ellinor (ellinor) wrote,

  • Mood:
  • Music:

It's easy to be the location scout when you own the location

There's something very extremely cool about having one's house used as a movie set. It's not the most convenient thing in the world, and it gets less and less convenient as the size of the film crew grows, but when people know what they're doing, and treat the space with respect, it's a whole lot of fun.

I was fortunate enough to be involved in the making of "Birthday Surprise," a 48-hour film that a bunch of us put together under the directorial lead of bluenoteboogy. The writing started at 8:30 Friday night, and I joined in the writing fun at about midnight. Filming took place on Saturday. The place was swirling with activity -- they tore apart my living room and kitchen, occupied various other rooms in the house, and put it all back together by 2 am. applejack_12 made two costumes from pure cloth and thread while we watched in awe. antoniousrex did most of the lighting, making remarkable use of ordinary lamps, tin foil, and parchment paper. I did some hair, a little set decoration (it helps when it's your own furniture and chachkies), helped out a bit with costumes and food, loitered, pulled music, and acted generally anal about the wood floor. They didn't leave a scratch, despite having taken at least one door off its hinges during the course of production. And bluenoteboogy made my house look like a movie star.

Scott the total rockstar editor did the editing overnight Saturday night and into Sunday. I sent over the music, which thanks to Creative Commons and the public domain, makes this a legal production. By Sunday evening, there was a finished production on a DVD.

So here it is: "Birthday Surprise."

Please note that there seems to be a glitch in the playback 11 seconds from the end. When you get to that point, if it stops, PLEASE click on the cursor bar or pull the cursor bar to the right so you get the music credits. This is important so that we satisfy the requirements of our Creative Commons license. For good measure, I will note that the music includes Scheming Weasel and A Mission by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com), and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. Thanks, Mr. McLeod!
Tags: 48-hour, films
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.