The 48 Hour Film Project Returns

CREATED Jun 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- An international filmmaking competition returns to Milwaukee for its 8th year this weekend. The 48 Hour Film Project asks teams of ambitious creators to write, shoot, and edit a short film in its entirety within the span of 2 days.

Jared Stepp is the Milwaukee Producer for the project. He has one word for people who want to be involved: "Focus."
"You need to focus on the task at hand," says Stepp.
"This project is not going to be your last project... Keep it simple, tell a simple story, and play to your strengths."
At the beginning of the project, teams are given three things that must be included: a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre of filmmaking. Being forced to include these outside elements helps to ensure that directors and writers can't pre-plan too much of the film.
One of the project's challenges is organizing a team that can work cohesively.
"[As a director] you have to be open to suggestion, but you also have to know how to tell people 'no,' and do it kindly," says Stepp.
"In one [48-hour film], it was about a guy who planned to have a crew, but they all bailed on him... you have to be kind about it."
There are nearly 30 teams registered for this year's competition. Stepp says a lot of them are returning teams, but there is always room for new faces.
Registration is open right up until the kickoff event, which is 6 o'clock Friday night at Sugar Maple in Bay View. More information is available here. Every completed film will be screened at the Oriental Theatre on Thursday, June 19.
The 48 Hour Film Project is held annually in more than 130 cities worldwide. "Best-of" winners in each city will compete for a chance to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.