THE ROAD, THE BEACH AND THE SEA
OLIVER BENTON, JOACHIM VESELY, ALEXANDER PEACOCK
RUNNING TIME: 9 MINS
An experimental collaboration between three diverse filmmakers. The film tells the story of a mysterious young lady who ends up on the barren outskirts of Edinburgh in search of something.
Peacock came up with the concept for this film in the process of developing an outline for a television series. Each director was given 4 actresses, 3 hours and permission to film whatever they wanted provided they carried on the story from the end of the previous director's segment. The film was shot over the course of a single day and each section was then edited by its own director.
(Vesely) It was all-round pressure. Finishing a film in one day is crazy enough, but when you need to share the time with two more people, it really squeezes a lot out of you. I had almost no time for second takes and had to press on incessantly, especially since the weather derailed my section considerably, delayed everything and rising tide pushed us out of one location. But I wouldn't have it otherwise. This project was an amazing experience, I loved working with everyone and the final film exceeded all my expectations. I'm sure more will come.
(Peacock) This film was a rush to shoot, especially as my own section was left with much less time than the others to work with so compromises were made in terms of location and scope but I'm happy with how the ending turned out. I feel all three sections reflected their directors' vision and it was a pleasure working with so many new faces. This concept will be continued as a series with different artists separate from the fuller show this idea originated from.