Invitation to Burn

Team #07  •  3rd Place / Student Spotlight Award / DTTW:KC

Middle & High School Students

This entire Student Team consisted of children ages 6 to 15

Synopsis: The con man (boy) has the tables turned when he attempts the biggest birthday party heist of his (young) career.

Required Elements

Action: Eating fancy meal
Sensory: Smell
Technique: Hitchcock “Vertigo” Effect
Prop: Birthday Gift Bag
Location: Union Station

Film Credits & Notes

Producer: Levi Feil / City on a Hill
Director: Levi Feil
Editor: Levi Feil
Writers: Levi Feil, Cooper Galyon, Ben Pattison
Musical Composition: Cooper Galyon and Ben Pattison
Talent: Cooper Galyon
Talent: Makenna Linden
Talent: Avery Linden
Talent: Malachi Feil
Talent: Ben Pattison
Talent: Liam Hayes
Talent: Dawn Hayes
Talent: John Hayes
Talent: Lily Hayes
Cameo: Levi Feil
Special Thanks: Ma-n-Pa Feil, and the rest of the ‘rents.

Info for the Gearheads

The film was shot with a Canon T5i DSLR. A Tascam Field Recorder was used for voice-over audio. A Rode Video Mic was used for in-action audio. Editing was performed in Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. Garage Band was used to create the music.

Weekend Moment Madness
We planned to burn some gift wrap in the oven for one of our scenes. About 15 minutes before we shot that scene, my mom said she was concerned she’d forget the prop was in there, try to use the oven and burn the house down. Shooting got delayed and sure enough, it wasn’t until the oven was preheated to 450 for pizzas before mom realized she was doing the exact thing she’d been worried about: burning our props off camera and catching the kitchen on fire. All’s well that ends well. We still got to light the kitchen on fire for our scene. The team had a blast. The toughest part was keeping them all from eating the props prematurely. We did eat them eventually.