Earlier this year I entered a film competition called Straight 8 on a bit of a whim. I'd hadn't heard of the competition before, but on the evening that entry for it opened a friend pointed me in its direction and said (in not so many words) that I should give it a go. We settled on a deal that if I entered the competition he'd shoot the project for me since I hadn't shot anything on film before.
The rules of the competition were that you had to shoot your whole film on one super 8mm cartridge, editing it in camera. You then sent off your film to be processed and entered into the competition without having even seen a single frame. The jury would then pick a selection of films to be shown either at Cannes or in London this year.
We shot the project, called Urban Youth, which doubled as a music video for the artist Alice Jemima's song 'So' back in early March. So it's been a fair while waiting to find out if what we shot even came out or if the whole film was crazy over/under exposed. But last night they released their Straight 8 selection and I was super happy to see that Urban Youth made the 2017 London selection and will be premiered on the big screen in June!