Dark, Brooding Neo-Noir Film Short Shot In Just 48 Hours

Long time no speak. I had let this blog go to seed for a while due to very busy time in the real world, but now I have something I simply must share.

A few weeks ago group of friends and I all drove from our home base in Charlotte, North Carolina to Asheville, North Carolina to participate in the 48 Hour Film Festival. After being given three mandatory items that had to be included in the final film (A Character: Monica or Mike Vasquez, singer; A Prop: Bottle; and A Line of Dialogue: “That sure looks good to me”) Each of the 31 teams that entered the festival then had to draw a genre out of a hat (we pulled “Silent Film”)and from that moment forward had 48 hours to complete a film of no less than 4 minutes and no more than 7 minutes.

What we came up with was a dark, twisted little black and white Film Noir with the requisite amounts of murder, betrayal, haunting music, and (of course) an absolutely gorgeous Femme Fatale. I am intensely proud of not only the final product, but also the fact that rather than take the easier route of making a slapstick comedy, we decided as a group to try to create something that was as complex, challenging and artistic as we could in the two days that we had to write, location scout, shoot, edit, and score. Did we succeed, or did we get crushed by our own hubris? You can be the judge:

When all was said and done, we won Best Cinematography.

A few production stills from the shoot are here as well.

Complete 200+ production still gallery are here, if your interested. I really love these, and believe that they tell a story all their own:




~ by herodotuswept on July 23, 2010.

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