I present to you as a special peek into my other projects (most of which revolve around a very cool theatre in Greater Boston), an entry into the Providence, Rhode Island 48 hour film project, Monday the 13th, by Nature’s Credit Card Productions (a new team we put together earlier this year). You can watch other 48 hour films at www.48.tv.
Our movie was selected for Best of Providence and won the Audience Award at the Best of Providence showing as well as the “Best Rhose Island movie” for its references and jokes about Providence and the area, which they like to encourage.
To keep you honest, every team in the city gets the same prop, character and line of dialog, and each team picks a genre out of a hat. For us, it was:
Character — A hairdresser named Monty Chaney
Line — “If you see him again, tell me.”
Prop — A pear
Our genre — Horror
Don’t know what the 48 hour film project is and want to find out? Already know what it is and want to talk about it? Just want to bash my movie? DO SO . . . after the jump —
If you’ve never heard of a 48 hour film project, here’s the bottom line — balls-to-the wall teams get together for one weekend per city per year and each make a movie of 4-7 minutes in length in 48 hours. That means all the writing, all the shooting, all the editing, all the effects, everything, between 7 PM on Friday and 7 PM on Sunday. It’s awesome — and it’s thriving and growing across the country.
Now, the thing about 48 hour films is they rarely turn out the way you intend them to, and just getting them made is often a huge logistical accomplishment. I had a variety of roles in this one (I produced, which basically meant I had to shop for costumes and get a lot of the paperwork together — liability waivers, etc., I acted, and I did a little writing, although not as much as in past features.)
I know this movie is far from perfect, and we’d all make some changes to it if we had more time. But I think it’s fun, and it’s definitely in the spirit of the project. It delivered what the audience wanted, which was good.
I’d love to see some discussion in the topics from people — have you done a 48 hour film project? Looking at our movie, can you see things we did right/wrong (be merciless; I can take it, and I know there are lots)?
Do you have any questions about doing these movies? Do you want to get involved?
I know a fair number of OTI’s readers are movie buffs, and this is a great way to get involved in filmmaking if you’ve felt you’ve always wanted to do it. I’ll also be glad to answer any questions anybody has.
Thanks for reading and thanks for watching!
Cordner cleans up nice.
I definitely loved the screams. The way you worked the pear in was genius, pure genius- I totally snortled all over my computer screen there.
Oy, don’t I wish that $3.99 gas was the result of a raise in gas prices in my neck of the woods? Alas, gas just went DOWN to that yesterday…
A few elements seemed totally forced in. Namely, the “Jason” and the bit in the salon. Given you NAMED the film “Monday the 13th,” the Jason part is the most important to fix, and another reference to it at the end would be helpful to tie it all together. At the beginning, there needs to be a little more reason for him to be there. Maybe by having him make some remark about how all he wants is that inheritance or something, he’ll get it, bwahahaha, as John runs away… The wife in the salon, maybe Monte Chaney can reference how he’s getting her ready to make a big impression in her new city?
(I realize my suggestions are probably God awful, but I don’t like criticizing without offering *something* in return, even if what I offer is mediocre at best.)