'Blood Sweat and Tears' by Gingersnap Productions (Work In Progress)

Producer and writer Stephanie Ginger who divides her time between the Algarve and the UK, formed Gingersnap Productions specifically to make one of her own scripts Blood Sweat and Tears for Phase Two of the Impact50 incentive.

 

Recognising the potential of re-creating Africa in Portugal, she enlisted the help of director Kristjan Knigge and retired Production Designer BJ Boulter who know both Portugal and Africa intimately and are well-versed in ‘film-making by the seat of your pants’!

 

In a couple of weeks they managed to gather a tiny team of enthusiastic people who’d never worked together; The Gaffer came back from the Seychelles for the privilege; the Camera Assistant had zero experience before Kristjan gave her a four-hour crash course in film-making the day before the shoot. She hopes that Gingersnap Productions will make more films in the Algarve.

 

With not much more than a big idea, four amazing actors (the youngest of whom is only five) a tiny crew and bags of ingenuity, BS&T was shot over four days just two weeks before the May deadline in three locations; the hills of Rocha da Pena (which at 34 degrees felt very much like Africa) and in the tiny central Algarvian village of Estômbar. Exteriors of the Ebola hospital were created from an old farm and the interior set built in BJ’s lean-to workshop. The sun shone, the wind blew and there was blood, sweat and tears aplenty. And when we shot the last scene, everybody cried.

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Ben marshall (Saturday, 08 June 2019 15:37)

    Hi Stephanie and team. Brilliant short which has a distinct global feel which would make a great addition to the impact films. The ending with a mother being with another's child is very poignant and the images in the room with mother on the bed powerful. Very visual. Very authentic. Personally I would get to that scene a little sooner. Although the dusty track and preparations are very good and vital to create the setting. I just think the film here would benefit from a quicker edit at the start. With music too this will raise the emotions further. Look forward to hearing what you do music wise. Well done all!

  • #2

    Lou Di Giorgio (Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:48)

    Thank you again to let me be part of this project: it was a great and hard experience under the sun with 34°C temperature setting up the crane at lunch time (I was starving!!!) but, yes, a great team and a nice short with a strong emotionally story (I still cry when I see the first cut). Finally a very special thanks to FilmAlgarve.com for all the equipment given us for free: without it was maybe impossible to do this shooting. Thank you again to everybody: Ruby, Stephan, Stephanie, BJ, Rita, Cloe, Djucu, Wale and obviously the GREAT Kristian , not just in size :-) but being a great director with a LOT of patience, especially with me.

    GRAZIE, OBRIGADO, THANK U!

  • #3

    Tasbir Malle (Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:58)

    Stephanie & team - very well done, filming in 34 degrees too! I can only imagine how draining that would've been. A rustic feel & a poignant short story that delivers. Good job!

  • #4

    Paul W Franklin (Sunday, 16 June 2019 16:05)

    Hi,

    A solid effort here, well done.

    I echo Ben's comment that it needs trimming. You could easily cut the first 3 mins in half, and make it more tense. As it is, you lose the impact of him driving urgently to reach her because it's very sedate.

    Also, she is very hard to understand. At 3:35ish, I have no idea what she says. Likewise near the end when she shows the photo on her phone - that's her child? It's not quite clear, and therefore detracts from the impact of that final scene.

    Another little thing that bugged me was at about 2:50, the doctor is facing the child in the wide shot, (and it's quite hard to see the mother), then the next shot the doctor's looking at the mother who's coughing... it jars. Maybe you have a wide shot where the doctor looks at the mother?

    P.