A track from Three Parts Coffee by Christopher Lai.
Coincidentally it has been exactly 100 days since I first conceptualized this short. This is my most traditionally narrative-driven work so far and I am satisfied with how it turned out.
A work-in-progress cut was screened at CDNIS’s Film Festival of Shorts at the end of May – since then the film has been color corrected and graded, and Chris’s original score has been incorporated (the previous cut featured a temporary score by Chris, extracted from a separate, unreleased project). Relatively minor changes have been made to the picture and sound edits.
I think our budget was well under $30USD. Other information that I want to keep a record of: The shooting script is nearly identical to the first draft, which I wrote the most of on my phone. I had April in mind for the character before I wrote the script. I casted Kevin two weeks later. Shooting took approximately four days. Pictorial editing took about a month and was the most challenging thing I have ever edited. The rest took about a month and a half of working on and off.
Maybe right before we started shooting I knew what I wanted to do for my next project. So now that Man’s Best is completed I can put all of my focus on the pre-production of that. I am very excited for it.
Our short film (under an updated title “Magician’s Favor”) competed in the post-secondary category as part of the young filmmaker contest, and will be screened twice during the festival from April 8 to 14.
The screenings will take place at the Timothy Dwight College Art Gallery and Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University.
Vanishing Act was previously screened at the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and stars Julius Hart as a curious boy who applies the logic of a magic trick to domestic waste disposal.
The festival will take place from April 16th to 21st in Austin, Texas. Reversal is competing in the Emergencia Youth Film Program, and will be screened on April 20th at 1pm.
This will be the first festival screening of the short and I encourage you to fly to Texas and watch my film rather than see it right here.