5% // 48 Hour Film Project 2018

Team Cat Fly participated in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project once again, and produced 5%, a sci-fi short film about a girl who experiences a brain injury, and uses her memory insurance. Our competition required three elements that all teams must incorporate into the film: 1) character: Brad or Brianna Pasteur, Insurance Agent, 2) line: “You forgot something.”, and 3) prop: a dollar bill. You will find that these elements highly informed the plot of our film.

5% starred Cat Wityk, Jeff Alexander, Josh Payne, Dana Seals, and Daniel Ballard as Brad Pasteur, Insurance Agent. Our team included Madeleine Richardson (Writer / Director), Brittany Jackson (Dir. of Photography), Sam Shumate (1st AC / Color Correction), myself Ted Kendrick (Writer / Producer), with Laura Hackett (Writer), Mark Sundara (Locations Manager / Producer), Kenny Stempien (Sound Recordist), Rachel Summers (Art Director), Kat Skinner (PA), Hamish Horton (Editor), Galen Stickels (Soundtrack Composer), and Ted Marks (Sound Engineer).

Go behind the scenes with team Cat Fly for the 2018 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. // 📷: Daniel Ballard and Mark P Sundara

Posted by Artificial Ink Creative on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Special thanks to locations AC Hotel, Asheville Pinball Museum, Battery Park Book Exchange, the Flatiron Building, and World Coffee, as well as Asheville School of Film, The Actor’s Center, Cory the Gardener, dUMB, Takeout Central, and The Joes, just for being awesome. The Asheville 48HFP awards ceremony will be held on July 11th at the Fine Arts Theater, and I don’t mean to boast, but Cat Fly expects a few award nominations because our movie was just that good.

BUSTER BUSINESS short film

Over the first weekend of September, Brittany and I traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to work on BUSTER BUSINESS, a comedy short film in the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Pixar, where a quirky man named Buster interviews for a job at Big Business. The film was written and directed by Gunner Willis and Corey Wavle, who also stars as the lead Buster, with Zach Robinson and MJ Slide as Producers.

Day one took place entirely on a sound stage at Anderson College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the photo below, Gunner Willis directs the corporate extras who work at Big Business as an anonymous mob of black ties and briefcases. MJ Slide looks on as the 1st AD, keeping the production safe and on schedule. The rail across the room was the dolly track, which was used for many moving shots.

Corey Wavle played Buster as a timid but quick witted man with a Kurt Cobain hairstyle and taste for vintage clothes. He enters the lions’ den, totally out of his element, but when faced with unpredictable obstacles and impossible questions, Buster turns his troubles into his advantages. I was not familiar with Wavle’s acting, but knew him previously from his work as a 1st AC on GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE. Gunner Willis, the Director, is a working actor himself, who has appeared in minor roles on Netflix’s OZARK and HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS television series.

The remainder of the crew on BUSTER BUSINESS was a total pleasure to work with, and involved John Carrington (DP), Kyle Vines (1st AC), Levi Milinar (2nd AC), Thomas Propst (Sound Mixer), Rob Leonard (Boom Op), Shane McMullin (Gaffer), Diana Valerie (Makeup / Hair), Carol Flack (Wardrobe), Clayton Tilley (Production Designer), Rachel Summers (Art Design), Jamie Condon (Key Grip), Micah Taylor (Swing Grip), Tommy Schwendler (Grip), Ben Wallace (Grip), Jon Stegenga (Grip), Nina Publico (PA), Elizabeth Paige (PA), and Brittany Jackson (PA) with BTS photos by Elizabeth Kabakjian and Jordan Hawkins. Supporting actors also included Russ Wood, Joe Wilson, Bruce Green, Debbie Goodwin, Rishik Patel, and Jared Buchholz.

We did it. And I couldn’t be more exhausted or proud. #BusterBusiness 📸 – @jzhawkins

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As the Script Supervisor, I worked closely with the Director, Gunner Willis, to note each take for script consistency as well as any visual incongruities. I kept a running log of notes which should serve as an important resource for the Editor, so they may anticipate any problems with a performance or production error in advance, and know exactly which take was best received. As one of the few people on set who actively watched the monitor for each take, I feel lucky to have such an inside perspective on how hilariously beautiful this film will be once it’s finished.

Be on the lookout for more info on BUSTER BUSINESS over the next few months as they enter post production and beyond. I expect the entire film will be completed by the end of the year with a slew of film festival screenings starting in early 2018.