By Curtis Thieman
We wrapped in the summer of 2005. Filming took place in a bar I tended, an apartment I frequented, and in the Jeep I loved more than college life itself. It was a relief to be done with my first short film but I had no idea how long it would be until my next. In the decade following we would start a multimedia agency, launch a software group, and finally roll out a dedicated video production and animation company. Our crews stayed busy producing countless videos, commercials, and various other projects over the years. Filmmaking with other filmmakers for the sake of making a film was a process I had all but forgotten about. This past August we wrapped on my second short film for the 48hr Film Festival in Charlotte, NC thanks to the persistence of a certain Producer (Aaron Seelbinder). In short (pun intended), this might end up being the creative kick I have needed for more than a decade.
If laughter is good for the soul then creativity is a miracle drug. It may have been just a short film but it allowed us to create something from scratch using nothing more than the collective energy and resources of experienced and passionate filmmakers. That is a feeling I have been missing. All in we had about 24 people volunteer their time and attention. Ironically it’s one of the first unpaid projects we have headed up in a decade and it’s also the largest crew we’ve had on one of our sets in the same time span. Maybe that should tell us something.
All I can say for sure is that it won’t be another decade before our next creative project for creative sake. It was great for the soul and my soul is ready for more.48hr film festival, short film