Hi guys. So it's been a crazy week for me with tests and projects due and the 48 hour film challenge.
Now, some of you may be wondering what is the 48 hour challenge? Well it's basically how it sounds: you (and your team) are given 48 hours exactly to come up with a film to show with only what you are given in that amount of time.
So I was grouped up with four other people who are assigned different roles for the challenge. I was the Director of Photography (DP) while the other positions were director, scriptwriter, sound/lighting, and editor. Then we were allowed to grab the equipment they had pre prepared for us and choose one piece of equipment ourselves.
Then we were off!!
It honestly was very exhausting and in the beginning I was wondering why on earth I chose to do this, BUT once we were rolling it was enjoyable and the people were great. As DP I was in charge of the camera and create either a shot list or storyboard. It was challenging and I was doing my part of the pre production at 5 in the morning so it got very tiring. There were times I almost wanted to not do it before the competition even started though I thought I'd try it.
So was it worth it? Yeah, actually it was. By the deadline we were all quite anxious. I kept hearing buzz about who we were up against and how great they were. I had never done this competition before so I had no idea what I was getting into. In the end I felt all of the projects were either rushed or missing something, including ours. I felt I had a very different opinion than my other teammates did about the films we saw, though it was the judges who had the final say on who could go on.
Only one would be picked out of the total of three groups. There were other awards you could win as well such as best director, best editor, and so on.
So when we heard our film receive an award (or should I say "award"= dollar store prizes) we were flabbergasted. Then we won another award, and another! Then we won best film! We were all so proud of each other and it was very great to go down to the front and receive our metals (or cheap plastic necklaces), but it was great.
Even if we had not won I would have been proud of the teamwork we showed. I mean, it was not a smooth ride but it was a good one.
So if any of you are somewhere where they offer this cool experience, I would say go for it. You get to work with new people, create interesting ideas, and who knows, it might work out and it might not. I still feel bad for one of my friends who was put with hard, difficult people. But if you are having trouble REPORT IT. It is meant to be a good experience for everyone. So if someone is not putting in the effort, then let someone know who can help.
With that I'm going to get back to some homework/watching anime.