The Philadelphia 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The Philadelphia filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Possibilities of 16 Lloyd
Fans of 16 Lloyd Productions' blog post from last year will recall that our project got off to a rough start: we didn't have a final screenplay until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Not this year! Our primary creative team (cameraman Brendan, composer Paul, writer Amy, and myself) had a better strategy. We piled in the car together to head out to Little Berlin to pick up our packet and woodshed our story during the ride home.
It worked. We brainstormed 3 ideas, and chose one during a late dinner at a Thai restaurant located on top of a bowling alley in Wayne. I mention the bowling alley because I feel like the multipurpose use of the establishment is a suitable metaphor for this year's film, Possibilities.
During the writing, it was decided that primary cameraman Brendan would forego his camera duties to play the lead role instead, leaving our director of photography, Kyle, to take care of everything camera-related. Everything. No problem, because he's really good.
Sometimes I'm super grateful for my lack of knowledge and perspective: it makes things seem so possible.
Back at Amy and Paul's house, we had not only a final script at 1:30 a.m., but also a full set of "intimacy security" packages, courtesy of Amy's stellar graphic design skills. "Possibilities," a fake product designed to address the fake condition of intimacy security, comes in a number of forms: pills, a spray, and a giant, diaper-sized box. Who knows what it is, or what it does. And that's the fun of it.
We filmed at Paul and Amy's house from 10-5:30 the next day, finishing up half an hour before my projection. We were like a machine! I feel like my low standards of quality as a director were part of what allowed us to finish early. I like to remember the "quality triangle" during projects: cost, time, and quality. Whatever. I desperately wanted to avoid the 2-minutes-to-spare render/burn spree in the car on Kelly Drive last year, which probably knocked a couple of years off my life.
More multipurpose roles: my Mom played the role of Grandma, in addition to providing craft services during the day, and managing to get in a nice walk around the neighborhood. Leslie managed the boom mic, while simultaneously posting updates to social media. Lead actor Niki enjoyed her upgrade from production assistant in a previous movie, and embraced her role with passion and irreverence.
Brendan headed home with our footage, editing over night and Sunday morning. Meanwhile, Paul scored original music for the whole thing. Paul and Amy also multitasked voiceover work.
By 6 p.m. Brendan was on his motorcycle, DVD in hand, for a dropoff well under the deadline.
Another 48 Hour Film Project done. Another amazing weekend with a talented and synergistic crew. Two of the best days of my life.
- Jesse Piersol, 16 Lloyd Productions