The Inland Empire 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Inland Empire filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Always a challenge...always worth it!
This was my fourth time participating in the 48 Hour Film Project Inland Empire, my third as a Director/Team Leader. Each time I've found some way that I wanted to challenge myself and my team (as though making a film in 48 hours wasn't challenging enough lol). This year the challenge was that we would use two units for whatever we came up with. And honestly I thought that would be awesome because that meant we could literally be in two places at one time and probably finish production earlier than we otherwise would.
Well we eventually decided we would utilize the second unit primarily for crowd scenes outside of a building while I'd stay with the 1st unit with the primary actors and get the "core" scenes done. I can't give enough praise to my second unit in general and my second unit director specifically (Marc Ortiz). They hit hurdle after hurdle...after hurdle...and just plowed right on.....car load of kids late for the very first shot of the day because they are siblings and one of them is sick? No problem....One location off limits because an illegal business tried to operate there and now there is security that won't let anyone near the place....no problem......find an alternate location ...set up....only to have the cops show up and tell you that you have 10 minutes and then you better get the heck outta there? NO PROBLEM.
During the day with first unit now and then someone would come up to me in between takes "Cops showed up at second unit." I'd look at the text message they were holding up...shrug..."Marc has to deal with it...he's in charge there...okay lets go for another take!" LOL. My job during production felt easy by comparison. Hats off to them!
Now my job did get significantly more difficult when the footage from the second unit arrived and I found out that the opening we had written? Yeah...couldn't get that...cops kicked us out sorry. LOL understandable. So a bit of adapt and overcome was neccessary as I figured out a new way to edit the opening...but other than that...2nd unit pulled through in every way! Great footage, no arrests, everyone made it home safe and sound, and all had fun. And seeing their faces light up at the screening when they saw their work on the big screen.....definitely worth it all :)
- Michael Antony Pierce, Dream More Than Sleep
almost lost our footage!
We had film our shots and scenes. then the following few hours in editing. turns out we couldn't convert our footage to our editor. and almost lost all hope and footage wise. then finally traveled all over inland Empire to get the converting process done. and bamm! finally got it to work right. and had ourselves a film to present this this Friday! haha
- William Fitz, Flyingsquirrel
Always expect the unexpected
Some of my actors lost rides, one even lost a wallet a couple hours before boarding the bus. I just hop in the car and became the driver. It was a lot of excitement but all went well.
It was wonderful working with the group. I can\\\'t wait until I see the other fellow filmmakers!
- Yara da Silva-Heying, The Desert Rats
Wow, our camera fell from about 6 feet height. Luckily we were filming in a park with those padded rubber floors. Only the eye piece broke off and everything else works on the camera. Still used the 3 inch display. Sony makes some pretty good cameras. We used the Sony FX7. Well, I have a couple of back up cameras, but it was nice to just use the one camera this year... and we got it done. Disaster avoided. Please check out our film... The Spy Barista! :) break a leg.... not a camera. :)
- Mark Schaefer, Super-Natural-Films.com