“Hello Stranger” is a short drama/romance with an experimental touch. It was shot within three days in front of a kiosk near Bournemouth Pier in UK.
Its experimental elements are both simple and effective and fall into line with the straightforward setup, which is mainly comprised of a dialogue between two (or is it, in fact, more?) former lovers.
Atakan Özgüner’s creative ideas along with Celeste Joy Engel’s touching script turn this short into a frequently acclaimed piece of work.
Since I was both editor and cinematographer in this production, I was able to come up with desired transitions between the scenes on the spot. The remaining dialogue editing was fairly straightforward; the fact that the dialogue includes sections in languages that I do not speak or understand was not a big issue. Initially I edited the film following the (English) script. After the first edit I had a talk with the respective native speakers and surprisingly not many changes where necessary subsequently.
“Hello Stranger” was showcased at the short film corner of Cannes International Film Festival in 2012.
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