A few weeks ago the Phoenix Film Foundation put on the their annual 48 Hour Film challenge. On 6:30 Friday night we were given a genre, a line of dialogue, and a prop that we had to use in a film that could be no longer than 3 minutes.
After throwing around some ideas for the first couple hours of the night, we were settled on a pirate bit. The prop would be easy to incorporate as it was a pair of binoculars. The line of dialogue would be just as easy, it being, “Wher’d you get those pants?” Something somewhat random a pirate might say, wouldn’t you think? And of course, the genre was comedy! So off we were.
We filmed for about 3 and half hours in a cool 114 degrees. Most of us just about passed out from heat exhaustion, but we made it through. The wind was pretty strong, but our sound turned out pretty surprisingly good, and most of the shots we took turned out ok despite our delirium from the heat.
Once the footage was there it was a very nice, cool, air conditioned 10 or so hours later that the film was edited, and we actually turned it in with time to spare!
Once the films were judged there was a screening at a local Harkins Theatre in Tempe, and all the films that survived the 48 hours got their 3 minutes of fame before the actually challenge winners were announced. Sadly, we were not one of the winners.
Pirate Booty, however did get selected into the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival! So that’s nothing at all to complain about.