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Plank Films was the name of the group that my friends and I created during our High School years. Using what little film exprience and equipment we had, we set out to make some fun short films for us and our friends.

Inspired by Braxtan Films, we bought our own web domain http://www.plankfilms.com (now defunct) and set about filming!

After CS:Source Beta, our first major video was The Revenge Of Charlie's PC, and it was here that we realised how much fun making videos could be. SWAT: Operation RUNE followed the next year, complete with 'amazing' special effects and our finale Eagle Quest still stands the test of time!

I've also included some unreleased scenes from The Revenge Of Charlie's PC II which was set to be an even better film than Eagle Quest. It is of course, and will remain unfinished.

Hope you enjoy some of our videos from the past. It's very easy for me to look back with the nostalgia glasses on, as the majority of the films are very low budget and cheesy, but it instilled values of film making and editing in me, which fed into my choice of Education.

Sunday
Apr082012

Eagle Quest (2006)

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The Biggest and the Best 'Plank Films Production'. We made great steps from our previous work with the inclusion of stunts, fight scenes, scripted dialogue and a wide variety of filming locations!

Original Post
This is the latest film from Plank Films. It was filmed when James came down to visit in the Easter Holiday. We believe that we have surpassed our previous films in terms of quality and we hope you enjoy it too.

"Eager to find it he sets off without question. But as he soon discovers, there are others after the same artifact and they will stop at nothing to get it! Archeology takes on a whole new meaning in this action-packed tale of manipulation and survival"

As well as the normal PF team we had two of Charlie's friends involved in this project; James Marks and Will Hayler.

Written, Directed and Produced by Charlie Briggs
Edited by James Steel

Sunday
Apr082012

The Revenge Of Charlie's PC II Preview (2006)

Watch Teaser Trailer On YouTube

Watch Scenes 1/2 (Unreleased) On YouTube

Watch Scenes 3/4 (Unreleased) On YouTube

The ill fated sequel to our first major film, TROCPCII was in development in a number of stages and script between 2005-2006. The teaser was filmed prior to myself moving, though when the others came up in the summer holiday of 06 we attempted to film some early scenes. You can view a near complete version of scenes 1/2 and 3/4 via the links above.

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We started filming TROCPC2 over the Christmas holidays as this was the first time we had all been together for about six months. We didn't get very much footage due to our very limited timescale, but what we did get is enough to give you an idea of what's in store.

This is the first film we have made to feature choreography and music editing, and you will see/hear examples of both of these new features in out trailer. We didn't go into the plot much here so as not to spoil the final film, but keep an eye out for various hints about things to come. Before the final film, we intend to release another, more complete, trailer. This will probably be just after Easter, our next scheduled date for filming.

Until then, we hope you enjoy this teaser and the other items released with it.

Sunday
Apr082012

You And Your Zodiac (2005)

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This was a ton of fun to film. Created as a competition entry, I took on the role of a cheesy tele-marketer advertising my new series of tutorial books and DVD's.

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You and Your Zodiac' is a 5 minute video that we made for the LCD Gear September video contest. We had a couple of months to plan, script, film, edit. This video is based around the idea that James is releasing a new series of 'cheap' books and DVD's called 'You and Your Zodiac'. This video was the winning entry, and I thought that I'd like to share it with all you PF visitors! This video was great fun to film and edit. There is an outtakes reel at the end... Enjoy.

Sunday
Apr082012

SWAT: Operation Rune (2005)

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A more focused and 'higher budget' film than TROCPC, SWAT: OR involved lots of BB guns and rather amazing 'special effects'. With many film/game references, not to mention tying into the whole Plank Films Universe of stories, it was definitely a step up.

SWAT is a project that we have been working on for quite a while. It involved a lot more planning than 'TROCPC' and 'CS : SOURCE BETA'. It is a short 7 minute film about SWAT taking care of an over obsessive 'Runescape' player. However while they may start tactical, things soon start to go crazy when they enter the house. This is the latest Plank Film production and we hope you enjoy it!

Actors:
James - SWAT member
Kris - SWAT team leader
Charlie - SWAT member
Morten - SWAT Sniper
David - Target
George - Terrorist

Sunday
Apr082012

The Revenge Of Charlie's PC (2004)

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Our first 'full length' short film as such. Featuring action, suspense and intrigue, TROCPC revolves around a computer taking revenge on its owner.

"The Revenge of Charlie's PC" is based on a true story. Well part of it anyway. This film is all about a PC, which hates its owner, so it decides to kill him. But fate happens that this guy stumbles upon a house. In this (not so) epic battle between man and machine, who will ultimatly win and take the glory, and 512mb of RAM?

Filmed and edited in 2 weeks!

Main Actors:
James - Director / Editor
Kris - Guy In House
Charlie - PC's Owner 

Sunday
Apr082012

CS: Source Beta (2004)

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Our debut short, CS:SB attempted to mock a number of conventions of the popular Half-Life mod. It's pretty much only for fans of the game, and will make little sense to general viewers!

"CS: Source Beta" (How it came to that name?) is a spoof of the popular Half-Life mod, Counter Strike. It's our first movie, so please be tolerant, as we were quite new to all this. Thanks.

Actors:
Kris - Director / Counter-Terrorist
James - Editor / Terrorist
Charlie- Counter-Terrorist
George - Counter-Terrorist