(May 26, 2005, Houston, Texas) Offshore Films of Houston, Texas, was recently awarded a Platinum Remi Award for "The Silent Source" at the 38th Annual Houston Int'l Film Festival ("WorldFest") on April 30, 2005. The award was for "Direction/Art Direction".
Produced and directed by Patrick McLoad for Schlumberger, "The Silent Source" is a fully dramatized fictional account of how a misplaced and mishandled radioactive source (used in test equipment) led to the death of one worker and the imprisonment of another, forever changing the lives of all families involved.
It is basically a courtroom drama, using flashback scenes of those on the stand to weave the story. Shot with 2 broadcast BetaSP video cameras (BVP-550's), the courtroom scenes took 17 straight hours to film. Subsequent shoots for the flashback scenes took over a year to complete. Fourteen local actors and a dozen crew members were used in the production. The script was written by Ellen Johnson; original music score by Jeff Walton; and 3D medial animation by Digital Energy Corporation. The program was subsequently sub-titled into 6 different foreign languages and distributed to all Schlumberger facilities around the globe that utilize radiation sources. The program was edited on a Mac G4 using Final Cut 4.5; a 1.2 Terabyte Huge Systems Raid array; and authored on Apple's DVD Studio Pro 2.
WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,300 category entries received from 37 countries in 2005. Actually WorldFest is 12 Major film & video competitions in one event, unlike Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, which are just 2 competitions for shorts and features only. Because of the 12 major competitions and the 200+ sub-categories, WorldFest does give a lot of awards, but they are both earned and deserved. No awards are given in any category unless the scores from the juries are high enough to place for honors. Overall only 15-20% of the total category entries actually win an award at WorldFest.
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Offshore Films also won the following awards for "The Silent Source":
2004 - AEGIS Award, "Winner" classification
2004 – Certificate for Creative Excellence from the US International Film & Video Festival in the Writing and Concept category
2004 - Bronze Reel - 36th Annual MCA-I Media Festival
2005 – Finalist Certificate – New York Festivals; Security/Safety category
2005 – Silver Telly Award for Animation