Chicago 48hr Film Project 2015 – Audience Award Winner – The Small Accordion

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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.

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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.

Chicago Breast Cancer Fundraiser Photography

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The following gallery is a collection of photos I took for the Chicago Breast Cancer Fund Raiser.  I volunteered my time as a photographer and got some great shots.  The pictures were taken on a Canon T2i with various lenses. … Continue reading

The Run Around- Chicago (Official Video)

This is a music video shot for The Run Around. My role in this was Assistant Camera and Sound Designer. The introduction scene needed sound design. I also operated a Canon T2i for half of the shots. I was shooting in 1080p, 24fps, in Cinestyle mode. Cinestyle is a free filter from Canon. It adds a gray look to the video and eliminates harsh shadows. The purpose for this is to flatten out the image for color correction. The shutter speed was 1/50 for most of the shoot. Aperture changed depending on exposure. It was my job to set up the sound system and light show for the video. I used the white audience lights to add a flat look to the stage and then used colored lights to add that show look and feel. The song was performed by the band many times while playing to the recording for sync. Audience and side story shots were filmed separate.