I am completely exhausted as I write this. I just came out of an intense but fantastic experience this weekend. I formed a team of 7 other people to participate and compete in the annual 48 Hour Film Project.
Here is how it works. You sign-up, form a team, stock up on caffeinated beverages then at 7pm on a Friday all teams gather and randomly receive a genre for their movie. Then each team is assigned a prop to use in the film, a line to include and a character name and occupation. They do this because you can’t enter the contest with ANYTHING pre-planned! You then work with your team to write a script, shoot, edit and deliver a finished short film by 7pm Sunday night (48hrs). Films must include the required elements, be completely original and be within 4-7min long.
I was able to form a tiny but mighty team of incredibly talented people. This was the 1st time any of us had done anything like this. Our approach was simple… work hard and have as much fun as possible! So we did.
Our genre was “Silent Film” which was perfect because we saw the full list of genre’s we could get and we liked this one because the less dialogue the easier we felt it would be. Plus the story is the most important piece and words can just get in the way.
Our character was “R. Thomas” (that could be male or female), prop was a ring and line was “Have you been here before” (line does not have to be verbal).
So we set out on our adventure Friday night. We finished the script around 3 or 4am Saturday morning, most slept for 2 hours then started shooting at 5:45am, began our edit around 7pm Saturday night and finished our rough draft of our film by 1:30am Sunday morning. I was told that that is incredible timing… again, my team rocks! We then were able to take our time crafting our film all of Sunday.
One more fantastic part of this whole project was being able to work with an amazing local band called Clocks and Clouds. All through the process we were going back and forth with them to talk about the mood and direction of our film so they could begin composing original music. Thank the Lord for high speed internet! We were able to email samples back and forth until we ended up with the perfect music that carried our film to completion.
Our film was nominated for “Best Original Music Score” while we didn’t win the award it was an honor to be in the top 3 our of 63 other films.
If you would like to watch the trailer you will find it HERE.
Here are some special features (outtakes & behind the scenes).
Without further adue… here is the our film!