Right now it’s past 1 am and I intend on being awake for several more hours. My house is a wreck even though I took the day off work, and tomorrow it will look even worse. Loving my sleep as I do, there are few things that can keep me up this late and even fewer things that I’ll allow to turn my house into this condition.
This weekend my husband and I, along with a few talented friends, are producing an 8-minute film for the Prairie Grass Film Challenge. Genre is assigned, as well as a few other key components, and we have 48 hours to turn those components into a meaningful, cohesive, high quality film. I wrote the script, my husband and two friends shot it, and we are now putting it together in Avid Media Composer. This is the 5th 48-hour film challenge my husband and I have done together, and we love it.
I prefer novel writing to screen writing, partially because I love the world made possible through words and it gives me meticulous control over detail. However, it is immensely satisfying to see a story come together and be “published” through the screen. There are hundreds of limits imposed by the dictated components and definitely by the 48-hour limit. For example, the story has to be written in 4-6 hours, and while I certainly can’t make a story its best in that amount of time, if it weren’t a 48-hour challenge I probably would never get it done.
Events like these are one of the things that keep me going as a writer. I highly recommend them for the sheer confidence boost, which is partially due to seeing what you can really do under pressure and partially due to the polished, believable element that a good camera lends to a story.
Because of the film editing going on in my living room, my post for this week will be short. I would love to hear about your experiences with screen writing or film making. Have you ever done a film festival or film challenge? Tell me about it!