As artists and designers, the crew at Googz & Co. are always looking for ways to challenge themselves creatively, so when the opportunity to participate in the first 48 Hour Horror Film Project was presented – Googz & Co. jumped.
Providence, Rhode Island was one the cities selected to take part in the horror version of the 48 Hour Film Project. The idea is that on a Friday evening a team selects a sub-genre of horror and then they are also given a character, a prop, and a line that has to be used in the film. The team then has 48 hours to concept, write, shoot, edit, and return a finished short film Sunday evening. All that can done up front is that a team can be assembled. All ideas and work have to be done during those 48 hours.
With this being a first attempt at such a crazy project, the crew at Googz & Co. was really excited at the meeting on Friday night. Once we selected Sci Fi as the sub-genre the team was off and running. The character was Earl Fisher, taxidermist, the prop was a pumpkin, and the line was “No matter what you do…oh never mind” that had to be said by someone in the film.
Googz & Co. team members, Mike Esordi, Diana Esordi, and Colin Shaw, went back to project headquarters and began concepting ideas for a story. They had agreed that they wanted to come up with three good ideas and then select the best of those to develop. Once that was decided, Mike and Colin had to run off to get some needed props before stores closed that evening. Diana stayed back and began writing the script. According to the schedule the cast needed the script by midnight, so they could begin learning their lines and story. Keeping things on track the email “send” button was pushed right at the stroke of midnight. More planning was discussed that night to prepare for shooting all day Saturday. Finally, the team decided a little bit of sleep would be a good call since they would be up the following night.
Cast and crew were all due on set first thing Saturday morning and quickly began making things happen once there. Makeup, props and set design, and rehearsal all needed to be accomplished within a few hours.
First it was off to the woods, where actors Nicholas A. DiMaio and Haley Pine were set to be the first to encounter the “Visitor.” In true Googz & Co. fashion, Paul Bunyan needed to be part of this in some way or another. The character Diana created for Nicholas to play was an off duty police officer named Paul Bunyan. Top it off with a nice red and black plaid flannel shirt from wardrobe and there you have it. Haley played Paige, who was Paul’s daughter.
It was then back to the house to film Sissy O’Hara who played Maggie James. The filming captured a woman disregarding the headlines of a recent murder in town as she went off on her daily walk. You know what that spells.