action flick made in Kolkata, India with a crew of over a thousand.
The two hour-three minute long feature was made in a world record time of eleven days, twenty-three hours and forty five minutes, from script to screening.
Follow the update on their progress on the State of the Arts blog.