The 48 Hour Film Project Returns
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.