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 48 hour film I

Hello to all my loyal readers (all 3 of you). As anyone who sees me semi-regularly knows, my latest obsession hobby is film making.

Before I left on my trip around the world last year I acquired a fair amount of pretty nice film equipment. We did try to film the trip, but not with any great success (a video of the trip is in the works, but don't hold your breath). Still, what's the point of having the gear if you're not going to use it? So, I entered in a 48 hour film contest. On Friday night they tell you the genre and then on Sunday night all the films premier. Trying to do this even a few years ago would have been a challenge (not that it's easy), but the cost of entry has gone down so much that most of the films are actually surprisingly good. You can check out some of the past videos on the website: shoot and run

I've done two now, so I'm a little late writing about it. I found out about the contest on a Tuesday while looking for a new flat, decided to do it even though I didn't have the time and tried to sucker as many friends as possible into joining. In the end thought, although making a 5 minute film in 48 hours is hard enough, Shanti could only join Friday night and most of Saturday, Anne and Mario helped for a few hours on Saturday and I had to leave to see places on Saturday and Sunday (I was still frantically looking for a new place to live after all.)

Our goal was to make a film at all. We had a vague idea of what we were doing, sort of a list of scenes and a motto that "we have the take!" which led to several scenes with no audio. a couple more with no sync and several where the camera was never actually turned on. The result is a deeply silly film which I'd like to share with you now. The finished film, as shown on Sunday 20 March can be seen here [1280x720 229MB].

And the contest you ask? Well, somehow we won the jury prize, mostly by default. There were two other films which I thought were actually better, but we happened to be the only team which followed the rules. The jury just about apologized for giving us first, also I think they were on drugs. But whatever the reason, they can't take it away now. Anyway, enjoy, the next one's better.

Comments (15) | Posted by Andrew on 2011-05-06 01:15:44

 Das war's

etwas fruher als geplannt, die Reise ist vorbei. Morgen nachmittag fliegen wir wieder nach Berlin. Wir wollten das ohne Flugzeug schaffen aber leider haben wir jetzt weniger Zeit und Geld als geplannt und keinen gunstigen Heimweg in sicht. Danke das Sie das mit uns miterlebt haben und bitte immer wiieder vorbei schauen weil das noch ewig dauert bis ich die ganze Geschichte mit Comics erzahlt habe.
Comments (5) | Posted by Andrew on 2010-08-13 04:11:27

 That was it

and the trip has been called. Originally we had planned to slowly make our way north, exploring the Balkans, hitchhiking and camping. Well, it didn't work out quite the way we planned. I ended up with some fixed dates back in Berlin and we've been spending more money than planned. We were left with less than a week and no cheep land options back home, so tomorrow we're flying from Croatia and sometime in the evening I'll be back home, to catch up on sleep, food, drawing my comic and about a billion other things that have stacked up over the last three months. Thanks to everyone who's been following our infrequent blogs and comics and keep checking back because it's going to take me a while to tell the whole story with rabbits. Also, in the next few weeks I'll be editing together the many hours of video we've been shooting. See you all on the other side.
Comments (6) | Posted by Andrew on 2010-08-13 04:05:18

 Site news, Greece and lots and lots of Swedish girls.

I'm writing this on Corfu, where we're easing back into traveling again after 4 weeks at Porto Heli teaching English. Over the course of 4 weeks I had students from Columbia, Italy, Greece and Sweden and for some reason 90% of them were girls. The Swedes ended up being the most challenging, but I had a good time and I hope they did too.

As it turns out one thing I didn't do much at camp was draw, so I'm getting caught up now. Unfortunately because the last part of our trip isn't planned out that well, it's going to be hard for us to update the sign and kilometer count, but we'll do our best.
And that's all from me for now, I've still got to go and see Corfu. Cheers!

P.S. If any of my students are reading, please drink a cocktail for me :)
Comments (7) | Posted by Andrew on 2010-08-01 10:37:31

 Of Greece, blogs, comics and general malaise

Greetings from Greece, where we arrived a few days ago. I actually have more free time here than I expected, but the sun is sucking the energy out of me like some kind of energy sucking machine. The last few days of our trip were crazier and more compact than expected and I will be slowly getting the comic up to date in the next few weeks. As expected I lost some weight on the trip, so I'm doing my best to gorge myself and bulk up for the return (the food here is great), but that also means that after meals I don't want to move, so there goes my free hours. It's around 35 degrees right now and people tell me this is still cool, I must be in hell. It's pretty though.
Comments (7) | Posted by Andrew on 2010-07-06 10:10:50
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