What can you do with a £28 3D camcorder (just slightly larger than a Blackberry), coupled with healthy portions of both imagination and determination? Check it out for yourself here.
British writer/director Luther Bhogal-Jones shot Black Spot on the aforementioned camcorder in a single day, contending with the camera’s unpredictable battery life and inclement weather in the form of rain showers. Additional footage was shot a few months later in a London flat for the flashback sequence.
“I’ve always had a love of 3D films,” said Jones, “Even though they’re tarnished with being gimmicky. The red/cyan 3D imagery is such an iconic image from cinema’s history – as well as related so closely with the world of horror and sci-fi – and I’ve always wanted to make a film with that classic look.”
So what’s the film about? Here’s a brief summary:
“Paul is stranded on a lonely country road when his car fails to start. He walks through a melancholic landscape of missing person posters and floral tributes to roadside deaths, before chancing upon another car, but one which ironically is also broken down. Not only will this car provide Paul with salvation and suffering, but force him to face his own recent past actions and a provide him with a potential chance to redeem himself…”
You’ll find three versions of the film on the page linked above: a 3D version requiring the venerable red/cyan glasses (surely you have a pair lying around); a stereoscopic 3D version formatted for 3D televisions; and a two-dimensional version for everyone else. But Jones urges viewers to try to watch it in 3D, since that was kind of the whole point in making the film.