It takes twenty long hours to produce one short minute of video. To Cameron and Grant Gallagher, that’s an effort they’re happy to make.
The teenage brothers have been producing short movies with their company, Espience Films, and recently came in first place in a national film competition.
Their winning video, a one-minute thriller that had to be based around a bed, placed one out of about 15 at the online film competition Film Fights and was later aired on television. They later entered another video, which placed third.
Cameron Gallagher said their success has made them more known.
“It boosted our popularity. Our view percentage went up by 50 to 75 percent,” he said.
Making movies is nothing new to these brothers, who have been playing around with a camera for about five years now. Gallagher, who has always had a fascination with cameras, said they started with school projects, and took their hobby more seriously about two years ago. They have since purchased more specialized cameras, microphones, editing software and more.
“We want to take it seriously, so we’re pursuing it more professionally,” Gallagher said.
Recently, the boys have entered two videos into the Castleton Film Festival, and the owner at the Manchester movie theater agreed to play some of their clips there as well. They’re also working on entering movies into festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. So far, their videos have lasted from one to two minutes, and they are working on four to six-minute films. For the larger festivals, they will have to increase to 10 to 15 minutes.
Gallagher said the general public has no idea how much time is put into a video production.
“You see a clip of a film and you think it’s really cool or it’s really lame, but what you don’t realize is that 30 seconds took two and a half hours to make,” he said.
He said he and Grant want to continue making films and are especially focusing on sci-fi or thrillers.
“We’re really good at thrillers; they are a lot of work of off-camera techniques and movement. You can also do a lot of experimenting with them,” he said. And while Cameron likes editing and directing the best, he said Grant is a “really good, versatile actor,” and that the two work together pretty well. They also get a lot of help on and off camera from their classmates.
While Gallagher said he is mainly self-taught, he is taking a mass media production course at Granville High School. He said it helps that there isn’t a flooded market in this area for the types of competitions the brothers are entering.
He plans on pursuing film-making as a career at either SUNY Adirondack or Harvard.
“I think it is fun to be able to make up a story, and you can control the characters. I also really like seeing people’s reaction,” he said.
In addition to more creative pursuits, the Gallaghers do photography and video for weddings. They are also making a mock commercial for Zappone Motors to see if the company would like to use their work. To see what they’re up to, visit youtube.com/funnyfilmsman or find Espience films on Facebook.