The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team of creative masochists make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.
Producing a film for the 48 Hour Film Festival is a challenge, but it is also a fantastic learning experience. Probably the best gift to be gained from the event is the necessity to cut the crap. With long shoots and extended post production schedules its easy to get mired by all of the poossibilities and attempts at achieving ”perfection.” Making a film in 48 hours forces you to be the best you can on the first try with no second chances, and with the knowledge that and audience of critics and peers will view what you have done. That’s an experience worth having.
A land dispute challenges a father’s sanity when a battle with the original owner turns into a struggle for his life.
Cursed Ground was a joint collaboration between creatives from several companies including NAS Productions, The Bui Brothers, Paul Dateh, and Frank Silas. Production was shot on two locations representing the inside and outside of a ranch house. The team pulled off many amazing feats including a night-for-day scene, a CGI rendered and fully articulated insect, and a completely original score produced in near real time.
Cursed Ground won top ten film for San Diego 2009