Honorable Mention – “Game Night” (USA)

Title: Game Night
Runtime: 10 min
Country: USA 
Director:  Annette Christian
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: December, 2020

Synopsis: This 10-minute horror film will keep you on your toes. Four beautiful and sophisticated ladies get together every month for some girl talk, a little wine, and games. The games they play are not the kind that you would ever suspect. Don’t get caught outside during game night, it will be a night that you won’t forget.

FILMMAKER Q&A – Annette Christian – Writer, Director

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

AC: I wanted to throw a twist to a ladies night.

OR: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

AC: Due to COVID, a filmmaker decided to create a Showcase to keep us writers and directors motivated. For Halloween I entered the a Horror Showcase. The rules were a 10 min film that showcased a jar of spaghetti and a catch phrase. IF YOU DON’T FOR SOMETHING, YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING. It took me 5 minutes to come up with the concept.

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

AC: The most challenging aspect was the editing process. Having a time restriction for the showcase was so hard. I had so much great footage but had to make it work in 10 minutes

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

AC: The most challenging aspect was the location. We started filming on a Friday. We shot one of the camping scenes that evening and we were going to return the next day for the inside scenes and killing scenes outside. There was a problem at the location when we returned the next day. For continuity I took pictures of the camping set up and we shot the rest of the camping scenes behind my house, it’s amazing that we couldn’t see a difference. I turned my kitchen into the ladies game night area. 

OR: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

AC: Never give up. If you have a story in your head, put it on paper and bring it to fruition. You don’t need a huge budget to create magic.