I just participated in the Toronto 48 hour film challenge for the first time, and it was a blast! I literally met the whole team for the first time Friday night, we got our challenge pack at 8pm and away we went. For those unfamiliar with how it all works, all teams get a challenge pack that includes four items (unique for every team): a prop, a location, a line of dialogue and a theme that you need to include in your movie. You have exactly 48 hours to produce, write, shoot, edit, and hand in your film.
It was one very sleep-deprived weekend for all of us but I had a blast and special thank you to the awesome Geoff Whitman for organizing and envisioning the whole thing and fellow teammates Stephen Leck (editor and AD), Andrew Chapman, Mark McIntyre, and Jim Field (actors), Rich Bisquera (fellow camera op and DP), Connie Daye (sound), Luke Schultz (PA) and Rob Rodas (AD).
22 of the 32 teams managed to make it by the 8pm deadline on Sunday. We were the first team to hand our project in at 7:15pm and it had an exact run time of 7 minutes 59 seconds and 12 frames. So, 12 frames shy of the 8 minute max length.
We just had the screenings at the Bloor Cinema downtown and got the great news that we’ve been selected as one of the top ten chosen to advance to the finals. The next (and last event) is the Gala at the London Taphouse on Nov 27th – where winners of various categories will be announced.
So without further ado, here’s the film….if you can head over to YouTube and watch it in full HD.