For those of you who are not aware of what this is, it's an event that brings all levels & kinds of talent in the independent film industry together. It challenges everyone's skills and is one of the biggest networking opportunities available. This project is world wide and open to anyone in the business. Every where from the United States to South Africa! More than 900 competitions have taken place around the world.
The 48 Hour Film Project started 15 years ago by film maker Mark Ruppert. It's mission is to promote film making and it's counter parts through the festival. The deadline of 48 hour time limit to create a short film helps showcase the unique creativity and teamwork each group has.
Judging is based on artistic merit (story, creativity, entertainment, etc), technical merit, and sticking to the assignment given. In the past, judges have been made up of film makers and film critics.
On top of this being a great experience to add to your resume, there are prizes involved! There are 2 categories of prizes: Grand Prize & Local Prizes. The grand prize includes $5,000 & a screening at Cannes Film Festival. Local Prizes vary and also have added awards you can win that include:
- Best Acting
- Best Cinematography
- Best Directing
- Best Editing
- Best Musical Score
- Best Sound Design
- Best Special Effects
- Best Use of Character
- Best Use of Prop
- Best Use of Line
- Best Writing
Our director of photography is one of my favorite members of one of my favorite podcasts (The Lotuscast), Joe McLaughlin. Joe studied Radio/TV/Film at Syracuse University.
My job originally started as just being an actress for the project. I have since gained the responsibilities of assistant director, location manager, caterer, and other things I honestly don't know the titles for. Pre-production work is no joke! It's a lot of hard work and stress but I'm enjoying myself and am very excited. I truly feel we will create something great!