The Gaborone 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Gaborone filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
We got together as a group of friends to conquer Gaborone boredom. We along made some new friends. Am glad the film project came along, I now share a bond with my friends that is so awesome. Our 48hr journey was a come together of champions and it will forever be a show case of each others "GREATNESS" .
- Ncinci Mogapi, ChampionGroup
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well, where do i start, it was a great weekend, for so long i've been urging young film makers to work together and our group ,storytellus did just that, my production house creative hub combined with fellow film makers Thebe Gee and Tebogo N'ganda, this helped a lot as the little that we could all bring became just enough for the production to pull through, we didnt have lights, Thebe organised them, Tebogo organised audio equipment and his home made Jib. Our coming together is really the reason we managed to do this and had we decided to go at it alone as creative hub or had Thebe or Tebogo gone at it alone i highly doubt each one of us would have managed.
my experience goes like this. 1stly on kick off i was still at work. Every passing minute i was at work i could literally feel the stress work its way towards my back as all i wanted was to leave and join my crew. At around 9:30 i met with them at the team leaders house were to my horror i was told our genre was horror. The 1st chalenge we had now was there was 6 of us and a lot of equipment and we couldnt all fit in the car. some had to stay behind and call someone else to come pick them up. we met in tlokweng which became our set and place of editing. we pulled an all nighter trying to come up with a script and that was the most unproductive period, by saturday 8am there was no solid script only a basic concept (which kept changing as production went by). at that point of agreeing on the concept we had to go pick up the talent, came back to tlokweng bought food, ate, did introductions then production kicked off.
Our first scene was in bojanala and because of the one car situation only the director, talent, dop and assistant dop (mainly because he was our connection for the location) could go. We kept the shoot short and pretty simple. We finished that scene in about an hour. Soon as we got back to tlokweng were the rest of the film was to be made i gave our editor the footage so that he could start editing (we did that for every scene we shot, as soon as we were done with it the editor would start editing it and this worked in our advantage) the rest of the shoot was crazy, as id mentioned before we didnt have a solid script so ideas came up as we shot. we started around 1230 at Tlokweng and finished shooting around 0215.
The time pressure thing was there but we tried to get scenes acted and shot as good as we possibly could (atleast to our standard) and never did we just move on just because time was against us, well ok after we wrapped shooting the editor complained about one of the scenes but i was too drained to shoot it again. At that point of wrapping production i just blacked out from exhaustion. everyone was really tired at one point the boom swing was asleep while booming.
The editing process began and as much as i wanted to make an input i remembered we didnt have a script because everyone was allowed to make an input and decided to keep complaints to myself unless i felt it was something huge. music was a huge challenge during the editing process, emotions were high. i feel it was the pressure that got to both the director and the guy incharge of making music for the film. I think the director ended up accepting something that she didnt want. to me some of the music was ok but i didnt have the final say and arguing wasnt gonna take us anywhere so i didnt join in the arguments.
Indeed production is a social event, it was a lot of fun, kinda felt like what being in the big brother house must feel like, ten people, some meeting for the first time in a house for a weekend. i believe we all enjoyed ourselves, our production could have been better but we are all proud of the version we submitted, now we just cant wait for the screening.
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THE CHALLENGE TO GABZ!
- Katso Morapedi, Storytellus
You are in a learning institution don't deny yourself that chance
Picking up a storyline was not a big deal since we had a story in place, during the kick off God was with us all the way we got in and picked our genre. believe it or not it was in line in what we hope for. Friday night we sat down and drafted the first draft of our script as a team, we went to sleep after the draft was done.
The next morning after breakfast, we arranged the set as it was not far from where we slept while we waited for the camera man and the cast. We bought refreshments and meals for the day while we where still waiting. When the cast showed up we started shooting right away. we had a set back because we did not have right material, at night we needed lights we had to cancel the shooting and reschedule for the next day. We arrange to edit the first rough cut that night unfortunately we did not bring the cable to transfer the footage so we called it a night.
The next morning our team leader was not well the production was a bit slow, we did not lose hope even though it was cloudy we managed to shot and finish where we last stoped. We had a situation with one cast who showed up late but we managed to capture his footage. We relocated to other location where we scheduled to continue our shooting everything went well as panned except that some actors where in a hurry so we shot them first and released them.
We had an ample time to edit, we used computers in the school since we had students in our crew and one labtop to edit on. The security had to cancel our editing since we did not book and it was already late, he closed the labs. We where stranded with one lap top and still we did not give up since it was performing very slowly. we started freeing some memory from he lab top to give it some space. rendering was a pain in the ass we waited for almost 2 hours rendering only to find out that the footage does not fit properly in the screen we re edited from scrach and it was already late. The team was ready to give up as some team mates left to prepare for tomorrow daily life but our team leader edged us to keep going. We finished editing even though we reliased some mistakes and we did not have time to re edit and it was all wonderful
THANK YOU 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT, hope we meet again!
- Ontsheketse Martin Odirile, phs production
WHY IT IS HUMANELY IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A FILM IN 48HOURS!
My team picked Superhero as a genre.After kick off we sat down and drew a concept of what the script would look like.It was a very succesfull session.Then we proceeded to fleshing out the script and inputting the dialogue.This gave many problems as we had various creative differences emerge.Another problem we had was locations.We were relying on certain people to stick to thier weekend locations so we could use their houses but this came back to bite us in the butt.
That was Saturday.On Sunday, we were left with a very important scene to shoot and dialogue too.We ended up not being able to record the dialogue separately as we had planned.At that point I just felt like my team was in disarray.Communication had become a problem.Third parties were introduced into the creative team at a late point in production.
We ended up with a project that we felt was way below par and not worth submitting but half the team felt it was a bad decision not to submit seeing as we had spent so much money and time as well as effort on the project.Ultimately we changed team leaders and I pulled out of The 48HR Film Project-Gaborone 2013 edition.
I may have not submitted but i do not for one minute consider myself a loser.NO!I have learned so much!Some of the lessons which I thought I knew were re-echoed into my psyche at indismissible volumes!I am ready for the 2014 edition.Although,it is more likely that I will be going it alone on the Creative side.
Congratulations are due to all the teams that have submitted,I eargely await the screening!See you There!!!!
- GORATA MPUSETSANG, 90+MEDIA1
Gaborone's Groundbreaking, Crazy, beautiful weekend
Firstly I would like to say a huuuuuuuuge congratulations to all the teams that handed in a film at drop-off on-time or late you should be proud of this tremendous achievement.
The movies are in and I can safely say that Gaborone has exceeded my high expectations. With great stories, awesome execution, you have managed to pull off a great deal in your first year.
Even though we lost some teams on the way we hope that they will still support their fellow filmmakers at the screening and draw inspiration for their next film.
Meet us at New Capitol Cinema at Riverwalk on the 25th August from 13:00 to see how filmmakers turned an idea into a film.
48 HFP Film crews post your experience of this exhilarating, exhausting weekend!
- Chule , Gaborone City Producer