The 48hr film project is a really fun thing to be involved in. Past couple of years I have been involved with the ShadyRow 48hr team by writing & recording music for the film – but this year I got to help with the story writing friday night and did some drone filming (plus recorded some quick music for the closing credits).
The premise of the 48hr Film Project is on a friday night registered teams get a prop, a person (with profession) and a line. Genre’s (like Comedy, Horror, Western etc) are then picked out a hat and assigned randomly to the teams. 48 hrs later you have to hand in a finished film that is around 5mins long – so that means writing a script, finding actors if needed, filming it, editing it, scoring it and getting it completed and handed back in to the judges by Sunday night at the same time.
All the films are screened at a movie theatre (in St Louis they are screened at the Tivoli Theatre) over 3 nights. 59 teams entered in St Louis and 15 were picked as “best of” to be re-screened the following week and winners announced.
It’s really a wonderful example of constraints. Constraints can often force creativity and are a really amazing way to potentially create some magic.
Each city has a winner plus some awards. The winner gets to compete at the national level and then national winner competes with winners from other countries.
The props (all teams get the same props) and genre for our team were
Genre: Time Travel
Character: Ted or Tess Brookings, Building Contractor
Prop: a Ball
Line: “It’s not what you think it is.”
Our film (10:51) won Best Cinematography and the team was one of five chosen to make another 48hr film for New Amsterdam Vodka weekend of June 20th that is also a national competition.
Below are some photos from the day of shooting. It was a lot of fun and the team worked together really well to end up with a great end result – all the team members are listed in the film credits.
Dan’s (Darkside) parents own a 1850′s house in South St Louis that is undergoing renovation – it has no roof and was a perfect backdrop given the building contractor prop.
The total budget for the film? – zero$ – film was shot with Nikon D800, a Nikon D7100, GoPro on DJI Phantom 2 (with 3D Gimbal). Editing in PremierPro. Audio in credits – just acoustic guitar & bass – recorded real fast in ProTools.