May. 5, 2008 at 7:29am
A film fest worth fighting for
This weekend has been an all-encompassing, movie making experience. I suppose when you commit to something called the 72 Hour Film Festival you should know what you're in for from the start. Which we mostly did. Izenmania and I teamed up to enter this year and had an absolute blast doing so.
After receiving our instructions/guidelines at the Grand Thursday at 8pm we knew we could do this. Each year teams are given 72 hours to create a film under 5 minutes with only four musts for each film: a specified location, action, line, and prop. This time around teams had to include a museum, blowing bubbles, "I feel like I've/we've been here before", and a fortune cookie respectively. That night we hashed out a bit of script then split up so Izenmania could finish that part while I pieced together some equipment and prepped it all for shooting the next morning.
We met up with a couple of our actors at 7:15am and took to filming. Our ideas ran us all around Tacoma but we made a point to attend Friday's Frost Park lunch to grab a quick shot, view some great chalk art, then eat lunch over at Paddy Coynes. Couldn't rest too long so right after food we filmed a couple more sequences. We then headed back to our house for (admittedly) some Rock Band and the filming of yet a couple more scenes.
Saturday didn't start as early as the day before but we filmed a couple key scenes including a few pick-ups of missed items the day before. Drizzly rain rolled into town but didn't dampen our spirits nor ruin any of our project or its continuity. It probably actually helped out with our final scene, too, so I can't complain. Izenmania and I then split up. He started in on music and I on editing. I pieced about half of the film together in a rough cut to send over so Izenmania could start feeling out how exactly what music would fit where. We again took an evening sanity break to see some previews followed by Iron Man but did yet more work after that until about 1:30am.
Sunday brought it all together. After breakfast with friends (hey, ya gotta eat) we continued to do our separate editing and music thang and I also got some more audio recorded to dub over and add sound effects to various portions of the film. After sending over a few more cuts of the film, Izenmania and cousin came in to the office to help finish things up. They both rocked the soundtrack with a piano piece composed and performed by Izenmania himself, a track from This Shirt Is Pants, and some great synth work from a friend of theirs down in Arizona. We dropped the music in under the dialog, sound effects, and video and, before we knew it, had us a movie. Thankfully everything burned successfully and we delivered our DVD back to the Grand at 7:30pm Sunday -- with 30 minutes to spare before the 8pm deadline.
Next Friday will be the premier of our film as well as others from among the 30 participating film fest teams. If other teams had as much fun and were able to come up with as solid a product as we managed then it should make for a great evening. You can get tickets at the Grand for about $11 I believe.
There was far more to this effort than just a couple people all of which are acknowledged in our credits. Unfortunately, since our film came in at the 5 minute mark to the frame (including credits) those names scroll/whiz by for a mere 2 seconds. Rest assured that when we post our work online after the premiere we'll lay out a list of everyone that helped out. In the meantime, and in a more general sense, thanks! We couldn't have done it without you.
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by Erik on 5/5/2008 @ 11:32am
|We met up with a couple of our actors at 7:15am and took to filming. Our ideas ran us all around Tacoma but we made a point to attend Friday's Frost Park lunch to grab a quick shot, view some great chalk art, then eat lunch over at Paddy Coynes.|
Looks life Frost Park is going to be in at least two 72 Hour Film Festival entries. I was able to see some chalk park challengers being recruited as actors.
Looking forward to this years entries and for the DVD.
by Adam the Alien on 5/6/2008 @ 6:50pm
|Damn it, you got a much better sanity break than I did! My sanity break was five hours of my sound tech job Sunday morning (I would've called it off, but I'm already taking the day off NEXT Sunday).|
More on my INsanity break later, in my own blog.
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!