I believe in the power of storytelling. Whether it’s a book, film, song or painting, different mediums provide unique opportunities to tell stories. Rather than stick to one lane, I prefer to drive like a lunatic across the creative highway and diversify – and Frank is the result of a recent venture.
A few weeks ago, Jarrod Saunders, a talented film-maker from Cape Town and friend of mine, approached me about being part of his team to compete at the SHNIT International Short Film Festival’s Realtime Competition. For those unfamiliar with the competition format, film-makers are invited to submit a completed seven-minute feature that will be screened and judged at a festival. The catch: the final product needs to be filmed, edited, produced and delivered in only 72 hours.
Having already done a few scripts and treatments in my time in the advertising and marketing sector, I naturally jumped at the chance to do an original project. Jarrod and I wrote the script for the dramedy Frank in less than 24 hours, and he went off with his incredible team and made our concept come to life better than I could’ve ever imagined. While we didn’t win the grand prize, it was an amazing experience being a finalist and the feedback has been resoundingly positive (no 30% on Rotten Tomatoes for us).
Undoubtedly, many of you will find the funny side of the story (no spoilers, promise), but the overall theme is about love and how human beings seek it. Lust might be a major driver in modern times; however, the need to be loved still remains a stronger desire than all else. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did working on it.
Check out some of the behind-the-scenes photographs from the shoot below:
Watch Frank below:
Official synopsis: Frank and his son’s relationship turns sour when he becomes increasingly forgetful.
Starring Graham Clarke, Raven Swart, Siya Mayola and Kirsty Williams.
Directed by Jarrod Saunders
Screenplay by Sergio Pereira and Jarrod Saunders
Produced by Leon Liebenberg
Production Coordinator – Daniel Pontack
Original Music by Juan Visser
Boom Swinger – Abdul Azeez Stemmet
Director of Photography – Leon Liebenberg
1st Camera Assistant – Kegan Van Der Berg
Hair, Make-Up, Costume & Styling – Christine Tesco
Edited by Jarrod Saunders and Leon Liebenberg
Sound Mixing – Morné Marais
Assistant Director – Tafadzwa Njovana
Colorist – Kyle Stroebel
Set Designers – Tami Kolbe and Jarrod Saunders
Set Assistants – Lwando Taliwe and Christine Tesco