We Tried to Make a Soap Opera Over the Course of One Weekend

I have a problem, Internet.

If you present to me a creative challenge that I find even remotely interesting, I will want to participate.

I say this because, when the Colorado Media School approached its students with a 48 Hour Film Challenge, I could not resist. Amidst a full time job, full time schooling, and multiple internships, I was already stretching my time too thin. Before I had time to contemplate my priorities, the allure of the challenge had taken its hold over me and I signed up.

Based off of the 48 Hour Film Project, the challenge asked participants to write, film, and edit a 5-7 minute short film over the course of only 48 hours. Starting Friday evening, teams picked a genre out of a hat and were sent off. To make sure our final products were genuine, a specific character, prop, and phrase was revealed and required to be included in the film. Before we drew genres, our judges told us we had to have a magician named either Alex or Alexis Anderson, we had to incorporate a screwdriver, and we had to use the phrase, “I don’t think that’s going to work.”

Our ragtag group, composed of myself, my lovely friend Michelle, and a cadre of fellow CMS students, drew the genre “Soap Opera” from the hat. We quickly motivated to a nearby Village Inn and started on our script.

On Saturday morning, we began filming. To capture all of our story on film, we worked for 14 hours. On Sunday, we edited the film together, complete with Michelle’s original soundtrack, over the course of 8 hours.

The result was the weird, flawed, and ultimately surreal Stone’s Throw:

Though perfectly imperfect, I found the entire experience a triumph of motivation. I wanted to extend my sincere thanks to the cast and crew of the ugly baby of a film. I learned a lot and intend to take what I learned into future projects.


Published by markandrewswan

Videographer, Sound Designer, Author, Singer, Song Writer

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