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DeMille Part Deux – 48-Hours and Counting

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   8 Comments | Posted in 48-Hour Film Project · acting · daughter · persistence

My last post explained how/why my daughter became involved with the 48-Hour Film Project.  Now I’ll explain what the 48-Hour FP is and how it works.

Teams sign up to participate in a weekend that begins at 6:30 pm on a Friday night and ends 6:30 pm on Sunday. During that 48-hours they must write, shoot, edit and score a short film, all within the 48-hour window.  Several teams invited Christina to join, but she could only commit to one.  She jumped at the chance to participate.

On Friday night each team receives a genre, line of dialogue, character and prop, all of which must be included in the film, to be submitted by Sunday night.  A short time later the films show at a local theater. The cream of the crop (international winners) debut at none other than the Cannes Film Festival.

To give you an idea of the scope of this, the 2009 numbers from the organization’s website show that approximately 40,000 filmmakers shot 3,000 films in 76 cities all over the world.  Pretty cool, huh?

Our experience began with a phone call at 10:30 pm Friday from the director asking us to be on location by 12:30.

“I don’t suppose you mean noon tomorrow, do you?” I asked, already in my PJs.

“You’re a funny lady,” he answered.  “See you in two hours.”

So began Christina’s (and our) first film experience.  Shooting lasted through the night and all day Saturday.  It was by turns exhausting, boring, exciting, fun, and crazy.  Since Christina is a minor her dad and I stayed with her throughout.  And by throughout I mean the 16 hours we remained on location. (Director, producers, varying crew members were needed for the full 48.) My young ‘un saw the hard work and long hours associated with film making.  She loved it.

The 48-Hour FP was an interesting experience, one I expect to repeat next year.  It was fun to pull an all-nighter/all-dayer with a bunch of creative people who love the movie process, and way cool to see our kid on the big screen, even if she was only up there for a minute; and we are proud of her for sticking it out through the long, often boring, hours.  All for a film that ran less than 10 minutes.

Christina achieved the hard earned film acting credit she wanted, and seeing her name in the final credits (she played Darcy, a kleptomaniac) was enough to remind her about that whole “persistence is king” thing.  She learned about commitment, team work, patience, determination and a hundred other things.

Amazing what you can cram into 48-hours.

Til next time –

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8 Responses to "DeMille Part Deux – 48-Hours and Counting"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    July 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm  

    A friend of mine participated in the 48 hour Film Project here in St. Louis last year and the year before. Koodos to you and your husband for being with your daughter the entire time. I'm sure it was a great experience. Make sure you give us a link to view the film!

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm  

    What an exciting experience for Christina! But you know, I kinda think Mom was thrilled, too. :-)(Best of luck-and plenty of persistence-to your lovely, lovely daughter!)

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 2, 2010 at 5:31 am  

    Hey Lynn – If you have a friend involved in the FP then you've heard about the craziness of it all. Fun stuff!Hi Cathy – Yeah, mama had a blast (and all I contributed were PBJs). What I'd really like is to join a team myself as a writer. They work their butts off for the first 6 hours and then they're done. I don't know a thing about scriptwriting, though, and the writers on Christy's team are old hands. Seems like the collaborative process would be a lot of fun.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 2, 2010 at 7:29 am  

    Lisa,Dipping your toes in a new venue? Just think, you could write the screenplay and your daughter could perform it. How awesome would that be? Your experience sounds like a warm up for things to come.

  5. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 2, 2010 at 10:35 am  

    Lisa, that is really neat! I hope Christina's film is one that goes to the Cannes Film Festival, but even if it doesn't, it sounds like quite an honor to be part of the 48 Hour Film Project. Yay!

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 2, 2010 at 11:25 am  

    Hi Linda – I've thought about taking a scriptwriting workshop. Sounds like fun, and learning something new is always a good thing!Hi Kathy – With 3000 films in the running, the odds aren't so great! Even so, Christina had a great time and learned so much. The experience was worth every sleepy second. 🙂

  7. Comment by anita
    July 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm  

    Wow, she really had a learning experience — and so did you! It sounds like it was quite a couple of days for all of you

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 6, 2010 at 5:14 am  

    Hi Anita – It was interesting to watch the process. Next year, though, we're bringing pillows!

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