I'm not going to post very much right now, because I'm still at Del's and real soon now I need to get up and start working on a major sweep of the house so that Random and I are able to load out of here in time to get home for ausir
's game that Random is in (which I assume is still running despite the condition of several of the people involved) and also to give our gracious hosts some alone time when Ninja comes home from work. I'm still operating under the delusion that I'll find and compile all or most of the stuff that people left behind and/or that I myself brought.
Having had a good night's sleep preceded by some great late-night conversation, enough McDonald's to choke a horse (thank you again, Balth), and a girly martini with a crazy straw, I'm feeling fairly at peace with the world.
In case there's anyone left on my flist who hasn't heard and cares, Team Redheaded Stepchildren met our goal. We finished our film, and it was a good film that everyone felt good about, and we delivered it in time to be guaranteed our showing on Wednesday. More importantly, we succeeded in wrangling what turned out to be an enormous team of mostly non-filmmakers into a pretty efficient group effort, and despite the stresses and tension flareups and stumbling blocks, we managed to have a good time and to pull it off. I think we had an experience that a lot of people are going to remember as something pretty awesome and magical in their lives, and I can't express how grateful and impressed I am that so many people came out and worked so hard and didn't complain and stayed excited.
We did not make the 48 hour deadline, though, which means we aren't eligible to compete. On sort of a meta level, the *idea* of not being up for prizes kinda sucks. However, what I want to emphasize mostly to the people who worked with us is that we DID NOT FAIL. Right from the start, the bar I set for us was to *finish*-- not to win anything. To me, at least, it was more important that we turned out a film we felt good about, and that we made it in time to get screened so that we could have the joy of seeing our names up on the screen in big letters. And we did that, and for a team at our level, that's HUGE.
Part of the reason Del and I agreed to make the call at some point and say, deliberately, screw the deadline and let's finish it right is that had we decided to throw everything into finishing on time, not only would the film have looked rushed and incomplete, but there was a good chance we'd have encountered the natural recalcitrance of technology under pressure (which we did, a bit, anyway). Had we ended up with some weird glitch or something that made us miss the deadline at that point *anyway*, I think it would have been incredibly disappointing. It would have been nice to compete, but we were well aware that we were up against some very professional teams and many of whom had done this competition before (many times in some cases). Realistically, there was a slim chance we'd have gotten one of the smaller prizes if anything, and in my opinion it wasn't worth pinning our hopes on.
Another bit of perspective: According to the organizers, 78 films were turned in my deadline, and *19* are being screened but came in too late to compete. Knowing that 20% of the films are in the same boat as we are sort of gives you an idea how hard it actually is to complete something like this in 48 hours.
So, I'm sticking to my "first Rocky movie" metaphor. =)
I feel good right now. I mean, I'm still tired, and achy, and a whole bunch of real-life crap that I managed to push off last week is staring me in the face and demanding attention, and I don't want to think about what needs to be cleaned up and whether I have any clean clothes left. But I've been reading some wonderful LJ entries from some of the folks that worked with us on this, and it's making me feel great to see how enthusiastic and happy so many people are, coming off such a stressful weekend. We did good, and I'm glad that people are generally seeing that instead of being discouraged. I'm not sure Life is going to give me all that much of a break this week, but whatever I manage to get, I have definitely earned.
I have a lot more thoughts, more stories, more things I want to post. Lots more to express. But it's gonna have to wait a bit for now.
In the meantime, *please* keep posting your thoughts and stories if you were part of this with us. I really, really love reading about them.
And if you can, please come to our screening at the *********9:30******** showing of DC 48HFP films at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring, MD on ***THIS WEDNESDAY THE 10TH***. Team Redheaded Stepchildren encourages our peeps to show up wearing red, at least a red shirt, if you can. I encourage non-redheads to wear redhead wigs, if you have access to one, and goofy is just as good as realistic. Formalwear is absolutely fine but in no way required. We can try to all sit together and be a sea of red in the theater, making our rowdy presence known.
Tickets are available online here
. There is a decent chance they will sell out, so buy at the door at your own risk.