For those who don’t know, the 48-Hour Film Project (Sometimes called the 48-Hour Film Festival) is a contest where teams compete to create a 4-7 minute movie in only 48 hours. That includes concept and writing of the script, casting, traveling, directing, shooting, editing, scoring, post-production, and burning a DVD copy to deliver to the dropoff point. It’s not easy, even with a large team of people. There isn’t much time for luxuries like eating, sleeping or ADR. You can learn more at the website: www.48hourfilm.com, and you can also search for #48HFP on twitter.
The movie genre is drawn randomly for each team. We drew ‘Horror’. There is a prop, character and line of dialog required in all the movie entries. This year, the prop was a sandwich, the character was Karen or Kevin Schnabel, an Expert and the required line of dialog was “I hope they decide soon.”
Christina and I have participated in the 48-Hour Film Project for several years. The group we worked with in previous years decided to take a break this year, so Christina and I decided to try by ourselves. Christina Produced and Directed the video. Together we wrote the script and edited the video. I also got about an hour to add music score and sound FX. (Like I said, not much time for luxuries!) I also make a cameo in the film as the enigmatic Kevin Schnabel.
It was a lot of work for two people! But we did have some help. Jessica Mallon volunteered to be our starlet, appearing in the film as Karen Carlson. Reid Rejsa did some post-production audio mixing and mastering. Both of them did a fantastic job. Thanks much to Jess and Reid for all their help!
I attended the screening of the films selected by judges as the “Best Of” and after the screening, they listed the award winners for ‘Best Picture’ and such. There were a lot of really great movies this year, and all the awards were well-deserved. It was also nice to see the creator of the event, Mark Ruppert, come out to flyover land and oversee the showing and awards, and congratulate the winners personally.
Our entry was titled “Locked”. It didn’t win any awards, but that was never our goal. We had a great time, learned a lot, and completed the project on time. We made a video in 48 hours that stood its ground against the other entries. In that respect, our movie was highly successful.
Locked On YouTube
You can view “Locked” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVtHBqK-45Q Feel free to rate, share and comment on the movie!