Part 2 of my 48 Hour Film Project.

If you read part 1, you saw that we were given the genre mockumentary, and I was the director. I was super excited to have been given this role, however, I was super nervous. What if it’s a complete flop? It would rest on my shoulders.

We began at our location, First Christian Church in Albuquerque. Thankfully, we did not have to go anywhere else; everything we needed for the film was in the church so we did not have to have a second location. Me and two friends, Francisco and Niki, began writing. Francisco brought his friend Will, who is an experienced filmmaker and writer. He was of huge help for the film, and we tirelessly wrote our script and shot list. I was feeling nauseous, probably from the nervousness, and had to go to the bathroom a few times. Regardless, we finished, and call time to shoot was 5:30 a.m.

The rules for the film

  • Must have a candy wrapper
  • Must have a character named Nathan/Natalie Brazil that is a kleptomaniac
  • Must have the line “I know a place”
  • Must be 4-7 minutes long

When the actors arrived at dawn, I went over the script with them. I told them to really feel the character, and to not follow the script strictly. I wanted it to be natural and improv, so the acting was more genuine.

Our film was going to be about a blind film director by the name of Jonny London- a blind director making a commercial for Yowza! Chocolate. Yowza! Chocolate is a company ran by Jonny’s father, and through begging and pleading, his dad agreed to have him make a commercial for the company. The rest is the chaos that ensues.

We gave ourselves from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to film on Saturday and editing from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Surprisingly… We finished super early. Like, 6 hours early. Filming ended at 6 and we all fell asleep until 10/11, then we continued editing until 3 p.m. on Sunday. We were one of the first to finish!

The hardest part was condensing the film- it sucked because we had to take out a lot of clips to fit it in the 4-7 minute time. But that’s a problem I’d rather have than not enough.

Anyway, without further ado, our film!