Detective Diaries

The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit combines all the fun of filmmaking, stressful time constraints, and sleep deprivation into one awesome contest.  In other words, filmmakers are given exactly 48 hours to create (write, shoot, edit) an original (4-7 minute) short film.  However, the 48 hour time limit isn’t the only challenge.  Filmmakers are also assigned a random genre at the beginning of the contest.  But if that wasn’t enough, contestants must also include a specific prop, character, and line of dialogue in their film.  These were our assigned elements:

Genre: Road Movie

Prop: Nail Clippers

Character: Marvin Greenberg

Line of Dialogue: “Momma told me not to come.”

To read more about our personal experience and approach to this project, click here.

Awards Won at the 2012 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit
“Second Runner Up for Best Film” (out of 61 entries)
“Best Costumes”
“Best Sound Design”
Official Results Page


Project Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 7DGoPro HD HERO2 (for underwater shot)

Lenses: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 / Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 / Canon 17-40mm f/4L

Audio: Zoom H4N Rode NTG2

Stabilization: Homemade Shoulder Rig / Manfrotto 504HD / Glidecam HD-4000

Special Gear: Homemade Jib (for under $100)(video coming soon!)

Lights: CowboyStudio Softbox Lighting Kit DV Creator Lighting Kit

Editing Software: Final Cut Pro 7

Shooting Location: Milford, MI / New Hudson, MI

Crew Size: 11

Costumes: Off Broadway Productions

Music: The Bends / Twisted Tracks

The 48 Hour Film Project is a global competition, taking place in major cities across the U.S. as well as in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.  We highly recommend it if you’re looking for a great film competition to enter, or if you just want to have some fun with friends.  Learn more about the competition and sign up today.

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