How To Make a Film in 48 Hours

CSI: San Jose rehearsal

Mi Casa Su Casa Productions was launched in 2007 when I heard about, and quickly signed up for the 48 Hour Film Project.  At first I just wanted a screenwriting credit.  But I also became the producer.  It was an absolutely wild time.  If you’ve never heard about the 48 Hour Film Project look at their web site.  Just as the name implies, you have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit your short film!  At 7 pm Friday night you pull your genre out of a hat.  Everyone gets the same required prop, line of dialogue and character.  Then we all run out to write the script.  Everyone has until Sunday night at 7 pm to turn in the completed film, original soundtrack and all.  I highly recommend it.  Just assembling the crew, assembling the cast, scouting locations, approaching sponsors, was an education in itself.

My team calmly pulled the “film de femme” category which is a film with a strong female lead.  Then in the ensuing outbreak of insanity–you REALLY are expected to complete a film in 48 hours–I decided it would be fun to do a parody of all those CSI shows.  I titled the script, CSI: San Jose. But honestly, do you know how challenging it is to make a movie, no matter how short, in 48 hours?

Summary: Grace is a no-nonsense CSI investigator but her new partner Enrique is a buffoon.   Will she be able to solve the crime before he destroys the evidence and her chances for a promotion?

Our required elements were:

Prop—peanut butter

Line of dialogue—“I feel a little embarrassed.”

Character—Don or Dawn August, PR Specialist.

The film featured YaVaughnie Wilkins and Francisco Oliva in the starring roles. Read more…

About Victoria M. Johnson

I am a published author and filmmaker. Mi Casa Su Casa Productions launched in 2007 as part of the 48 Hour Film Project. As with all my writing, Mi Casa Su Casa Productions will focus on short films that entertain, enlighten and surprise viewers.
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