About two weeks ago, Jenn and I got together with a bunch of Theatre Unleashed folks to participate in the 2018 24 Hour Film Race. We were all working together under the banner of TU’s “sister company,” film collective Hold For Plane Pictures.

If you’ve never done a 24- or 48-hour film competition, they’re a hell of a lot of fun. Basically, you’re assigned a theme, a prop, and an action that you have to incorporate into your script. Other than that, it’s up to you what you want to shoot.

Lucky for us, our circle of friends is packed with ambitious, talented folks who know what they’re doing on a set and have a ton of their own gear.

I’ve acted in one (The Club), co-written another (Rule Number 4) and directed a third (Today) for HFP previously. This time around, my dear friend Lisa K. Wyatt and I were tasked with churning out a short script with a really tight deadline. How tight? Let’s just say that as we finished writing each scene, production was grabbing the pages from the printer and running off to start shooting them as we were churning out the next one. It was an intense process, but a really fun one.

The script was completed around 10 PM. Principle photography wrapped at 5 AM. Our editor had a first cut done by 2 PM, and by 5 PM, we were uploading the finished project, two hours before the deadline.

That was June 30th. July 5th, we found out that our picture, Get a Clue, was named one of the Top 15 Finalists! Now, whether or not this means we’re taking home any hardware remains to be seen, but the awards are coming up August 26th, so I suppose we’ll find out soon.

I would like to take a second and give a shout out to my friend and co-writer on this project, Lisa K. Wyatt. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with her in such a fashion, and our styles went together like peanut butter and jelly. I’m looking forward to writing more with her in the future.

We’re not allowed to share the final project yet, but here are some stills from it. Congrats to Team HFP, and to all of our fellow finalists!

If you want to check out some of the fun behind-the-scenes action, give the official HFP Instagram a follow. Jenn was working her ass off running it all night during the shoot and got some great content. I also shot some fun BTS stuff and created an Instagram collage, which you can view on my profile. Here’s a quick preview:

This weekend, I teamed with my friend Lisa K. Wyatt to write and shoot a #ShortFilm with Hold For Plane Pictures for the 2018 @FilmRacing #24HourFilmRace. Titled “Get a Clue”, this short is a post- #MeToo #RomanticComedy that looks at #modern #dating and #romance, highlighting the importance (and joys) of enthusiastic #AffirmativeConsent. . . Get a Clue Produced by @HoldForPlanePictures Directed by @Punchdrunk_Jacob Written by @LisaKWyatt and @GregoryCrafts . Featuring @KireHorton @Graydon.Schlichter Adam Briggs (@geminigifsandpics) Cyanne McClairian . Director of Photography – @travisjdixon Sound – @bobby_mcglynn Grip – Andrew Justus Script Supervision – Matthew Martin Social Media Supervisor – @JennScudCrafts . Theme: Time’s Up Action: Watching a Reflection Prop: Action Figure . #comedy #filmfestival #filmlife #filmmakinglife #filmset #filmshoot #filmwriting #humor #independentfilm #indiefilm #latergram #love #movie #moviemaking #movieset #relationships #relatable #screenwriting #setlife #sex #together #videomaking

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Speaking of Instagram, you’ll notice that I’ve recently archived my library of over 1,000 personal posts and have started fresh. There’s a reason for that, which fits into my revised career strategy. I’ll delve into that more next week.

Until then, onward and upward!