April 9, 2013 10:43 AM   Subscribe

A 5 minute scifi film. Two cops jump back in time to investigate a cold case.

We wrote, shot, scored and edited this in 48 hours this weekend, as part of the SciFi London 48 hour film challenge. Incredible fun as always, although it'll take a good few days to get our sleep schedules back on track!

Crosses is the most recent in a line of shorts we've made together, my favourites being:

Infinite Loop - The invention of time travel. In a bath.
The Showreel - Heist collides with home video in this fromage to Mission Impossible
Together - A moment of self-reflection.
Role: Crew, tea maker, and dogsbody
posted by metaBugs (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Great work!
posted by churl at 12:30 AM on April 10, 2013

Wow! 48 hours? That's really impressive!
posted by xingcat at 12:38 PM on April 10, 2013


Yes, all done in 48 hours. Useful work was wrung out of every last minute, right down to the final export still rendering on a laptop as it was rushed to the hand-in point!

The core of the team are professionals and semi-pros,* and over the past few challenges we've learned a lot about the logistics of getting everything as parallelised and smooth-running as possible. This year had the additional fun of working with a composer based out of the country, and therefore working over Skype and Dropbox. It actually worked much more smoothly than we had expected it to, and I love the score he wrote.

There are definitely things in there that we could improve but, for a weekend project with no budget and an insane time constraint, we're very happy with it.

Infinite Loop was also shot over a weekend, but with much more time to write and edit; it's probably my favourite, alongside one that we can't release until another film festival has rolled past.

*I, for my part, make a damn fine soothing cup of tea.
posted by metaBugs at 10:51 AM on April 11, 2013

if you had given me 2 of those 48 hours at the top i could have given you a script to match the hard work put into the other 46 hours. Seems a shame that the technicals and the acting have gone into an incomprehensible plot and pointless action.
posted by Colonel Panic at 10:57 PM on April 19, 2013

Huh, that seems like a pretty unhelpful comment. I found the plot comprehensible and serviceable.

However, there are quite a few 48 hour film competitions all over the world and if you wanted to contribute your writing talents to one of them I'm sure you could find a welcoming team. Cheers
posted by churl at 4:57 PM on April 20, 2013

Colonel Panic - Yeah, the transtion from plot idea -> polished script -> clean shots -> edited film is sometimes a bit bumpy, especially since some of the shooting and all of the editing is done while badly sleep-deprived. We have our wins and our losses. That said, did you honestly find it incomprehensible? You're the first person we've shown it to who's said that, and we know from experience that at least a subset of our friends can be relied upon for honest criticism.

If you feel like taking the time to make your criticism a bit more constructive, how much of the plot did you understand? Which parts don't make sense to you? Knowing this might help us make the next ones better.

And yes, as churl says, if writing such things genuinely appeals to you there are similar competitions all over the world; I'm sure you could find or start a team.
posted by metaBugs at 12:00 PM on April 22, 2013

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