Romo went to Canello’s home to write the film, taking two hours to create a five minute script. That tells a story of a turkey that is transformed into a man.
“A turkey is genetically changed into a man and saves mankind from Professor Sweet Potato, even though his own race is devoured by the humans on Thanksgiving,” Romo said.
When Romo finished writing the story, the rest of the crew got to work. Due to the contest’s deadline, there wasn’t much time to waste.
“Anthony and the others filmed it the next day,” Romo said.
“It took us five hours to shoot most of the scenes in downtown Pomona,” Canello said. “The rest of the scenes were shot at my parent’s house.”
They put all their efforts into this contest, uncertain of the outcome. Thousands of competitors entered the contest and only a few would win in the categories.
“We ended up winning best use of genre, holiday, costume and nominated for best editing, best special effects, best cinematography, best sound designs,” Canello said.
A giant turkey costume which was bought from a costume store gave them best use of costume. Along with the best use of superhero Thanksgiving theme.
A thumb drive contained the finished project, which was displayed on the big screen at Rigo’s Cinema theaters next to the Staples Center.
“We heard people laughing, couldn’t believe to see our work in the big screen,” Canello said, while watching their film.
Two weeks passed and he received an email for a second screening in the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The 48 Hour Film Project is worldwide capturing the attention of local residents who aspire to create a film. It resides in cities across the nation for those interested in writing, shooting and editing within 48 hours.