The Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Johannesburg filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
After we first competed in 2011, we had a core team that continued to make indie shorts. So, when we entered 48HFP again this year, we were ready and our team worked so well together we could almost read each other's minds.
Using what we learned from earlier experiences:
- We shot at ONE location
- We used 2 cameras at a time to save on setting up for angles
- We had two professional sound engineers on set
- Each team member knew exactly what was expected of them
- We started logging and rough cutting on set
- As a first time director, I trusted my team to give their input, so I could make the final call.
- Made use of the music sponsored to complete a beautiful score.
So...everything went extremely smoothly, there were no fights, no mishaps, and we didn't need to rush filming - we were kind of relaxed.
What I learned this year:
-The only two people that should be involved in everything is your Director and Producer.
- Do not waste time on things that "don't matter"
- Spend more time on the script but keep it simple (do not try to push a feature film into 7mins)
- Know what you can and can't do within the time frame
- Have fun!!! And learn as much as possible!!!
So, all and all, it was an amazing, surprisingly relaxed weekend (compared to 2 years ago)
Can't wait for next year! Thanks 48HFP!!!
(Still waiting to draw that musical!!!)
- Lize Jacobs, Zwoosh!
The strong ones will continue
An hour before the 48hour shoot kicks off, our team anticipates for the theme/genre, back at the office. I'm with my camera operator and my sound lady at the Goethe Institute.
I make an announcement that we doing a horror film!!!!! That's when the real horror began in our team..
As we got to our HeadQuarters ( Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking ) there's 10 people waiting for us to brainstorm the concept, turn it into script and possible start shoot the same evening.
Well nothing went right, everything started to crumble, people were restless and unhappy with the genre. The team collapsed in the early hours of Saturday.
We were only 3 ladies left we started and finished the film and we did well I must say. Was disappointed at some stage but I manage to succumb all the negativity. We did it girls....
- Twiggy Matiwana, Vuutha
48 Hour Mayhem
Friendships were tested.
Sun and Time were chased and unfortunately one of our crew members' car got stolen.
It was an unforgettable adrenalin filled weekend.
Will definitely do it again.
The best part was learning and creating.
Can't wait to see all the other films.
- Sara, Necessary Concepts
The 48 Hour curse
What a weekend!!!
Starting of 30 mins into our shoot, our Black Magic cinema camera broke.... (arghhh) so we ended up shooting on a 60D! no sleep for about 48 hours, and the car breaking down containing sound equipment... and locations being so far apart from one another because of last minute decisions... it was tough... but none the less... We had the best team.. couldnt have asked for anyone one better!
it was truly a magical experience and we had loads of laughs, funny moments... plenty of sleep walking and plenty of red bulls!! Bonding with friends and making a great movie.
Thanks to my team!! your guys rocked!! and thank for the 48 hour film project for brining this to Johannesburg!!
- Jaco Dempsey, Leftjie
Recovering from an amazing weekend of shooting a 48hour Film with an excellent Cast and Crew. I call it organised confusion! #GoodMorningOfficer
- Bongani Mabuza, Jozi Love Machine.
We made something like a film in 42 hours
With 4 script writters, 3 directors, 2 producers, 2 dop's, a wheel chair for a dolly, a train station, a stichy lake scene, loosing equipment in a field somewhere, arguments, my granmothers house, play energy drink, editing till the sun came up a comedian actor for a drama script, a super hero that wore crox, last weekened was surreal.
would we go through it again just to be that stressed and living on hot dogs and half done fries? yes, we would!
Cant wait for next year!!!
- busisiwe xaba, infinite reels
Movie Magic at its best!
What an amazing journey this has been!
3 months of preparation, location scouting, equipment securing, casting calls, favor-calling, favor-making, begging, crying, stressing, studying, dancing, laughing, more location scouting and LOTS OF FREAKING OUT all for one weekend of chaos and fun!
YOu are never prepared for the fights, the sleepless nights, the time limit, the PROP;LOD;CHARACTER, and yet it flows like water when you have such creative people in your team!
Our film was one of firsts!
First time director...
First time editor...
First time cinematographer... (Who never even broke a sweat)
First time actors...
First time visual effects...
First time producer...
First time original film scoring...
First time being able to sleep on a Friday and Saturday...
First time that most of us ever worked together...
Our film was also ones of perfect accidents!
But when your film isn't rendered, exported and without music at 5:50pm Sunday evening all you can do is pray! And then all the perfects accidents happened! 180kmh on the highway to the dropoff, no fines, and with 3 mins to spare!
We did it! We made a film in 48 Hours! Can't wait till next year!
- Tammy Van Den Heever, TAMZANART