Takeaway Scenes: The one-shot anonymous shortfilms

Takeaway Scenes: The one-shot anonymous shortfilms

No credits, no film lights, no perfection - Takeaway Scenes Project

Takeaway Scenes Project are shortfilms made for the joy of filmmaking. The core of this secret group of filmmakers is the experimentation and doing honest films above all. They don't care about the credits of their work, their priority is the rehearsal processs, character building and performance-centric filmmaking.

Starting with 'Bouquet' uploaded on May 2014, they have done 7 shorts so far. The storylines focus on the personal issues and particular relationships of the characters, which feel very real and are performed outstandingly.

There are several rules to follow for the making of these films that lead to a singular storytelling not seen often. The one-shot constraint along with 9 more rules to follow, define the style of these anonymous group of filmmakers. It is always a pleasure to watch films where the point is not about the technicalities or VFX (which are not allowed) it is about the story and the performances, and how to enhace that with the limitations stated by the rules.

The Takeaway Scenes members shared with Film Shortage details in the making of 'Jumper', the fifth short shot on a rooftop and starred by two black silouhettes with fireworks on their background. (Be sure to watch it before reading the next three quoted paragraphs)

"We circled 4th of July on our calendar and went roof hunting. The scene was rehearsed for three months in preparation...We brought three different light meters onto the roof, arranged them in a triangle with flashlights pointed to the north, south, east and west, then ritualistic crushed the meters with tire irons and crossed our fingers before pressing record."

"...we chose to give ourselves an ever stronger restraint: shoot on a tripod. The trail of compositions was developed with two constraints in mind: camera can’t move, and blocking dictates composition. If the actor wants a closeup, they come closer to camera, and so on. The film opens on extremely wide to emphasize the humor of the situation, and slowly changes as things becomes more serious."

"We shot ten [takes] total. The main fireworks ran for roughly 25 minutes, so we timed the second take to climax with the display. The flashes and explosions when Paul reaches for Cody’s arm are really the end of the show; the silence at the end is a genuine denouement."

It is an interesting concept, and the best of all is that we all can be part of it, or sort of. There is a side project called TSX, in which anyone can send their anonymous work and (if selected) can be featured on their site and networks as part of the project, as well as being one step closer to be a part of the secret group.

The first TSX short was published on October last year, properly called 'Hookup'. Even that the imagery ain't quite neat (remember no perfection - yes experimentation) the course of the story, the direction and the performances are great and go by the line of the TS shorts. This is the film, made by... who cares, right?

The Takeaway Scenes project is an open window to contemplate a different style of shortfilm storytelling and a great opportunity for newbies and experienced filmmakers to experiment, just for the love of art. We should definetly keep an eye on these guys. 

You can follow the Takeaway Scenes on Twitter and Facebook, and don't forget to check out all the shorts on their Vimeo channel and pass by their Website.

I leave you with the last short up to now, 'Blessing': three shots of vodka and an adoption before noon.

Published on: April 2016