before moving to london in 2013,
my friends and i would compete annually against other teams around the world in the 72-hour film shootout.

72 hours to write, produce, shoot, edit… make a five-minute film based on a common theme,
which, if you know anything about filmmaking, is pretty absurd
and you have to be a little crazy to attempt such a feat.

so now i’m back and our goal remains the same:
make each other laugh, hopefully make audiences laugh.

our little comedy placed 2nd.
i was just happy it actually made it into aaiff (asian american international film festival)
and we got to see it on the big screen. :)


directed, shot and edited a short film with the crew over a weekend last month,
a continuation of last year’s cop flick, the buy.

the players:

rain noe
greg perri
joe diomede
gregg woodcock

filmmaking, when money isn’t involved, is a labor of love.
so it hurts a bit when you have a crew bustin’ their asses for you because they believe in you, in the project,
only to end up with a mediocre film.

but phan (who switched from assistant director to assistant editor this time) said to me,
“no worries dude. we had fun.”
we didn’t make the intended film. still, despite all the blood and sweat, the process (the collaboration) is like an escapade.

and in the nature of guerilla filmmaking, we went back to the old school clapper board.
and since gina knew phan would be capturing all the footage… :)

chalk clapper board

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update july 29, 2013.
apparently we made top ten and our film premiered at the asian international film festival yesterday.
and no one bothered to tell us so none of us went to see it. :

72 hour film shootout

friday 8pm, a theme is announced and each team (i think, about 30 each year) has basically the weekend
to write a script, produce, shoot, edit… make a five-minute film based on that theme.

thursday afternoon, my boston plans were kind of flimsy and i had a sudden itch to make a movie
so i mass-texted the crew to see if they were down.

first year we did it, we landed 3rd place, second year 2nd.
so the natural progression would be to aim for 1st,
but i knew to win, we had to have heart.

during friday night’s brainstorming session,
tony came up with a really sweet, thoughtful screenplay idea;
henry and rain just needed to fill in the blanks with their snarky, comedic voice.

but saturday morning, i was given nothing i asked for – sunshine, heart.

instead, i got a cop comedy with four dudes, a whole lot of swearing and rain’s cave as a backdrop.
so we nixed the idea of trying to win, said fuck it and decided our new goal was to just make people laugh.

some stills.

rain noe, veanne cao

gregg woodcock, veanne cao

giuseppe diomede, veanne cao

rain noe, mike cinquino

trying to take on three roles (director, cinematographer, editor) wasn’t the brightest decision.
not exactly the film i wanted to make, but it is what it is. 72 hours.

and as much as i wanted to kill rain on monday,
making things makes me happiest,
especially when i get to do it with my friends.

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shootout top ten films premiered as a part of the
new york asian american international film festival (wow that’s a mouthful).
we were nominated for best director, won best screenplay and placed fourth.
not too shabby at all. :) i was just happy we got to make people laugh.

rain uploaded the short to his youtube here.

last night, aafilmlab film festival

we were nominated for best story, best director.

we won:




i agree with rain, “the winning film rightfully blew us away,”
and i hope to one day make films with that much heart.

pic of me (director/cinematographer/editor), rain (writer/actor),
adam (music producer), tony (producer/actor) and henry (writer) from that night.

72 hour film shootout

this year, rain and tess play the lead again,
except they play very different characters from last year’s “cold war.”



i suggested the idea of a fairy tale
because i’m all about the whimsical stuff.
plus my heart’s been in a very hopeful mood lately.

audio too low, continuity issues, but i had some personal issues to deal with,
so no time to fix and we barely made the deadline,
but not too shabby for 72 hours to write, produce, shoot, edit… make a movie.

it’s officially online so check it out:
grace and the staten island fairy

(skip the first 30 seconds; it’s just bars, tones and stuff).
and if you like it, show us some love on youtube.

we made a film

the 72 hour film shootout is a nationwide competition organized by aafilmlab
where filmmaking teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce short films
up to five minutes in length on a common theme.

this year’s theme was “a first goodbye.”

for 56 grueling hours, we sweat, bled and made “cold war”:

here’s a quick behind the scenes shot taken by tomur:


more about us here: