Past couple of months I've been working on short film titled R.U.O.S.K.A ("ruoska" is finnish word for whip/lash). The idea was to step-up my filmmaking a bit, trying to do many things more carefully and for the first time since 2011 actually bring back voice acting. For (too?) long I've been testing non-monologue/dialogue storytelling which proved nice for some films, but as Midnight Blue pointed out last time, it might be about time for me to stop being lazy about it. Coincidentally this is also my first short film to have a original soundtrack. Soon after I had started filming, I was contacted by David James St-Hill (djshcomposer.moonfruit.com), a composer for film and video games, who offered his services. I gladly accepted his offer.
So, R.U.O.S.K.A. This one was most inspired by George Orwell's 1984 and Alastair Reynolds' Prefect. I don't know how well the influence can be seen, but those two are the ones I would point out. In not too distant future, after a lost war, our protagonist has problems getting over the things he faced post-war and gruesome way he was treated by the winning side, R.U.O.S.K.A officers. I guess that's enough intro for know, here's the short:
There were quite a few problems during the production. I can say a lot more work was put into editing than might be noticed from the film. Long hours and days, I hope it was worth it. It may not be as much "next level" as I might have originally hoped, but I' guess it's good enough for now. I'll post vfx breakdown later, as usual.
Couple of questions for you;
I'm not native english speaker, but most of you guys seem to be. How butchered was the english in R.U.O.S.K.A?
This was supposed to be a bit different from my previous films. Was the direction an improvement or not?
Thanks for watching!