48 Hour Film Festival - The Specialist BTS
The 48 Hour Film Festival is one of the most challenging productions I think I've ever worked on, and definitely one of my most rewarding experiences. As an intern for Vidzu Media, I was a grip and BTS videographer for the process to capture what it feels like to produce something entirely in 48 hours.
PROP: CHEESE GRATER
CHARACTER: TYLER OR TINA TERRELLO, FLOORING SPECIALIST
LINE: "SHE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ANSWER THAT. OR SHE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ANSWER THAT."
So we started Friday night with a brainstorming session as soon as we got the criteria for the film. Everybody was surprised just how specific some of the requirements were. For example, a waiter/waitress and a bucket from last year pail in comparison to a flooring specialist and a cheese grater. So the challenge with the requirements was to make everything feel natural, not forced. The other thing that was interesting was between the two options we were given for genre - Sci-Fi or Road Film - there were a ton of different options or directions for where the film could go. I was fascinated by the different perspectives people's ideas came from. There were so many diverse ideas from the writer's room that just made the whole idea phase very interesting.
Once we were on set filming, I kept finding myself looking back at the actors and trying to understand their process. Because much of the script was flexible because of the timeline to get things done, every second the camera wasn't rolling the actors were playing lines off of each other and trying to figure out the motivations and backstories of their characters. Gregory Sporleder talked about how the single most important motivation for his character was love. Single action his character makes is motivated out of love for "the flooring specialist." The reason he brought her to the facility, and then his reasoning for trying to free her from it. Seeing the evolution of the characters as the actors figure them out, on or off screen, was so insightful.