We held our breathe as we waited to pull our genre from the hat. I did not want to make a musical or western or comedy. I believed I could turn any other genre into some sort of a thriller. And we also hoped that the required prop and line of dialogue wouldn’t be too silly for a thriller. The adrenaline was already pumping through me and the 48 hours hadn’t begun yet! The waiting around would normally be really cool because there were so many filmmakers in the room. There were family teams, amateur teams, and professional teams, and everyone was excited and making plans for their films even as their competition sat nearby. It would have been nice to chat with these people about movies and cameras and things film geeks discuss. Finally the kick-off was official and it was my turn. “We got Film de Femme!” I shouted. Whoo hoo!
Our required elements were:
Prop— a piece from a board game
Line of dialogue—”Tell me again why this matters.”
Character— Zach or Zelda Alexander, Exterminator.
I must say that even doing this 48 Hour competition twice before, it doesn’t get any easier. Yes casting is vital, sure the experience and creativity of the crew makes all the difference, but it all boils down to the script. The story had to be imagined, a script had to be written, and everyone needed it ready to shoot in a few hours. Did I warn you that you don’t get much sleep during this 48 hour period? It turns out stamina is an important trait for filmmakers. I discovered that it ALWAYS takes longer to write the script than you think it will. After creating a few titles and loglines, I ran the ideas by my producer and DP. We picked the best one and I ran with it to write the draft script. The title of my first thriller became A House To Herself.
Nora is a selfish trophy wife. She married for money and has no heartache when her husband dies suddenly. She has no desire to raise his bratty daughter, instead Nora wants to party, travel, and shop; that is until eerie events have everyone questioning Nora’s sanity.