Elon music faculty & staff create movie in 48 hours

Members of the Elon University community participated in the Greensboro (N.C.) 48 Hour Film Project. Participants met June 24 at 7:30 p.m. to draw a genre out of a hat. They were given a character, prop and line of dialogue to incorporate into the 4-7 minute film. The creative team then met to brainstorm script ideas.

The film’s director, Steven Hyers, wrote the script during the first night. Primary filming took place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. the following day on and near the Elon University campus. A rough edit of the film was created that same night.

On Sunday, June 26, post production work was completed from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This included filming pick-up shots, further editing, visual effects, foley and sound FX recording and synchronization to picture, and the composition and recording of the musical soundtrack. Then the final cut was printed to file and delivered to the festival headquarters in Greensboro.

Members of the creative team with Elon University connections included: Rick Earl, technical director of cultural and special programs – producer; Todd Coleman, associate professor and coordinator of  music technology – composed and recorded the soundtrack, Tony Sawyer, lecturer in music and director of bands – sound recordist and foley artist; Stephen Futrell, associate professor and director of choral activities – featured acting role; Stefan DiMuzio, a 2010 Elon alumnus – film editor and visual FX; David and Mary Alice Bragg, retired music department faculty – provided logistical support and their home as one of the filming locations.

The film will premiered Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Carousel Cinema on 1305 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro.