I finally got to see Accounting for Loss on the big screen at the 48 Hour Film Project screening! It played so well in the theater with a full audience! I joined Team ‘No Sleep’ lead by Tim Moore and Joe Pelham, (the guys from Diamond View Studios). For the contest, you get 48 hours to make a film, and to make sure you don’t cheat, you get a prop, character, genre, and line of dialouge, that you have to use in the film. We drew the ‘Silent Film’ genre, and were worried at first, but then the ideas starting coming fast and furious.
Tim had contacted me to see if I wanted to be a gaffer or grip, but when I showed up, Joe suggested that I should be the lead actor, because I had “the look” for the main character, which is funny because the lead character was cuckoo-nuts. But this was my first time participating in the 48hfp, so let me tell you how it was.
It actually went alot smoother than I expected. I’ve heard alot of stories about how teams wouldn’t even start filming until sunday, 5 hours before the deadline. But only 3 hours after receiving our film assignment, we had a solid story idea. We started filming by at least 4 am, and finished around 6/7am, Saturday morning. We had all day Saturday and Sunday to edit, but used some of that to get me back in wardrobe for some extra footage of an alternate ending. We ended up getting the film in 9 seconds before the deadline. It was so nerve wracking!
But at the premier tonight, I was so excited. We were shown second to last, which is really good because our film would be fresh in peoples heads when they vote at the end. There were some funny and well crafted films before ours, but I was optimistic and felt ours could surprise the audience. One of the films that I was worried about was made by a team called the Black Ninjas, which was lead by a good friend of mine, Andrew Gash. I used to work with the guys on that team for a while, and then when 48hfp came around, the guys from DVS contacted me first, so I joined them instead. The Black Ninjas did really well though, so any award to them is well deserved. I was so happy about our film though, because the reaction from the audience was so good.
When our film ended, everyone applauded for a good 4 seconds. It felt like the whole audience had been holding their breath for the last 3 minutes of the film, and finally could let it out. It was definitely a different experience seeing it in a full theater than on my computer at home. There’s one part in the film that really got me. It is a moment where the film gets really intense, and the music builds, and there are flashes of images on the screen, and then the music and images crescendo and there’s a good 3 seconds of just blackness and silence. The silence is pushed so much that people almost begin to wonder, “is that the end??” but then the film comes back and starts building again. Tim and Joe made terrific cuts from the 4 hours of footage we shot. I was so proud to be a part of it.
Here’s the film: