48 Hour Filming

So I’m going to participate in the 48 hour film project. The problem is the nearest one is quite a ways away and so I need to pack. I’ve got all my gear ready, and am about to put it into its storage containers. I’ve gotten some other things to pack as well, but I have to finish my comics and such before I go. This blog post is also something I have to finish before I go.

The project will already be over by the time this post is released, and I will post the results online. But for now I’m going to muse a little about my past experiences.

For those of you who don’t know what the 48 hour film project is, it’s a contest where teams make films in 48 hours and submit them. I started when I was thirteen, so I was way younger than all the other teams, and this is my fourth year.

Each year has been a fun and informative rush to finish a film. I was just glad to have one done at the end of the first year. My equipment has steadily gotten better with each year, and my experience sharpened. It’s great to have something like this to practice on.

I’ve never felt like I made the best film at the screenings, but the rush and fun of writing, filming, and editing in two days is amazing. I’ve made films in shorter amounts of time, but never with a deadline, or any restrictions.

The story items they give you are great at inspiring but are also restricting. My second year’s film was shot in two takes and looks like one, taking place only around the exterior of a house. My third features and inter-galactic box.

It’s great fun with friends as you race around trying to get everything written, bought, assembled, and filmed. I edit alone, so only I feel that rush, but all the same. If you haven’t tried it and are into making short films I highly recommend going.

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