For the last few years I have been working with a friend of mine in the 48 Hour Film Project. This year, he decided not to participate. I can understand, it is a daunting task to write, shoot, edit and turn in a film in a 48 hour time window. Makes for a lot of missed sleep, overheated bodies and very tired crew. So, this year I went freelance and put my name up on the site as “Looking for Team.” It wasnt up there long, and I got contacted by Small Step Films. Sweet, this was gonna be fun.
With the project, there is a meet for everyone who is participating (at least 1 for every team) so we can get the official requirements for the year. These are bits the every film must include in some way. This year we were given the following:
- Genre: Fantasy
- Prop: Bowl
- Required Dialog: “I have three words for you.”
- Character: Trey or Trish Balderson, Contractor
- Time Required: 4 to 7 minutes
So at 7pm Friday, we headed over to the lead’s house to start discussing a story arc and possible locations. With Fantasy as the genre (drawn from a hat) we had a lot of open ground to work with. Not all fantasy has to include swords and orcs. So we got to brainstorming and throwing ideas until everyone started building on one. After a couple hours, the team broke and the writers got to writing the film. Unfortunately I am not going to reveal any of the info of the film. At least until after the screening, so you will need to come up for that. I will post the info later in this post.
So, the meeting time was to be 8:30 AM Saturday morning, at the location E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in eastern Louisville. It was going to offer us all the different types of scenery we were looking for. If there is one thing I have learned in the 5 years I have been doing this is that you try as hard as you can to only have one location. Too much shoot time can be swallowed up by driving to different locations all over town. Granted, we did have to do some hiking; 8.5 miles all told.
We got all set up and started shooting shortly after 10 AM. There were some great locations to use in TSSP. From the trails running along the stream to the cave near the archery range to the open fields to the displaced graveyard. Even the parking lot at Sawyer Hayes Center. Everything seemed to be working out for what our director wanted. Whew, since I was the one pressing for the park as opposed to Jefferson Forest across town.
There were 11 of us involved with the production. 4 of us on crew with camera and sound and 7 actors. Not just friends acting, but actual “we make money to act in professional productions” actors. And the director and co-editor both earn a living editing production films around town. I was one of two who didn’t make a living in the film or acting industry.
We finished filming at the park around 8:30 PM Saturday night. There was a scene left to shoot, but it was back at a different location and only involved a couple people, so the rest of us were released. Editing took all night and all day Sunday, with the film being turned in with 2 minutes to spare. But we made it and are contenders for the prize. And if the stills from the film say anything, it has an excellent chance at some awards!
For those who are interested in seeing the films, here is the info. Our team is Small Step Films and we are in Group C for the screenings. I am probably not going to be able to make it on Sunday, but I will be there on Monday!
Tickets: $10 – Purchase: http://village8.com/48hourfilm.htm
Location: Village 8 Theaters, 4014 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville 40207
- Group A: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 @ 5:00pm
- Group B: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 @ 6:30pm
- Group C: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 @ 8:00pm
- Group A: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 @ 9:00pm
- Group B: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 @ 7:15pm
- Group C: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Overall, it was an exhausting day, and the amount of work everyone put in was phenomenal. Especially the director and editor, who stayed up all night to get the editing completed so we could have the film turned in on time. Many thanks to those of Small Step Films for including me in their group, it was a lot of fun and I thought everything went great! See you guys again soon!