The Borrowtime team is at it again!
This past weekend, we got together and partook in the Bloodshots 48hr film challenge.
You know the deal. Make a movie in a weekend.
Our core team has done this several times before, but it was great to get some fresh blood in the crew. (Bad pun, I know).
Bob Woolsey worked really hard on Friday night, having received our inspiration package. We don’t like to plan too much of the creative before the competition starts, so receiving “Blind Terror”, “Occult Text”, stitches and the line “You haven’t been yourself lately”, took some serious weaving. Primarily known for writing comedy, Bob really worked to craft a solid story about a desperate man that goes to lengths for his wife and baby, and the consequences of trusting the wrong people.
As Bob wrote, Keith Opatovsky, Lindsey Mann and Darren Borrowman spent time running around to ensure that they had everything they needed to start shooting in the morning. The cast and crew were contacted and some brief details were discussed. It’s difficult to tell people what they need to do if you don’t have a script, however, with everyone putting trust in each other to do their best despite the challenges, the preparation didn’t take too long. Everyone was able to get some sleep. Except Bob. He wrote until the wee hours of the morning.
On Saturday morning, the team gathered together at the Libra Room on Commercial Dr. (Big shout out to the friendly staff and owners! THANK YOU!) and spent the day shooting. With only a few hours of sleep, both Tom Belding and Lauren Martin fully committed to their characters of Erik and Wendy, and maintained strong character commitment throughout the day. This also goes for Marcel Perro. Although not naked, as in previous Borrowtime productions, he maintains creepy, as in previous Borrowtime productions!
As the day sped by, the team moved over to the apartment, and finished it all off by about 11pm.
David Spaven, Jenny Wilkinson and Travis Hansen did a great job as the entire production crew, running 2 cameras on virtually every setup, lighting 5 locations and shooting nearly 300GB of footage in about 15hrs.
And the makeup. Darla Edin is a wizard. She’s won awards at IMATS and will be competing again soon, and she did not disappoint for Bloodshots 2012. Having discussed ideas with Bob and Darren ahead of time, one early makeup effect idea had been to make someone’s head explode. She was also ready to produce 5 gallons of blood (that’s like, 20 litres!). In the end, only two litres were needed, however she used a whole lot of latex. (Not going to spoil it for you here, but she really went THERE.
As the team shot, Greg Melanson, Red Heartbreaker and Ian Berg toiled in the post production suite. With Greg assistant editing and Ian prepping titles and motion design, Red took inspiration from the script to record a beautiful operatic score. Emily Bach not only provided the violin part, but was able to come to set on only a few hours notice to be in the film.
As the team wrapped production, the cleanup went swiftly, and spirits were high. Despite laying on the floor for nearly four hours, Lauren was cheerful and gave a great death. (Okay, sorry. I spoiled it. But the film’s only 7mins long, and is embedded below, so just watch it, okay?!)
Filming completed with 20 hours to edit, Darren sat down and worked through the night, sleeping for only an hour. As the morning progressed, the coffee flowed. With a light sound design pass and colour correction, the titles and music were added, and the film was exported and delivered to the Legion on Main st. dropoff. Delivering with nearly an hour to spare,
Then they slept.
Overall, a great weekend, with very little drama, great enthusiasm, and a really fun team. Extra special thank yous to the background performers and Cult members (Jeet, you’re creepy and it’s awesome!) and to the Bloodshots team for putting on a great competition every single year. With the screening at the Rio on Halloween, it’s going to be a Horror-tastic time.
It was a really great weekend, and we can’t wait to do it again!