Filmmaking Returns to Jacksonville for 48 Hours

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As a part of the 48 Hour Film Project, Metro Jacksonville teamed up with NFocus, of Lakeland, Florida to help produce a drama called Belong .

How it all came together

Friday, August 3, 2007

At 7:00pm, 26 teams receive their marching orders at the Twisted Martini.  From this point, each team will have 48 hours to find actors, create a story line, shoot the scenes, edit and turn in a completed four to seven minute short film.  The NFocus team finds out they will have to create a short film in the drama genre.

The NFocus team


Teams await their assignments at the Twisted Martini.


The competition added a little flair to the Landing on a sunny Friday afternoon. 


The assignment has been given and now we're off to the races.


Saturday, August 4, 2007

NFocus gets started at 3:00am with the first scene in Springfield.  Former Jacksonville University student, Michelle Marin is the featured actress for "Belong".

Michelle Marin


Joe and the cast prepare for the first scene.


Going over the storyline one last time before filming begins 


Lights, camera, action.  Lighting was needed outside of the house to create a moonlit appearance.


During a break, Michelle and Redgie go over their lines.


Joe goes in for a close up.


Saturday, August 4th, 2007 - Shantytown Pub - Springfield

Filming of the first scene lasted until 6:30 Saturday morning.  After getting a few hours of sleep, the NFocus team headed over to Shantytown to shoot the bar scene.

Unloading the equipment


Shantytown gets ready for the camera


Michelle and Dawn go over their lines for the bar scene.  Since it was in the middle of the day and the crew wanted a full bar for the film, free beer was given to anyone who didn't mind drinking to help fill up the background.  Naturally, there was no problem in getting local residents to take Nfocus up on their offer.


Jim, Joe, and Adam in action


Dawn, Michelle, and Laura at Shantytown.


Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Confederate Park restrooms

After leaving Shanytown, Nfocus headed over to Confederate Park to shoot the restroom scene.

The filming of the restroom scene in progress 


Michelle smiles for the Metro Jacksonville camera.


The restroom scene is over and crew and cast members get ready to head over to Ola on Main Street for dinner.


Saturday - 9:00pm - Back on Market Street

After dinner the crew heads over to the location of the first scene to film "Tara" leaving her foster parent's house in search of her real mother.

The crew lights up Springfield


Saturday - 11:00pm - Downtown Jacksonville

The final scene of the day was shot on Clay Street in LaVilla.

 Jim and Joe with the Jacksonville skyline in the background.


Josh and Michelle's last scene was shot in front of the old Stanton High School on the corner of Clay and Ashley Streets.


Michelle walks past the camera into the mean streets of downtown Jacksonville.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - The preview

On Tuesday, all films in the 48 Hour Film Project, were released to the general public at the Main Library.



The Completed Film: