Endings & Beginnings




The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So Wax Idiotical got called out by Mike Scafiti from Peanut Productions, and Mark was kind enough to step up to the challenge.  However, we were always told, if something's worth doing, it's worth doing right.  So Mark created the video above.  We recognize there are a lot of skeptics out there, and that's fine.  But if we all spent a little less time criticizing and assigning motives to people's actions, and a little more time donating time and money, maybe it'd make more a difference.  You don't want to dump water over yourself?  Cool.  But maybe don't knock something that has led to a 1,200% increase in donations (as of Thursday August 7th)



Every 48 Hour Film Project comes with challenges.  The whole concept in and of itself is a challenge.  Complete a 4-7 minute film in a 48 hour time period.  That's hard.  That's writing an original story, filming it, editing it, putting music in there, fixing those glaring errors that you curse yourself for not seeing originally.

Then there's the pressure.  Don't, get me wrong, we do this for fun more than anything.  But that doesn't mean we don't put high expectations on ourselves for the project.  Piling on top of that as well is the project being held in a city 2.5 hours away.  Thankfully, we had the wonderful Ben and Lauren to go to the kick off for us, and then the drop off after we digitally sent the movie to them.

While trying to think of a way to describe our Silent Film, "Headphones" without giving anything away I started to think about what the story is about rather than who.  In the end, "Headphones" is a story about the lengths we go to stay in our comfort zones, and that sometimes it's not shutting people out, but shutting ourselves in.

"Headphones" will be screening at the Nickelodean Cinemas in Portland, ME on Thursday as part of the 9:30pm screening.


Portland 48 HFP

"I always was an early-morning or late-night writer.  Early morning was my favorite; late night was because you had a deadline.  And at four in the morning, you make up some of your most absurd jokes" - Joss Whedon

"Is this funny, or is this 3am funny?" - Frequently used question during 48HFP writing process.

With our final 48 Hour Film of the year looming over us on Friday, we're starting to hit that same mixture of excitement and nerves that we get everytime.  This time maybe even more so.  Portland, ME is a new 48HFP for us to be participating in; over the past 6 years we've done Boston, NH and Providence every year... but never Portland.  Therefore, we have no idea what we're getting into.  On top of that we're coming off of a pretty successful film making season.  We're especially proud of the work with did this year with How to Write a Love Song as well as Time is the New Travel.  We also took a chance with Waiting as our first improvised movie; and had decent success with it, coming in second at the NH 48HFP.

With Portland, we hope to finish off our season strong, with an increasing number of actors and actresses in our team, as well as some familiar faces from our early years.  More and more it seems Mark and Kyp are stepping behind the camera to focus on telling the story rather than acting it out.  Here's to one more weekend of madness, creativity, and sleepiness.