Silence of the Rice Krispies

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Somewhere back in the dim and distant past (October 2014 to be exact) a bunch of Zolascope members got together for a workshop. In one shortish day we shot the footage for a film – The Silence of the Rice Krispies – written by Megan, daughter of our illustrious co-founder Clare. Meg’s brother Tom played the lead (and only) role. Meg also directed.

Megan directing on the set of 'Krispies' - Clare behind the camera.

Megan directing on the set of ‘Krispies’ – Clare behind the camera.

It was a great day, not least because it called for some rapid improvising. We lit the inside of a fridge with a small, battery-powered lamp that I’d recently been given by a vendor (long story) and was itching to try out. For a shot from inside a wall cupboard, our gaffer, Ted, spirited up a cupboard carcass that we placed on a table and covered in cloth (to prevent light coming in from the back).

But best of all, some of us got to take away copies of the video and audio files – one of the great benefits of shooting digital.

Then, I guess, we all got busy somehow. Early rough edits were shared between the group, but nothing more came of it. Then, during a final push to finish The Garden, I noticed my half-done edit of Silence. I quickly recorded some sound effects, rustled up some titles and applied an interesting blur filter that I’d also been looking for an excuse to try out.

The result is below. You can also find two other edits, by Ted, over in our Workshops album on Vimeo.


As a workshop, it was intended as a learning process. But it was also a lot of fun. And it gave us material with which we can all practise editing.

In fact, we should do this again soon. And next time, it would be useful to shoot a lot more coverage, giving a wider choice of shots when cutting. In my edit of Krispies I think there were only two shots I didn’t use. With editing software becoming more readily available – and even free on Linux – it’s something everyone can try.

And they should. Editing gives you a real insight into filmmaking. After all, it’s in the edit that films are finally made.

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