My short film Growing Powers recently won the audience award at the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project, a festival where filmmakers are challenged to write, produce, and edit a short film in 48 hours or less. This is only the second year I have participated, but we had a small team of talented actors and crew that put something wonderful together. I have to give particular credit to the leading lady, Olivia Mora, and my friend and co-editor, William Pierce, for the long hours and outstanding work and professionalism they contributed. We were also fortunate to have great original music made for the film by Rick Kowal and Thanh Branigan.
This is also the first project shot with my new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT, and I must say that working with this camera is wonderful. It's responsive and easy to use and the image quality is incredible. We didn't have time to color correct, so the film (and the trailer below) are actually the ProRes 422 HQ film log that came straight out of the camera.
As with any fast paced production there were scary moments, like when we found out an actor had to leave 2 hours early and we had to do 6 shots in 20 minutes. But as my high school swim coach used to say, "Without epic struggles, there are no epic stories." And that is the spirit of the 48 Hour Film Project. With it behind me I look forward to the the next short production this summer with this camera and crew.
Growing Powers will screen again at the 48HFP Best of Screening on Wednesday August 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm. SIFF Cinema Uptown.