Our biggest Sharpen Experiment motto is simplicity.
We wanted to make a simple yet effective film and really focus on establishing a mood for the viewer.
Since we wanted a simple story, we found it interesting to make a film that involved video-chatting.
Thus, Divided was born: Reunited over Skype, Ava looks to Taylor for temporary company.
To give us a bit of a challenge, we cast an actor in NorCal and filmed in SoCal. This was interesting because the actors were really video-chatting. Another risk we ran was that the actors did not meet each other previous to the shooting day. It was a directorial decision to make the video-call a bit more awkward in mood, as both characters are old friends who haven’t seen each other in a while.
For this film, we had an amazing artist storyboard for us. We wanted to have someone read the script and see what they could come up with visually. It’s so great to see what another artist visualizes and then combining visions to create a film.
Overall, filming was a lot of fun. We spent one full day in a bedroom where we endured various problems from internet connections and barking dogs. But, we were very happy with it the final product. At the end of the day, we had a simple shoot and for a simple mood-heavy film.
You can watch the short film here: