It’s Tuesday and we’re still trying to catch up on the sleep we traded this weekend for making a movie. It was the 48-Hour Film Project and our 5th year leading a team. We went into the weekend with two goals – 1. have fun and 2. turn a movie in on time – both of which were a success.
So, here’s a little recap of our fun, film-filled weekend.
Friday night, we met at the Crooked Pint to receive our required elements and draw our genre out of a hat. We drew ‘Drama.’ Since our goal was to have fun in a short time frame, writing, filming and editing a drama didn’t seem to add up as ‘fun’ but more melancholy, which the weather has been doing a pretty good job at accomplishing on its own [where’s the sun?!?].
It was a pretty quick decision for us to throw it back and draw from the mysterious wild card genres. Upon going for a wild card genre, we ended up with Found Footage. A unique ‘genre.’ The 48hfp defines it as “…a genre of filmmaking in which part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings…”
The required elements for all the teams were as follows…
|Character||Bobby or Betty Bulmer, Farmer/Gardener|
|Line||“She told me it’s a secret.”|
Once we had our genre and required elements, we met up with our fabulous writers back at home base to dive into the brainstorming process. This part of the weekend is so fun because creativity is just flowing. It’s a nice reminder that we need to gather as a group more than just once a year.
After three hours of brainstorming we narrowed all our thoughts down to five main ideas, and from there picked our horse and we were off to the outlining stage. About 1am, we felt good about our outline and then started piecing together the story into a script.
At 4:30am our DP and Art Director/Wardrobe Stylist arrived to discuss shot list and determine the props and wardrobe needed. With less than 5 hours before call-time, there was a lot to discuss and determine. By 5:30am the script was complete and our writers went home to get a few hours of sleep before returning to set to play the roles they helped create.
9:00am we were on set, unloading equipment and setting up for a long day of production. But thankfully, our team has amazing energy, great attitudes and were ready to have a fun day making a movie. We were very lucky to reunite with so many favorite cast and crew and had the opportunity to work with a few new people, as well. Stellar team!
Martini shot was at 9:30pm and we were loaded up and out of our location by 10:45pm. We returned to home base with our editor for the last leg of the weekend – post. We were able to catch a few hours of sleep, while our editor plugged away at the footage.
At 5am there was a changing of the guard. We got up, while our editor got a few hours of shut-eye. Sunday morning one of our actors stopped by for a VO session, our composer arrived to home base to continue working on the musical compositions he started Saturday afternoon, and we worked with our title designer to create the credits.
At 6:30pm we started our final export and sat and watched the yellow bar move slowly across the screen. We checked the film, got it on to two jump drives and were out the door by 7:05pm.
We had a great time with a great team of people and turned the film in on time – success.
Thank you so much to the entire cast and crew! You were amazing.
Writers: John Burgess, Tom Reed, Maggie K. Sotos, Logan Martin, Ashley Martin, Tom Sorenson
Cast: Julianne Medcraft, Logan Martin, Maggie K. Sotos, Tom Reed, Shawn Boyd, Tim McVean, Foxy
Director of Photography: Jesse Meehl
Editor: Joe Filipas
Composer: Jesse Richardson
Art Director/Wardrobe Stylist: Erica Wollmering
Make-Up Artists: Miki Sautbine, Victoria Blumentritt
Key Grip: Jonathan Miller
Sound Engineer: Chase Hentges
Boom Operator: Tom Sorenson
Credits/Title Designer: Steve Gagner
Script Supervisor: Ashley Martin
Still Photographer: Scott Traczyk
Behind-the-Scenes Videographer: Alexi Diem
Special Thanks: Ruth Balbach, Adam Ruben, Colin Drummond, Brian + Sue Drummond, Cindy + Steve Schaack, Mike + Jenni Schaack, Paul Hicks, Yellow Tag
Here are a few more behind-the-scenes stills from our photographer Scott Traczyk.