Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Paraposal, a short film for the Beirut 48 hour film project | 2013 (3rd edition)

We participated, as #247square, in this year's Beirut 48 hour film project. It is the third edition in this city, and quite the experience for us (it is about time we post about it)

As the name of the competition indicates, all teams had 48 hours to complete their short #film (4 to 7 minutes). 22 teams registered but only 21 made it. Here are the participating teams:

Group A
10 big toes, nour hatem 

3acha3ra, Mike Malajalian

Cinemaniac, paula layoun 

FADE IN: and FRIENDS, Nadia Tabbara 

Farah ALHashim, farah alhashim

Insight, Hasan Noureddine

Mad House Films, Joe Soubaih 

Mad men production, Elie Bassila 

nothing specific, dany fares

Ntgm prod, Fourate Chahal 

Houssam Hariri, OM

Mo Rida, Producer/Director of Operations at The Beirut 48 Hour Film Project, & Nadia Tabbara, director of Once Upon a Clown
image source: https://www.facebook.com/Beirut48HFP
Group B

On the spot, Ziad Salem 

Pixels, Hussein Shaalan 

Revolution Team, Maher Hasbany 

SandBox Kir, Tarek Chehab

Serendipity, Assaad Thebian 

Test Run, Bassel Fatayri 

The Crew, Alaa Kabalan

The Little Filmmakers, Faisal Attrache 

Tilt-up, Mohammad Madi

Yellow Taste, Selim Mourad

Mindfunk, Tanya Abou-Ghazaly

On Friday June 21 2013, we all gathered at AltCity Hamra. At 6.30 pm, each team got his genre from a hat. At 7:00 pm, we were given the 3 elements to be included in all movies:

the prop: ice-cream

the character: Dani or Dima Mourad, Event Planner

the line of dialogue: Can you please shut your mouth? عمول معروف سدّ بوزك

...and we were released. We were team “The Crew”. Our genre was thriller/suspense. Paraposal, the movie we produced, is about a young man experiencing weird things around his house. This might sound paranormal, but he has the power to end all this. Will he make the call to put his mind at rest? Watch the full video below to find out what happens with him.

directed by Alaa Kabalan
starring Mohammad Shaaban & Rafic Saab
music by Walid Aboul Joud
assistant director Saba Sadr
story by Alaa Kabalan & Mohammad Shaaban
director of photography and editor Alaa Kabalan
produced by 247square productions

We did not win, we did not even make it to the top 10. But it was still totally worth the trial. It was fun; stressful but fun.

Screenings of all the movies were at Metro Al Madina on June 29 and 30. A week after, the judges announced the top 10 movies and named the winners of the different awards:

The winners posing for the Camera | image source: https://www.facebook.com/Beirut48HFP
Best Use of Character [tie] “Once Upon a Clown” by Fade in and Friends & “Dani” by Sandbox Kir
Best Use of Prop [tie]
 “Pigment” by The Little Filmmakers 
& “A Touch” by Cinemaniac
Best Use of Line [tie] 
“Hiek Sar” by Ntgm prod 
"Hua Mish Hua” by Pixels
Best Use of Genre “
Pile ou Face” by 3acha3ra
Most Promising Filmmakers 
“I Scream Salvation” by Mindfunk
Best Costumes 
“Pigment” by The Little Filmmakers
Best Choreography
 “Backstage” by Tilt-Up
Best Special Effects [tie]
 “Backstage” by Tilt-Up & “Alshughal Shughal” by OM & 
“A Touch” by Cinemaniac
Best Sound Design
 “Backstage” by Tilt-Up
Best Musical Score
 “Dani Bou-Maroun” For “Once Upon a Clown”
Best Cinematography
 "Mar Y Sol Blues” by Yellow Taste
Best Editing [tie] 
“Mar Y Sol Blues” by Yellow Taste & 
“Alshughal Shughal” by OM
Best Actor 
“Bassel Madi” for “Once Upon a Clown”
Best Ensemble Acting
 “Mar Y Sol Blues” by Yellow Taste
Best Writing 
“Once Upon a Clown” by Fade in and Friends
Best Directing [tie]
 “Mar Y Sol Blues” by Yellow Taste 
Pigment" by The Little Filmmakers
Second Runner Up for Best Film “
Pigment” by The Little Filmmakers
Runner Up for Best Film 
“Once Upon a Clown” by Fade in and Friends
Best Film
 “Mar Y Sol Blues” by Yellow Taste

48HFP Audience Awards
The audience has spoken! The following teams won the audience awards for their respective screenings. Congratulations!
Audience Award Winner: Group A 
“Once Upon a Clown” by Fade in and Friends
Audience Award Winner: Group B
 “Hua Mish Hua” by Pixels

The movie that we liked the most, as 247 square, was “Once Upon a Clown”, written and directed by Nadia Tabbara from Fade in Beirut. Check the video below:

Bassel Madi as The Mobster
Nadia Hassan as Deema Murad, event planner
Steve Wakeem as the tourist
Jad Batlouni as the muscle
Rami Saidi as the tech guy

story by the whole cast and crew
produced by Steve Wakeem and Nadia Tabbara
director of photography Nada Ammous
art director Sara Jawad
gaffer Joe Saad
camera assistant Imad Zouain
sound Tarek Souleiman
script supervisor Yasmine Ghorayeb
hair and make up Lama Saab
key production assistant Jessica Araji
editor Omar al Nimer
graphics / colorist Hadi Chatila
original music composed by Danny Bou-Maroun

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