Final Preparations are being made to kickoff our 3rd Annual 48 Hour Film Festival! We’ve secured the location, equipment, actors and crew, food, writing team and are ready to receive our genre at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow when team members will pick it up at the kickoff! Then the writing begins, and once finished, is distributed to the cast, (if history is any indication it’s around 2:30 a.m.) and we’re on set at 7:00 a.m. for make-up, set dressing, rehearsal and an approximate lst shot at 9:00 a.m.! Last year we shot until midnight and with 15 actors and approximately the same number of crew members this year, we may go that late again! We will be editing throughout and then need to get our completed film in by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Not alot of sleep, but alot of creativity ahead!
This will be our third year participating in San Diego’s 48 hour film festival! I added this to the advanced class curriculum to give advanced students the opportunity to experience “guerrilla filmmaking” at its finest and to receive IMDb credit. I’m happy to say that both 48 hour entries, “Baited Breath” (2011) and just recently “Wedding Hi-Jinx (2012) have received IMDb credit! This is not an automatic credit as 48 hour films are considered part of a contest and therefore not eligible for IMDb.
In order to receive IMDb credit, it is necessary to be considered for – or accepted into – a film festival.
This year we have the largest team so far – nearly 30 team members – split pretty evenly between cast and crew! Having worked the previous two years with a skeleton crew, I’m excited to see what results having a larger crew will deliver! We are busy with meetings and scouting locations, leading up to the big weekend July 12 – 14. We receive our genre (from 14 possible) around 7:30 on Friday night, giving us 48 hours to write, film, edit, score and add credits to our 4- 7 minute film. It’s a crazy weekend with no sleep but plenty of energy and creativity – and miraculously, at the end, a finished movie!!