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They leave family and friends to protect and fight on our behalf -- in conflicts no longer in the headlines.  This one's for them.
They leave family and friends to protect and fight on our behalf -- in conflicts no longer in the headlines. This one's for them.
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About this project

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HERE'S THE RUB

What happens when a creative team of writers, actors, filmmakers, artists, musicians and friends gather for a sleepless weekend of intense film production?  On five past occasions, the results were award winning.

AVA Independent has produced five short films to-date. Each film has been submitted to the 48 Hour Film Project and other Film Festivals and Award Ceremonies, and each has come away a winner of multiple honors -- in one case, the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Short.  Conceived and filmed in just two days, these short pieces have successfully competed against films of substantial budgets and flexible production timelines.  (Scroll down for links to three past 48 hour films -- and behind the scenes production photos!) 

What is the 48 Hour Film Project?  Now run in over 100 cities around the world, this annual film challenge invites production teams to do the unimaginable -- write, rehearse, shoot, edit and score a complete short film in just 48 hours.  Assigned a genre, character, line and prop at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, our volunteer crew will work around the clock to deliver a festival-quality film by Sunday night.

The AVA team is gathering again in June for the 2014 competition -- this time, stepping into the same unpredictable format with intent to honor our steadfast, and sometimes forgotten, soldiers.  

STORY CONCEPT

Every day, these women and men leave their families and friends to protect and fight on our behalf -- in conflicts that have long ago fallen from the 24-hour news cycle. While they are not always foremost on our minds as we go about our daily routines, we are foremost in theirs. Our film, as of yet unnamed, and, by the rules of the 48HFP, not yet written, will touch on the human story behind these daily departures.  

Humorous, sad, dramatic, peculiar or scary -- however the story is ultimately assigned and written -- our all-volunteer production team will deliver a thoughtful film that brings attention back to those to whom we all owe a great debt.

HOW YOU CAN HELP BRING THE STORY TO LIFE

Whether you're inspired by our intent to honor those who serve our country, or you like the idea of supporting a team who will create this film in just two days, your support will bring this story to the screen. Join us. Make a contribution to our effort -- any level gets us that much closer -- and then share our project with your friends by Facebook, Twitter or however you get your message out.

WHERE YOUR INVESTMENT GOES

We have planned carefully and are committed to maximizing resources and seeking in-kind goods and services when possible. The funds we raise through this effort will enable our team to secure the necessary logistical support required to produce an impactful film.  These items include:

  • Equipment Rental
  • Permits
  • Insurance
  • Location Fees
  • Set Design
  • Craft Services
  • Promotion and Distribution

It's important to note that no member of the cast or crew will receive compensation for their involvement.  We do it because we love it!

DISTRIBUTION

Within our dynamic crew is a crack promotions team that will help ensure the widest possible audience.  In addition to the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project, the finished work will be submitted to as many as a dozen or more national and regional festivals.  We'll keep you posted with developments as the film does the circuit!

WHO WE ARE

Meet some of the team leadership!

JOE HALL, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
JOE HALL, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
SARAH BAKER MORGAN, PRODUCER
SARAH BAKER MORGAN, PRODUCER
SUSAN POHLMAN, WRITER
SUSAN POHLMAN, WRITER
                  
CHARLES RANDALL CHOICE, COMPOSER
CHARLES RANDALL CHOICE, COMPOSER
YANIK RUIZ RAMON, 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
YANIK RUIZ RAMON, 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
                                                                                                       

AVA Independent represents an ever growing creative team. Here's our 2014 Crew Roster in development (as of 05/01/14):

Joe Hall, Director/Producer

Sarah Baker Morgan, Producer

Autumn Moran, Director of Photography

Yanik Ruiz Ramon, 1st AD

Patricia Woolsey, 2nd AD

Sarah Crahan, Script Supervisor

Susan Pohlman, Writer

Andrew Albosta, 1st AC

Jim Gilchrist, Location Sound

Mark Judson, Boom Operator

Jeremy Hall, Grip

Will Ley, Production Design

Graeme Hall, Set Dresser

Samantha Ible, Makeup

Gwyneth Hand, Hair

Jeff Wolfram, Set Photographer

Sergio Herrera, Editor

Mike Greenberg, Second Editor

Sarah Albanawi, Field Editor

Nick Vaka, Motion Graphics

Cedric Ruiz, Graphic Art

Charles Randall Choice, Composer

Catherine Hall, Craft Services

Ruben Steck, Production

Scott Rodgville, Production 

Alex Jones, Production

Christian Hall, Production

Jacob Crahan, Production

Patrick Hall, Production

Dave Welch, Production

Matt Cloud, Production

Josh Berrier, Production

Dave Medinets, Production

Valoree Vargo, Promotion / Distribution

Vanessa Wozniak, Promotion / Distribution

Pattie Roberts, Promotion / Distribution

Our pre-production planning is well under way and, with your support, AVA Independent will once again deliver a Winning Short.

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Click on the title below the three film pictures to see some of our past shorts.

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"The Pen"

A man, haunted by a "crime" committed as a child, faces his own guilt in a darkened courtroom.  Won honors at the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Festival and the Television Internet and Video Association PEER Awards, including Best Actor.

Assignments

  • Genre:             Heist Film 
  • Character:      Wayne, a collector 
  • Line:               "That's not how I would have handled it." 
  • Prop:               Hula Hoop
The Pen
The Pen

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"The Misadventures of Matilda Mench"

A BBC spoof that won honors at the Baltimore Festival, the Television Internet & Video Association PEER Awards, and the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Short.

Assignments

  • Genre:            Adventure Serial
  • Character:     Simon Willibaster, a policeman
  • Line:              "Who told you life would be fair."
  • Prop:              Baby Carriage
The Misadventures of Matilda Mench
The Misadventures of Matilda Mench

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"Finding Ella"

Won honors at the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Festival.

Assignments

  • Genre:            Holiday Film 
  • Character:     Louis Ludbetter, a busybody 
  • Line:              "If you want me, you know where to find me."
  • Prop:              Dog Collar
Finding Ella
Finding Ella

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Here are some production photos from past films, just for fun!

Matilda Mench
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Here There and Everywhere
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Risks and challenges

Producing a film is rarely without challenges. Producing one in 48 hours is never without them! We are an experienced team, however, and, while the creative development is reserved for the weekend of the shoot, extensive planning and testing helps to assure smooth workflows and a successful completion.

The nature of the format itself requires creative solutions and effective work-arounds as, one way or another, the finished film must be submitted to the 48 Hour Film Competition by Sunday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.!

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