On Friday, more than a dozen teams went to the Red Rooster for the kickoff of the Fischgaard Short Film Project, an event in which teams have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film that will be presented today at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.
What makes the project even more challenging and unique is that every film has to incorporate a specific name, object and line of dialogue, or it is disqualified. In addition, each team drew the genre of film they had to produce out of a hat. This leads to an impressive amount of great short films, but also plenty of bizarre moments in the film-making process. The following is a glimpse from Saturday afternoon into one of the teams involved in the project, The Insomniarts, along with some facts and figures.
Requirements in every film: Usage of a bag of tortilla chips, a character named Louie Guthmiller or Kathyrn Guthmiller and the quote "When is Cinco De Mayo?"
The director, producer and writer for the Insomniarts: Bill Freitag, Chris Tye and Angelia Schultz.
The Insomniarts genre: Superhero movie
Serious description of the plot: "A superhero (Eliot Lucas) can manipulate time, but he can't move too far forward or else people he loves will die. This forces him to keep moving time backwards and relive the same events again and again." Freitag.
Not-so-serious description of the plot: "I'm just a man who makes time portals out of his butt," Lucas.
Time Freitag slept between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 1.5 hours.
Time Schultz slept between 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 2.5 hours.
Locations of filming: Production Monkey Studios and the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and South Lincoln Street.
Signs of a long night of writing: Three empty pizza boxes from Little Caesar's, an empty coffee pot, an empty 12-pack of Mountain Dew, an empty drink-holder for four cups of coffee, a fourth pizza box with three slices of cold pizza and nine cans of lukewarm Coca-Cola.
Number of shirts worn by Lucas: Four.
Memorable quote from the movie: "I never said I was a hero. Heroes can save the people they love."
Memorable quotes between takes: "It's like a hipster county song: Would you hold my belly?"
Unexpected challenge that could only exist in the world of film-making: Getting tortilla chips to fall out of a grocery bag at the correct angle while tripping.
Title of the film: To be announced. If you want to know, go to the film.