MILLEDGEVILLE — A short film conceptualized, produced and shot in Milledgeville garnered several awards last week. Glass Door Entertainment’s 48 Hour Film Atlanta Project called ‘Strain’ earned Best Film runner-up, Best Directing and Best Use Of Character out of 72 teams.
Lead actress Kat Slatery was one of three best actress nominees as well.
Director B.J. Golnick said finalizing an award-winning, fully-produced, edited, mixed and color corrected film in two days was a unique accomplishment.
“The fact that we won runner-up is amazing, and it was cool to see everyone we worked with and the town of Milledgeville pay off. That 48-hour project is something not a lot of people can do, let alone do well. I think we accomplished something great,” Golnick said.
Golnick has been on location in Milledgeville directing TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” reality series. Along with the show’s Athens-born associate producer Jeremiah Bennett, he spends off days working on other independent ventures through Glass Door Entertainment.
The crew shot OK Go video scenes here and liked the available locations so much Milledgeville became a simple choice for the 48 Hour Film Project’s Atlanta industry challenge.
Starting Friday, June 14 around 7:30 p.m., the team received its required character, prop and dialogue.
A wildcard chance landed Golnick the zombie genre to direct in a fast-paced weekend.
The Glass Door team used several Atlanta actors for the piece. The cast literally came to Milledgeville with a few hours notice.
One actor in particular required some convincing to make the two-hour drive.
Though she wanted to work with Bennett for years, Slatery almost walked away from the Linda Oakley-Brown character until a conversation with Golnick.
“I had to get her on the phone and convince her to do it because she wasn’t going to at first. It was funny how it worked out. She delivered exactly what we needed to make the film as powerful as it could have been,” he said.