The 48 Hour Film Project Part Tres!!!

By Derek

Alright dudes, it’s that time of year again, the weekend of doom, the sleepless of days, the, uh, moment of uh, equipment malfunctions…the 48 Hour Film Project!!  So yeah, for the third straight year in a row, the Rowlbertos Crew competed in the two days of anarchy and exhaustion known as the 48 Hour Film Project, which for those of you who don’t know, gives exactly 2 days to write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film.  Crazy right?!

Like I said, this was our third year competing, so we weren’t exactly wet behind the ears.  The first couple years doing this easily taught us some valuable lessons that we would utilize for this go-around.  The key aspect we emphasize more and more each time we do this, is organization.  We’re always striving to stay better organized in order to use our limited time most effectively.  One of the ways we did that this year was to have clearly defined roles for each individual involved with this production.  The first year, there was a handful of us performing multiple roles.  Last year, we got a little better.  This year, we crushed it!

The 48 hour peeps decided to mix it up a little bit this year with the genre selection, and everyone got 2 genres that they could either combine, or pick one of.  Our genres were Dark Comedy and Time Travel; so we decided to combine them.  Once again, we devoted Friday night entirely to script writing and logistics planning.  The night ran very late, but by the time we parted ways to grasp onto what little sleep we could get, we had a solid script, and a solid production plan for the weekend.  The next morning at 6 am, we got started.

Our first shooting location of the day was at a loft in downtown.  We spent the whole morning there filming all of our office scenes, as well as some hallway stuff.   It was pretty evident early on that having a big crew with defined roles was a huge help.  We had an array of great actors that were able to focus solely on that, which was a first for us.  We had multiple audio techs, script supervisors, a dedicated hair and makeup artist, and even a visual effects team!  It was great!  After wrapping up we headed to location numero dos, our workspace in University Heights.  We spent the afternoon there filming our very cool, very moody bar scenes.  This was easily our coolest looking location of the shoot, (which was mostly due to some very colorful lighting).  We spent a lot of time here setting up for these shots, but it was worth it.  They turned out great.  By the time we finished here, it was already dark, but we still had one more location.  For our third and final location, we headed to Henrique and Vivian’s apartment in Mission Valley.  It was here where we filmed our bedroom scenes, which, fun fact, is also where we filmed out bedroom scenes from our very first 48 project!  Anyways, we spent a few hours setting up and filming, and we were finally done!  This was the first time we completely wrapped filming on Saturday!  Progress!

Sunday!  You don’t know how good it felt to not have to worry about filming on the final day.  Well, maybe you do, I don’t know.  But, it feels good.  Really really good.  Sunday was devoted entirely to post-production.  Editing, sound mixing, visual effects-sing, rendering, etc.  I made up one of those words…  But yeah, we got our little movie put together and made our way up to On The Border in Mira Mesa for final submission.  It was so satisfying to pass off our final packet to the 48 officials and rejoice with some food and drinks!  Now, while we didn’t win any of the awards we were gunning for at the screening, (and we did come close), we’re still very proud of our film, and we hope you like it too.  So, if you want to see it, and I know you do, click here and check it out!


office scene


bar scene

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