This year, I decided that I was going to film more. I wanted to seize every opportunity I had and create something, anything, but mainly film. On the Finals Week in December, I saw a flier:

“MOVIE MAYHEM” it said, “JOIN UNM STUDENTS FOR A WEEK LONG FILM COMPETITION IN JANUARY”.

I told a couple of my friends, and they were interested. We signed up.

Fast forward to January 25th,

WEDNESDAY

Our first meeting. There were other groups there, and each group would be assigned a different genre. After going over the rules, they told us that the film competition was not a week but a time span of four days, which means we had to hurry.

We were finally given our genre- mystery/crime. We began deliberating what we would do. I suggested a film noir mystery spoof, and my team began spinning ideas off of that.THURSDAY

THURSDAY

We gathered who had what kind of equipment, and the roles of every member of the team. We also tried to narrow down who our actors would be.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

Movie Mayhem gave us a surprise this day. That means they could give us either a prop or a line that must be used in the film. The surprise was that we needed to add a mirror to our film. This was easy- we already were using a mirror!

Friday night would be the big night. Everyone had prior obligations (work, school, etc.) so we couldn’t film until 11:30 p.m. We filmed all night, and began editing what we had already done. Some of us took a two-hour nap and went right back to working. Some of us didn’t sleep at all, and stayed awake until 3 p.m. on Saturday; basically, over a day of not sleeping at all. 16 hours of filming and we had finished. And we slept. And it was good.

SUNDAY

After we recovered from the sleep, we began editing all day. This was hard to do, just because we had a challenge. We completely forgot our ending scene. I guess it was from the lack of sleep that we did not think about filming it. It was the key part of the story- our character runs to a container to find his keys, after hunting for them all morning, and then they weren’t in the container. We completely missed it and our actor was busy! We didn’t know what to do. We had to somehow use the clips we already had and make it work. Miraculously, one of our scenes of our actor drawing lines, piecing clues somehow all connected together, and we used that for the film. Then we had to export, we had 30 more minutes to turn it in. We got it with 4 minutes to spare. WE DID IT! WE MADE IT TO THE END!

THE FOLLOWING WEEK- THE PREMIERE

So we got to see all our competitors films. Each had a different genre, so it was cool to see what UNM students could do in only four days time. Then, we got to vote for our favorite. There was a judges vote and a people’s choice award. I voted for the action/adventure genre group, because they had an amazingly choreographed fight scene; I was so impressed that they could do it and make it look amazingly realistic.

The people’s choice went to the Sci-Fi genre, and……drum roll….. The judges’ vote went to OUR GROUP!

I am so happy to have been a part of this amazing team of creative individuals. We all worked together, cracked jokes, and let our creative juices flow into a film that we were all proud of.

And, without further ado, here is our film. A Key Conundrum.