The 48 is upon us. While many of us spend months if not years making our film. This unique opportunity requires filmmakers of all levels to go from page to screen in 48 hours. I asked Levi Agee, this years director of the 48, What it takes to compete.
What is the 48?
The 48 Hour Film Project is a two-day event in which teams of filmmakers around the globe get together to write, shoot, and edit a five-seven minute short film after being given a prop, line of dialogue, character and a genre in only 48 hours.
How do you see the 48 as a positive step for film makers?
The 48 Hour Film Project is great simply for the fact that it provides an opportunity for filmmakers or individuals to experience what its like to make a film and actually have something to show after the process. The 48 Hour can lead filmmakers to other festivals, form great relationships with other artists and even create material for demo reels. There are really countless reasons why an event like this is good for the film community but any excuse to force yourself to create something is good in my opinion.
What is involved with the competition?
The process of the 48 Hour Film Project involves the Kick-Off event which is August 19 when team leaders or a representative from the team must be at the Kick-Off (Argenta Community Theater) to receive instructions or the rules for making the film. Then teams are given two days to concept, shoot, score, and cut together a short film and have it back by the following Sunday at the time provided during the Kick-Off.
After the films are received, they will be organized and screened at the theater for anyone who wants to attend where an audience award ballot will be handed out to tally the top 10 films from the Little Rock group.
After three days of screening, an Award Ceremony will follow where we will screen the top 10 Audience films and hand out awards for Best Film, Best Writing, etc…
The Best Film chosen will go on to represent Little Rock at Filmapalooza at the Taos Shortz Film Festival in Taos, New Mexico.
What advice would you give to first time competitors?
Plan ahead. Make sure you have your actors, equipment, and possible locations available before the Kick-Off. I would also say don’t underestimate the importance of good audio. I’ve seen teams in year’s past produce great looking films only to screen poorly because the audience couldn’t hear what was going on. Get a microphone. Check your levels in post.
I’ll also say that teams should make sure they have all the criteria met before packing away their equipment. Is that line of dialogue exactly the way you wrote it down. Double check everything. You’d hate to miss out on an award because you thought it was an E instead of an S on the last name as an example.
Finally, never assume you have all the time in the world. I’ve heard from countless teams over the years who said they finished shooting early so everyone went home to sleep a few hours or go to breakfast only to come back and not leave enough time for rendering or converting the footage. Take breaks and sleep by all means but do so in sessions where someone is always working on something. Have your editor sleep for two days straight if you have to but make sure as soon as you’re done shooting they are working nonstop to get that DVD or USB drive out the door as soon as possible.
And always, always get some sleep before the weekend.
Do you have to form a team to participate?
You do not have to be a team leader to participate in 48 Hour. In fact a lot of people who participate join teams they just met. We will be having a meetup the day before the Kick-Off at Flying Saucer on Thursday August 18 where individuals without a team can go and find teams. You can also post something about yourself on the 48 Hour Film page with your specific talent or skill, advertising yourself to teams.
For more information or to register a team go to www.48hourfilm.com/littlerock