Creative Studios Wraps Comedy Short
Feb. 10, 2008 (ATLANTA)A group of Atlanta filmmakers
led by Ken Feinberg and Aron Siegel produced FOREIGN EXCHANGE,
a 30-minute comedy about a foreign exchange student from Sweden
who comes to live with an American family. Directed by Feinberg
and produced by Siegel, the crew used one of the first RED
ONE digital cameras in the world, the latest in cutting-edge
film technology. The film was shot in only four days.
The RED camera shoots Super 35mm motion picture photography, but
records it digitally directly to a hard drive instead of using film
or tape. Basically, the line items for film stock and processing
are reduced to zero. The camera used on this production was one
of the first 50 in the world. The RED camera was provided by Joe
Kleber of Red Acquisition Warehouse, who has teamed on previous
projects with FOREIGN EXCHANGE Director or Photography,
last project we did together was shot on film, but in this case
it would have been cost prohibitive," explained Feinberg. "This
new technology allowed us to stay on budget and we were also able
to review our footage immediately on set."
The RED camera uses a Mysterium sensor that records the image on
a Super 35mm chip in 4K resolution. It comes with a PL mount giving
it the ability to attach to many film lenses.
"The advantage in using this type of camera is that it takes
the pressure off of the producer, director and actors," said
DP McKinney. "For a low budget film like ours, we were able
to shoot as many takes as we felt necessary without worrying about
how much film stock we were using, yet we achieved film quality
images. The biggest concern we had was getting all of our shots
within the four days allotted."
During pre-production, the filmmakers heard more than once that
shooting 30 pages in four days was ambitious but not realistic.
However, the Creative Studios team kept FOREIGN EXCHANGE
to its 12-hour day schedule.
"I don't have all the statistics, but on the last day we had
38 camera set-ups and 111 takes for the 11 scenes we shot,"
said First Assistant Director Evans "Griff" Griffins.
The film stars Atlanta actors London Kayne, Susanna Lewis, Josh
Caudill, Jeff Rose, Angie Harrell, Chandler George Brown, Amanda
Facemire, Todd Denson, Tommy Dorfman, and Minnie Tee. The final
production will be submitted to the May 2008 Cannes Film Festival
The original script was written by 18-year-old Lyndzey Kayne and
"Writing with a teenager was a unique and rewarding experience,"
said Feinberg. "There were times when I had to refer to Lyndzey
and ask, 'is this how teenagers talk these days?'"
Studios of Atlanta is a casting facility for local productions
and also provides ongoing professional training for acting, screenwriting,
demo reels, and marketing for actors.
For more information about FOREIGN EXCHANGE, call
404-355-4588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.