Guy and I decided a couple months ago that we'd like to tackle the 48 Hour Film Project. The rules are simple, you pull a genre out of the hat, and every team is assigned the same Prop, Character, and Line of dialogue. You get these assignments at 7:00 pm Friday, and you have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a finished film, turning it in at 7:00 pm Sunday. If you're a minute late, you're disqualified. It's a ride.
When Guy and I picked "Time Travel," as our genre we were super excited. After some bleary deliberation, we decided on our idea... what if a date was going so poorly, you decided to use your powers to bend space and time so you could try again? We fleshed out the ins and outs, the rules of the world, and why this character (played to perfection by Kathy Searle) would continue to go back in time again and again. Guy then took the reins and wrote like the wind (He actually wrote 4 different drafts in 3 hours).
At midnight on Friday, we found ourselves at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, who graciously were going to let us shoot overnight. We had a tight 4-person cast at the ready, and a scrappy 5-person crew, which included me & Guy. At 7:30 am Saturday, cleaning up after the wrap, I could tell we had something special. All the actors took Guy's script to a level I don't think even we expected... Duane Ferguson nailed every shot, completely understanding our concept of making the same scene look like it was taking place in different iterations. Edmund Kasubinksi's sound was impeccable, and we really were almost too excited to sleep.
After a short nap, I started cutting it up... Duane and Guy joined me throughout the edit all day Saturday, we shot a pickup scene in my apartment Saturday afternoon and by 7:00 Saturday night, we had a picture locked film. Guy and I looked at each other in disbelief... and decided to head home for a full night's sleep. A full night's sleep on 48 hour film weekend?? Unheard of.
Sunday was spent color correcting, mixing sound, creating titles, and wrangling the incredible music from Michael Harrigan... who was composing off site in his studio, sending us tracks as he went. We were at the dropoff location an hour early, and may have had one or two alcoholic beverages.
The following Friday, we watched all the films that were part of our screening group (the first of two) and we knew we had a good shot. I love watching and listening as my films play in front of a live crowd. You could hear people reacting along with Kathy's journey, and it was so fun to feel the weight in the room lift as our movie's ending dawned on everyone. It was a ton of fun.
And then the next week, we screened along with the other "48 Hr Best of NY" film projects, and hung around after as they gave out awards... it was pretty fun running up and down the stairs to collect 3 of our 5 awards, and giving their required 4-7 word thank you speeches (in the spirit of 48 hours). We took home Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Use of Prop, Best Editing (Which made me feel very warm and fuzzy) and Best Film. A pretty cool rush.
So, without further ado, here's "Frequency." I'm super proud of it.
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