Autism Uncut – Film Competition
The National Autistic Society are inviting aspiring filmmakers, student filmmakers and professional filmmakers to create original, four-minute films to help shed light on the real world of autism – uncensored and uncut, and help more people understand autism, the person and what to do.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.
Your film can depict anything about the world of autism, from how you view autism, to what autism means to you. It could show how it can feel for autistic people if there are unexpected changes, how social anxiety can take over, or what it’s like to live with sensory sensitivity every day.
Their film Can you make it to the end? about sensory difference has been watched 4.8 million times worldwide.
Josh Trigg (who directed the video above) has provided a few hints and tips for crafting the perfect short film.
1. Have a Strong Story and Characters
The most important part of the process is the script, and a solid story is key. Make sure your characters are motivated by objectives. This will inform a metamorphosis in your character, resulting in him or her learning something about their goal.
Set up the world, create a good, prompting incident, and lock your character into a journey where he or she should have to go through hurdles to achieve their objective.
2. Get Planning!
Organising your film can be difficult as there are many elements to think about at the pre-production stage. You will need to check for permits in public places depending on where you shoot. However, this can sometimes be worked around. Setting up casting can be easily done using sites like Casting Call Pro. Make sure you have the script to be auditions, and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
3. Experiment and be Creative!
Get a great assistant director – someone to keep everything to schedule. Give yourself enough time to experiment with your actors. If you’re unfamiliar with some filming techniques like the 30 degree rule or creating an eyeline, Google them! Enjoy the shoot, be creative and experimental.
4. Dont Rush the Edit
When it comes to editing, I usually do a first draft then leave it for a few days, and come back to it so I can then immediately see all the problems. Make sure your film is well paced. Don’t rush through everything as this can make a difference to the emotional energy or pacing of your edit. I recommend using Adobe Premier over Final Cut.
5. Get Your Film Seen
It’s good to have an initial screening so everybody can see the hard work, entering film festivals will be part of the last step. I recommend starting with local film festivals.
How To Enter
The deadline for entries is 1 December 2016, with shortlisted entries announced at the end of January 2017.
Winners will be picked by our esteemed judges, with all shortlisted films being shown during a glitzy award ceremony in London in April 2017 (date and venue to be confirmed).
To apply please follow the link below