The first coloaboration between writers T.M. & Seton Murphy and Good Natured Dog Productions. The short film Midnight Rebel was made for the 2016 Boston 48hr Film Project.
The 48hr Film Project is a film festival competition in which each team has 48hrs to write, producer, shoot and edit a 5 to 7 minute short film. Each team is given a required genre, and three required elements.
Our teams required genre was Adventure Serial. Our required line of dialog was "What's that supposed to mean?" Our rquired prop was a Letter, and our required character was Paulette or Pierre Kubiak, Connoisseur.
The entire movie was filmed on location in beautiful Hanover, Masschusetts. The town it self and the locations available to us were essential to the making of this film.
Film is a completely collaborative process and this film was a perfect of a team working in harmony!
Midnight Rebel was inspired by radio serial classics such as; The Shadow, War of the Worlds, Suspense and many others.
What is an Adventure Serial you ask?
A serial, film serial or chapter play, is a motion picture form popular during the first half of the twentieth century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed. Generally, each serial involves a single set of characters, protagonistic and antagonistic, involved in a single story, which has been edited into chapters after the fashion of serial fiction and the episodes cannot be shown out of order or as single or a random collection of short subjects.
Each chapter was screened at a movie theater for one week, and ended with a cliffhanger, in which characters found themselves in perilous situations with little apparent chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story. Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.
Life is either a great adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller
As the director of Midnight Rebel, I couldn't have asked for a better genre. There are endless creative possibilties in this genre and the whole team had a lot of fun of bringing T.M. and Seton's script to life.