Author: Ben Peirce

Born 1979 in Philadelphia, PA. Currently living in Manchester, NH with wife, Jen. Musician; visual artist; video & live event producer. Lifelong fan of comic books, movies, music and the Philadelphia Flyers.

“A Split Second” – Now Playing!

At long last, Pilotgroove Pictures proudly presents: A Split Second.

“A Split Second”
48 Hour Film Project NH, 2012
 (Genre: thriller/suspense)
All is not well set on the the set of America’s hottest game show. Is host, Chuck Dupin cracking under the pressure or is there something else at play? We’ve reached the final round and contestant #2 has the lead but as we all know, life can change in a split second! From Pilotgroove Pictures come “A Split Second” — a psychological thriller that grabs hold of you and won’t let go until the final horn.

Produced as part of the 2012 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, this film was written, shot, edited and scored between June 8-10, 2012. It was screened theatrically at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH on June 13, 2012.  Copyright © 2012, Pilotgroove Pictures

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Another 48 Hours – “A Split Second” premieres tonight!

The fifth film from Pilotgroove Pictures makes it’s theatrical debut tonight at 6:30 PM in Hooksett, NH. Produced as part of 48 Hour Film Project New HampshireA Split Second is a psychological thriller starring Ben Peirce as Chuck Dupin, a game show host on the brink of a breakdown. It’s a radical departure from the tone and style of last year’s film, replacing comedy and sight gags with suspense and a breakneck intensity that’s sure to leave audiences reeling.

A Split Second reunites Peirce with longtime directing partner, R.C. Varenas. Peirce, Varenas and P.J. Huot wrote the script with contributions from Jay Syrene, Matt Naughton and Jon O’Hara. Starring alongside Ben Peirce are Pilotgroove Pictures mainstay, Jennifer Peirce and newcomers, Joe Collins and Ashley Dobie. All four actors, deliver powerful performances that grab the viewer and refuse to let go, while the editing and cinematography set the table for the film’s thrilling conclusion.

R.C. Varenas and Jen Peirce review lines on the set of “A Split Second”

Audiences will get their first look at A Split Second, along with 28 other 48 hour film projects at tonight’s premiere screening at Cinemagic in Hookett, NH. It will be one of the first films played in the 6:30 (Group A) screening. A separate batch of films will play at 9:30. Tickets are available online or for $10 (cash only) at the door.

Pilotgroove Pictures’ Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot win “Best Regional Filmmaker” at SNOB 2011

In it’s first festival appearance outside of the 48 Hour Film Project, the Pilotgroove Pictures film, Just Remember That They’re Dead made a big splash, earning the title of “Best Regional Filmmaker” for writer/directors Ben Peirce and P.J. Huot at the 2011 SNOB Film Festival.  Just Remember That They’re Dead received 3 screenings over the course of the 4 day festival and was announced as a winner at the SNOB Awards Ceremony, Saturday night at the City Auditorium in Concord, NH.

Founded in 2002 and now in its 10th season, the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival is “a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking.”  Of the 60 films included in this year’s festival, 18 were produced in New Hampshire and eligible for the prize of “Best Regional Filmmaker”.  Peirce and Huot were given the award for their work on Just Remember That They’re Dead as a result of audience balloting throughout the festival.

“I sort of zoned out for a second while they were reading the nominees,” said Ben Peirce, “so when they called my name it took a second to register that we’d actually won. It was a nice surprise.”

“The pressure’s on now.  We have to come back next year with something even better,” remarked P.J. Huot.

See Ben and P.J.’s acceptance speech here

The 48 Hour Film project was well-represented at SNOB. Three films films from the NH event were screened including Tick Tock Death Clock by fellow 48 Hour alums, Wicked Sick Films, who took home the award for “Best Comedy” for their longer film, Buddy Love.

Proud to be a SNOB

The accolades continue to roll in for the Pilotgroove Pictures film, Just Remember That They’re Dead.  This week, the mockumentary short was named an official selection of the SNOB Film Festival.  The 2011 SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival takes place September 15-18, 2011 at various locations throughout Concord, NH including the Red River Theatre, the Barley House and other locations to be announced.

Founded in 2002 and now in its 10th season, the SNOB Film Festival is a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking. Westrive to bring films to the area that local audiences might not otherwise see. Proceeds from the SNOB Film Festival will be used to support the arts.

The 2011 screening schedule is yet to be announced but we’ll keep you informed as to when and where Just Remember That They’re Dead will be shown.  For up-to-the-minute details, ‘like’ Pilotgroove Pictures on Facebook.

WE’RE (one of) THE BEST!

Pilotgroove Pictures is pleased to announce that our recent short film, Just Remember That They’re Dead, has been selected for the 48 Hour Film Project Best of New Hampshire screening.  With this selection comes a second opportunity to see the film on the big screen.  Just Remember That They’re Dead will show along with eleven other best-of selections at a special screening on Thursday, August 4 at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH. 

Following the films, awards will be handed out in various categories including Best Film, Best Writing, Acting, Editing, etc. Best use of Character/Prop/Line and the coveted Laotian Viewers Choice Award.  Don’t miss your chance to see the film in one of New Hampshire’s best theaters and cheer on Pilotgroove Pictures in the awards presentation.

Best of NH 48 Hour Film Project
Thursday, Aug. 4 – 7:30 PM
Red River Theatres, Lincoln Financial Cinema
11 South Main St. Concord, NH
Tickets: $10 (purchase them here)

For a complete list of films showing at the best-of screening, click here.

“Just Remember That They’re Dead” – Now Playing!

Here it is folks!  Just 128 hours after it was conceived, Pilotgroove Pictures proudly presents: Just Remember That They’re Dead.

“Just Remember That They’re Dead”
48 Hour Film Project NH, 2010
(Genre: Mockumentary)
Produced by Pilotgroove Pictures as part of the 2011 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, “Just Remember That They’re Dead” is a heartfelt look at the people and lives affected by the American Zombie Inconvenience

This film was written, shot, edited and scored in 48 hours between June 10 and June 2, 2011. It was screened theatrically at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH on June 15, 2011.  Copyright © 2010, Pilotgroove Pictures

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Visit and ‘Like’ the Pilotgroove Pictures Facebook Page to see photos from the set.

That’s A Wrap!

TO THE CAST & CREW:

As I shamble through the groggy, cracked-out, bleary-eyed, post-coital haze of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project, I am still floored by the gargantuan effort put in by everyone this weekend.  I remember being at our first 48 Hour Film Project screening and hearing a producer talk about all the help they had and their various crew teams and people sleeping in shifts – I thought he was out of his f***ing mind.  I’m still not sure I believe that sleeping in shifts actually happens during a 48 Hour Film project, but this year proved that when you have more people not sleeping, the results can be amazing!

Without an exact count, I’d guess that we had at least 6 people with 30+ hours in on this film and it shows!  As I said to a few of you on Saturday night, It’s been a tough year for the Pilotgroove family and I couldn’t help entering 48HrFP with some hesitation and a little bit of sadness.  But seeing people come out of the woodwork and kick ass to make it happen was awe-inspiring and humbling. 

Just Remember That They’re Dead is a monumental leap forward for Pilotgroove Pictures and I can’t thank you all enough.

TO EVERYONE ELSE:

If you don’t have plans this Wednesday night (June 15) – or hell, even if you do – come to Cinemagic in Hooksett for the 9 PM screening of Just Remember That They’re Dead.  It’s a great film!  Really, I’m not just saying that.  With so many people working so hard, I shouldn’t be surprised but I really can’t believe how good it is.  I know what I did and I was up for most of 48 hours so I saw saw what everyone else was doing, but I still don’t know where this movie came from.  We’ll have the film posted here in the near future so that everyone can see it, but it can’t replace the experience of seeing it in the theater.

I highly encourage you all to come to the screening, where you’ll see not just ours, but 14 other short films made with just 48 hours of caffeine and creativity.  If you’re so inclined, you could also join us at the 6:30 screening for 15 more (completely different) films.  If you don’t have a great time, you’re probably dead.

Just Remember That They’re Dead Screening Info:

NH 48 Hour Film Project • Screening Group B
Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Cenemagic Theaters & IMAX
1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, NH
Tickets: $10 (purchase them here)

Back again for 48 more hours of filmmaking!

It’s that time of year again.  The 48 Hour Film Project returns to New Hampshire June 10-12 and Pilotgroove Pictures will make their third appearance in the annual event.  This year, we welcome in P.J. Huot (who you may remember as Dr. Clark Larson in last year’s film, The Table) to co-produce alongside Ben Peirce.  The crazy weekend of writing, shooting and editing begins on June 10 and the finished film will be screened theatrically on Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 PM at Cinemagic in Hooksett, NH.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which filmmakers make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.

On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Films are screened in local theaters following the event.

In 2010, nearly 40,000 filmmakers made 3,000 films in in 80 cities on five continents. This year, we’re even bigger, with filmmakers around the world taking the challenge to make a film in just 48 hours.

For more information, visit 48hourfilm.com

Showtime!

96 hours of 48 hour film project have come and gone, resulting in 2 short films that we’re incredibly proud of.  Both films were completed on time and screened theatrically in their respective cities.  As with last year’s film, RUSHED, we’ll be working on a director’s cut version of the films in the coming weeks. But just in case you missed them in the theater, you can see them here in their original form. Enjoy!

“MY Night” • New York, 2010 (Genre: Film de Femme)
Produced by Pilotgroove Pictures as part of the 2010 New York 48 Hour Film Project, “MY Night” is the story of a girl whose attempt to host an important dinner date goes horribly awry when a parade of unwanted guests interrupt.

This film was written, shot, edited and scored in 48 hours between June 4 and June 6, 2010. Copyright © 2010, Pilotgroove Pictures

“The Table” • New Hampshire, 2010 (Genre: Drama)
Produced by Pilotgroove Pictures as part of the 2010 New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project, “The Table” is the story of card game layered with metaphor and life-altering stakes. As the chips are stacked, secrets are revealed and the players will be forever changed.

This film was written, shot, edited and scored in 48 hours between June 11 and June 13, 2010. Copyright © 2010, Pilotgroove Pictures

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