He shot a photo of a gas station with his iPhone and wrote a treatment. He sent them to an old friend, who was a professional actor. That is the beginning of the backstory to Blue Moon, a feature film shot with an iPhone 7 in New Zealand. The director, Stef Harris is our guest on the SBP Podcast episode 54.
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Stef Harris is the writer and director of the, roughly 85 minute film shot with his iPhone. The film’s principal actors are Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow. The Director of Photography, Ryan O’Rourke, had to shoot the film with the iPhone and had to deal with long takes and a single location.
The story behind the story of the characters is connected to the backstory of how the film evolved. Stef Harris is a police officer in New Zealand and took a picture of a lit up lone gas station using his smartphone. A picture of a thousand words is the saying. But literally, it turned into a screenplay filled with dialogue between two protagonists in a story: Horace Jones and Darren Cates.
Listen to Stef Harris explain how the town came together to help him complete his film. A very inspiring story which may lead to inspiring you to make films using your own smartphone. Because no matter where you are, who you are…with a good story and the willingness to reach out, you can be a filmmaker.
Film Credits: Rueben — Doug Brooks, Gina — Liz Mullane, Security Guard — Nathan Green, Police Officer — Mathew Crawford, Police Officer — Nicole Gardiner, Newsagent — Kyle Abbott, Police Officer — Jeshurun Scheib, Police Sergeant — Robert Ballantyne, Veronica Jones — Alison Lenton, Wahoe Chan — Lai Zhouwen, Gilly — Doug Brooks, Motorist — Simon Paynter, Geoffrey the cat.
Directed by Stefen Harris
Written by Stefen Harris
Director of Photography Ryan O’Rourke
Editor Judd Resnick
Sound Design Chris Winter
Composer Tane Upjohn Beatson
Sound Ben Dunker and Janja Heathfield
Production companies Dark Horse Films — Kahu Media
Producers Stefen Harris and Pegeen O’Rourke
Executive Producer Tim Riley and Rich Vizor
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