Last weekend Kasey LaRose and Jeff Twede were invited on to the KJZZ Movie Show to discuss their recent short film Dignitas, which won the city prize for Best Film and Best Cinematography for the 48 Hour Film Project in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show’s host, Melanie Nelson, happens to be someone they have worked with before on commercial projects in year’s past. I don’t think she completely remembered them, but that’s ok.

Below is our segment from the KJZZ Movie Show, which airs on Sunday nights at 10 pm, KJZZ channel 14.

If you’re a reader, here is the transcript below.

Melanie:
It’s time for the KJZZ Movie Show and up ahead the television premiere of the winner of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project… That’s all ahead on the KJZZ Movie Show.

A couple of weeks ago we promised to share some of the best short films coming out of the big 48 Hour Film Project held last month. So why not start with the winner? Yep. Dignitas was awarded the best of the best and the film’s director, Kasey LaRose, joins us. Now, it was also awarded best cinematography and Jeff Twede was the director of photography for this film.

Ok, so first of all, without giving away the plot, tell us really quickly what this short is about.

Jeff:
Basically, a guy wakes up in a field and instantly you’re wondering why? Why is this guy there? Where did he come from? What’s his situation? Building a story around that and including the elements that we were required to by the 48 Hour Film Project… That’s where we started.

Melanie:
So what were the requirements?

Kasey:
Well, in the 48 Hour Film Festival they give you a character, they give you a prop, and they give you a line that you have to say. So, in this case it could be a boy or a girl named Trey or Tracy, they had to be an entrepreneur; a coffee mug had to be in the shot somewhere and then a line, what was the line?

Jeff and Kasey:
Why do you ask? (ha, ha, ha)

Melanie:
Ok. So you can probably work that into most scenes. What was the hardest part of doing the 48 Hour Film Festival? Like which part was the hardest? Was it the filming? Was it the casting?

Kasey:
Definitely, for us, it was coming up with the story. We really burnt, like, the whole first day trying to come up with a story. We were up till five in the morning with a group of about 6 people and then we didn’t get anywhere. And we came back after two or three hours of sleep and…

Jeff:
…Still had nothing.

Melanie:
Frustrating night.

Kasey:
And still had a hard time. But we finally came up with something that we could work with and just had to make the best of it.

Melanie:
I guess you get to a point where you are like ok, here’s the story, we’ve gotta move on.

Kasey:
Yeah. Just had to start shooting and get going, but it worked out better than we could have hoped.

Melanie:
Well, let’s move on and take a look at the entire, we’re gonna look at the entire film actually; Dignitas, here it is.

Melanie:
Does it make you proud to see your film again?

Kasey:
Yeah, it does.

Melanie:
So after taking this other look at it is there anything that you would do differently if you had the chance?

Jeff:
I think a lot of it would be audio. We struggled with some audio issues and levels. Maybe some better audio.

Kasey:
Definitely come up with a story faster.

Melanie:
Yeah.

Jeff:
More time to edit. I’m sure everyone doing the festival feels the same way, but we were literally 10 seconds, with our laptops rendering right before we turned it in.

Melanie:
Yeah. Ten seconds before 7:31 pm and 7:30 was their deadline. Now… Is this something you guys think you’ll do again?

Kasey:
I think so. I think we feel like we have to defend the title a little bit, since it was our first time.

Jeff:
Yeah. It was fun and something different.

Melanie:
Alright. So coming up, some Bad Lip Reading or is it just a bad movie? We’ll unravel the question when the KJZZ Movie Show returns after this brief timeout.