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We are very excited to announce that our latest Film of the Month winner is Apnoea, a fantastic short made by teenager Aaron from Manchester. Watch the film above.
Apnoea (suitable for ages 11+), is an instructive representation of sleep apnoea and its symptoms, weaving a dreamlike atmosphere with its haunting music and gentle narration that eventually turns suffocating.
I loved the originality of this film - a great interpretation of the theme with a creative approach to cinematography and sound, all enhancing the feel and atmosphere.Film of the Month Judge on 'Apnoea'
We got in touch with Aaron to find out more about his film.
I've been making films for about 4 years now, and it all started when I went to college to do a media course. I wanted to be able to make films that will entertain people, and this lead to a passion for filmmaking and cinematography in particular.
I made the film Apnoea to make people aware of the condition, as 1.5 million people in the UK suffer with sleep apnoea, and yet up to 85% are undiagnosed.
I got the inspiration to make this film by talking to people who suffer from the condition, finding out how they cope and the stresses they go through. When I was writing the poem I tried to describe the feeling in the best way I could. I wanted the film to have a dream-like atmosphere, so when I got my friend to do the voice over, I got her to speak in a very soft tone.
The most challenging aspect of this film was the way in which wanted to show the symptoms of sleep apnoea. I wanted to show the lack of breathing by filming underwater scenes, meaning I needed to film with a GoPro for some of the shots.
If I had the opportunity to make Apnoea again, I think I would go more in depth about how the apnoea repeats itself, as I don't think I got the message across in the short run-time of this film.
The three tips I would give young filmmakers are:
Aaron's film will now be showcased to over 300,000 film club members online and all of our Film of the Month films are now on the Into Film YouTube channel, and he has also secured a £100 Amazon voucher to help further develop his future films. Think you could win Film of the Month? Find out more about how you can enter our ongoing Film of the Month competition.
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