A group of Banyanites recently joined with friends to enter the 48 Hour Film Project in St. Louis. Here’s some insights from the making of their award-winning* film:
- Assemble – Can I really get along with this guy? You’re going to spending a lot of time together over the next couple days. Temperament and stress-management skills should not be overlooked – or undervalued.
- Story – Video is a means of telling a story, no matter how little time you have to tell it. Things didn’t come together for us until we started asking some big questions of our characters: what do they want and what’s stopping them from having it?
- Sleep – Simply put, to succeed you need to be awake.
- Eat – All of these basics seem to slip the mind, but that film’s not going to make itself if you’ve passed out from exhaustion.
- Be Unexpected – Every team had to use a certain character, but we were the only ones to kill the guy off in the introductory title sequence. With the time crunch, you can be tempted to go with your first ideas for everything, but it’s your later ideas that will help make it stand out.
- Have Back-Up Plans for your Back-Up Plans – Having drawn Road Movie, we needed some outside scenes. But not only was there threat of rain, a triathlon training ended up happening right where we needed to be.
- Wear Sunscreen – I guess our whole health consciousness-thing doesn’t ever turn off. But we were one of the only teams without sunburns!
- Enjoy the Madness – There are few things that can really give you a great burst of creative energy like gathering together a group of smart people and tackling a problem with an intense deadline. It may be madness, but you can also enjoy every minute of it.
*Award-winning = Audience Favorite Award, the Best Of screening, and Best Use of Genre (road trip).