Director Aaron Egbert Allsop invited me to join his team for the Best 24-Hour Film competition, part of the LDS Film Festival. Each team has 24-hours to create a short film—from start to finish. I agree and was definitely in for a crazy day.

On February 16th, our little filmmaking crew was Each team has five people and 24 hours to create a film. They are given a theme, a prop, and a line of dialogue that must be incorporated. This year the required elements were:

  1. Restart
  2. Cell phone
  3. I remember the time when…

With those in hand, we gathered together. First we brainstormed ideas. Then we began writing the script. We broke for lunch and then finished the script. Next we rehearsed and then began the epic filming at lightning speed. Finally the footage went to the editing room where it was edited and prepared for submission.

On March 3rd the announcement was made that our film, Not a Fan, was awarded first place in the Best 24-Hour Film division. (We also won second place in the audience choice category.) Here it is in all its glory:

Unfortunately, I could not attend the event this year. I was performing at Social Media Marketing World 2018 in San Diego, but I'm so happy with how this worked out.

This challenge taught me so much about my film production strengths and weaknesses. I was amazed at what we could pull together in a single day! Thanks to my entire team:


Girl: Monica Moore Smith

Guy: Aaron Egbert Allsop


Director: Aaron Egbert Allsop

John Meier

Tucker Debevec

Zack Pall

Monica Moore Smith