So last night was the much-anticipated kickoff for 10th Annual 48 Hour Film Project. The event was held at The News Bar and Lounge located at the 55th Street Station in Miami. As promised the kickoff was coursing with drama and anticipation.
The event was scheduled for 6:00 pm. Once everyone arrived and signed in, the party began. Cathleen Dean, Miami Producer for the 48 Hour Film Project, had the task of welcoming the teams to come and pluck their genre out of a baseball cap. Prior to this event, participants had no idea what their film’s genre, character name and job title, line of dialogue or prop was. Looking around the room, you could feel the excitement in the air. Teams were huddled together closely, discussing the genre that they hoped to get. And then, finally! It was their turn.
Team Relevance helmed by Daniel Estrada and Elizabeth Lazo got a fun one, musical or western. Others were not as lucky, at least not in their eyes. Jorge Ferragut and Taylor Fogherty of Seven Shirt Productions got sci-fi. It’s not a bad genre by any stretch of the imagination but Ferragut was hoping for more.
“Eh. We’re kind of nervous because the story that we had it could uh—we could have stretched it to about 5 or 6 different genres. Sci-fi wasn’t the best match for it but we’ll make it happen,” said a disappointed yet hopeful Ferragut.
Still compared to Bokeh Productions, Seven Shirt Productions got off easy. The original genre that Bokeh Productions drew from the hat was anniversary/birthday. The team wasn’t satisfied with this genre so they decided to go for the wildcard. Three teams participated in the wildcard. None of them knew what they were going to get but they were hoping that it would be better than their first selection. IA Productions got war or anti-war Film, Underlab Studios got time travel movie, and Bokeh Productions got silent film.
Naturally, this turn of events put them in a bind. Earlier that night Dean revealed the other elements that had to be featured in the film. The prop was a fast food ketchup or mustard packet. The character name was Andy or Anne Sterling and his/her occupation was a journalist. The line of dialogue was “say it like you mean it”. With this announcement and the subsequent pulling of silent film from the genre hat, Paul Hudson from Bokeh Productions had an obvious question.
“We had to come back from the parking lot. We were just about to leave because we got silent film and we have a line of dialogue to use and we weren’t sure how to do that so we had to come back and get clarification and Cathleen said–Cathleen said you can use a written—have the person write it or that type of thing. Also, they can’t say their name obviously and we have to say the person’s name. So, we got to do name tags or something like that. So, a whole—a whole new set of challenges but we’re good.”
That’s the kind of thing you get when you participate in the 48 Hour Film Project. You never know what’s going to happen but you know it will be fun. Now these starry-eyed filmmakers face 48 hours of sleepless nights and grueling work as they write their script, shoot, edit and score their film by the Sunday night deadline of 7:00 pm. The woman of the hour, Cathleen Dean, summed it up best.
“I think everybody was pretty excited. Pretty happy and prepared for what they got. Um, a few opted to turn back their selected genre and go for the Wildcard and um, I’m excited. I can’t wait to see what comes in here on Sunday.”
Neither can we. If you would like to see how all 28 of these teams made out, come to the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $11.00. Visit the 48 Hour Film Project Miami website to purchase your tickets or to get more information.