Richmond 48 Hour Film Project 2016: "No One"

Earlier this month, Team Pixel Drop (consisting of Metro employees, familiar freelancers, and friends) eagerly participated in Richmond's 48 Hour Film Project. Our film, "No One", WON! 

As a refresher, the 48HFP is a competition in which teams are given a genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that must be used in a film that's written, shot, edited, and scored within 48 hours--phew! 

Luckily, our team  operated extremely well under pressure. The level of enthusiasm, energy, and dedication from the cast and crew was outstanding. From the late night writing session on Friday night to the final tweaks in the editing room on Sunday afternoon, the process was a great experience and each challenge was met with determination and confidence.

“The thing I love the most about this competition and Team Pixel Drop is the collaboration. Films live and die by collaboration. We have an incredible group of folks who put their all into every aspect of the process. The fingerprints of every member of the cast and crew are all over this film. That’s what makes it fun and exciting and it’s the reason we all got into this circus.”
— Director Ryan Farriss

We walked away from the competition with the following awards:

Winner: Best Film (1st place in RVA), Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Use of Character, Best Directing (Tied),  Audience Choice Group C. 

Honorable Mention: Best Graphics & Best Acting

We will compete against other 48HFP city winners at the next level of the competition, Filmapalooza, which is slated to take place March 2017.

“It’s been such an incredible experience producing Pixel Drop films these past several years. It’s so fun and rewarding to see the level of collaboration that went into each project. I’m already looking forward to finding out what our competition brings to the table at Filmapalooza next year!”
— Producer Tricia Dewey

We appreciate everyone who worked tirelessly to bring our film to life. A huge thank-you goes out to Metro for supplying the equipment used to complete the project.

Watch the film below, then check out some behind-the-scenes photos!

L to R: Lauren Whitley (2nd assistant director), Richie Ellison (1st assistant director), Ryan Farriss (director), & Tricia Dewey (producer).

L to R: Lauren Whitley (2nd assistant director), Richie Ellison (1st assistant director), Ryan Farriss (director), & Tricia Dewey (producer).

                                                The writing team has a quick brainstorming session.

                                                The writing team has a quick brainstorming session.

Brandon Eastman (assistant cameraman), Richie Ellison, and Ryan Bedall (director of photography) review a shot.

Brandon Eastman (assistant cameraman), Richie Ellison, and Ryan Bedall (director of photography) review a shot.

                             Richie Ellison + a beautiful view of Richmond from our rooftop location!

                             Richie Ellison + a beautiful view of Richmond from our rooftop location!

                                  Jake Pulliam (gaffer) holds Roddy and Rowdy, our on-set fuzzy assistants.

                                  Jake Pulliam (gaffer) holds Roddy and Rowdy, our on-set fuzzy assistants.

                                              Caleb Wade and McLean Jesse, our film's leads, get close.

                                              Caleb Wade and McLean Jesse, our film's leads, get close.

L to R: Cameron Culbertson (editor), Lauren Whitley, and Richie Ellison celebrate the completion of "No One."

L to R: Cameron Culbertson (editor), Lauren Whitley, and Richie Ellison celebrate the completion of "No One."

See our winning 48 film from last year here.

Read about our 48 experience last year, as well as our adventures at Filmapalooza.