48 Hour Film Project

48 hour film project

V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Cast and crew shoot close-ups during the first scene of the day.
Summer Olsson

Film News

Inside the 48

A frenzied foray into flash film

This past weekend, I acted in the 48 Hour Film Project, a crazy weekend where multiple teams make seven-minute films in only two days. The format is simple: On Friday night, team leaders show up at a designated spot and draw a genre out of a hat. A list of parameters—a character’s name and occupation, a line of dialogue, and a prop—is given to each group. A complete film—shot, edited and scored—must be handed in on Sunday evening. They’re shown the following weekend and judged in several categories. I was part of a group of 29 people, trying to do something in one weekend that usually takes weeks or months. This is what it’s like.

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V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010

Alibi Picks

The 48 Hour Film Project

Talk about edge-of-your-seat filmmaking: You're given a character, a prop, a line and a genre, and then you're put to the tall task of making the most incredible and unforgettable short film you and your crew possibly can. The catch? You have just two short days. Like a mission delivered straight out of a Bond film, you're armed with a camera instead of a gun and copious amounts of coffee instead of a shaken (not stirred) Martini. Should you choose to accept this mission, it kicks off today at Orpheum Arts Space (500 Second Street SW), with all entries dropped off by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Kelly's Brew Pub (3222 Central SE). The screenings begin next week at the KiMo, with one lucky team advancing to compete against winners from around the world. For more information and to register, visit 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque.

V.18 No.29 | 7/16/2009

Gene Grant

Filmy Residue

Scanning the room Sunday night at the 48 Hour Film Project party, I flashed back to a conversation I had about the contest with someone close to the now dormant Duke City Shootout (DCS), the original Big Dog of run-and-gun filmmaking contests, which started in 1999.

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