48 Hour Film Project

A week ago I was invited to be a writer for the 48 Hour Film Project in Jacksonville, where  teams of film makers have 48 hours to complete a short (4-7 minute film) . I looked over the website and it intrigued me so I jumped onboard!

It kicked off last night at 7 PM in Jacksonville. With the weather and my crazy schedule, I knew I couldn’t be there – so I was the virtual team member! A few minutes before 7 PM, my phone rang…it was the director. “Our genre is mystery – start brainstorming. I’ll have more information soon.”

Mystery? Mystery! All of the genres are picked from a hat – not the one I would have preferred (give me family or fantasy any day) – but mystery it is…

A few minutes later the phone rang again. “One character has to be a plastic surgeon, you have to include a salt shaker as a prop, and the mandatory line of dialogue is ‘That’s the way it goes’. Start thinking and I call you back soon to brainstorm.”

Not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring again, I started thinking and writing. I knew it would have two characters (male and female) and the location (a condo). I began writing. After scrapping the first idea completely, the director and I spent hours on the phone last night, brainstorming, tweaking, and finalizing the 5 page script.

I didn’t make it to bed until after 11 and was back up by 4 with more ideas swimming through my head, so I added some more and sent it back. My work is done now – it’s up to the talent to make the magic happen and to editing to make sure the idea comes across.

It was my first time collaborating on a project (and hopefully not my last) – it was a whirlwind of a night and I can’t wait to see the finished project on Wednesday June 7th.

A very special thank you to Sharon Y. Cobb and Brooks Brandal – fingers crossed!


About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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