This past weekend, FilmMaker Son and friends participated, for the second time (hence its appropriate inclusion here), in a 50-Hour Film Challenge put on by a local community theatre group. The challenge -- to write, shoot and edit a 5-minute film in 50-hours using an inspiration package provided by the film challenge hosts. With one second-place win under their belts, the 5-man team set to work Friday night.

Day 1:

The first evening, they went to pick up the inspiration package... but this year they decided to do it in style! Dress pants, blazers, aviators -- I'm not sure if their intent was to impress or to intimidate the other contestants, but I suspect they did a little of both!

Their package included the following randomly selected items. All must be included in the film in some integral way.

  • setting -- an attic
  • character -- a misguided scientist
  • theme -- remembering
  • line -- "What Grampa really needs is a digital detox."
  • prop -- a package of wooden skewers

By the end of the night, they had completed the script. 

Day 2:

Saturday morning the props were made / acquired, make-up was applied, costumes were finalized and filming began.

(This is not a bowl of cheerios; the "milk" is paper towel...)

Day 3:

On Sunday the editing began....

...and by 7:30 p.m. a film called "Digital Grampa" was ready to be dropped off ... about 20 minutes before the actual deadline. Well done We The Youth Films!

UPDATE: So they were beaten out by a suicide, a rubber chicken and cloned janitors. Oh well! The Director's Cut of "Digital Grampa" will appear, sometime, on the WeTheYouth You Tube channel, which you can find here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/WeTheYouthFilms

Until they get that one uploaded, you can see last year's submission here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-ZPEPwIBc8


  1. Older Sister of Your Man15 November 2013 at 08:26

    Soooooooo, can we see the film online? Send the link if you can. I'm looking forward to this. Just a thought DoOver, are you getting royalties for all the filming that goes on at your abode? Seems to me you live in a film studio, not a beautifully renovated home..... :)


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