I Confess is now live on our ELGATOFilmPro channel on YouTube ready for Halloween. Every year we try to create a sketch for Halloween, last year we created The Girl Who is Sitting Next To Me. This year we have been very busy with the production of our second short film Skeletons in The Closet, but we came up with a crazy idea while in post production to try to create a Halloween sketch. We knew we were limited for time but this is something that we really wanted to do and our passionate team were raring to go!
The adaptation for I Confess comes from a story written by our Director Alberth MG many years ago in London when he first came to the UK. He wrote the story in his native language of Spanish which was ‘Lo Confieso’ meaning I Confess. This is something that Alberth wrote in a toilet cubicle while working in London, this was his place to escape from reality and a place to gather his thoughts. This is where the idea for I Confess came from but we obviously adapted it to make it far worse than the original story and to add a twist to it.
We approached our Script Writer Nicola Smith and discussed with her the ideas for I Confess and we asked her to adapt the story with some more ideas that we had. I Confess the way you see it now on screen was born. When we received the script from Nicola we really liked it and we knew we could pull it off. The next step was to decide who we wanted to play in this. We knew that as we were limited to time, we could not hold auditions. But in all honesty we don’t tend to hold auditions for sketches we just go with who we think will fit the roles. As our actor Daniel MG had not appeared in anything since our last sketch A Christmas Wish we wanted him to be part of this. Daniel is a great young actor and was thrilled to be involved.
Our young actress Olivia Seaton-Hill from Skeletons in The Closet expressed an interest in I Confess and we really enjoyed working with her so we were excited to work with her once again! For the role of the main character we had to have someone who we felt could pull of the character and they had to be very feisty and a strong character. For this our Colourist Simon Lyell who is also a film maker had used his best friend Ian Kennedy for his own films. Ian is not a professional actor but he is very passionate and enthusiastic, we are always wanting to give people chances that they wouldn’t get elsewhere so we met Ian and realised that with the right direction he would fit the part well.
Next we set up rehearsals, mainly for Ian so that we could explain to him what we wanted from his character. Director Alberth MG showed him by improvising with him and explaining to him the intensity of the character.
After one quick rehearsal two days later we were filming. We filmed the sketch in two locations over one day. This was a very long day but it all went very smoothly and everyone was in great spirits. We were very lucky on this project to have a sponsor for food for our cast and crew from Jasmine Chinese Takeaway. They went above and beyond the call of duty sending us a huge amount of lovely Chinese food! We always seem to fall lucky with our sponsors.
After filming we went straight into editing and cutting the film. Our music was royalty free and coincidentally the track that we chose was Confession, which we felt was fate as it fitted perfectly. Editing came with its issues but these things always happen and that is how we improve in the future. From I Confess we have learnt that more rehearsal time is very important to achieve the results that we want.
Once editing was complete, we sent the footage to our Sound Engineer Adam Robertson for him to work on the post audio. We received this a few days later and we were completely blown away by how good the audio sounded. This always happens as Adam is great at his job and he adds so many acute sounds but it makes our work look great!
Before we could upload the completed sketch to YouTube we needed our video thumbnail, banner and poster to be created. This is a long process that was completed by our Graphics Designer Angelica McHarrell. She works very hard on our graphics and the end result was fantastic! We released the sketch and poster on Friday 18th October 2013 in time for Halloween. We were incredibly lucky to receive such a positive response on our YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter!
We hope that you enjoyed this year’s Halloween sketch and we look forward to creating many more sketches and short films in the future! Please feel free to share our sketch with your friends and family, we really appreciate the support!