The Making of “SIKAT”

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This time last year, I was busy writing and re-writing my first short film narrative entitled, “SIKAT.” It was one of 6 films chosen to be produced at the 2010 Crazy 8s Filmmaking Competition, out of over a hundred entries. It was an experience like no other… one I couldn’t have imagined, not even in my wildest dreams.

It was December 13, 2009 (my 39th birthday) when I decided to register for Crazy 8s. I had never even heard of Crazy 8s before then. I signed up for the pitch workshop more than anything else. I thought, being new to Vancouver and starting my career all over again, I could use a few pointers around project pitching. I paid the $50 fee and thoroughly enjoyed the pitch workshop delivered by Melanie Friesen. Money well spent!

I decided to put my new pitching skills to use. I submitted a 5-minute video pitch which landed me a spot in the top 40 in-person pitches. The in-person pitch was nerve-wracking, to say the least. But because I knew well enough to practice, practice and practice, I delivered a sound pitch and made it through to the next round… the story editing phase.

Shooting our first scene... pan de sal in the oven.

The story editing was my favorite part of the selection process. Each filmmaker/writer was paired up with a professional story editor to refine his/her script. I remember thinking that if I didn’t make it any further than this round, I already won. I would have come out of this process with a solid screenplay, which I did by the way, thanks to my amazing story editor, Dylan Akio-Smith.

But my journey did not end there. A couple of weeks later, while I was in Disneyland (the happiest place on earth), I received an email from Crazy 8s. My script was selected! It was one of 6 films to be produced in 8 days with $800. Crazy 8s, with the help of local sponsors, will provide all the production and post-production support needed to make my film.

I was with my partner and two of my best friends when I got the news. They were up on their feet screaming and ecstatic for me, but completely baffled by my own reaction. I felt all the blood rush to my face. I was stunned speechless and couldn’t move… literally! It was as if a brick wall landed on my head and pinned me to the ground. I was terrified! I kept thinking, “What do I do now? I have to make a film. How in the world can I pull that off?!”

My friends reassured me that I can do this. They treated me to an ice cream sundae and my blood started circulating again. Ice cream IS the cure for everything.

With Kira Clavell (Sikat) and my "babies" on-set.

In the 6 weeks that followed, before the official start of our 8-day filmmaking sprint, I worked like a dog to get my crew together, find locations, create my storyboard, finalize the shot list and audition actors. Every time I felt insecure about my abilities as a filmmaker, I dove right back to work. “Sikat” was on my mind 24/7. And Crazy 8s, without a doubt, was the most effective weight loss program I had ever been on.

Needless to say, it was an incredible experience. I had over 50 people working on this project for absolutely nothing more than a chance to make a good film. “Sikat” came to life with the help of some of the most talented people in British Columbia – cast and crew – that I’m proud to have met and worked with.

A lot of “care” went into the making of this film… and I mean that in the nurturing, motherly sense. “Sikat” is about a mother’s love and sacrifice. And I believe it’s no coincidence that both my producers were expectant mothers while we were working on this film. Ita-Kane Wilson was 9 months pregnant and ready to pop when we screened “Sikat” at the gala. Olesia Shewchuk was in her first trimester. “Sikat” was their baby as much as it was mine and I was lucky to have them on board before they became full-fledged mothers.

Since its opening gala, “Sikat” has aired on CBC-British Columbia and screened at various festivals. Check out the following link for future screenings of “Sikat.”

http://www.curlytailpictures.com/news

Turns out… signing up for Crazy 8s was the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself.

Lunch time!

*Photography by Olesia Shewchuck*

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About Curly Tail Pictures
Angelina Cantada: Photographer. Filmmaker. Writer. Dog Walker.

2 Responses to The Making of “SIKAT”

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  2. Carol Gancia says:

    Beautiful film. Would love to share this with friends and colleagues when the video is online. Congratulations on all the accolades! Good luck with the festivals!

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