The Producer's Guild of America Make Your Mark Weekend Short Competition
(Mon. 8/28) About two weeks ago I woke up to an email from a friend suggesting that I take part in the Producer's Guild of America Make Your Mark Weekend Short Competition. By that evening I had put together a location along with a loose cast and crew. I partnered with my friend Luis Avilez (an actor) to finalize the rest of the crew and equipment. My friends Gregory Porter Loomis and Leo Faulkner were able to help secure a restaurant, and a neighboring empty gallery space that were both connected by an adjoining rear service hallway.
In order to participate, I had to navigate the application/legal documentation process but was able to finalize that within a matter of days. This competition gives up to 51 hours to write, film and edit a full 3 - 5 minute short film to be judged by:
Here are the details of what we had to have in the film (Bold is what we used)...
SETTING (choose two)
- Country Estate
- 1980s/Reagan Era
ELEMENTS/PROPS (choose three of five; one element must play a significant role within the story)
- Rear-View Mirror*
- Cream Pie
- Personal Letter
(*It didn't say CAR rearview mirror)
THEME (choose at least one)
- Corporate corruption/political activism
- Dynamics between men and women
- No mercy for middle-class sacred cows
(We had elements of all three within the short, although I'd say we leaned the heaviest on No Mercy for Middle-Class Sacred Cows)
We wrote the script Friday night - finishing at 11pm.
My director of photography (Jake Deverian) and I set up a shot list. I was up until about 3am visualizing what I wanted to capture.
The next morning, I woke up at 8am to start preparing the set. The crew and cast officially started at 11am. Originally, I prepared for us to film from 11am until 11pm. Fortunately, we were incredibly efficient and completed work at 8pm.
Luis and I immediately began editing until 5:30am when we finally decided that we weren't making creative scene selections. We woke up two hours later to finish the rough cut to send to Gregory Porter Loomis who only had a few hours to prepare the score based on what we put together at that point. At 4:15pm we had to finish the project even though Greg wanted more time and we hardly had a chance to edit sound.
At 4:43pm we officially submitted our completed short, "Trickle." I'm incredibly proud of the work my team put together.
Director/Producer: Evan Chaffee
Associate Producer: Luis Avilez
Story by: Joseph Palumbo
Written by: Joseph Palumbo, David Li, Henry Maroney, Theo Friedman, Evan Chaffee
Enzo: Luis Avilez
William: Leo Faulkner
Porter: Gregory Porter Loomis
Goon: Scott Lieberman
Director of Photography: Jake Deverian
Assistant Director: Sofia Gomez
Editors: Luis Avilez, Evan Chaffee
Camera Operator: Lennox Sweeney
Assistant Camera Operator: Nicholas Deverian
Sound: Arnulfo Mendoza
Gaffer: Adam Schneider
Key Production Assistants: Frankie Infante, Patrick Martucci
Original Music by: Gregory Porter Loomis
Special Thanks: Don & Linda Novak
Here are some photos and stills from the film...