The rules were simple: make a short crime film (5 to 10 minutes) in 72 hours -- from coming up with a story, to handing in the finished film produced with an all-volunteer cast and crew.
Here is "Recoil" -- submitted by the Bates-Starr Films team for the 2013 Mid Ohio Filmmakers Association's "3 Day Crime Wave" competition.
At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th, I was allowed to choose a crime story sub-genre from a heretofore secret list, taking my turn based on a random drawing. One of the remaining categories looked really good to me: "Hardboiled Detective."
I went home, stayed up all night to come up with a story that relied on the actors I'd pre-selected as my "stock company," as well as on various locations we'd secured in advance that lent themselves to various types of crime stories.
By 6:00 a.m. Friday, April 19th, I'd written a rough draft shooting script/treatment. The production team sprang into action and the company was on location by 9:00 a.m. Friday for Day 1 of our two--day shoot.
The final film was to be handed in by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21st. We turned over the thumb drive containing our finished film with only four minutes left on the clock.
The "deluxe" version of the film, with a new ending and even more polished from start to finish, can also be seen on vimeo, here: vimeo.com/69509127
The closing credits of the deluxe version are more complete and accurate than those in this competition version.
The entire team is more than a little proud of this film. At the MOFA screening/awards ceremony at Studio 35, the "Recoil" team took home seven of the eight awards: Best Editing (Brant Jones); Best Cinematography (Dan Parsons); Best Actress (Kelly Lauth); Best Actor (Richard Napoli); Best Director (RWB); Best Film (Producers Robert W Bates and Matt Starr); and The Audience Award.
PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED: Contains brief mild language; brief scenes of violence.