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.


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"Time is the New Travel"

We're very proud of our latest 48 Hour Film Project.  We set out to make something that had our normal brand of comedy, but also said something and would have meaning.  The film was well received last night at the screening and we received our first ever direct question regarding lighting (which sadly, Kyp and Mark were not prepared to answer).

Everytime we make one of these, we're always so thankful not only for the tremendous cast and crew we have (who are patient and understanding when we immediately get 2 hours behind schedule); but also for the out pour of support we get from people via our facebook page as well as at the screening.  So thank you for watching our movies, and we look forward to making more in the future.


Time is the New Travel from The2ndAct on Vimeo.


"Time is the New Travel" Trailer

Our film for the Providence 48 Hour Film Project screening tonight at 7pm at Cinema World in Lincoln, RI.


Out of... TIME - The Providence 48 HFP

As we waited for the clock to strike 7, standing in a crowded space with 61 other film making teams the jitters started.  It happens everytime.  That sudden fear of, "what did we get ourselves into", or "can we really do this again?"

Kyp lined up to pull  the genre.  It wasn't so much hearing the genre we wanted (Dark Comedy) being pulled by a team ahead of us, so much as NOT hearing the genres that scared us being pulled.  "It's totally gonna be musical again... we're gonna get musical again" Mark thought as Kyp grew closer to the hat, reached in, and "Time Travel"


The best part of this was the fact that it was new for us.  This being our 23rd 48HFP we've hit a lot of the genres, but Time Travel is not one we've dealt with before.  We drove back to Newton to start the brain storming and writing process.  Within 45 minutes, the entire team was on Skype and talking, and we had the kernal that would grow into our movie.  Time Travel Agency.  No, wait, not Time-Travel Agency... Time Travel-Agency.

This weekend was filled with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of hard work, and amazing team members who had the pateince of a sniper to spend the day hanging out while we set up lights, re worked lights, figured out camera angles, and filmed right up til almost midnight.  As always, we owe so much to the people of our team that never hesitate to volunteer and do so with a smile on their face.  We welcomed new members (Aaron Campagna, Anja Ward, and Nicole Ledoux) and welcomed back Jill Rodgers who we hadn't worked with in a few years!  Not to mention our brilliant crew (Kevin Bowers, Ben Bagley, Brian Foulkes, Adamo Maisano, Rachel Jackson and Megan Donegan).  We really couldn't do what we do with out all of them.

This movie accomplished something that we always strive for in both being funny, as well as having a central theme that is relatable and a strong message.  The movie will be screening as part of Group A on Tuesday at 7pm at Cinema World in Lincoln, RI.  We hope to see you there!