Verizon sponsored a contest during the On the Lot series. Los Angeles was a funny place in 2007. Writer’s Strike meant nothing on TV except reality. The contest was to make a short film in 1 weeks time and upload it to the site, where it would be voted on by the public. First prize was 5 grand in B&H equipment. I had a camera, an actress and an apartment. They gave everyone a genre for the week. This week, action.
I wrote the script in a day. It kind of poured out and then I figured out the ending and rewrote that. It was a good twist in under 3 pages. I felt like you got a sense of the relationship between the characters and I got to be someone very different from myself.
Building the plastic explosives from stuff we found at Home Depot was a blast. It’s amazing what you can pull together with a printer and a little wire.
Cecily did a wonderful job acting. The big challenge was the stunt at the end where she had to flip from couch to a mattress behind it. I wished the camera was higher quality and the slow-motion jump could’ve been less in-post. Jake Doris sent me some tracks to put under it. In one week’s time we’d written, shot, starred-in and cut a 3 minute short.
All done, they gave us 2nd place for the week. We didn’t move on to the $5K round. We were beat out by a film class in a suburb of L.A. who also entered an action film.