The Hobbit took 266 days to make.

Lawrence of Arabia took a year and a half.

Tiefland, by German director Leni Riefenstahl, took 20 years.

And The Flying Game took 24 hours.

One day of frantic writing, filming and editing for Television Writing and Producing student Dillon Taylor and his team of Humber grads was what it took to win both the Visual Thesis Award and the Audience Choice Award at the T24 Project Competition, run by the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival.

The competing teams received an essay-based challenge asking them to explore issues of old and new within the city of Toronto.

“We wanted teams to use the city’s architectural aesthetics to illustrate how people can be pulled both towards nostalgia and progress,” explains Henry Wong, the festival’s director. “The successful teams needed a good grounding in both production techniques as well as analytical skills in order to take those issues and translate them into a short film.”  

Dillon’s team, which also included the talents of Rebecca Whitaker, Lewis Spring and Patrick Collins, was one of two teams from Humber participating in the T24 competition. The other included Jeff Moghadam, Jacob Evanoff, Janae Vandevyvere and Holly Rowden, all first-year Film and Media Production degree students. Their film, Culture Shock, was one of the competition's top three entries.  

“This was a great experience,” says Jeff, whose team braved cold temperatures, sleep deprivation and tickets from the city’s “parking ninjas” to get the shots they needed. “We all worked well together – the team was completely on the same page right from the very beginning. We’ll definitely be participating again next year.” 

Image courtesy of Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival