I just finished shooting a short film yesterday for Blue Harvest Productions as a part of a film festival project. The premise of the festival is that they give all the participants a genre or concept, and the crews are given 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a short film to be judged at a screening.
I’m not sure how much I’m at liberty to tell you about the film itself. I wasn’t given any specific instructions on what not to speak about, but this particular film festival is a competition so I’ll try to keep good faith and stay mum about what it’s about until after the screening. I’m also not sure when I’ll get a copy of the film or how free I’ll be to exhibit it online, but I’ll be sure to ask when I get my copy.
The shoot itself was a barely-controlled chaos, because Sarah and I had a dinner theater show across town at 5, and we only had about 8 hours to film. They had plenty of shots to get after we left, but I was in the bulk of the scenes. Even for a short film that’s not a lot of time, and the time constraints were exacerbated by the fact that almost every shot had to be rather meticulously lit and arranged for FX and continuity. I was rather surprised by the ability of the crew, though. The gaffer (guy responsible for electrics and lighting) really knew what he was doing. I mean okay, he nearly set me on fire, but I’m sure he would have put me right out. He was wearing flame retardant gloves.
But seriously, classy group. I got a look at some stuff they were editing and everything looked good. Makeup, FX, all that stuff was looking fine. As for me, I’m pretty confident that I didn’t let anybody down. I’d never acted on-camera before, and it’s much different than the stage work I’m used to. Overall I had a lot of fun. It gave me a lot of perspective on the amount of work that goes into getting things filmed (it’s a wonder big-budget films get anything done at all) and how much work it is when you’re committed to a weeks or months-long shoot.
I’ll see what I can do to share this monumental event with the rest of you when it’s all done. If there’s a screening open to the public I’ll let you know the details. I do know, however, that there are at least sixty entries and only twenty will be selected for screening. There may not be a screening for mine.