Students at The New England School of Communications at Husson University in Bangor have spent the past year working on making a short film called “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” It’s based on a short story written by J.K. Rowling and was featured in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The school was able to buy the rights from Warner Brothers, and filming began in the fall of 2013. NewSource 8’s photojournalist Jessica Bradley went to Bangor and caught up with three students who shared their experience.
“Tale of Three Brothers, Scene 2B, Take 2, Marker…
“Making this movie was essentially a crash course in film making, no classroom really could have taught me, or any of us what we wound up learning on set.”
“Melissa, after he says ‘ask me if I’m scared’, pause a bit…”
“Directing is essentially being in control of everything creative on set. I am in charge of making sure the movie gets made to benefit the story, essentially.”
“As the director of photography, I got to use a new camera, it’s called a RED EPIC.
It’s the same camera that professionals in Hollywood use.
I had to figure out how to use this camera that we’re gonna use for this big production.”
“When we first decided to adapt the Tale of Three Brothers we knew that we were gonna have to take it in a different direction, because it’s already been done before. It’s in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1′”
“There were once three brothers who were traveling along a lonely, winding road at twilight.”
“So essentially what we did was, take the story, and just kinda broaden it, and kinda put in elements that tie into the Harry Potter universe, but also tell a new story. Right now we are in the post production phase, so we’re working on completing our vfx shots, we’re working on sound design…”
“Right now, I am working on making some magical steam come out of a teacup, and I’m also trying to
finish rendering a magical effect where the three brothers magically create the bridge that they use to cross the treacherous river.
The bridge itself has this archway, at either end… and magically create that, and then all of the wooden boards just come down like so. And fall into place.
I am still in the process of rendering that whole thing out because it’s a 5K footage, each frame takes anywhere from 7 hours to 20 hours to render.”
“After the premiere essentially, which is May 4th here at the Gracie Theater, we are then going to be working on putting it into a few film festivals…”
“Premiere night is just gonna be… it’s just gonna feel like the Oscars for us.”
“I think a lot of people don’t know what to expect.
I think a lot of people will be impressed.”
“I’m very proud of this project, and I’m very excited to see it all come together on the big screen.”
The trailer was released online this morning at nescom.edu/threebrothers.