By Stu Greenfield (@Youvegotfilmon)
There is a trend for making films in 48 hours. Indeed, there is a whole competition based around the very concept; The 48 Hour Film Project. Film makers from all over the world test their skills with this challenge and over 900 competitions have currently taken place worldwide. Extreme film making it may be classed as. Is this the film maker’s equivalent to sky diving or base jumping? They might be taking it a tad far but this vogue of film making has resulted in some very interesting pieces of work.
One of these pieces is To Live made for the Ghostlight 48 Hour Film Slam. The brain child of writers Chris Hanna, Rebecca Garcia and Daymond Roman; with Chris Hanna directing. This short film focuses on one individual, Tyler, played by Abel Garcia, and his internal struggle to cope with his current life. At the beginning of the film we see episodes of mania, upset, anger, and utter disengagement from the world around him as he attempts to live a life he is not comfortable with. A dimensional performance from Abel Garcia makes these emotions accessible for the audience. When Tyler is visited by himself, looking like he has fallen asleep in a coal-mine, he gets the shot in the arm he needs to adapt his attitude and reign in the negativity in order to change how he is living and the way in which he thinks. A cheaper less long-winded form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Considering the film was developed, produced and edited within 48 hours, it is markedly well executed. The theme itself has hints of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with the Ghost of Christmas Present visiting him (without the Christmas part in this case) but this is a new take on a well-used motif. It is a testament to those behind the film that there is such a slick and well-built end product in such a short space of time in terms of screenwriting, scripting, production and editing. This would be an interesting piece to develop further into a longer, more matured feature.