UPDATE: Our first narrative film, Level Up, has been nominated for 8 Awards, including BEST FILM of the 48 Hour Film Project New Orleans! Join us Saturday, August, 12, 2017 for the Awards Ceremony and Best of Screening.
Staying balanced is the key to life. For us, balance is best achieved by the pursuit of creative endeavors outside of our norm. Typically, we focus on documentary films, event videos for conferences and such, but this weekend's task to create was a bit different.
We created a film for the New Orleans 48-Hour Film Project from Friday to Sunday. We weren't quite sure what to expect. We knew it would be challenging, but I don't think we knew just how far we could push ourselves until after this weekend.
Day 1 - Kickoff the CREATIVE.
- We drew two film genres out of the pot: Coming of Age and Martial Arts (Martial Arts probably being the genre we wanted LEAST out of all 40 something genres to choose from!!).
- Each team was also required to incorporate the same required character (Stan Gill - an ex-ballplayer), prop (a sealed envelope), and line (What just happened?!). Look out for those elements in our film!
- We then went back to our studio to begin story development, write the script, and set the schedule for production. This was the most challenging and important aspect of the 48 Hour Film Project for us!
Day 2 - SHOOT OUR HEARTS OUT.
- First, we finalized the script, hunted down martial arts costumes, and secured shoot locations.
- Second, we met with Bella, our lead actress, and ran through the script and story with her. We then recorded her voiceover, as she served as a partial narrator for our coming of age film.
- Third, we filmed our karate scenes with both Bella and Tiray, our "YouTube martial arts instructor."
- We then ran to Ancora Pizzeria on Freret and filmed our "chef" restaurant scene with our "Mom," Jamie.
- Next up we traveled to our "family home" and shot our opening drone and family dinner shots. We also filmed our cutaways of Bella's sisters and Mom in their element cooking and dancing.
- Lastly, back at the studio, we edited until about 5:30 am...well some of us. While Joe and Chris slept on an air mattress in the front room, Janice and I laid down the base of the edit and started shaping the film (see hilarious photo of the sleeping beauties below).
Day 3 - EDIT LIKE CRAZY.
- A late night and an early AM at the office proved no match for our creative spirits!
- We had some shots left to to complete of Joe, our "Stan Gill/Dad" so Chris and Joe headed out early to complete those. Janice and I caught a solid hour of sleep and then pushed on.
- We then edited as a team like crazy all day.
The Final Countdown!!!
With less than 30 minutes to spare, we did it! Turned in our final cut, our screener, and truly our first narrative short film! It's amazing what we were able to accomplish together at this moment in time. This is part of why filmmaking is so special and important to us. It serves as a marker for creative progress, and making new goals more ambitious than the last. Who knows what the future holds...we do know today, this type of filmmaking is a fantastic experience.
We had a crew size of about 8 and cast of 6 (including one of the 8 crew members). The most memorable part of the experience was working with new people (our actors) who we literally just met. Conveying our story and the message behind it, then directing our new friends was both challenging and super fun.
We all collaborated to write the script. Most of us had never produced a narrative film before (documentary/commercial is our specialty) so we knew this would be the most challenging part for us.
We enjoyed celebrating at the premiere screening on July 29, 2017 at the World War 11 Museum with our friends and family. We are looking forward to the Awards Ceremony and Best of Screening this Saturday, August 12 to find out if our film wins any awards out of our 8 nominations. Wish us luck! It has been an honor to compete among such talented filmmakers, and we are so grateful for the recogntion. The best is yet to come!