By Anissa Ghali
The "Make It Great In 48" film challenge was a great experience for me. It helped me find other filmmakers in the community to work with who also turned out to be very awesome people. I learned some new things about filmmaking and the challenge was fun and exciting.
The people that worked with me are all very talented and I enjoyed getting to see them showcase their talents and come together to make a product. Here is a little taste of our experience:
It was a shaky start for our filming process. We had planned to start around seven. We would meet at 6:30 and take cabs to the reservoir but then the unthinkable happened. A team member exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before fell into a slumber on her bus ride, and woke up in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice paddies. It was okay, the rest of us were together.... or were we? The next three members ended up in a parking lot (they didn’t know what a reservoir was). They spent two hours getting separated and searching for each other in a maze of garages and department stores. Then, a hero arose and came to the rescue. After long hours of grueling searches for the Where’s Waldo of filmmaking, everyone had finally arrived. Then, the magic happened and we had a downright good time filming some of the most romantic scenes you may ever see in your lifetime. There was frolicking, chicken, laughter, and most importantly fun was had by all. Everything else went perfect after that! Just kidding, but those stories are for another time.
Maybe I was a little delirious from the lack of sleep that weekend but I wouldn’t change anything about it. We all took joy in working and learning together. We faced our challenges like warriors, and persevered as we wrought against the impending tick tocks of the clock.