The 48 Hour Film Project

There are a lot of things you can accomplish in 48 hours.  Do you think you could make a movie?

THE BEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS

The 48 Hour Film Project happens in different cities around the world with the goal of having individual teams write, direct, and edit a finished film.  All in 2 short days.  

“It was fun!” says first-time participant Chris Donnelly, “Immediately the following weekend I wanted to do it again.”

The 48 Hour Film Project starts with a gathering of the troops, where different genre’s are pulled out of a hat by each team.  There’s no way of knowing whether or not you’ll be making a musical or a thriller.  Three elements are also required to make an appearance in the film: a line of dialogue, a character, and a prop.  Many find these helpful in the creative process.

WHAT HAPPENS TO CREATIVITY WHEN YOU PUSH IT?

Most films are produced over longer periods of time, from two weeks to two years.  With the pressure of a deadline literally ticking away, when most of the filmmaker’s were asked “Would you make a different film if you had more time?” the resounding answer was “No!”.

Donnelly speaks to the time constraints’ effect on creativity: “When you push creativity you get great results, and that has been proven without a doubt with everybody’s films in the 48 Hour Film Project.”

Producer for the 48 Hour Film Project in Columbus, KC Allen is amazed by what local filmmakers can get done in such a short time.  “[I was] Sitting here in the screening, watching all the films that actually had a beginning, a middle, and and end, and you think that’s the simplest concept, but try to write, just once, and see if you can come up with a beginning, a middle, and an end that are all captivating.  And they’re all able to do that.  In 48 hours.”

FILMS CAN IMPACT THE FILMMAKER, NOT JUST THE  AUDIENCE

Desmond “StormE” Jones has been participating in the 48 Hour Film Project in Columbus since it was brought here, for four years.  His first two years were difficult, but his confidence grew with his involvement in the filmmaking community and being recognized as a filmmaker.  Jones: “[The 48 Hour Film Project] it, it changed my life to the point where I want to go to Cannes [Film Festival] now”.  Jones is a youth outreach specialist with big dreams and a captivating personality.

Friendships are formed, contacts are made, and lives are affected by this growing yearly event in Columbus.  ”It’s [The 48 Hour Film Project] definitely inspired me to get out there and do what I want to do,” says Donnelly, “I feel more involved with the film community here in Columbus”.

 

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