A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the 48 Hour Film Project. The way it works is that teams of writers, videographers, actors, editors, and others meet at 7pm on a Friday night. The team leader (or producer) gets a call from from the project’s organizers, who tell him/her what their team’s assignment is; this consists of a film genre and several things that their finished movie must contain in order to qualify. In our case, the genre was Science Fiction, one character had to be named Thea Quimby, a shoelace had to be prominently displayed, and the screenplay had to contain the phrase “When you come up with something good, let me know!” The team then has 48 hours to write, produce, film, edit and submit a finished film.
Our movie is entitled Extraction; it centers around a dentist/novelist who derives inspiration for his books from his patients. He yanks their teeth out, then hooks them up to his computer, which then turns their life stories into a finished MS Word document. Bill Gates is such a clever fellow!
I played Roger, a frat boy/stoner. This was a bit of a stretch, since the closest I’ve ever come to an herbal experience is the time I spilled an entire container of oregano onto the chicken breast I was cooking. Personally, I think I did a better job as Scrooge in my 5th grade production of A Christmas Carol.
Nota bene: Kara typed the text of the story that the dentist extracts from the tooth in the final scene. She did a really great job! It’s posted on her blog; I highly recommend checking it out.
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