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ISB Senior School - Student Film Society

ISB aims to enhance student life by providing students the opportunity to join clubs and societies in which they can not only apply what they are learning in school subjects, but also extend their knowledge in the respective subjects. One society that has been busy lately is Film Society. They produced a 15 second horror film in order to compete in the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. Not only did they have to plan ideas from scratch but had to find props, locations and hold auditions for the role! We interviewed Bradley and Lauren, who were responsible for entering into the competition, coming up with ideas for the film & putting them up for a vote in the society. Sadie the Sadist featured in the top 15 best student films from around the world and the thumbnail of this video was one of the cast members from ISB's student film!

Top 15 Student Films

How long did it take to make the film (from idea to finished product)?

We had a very short production time period of two weeks and a day, from deciding to make a film until uploading the finished product. We spent most of the first week on logistics, organisation & casting, while the second week was spent on filming and editing.

Sadie the Sadist Film

How many people were involved in the making of the film?

We worked with a crew of eight and a cast of two, some of these people were already a part of film society, some were not. 

What types of things were involved in making the film (makeup, music, props, set design, filming, actors, etc.)?

We worked with a lot of different elements to create our films, including location scouting, props, filming, casting, acting, makeup, special effects, sound and editing. 

Set design wasn’t a particular problem as we chose locations that were available to us. One location we used was the university library, which was the hardest to organize because of how public a location it is.

In terms of props, we mainly worked with equipment our cast/crew already owned. There were some props that we needed for our story line that no one already had and so we bought these from the Brocki based off of our script and what we could afford.

One crew member knew how to work with makeup, which was how we added the bruises to one of the characters. They also helped in making some skin-safe fake blood.

The sound effects we used in the film were modified versions of sounds we had recorded during filming. We changed the pitch and looped the sound to adapt it to our needs for the film. Originally, we had intended to use a song we recorded but we changed our minds once the footage was edited. In order to find the cast, we held open-auditions to find the best people for the 2 roles.

How did you come up with the idea for "Sadie the Sadist"?

We originally had three different ideas for what we could include in a 15-second horror film. For Sadie the Sadist we started with the idea of sadism, we looked at how a person could fall further and further into sadistic tendencies. You can see this in the film as the character's actions get progressively worse while there is an increase of the amount of blood on her face.

Did you enjoy working as a team to write, direct and produce the movie?

Very much so. We each have very different skills, so when working together we were able to very easily divide the roles that go behind making a film between ourselves. We have been friends for several years, making it easier and more efficient to communicate our ideas back and forth. Additionally, we all have similar work ethics. This facilitates planning and production. Naturally, there were some disagreements we encountered along the way, but we resolved these fairly easily by talking them out.

What were some challenges you had making the film?

Our main challenges were with scheduling and finding locations/props. We had set out a schedule of how long we intended to spend on each shot/scene, prior to filming. For the most part, we kept to the schedule, however, there were two shots that took a much longer than we had originally anticipated because of how technical they were.

Finding locations were tricky because of what was available to us. This was especially challenging for the shot we ended up doing in the university library. We asked expecting them to say no, so we were pleasantly surprised when they said yes.

Props were challenging because we had to find things that were appropriate for the film, such as specific items that we needed in order to make the film as alike to the script and story board as possible. Finding specific items was hard at times because we had a very tight budget and a specific list of items that we wanted to display in the film.

What was the best part about making the film?

The whole experience was a lot of fun, but if we had to choose the most enjoyable part, it would be completing the final shot, where everyone cheered because we’d just completed a two-day long shoot. It was a great feeling of accomplishment and relief. We also had a great deal of fun in editing and watching the final film for the first time. It was a very exciting moment. 

What are your future plans for filmmaking?

We are already in the conception phase for a new project that we will be working on next year. We will be producing a mini-series exploring the themes of identity and friendship within an international community.