Thanks to the tireless efforts of Rod Begbie, Unlicensed Poultry (the production entity created so that a bunch of us could participate in the Boston competition of the 48 Hour Film Project) now has Temporary Spy online for your viewing pleasure. RealPlayer 10 is required.
A quick synopsis of the whole experience: on Friday, April 8 around 7pm, all teams were assigned the following items.
- a prop (a string of pearls, real or fake)
- a character (J. Withers, former child actor)
- a line of dialogue ("I'm not really like this.")
Additionally, each team was assigned a genre. We got "Spy" (hence, Temporary Spy.) We then had 48 hours-- from 7pm Friday to 7pm Sunday-- to write, shoot, score and edit a short film of 4 to 7 minutes in length.
Between 7pm on Friday and 5:30am on Saturday, we brainstormed and wrote the script (me, my wife Jenney, Ilene Fischer, Rod Begbie, Joy Begbie, Josh Pritchard, Renee Farster and Karen 'Mal' Malme), and wrote & recorded the vocals & basic piano track of the theme song to the fictional "A String of Pearls" sitcom that we'd created as part of the J. Withers backstory.
Call for the shoot was 8:30am on Saturday; after setup (lighting, camera positions, etc.) we started shooting around 11:00am. We had an AMAZING crew including cinematographer Austin de Besche, who in another lifetime was with Ilene and I in the improv troupe Renegade Duck. We shot until around 9:30pm that night. Meanwhile our composer Steve Gilbane composed & recorded the score, including a completed arrangement of the "String of Pearls" theme.
Sunday, the director, producer and our editor Teja Arboleda gathered to edit the footage down to the allowable 4 to 7 minutes, and it was delivered into the hands of the 48 Hour Film Project people by the deadline on Sunday.
Tuesday, April 12, it was screened at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. I'm told the 7pm audience loved it, and I know that the 9:30pm audience was laughing in all the right places. Sure, given more time we could have had something more polished, but for 48 hours I think we did a damn fine job.
Plus I haven't been able to get the damned "String of Pearls" theme song out of my head for weeks now.
A word on "A String of Pearls" for anybody who came over from groovymother.com-- this was the concept for the fictional sitcom "A String of Pearls", which was left sadly unexplained in the film: a black couple adopts a family of six white orphaned brothers and sisters named Pearl. Hence, "A String of Pearls". Hilarity ensues. Alan Thicke ain't got nothin' on me.