The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Greensboro filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Loved the 48HFP - what a challenge!
When our team leader Kerry came to us with the idea of doing this challenge, every member of BSF thought the same thing: "Bring it on!" Having only just started doing film projects this year, we weren't sure what to expect out of such a condensed and hectic time frame, but every one of us was excited to try, and we weren't disappointed in the experience.
As a member of the writing team, I found that one of our earliest challenges was just narrowing down all the crazy and hilarious ideas we came up with. Some had to be scrapped immediately - didn't fit the genre, wrong location, not enough actors, lack of props, etc. - and others we had to build a consensus with the rest of the team before we could finally flesh out the details. In the end, after an all-nighter that led to insane babblings and weird discussions like "let's just title it "WHY NOT ZOIDBERG!?", we had completed the first step. Now came the hard part: actually filming it!
My house ended up being the location for our film, which meant 7AM fast-cleaning sessions & finding space for equipment, props, and 20+ people sitting around my living room! All of our AMAZING volunteers were a humongous help, from acting to setup to sheer morale boosting when the day started feeling loooong. There were lots of hilarious moments as well as stressful molments, such as:
-a certain sleep-deprived writer/homeowner shouting "My Kitchen!" like a 4-year old when he saw the lead actor flinging spaghetti & marinara sauce all over his counters & floor
-figuring out that we left the required prop back in Chapel Hill, 45 minutes away, and had to make a last-minute grocery visit
-flinging dirt at the plastic sheet in front of our camera, only to watch the sheet rip in half like it was tissue paper and the dirt cover our only camera
-doing a half-dozen practice takes of dropping the wine glass on the floor (which was padded with towels) only to have it break on the first (and only) actual take (that sound effect, and the actor's reactions, was totally real!)
Finally, by 7pm Saturday, we had wrapped up filming and the intense task of editing came into play. Our director/cameraman Andrew is also our editor alongside my wife Alicia, and together they took the jumbled, hastily filmed, insane mess that was our rough draft and turned it into something that we are intensely proud of! With an hour-long drive to Greensboro, we were really pushing the time limit towards the end; we found out lots of little things we never could've guessed, like printing those documents WAY in advance (BOTH our printers ran out of ink that Sunday & we had to rush to a friend's apartment to print the last release forms) and practicing the required format rendering before the final product (we ended up rendering the film a half-dozen times because Adobe Premiere kept changing on us!). Finally, with a whole 8 minutes to spare (plenty of time! :P), we turned in our film after an exhausting weekend.
For our first filming project attempt, this was a sheer pleasure and I think I speak for all of Bottom Shelf Films when I say that we loved every minute of it and can't wait for next year. Thanks, 48HFP!
- Mark Burns, Bottom Shelf Films
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We were part of the SICK CHICK FLICKS team.
GIFTED filmmakers and actors we were glad to be a part of.
Christine Parker, Bill Mulligan, Alan Watkins, Angela and Angela (2 of them... can't remember their last names !) Heather Stevens, Katie Parker, Carrie Jones, Katie's friend Hannah and Lis, a SUPER SUPER nice young lady who invited us to use her home for filming. We sure appreciated that. Sick Chick Flicks are Newcomers to the 48, though Charlie and I have taken part before with a different group.
First, we drew DARK COMEDY for a genre. I'm sure every single member of our team JUMPED FOR JOY. You see, we're all a little obsessed with the macabre ..... and some of us are funnier than we really need to be on a daily basis.....
SOOOOO ..... Suffice it to say that we were pleased.
Our Writer /Director /SICK CHICK IN CHARGE Christine, wrote a script that can only be described as GENIUS......All key elements incorporated beautifully..... with each Actor seemingly taking on the persona of their character for the day.
Or so it seemed.... but maybe just for me ...... because I got to SLAP Charlie. When he read that he said "Now wait a minute, Christine !!!" .... *LOL*..... We did have to do that take several times.... I really was TRYING .... just couldn't seem to get the SLAP right .....
Oh, but I digress........
Aside from a few MOMENTS OF PANIC .....
*Overheard on set*
"I thought YOU got the STRAWBERRIES"
"I'm half naked in here"
"Yes, you can go pee, but don't touch anything"
"It's OK if he sees me naked, he IS a teacher"
"Does blood really squirt like that ?"
"who has the best handwriting?"
Everything went well.... and we were wrapped by 5 pm Saturday.
A SHORT WRAP party back at the hotel with pizza and our own SICK CHICK FLICKS "Bloody Good Red" wine.
Then We left to LET THE EDITTING BEGIN !!!
Sunday evening at about 10 minutes til 7..... SICK CHICK FLICK'S entry into the 48 was turned in !!! WOOOO HOOOOOOO !!
We can't wait to see it.... and others at the Screening !
We had an absolute BLAST working with this team .... AS ALWAYS !!!
We LOVE the 48 !!!
Dina B. & Charlie
Team SICK CHICK FLICKS
THANK YOU GREENSBORO 48 HFP !!
- Dina B. & Charlie, SICK CHICK FLICKS
Whew, that was intense!
Having participated on a 48 team as Assistant Director the last two years, I had no idea how hard this was. A.D. is kind of a cushy job and you usually wrap early on Saturday night. Being a Team Leader, Producer, Director, and Co-Writer? Much, much harder!
We were a fairly small team-only 8 of us- so all of us had to pitch in and play multiple roles. Amanda Elizabeth (the other half of 2GeekyGirls) was co-writer, actress, assistant camera, and editor. Neil Mackay (Director of Photography) got to try his hand at directing when I was disposed elsewhere. Assistant Director J. Evan Wade also had a small acting role. Our Production Assistant Jesse Eads played another small role and did the makeup for our leads. Actors Drew Matthews and Lilly Nelson often helped out with additional P.A. duties when needed. Neb Rodgers got to concentrate on sound but that wasn't a fun job as we were shooting outside in a very busy place.
We did get a great location through one of my connections in Saxapahaw. We shot one scene in the show condo (condos are now leasing for any of you interested-these places are beautiful!) and then the rest of the scenes were shot in the beautiful exteriors of Saxapahaw Rivermill, an old textile mill that has been converted to living spaces and commercial shops. This is one of my favorite places to visit! Lunch was catered by the Saxaphaw General Store which is known far and wide for their delicious locally sourced meals.
We drew the Mistaken Identity genre and instilled a bit of suspense in our story. Our actors did an amazing job even through all the interruptions of workmen doing construction work nearby, people strolling or driving through the parking garage, etc. Although it apparently didn't rain in Greensboro on Saturday, we got a 10 minute downpour right as we were starting to film a crucial scene. So we had to wait that out and then film some additional scenes to explain why the ground was dry in one scene and wet in the next. It worked out eventually and we wrapped at 5:00 pm, in good time.
Our editor, Amanda, was glued to her screen from 9:00 pm Saturday night to 7:00 pm Sunday night, diligently working around sound issues and shots that ran a little too long. We found ourselves about 20 second over our time limit and had to make some difficult cuts to the end scene. We also unfortunately ran out of time to get this to our offscreen music guy, Patrick Prejusa, who was going to score for us. That was a disappointment as he would have put some great stuff in but time just ran out. After a long rendering process on our final draft, we had to quickly burn to disk and USB and get it in. I left my house at 7:05 and feverishly drove downtown (most stressful drive in my life!) but I made it with about 10 minutes to spare.
What a weekend! I'm really proud of what we accomplished with so few team members. Everyone worked really hard and rolled with the punches which I so appreciate. I hope everyone had a good time.
One last thought-I was so happy to see a lot of female-lead teams this year. Women are still struggling to be seen as true filmmakers in Hollywood so this was an impressive turnout of local talent.
- Cari A. Hopson, 2GeekyGirls