Matthew Buchanan portrait by Photobooth SF

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I’m a designer and practitioner of fine typography in Auckland, New Zealand. I co-founded a design and development studio, Cactuslab, in 2001, and a social network for film fans, Letterboxd, in 2011. I design themes for Tumblr, speak occasionally about web techniques and typography, and think up reasons to visit New York City.

Matthew Buchanan

Posted on Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Here’s a short I made with some friends as part of 48HOURS, a nationwide contest to write, shoot and edit a film of up to seven minutes duration in a single weekend. Each team draws one of ten random genres (we got “biopic”) and must include several other mandatory elements.

We shot mostly with a Canon 7D and I edited in Final Cut Express with Magic Bullet Mojo for basic colour grading. I’m really happy with how the flashback scenes turned out. That’s my very obliging nephew Oscar running around our backyard in a dress. Try as we might, we couldn’t convince him to wear a blond wig for the Goodbye Pork Pie scene however.

I’ve competed with a different team twice before, but not for five years. This time it was a smaller team of close friends and we had a ball, though not without a tense moment or two midway through day two. Thanks to Morgan and Catherine for organising the team and venue, and to several of the actors who pitched in on the Sunday to help us get the edit done before the 7pm deadline.

Would it be crass of me to mention there’s 10 iPhones up for grabs for the short with the most views come the end of the month? Probably. Go watch!

Source: mandamonium