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Time Laps (Minneapolis 48hr Film Project)

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Uploaded on Jun 29, 2011

For the last few years, some friends and I have been participating in the 48 hour film festival. This years took place over the weekend of June 10-12, 2011. If you're not familiar with the festival, it's basically an international contest (each week occurring in a different city/state/region) where each group has 48 hours to shoot, edit, and produce a short video/film.

Each group is given a genre, prop, character, and line of dialogue that must be used at some point in the video. Our group was given the genre of time travel, a magnet for a prop, Lena (or Les) Olinger (a driving instructor) for a character, and "Tell me about it!" as the line of dialogue.

Things went pretty well this year, and I think we had a really good idea. We decided to take the concept of time travel and treat it like a pendulum, causing a loop in time if you will. Without giving too much away, we also thought it'd be cool to write the script as a palindrome -- (listen carefully to the dialogue!) There was quite a bit of backstory written that we decided not to include in the film (for aesthetic reasons as well as time constraints) and overall we were pretty pleased. We didn't want to spell everything out and give away too much to the audience, but instead leave it up to them to interpret it. Although, this left room for confusion, I was relatively pleased with how people responded.

We got very lucky with locations and lighting this year. We were able to shoot in the bar for the better part of the day without having to add additional lighting due to the ambient lighting as well as how well the camera handled it. The flashback scene in the alley & parking ramp was also shot without additional lighting and no color correction was used on the footage.

This was also the first time, shooting with a DSLR camera (Canon 7D) and let me tell you, I was blown away with the results. We basically rented the camera Friday before we drew our genre and I spent about three to four hours getting familiar with it while we began brainstorming. The quality and richness of the footage blew my mind and needless to say, I'm sold on the format.

We did have some audio problems, the biggest being the shotgun/boom mics not cooperating with our portable Marantz recorder. This forced us to record a fair amount of ADR, which ate up a bit of time to sync, but all in all it was well worth it.

The result is what you see. I feel like we made another leap in terms of production value. I always look back and think about what I'd change or add if we had more time, but really that's what it's all about - a strict timeline. Overall, I'm pleased with what we ended up with!

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