How long does it take to make a Hollywood movie? Quite a while, I’d imagine: pre-production consists of writing the script, casting the parts, hiring the crew, scouting locations, making costumes, building sets, storyboarding, and all sorts of other planning; shooting the film can take months; then post-production – editing, scoring, sound mixing, creating a trailer, booking theaters, etc. etc. etc. Making a movie is a lot of work.
How to simplify?
That is the task of the participants of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project. The objective is in the title: filmmaking teams have just 48 hours to produce a short film, from writing to shooting to editing. To make it even more interesting, the rules specify a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue which must be present in every film. In addition, each team draws a genre at random, thus dictating what type of film they will produce.
The dates for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project have been announced: the creation of film will commence at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 20, and conclude on Sunday, July 22. This gives aspiring participants three months to get together a team – but keep in mind, any sort of production prior to the start time, including writing, is prohibited.
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who aspire to a career in film to show off their talents. All films created will be showcased at Village 8 Theater, and the especially good works have potential to move on to bigger and better audiences; last year’s winner of Best Film from Louisville (see below) screened during the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
Image: 48 Hour Film Project website