Filmmaker Scott Jackman has collaborated with the Bayview retirement community on a number of projects over the years, but never with as tight a turnaround as the 48-Hour Movie Project.

“This is the first time where we’re doing this, and I’m completely out of the equation,” Jackman said.

Aside from some technical assistance, the task of brainstorming and executing a film in just 48 hours was left to Bayview residents, some of whom were making their directorial debut.

“It sounded like a fascinating opportunity,” said resident Chris Cady. “SIFF is just right down the street, and I’ve seen what young people are able to put together in 48 hours, and it’s just amazing.”

Age doesn’t matter, said resident Jo Ferguson, who has worked with Jackman on previous Bayview film projects.

“Everyone at Bayview is capable of doing a film,” Ferguson said, adding they have a younger crop of residents moving in these days who can help.

The 48-Hour Movie Project took place from Monday to Tuesday, Jan. 20-21, with the filmmakers sharing their work during a screening at Bayview last Wednesday.

“We had a lot of different ideas,” Cady said, “so we tried to think of something we could do with several shorts.”

Residents took turns running the camera, directing the filming, capturing sound and other aspects of the filmmaking process, with Jackman providing some technical assistance and editing.

Bayview resident Carolyn Urban was excited about the opportunity to learn more about the technology used in film production.

Urban said one short the Bayview film team worked on revolved around residents’ creative uses for the kitchens in their units, since so many prefer to skip cooking and have the retirement community handle the meals.

Artist Carol Herschman uses her kitchen to make wax models that are then sent to a foundry to be cast in bronze.

“They’re floating in the kitchen sink as we speak,” said Herschman during the first day of shooting on Jan. 20. “If you see the kitchen, you know not much can go on in there.”

Herschman counts five generations of artists in her family, but she’s the only one who chose sculpting. Her son does glass blowing while the rest were painters.

She said she likes trying new things and, having lived at Bayview for nearly a year, found the retirement community offers a lot more activities and programs than others she’s lived in previously.

“This one definitely had the most stuff going on, and everyone seems nice,” Herschman said.

The documentary-style film ended up being 17 minutes long, and nothing was scripted, according to Jackman.

“It was amazing to see a great mix of residents from different backgrounds participating in this project,” said Heather Smith, director of resident services. “We asked before the screening, ‘How many people have held a camera or made a movie in the past?’ Only one person raised their hand. After watching the film, we asked the audience how many of you would like to be a filmmaker? Over 75 percent of people raised their hands. We could sense this 48-hour movie experience igniting a passion in the residents who may have thought or once considered pursuing filmmaking in the past but now willing to try something new.”

Jackman used to live in Seattle full time, but now balances his time here and at home in Arizona. He’d started a business working with children, and had run a musical theater program at Greenwood Elementary. After a musical film at a movie camp, Jackman showed it to Bayview CEO Nancy Weinbeck, who had been director of residential operations at the time, and pitched making legacy films with Bayview residents.

“She said, ‘Yeah, lots of people come and ask to do that,’” Jackman said.

Rather than simply documenting residents and their lives, Jackman and Weinbeck agreed it would be better to have more fun with film concepts and let residents flex their creativity. He’s worked with Bayview on 14 short-film projects since 2012.

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