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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:26

48 Hour Film Project 2012: A captain's log featuring team BitDepth Productions

48 Hour Film Project 2012: A captain's log featuring team BitDepth Productions BitDepth Productions
Written by Ashley Saphian
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Friday, June 1, 8 p.m. I'm looking at the time on my computer. It's exactly 8 p.m. and most of us have arrived at our destination: our teammate James' parents' basement.

As we set up all of our equipment we've discussed food and alcohol options and all ready had lots of laughs together. Now, everyone is quietly brainstorming as we blast some Philip Glass over the speakers.

Saturday, June 2

1:20 a.m. Half the team decided to scare the crap out of us by cutting the power on us. The new goal is to make our teammate Jenna shoot water out of her nose.

4:31 a.m. Dissension in the ranks. All of a sudden everyone starts to go off in their own directions! Too many cooks in the kitchen so we decide to have a team meeting. Once......and now twice.

3:58 p.m. Wow. After sleeping in shifts of two and a half to three hours we revamped the entire story and gave ourselves more clear and defined roles, and it seems to be running a bit more smoothly. We went of a prop hunt and came back with some awesome finds from Wal-Mart.

7:28 p.m. After pretty much losing 12 hours of shooting time, we just wrapped our outdoor shots, caught up and are back on schedule. So we decided to treat ourselves to some grilled hot-dogs prepared by our teammates' parents. We rolled in the dirt, splattered chocolate syrup on someone and made friends with a decomposing raccoon carcass.... We deserve a break.

10:22 p.m. We only had a few more shots to get to wrap initial shooting and miraculously it all went fairly smooth. As we called, "That's a wrap!" we celebrate with some "screen shots" aka cake-flavored vodka…. Not so smooth for some. Now, on to editing through the night.

Sunday, June 3

10:15 a.m. So a rough cut has been assembled as the team slowly filters into our headquarters again. There is a DEFINITE need to re-shoot a few scenes but time is running short since we realize that rendering all the footage will take possibly an hour, not to mention we need to give our audio team a fine cut to work through the sound, effects and original music.

6:45 p.m. So we've broken the news to the group; there still remains about an hour of render time occurring to the computers estimation. We're not going to make the 7:30 p.m. deadline. Our only hope is to plug in the computer in the car, let it render as we drive to the Tap Room and cross our fingers that the time on the computer randomly drops down and completes before we get there.

7:21 p.m. With nine minutes to spare, not only has the film rendered, but we were able to burn our DVDs and finish the paperwork as we run in the door and get in line. We hand over the envelope and just take a moment to revel in the accomplishment or completing a film and competing in the 48 Hour Film Project.

-- Ashley Saphian, Producer/Director for BitDepth Productions

All photos by BitDepth Productions.

The 48 Hour Film Project 2012 Best of Screenings take place June 14 at the Tivoli.

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