This year we finally gathered the courage to assemble a team and enter the infamous Rialto Channel 48 Hours Film Festival.
While several of us have entered independently in previous years, 2015 marks the first time we’ve been brave enough to enter together as Chillbox (team name: Chillybox). While technically this makes us just another asshole ‘professional team’, we were eager to challenge ourselves, go out, and make a film – the same motivation I’d imagine drives every entrant, professional or not (so seriously, just forget about it). Besides, in the erratic and unpredictable gauntlet that is 48 hours, can anyone really have an advantage? (Hint: the answer is yes, absolutely they can). Bottom line, unfair and unfettered access to professional equipment and software aside, we were really just looking for any excuse to make a film.
For those of you unfamiliar with what the Rialto Channel 48 Hours Film Festival is, here’s a brief explanation from the official website: “Write | Shoot | Cut | Survive”. Now, for those of you who are imagining some Hunger Games-esque fight to the death (that for whatever reason involves writing), allow me to shatter the illusion with a slightly longer explanation. 48 Hours is exactly how it sounds – teams are given 4 prompts and a genre on a Friday night and must submit a ‘finished’ film that includes these elements no later than Sunday night – 48 hours to write, shoot, cut, and survive.
Our required elements for 2015 are as follows:
Genre: Black Comedy
Character: Harper Harrison; thoughtless
Line of Dialogue: “Oh really”
Technical Element: Match Cut / Dissolve
The above film is what we ended up piecing together – “Clean Getaway” a short about two cleaners faced with a mess that doesn’t want to be cleaned.
While we haven’t made it through to the finals, I am still very proud of what we were able to accomplish with our 48 hours, particularly as it was our first year as a team. Although we were registered as Chillbox, we worked with a range of talented artists, individuals, and friends, all of whom were gracious enough to give up a weekend, and none of whom we would have had any level of success without. So I want to say a big thank you to everyone that lent a hand – because of you, our ‘professional team’ was that much less asshole-y.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the film,
Gabe and the Chillbox Team