Can you get creative with just 90 seconds?

The DepicT! call for entries is now open. You can submit your entry for FREE until July 7 online at depict.org. Why should you apply? Well for starters you could be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and a host of other exclusive prizes. But don't just take our word for it, as last year's winner Ninian Doff explains, there's a whole host of other reasons why you should be getting creative in just a minute and a half.

 

CAN YOU GET CREATIVE WITH JUST 90 SECONDS?

The DepicT! call for entries is now open.  You can submit your entry for FREE until July 7 online at depict.org.

Why should you apply?  Well for starters you could be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and a host of other exclusive prizes.  But don’t just take our word for it, as last year’s winner Ninian Doff explains, there’s a whole host of other reasons why you should be getting creative in just a minute and a half.

What drew you to the DepicT! 90 second format?

Constraint is a very useful tool for creativity. Forcing yourself to tell a story in 90 seconds makes you lose all extraneous or self indulgent elements. I think a big problem with short films is they are often not very short! I love the 90 second format.

How did you find the making of your DepicT! film?

It was manic but great. When a company I had done some directing work for got in touch to say they had a unicorn I could use as a prop for a film if I wanted, no strings attached – it was impossible to turn down. I wrote the script that night and it came together bizarrely easily. My neighbour had been doing up his moped and thought it would be funny to apply that matter of fact young guy banter about motor parts to the merits of a unicorn. The whole film took a week from initial idea to completion!

What have you been up to since your DepicT! success? Where did the competition take you?

Before I entered DepicT! I was already working as a director making music videos, commercials, comedy sketches and short films, but Cool Unicorn Bruv has been far and beyond my most successful short film, and DepictT! has opened a lot of doors for me as a narrative filmmaker too. It makes people pay attention. Off the back of my win, Creative England have had me in to talk about my film plans and a bunch of festivals have got directly in touch requesting my DepicT! winning film.

What have you learnt about filmmaking and the industry since winning a DepicT! prize?

Good things! It’s been really great to find so many friendly and enthusiastic people who want to help, collaborate or just encourage you. I think the filmmaking world can seem quite daunting and impossible to get into, but my experience at DepicT! was so welcoming and I met so many great people.

Do you have any advice for this year’s DepicT! entrants?

Don’t try to cram a five minute idea into 90 seconds, but write for the length so it sits naturally in that time frame without feeling rushed or confused. Interestingly, a lot of people are surprised my film is 90 seconds as in that time there’s an (admittedly very simple) three act story with three different characters whose personalities you get quite a good sense of by the end.

Can you sum up why DepicT! is so important to emerging filmmakers?

DepicT! is the perfect creative challenge. 90 seconds to do your best means its not some daunting shoot but a manageable task that forces your screen writing and editing skills to be super sharp. DepicT! is also a really good platform – a lot of people pay attention to it and just making the final screening at Encounters is a prestigious achievement. The fact that DepicT! is a competition which genuinely anyone can win, whilst also being a serious, professional filmmaking award, means it is pretty unique and well worth entering.

 

Up for the challenge?  Head on over to depict.org for everything you need to know and to submit your film.

Interview courtesy of depict.org.

DepicT! is a Watershed project as part of Encounters Festival.