A Rare Non-D Post… Tour of the Neighbors.

Hopefully, I haven’t violated some intellectual property rights in naming that title.

Back in June, my friend and neighbor Brian Reynolds asked me to be part of a short film for the Baltimore version of the 48 Hour Film Project. It was the kind of thing where you hated going through the process, but at the end, all you can remember are the good and fun things.

For the 48 Hour Film Project, film makers are given a few guidelines and required elements, and 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and basically produce a film.

This year, the required elements for each film were:

Character: Abe or Abby Tuesday, Tour Guide

Prop: A Cupcake (hey– it’s D-related after all!)

Line: “I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine.”

All of these things have to be in the film somewhere. In this film, it’s hard to miss them.

The film also features our home (which is not at 90 Honey Pot Circle… don’t look for it on Google Maps), and it features The Live-In Niece as newlywed and new homeowner Janet Fredericks. I’m Tourist #6 (“Is she pregnant or not?”, “Try Oysters” and “We’re not gonna eat here?”).

Once the films were complete, a screening was held at a local movie house downtown, where groups of the films were shown one after another. It was a hoot being in the room with such creative souls and listening to all of the fun stories about the different shoots. And the belly laughs of all of the participants when they saw the finished product of their hard work on the big screen. My reaction: Man, I look a lot like my father now.

Now that I’ve given nearly the whole thing away, here it is… Tour of the Neighbors, a film by Brian Reynolds. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

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  • scully  On July 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    That was… uhmmm…… weird but all sorts of good for a Friday.
    Dude, thanks for sharing! I liked the “Oyster” comment.


    • StephenS  On July 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Scully! I thought you might find something with farting in it funny. And for the record, I don’t see that as a character flaw.

      I’d like to take credit for the “oyster” comment, but I didn’t write that one. I did come up with the idea of everyone pulling out their phones to get footage of the fight. It got a laugh in the theater, and that’s all I was going for.


  • xxlovelylizxx  On July 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    This was too funny! Haha. You should think about a job in film. What a natural. This seems like it was a lot of fun to do though. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


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