Saturday, April 19, 2014

48-hour film project comes out gold

Sacramento may not have a wealth of big budget Hollywood films being produced by it does have its share of films being produced as part of a film challenge. After several years of deciding I'm too busy and/or unskilled to contribute, I showed up at the cast and crew call for the Sacramento International Film Festival's 48-hour film challenge and offered to write something for somebody.

I hooked up with Matt Gilliam, who liked my idea of putting a modern twist on the children's classic "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." With Pam Finney's help, we began assembling our cast and crew and refining the script. Matt, Pam, Greg Marker and Gwen Conklin each made contributions to the script.

The 7-minute film is one of more than a dozen that will screen April 26 the opening night of the Sacramento International Film Festival. The show starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Crocker Art Gallery.

Here is a look at how it came together:

And a look at a trailer:

I even wrote the lyrics for a song to accompany the movie. A buddy from high school took my words and ran with it producing this pretty cool song.

Sacramento Film Challenges
Sponsor organization: Sacramento International Film Festival
Important dates: 7 p.m. today – cast and crew call at the Studio Center, 915 Fee Drive; April 4 - challenge starts; April 26 - films screened
Sponsor organization: Access Sacramento
Important dates: April 11 – script deadline; May 28 – cast and crew call; Oct. 5 – films screened
Sponsor organization: Sacramento Horror Film Festival
Important date: May 3 – films due
Name: “Sac Music Seen” / 10x10 Filmmaker Challenge
Sponsor organization: Sacramento Film and Music Festival
Important dates: April 4 – music submissions due; July 20 – videos due

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