48 Hours: “Dr Underscore, or how I stopped worrying and learned to become chemically dependant”

It’s Thursday, and I think maybe now I have finally recovered. Over the weekend I ended up working on a short film for the 48 hours film competition.. My sister did one last year, and convinced me to ‘help out’ this year, little did I know I was going to end up directing the bloody thing!

We ended up with Sci-Fi/Monster as our category, and went the sci-fi route, and ended up with a fairly convoluted story about some global pharmaceutical company who was forcing the entire planet into thinking they were sick. Our protagonist then gets sent to eliminate the head guy. Now that I look back on it, it was way too complex a plot to squeeze into a 5-minute film 🙂

We had a lot of fun making it though, and managed to rope in quite the cast of thousands (well maybe 20 people ) to help out in the end… although I doubt anyone will forget the 3 hours of standing in the cold to shoot what ended up being 30 seconds of on-screen footage. Being able to drill into Chris’ head and have blood go all over the wall was totally worth it though (Note to self: look into an alternate career making horror splatter films). Kudos to James for swallowing about half of the blood mixture which contained a delightful mix of golden syrup and detergent. Yum yum!

Once we fix up the wildly varying sound levels, and colour-correct some of the shots (and have the credits roll for a bit longer than a second and a half), we’ll put the film up on youtube or something.

Viv had the presence of mind to take some photos of proceedings, her photos are here. I think Chris got some too, if I get hold of them, I’ll include the link.