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MAY 11-17

Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project wraps up another successful year

Words / Jordan Ash – The Idle Class

Every year, much like in all the other cities all over the country, teams in Little Rock come together for a sleepless weekend of movie making – the 48 Hour Film Project. Once the teams have picked their genre from a random draw, they have exactly 48 hours to write, film, edit and submit a completed film no longer than seven minutes. Since the last few years there has been a steady increase in the number of registering teams. While some are 48HFP veterans the others are new and eager filmmakers ready to expose and showcase their creativity while practicing their craft.

After the team draws their genre they must work to write and create a film including the three elements given to them by the judges: main character’s name, a certain prop and a line of dialogue. All must be included in the film in order for it to be eligible.

This year, the name of the character was Andy/Annie Benoit who has to be a plumber. The prop was a horn. And the line of dialogue to be included was, ” Tell me the truth.” The result – some of the craziest and funnest moments in the making.

The Little Rock Film Festival’s 48HFP this year in Little Rock was held over the weekend of August 16-18. The premiere screenings will be held on the weekend of August 29-31 at 7pm at the Bank of America building (fourth floor), located at 200 W. Capitol Avenue in Li

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I squeezed in an opportunity to speak with a couple of competitors over the weekend to get a sense of how things were going for the various teams. I spoke with 48HFP veteran Scott McEntire (S. M) – fourth consecutive year of participation and with Kelly Griffin (K.G) who although has been in the competition seven time before, this year was his first in leading a team at the 48HFP.

Here’s what they had to say:

Has the 48 Hour Film Project grown in popularity and are there more teams competing this year?

K.G. – We have over 30 teams this year. I’m not sure if there is a drastic increase in the number of teams, but there certainly is an increase in the team size. Lots more people are making movies now.

S.M. – It has held its popularity, but the quality and diversity of films are growing. There is a broader spectrum of everyday people doing it while the pros are sitting it out more often.

What do you like about the 48 Hour Film Project?

K.G. – I love the challenge of it. I also love telling stories with pictures and working with people to get great performances. I love all the aspects, but I love directing and shooting the most.

S.M. – It is the mother of all projects. It is also the very best way to expand your network and find people to work with on longer term film projects. And it is one of the few opportunities each year where many of my friends will be present at the same time. It’s a big party.

Do you think it’s a good experience to get a glimpse of how hectic this lifestyle can be if one were to pursue it as a career?

K.G. – It is the best film school you will ever experience.

S.M. – It offers a great insight, but since most team members aren’t around for the most time-critical post-production process, I still don’t think most people fully understand what it takes to make a complete film. Shooting pretty images doesn’t matter if you can’t compile them into a logical, flowing story.

Would you consider this competition to others who haven’t participated yet?

K.G. – I get new people involved every year. That’s why the team grows every year. They keep coming back. It’s addicting.

S.M. – If someone is interested in film in any way, they should join a team and do this. Come open-minded, ready to have fun, but ready to get exhausted.