The feature film Broken Mile, told in real-time and presented as a single unbroken take, follows a drug addict who awakens to find the girl he is with is dead. To escape the consequences, he seeks the help of his ex-girlfriend while they dodge a mysterious figure who chases them around the city with a gun.

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Broken Mile director Justin McConnell

Wanting to learn more about this tense real-time thriller, Ottawa Indie Fest spoke to the film’s director Justin McConnell about the making of his film which has its Ottawa premiere at Ottawa Indie Fest on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 8:00pm.

What motivated the single take idea?
It was partially practical, and partially story based. The primary reason was practical, though. I had such a limited budget that I was trying to figure out how I could economically shoot a film in the fewest number of days possible, which would mean paying less for actors and crew. But as I began to develop the story I realized that it really would only work if told in real time, so the audience can live in each moment as it plays out. It became about being a window into an 82 minute period of these character’s lives when this horrible thing happens.

How difficult was it to present the story in a single take?
Execution was definitely a huge challenge. But I should get this out of the way now and state that the film is not a true single take. That’s why the marketing says ‘presented as a single unbroken take’. It is actually 8 long takes with 7 very well-planned hidden cuts. We even ended up reshooting the opening 6 minutes of the film two months after we wrapped.

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18. June 2015 · Comments Off on OttawaIndieFilm – Bonnie Robinson · Categories: Ottawa Indie Filmmakers · Tags: , , , , ,

Bonnie Robinson is the founder of YOW Productions.  A professional writer, producer and director, on today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community.

Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.

OttawaIndieFilm-SecretWar3Today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called “Secret War” about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  “Secret War” is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival.

Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.

08. April 2015 · Comments Off on OttawaIndieFilm – Cory and Gary Thibert · Categories: Ottawa, Ottawa Indie Filmmakers · Tags: , , , , , ,

OttawaIndieFilm-CoryandGaryThibert2Here’s the first episode #OttawaIndieFilm web series. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time.  Episodes of the series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.