Head of the lighting department Dee Deng and assistant Allen Parker test different lights for the short film.
Head of the lighting department Dee Deng and assistant Allen Parker test different lights for the short film. Contributed

Short film turns into a Monster

IT may be a short film, but former Bundaberg resident Nicole Manns made sure it was a Monster.

Ms Manns' film, How To Make A Monster, secured former Bundaberg man Michael Dorman.

The duo went to school at Bundaberg State High School and Ms Manns said after Mr Dorman joined the team the crew sky-rocketed.

“We got better equipment and crew because everyone was interested in working with him,” Ms Manns said.

She said the short film was the first of its size she had produced herself.

“I had done some at university,” she said.

She said How To Make A Monster was a new challenge.

“I learnt how to juggle a really large team,” she said.

“I usually only have 10 to 15 people on set but with this we had 45 people every day on set.”

She said that a film of its calibre would usually have a six-month deadline.

“They gave us eight weeks to produce, shoot and edit the short film,” she said.

“It has been stressful; I've been working 16-hour days. It has been very full-on but completely worth it.”

The action-packed seven-minute film will hit Brisbane screens in November and will do the film festival circuit.

“My film was the highest funded short film from QPIX,” she said.



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