7/15/11 - 7/18/11
I need to shave. I did the 72 Hour Film Shootout this weekend for the Asian American Film Lab with co-directors Xtina and Jen, awesome DP Ted, and our two lovely actresses Jenny and Greta, who played feuding stepsisters who get separated from their family while on a hiking trip. It was pretty hectic, and I’m still trying to adjust back into normal life.
FRIDAY DAY I. Development
The theme is announced at 5pm PDT. We got a room at Emerson College’s LA Center in Burbank thanks to Jing, and auditioned about 15 actors from 10:30am to 3pm. The theme this year was “Now You See Me” and we started pitching ideas then. Development is probably the toughest part, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the time pressure didn’t help.
SATURDAY DAY II. Pre-Production/Production
We met up at Ted’s place at 9am, and his girlfriend Karen was nice enough to make us breakfast! We finalized the script, rehearsed with the actors, vaguely shotlisted it and then it was off to Griffith Park (this humongous mountain range in LA) to shoot. I was really worried about transportation because this weekend was suppose to be carmegeddon in LA, but….that didn’t happen haha. We had some sound issues at Griffith because of the wind and the crowds of people, but the location was totally worth it. Although climbing down a steep mountain at 9pm after a long day of shooting was a bit difficult…no, life-threatening.
SUNDAY DAY III. Production/Post-Production
We were back at Griffiths at 5am to do some reshoots. We didn’t climb all the way back up this time because we didn’t want to die. We started editing with the footage we already back at Xtina’s, and then we went back to Griffith at 6pm for b-roll and one reshoot. I don’t think any of us want to see another mountain for a long time.
MONDAY DAY IV: Post-Production
Me, Jen, and Xtina took turns editing and sleeping. Side note, I had been wearing the same clothes for the entire weekend. In hindsight, we should have worked much faster, because ultimately didn’t make the deadline because of a last minute technical error that I should have prepared for. It was a huge bummer, because I let down everyone involved with the project and I don’t think I ever want to feel like that again. However, this could be a blessing in disguise because the film didn’t work at 5 minutes (one of the contest rules). So look out for “Flowers & Weeds” in the coming months!
Afterwards, me, Xtina, and Jen drowned our sorrows in food. Best of luck to the other teams still in the running!