48 Hour Film Project

Can you make a film in less than two days that’s even watchable? Judging from the success of “48”, the answer is yes.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a competition to write, produce and edit a movie in 48 hours. On Friday night teams of moviemakers gather to draw a genre from a hat. This might be Sci-fi, documentary, a buddy movie or the infamous musical western, a genre that filmmakers dread. At the time of the drawing they are also given a product, a character and a line of dialogue that has to be included in the film to be eligible (this year it was art supplies, Alan or Anne Knight, a transit company employee, and “I think I can do it”).

48 sleepless hours later the films are rushed to the collection point, sometimes with minutes to spare, where they are handed off for the judging. All the films are shown locally and the winning films are put up against other winners from around the world. Needless to say there’s always a post 48 discussion going on about what should have or could have been done better, but as Charles Judson from Atlanta Film Festival 365 told us, “It’s amazing what people can accomplish in 48 hours.”


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