We were contacted by Greg Thomas a few days ago about this new short he's done as his senior project – a remake of Orson Well's “Fountain of Youth”. He sent me a little bit of information about his project and I enjoyed watching it so I thought I'd share both with you.
This short film was my final project at SF State and my first using the 7D. The budget hovered around zero dollars and we shot over 80% of the film in one location, my cinematographer's house. Since we shot most of the footage in one location, using the 7D was an easy decision to make and it worked well. There wasn't much background detail, so by using shallow depth, I was able to bring out the best in each scene.
I chose Orson Welles' 1956 Television pilot “Fountain of Youth” as my final project because of two reasons:
1) The story is absolutely amazing and really captures my imagination.
2) I wanted to take the exact same script and bring in into the world of today.
One would believe that I was walking the road of disaster by going with the same script, but surprisingly it came out in an amazing fashion. The film retained the great story and really brought out some humor as well. The finished product has the feeling of Twilight Zone meets an episode of Goosebumps (if you're over the age of 25, check it out!).
I hope you have the same level of enjoyment watching it as the crew and I did putting it all together.
Here's the cast and crew:
Drew Masters Assistant Director/ Camera Operator
Mark Sandhoff Director of Photography
Joey Yee 2nd Camera
Keenan Jensen -Sound recordists/Mixer
Douglas Olsson- Humphrey Baxter
Montgomery Paulsen- Host/narrator
Ryann Fuentes- Carolyn Coates
Benjamin Kline- Alan Brody
(Photo credit: snap from the video)