It took 12-year-old executive producer and storyteller Nicholas Skidmore and a drone to get the short film Sargento’s Saddle into competition at Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Project.
The 5-minute noir drama was shot in Louisville, Georgetown and Lexington and included footage of Lexington’s Calvary Baptist Church shot with a drone-mounted camera. It’s the story, according to a trailer, of a wealthy horse farm owner “whose life goes on a journey of twists and turns.”
Skidmore conceived the story, co-wrote the script and assembled the team of 26 adults, including director Samantha Hack, to write, shoot, edit and submit the entire film in 48s from 7:30 p.m. July 25 to 7:30 p.m. July 27 on the last weekend in July. According to the rules of the 48 Hour Film Project, filmmakers were required to use a character (a professional athlete named Lefty Ellsworth), a prop (a slice of pizza), a line of dialogue (“How was I to know?”) and a genre (film noir) in their film to ensure that it was made within the time period.
Sargento’s Saddle will be screened in a group of films at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at the Village 8 Theaters in Louisville. There are 30 films in competition. The winning entry will go on to Filmapalooza, the nationwide 48 Hour Film Project finale, with the winning film receiving $6,000 and the top 15 films eligible to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.