Blocking the boys.Blocking the boys.
Cookling ideas.Cookling ideas.
Might be a problem with noise.Might be a problem with noise.
One of the writers.One of the writers.
Rehearsal!Rehearsal!
Mandy.Mandy.
Josh and Mandy. Team Jandy.Josh and Mandy. Team Jandy.
We're going to do it again.We're going to do it again.
I can't believe I said that.I can't believe I said that.
Blood puke fun.Blood puke fun.
Ugh! How many times I gotta puke blood?Ugh! How many times I gotta puke blood?
Behind the lense.Behind the lense.
Rolling! Mark it!Rolling! Mark it!
Stand by for action.Stand by for action.
Devil's Barista? Anyone? Anyone?Devil's Barista? Anyone? Anyone?
Four Josh's on set. One with attitude.Four Josh's on set. One with attitude.
Peter's Jesus pose.Peter's Jesus pose.
Transformation time.Transformation time.
Splish splash!Splish splash!
Harbinger of doom.Harbinger of doom.
  • Blocking the boys.
  • Cookling ideas.
  • Might be a problem with noise.
  • One of the writers.
  • Rehearsal!
  • Mandy.
  • Josh and Mandy. Team Jandy.
  • We're going to do it again.
  • I can't believe I said that.
  • Blood puke fun.
  • Ugh! How many times I gotta puke blood?
  • Behind the lense.
  • Rolling! Mark it!
  • Stand by for action.
  • Devil's Barista? Anyone? Anyone?
  • Four Josh's on set. One with attitude.
  • Peter's Jesus pose.
  • Transformation time.
  • Splish splash!
  • Harbinger of doom.

So I volunteered to assist with sound acquisition and behind-the-scenes (BTS) photography on friend, Jen’s (J.A. McLendon) 48 Hour Film Project Team. It was super fun because the team included a lot of friends from the making of Project London. People I hadn’t seen for years.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a very unique kind of festival. You basically have 48 hours to create from concept to delivery, a complete short film. And of course, with this team, the goal was to bring great cinematic story telling with as much care for craft and execution as we could squeeze into that time frame.

Everyone was given the same contest elements which included a genre, a prop, a character, and a line of dialogue. The genre we won in the draw was Musical/Western but Jen decided to go for the wildcard instead.  This year the wildcard was B-Movie. Here’s the breakdown.

Genre: B-Movie
Prop: Cheese
Character: Gino/Gina Asplund – Barista
Line of Dialog: “There must be something in your ear”

Jen collected this information at 7pm Friday, in Seattle and brought it to the writing team at a place on Whidbey Island (to be closer to the shoot location). They hashed out scenarios until Jen was happy and then a script was fleshed out. I think I heard they wrapped the script about 3am. The cast and crew were at the shooting location, the beach near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at 8am, checking email for any sign of the script. All day Saturday was spent preparing, blocking, and shooting—see the behind the scenes photos above. From there, a hard drive with all of the days work was shuttled to Seattle where our editor had been sleeping away the day so that he’d be fresh, rested, and ready to start editing through the night and into the next day. Evidently, the finished short film was completed easily within the time frame. I think it was even turned in about an hour early. The deadline was 7pm Sunday, 48 hours total. And last night at the awards screening, it won “Best Sound Design”. Pretty cool.

Here’s the finished film:

And here’s the poster I made:

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