Continuing its collaboration with Film Independent, EFILM proudly provided color finishing services for six original short films developed and produced by the 2018 Project Involve Fellows, which will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 24th. The films were created as part of Film Independent’s intensive, nine-month program designed to mentor emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, helping them hone skills, form creative partnerships, gain industry access, and ultimately create a short film. EFILM worked with the Fellows from the start of the program, providing an educational rundown of production planning considerations in preparation for post and finishing the final project.

Among this year’s shorts is stop-motion animated project “The Coin.” Directed by Siqi Song, “The Coin” follows a young Chinese girl who longs for the comforts of home after moving to America and searches for the local equivalent of her mother’s dumplings, which contained a lucky coin. When it came to color finishing, Song and Cinematographer Bongani Mlambo worked with EFILM colorist Andre Rivas to set the right look. Song used a lookbook throughout production, containing illustrations that served as a jumping off point, and adjusted the look throughout production to overcome stop motion filmmaking challenges, such as the right color fabric.

“Creating stop motion is an involved process, and telling our story in this format was inherently challenging; you can spend ten hours on a single shot,” said Mlambo. “Getting to work with a colorist who understands where you’re coming from and one that pushes you in a great direction was an incredible experience.”

Song explained, “’The Coin’ is a complex story about identity and we wanted to hit the right emotional beats. Color was important in conveying the evolution of the young girl as she searches the coin, which represents tradition and the comforts of home.”

For more info about Project Involve please visit: https://www.filmindependent.org/programs/project-involve/