They leave family and friends to protect and fight on our behalf — in conflicts no longer in the headlines.
This one’s for them.
After I published my first memoir, Halfway to Each Other, and began speaking to groups about our story and about my writing process, a common question was “When did you begin to write?” I began to study writing in a serious manner when we lived in Los Angeles. Surrounded by some of the most creative minds in the world, I became fascinated with the art of screenwriting. I loved the structure, the precise dialogue, the visual poetry of chosen images and, most of all, I loved the aspect of collaboration. When a film is birthed, the family of artists kisses it farewell and the film ventures into the world to entertain, communicate, inform, inspire and unite us as human beings on our human journey.
A screenplay is a blueprint that calls artists of every facet of movie making to one round table where each applies his/her vision and talents to create the masterpiece at the end. Like any art, each collaboration is an opportunity for hands-on learning. No one learns this art by sitting in an office and wondering about it. Making a movie is “roll up your sleeves” hard work.
In seeking every opportunity to participate in an art form I love, I join a team of volunteer movie-makers every June and enter the 48Hour Film Project, an event that takes place in almost every major city world-wide. It draws veteran film makers and students alike. On a Friday evening in June at 7:00 PM our team will be handed a genre, a line of dialogue, a prop and a character. By Sunday night at 7:00PM we must deliver a 7-8 minute short film that is fully edited and scored. It is 48 hours of film making madness! The joy of creativity in action.
Each year our films have won honors in various categories, in one case we won the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Short.
This year, though we have yet to know the genre in which we will be writing or any specifics, our goal is to honor those who honor us at home and abroad in our fight for freedom. Our dream is to produce a short film that will be entered in film festivals across the country that will illuminate our nation’s respect and love for our military and their families.
In order to finance this effort, we have decided to dip our collective toe into Kickstarter with the hopes that you might be inspired to join our team in this year’s movie short. All of the funds collected will go to production costs. None of the people involved will receive any of the monies.
We appreciate your consideration and hope to see your name on the list of credits at the end of the movie!
Click here to learn more 🙂 There are also a few excerpts from some of our past films… keep in mind they were completed in a mere 48 hours!
Thank you for your time spent in reading this extra long post!
Blessings to you and to those in your family who serve~
HERE’S THE RUB
What happens when a creative team of writers, actors, filmmakers, artists, musicians and friends gather for a sleepless weekend of intense film production? On five past occasions, the results were award-winning.
AVA Independent has produced five short films to-date. Each film has been submitted to the 48 Hour Film Project and other Film Festivals and Award Ceremonies, and each has come away a winner of multiple honors — in one case, the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Short. Conceived and filmed in just two days, these short pieces have successfully competed against films of substantial budgets and flexible production timelines. (Scroll down for links to three past 48 hour films — and behind the scenes production photos!)
What is the 48 Hour Film Project? Now run in over 100 cities around the world, this annual film challenge invites production teams to do the unimaginable — write, rehearse, shoot, edit and score a complete short film in just 48 hours. Assigned a genre, character, line and prop at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, our volunteer crew will work around the clock to deliver a festival-quality film by Sunday night.
The AVA team is gathering again in June for the 2014 competition — this time, stepping into the same unpredictable format with intent to honor our steadfast, and sometimes forgotten, soldiers.
Every day, these women and men leave their families and friends to protect and fight on our behalf — in conflicts that have long ago fallen from the 24-hour news cycle. While they are not always foremost on our minds as we go about our daily routines, we are foremost in theirs. Our film, as of yet unnamed, and, by the rules of the 48HFP, not yet written, will touch on the human story behind these daily departures.
Humorous, sad, dramatic, peculiar or scary — however the story is ultimately assigned and written — our all-volunteer production team will deliver a thoughtful film that brings attention back to those to whom we all owe a great debt.
HOW YOU CAN HELP BRING THE STORY TO LIFE
Whether you’re inspired by our intent to honor those who serve our country, or you like the idea of supporting a team who will create this film in just two days, your support will bring this story to the screen. Join us. Make a contribution to our effort — any level gets us that much closer — and then share our project with your friends by Facebook, Twitter or however you get your message out.
WHERE YOUR INVESTMENT GOES
We have planned carefully and are committed to maximizing resources and seeking in-kind goods and services when possible. The funds we raise through this effort will enable our team to secure the necessary logistical support required to produce an impactful film. These items include:
Promotion and Distribution
It’s important to note that no member of the cast or crew will receive compensation for their involvement. We do it because we love it!
Within our dynamic crew is a crack promotions team that will help ensure the widest possible audience. In addition to the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project, the finished work will be submitted to as many as a dozen or more national and regional festivals. We’ll keep you posted with developments as the film does the circuit!
WHO WE ARE
Meet some of the team leadership!
JOE HALL, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
SARAH BAKER MORGAN, PRODUCER
SUSAN POHLMAN, WRITER
JONNY MEYER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CHARLES RANDALL CHOICE, COMPOSER
YANIK RUIZ RAMON, 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
AVA Independent represents an ever growing creative team. Here’s our 2014 Crew Roster in development (as of 05/01/14):
Joe Hall, Director/Producer
Sarah Baker Morgan, Producer
Yanik Ruiz Ramon, 1st AD
Patricia Woolsey, 2nd AD
Sarah Crahan, Script Supervisor
Susan Pohlman, Writer
Jonny Meyer, Director of Photography
Andrew Albosta, 1st AC
Jim Gilchrist, Location Sound
Mark Judson, Boom Operator
Jeremy Hall, Grip
Will Ley, Production Design
Graeme Hall, Set Dresser
Samantha Ible, Makeup
Gwyneth Hand, Hair
Jeff Wolfram, Set Photographer
Sergio Herrera, Editor
Mike Greenberg, Second Editor
Sarah Albanawi, Field Editor
Nick Vaka, Motion Graphics
Cedric Ruiz, Graphic Art
Charles Randall Choice, Composer
Catherine Hall, Craft Services
Ruben Steck, Production
Scott Rodgville, Production
Alex Jones, Production
Christian Hall, Production
Jacob Crahan, Production
Patrick Hall, Production
Matthew Pohlman, Production
Dave Welch, Production
Matt Cloud, Production
Josh Berrier, Production
Dave Medinets, Production
Valoree Vargo, Promotion / Distribution
Vanessa Wozniak, Promotion / Distribution
Pattie Roberts, Promotion / Distribution
Our pre-production planning is well under way and, with your support, AVA Independent will once again deliver a Winning Short.