Two Months ago, I entered a film competition, the Beirut 48 Hour Film Project (Check more details about it here)
. The competition could not be running at a worse time (well maybe unless it was during my own wedding :p)
; the due date was the night my fiancée's sister got married.
Despite all the stress of helping in the preparations of the wedding and in meeting the actual deadline, we managed to pull a movie
we are proud of.
The 48 hour film project guidelines
The fun part about this experience was the challenge itself. We had to shoot a 4 to 7 minute film in 48 hours. We had to abide by a few constraints given to us at time Zero. Every contestant had to include three elements in their movie:> a line of dialogue:
Can you please shut your mouth? عمول معروف سدّ بوزك> a character:
Dani or Dima Mourad, Event Planner> a prop:
Each one of us got his own genre, and I got thriller / suspense.
Synopsis of our short film, Paraposal
The movie we came up with revolves around a guy who is experiencing paranormal events that lead him to walk the step that puts his mind at rest.
Paraposal is a 247square
production. It was co-written by myself (Alaa Kabalan)
and Mohammad Shaaban (my fiancée's brother)
. Mohammad was also starring along with Rafic Saab
. The music was composed, in record time, by Walid Aboul Joud
. Saba Sadr
was my assistant director. I also did the editing and the shooting of this short film.
special thanks go to
> Haya Mortada,
who lent us her camera, and who was intending to help us with sound editing (I am sorry for your loss)> Ayman Zaatari,
who was a character in the first written script (we had to change the idea and his footage was never used in the final film) (I still owe you lunch (or iftar) by the way :))> Maria Mouteirek,
who gave us last minute feedback on the storyline> Najwa Chehab & Marwan Shaaban (my in-laws)
, who let us use their house as the film's setting, despite the fact that their daughter was getting married end of that weekend, and the house as we call it in Lebanese dialect was "قايم قاعد" LITERALLY!> Mohammad Bazzi,
who helped in looking for potential casts for the first idea we were intending to shoot
I further dedicate this film to my fiancée and my wife-to-be Zeina Shaaban
my brother, whom I wish he could have been in our team (had he not have official exams to attend and study for)
|at the night of the screening, from left to right, Mohammad Shaaban, Ramy Kabalan, Alaa Kabalan, Zeina Shaaban, Maria Mouteirek, Amany Al-Sayyed and Fouad Mezher
I would like to hear your honest feedback on this film :)