Behind The Scenes: On The Set Of ‘Patterns’

Have you ever watched a short film and wondered, “How did they do that?” There is no doubt that producing a film of any kind takes a lot of skill, practice, patience and time. A scene that comes on for one minute may have taken one day to get it right. Dedicated crews put in a lot of hard work in order to make a short film that is finally viewed by the audience. Keeping it all together are the visionary directors and producers who are working just as hard to bring shorts fans another quality film to watch.

This past summer, Short Film Fan visited the set of the latest short film produced and directed by BJ Verot called ‘Patterns’. During this particular visit, he and his crew were busy filming a motorcycle scene on an indoor set located in the northwest area of Winnipeg, MB. For some insight into the film and to learn about the techniques he and his crew were using that day, listen to the audio interview below:

Upon entering the stage set, there were multiple activities going on at the same time. Crew members were busy positioning the motorcycle and attaching green material to it before the scene could be filmed. At the same time, Steven was having make-up applied to his head by the make-up artist while waiting in the wings for his cue to come on to the set. Other crew members were making sure that the all lighting was properly adjusted and that all the cameras that were being used were angled and ready to roll. Of course, BJ was there providing instructions and coaching everyone on what needed to be done for the filming of that particular motorcycle scene.

It was a noisy and busy atmosphere that many short film fans don’t have the opportunity to see every day. Many thanks go to BJ, Brad Crawford and the rest of the crew for allowing Short Film Fan onto the set for the chance to learn some basic filmmaking techniques and for this sneak-peak into ‘Patterns’.

As of writing, ‘Patterns’ will be set for its finished post-production in the middle of January 2018.

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2 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes: On The Set Of ‘Patterns’

  1. Absolutely FASCINATING Mike!!!
    I love these behind the scenes glimpses (which sometimes (rarely) one gets to see from films that, when sold as DVDs, add several “bonus extras” that provide those glimpses as well). Many many thanks!!

    1. Glad you enjoyed that, Ken. It’s always a treat to learn how these films are made. Hopefully, we can get more filmmakers to share a technique or two with us in future articles.

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