This year me and a few of my friends participated yet again in the Chicago 48hr Film Project. For those unfamiliar, this is a film fest that requires teams to create and submit a 7min short film in just 48hrs. Teams are given the same prop, character, and line of dialogue that they must use within the film. Then each team randomly draws a genre. They are given 48hrs to write, film, edit, and submit the finished film.
This year our film won the Audience Award. This means that the screening audience voted our film number 1! We are very proud of this award as it means we successfully entertained, and that people enjoyed our work.
Watch the film below, then continue reading for some info about our experience this year.
We received Cop/detective genre and immediately decided to do a film noir. However, we did not just want to do a goofy parody as that has been done so many times. We decided to film a genuine film noir, with some comedy injected into the story. We decided to keep the time period ambiguous and instead focus on the stylistic and story elements that make up the film noir genre. We kept the story simple and straight forward for the 7min run-time, while still having some essence of uncertainty.
We had a blast working on this project and are very proud of the result. We came close to the wire at some points since we didn’t finish filming until 3am Sunday morning. However with great teamwork and efficiency we were able to pull off something people enjoyed, and ended up winning in the process. While our goal was to entertain and not win awards, it still feels good to be acknowledged for our hard work.