48 Hour Film Project Take 2

Last year I wrote a blog talking about my experience with the 48 hour film project.  That was my first time experiencing the madness, but apparently it didn’t scare me off, because I’m back at it.

This time leading my own team.

Honestly, I didn’t want to lead my own team at first.  Ya know how the 48 works?  It’s a worldwide film competition.  They give you a prop, line of dialog, character and genre on Friday and you have until Sunday to make a film using all the elements.

That’s right, you write, cast, film, and edit a short film in 48 hours.

Some of you might say, “Hey, you totally competed in the 10-hour competition a few months ago, isn’t this gonna be easy comparatively?”

Okay, when you say it like that, yes, this is WAY easier than the 10-hour.  Way.  But it also gives a false sense of security.  I know we’ve talked about how long on average it takes to do pre-production, production and post-production on a short film.  It’s not 48 hours.  Well, not consecutively.

I’m not complaining.  I love the 48 hour film competition.  I love the timed-ness of it.  I just want to emphasize the HARD-ness of it too.  It’s gonna be good and it’s gonna be hard.

And it’s gonna be awesome.

Watch for an update Sunday, to see if we got our film in on time.

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Pre-Production

My DP told me I was going to blog about him.

Well.

Tonight I had a pre-production meeting for Things We Do in Public.  I met the Director of Photography (DP) at a coffee shop with my script, shot list and storyboard in tow.  We sat outside.

It’s a good thing we did, because halfway through the meeting we got up and started walking around the table blocking shots.  We had to designate specific chairs for the characters.  DP made sure I wasn’t breaking the 180 line and I made sure he remembered which chair was which character.

I tried to imagine what the people inside the coffee shop were thinking when we ran around the table raising our hands like camera lenses.

At the end of the meeting we were both satisfied.  For a 4-page script we have 34 shots.

We’re in the tunnel.