May 24 2017 was probably the biggest night of my life. I was so nervous, I was shaking and hyperventilating and sweating profusely. That night would be the night of the 50 Hour Film Festival showings. At the end of March, I entered a competition that would allow participants a span of 50 hours to make a short film. I entered with a group under the name Wolffire Productions. I had so many ups and downs before, during and after production, I could hardly keep myself together, partly from excitement and partly because I had never done this before, so I had no idea what to expect. Two months later, it's May and the showings are at the Merrill's Roxy Cinemas. I purposefully wore a T-shirt with a wolf on it, as our team name is Wolffire. I thought it was very appropriate for the occasion.
I kept sending out texts to my team, yet only one showed up out of the six, and another who I invited, though she wasn't part of Wolffire Productions. The whole time, I'm anxious and just wanting to get the night over with. My tech teacher came and my neighbor and uncle, but I still felt alone, because I hardly had my team with me.
Before the videos were shown, Wolffire Productions got a shout-out, and I was so petrified at being called out so suddenly, I thought for sure that I had done something wrong. Turned out, they only wanted to point out a coincidence that I and the RETN people (the people that host the 50 Hour Film Festival) did. You see, there is certain dialogue and characters and props that we have to use for these films, and one of the lines of dialogue we used was "everything is legal in ____________". The RETN people got that line from one of the Alexander Hamilton songs, and we used that exact song too. Coincidence!
Every movie I watched seemed WAY better than Wolffire Productions. My excuse: it's my first time doing this. Outside, there were three trophies displayed next to T-shirts with the words "50 Hour Film" written on it. I knew for sure that I wouldn't get a trophy, but like I told myself in the very beginning, I didn't want to enter for a prize, I wanted to enter for the experience. I want to make sure that I keep the practice of not being reward-motivated. To me, it is a bad habit to get into and I want to make sure that I don't fall into that trap.