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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Our 48-Hour Film Project For Your Viewing Pleasure.

OK, so a few weeks back we all gathered, first at Ned & Gloria Utzig's house then at mine for filming, for the annual Mad Ned Productions' entry into the NH 48 Hour Film competition. Filmmakers gather around New England and at 7:00 or so Friday evening, find out the requirements for their film, which they then have to Write, Film, Edit a 5 - 7 minute film and Deliver it in person to NH by 7:00 Sunday evening. To make sure people don't film ahead of time, the organizers randomly draw the Genre for each film, as well assign everyone a specific character name and occupation, prop to use, and a specific line of dialogue.

The character: Shorty or Sharon Cook
Occupation: politician
Prop: watch
Line: Be True To Your Word

The characters and prop don't need to be the main focus, but they HAVE to be in there. Mad Ned Productions drew HORROR as our genre. We all sat around (about 12 of us) and came up with a story, then they sent me to a corner to type out the screenplay. As always when filming, the screenplay that was saved on Friday was only a guideline by the time we were done, because scenes were changed, dialogue added, by necessity, but overall we kept to the original story we'd all conceived of as a group Friday night.

One location (with short car scene), very few actors, made for more chances at clever filmmaking. Kudos to Andy for going under water in the pool for one quick shot, and of course young Micky for being a sport in the infamous bedroom and bathtub scene, as you're about to see.

And Linda volunteered me for the role of Lover Boy.... it's not my fault. It's not. My acting debut is below, as embarrassing (to my kids at least) as it is. I didn't suck too bad, though. But the others, wow, just wait. Very cool.




1 comment:

Mad Ned said...

If there was a Hall-Of-Fame for being a good sport, you'd be at the front entrance, sir. Thanks for everything you guys did to make this crazy weekend of ours work!