The Reed short film competition closed on Sunday, and this year the theme was ‘The Boss’. There were 500 entries – considerably more than the two previous years. I’m pleased to say that we completed our entry in a week, filming on Sunday and submitting the film a week later.
I brainstormed several ideas before deciding on one. Because we had left it so late to tackle the competition, I knew it was important to decide on an idea and stick to it. I also thought that despite the fact that there were lots of different ideas on how to interpret ‘The Boss’, it might serve well to keep it work orientated seeing as Reed are an office agency.
Lots of the ideas we had were whimsical and amusing, but I made a decision that although a ‘funny’ film might be liked and maybe even shortlisted, I felt that for the film to have a wider reach it needed to have some sort of emotional impact; something with which the audience could connect to. My funny bone is increasingly seeking out the tragic in everyday life which can be both funny and sad. The boss in our film has been promoted but found as a result that he is less a part of the common workplace, and less a part of the group. There are also hints to his character as being someone who has always just wanted to be accepted, and although he’s probably not a bad guy, he’s perhaps just a bit of a bore.
I’m pleased with the way the film turned out. During the production we were testing lots of different music, mostly choosing between very melancholic tunes which might have appeared in scenes from Saving Private Ryan, until we came across ‘Yellow Carousel’ from Premiumbeat.com which completely changed the whole tone of the piece. The tune has such an upbeat and optimistic feel which just seems to contrast so well. It highlights the boss’s almost delusional optimism and positivity as he lies about the importance of appearing stern in his role and, almost as if to convince himself, the need to appear separate in his role.
Anyway, most of all, it was a constant consideration not to verge too far into the domain of ‘The Office’, but I think the character and the tone is sufficiently different and I’m very pleased with the finished piece.
Hope you enjoy the film.