The San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The San Francisco filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
The DVIants rule
Okay, I\\\'m one of the ones that had the easy part...acting. The production team had all the stress. Inconvenient? Yes...up way past my bedtime, Lots of waiting?...of course, which is SOP in all film productions it seems, but there were also fun times and lots of comraderie.
My main reason for my writing though, is to express my sincere appreciation for all the hospitality, food, and kindnesses that were extended to me during the 27 hours I spent either on or near the set. The DVIant\\\'s are about the nicest production team I\\\'ve ever come across. So many times I was asked \\
- Janet Gautier, DVIants
Hereby known as the DVIants - a band of 5 struggling students and 1 key instructor at SFSU\\\'s College of Extended Learning\\\'s Digital Video Intensive - we began our 48 hours long weekend discombobulated and all-over-the-map.
Often at odds with each other, we reluctant DVIants slyly netted a trusting crew of 6 seasoned actors, a couple of crack music composers, and team of 5 tireless PAs. These deceptively recruited, yet earnest volunteers – Oh! How naive they all were! When, oh WHEN would they discover our deviant secret? The secret was that we had absolutely NO IDEA what we were doing!
And throughout an emotionally intense weekend, tick-talk, tick-talk, the DVIants experienced more than their share of conflict and stress. Arguments... polarization... and incomplete scripts (and who has the latest version?)!
Mixed among the tragedy of conflict was a comedy of errors, and ... devastation. Our beautiful prop – that gleaming and glistening, one-of-a-kind snow globe (imported from Manhattan!), was soon smashed to bits! NOT making this up. Really happened!
Tick-Talk. Tick-Talk. Tick-Talk!
Yet… with each pulsating movement of the clock, the DVIants began to find coordination and compromise. Yes, certainly a tear or two, but more importantly, a big and bulging barrel full of laughs. What’s more, at last, we DVIants found... collaboration!
Sure, still - all well and good, but… Tick-Talk. Tick-Talk. Would we make it on time?
A final rush in the car (ignore those red lights!) – racing to the drop-off point, laptop in tow; its delicate thumb-drive containing a masterpiece – barely 5% rendered!
But, by some miracle of miracles (and not a cop in sight enroute!), we find Doris Day parking – curbside – at the drop-off lounge. The DVIants make it through the doors; our project now 49% rendered – when, all of a sudden – Ca-Ching! 100% rendered, and time stamped at 7:19 PM! 11 minutes to spare! The last 48 hours – now but a distant memory.
Yet, it’s exquisite. This life. Oh – so sweet. The friends we make. The experiences we share. The lessons we learn. The memories we hold.
DVIants rule. Life is good.
- Ken Higgins, DVIant Productions
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