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  • Writer's pictureJean Hogg

Developing a short film into a feature film

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

I’m busy writing the feature film script for ‘Step Into the Silent Land’ based on the short film we shot in Happisburgh a couple of years back. As I am a Writer/Director I find it hard to write without a very practical eye of how I’d shoot it. As the script is is working at the moment there is a lot of action happening at magic hour leading into dusk. It’s funny as I know how hard it is to capture but it reads like nothing else on the screen. The transition from day to night is so symbolic within film and storytelling on so many levels.

In the feature film the twins are older than they were in the short film. They are now sixteen. I am so enjoying writing the feature and know that it will be made at some point in the ‘not too’ distant future.

Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to contribute some of my film work for the Words for Women event that happened at the Forum, Norwich on the 8th Ted Hendricks Authentic Jersey March 13, International Womens’ Day.

It was such a great and inspiring evening and I got to see three of my films projected as five-screen projections. It was an interesting process to go through in creating the work for five -screens and I really could have spent a lot longer thinking about how the narrative could work, but I had a very short turn around so I had to be ruthless.

Into the Silent Land adapted into a multiscreen projection.

I choose to project shots from three of my films based on each having predominately female lead characters. Firstly ‘Into the Silent Land’ – this was great because I got to include footage that did not make it into the final edited version of the film. We spent a lot of time and energy on the shoot standing in fields up in Happisburgh, North Norfolk waiting for the sun to fall on the cornfields. So it was great to let these shots have the light of day, so to speak.

My second choice was ‘Diamond Girls’ a promo I shot a few years back for a feature film idea I was developing. This was more of an urban thriller and so it was great to see Docklands on film in the forum along with the wonderful actresses I worked with.

My final choice was to look again at a film I made for the London 48 Hour Film Competition in 2011. A lot of this film was shot in slow motion and around the theme of memory. The film itself wasn’t that successful (due to us only have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit!) but the footage was great so it was fantastic to see it projected in this way.

Into the Silent Land adapted into a multiscreen projection.

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