We are very very excited to be taking part once again in the Galway Theatre Festival! The festival is a really inclusive and welcoming one and they’ve been a pleasure to collaborate with since we started the One Take Challenge in 2015. Check out our event page for the screening here! And you can grab your tickets here!
The idea for the One Take Challenge came when the Galway Theatre Festival was relaunched to take place in May of 2015, and they approached us to see if we had any suggestions for how to involve the Little Cinema in the Festival. We loved the idea of being involved but wanted to do something meaningful which would allow us to embrace the concept of theatre in the films that would get made. And so, the thing we saw that differentiated Theatre from Film is that (apart from the obvious), with theatre you only get one shot, and once you took to the stage, there was no going back!
It was from there that we decided to introduce that element of danger into filmmaking where once you started, you had to keep going, and just roll with the punches. The first One Take Challenge was in 2015 and we’ve had some cracking films over the years. To give some inspiration for filmmakers this year, we’ve shared some of the previously made films in one take. All of these would have been made in one take, and in the first take! Which is an amazing achievement.
This year we are removing the rule of having the film made in the first take, and just keeping the element of the one take, so you can now have a few run thrus to get it perfect. We also want films to be made without special effects in post production, so basically any effects you want to use should be done at the time of filming, like in Theatre where what you see is what is createable on stage. The film should be 5 minutes long +/- 30 seconds and lastly, we’d like you to present the film on stage at the screening!
So here you go, happy viewing!
Films – 2015
Dave Thorpe: Before Life
Frank O’Malley & Ben Rogan – Robbed Blind
Kenny Gaughan – Hostage
Films – 2016
Matthew Blayney & Matt Kavanagh – Lullaby
John Valtners Paintner – Stirring The Pot
Films – 2017
David Patrick Emery – One-Take Thing
Matthew Blayney & Matt Kavanagh – Dispatched
Films – 2018
Kenny Gaughan – You can’t be Sheerios
Join – A Rose, And Go Now
Manolo Marcenó & Lakshika Serasinhe – Mind your Back
If you’re interested in making a film in one take for the challenge, or would like more information, get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org