Creative; Fun; Enjoy

Here’s an unusual (and creative) storyline treatment.

Some background information from the creator Ben Crowell:

Q: Where did the idea come from?

Crowell: The idea came very randomly when Joel Marsh (co-director) and I were talking about ideas for the festival. The idea started out as something totally different; it was about a man trying to see his newborn child and then through chatting, it evolved into a reversal film and then into the romantic piece that it is now. It just emphasizes the cliche that no idea is a bad idea. The most banal idea has potential to turn into something really beautiful.

Q: How did you go about producing it? (all within 48 hrs?, formality – eg., storyboarding or more freeform? stuff like that)

Crowell: In terms of the film’s creation, we really didn’t have much time, so we made an idea list and then from that a loose shot list and then we ran out to get it done! It was a ton of fun, very small crew–everyone on camera also worked behind the camera. Our friend Luke Bradford wrote the music after I told him the general feel we were looking for. We were so happy with what he came up with.

Q: You did this on the 5d, correct? What other equipment are you using with that? (audio recorder/mics? camera rigs?)

Crowell: Yes, we used the 5d. Other than that, just a tripod and a paint can tied to a stick for a steady cam. We had some nice sound equipment too, although we ended up taking almost all of the sound out. The music was actually just recorded on a laptop microphone.

Q: You’re using the 5d – did you start out as a still guy and move into motion?

Crowell: Honestly, Joel and I have always been movie people. Joel is actually just adding photography to his repertoire now. It’s his 5d and he got it specifically for movie making.

Q: How are you finding using a DSLR to make short films?

Crowell: DSLRs are excellent in my opinion. Definitely no complaints, so far. Really good quality and beautiful colors. The microphone could be better, but that’s far from a deal-breaker.

Q: What would you regard as “the perfect gear” for making films?

Crowell: Perfect gear would be some lovely 70mm cameras with big lights and the works. More realistically, a Canon DSLR with some solid lenses and good sound equipment are ideal.

Q: The “48 hour Project”: How often have you participated? What was the experience like?

Crowell: This is our 4th 48 film. I found out about it from my neighbor and fellow filmmaker Scott Palmer. He had won the Boston 48 and thought it would be something I would enjoy. He was definitely right. It’s a great incentive to get people together to make a film without a daunting commitment. It was an excellent experience. Stress-free, fun and exciting. The stunts were tons of fun, although it was a very, very cold day. We finished with about 10 hours to spare as well. We simply had fun, and very talented people all together and that’s really the key ingredient to making a decent film. If it’s too tense, no one’s going to be on their game, so I try to keep it as loose and enjoyable as possible on set. We came out with some fairly wild stories from a really magnificent experience.

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