Aside from making meditations, my main creative passion is screenwriting. I am not a filmmaker, but I do love all things about film, and so I recently joined a team of people who set out to make a 5 minute movie in a 48 hour period.
It was all part of a "film race" that began last weekend. On the day the film race started, we were given a genre, a prop to include, and a line of dialogue to incorporate. Without knowing our genre, nothing could be written until the start of the race. It was very exciting!
We received the genre of mystery. All teams also received the same prop - a lighter - and the line "Nothing a little elbow grease can't fix."
Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity of a local family, we were able to film at a real Victorian mansion. Known as the "Crow Mansion," it had the perfect setting for our mysterious thriller.
We spent over 12 hours filming on Saturday, and I learned so much about what it takes to make a movie. We finished up our shots on Sunday, and the directors went home to continue working on editing. I volunteered to make the movie poster because I love creating graphics.
I only had a few hours, and I was a little nervous I wouldn't do the team justice. But with a shot our director took of the house, I had a solid starting point. I edited the photo in Photoshop, added some text, and sent it off.
Last night, the top 16 films were shown, and ours was one of them. It was so fun and amazing to see our film on the big screen! It was also incredible to see so much ingenuity and passion from the other filmmakers. I'm so unbelievably grateful to have been a part of this.
The other films were so good I had zero expectations of winning anything. And then to my surprise, we won top student film! The poster I made flashed up on the screen and my jaw dropped. I have to say, it looked really cool towering over us. The directors were given a copy of the poster, which is a great memento from an amazing weekend.
A big thank you to everyone that was part of the 48 hour film race! I can't wait to do it all again next year.