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New 48 Hour Film

October 31, 2019 Leave a comment

My son and I participated in a 48 hour film festival laster year, as you can see here. This year, we did it again, but it was quite different. I wrote last year’s script which was a bit more serious. My son, Nathan, who is a junior in high school, wrote this year’s script entirely, and it’s just fun and crazy. See for yourself and try not to laugh!

But first, a few details. Each entry share 5 common “required” elements which were chose at random at the kickoff event. These were a them of transformation, a location being a dining room, a painter character, a prop being a tube of lipstick, and a line of dialogue being “This might be the __________ day of my life.” Nathan wrote these into his script on Friday night, but due to busy lives, we would not shoot until Saturday. He saw it was supposed to rain all day the next day, so he wrote that into the script and kept things at one, mostly indoor location. To our surprise, it NEVER RAINED! We had to use a hose and special effects to try and pull off the script as written.

Being that our Sunday is fully booked with church duties from 7:30am until noon, we needed to be done by then, and not the 3pm deadline. We filmed Saturday until close to 5pm and immediately began editing. I started exporting the video at 1:30am and set my alarm for 4am to get up and see if any changes were needed. Fortunately, there weren’t any pressing issues to fix, so we went with the first render.

At the awards show, it was a clear crowd favorite, but with the judging, we got second place again. It was a mostly fun experience, and I’m finally getting to feel somewhat rested!

Now, enjoy “Vanderkalt the Magnificent”!

 

 

48 hours filming with my son and his buddies…

October 30, 2018 1 comment

What did you do last weekend? I made a film with my son and his buddies from high school. I’ve never done a 48 hour film before, and it was a lot of fun but a whole lot of work! I’m still recovering from sleep deprivation. We created something we’re proud of. The rules said to include a location or something about Joplin, the phrase “only human”, and some religious icon of some sort. The cool thing is out of the 4 judges, one was a longtime producer from Hollywood, and he gave us very high marks. Out of 480 possible points, we were only 5 away from winning best picture.

The main rule, as is common with these events, is that no creative work or even logistics can be done before the clock starts ticking. How could you even, since you don’t know the them until the clock starts. It didn’t help matters that there was a playoff football game the first night after the 48 hours began. Then, for me, Sunday morning from 6:30 to noon is pretty much gone with church stuff. So in all reality is was basically Saturday that we had to do everything.

Here’s the result!

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