We made The Tribunal specifically for the Virgin Media Shorts competition and knowing the time limit was two minutes twenty seconds, naturally we wanted the story told in that time. Considering the deadline we knew we had to not only shoot the footage but complete the all of the post within the specified time frame, so we opted to film the critical story and begin the post processing of the short film, while filming an additional sequence that adds more context for the sequences that follow in the main body of the story. We then produced the Virgin Short release (which was the original film) while I poured over the reams of footage for what we already decided would be a Directors Cut.
Also, due to those time constraints we found ourselves having to cut many really nice interplay shots from inside the Tribunal room. That was difficult. In fact, out of all of the different aspects of film making on this project, be it the filming itself, grading, special effects, sound design, music etc, editing out those clips was the hardest part (and probably took the longest). We shot over 600 clips in those three days of filming, possibly due to over compensation as we made the entire film using a single Canon 550D and didn’t want the horror or realising that somehow, somewhere we missed something.
Anyway we didn’t miss a beat. Everything went great and now that the Virgin Short is online as has been submitted, we are producing the Directors Cut which will probably run at approximately three times the length of the original. That isn’t too bad considering the original isn’t even three minutes long!
It should be released in a few weeks hopefully. The editing and additional special effects are done so it won’t be long now.