Fort St. John film team wins 48-hour short film challenge

A team of filmmakers from Fort St. John has won the region's annual spring filmmaking challenge.

Eagle Vision Video Production walked away with both the Judge's and Audience Choice awards at the Frantic 48-hour Film Challenge, hosted annually by the Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association in Grande Prairie.

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Filmed April 12 to 14, Eagle Vision had 48 hours to produce a short film after being given a genre (sport/talk show) along with other plot criteria as a prompt and starting point.

The result is a short, six-minute comedy called Game Set Match, giving audiences a literal play-by-play on the tricky business of gift returns and the mess it makes. Note to men: don't try to return an unwanted watch on the sly when your girlfriend is nearby — unless you have a comeback plan in your back pocket.

The film, along with others created by groups from across the Peace, was screened over the weekend in Grande Prairie as part of the Reel Shorts film fest.

The film starred Kaymia Laurine, Nicolas Novak, Ted Sloan, Chad Corno, Leanne Bausman, Hannah Larnder, and Ben Haab.

The film was directed and written by Jesse McCallum and Chad Corno, with David Ross on cinematography, Ben Haab on graphics, and production support from Bausman, Sloan, and Larnder. 

“We’re very grateful to have a platform in the Peace Region like PRIMAA in which we can showcase our art form," McCallum said.

"We’re hoping to see more young and new filmmakers competing this fall and next year.”

Eagle Vision has recently shifted its focus to develop more local creative content, and the film challenge fits the bill. PRIMAA hosts a similar 48-hour film challenge every Halloween. 

Eagle Vision owner and cinematographer Ben Haab said the win and recognition gives his team confidence to enter larger festivals with some higher calibre short films in the near future.

“It was very rewarding to see the team work under pressure, with less sleep than was ideal, and everyone kept a positive attitude throughout," Haab said.

"We were all very proud of the film we produced. Three weeks for a proper short film is a crunch let alone 48 hours, and to have achieve a final product at this quality, in such a short time, surprised us as well."

Watch Game Set Match below.

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