Two Days to Film, No Time To Sleep: My foggy recollection of the Portland 48 Hour Film Festival

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Two Days to Film, No Time To Sleep: My foggy recollection of the Portland 48 Hour Film Festival

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Written by Reed Harvey the day after the 2017 48 Hour Film Festival…

 

As I write this, I’m certain of two things from the past weekend. First, I didn’t get nearly enough sleep. This fact seems to be hindering my writing process. Second, a group of talented goofballs and I managed to write, shoot and edit a heartwarming romantic comedy in the vein of My Best Friend’s Wedding... if My Best Friend’s Wedding was written and produced by a group of slap-happy fools in less than two days.

 

I remember showing up to Friday night’s brainstorming meet-up energized and ready to tackle any challenge. By the end of Sunday’s mix session, I was a withered husk of a human, barely able to peel myself off the studio floor. Somewhere in the delirium between, I recorded and edited all the dialog for our film, created the sound design and somehow managed a final mix along with writing and recording the song for the closing credits. We’ve included this feat of creativity here. The lyrics will make no sense at all unless you’ve seen the film but no matter – Turn up the volume and enjoy!

 

Walking to the drop-off location after completing our film, I was nearly struck by a Subaru doing 60 through a stop sign. When I arrived and noticed them parked crookedly in front of the official 48 Hour Film Festival table, likely in a deadline-induced panic, I was reminded that some 40 other filmmaker teams in Portland had shared a weekend experience very similar to my own. I have no idea why we all like to put our minds and bodies through such an ordeal, but I’m so thankful that I get the chance to do it with a such an amazing group of people. And I look forward to doing it again next year.

Photo dutifully borrowed from the Facebook feed of Brian Sutherland. Team Pollinate at the debut of Mating Rituals, Portland 48 Hour Film Festival 2017.

Team Pending at the debut of Mating Rituals, Portland 48 Hour Film Project. Photo from Brian Sutherland.

 

Tickets are on sale now to see it along with what the judges have deemed the “Best Of” at the Hollywood Theater July 17th at 7p. If you can’t make it to the screening, you can watch it here: