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  • What we learned in the 48 Hour Film Competition

    How goes it good people, as some of you may know, we competed in the Chicago leg of the 48 Hour Film Competition, and though we busted our butts to meet the deadline, we came up short. Admittedly, I was upset, but you live and learn. Review what went well, what could have gone better, and come out swinging the next go round.

    If you're not familiar with the 48 Hour Film Contest, you pick a genre out of a hat, and are then given an object, a character, and a line of dialogue that has to be in your film. And of course, you have 48 hours to get it all done. We drew Thriller/Suspense, which is right up our alley, and rushed home to brain storm ideas. After about 20 minutes, we came up with the idea of a dead guy showing up to work, and freaking his co-workers out. Being big time fans of Darren McGavin in the old Night Stalker series, we thought it would be cool for the tale to be bit comical, and thus "Beyond the Door" came into being.

    Where did we go wrong? Our major downfall was that we started shooting crazy late. We couldn't get into our location until 5pm Saturday, and finished shooting at 12:40am Sunday morning. Got home by 1:15 and knocked out until 5am. Started editing like mad people, but realized right around 6:30pm; we wouldn't make the deadline at 7:30pm. Yeah, it pretty much sucked. But hey, we're already hyped for next year. Chicago 48 Hour Film Competition is going down baby.

    Big thanks to our cast and crew. Actors Andres Enriquez, Harold Dennis, and Bradford Stevens, brought their A games. And our two person crew of Jonathan Rhodes (DP) and Ronald Groves (Sound), made us feel like a small army set to take on the world. And also a big thank you to Jerry Vasilatos, the Chicago producer for the contest. He helped us out with all our questions, and encouraged all the film makers to try to finish their project no matter what. Yeah! Last but not least, we finally got a chance to use our Black Magic Pocket camera. The battery life was a challenge, but it's a kick butt camera, and well worth the investment.

    As for us, we're back to focusing on our feature "Chase: Tony Takes on the World" and looking forward to our Indiegogo Campaign kicking off in 2016. So stay tuned for details, and as always....

    Dream Big...Dare To Be Great

    Stacey Carp :)