Austin Newell
Sharing my knowledge and Experiences in Video Production
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Wake up - The Germ 17

Wake up - Short Film

This Short film was a collaboration between Austin Newell and Vince Cosentino. It was shot specifically for a local film festival held called "The Germ" at Windsong Productions.

Limiters - Your film must NOT have a waking or sleeping scene and it must break the fourth wall.

The Germ Film Festival in Fresno Ca at Windsong Productions

Time Limit - 5 minutes.

I was recently tasked with submitting a film to the Germ film festival, with only a few days to come up with something.

I originally turned down the offer with the thought that I didn't have enough time.

After thinking about it, I kept noticing really cool stuff all around me thought would look really great on camera.

So I worked with Vince Cosentino on getting shots around us and being on camera.

Once we got the footage we had no idea what we were going to do with it, we just had shots without an actual narrative.

So I had the thought of creating something similar to an America Horror Story intro.

So I decided to take what we shot and suppliment it with stock video from my subscription at video blocks.

The Germ Film Festival in Fresno Ca at Windsong Productions

After I got the edit together I did some heavy sound design to really help sell the visuals. 

All in all I'm pretty happy with the result with the amount of time put into it. 

If you get the chance to make a Germ I would absolutly recommend it, it's tons of fun to make something with specific limitations and have it seen infront of an audience on the screen. 

Head over to to participate in the next Germ!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions.