Adrift has finally been finished and I’m happy to now be able to share it. I co-wrote the short with my friend Pete Naylor and we’ve both had a lot of fun bringing the idea to life. We really just wanted to play with a basic dream twist idea and Pete had always wanted to take an antique bed to the beach for some reason (strange lad) so we based the idea on that basic principle.

The whole thing was shot on my 5D and 7D using a combination of lenses including 24mm, 50mm and 70-200 2.8 L series lenses. We used a glidetrack for the sliding shots along with my Steadicam Pilot for some of the dune shots and a hague boom. The boom proved to be a little tricky as the 5D wouldn’t quite fit on the carrier so we mounted the camera upside down and then rotated it in post.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Justin Smith, Ryan Sutton, Liam Hind & Jamie Crown who came along to help out on the shoot. I’d also like to thank our Actors, Sally Connelly and Mya Turner who were fantastic, my friend Tim from Coast to Country Beds for the cool bed and my girlfriend Sylvia for preparing a huge supply of food and drink for us all.

Last but by no means least I need to say a very big thanks you to Joe Yates who rescued us by doing a fantastic job with music and sound effects.

I’d love to hear you’re thoughts about Adrift, it’s my first short so I’m keen to get as much feedback as possible as it will help loads with our next project which starts next week.

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    • Tai
    • December 16th, 2010 8:41pm

    Awesome camerawork Paul. Compositions are staged well. Entire film feels surreal but I kind of didn’t get the concept. Is she meeting her past self in her dream?

    • Yes, it was never meant to be overly complicated, just an experiment really to play with the idea that dreams do really weird things and mess up any form of structure.

  1. again, impressive camera work. already said that, but again – thanks for all the inspiration, just found my new “the next level” goal here :)

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