As kids, Josh and I separately realized that we loved film. This love of watching films morphed into a love of telling stories and making our own films. In high school Josh grabbed a video camera and made ridiculous short films with his best friends. Writing, acting, directing, filming, editing, sharing, and laughing together. I can tell you, these early films still manage to always bring a smile to my face. Partially because they crack me up, and partially because his obvious passion for cinema and filmmaking can’t help but ooze through every special effect and absurd scenario. It was fun, it was a creative outlet, and it was one hell of a way to pass a snowy afternoon with friends. But one thing it wasn’t, was a job. It would take a nudge from a little lady he was yet to meet to turn this love of film, into a love of film business.
The 48 Hour Film Project holds a very special place in my heart because it opened our eyes up to the reality that filmmaking is what we wanted to do together. In 2013, after meeting each other and falling in love and all that mushy stuff, Josh and I realized that we both had a love of films, and a yearning to make films. So when we heard about the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project, we had to give it a try. And by try, I mean our all, cause that’s how we roll. So we went back to our roots: we gathered up our best friends, and in 48 hours we wrote, acted, directed, filmed, and edited Hello My Name is Abraham Lewbowitz, and we laughed the entire time. It was our first film as a couple, and it was exhilarating and exhausting and very obviously something that had been missing in our lives. So we gathered up our friends again, and made our own version of the 48 Hour Film Project – we wrote, acted, mastered zombie makeup, directed, filmed, and edited a zombie movie. We were exhausted and exhilarated again, and hooked.
Cinebard Films is born
Around this time, we started talking about how we could take our love of filmmaking and make it something that was a part of our lives, and that’s how Cinebard Films was born. We thought about all of the amazing stories we could tell with film, and we realized the way to do that, the way to tell stories with video, was to create Cinebard Films, and share our passion and our talents with all of you. And we couldn’t be happier with the result.
Cinebard Films Creates
It should come as no surprise, given where we started, that we absolutely love creating short films. Even with full time jobs and a video business (and a very demanding cat), we still make time every year to get together with our friends to make ridiculous and fun short films.
And with more than 48 hours, we’ve had the awesome opportunity to help put other people’s ideas onto film for them. Let me tell you, there are some damn impressive screenwriters and idea-thinkers here in Pittsburgh. Last year we worked with Oresick Development to film and edit the short Playing with Matches, and we’re currently working on a webseries that is simply, hilariously, brilliant. And as for our most recent creative project? It’s one of the coolest things we’ve worked on to date. We were approached with a novel idea, and we turned that into the Super Secret Horror Short Film Project, and we can’t wait to reveal what it’s all about this summer. But until then, mum’s the word.
To the future
We are so lucky to have been able to tell such amazing stories, and we just cannot get enough of what we’re doing. When we get to film, edit, and deliver amazing film content for couples, businesses, and creatives, we are happy ducks. So in addition to the gorgeous wedding love stories we get to tell, and the behind the scenes promotional videos, we’re ready to bring your screenplay or idea to life. So let’s get started. What story do you want to tell?