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Views From The Captain’s Chair! Episode Twenty-Six: Lights! Camera! Action!

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Ahoy, Mateys!

Yes, yes, I know I shouldn’t be writing a blog post when I have so many novels to get done. Stop nagging me! Sheesh!

But, I had to talk about this year’s entry into the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. Every year our team, Team Long Shot, races through a weekend to get a 4-7 minute film made from writing to finished film in only 48 hours. It’s a freakin’ blast!

We braved the wilds of a local park’s public bathroom and made it through the day without contracting Hepatitis Z or Monkey Flubola. I count that as a win.

It all started with us picking our genre from a hat at the kick-off (we got SciFi) then getting our line of dialogue (“It’s your choice. What are you going to do?”), our prop (a bell), and our character (Cedric Peters, gym instructor). These three elements (line, prop, character) have to be used by all teams. It’s the control test to make sure no one shoots footage ahead of time.

Once we had those elements we bopped on over to my place and proceeded to brainstorm ideas. After acquiring a metric hilariton of good ideas to form a solid story foundation, I began writing the screenplay. From brainstorming to finished script was bout three hours. It’s not an easy process, but Team Long Shot doesn’t have an ego in the bunch, so we work fast and efficiently since we leave the drama at the door.

Saturday morning we met at said local park and got to work. IMG_3229There was a slight rain delay, but it didn’t hold us back. We dove right in to get our shots and work on making sure we had enough footage in the can so when it came time to edit, we weren’t short on cut away shots or montage sequences (MONTAGE!).

This year I had a small part. Mainly because I had a summer cold that thrashed my throat, but also because I knew Craig would rock the part of the gym instructor better than I could. And I wasn’t wrong! His delivery was perfect! (Craig’s in the hot pink shorts. Oh, yeah!) IMG_3215

The shoot took about five hours, then there was some food and beer and it was time to edit.

I can’t say enough about Noble Robinette’s directing, cinematography, and editing skills! The guy stayed up all night synching sound to images. He got it all working right then jumped into putting a rough cut together. Then the magic happened!

IMG_3221 Why is there a picture of a soiled and stained toilet? It’s part of the magic!

After working all day on the editing, we finally had a finished project. The deadline was 7:30 and we got it turned in with 11 minutes to spare. It’s crazy how much time just flies by when you are focused on making the best film you can. Zoom! Freakin’ gone! IMG_3226

Then we waited for the premiere screening at the local brew and view! We think it went well since there were laughs in the right places and we actually overheard some in the audience whisper that they wanted to see it again because they missed lines from laughing so much. That’s high praise right there!

Now, it hasn’t been all roses and caviar, ya know. There has been serious drama this year and we as local filmmakers had to step up and protect our turf. It was a community pride thing and I am glad other teams were willing to fight the good fight. In the end, it all worked out and the Asheville filmmaking scene was returned to the peace and weirdness we have always known.IMG_3231

We have no idea what awards we’ll get, and won’t find out until July 17th at the Best Of screening, but we are hoping for Audience Award in our group. If we get it (fingers crossed) then that makes three years in a row. While judges determine who gets Best Picture and all that jazz, it’s the audience we play to. In the end the people watching the film have to be the ones to enjoy it, not a three person team looking to nitpick every detail. We aim to make the public happy and hopefully we did so this year.

Which brings me to the film itself! Want to watch? Then click the link below. It is 100% safe for work, so feel free to share with your cubicle neighbor. Team Long Shot worked their butts off to make this film and we encourage others to get out there and do the same. If you have a local competition then look into it. It is so worth the lack of sleep. Get out there and make some movies, yo!

Cheers!

Making Movies!

So, some of you may know that I have been part of the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project for the past two years. Not sure what the 48 Hour Film Project is? Have a look here 48 Hour Film Project

I have been part of Team Long Shot each year with some awesome guys that are beyond talented! This year we got scifi as the genre and produced a nice little movie called “Not Again”. Have a watch. Feel free to share. Enjoy!

Like that? If you missed last year’s then have a watch here!

We received a couple of awards for last year’s entry and are hoping for some this year. At least one will be nice!

If you like fun, indie short films then share these links and also consider participating in your local 48 Hour Film Project next year. It is a blast!

Malk takes Best Use Of Genre and Audience Award!

Just a quick update to let everyone know that Malk took the Best Use Of Genre and Audience Award (Group A) at this year’s Asheville 48 Hour Film Project!

Thanks to Craig Robinette, Noble Robinette, Martin Robinette and Chip Zimmerman (not pictured) for being such a great team!

Go Team Long Shot!

Missed Malk? Here ya go!

Thanks to everyone who helped and to everyone for their support!

Cheers!

MALK- The Story Of Male Lactation

So from June 22-24th I was part of Team Long Shot in the 48 Hour Film Project here in Asheville. It was an amazing time and I was lucky to work with some talented, creative, hilarious folks.

If you don’t know about the 48HFP the basic premise is that teams draw their genre from a hat (ours was mockumentary) and then all teams are given the same prop, character and line of dialogue they have to use. This year the prop was a magnet, the character was Hilda or Harold Pineda- an elected official, and the dialogue was “Who are you looking for?” Each team then has 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce the film.

After being at the public screening last night I think we nailed it. The audience was laughing their butts off! They even tried to quiet down so they could hear the next line. That’s gold there, baby!

I hope you like it!

Here it is:

Cheers!

Disclaimer: This is suitable for work as there is no bad language, violence or sex. Just lots of hairy nipples.

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