The Toronto 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Toronto filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
how not to make a film
our idea materialized within 20 minutes of the kickoff. we knew we needed to a) film in a seedy motel and b) get a dude to strip butt naked in a big open field.
we realized from previous 48hr film projects that getting really drunk friday evening was a bad plan, but did not consider that doing coke would be even worse.
this resulted in an essentially non-existent script at 5am when we called it a night, or morning.
our first shot involved getting all our socks soaked in a marsh, losing our pot in the tall grass, seeing a majestic ram run through the field and most importantly one of our actors stripping all his clothes off for a full frontal shot.
we arrived at the waverly hotel, where we planned to shoot, without a reservation, coming up with an elaborate story about how we were a traveling film crew that needed a room for 5-6 people for a few hours to have a meeting, possibly sleep and store our gear to keep it safe. somehow i think we made ourselves appear sketchier than most of their clientele, and were told there were no rooms available.
our backup plan was an hour long drive to vaughan to a by-the-hour motel frequented by adulterers. the room was stained with cum and the wall had been carefully painted without moving any of the crude paintings of flowers that were hung up. by the time we left it was a disheveled mess of cigarette butts, beer bottles, pot smoke, coke residue and some small holes in the ceiling made by the props department. a heavy police presence appeared in the parking lot as we were leaving, but thankfully was not for us.
by the time we got back to toronto to pick up a 3d animation of the universe to composite into a suitcase from our reluctant graphics man we were in no state to edit a film.
drifting in and out of consciousness, we found ourselves sleeping in front of computers with our eyes wide open several times and were told strange stories of vicious unconscious outbursts at girlfriends who had been asked politely to wake us up from our brief naps.
by the time we finished editing the film we finally realized what it was about, but it was too late to make that at all clear in the edit.
what remains now is very much like life; confusing, strange, at times beautiful, too short and without any sort of resolution whatsoever.
our memories of the weekend will forever remind us of what it's like to be young and completely reckless in these few years before we become too old and these stories stop being funny and start becoming deeply depressing and disturbing.
- The Snake, The Snake Pictures
Hey all. Just wanted to drop a line of thanks to Chris and Steve for another wildly successful weekend.
It's taken a few days, I'm almost caught up on my sleep now, and I wouldn't change a heart-pumping mucho-exhilarating moment!! From giddiness to inspiration to flying-by-the-seat-of-our-respectives, everyone on our team came together for a weekend we won't forget.
I look forward to working with my talented team for years.
- Peter Campbell, Spiced Reality Productions