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SCOUNDREL, Sydney / LOTTO NEW ZEALAND / 2018
Two armoured truck drivers, who are good friends, go about their daily routine of transporting bags full of cash.
On the way to the bank they fantasise about what they’d do if the money in the truck belonged to them. Given they spend every day next to a dream fortune, it’s a conversation they often have.
But today’s different, because when they pull up to the bank the driver proposes that they actually run away with the cash.
The passenger thinks he’s joking, but as they drive further away from the bank, panic sets in as he realises his friend is serious.
As the tension reaches a crescendo, the driver pulls out a piece of paper and hands it to his confused partner. It’s a winning lottery ticket. The whole thing has been a ruse to reveal to his friend that he’s giving him half the money.
A 'test at Brabourne Stadium' is a cricket match at one of India's most famous grounds.
We had eight and half hours of rushes from two cameras across three and a half shoot days.
There was a lot of improv between the actors. Some of the most honest moments between them came from throw away lines delivered just once in amongst long rolling takes of up to ten minutes. The excellent performances from both actors are, in part, a credit to this approach.
A big focus in the edit was the believability of the two characters’ arcs and their subtle, ever increasing divergence. Going from the easy banter of old friends to Sateesh’s discomfort and feeling of isolation.
Simultaneously the likeability of both characters had to be maintained as the tension built. Ray could never present as mean so that the audience could retain empathy for them, not resent their windfall and feel an overwhelming sense of warmth and relief at the reveal.
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