Getting people interested
Thomas: "The Film Academy gives you a pretty good position to start with a production. The crew is a combination of students from multiple disciplines. The school invest a minimal budget in your film and there is a session of pitches to public broadcasters. The EO adopted our plan and helped us both financially and with coaching in pre and post production. It was also very interesting to see that the teaser that we made at the end of the summer really made visible to other people what we were planning to do. After showing the teaser at pitches, people would come to us themselves to help us with our project. From that moment on, people started to realize that Sisters would become a striking graduation film."
Shooting in the Film Academy's studio
Thomas: "We always knew that we wanted to shoot this film as a studio production at the Film Academy. That meant that we had to shoot very soon, as the first graduation film that year. Since our actresses, who we found through Instagram, where still young, we had to shorten our shooting days. Furthermore we could only film during weekends and school holidays. All of this resulted in seven shooting days divided over a period of two weeks."
Control, preparation and things going wrong
Thomas: "There are always things that go wrong at a production! You can make so many plans, but things will always go differently from what you expected. But since it was a studio shoot, it was the most controllable situation that we could possibly create. Of course there was the fire alarm, and the shorter shooting days, and the lunch was brought in late so that it was cold and nobody liked it… But overall, we were well prepared. As Daphne already mentioned, we had this open rehearsal which gave the entire crew a good insight of what we could expect during the shoot. In the end, we only added one extra shooting day."