14th BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL, 2021
"THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS PROBABLY PUTTING UP THE GREAN SCREEN - MY KITCHEN IS RATHER SMALL."
Edie & Elin's Magic Show
Section: THE INFINITE PLAYLIST
Edie & Elin's Magic Show is a micro magic show created from home to bring joy during the Covid-19 lockdown, starring the director and her housemate Elin. The film is testament to the work that can be created with limited resources; it was made with an iPhone, a green screen and Final Cut Pro X, as inspired by French illusionist and film maker Georges Méliès, with music by Italian turntablist Økapi.
Hi Edie thank you for talking to TNC, how have you been holding up during these very strange times?
I am doing well thank you, I am very lucky to be able to create work from home and so have been able to keep busy!
Has this time offered you any new creative inspiration?
Before the pandemic my work was mostly off screen, designing and building sets for theatre and events. Alongside that I dabbled in animation and editing visuals for theatre and music, thankfully I have been able to follow that route as the world of live events shut down.
I actually think lockdown focused my work into a direction it was probably going to head in eventually.
Congratulations on having Edie + Elin’s Magic Show selected for the BFI Future Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of The Infinite Playlist section?
It’s hugely exciting to be part of an amazing group of emerging filmmakers, with such a hugely impressive body of work.
Can you tell me a little bit about Edie + Elin’s Magic Show, how did this film come about?
The film was a bit of an accident, a result of a weekend in isolation with my housemate Elin. When I was a child, I would call on some friends to come and make a film - this usually meant some sort of animated magic show which would incorporate half of iMovies digital effects.
With a lot of free time in the lockdown I resorted back to creating another magic show, this time with a green screen, an iPhone, knowledge of animation and inspiration from George Méliès.
What where the biggest challenges you faced brining this film to life?
The biggest challenge was probably putting up the green screen - my kitchen is rather small. We also faced the dilemma of having no lights and making the costumes / props from items around the house. The film was a pleasure to make.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?
No, the film took a morning of shooting and a day of editing, it was a short burst of creativity with a quick turnaround.
What has been the most valuable lesson you have taken away from making Edie + Elin’s Magic Show?
To keep making work for myself - sometimes I forget that making work isn’t just about making money to survive in the freelance world. It is super important to make time to create work for yourself, this is the first film I have made in my career just for me, and I’m thrilled that it has found an audience and a life in festivals.
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
I have, I used to animate my action men kissing.
What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?
To light your green screen properly.
Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?
Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Just to follow your passion.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Edie + Elin’s Magic Show?
I made the film for a bit of fun, but i’m glad I shared it out on social media. I finished the film during the peak of the pandemics first wave and I hope it raised spirits.