The RIP series of films came from an idea reading Reddit users’ freaky stories (search for Glitch in the Matrix) about life. RIP 1 is based on user crowhorse’s story of a strange night at work. RIP 2 and 3 (we released them over three weeks) are original stories. The three films fit together as a whole or can be viewed separately as intriguing films in their own right.
We made them on zero budget with an old Panasonic video camera. Due to the no-budget the post-production work took four working weeks to complete.
Some random fun filmmaking facts I learnt making them::
- Always record good sound for narrative films – it puts a viewer off from the start straining to hear what people are saying; it looks and feels amateurish using on-camera sound.
- Don’t over-light a scene – I was worried that the video camera wouldn’t capture enough image detail so I lit everything rather brightly – it took me a whole day to grade one scene in RIP 3. Bright is fine for a corporate video; for narrative work, not so much.
- Feed and water your actors and crew – you don’t want them getting cranky!