LIGHTS: Nancy McNaught and Janelle Hale in their ad.
LIGHTS: Nancy McNaught and Janelle Hale in their ad.

Big Break has filmmakers sweating it out

THREE filmmakers from South Grafton were crossing their fingers and toes at the weekend, waiting for the phone to ring.

Danny Loyden, Sammy Lovejoy and Maddison Whitford got together at Grafton TAFE during a Diploma Course in Screen and Media in 2013.

Earlier this month the trio, known as Banksea'a Productions, created a short film called Boxcar Cody and entered it into the Supercheap Auto Big Break competition.

Starring five-year-old Cody Clydesdale and shot entirely in South Grafton, the entire production was completed in less than three days.

If it makes the top 10, Boxcar Cody could be in the running to win $20,000 cash, along with prime time airtime during the Bathurst 1000, reaching more than two million viewers.

Co-creator Danny Loyden said he was feeling pretty good about the 30-second film making the shortlist, despite the short time frame in which it was produced.

"We only found out about the competition three days before the deadline for entries," he said.

"We came up with the concept in half an hour.

"After we put a call out, we found young Cody, and then we got permission to shoot in store at Supercheap Auto (South Grafton).

"We were all up late making the box car and started shooting the next morning - it was all filmed, edited and online by midnight - that's a really quick turnaround."

Mr Loyden said it was a good challenge and waiting for the news was the hardest part.

If successful, Mr Loyden said the prize money will be spent on upgrading equipment.

Cody's mum Trudy Clydesdale said he loved the experience and was thrilled to keep the boxcar when it was all done.

"We're really proud of him; he did really well - filming was five hours long," she said.

"He was paid with a milkshake, so he was happy."

Meanwhile, another trio of Grafton filmmakers are also keen to hear the phone ring today.

Mates John Hale, Tim Ashbrooke and Garrett Salter have produced their own entry in the competition, hoping to reach out to women.

"We have taken a different angle to the typical Supercheap Auto ad," Mr Hale said.

"Because you don't need a man to take care of a car."

The commercial was filmed in the Heart and Soul Cafe in Grafton with Tim's sister and John's mum performing as the actors.

"It took two days of filming ... the weather was a challenge and working around people and their jobs, but I come from a production background myself, so it's to be expected when it's not paid," he said.



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