The Denver 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Denver filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” - Henry Ford
So this was the first year that our studio decided to do the 48 hour competition. We were pretty confident that everything would go well because we do this kind of thing every day at the office.
Let me back up. My business partner and I are acting coaches, casting directors, and have a production company. The thing that sets us apart is that we custom write scenes for our actors for each class. So the writing part was covered. We can crank out a script in no time, and the talent we have at the studio is top notch. We have taught them how to memorize up to 6 pages in about 30 minutes.
So we went into the competition confident that we could pull off a good little story but most importantly have fun doing it. After we received the genre and other endowments we came back to the studio and started writing. About an hour later we were on our 4th and final draft and had all the students that were cast do a read through. A few minor tweaks and we were ready to shoot the next morning.
Shooting began a little late due to a few wardrobe issues but we were off and rolling. Everything was shot in about four and a half hours. Everyone was in good spirits and it is my hope that they had a great time filming. As we were wrapping up, I was pretty sure that I would have the entire movie done in a little less than six hours. We said goodbye and thank you to the entire cast and crew and headed back to the office.
So there I was, getting ready to edit and started transferring the movie into the program when I noticed something strange. I only had two audio tracks. I started listening to them and to my horror I realized that all of our audio was gone from the entire day. The recorder was on an \\
- Chad Schnackel, Mock Sides Studios1
One man band
Being the only team member is not smart. It was my first year in the contest and I was a little apprehensive, a little embarrassed, and a lot outta my league. Still, I got it done and in on time. I'm proud of that. I'm not so proud of my film. Next year I'm definitely seeking a writing team and few more camera guys. I actually loved the editing process. All by my sleep deprived self. Mashing my brain cells together, trying to make sense of all the footage and dumbass storyline.
I did get about 6 hrs of sleep Saturday night because I had no choice. I was feverish, with chills and sweats and my brain was just plain loopy. I think I might have only eaten twice, but I'm not too sure. I feel like I've been hit by a truck. BUT! I'm comin' back for more next year. Better prepared. Thanks 48 hr Film Project! Love ya!
- Ashley Palone, Kraken