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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Curse of Dial-Up

Last weekend I was part of a team working on a film for the 48hr Film Project. The 48hr Film Project is an event that takes place all around the world. Basically it works like this; a director gets a team of volunteers together, and I do mean volunteers (One of the 48HRFP rules is no one can be paid for their services.) At a designated time all the teams that entered get a prop, a character name, a line of dialogue and a type of movie genre. The team then has 48 hours to write, film and edit a five to seven minute movie. All the films that are turned in within the time limit get screened later in the week and then prizes are awarded for several different categories.

Because you have no idea what your film is going to be about, the best thing to do is get a huge crew together and have the talent (actors) on call if you need them. That’s what I was this weekend, one of the actors on call.

Which means I was waiting by the phone from 7PM Friday until Saturday at 2PM when the phone finally rang and I was asked to come to where they were shooting and be in a few scenes. I then spent the next nine hours helping to make 8 minutes of absolutely hilarious footage, which kind of sucks because you know the majority of what you’re shooting will end up on the cutting room floor. Then I was asked to be on call the next day to do one more scene and a bunch of still photos that would be turned into a montage.

Ugh, More sitting by the phone and waiting. Around noon the call came in, we did the shots and finished up around 3:30PM. Scary! That only left them four hours to edit the film and get it to the drop off point. It’s extra scary because this same team last year, which I was not a part of, missed getting their film in on time by two minutes. I feared if the film didn’t get in on time this year the director, who we’ll call Sean because that’s his name, would spontaneously combust.

Well, Sean edited it and turned in on time, but not without some blood. Literally. He was sprinting through the hallway of the hotel that was serving as event headquarters, trying to get to the drop off room. As Sean was running toward the door to the room, that was being held open by another volunteer, he could hear them counting down the final ten seconds. He went into a slide trying to slow down, crashed into the door, tore his pants, got a huge rug burn that started bleeding and still managed to flip the finished film toward another person from our team who had been standing there with all our paperwork. (Release forms and contact info for everyone who worked on the film.) Anyhow, she caught the DVD containing the finished film and slapped it down on the judge’s table along with all of the team’s paperwork just as the countdown hit two.

SHEESH! I wish we could have filmed that.

I have not seen the finished project. The few scenes I was in seem like they will be fantastic, not because of me, but because of the amount of talent around me that I was a small part of. Sean also seems extremely happy with the final cut. He says he had to cut a lot of great stuff, but plans on making an extended version later.

The screening of the films is this Wednesday. I can hardly wait. If you happen to be in Stumptown on Wednesday night stop by the Hollywood Theatre at 9PM and root for our film. It’s a mockumentary titled “Tooth and Nail”. That’s all I’m going to tell you about the film. I have the feeling it will end up on YouTube soon, and believe me I will let you know when it does.

Anyhow, what I really wanted to tell everyone is I had to stay off line all weekend because I was waiting for the phone to ring. (I know, I know it’s the curse of dial-up. What can I say? I’m poor.) Being unplugged all weekend meant I didn’t get a chance to reply to comments or visit any blogs, so I’ll try and catch up this week. I guess I could have spent the last few hours doing those things instead of spending that time on this post, but the story was dying to escape and I couldn’t say no.

Do your stories ever try to escape? Do you want to leave some love today?


  • I know all too well about dial-up. We have it now but had DSL in Texas. I feel like I stepped back in time. Oh well.

    How wonderful to be in a movie, sort of. I remember when they were making Ground Hog Day in Woodstock Illinois. I lived near there at that time while they were shooting. Joy Eliz and I were in one of the stores, wearing our sweatshirts, and walked out into a scene. Well they shouted "CUT", apparently we were underdressed for the scene and they had to shoot it again. We went hiding and I am sure our scene was on the cutting room floor .

    Here's keeping my fingers crossed for them.


    Oh by the way, what was your part?

    By Blogger Babe in the Woods, at 19:48  

  • Just one question!
    Did anyone get jabbed in the nut sack?

    I dont even want to see a film that doesnt have at least one nut sack jab.

    Love ya, Mean it!!


    By Blogger scarecrow, at 19:48  

  • Oh joy! I am all excited about seeing it on youtube soon! LOVE

    By Blogger Whimspiration, at 22:35  

  • After these last two stories - I know I never want to have anthing to do with plays and movies... Seriously, what's the insurance like! ha, ha, ha, ha!
    Love your stories as usual!


    By Blogger Joy Eliz, at 04:33  

  • That sounds like a great time, I'd like to see the final outcome. Sometimes the best things happen spontaneously.

    By Blogger Gabrielle, at 05:16  

  • are you an actor too ???
    well, let me think .......
    yes, sure, of course, you are always surprising me ;-))))
    Love !!!

    By Blogger luisa brehm, at 06:18  

  • Thank goodness you weren't filming Ground Hog day.

    By Blogger Gemma, at 06:20  

  • It sounds like you have great fun doing your filming, even tho you have to wait.....and wait.....and wait. I have dial-up too, and I don't know why. I don't think it has anything to do with being "poor". Some ISP's that are much faster than AOl dialup :( which I have, cost less. So why am I still here on dialup ...why?...why...? Thanks for smiles. I live too far from Portland, but I'll be back here! Love your illustration.

    By Blogger judie, at 06:45  

  • Dear Un, how will we know which one is you when you are on youtube since you are the unknown? Will all be revealed love? Love2

    By Blogger ValGalArt, at 09:39  

  • Too bad you didn't film the delivery of the film.It woulda been a good'un! I hope to see yours on youtube too! LOVE

    By Blogger Janet, at 14:52  

  • Wow! You're a film star? I am so impressed!

    By Blogger creative kismet, at 21:07  

  • Your stories are always fun to read!!
    We have SBC DSL and its great!! only 9 bucks a month(we're broke just like you)...
    just need their phone service.

    By Blogger Sdit., at 00:03  

  • Getting the film to their desk sounds like a movie on it's own!!
    Make sure to keep this blog running even when ur huge Hollywood star! ;D

    By Blogger Sdit., at 00:05  

  • babe in the woods: Yeah, that dial-up is a drag. Bwhahahaha.
    I find making movies like the military; there's a lot of hurry up and wait.
    Ground Hog Day! Cool! Maybe you're in the deleted scenes on the dvd. They'll put anything in those. :-P
    Thanks. I think we're a shoe in.
    I was a political minion.

    scarecrow: Ha! Sadly, no. :-)

    whimspiration: Me too! Thanks. :-)

    joy eliz: Heh, heh. That's what my dad always said. That I should stay out of show business. He may have been right. :-)

    gabrielle: Yeah, luckily we had some great improvisers working on the film. It was scripted though. A little. Quite a little actually. :-)

    luisa brehm: I'm not an actor but I play one on television. BWhahahahahahahahahahahaha... eh. :-)

    gemme: Ha! Kind of felt like it though! :-)

    judie: It was. It always is to me.
    Well, dial-up is a money issue for me because I don't actually own the PC that I do all my work on. It's Gorky's. I keep trying to convince her to get high speed internet, but she doesn't use the PC enough to need it. So, until I get rich it's dial-up for me.
    Aww... (blush) Thanks. :-)

    valgalart: Well, I won't tell you which is me, but I will tell you I'm not the lead. :-)

    janet: I know!
    It will be somewhere on line soon. I'm so proud to be a part of the film. I will definitely let everyone know where it is. It turned out frickin awesome! :-)

    creative kismet: Oh no! I'm not the star. :-)

    artist formerly known as "sdit":d: Thanks!
    Only 9 bucks!!
    Phone service? Wha...?
    Bah! There's always a catch. :-)

    artist formerly known as "sdit":d: Yeah. I think there might be some photos somewhere of the event, but I don't know if I will ever see them.
    Oh, I will. In fact I was hoping this blog would make me big in Hollywood. BWHahahahahahahahahahaha... eh. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 22:56  

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