Bridge of Life
"Words can change a life"
- Albert Antonio
Albert Antonio’s latest short film Bridge of Life is a touching and emotional charged piece that tackles the deep and troubling subject of suicide. Set in South Korea and taking place all within the compounds of a single bridge location, Bridge of Life is a short film that does a fantastic job in showcasing the complexity of grief in a mere 3 minutes.
This film tells a story of “… an international student, who lost her parents, and how words can change someone's life”. Combining a beautiful score by Kevin Macleod and beautiful cinematography from the director himself, the narrative of the short comes to life with a plot progression that is daring and comforting.
The role of the international student is played by Rachel M Josephine. On screen Rachel gives a performance that is both parts engaging and breathtaking. Rachel achieves brilliance by being able to command the screen in a film that casts her as the audience sole character to view.
This short was inspired by some article that I read several years ago. I was looking for an idea for MyRodeReel short film contest, the deadline was getting closer but I didn't have any idea at all. And one day, I remembered this article about a bridge in South Korea that is very popular for people to commit suicide, and so a big company was trying to prevent it by installing lamps with encouraging messages along the rail of the bridge.
- Albert Antonio
This film is aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully shot. Albert Antonio utilizes darkness and light in a magnificent way that embellishes the tone of the film while also highlighting the beauty in its cinematography. The framing in Bridge to Life is a character of its own, as it is used throughout the film to communicate its own progression of events. This in the end is the short film’s strongest point as it all comes together in a beautifully ending that will leave audiences satisfied.
The score heard in this film is perfect for the film’s tone. At times it greatly showcases the short film’s aesthetics and emotional sensitivity.
I remembered seeing one of the photos and thought that some messages are pretty ambiguous and I thought that in some cases it will not prevent people from committing suicide but ironically it will "encourage" them to do it. And that's what inspired this short.
- Albert Antonio
Albert Antonio’s latest short film Bridge of Life is one to catch! For a short with emotional value and a deep, brooding message catch the Bridge of Life! If these three minutes are any indication of what's to come from Albert Antonio! This director is one to watch!
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INTERVIEW with Albert Antonio (Director/Writer)
First, how long have you been film making? What got you interested?
So first, I first started getting interested in shooting and editing video when I was in High school, at that time I made like a year book like video, containing mainly photos and some video. At that time I tried to make it funny and interesting, and I was really amazed by what a video can do, with some effects, it can turn still images into something that is alive, and so I became interested in making video. After that I went into university and took "Digital Video" as my major, and I started to be very interested in 'film' specifically. One of my motives on why I want to make film is, I want to be a superhero, well, I think, if you can't be a superhero in real life, at least you can do it in film. (It’s very childish, but yes it's true)
Where did the idea for this short originate from?
This short was inspired by some article that I read several years ago. I was looking for an idea for MyRodeReel short film contest, the deadline was getting closer but I didn't have any idea at all. And one day, I remembered this article about a bridge in South Korea that is very popular for people to commit suicide, and so a big company was trying to prevent it by installing lamps with encouraging messages along the rail of the bridge. I remembered seeing one of the photos and thought that some messages are pretty ambiguous and I thought that in some cases it will not prevent people from committing suicide but ironically it will "encourage" them to do it. And that's what inspired this short.
Any interesting production stories?
Battery life, I guess. I was using BMPCC for this short, and the battery life of that camera is really really not good. And unfortunately I only have one battery, which was the result of my lack of preparation. I intended to rent some batteries, but it turned out that the renting place doesn't rent the battery only. So in the production I really had to use it really really efficiently. I had to turn it off when I was not using it. After setting the shot, I had to turn it off, giving some direction to the actor, then turn it on again to check the blocking again, turn it off again, talk to crews, turn it on again to shoot, shoot, check the result, turn it off again, and so on. The production was around 4-5 hours in total. And at some point I had to stop shooting at wait to charge the battery for around 1 hour. I guess it's pretty interesting, and is a really important lesson for me.
What is it like film making now after having made this film? Has your approach changed?
I feel really refreshed and really motivated again. The last project that I did before this was around 8 months ago, it's been quiet a long time since I made a film. So it feels really good to finally being able to do it again. The thing that I really learned from this project is pre-production is a very crucial part in filmmaking. There were many problems that shouldn't be happened if I did a proper job in preparing everything. So from now on, I will be investing more time in planning everything.
What projects do you have lined up for the future?
Currently, I'm thinking to participate in a video competition in Korea, but I'm still not really sure if I will be able to do it, since there are many things happening right now. But I'm trying to do another one as soon as possible. :D
Any advice to filmmakers?
My advice to fellow filmmakers out there will be "Write, Shoot, Edit, Repeat." quoted from one of my inspiration, Ryan Connolly. Preparation and planning is great, you have to do it well if you want to get good results and avoiding unnecessary problems along the way, but, you have start making those plans into reality and finish it, then learn from it, and do it again, until you get to your dream. Try to give yourself deadlines (or participate in a competition) to help you finishing your project.