For the One Minute or So Film Festival, Brio intern Brian decided to film as a parody of info-commercials with a sci-fi twist. He loves comedies and SNL. This infomercial is the first thing new Mars colonists see when waking up in their inter-space sleep space pods.

The concept was first written by Brian, then fine-tuned with the Brio writing team. We looked a comedy skits especially SNL. It was fun using WinCAM’s green screen studio and using Storyblocks.com images and video clips to make the magic happen – it made it look more like we were in outer space. The DeWolfe’s Music score pumped up the info-commercial flavor. WinCAM staff member, Maeve Rondeau, showed Brian how to spin the logo in Final Cut Pro X. Alexandra Sturm, assistant producer, volunteered to act in it, and did a hilarious job – bravo! Brian, who also played one of main characters in Brio’s SAVE ERCE audio drama podcast, was a natural as a Galatical hard-driving huckster.

Erin MacArthur’s interviews filmmaker Brian Hunt, who made “MagnaWater”:

Erin:
What was the inspiration for making your film?

Brian:
I love all those crazy infomercials, especially done by Billy Mays and Phil Swift. I was always a fan of commercials featuring people advertising products that are often out of this world and ridiculous like Flex Tape and Mighty Putty and I thought it would be fun to do my own take on infomercials like those and add my own spin on it.

Erin:
Were you ever nervous acting in it?

Brian:
Not really. It was fun.

Erin:
How many days did it take to film?

Brian:
I filmed my bit in this video in the green screen studio at WinCAM in a hour -add another few days practicing my lines. They filmed Alex’s scenes separately – in an afternoon. I used clips from StoryBlock to help tell the story and give the feel of a real space station.

Erin:
What was the collaboration process with Alex and Brio team like?

Brian:
Alex was great to work with and she is pretty funny in this film. It was a lot of fun to do a project with her and Brio. Collaborating with others on the script and filming really makes a difference. I really couldn’t have done this video without the talented people over at Brio.

Erin:
What celebrity are you hoping to watch the video?

Brian:
It would be cool if Hugh Jackman saw it, since he’s my favorite actor. 


At Brio, during the Fall and Winter we worked on making a short video ( a minute or so). We study cinematic storytelling, how to write a script, how to storyboard, how to use a camera, the importance of sound, acting, and editing. Their short film would be one or so 😉 and on any genre and subject.

Brian Hunt’s short: MagnaWater – Mars Colony’s Miracle Cure.

See shorts by other Brio’s interns for the Minute or So Film Festival