The Detroit 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Detroit filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Every time I've led Metro Swarm on a 48 hour film, I've seemed to complicate things by introducing a new technique. One year it was miniatures; last year it was stop-motion. This year, the only idea I was hell-bent on was puppetry, and my loyal friends embraced it with gusto. This led to a hilarious weekend exploring new processes and considerations. I think my favorite part was how productive the swarm was via telecommute - from Friday night brainstorming and script re-writes to game-changing composition notes (the amazing Nawala theme!), I am proud to bring my crew into the cloud-based production maelstrom. Expect the unexpected from us. Love, the Metro Swarm.
- Leanne, Metro Swarm Intelligence
Less than 24 hours to go before the start of the 48-Hr Film Project 2013 Awards Program and already palms are getting sweating. Filmmakers from all walks of life are about to convergence tomorrow night to hear who won, who didn\\\'t in this year\\\'s competition. But, no matter how it turns out, please remind yourselves, those of you who entered, that winning isn\\\'t everything, experiencing is. All of you filmmakers, young or old, take first place in my book for sticking it out...your reward was having opportunity to show your work on the Big Screen in a nifty environment among your peers: the auditorium of the recently renovated Maple Theatre. To the lucky few who get to take home tangible proofs of their endurance and talents, I salute you and your teammates for a job well done.
- Victor Pytko, Bear Cubs 21
As a Muslim, we have to fast from food and water from dawn till dusk in the holy month of Ramadan. This year\\\'s competition happened to be during this month. That means, I had to make a film in 48 hours most of which I was without food and water. That was probably the most difficult part of the whole competition. When we were doing our interrogation scenes done in the garage, we literally had no more saliva left in our mouths. Couldn\\\'t even sweat anymore because we had no more liquid left in our body lol. My eyes were starting to close on their own. It was tough but it was also fun and challenging.
It was a crazy ride but I loved and enjoyed all of it. Having to do the writing, editing, directing, acting, lighting, and location prep while in that condition makes me that much confident in myself and very proud of the result of the film.
- Fawzi Yahya, YayaStudios
Editing By Sound Instead of Picture Saved the Day!
I discovered a NEW WAY TO EDIT VIDEO, during the 48 Hour Film Project Detroit!
PRISON HOLIDAY was edited on a computer that was overheating all day. The video was so jerky that I could not even see where to cut.
Instead, I had to rely upon the audio track in order to make the cuts. And I had no way of knowing what the final edit looked like until AFTER we encoded the timeline.
As it turned out, we had 3 Jump Cuts in our film. I treasure each one because, otherwise, we might not have had a final project to submit.
We won't EVEN talk about editing the dialogue because the video was so jerky I couldn't see the lips moving. All our H4N Field Recorder audio went to waste. ARRGGGHHH!
I LOVE THIS STUFF!
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Prema Qadir, Editor
- Prema Qadir, Team InnoNation
The Worst Thing Happened "After" Weekend
With the wonderful feeling of achievement in my back pocket, my home made one of a kind "iTEAM" T-shirt painted and plenty of time to get to the Detroit screening across town I swiftly headed outside to hang my crafty shirt to dry. "F#$&!!!!!" if I didn't catch my bare left foot on the air grate. Thinking I merely bruised my foot was the wrong thought. I actually sliced the sucker open. I had to drop the shirt and hop into the bathroom leaving a small trail of blood behind. Don't freak out though. I was able to put the right kind of pressure on it, tape it up and still end up at the theatre in platform heels. I'm relaxing now and "My Left Foot" is healing quite well. Nothing gets in the way of a screening.
- Mare Costello, iTEAM
It was by far our most complex and challenging story, with multiple locations and many cast members. But after filming until noon Saturday, we discovered that our trusty old camera’s tape heads were no good. Everything we had done – and half the day – was lost. We had no backup, and after calling around, no luck finding a rental or loaner. It seemed like an impossible situation, and I came very close to throwing in the towel. My cast and crew (20 people, miles from home) waited for me to make a decision. Someone suggested we just go buy a camera – whatever we can find. So we drove to Best Buy, got their best handycam, drove back to the location and started filming again. Picture quality be damned. At a frantic pace, we shot until 7:30 – frequently stopping to wait for the new battery to charge. Somehow we managed to capture the whole story. I think the frenzied pace and less-than-professional look actually enhance this particular film – and maybe it’s just my exhausted brain, but I say it’s our best one yet. I am incredibly proud of my team for pulling this off, and I am incredibly thankful that we didn’t give up. It was a powerful lesson for us. And what Victor Pytko (below) says is absolutely true. The experience is a total rush – and the memories created are worth more than a hundred awards. We share this experience not just with our own teams, but with every team that participates. You are all crazy for doing this, and I can’t wait to see what you came up with.
- Brad Gallagher, Chicken Circle
Spontaneous Dance Creation
Somewhere around late Friday night, likely past midnight, hiding in the kitchen to ensure I didn't walk into a scene being shot, a dance was created with fellow crew member Christine Nute, dubbed "The Pottery Wheel", mimicing the motions of using a pottery wheel to make a vase, then smashing it and throwing it away, with a little song to go along with it.
I don't know what it means or why it happened, but I think when you overload on caffeine and creativity and experience sleep deprivation, this kind of thing just happens.
- Shane Wheeler, Twisted Lenses
The Best Prize
The biggest reward in the 48HFP cannot be handed out following a screening. It cannot be held aloft for all to see. No mantle will hold it. It is priceless -- no money can buy it. It is earned but not awarded. It is that which develops among participants --cast, crew and competitors. It is the unique union of minds and bodies in collaborative creativity rising to meet the challenges of making a complete and entertaining movie of less than eight minutes...all within a two-day time limit. Looking forward with great anticipation to sharing the results of everyone’s endeavor. You all are winners in this one moment life experience. Congratulations all.
- Victor Pytko, ear Cubs 2