Short Film Draws International Attention

Thursday, April 17th 2008, 6:59 pm
By: News On 6

A short film made in Green Country has made its way to the British International Amateur Film Festival.  Since the film premiered back in 2006, it has won 12 separate honors.

Scott Hillhouse has spent most of his life in Tulsa. The former Marine turned filmmaker says he's finally found his passion behind the camera directing.

His film, "Life's Little Gaps," is one of only three films from the United States to be judged in this year's British International Amateur Film Festival.

The storyline follows a handicapped man with the mind of a child and his best friend as they try to elude a fugitive who seeks refuge in their home.

Of the three U.S. films that made it to the British Festival, Hillhouse's was the only one to receive the festival's highest rating, the Diamond Award.

That accomplishment was no easy task.  The film was shot and produced entirely in Tulsa, using locals for the cast, crew, and musical composers.  The City of Oologah even donated a squad car, ambulance, police officers, and paramedics for the film.

When you're working with a $1,200 budget, it's not easy.

"Basically it was like three of my checks. So, I ate a lot of Ramen noodles and Kool-Aid there for months actually to catch back up again," said Scott Hillhouse.