apprentice Victor Cobb
, who studies with Steve Carmichael of Radiant3 Productions
in Atlanta, recently got his first crash-course taste in independent filmmaking when he decided to participate in Atlanta’s 48-Hour Film Project
. The way it came together for him is proof positive of the importance of connections.
Each entrant to the project is given a genre, a prop, a character name and one line of dialogue, and is expected to deliver a finished 3-7 minute film based those criteria within 48 hours. Even so, for Victor, preparation for the challenge began months in advance.
“We decided that if we were going to create a quality film, we would need quality equipment which would cost us a pretty penny,”
says Victor. “That’s where Kickstarter came in.”
Victor and his team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the project, which raised more than $1900 for equipment and expenses.
The production of the film itself is where the connections became critical. Victor teamed with a co-director, Tommie Ingram, who connected him with producer Sharon Tomlinson of Studio 11 Films—who, in turn, had multiple connections to resources, crew and cast, including well-known actor Carl Anthony Payne
, who agreed to star in the film!
A 48-hour deadline meant that once production started, the team had to make sure the time was used wisely. Victor collaborated with a team of writers to complete the script in thirteen hours, with a shoot scheduled immediately following. “Because we had two directors on set, myself and Tommie, we were able to shoot one scene while one of us set up another scene and prepared to direct it once the previous scene was wrapped,”
says Victor. “We shot for the majority of the day, and our editor was onsite editing around the time the final scenes were being shot. Of course the editor was up editing the film for us from the night of the shoot, right up till about an hour before the deadline the next day.”
Just like “real life,” the production had its share of setbacks and pitfalls, including losing team members leaving just before production started, and technical difficulties cropping up hours before the film was due. However, Victor and his team persevered and delivered their film on time.
“July 10 was the screening of our film, which turned out to look and sound amazing on the big screen,”
says Victor. “I must say there is no greater feeling than seeing something you created on a big screen for the enjoyment of others.”
Even greater for Victor was the feeling of personal accomplishment. “I had finally done it, I had finally directed my first movie,”
he says. “It was now a possibility. The sky was the limit now.”