Every year when the first batch of “new herrings” enter the fishshops the school my daughter attends organises the “Zilveren Haring” film event. This annual film event of Atheneum 5 is a highlight for many students. During this evening, the various film crews, full of glitter and glamour, show their interpretation (movie) of the assignment given to their peers, family and acquaintances for the first time.
This year’s assignment was to make a modern interpretation of the 14th century play “Lanseloet van Denemerken” (Lanseloet of Denmark). In Lanseloet van Denemerken, Lanseloet, the crown prince of Denmark, is in love with Sanderijn, a maid of honor of his mother. His mother fiercely opposes to this romance and ensures that Sanderijn leaves the court. Lanseloet eventually dies of heartache.
Many hours were spent on writing the script, filming all the scenes and combining this to one work of art. Of course a movie title and poster had to be made as well…dad to the rescue…
Pictures of the main characters were taken during one of the indoor scenes using just one octa softbox, no fancy shadow-rich portraits needed as all had to go into photoshop anyway. Some masking, some blurring, a royalty free background, it all comes together in what was my daughters group final choice as their movie poster.
The second poster which was also the favorite of many viewers consists of a forest background with some artificial fog added in to it.
The Gala Night saw a lot of beautiful dressed up but nervous students.
A diverse jury and the audience judged all the movies. The award ceremony resulted in 4 prizes for Chasing Shadows:
– Best Montage/camera work and special effects
– Best supporting role (Male)
– Best film (audience)
and Best Film (jury)
For any Dutch reader a link to the newspaper article