2009 48hr Film Project

Jeez…this scared the you-know-what-outta-me

by on Nov.02, 2009, under 2009 48hr Film Project, Creativity

Halloween is over and strangely enough so are some of my film making projects. For now that is…

I think most of you remember me and a couple of good friends entering a contest this year called the 48 hour film project. It was a great venture and we even got one of our favorite genres – horror. We did a great job on our movie called Watched and I remember thinking,

Maybe we should enter other contests?

I remember seeing a contest from the ChillerTV movie channel last year called Dare2Direct. It was almost like the the 48 hour film project but it was only for horror and it was a national contest. Our team was too busy doing the 48hr and I don’t think they had it this year so we didn’t participate.

But on Halloween night, after all the trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, I sat down to watch some scary movies on the ChillerTV network.

They were showing the movie “The Messengers” and during the commercial breaks – they presented the 2009 EyeGore awards. Kinda like the Dare2Direct contest. They were presenting the top 10 independent films with the winner being the one below.

Jeez…this one scared me. Not for the kiddos mind you so take a peek…if you dare.

Oh – if you’re interested in last year’s winner of the ChillerTV Dare2Direct movie – the link is below.



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48 hour movie posted

by on Aug.22, 2009, under 2009 48hr Film Project, Creativity, Film making

Okay folks,

Below you will find the movie we did for the 2009 48hr film project. The sound is key – turn up your speakers. Please don’t hesitate to comment either – you have to include your email but it doesn’t get sent to anyone.

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

Thanks for letting me share.


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It was 48 hours…

by on Aug.21, 2009, under 2009 48hr Film Project, Creativity

I gotta hand it to our team,

It takes a lot of guts and courage to knowingly enter a contest that requires you to move fast, avoid obstacles, endure sleepless nights, face incredible amounts of stress and then put it out there on the big screen for everyone to watch…always second guessing what you could have done better.

But sometimes that’s what it takes to spark creativity.

I’d been preparing for the 48hr film project weekend for almost 2 months in advance, setting up schedules, trying to anticipate situations, testing camera equipment, adjusting equipment (that I didn’t even use). It wasn’t just that weekend I worked…it was more. And I know many on our team were doing the same. Calling it the 48hr Film Project is misleading. I had been on pins and needles waiting to watch our film on the big screen which was was really 120 hours from when we started.

When the 48 hour weekend finally arrived, the starter pistol was fired and the countdown began.

(continue reading…)

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48hr Film Project for 2009 complete

by on Aug.17, 2009, under 2009 48hr Film Project, Creativity, Film making

Hello everyone,

I’m sure you know this past weekend I was working on the San Antonio 48hr Film project.

The weekend was a blur of highs and lows with emotions running the entire gamut. But our team got the job done and produced a quality short film.

I took today off to rest and decompress then it’s back to work tomorrow. I’ll write more about the experience in the coming days but I wanted to share the movie title and excellent logo.

Isn’t it the coolest thing ever!? My buddy Jody (our graphics/storyboard/all time excellent creative guy) created this logo. And you know what? This is just one of the five he presented to us IN AN HOUR! He is gifted.

This Wednesday night is the premiere of our short film at the Alamo Drafthouse along with the other films. I’ve already bought my tickets and will enjoy seeing our effort on the big screen with my wife at my side. She’s been the real trooper in all this – our kids started school today and took the lead in preparing for an 8th and 4th grader to return to school while I indulged my creative outlet.

Thank you everyone for your support and I’ll post more pictures soon.


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Fixed the Jib

by on Aug.12, 2009, under 2009 48hr Film Project, Creativity, Film making

I got another one of my 48hr Film Project “to do’s” off my list tonight. I had to strengthen the camera jib I built a while back. See this link.

When I first built this jib…

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you what a jib is!

It’s another camera tool I’ve built for use in movie making. It’s basically a see-saw for the camera. You mount a pole on a tripod, a camera on one end with counter weights on the other. You can then get some really interesting shots with this jib. Again – see this link for footage. But back to my explanation.

When I first built my jib I was using my little Panasonic camera which only weighed about 1 lb. I would use a 2.5 lb weight on the other end and it worked great.

Then I purchased my new camera which is a little heavier. It comes in around 3.5 lbs. So when I tested the jib this past Saturday night – the 8 ft square aluminum pole bowed a little under the stress of a 3.5 lbs camera on one end and 5 lbs of counter weight on the other. That got me nervous. I shudder to think if the pole failed under the stress, bent in half and my new prized camera comes crashing to the ground…you would see a grown man cry.

So I had to figure out a way to strengthen the pole. I visited Home Depot and found an 8 ft aluminum strip that ran the length of the tube. I laid that down on the square tube then anchored it with some bolt. Thanks FDB and David B. for the suggestion.

I then mounted it back on the tripod, put my camera on it and it looks like that did the trick. I posted another gallery below if you want to see the pictures.


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