Reflections on the 48 Hour

With the red carpet screening of our 48 hour film only 24 hours away, it’s hard to believe what we were able to accomplish over the weekend of July 12 – 14!  At 7:00 pm on July 12, the writing team of Lisa Bruhn, Giovanni Tejada , Aaron Bornstein and myself received our genre “Horror!”  At 7:30 p.m. we received the elements that had to be included the film:  a garden hose, the character, Margaret McCarthy, Interpreter, and the line “You know what I mean?”

Fortified by a quick meal of chicken and coleslaw, we went to work!  By 2:30 a.m. we had come up with our script – A director of a steampunk acting troupe currently performing “Faust” – a play about a man who sells his sole to the devil – “awakens” to discover he is already dead and in hell, haunted by the sins of his past!

We delivered the script via our private facebook page to the actors and director of photography, Paul Mathew Giret, who at 4:00 a.m. began his shot list.  At 7:00 a.m., actors, crew and make-up artists arrived.  While make-up was being applied, we went about our first shot around 9:00 a.m. – and started a full cast shoot around 11:00 a.m.

Shooting went well into the wee hours of Sunday morning, wrapping at 4:00 a.m.  For many, this had been more than a 24 hour day without sleep!  Actors went home to recover and several us of stayed overnight at the shooting location.

Editing was completed at 6:50, leaving us less than 40 minutes to get to the drop off location (which normally would be over 40 minutes away).  Our film was turned in, on time, at 7:28 leaving two minutes to spare!!

Despite little sleep, long days, the time constraint – and pressure, the 48 hour is a fun and valuable experience for all involved!  Perhaps most importantly, a film actually gets completed!  And there is great satisfaction in what can be accomplished in so little time!  For some actors, it is the first time they have ever been on set and that is an invaluable learning experience!  The 48 pushes ones creative boundaries and it is a revelation what can do in such a short period of time

Enjoy our poster and trailer!