Dave: Adam and I had been bashing around the idea behind this short film for over four years. And every time we’d discuss it, the idea would take on more and more life, becoming bigger and bigger. Kinda hard when you’re making an under seven minute short film. At one point there was a special spring the townies used to make a beer that kept you young forever. Yup, an idea firmly grounded in reality…
On my last trip down to Oz in Feb of 2015, we dragged up all the ideas and, while on our morning walk around The Bay Run, we tried something different. We stripped the story down to the bare minimum and, by the end of the walk, had a clean, tight and do-able story. So, with the able assistance of Brent Dehn, we shot and edited the film and we able to show it to a group of friends the night before I flew back home!
Our biggest dilemma was where to find suitable backgrounds for Will and Doug’s offices. We didn’t have the time or the money to track down and rent locations, so we went with the next best thing. Google Images and Adam’s HD TV! Test shots using a GoPro turned out to almost perfectly mimic a Skype-like image with with much higher resolution. Then we put Brent in front of Adam’s fireplace to imply the old country hotel and didn’t have to leave Adam’s apartment to shoot the majority of the film.
Rowdy’s shots outside the pub and my shots inside the restaurant were both shot at the fantastic William Wallace Hotel in BirchGrove, NSW.