Who Knew? Well, Somebody Did

Turns out that the required character for D.C.’s 48 Hour Film Project is a real person: Tim Tate, Gay Glass Sculptor Extraordinaire.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And here we were criticizing that selection as being an unrealistic caricature rather than a credible character.

To our credit, we did change it to Tina Tate (as permitted by the contest), and I don’t think we were harmed by our lack of knowledge in the creative process.

To our detriment (or, rather, to the credit of our competitors, which amounts to the same thing), it looks like 2004 contest winner Jon Gann (“Signs”) actually knows the guy. They’re next-door neighbors. Can’t help thinking that might have given them a bit of a head start (nice when you can use a piece of the artist’s actual work — which you happen to have at home).

In all seriousness, I’m not griping — more power to ’em. This contest isn’t meant to start from a “level playing field” for anyone. Our team may not have had actual glass scluptures, but we did have an unfairly creative and dedicated bunch of contributors.

So there.


At 10:11 AM, Jon Gann said...

FYI: I was just as shocked as anyone else to know that Tim was the character. I did know that he was going to choose the name (won the right through a Warehouse benefit last year). I actually thought he was going to stick it to me my naming me as the character.

- Jon

At 12:11 PM, Bill Coughlan said...

Oh, I don't mean to imply in any way that the contest was rigged to give you an advantage — it was just one of those I don’t believe it moments.

And I had a chance to see what you did with it — nice work. Your efforts to make it as “reality-based” as possible were admirable; if anything, you deliberately made it tougher for yourself by having to sift through existing interview statements and quotes to weave into a coherent story.


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