4:17 is an experiment in mixed media, although it didn’t start out that way.
4:17 was originally conceived and created for the 2009 48-Hour Film Project International Shootout (December 4-7, 2009) by 3T Productions, a small crowd of creative and enthusiastic souls led by aspiring director Joon Chang.
The 4:17 concept was developed during a hectic evening of brainstorming and story development after which I frantically typed through the night attempting to capture the best bits of character and plot in a script. We began shooting at 5:00am the next morning. Thirty-six hours later 4:17 was “in the can.”
(If you have never heard of “film racing” I encourage you to go here for more information).
Over the course of about 9 months in 2009 and 2010, under Joon’s leadership, we made a total of five film racing pieces and one independent short film. I was the primary screenwriter for all of these projects, but film racing is a very collaborative process, so credit for concept, plot, character, and story rightly belongs to the entire cohort of participants.
Of all of these films, 4:17 always felt to me like the richest concept. It certainly held far more potential than we could capture with our limited resources over a single weekend. I am delighted to revisit this world with this novella following each character on their individual journey through the collapse of civilization.
4:17 (the novella) should be available by the close of 2017 but in the meantime, if you have 10 minutes to spare, I encourage you to watch the original film.
Note: although the names of the characters in 4:17 are the same as the actors that portray them – all the characters from the film, and the novella, are fictional and any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely coincidental.