Boris FX Teams Up with Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Challenge

May 6, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Director of Business Development, Steve Hayes has been attending screenings, awards, and parties for the Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Challenge on behalf of the Boris FX team. (We're premiere sponsors!) This year's festival featured 200+ entries.

Steve sat down and chatted with the winning filmmaker.

Here's his story.

Josh Fortune has just won the 2014 London Sci-fi Film Festival 48 Hour Challenge – and a full copy of the new BCC 9.

A long-winded title for an increasingly influential genre-specific film extravaganza, the competition is fierce and the quality high. So high in fact that Josh decided to avoid the stress of working with a full crew to produce a live-action film, and produce an animated short.

The result was ‘The March’, conceived and directed by Josh, and made with his brother Jared, friend Rob, and two professional actors.

Josh is a filmmaker by trade, specialising in conflict-area based material. In a past life he was a paratrooper and combat cameraman, shooting news and human stories on video - often from the heat of battle.

With this kind of background, you would expect Josh’s entry to be confident, gritty live action, but no...

‘The March’ is bleak. No getting away from that, but there is a warming message that hope lives on in the human condition.

When first viewed you might think, “Oh, that’s an excellent naïve style, utilising shadow characters and basic scenes.” But actually the style came out of expediency – Josh had to teach himself the basic tenets of animation before starting, and the simplicity is down to minimising render time.

The film is made by a storyteller, using whatever means at his disposal to present that story in an engaging fashion. Workflow was initial sketches, to Illustrator, to Photoshop, and all put together in After Effects.

One of the benefits of winning was the full BCC 9 set, which Josh was delighted to discover, is usable straight out of the box.

He is already planning all the VFX shots using BCC that will go into the next production: a 9 episode animated series called ‘MMO’ designed specifically for YouTube broadcast.

If you like ‘The March’ you can contact Josh at


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