The North Shore Players made NSP History by competing in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project. (www.48HourFilm.com) Our “48″ team was AMAZINGLY fun to work with, and we produced a very respectable film as a result.
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The North Shore Players Board has taken the plunge and voted to compete in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project!
What IS the 48 Hour Film Project you ask?
Good Question! It’s basically a short filmmaking competition where we write, shoot, edit and score a short film in only 48 Hours. Erik Swanson, a veteran of six 48 competitions (DC and Boston – it’s an international competition with most major cities represented) brought this to the Board’s attention in hopes that NSP would be interested in the many benefits of taking on this challenge as a group. (Publicity for NSP, Exposure to Digital Filmmaking as an alternate outlet for our tremendous Acting and Creative Talent, and one heck of a fun weekend for all who choose to help out and participate) For most NSP Members wanting a Role in our Film, it would mean a BIG SATURDAY of shooting with a possible late call/email on Friday Evening to inform you if you’ve been cast and what character you’re playing.
When is this happening?
It’s the weekend of May 18, 19, 20 (Fri, Sat, Sun) with Saturday the 19th being the most important day for most folks interested in taking part. Saturday’s call will most likely be at least 9am, but could be even earlier if sunlight and availability permit. We’re up against time in a big way, so we need to be as disciplined and efficient as possible in order to get our film “to the Church on time”.
How do I get a Part?
Due to the time intensive nature of this competition, there really is no time for standard auditions as we’re accustomed to with our shows. The casting will have to be determined by the director and writing team based on the needs of the new story that has been drafted and their current knowledge of your capabilities and “right fit” for the part. Folks signing up as potential cast members would be “on call” for Saturday, and you would hear from the writing team late Friday (and it could be late…) about your role in the film. Costume/Prop/Location needs will also be called out on Friday, and EVERYONE who can help with this is encouraged to do just that.
What else can I do?
There’s also the need for Brainstorming/Writing, Tech Positions (Audio, Lighting, Make-Up, Props, Costumes, Tape Runners, General Production Assistants) so there’s plenty to do even if you aren’t in a role but still wish to be part of this VERY exciting endeavor. Erik Swanson will also be attempting to attract additional shooters, editors and sound folks, so any members who wish to help out in those areas should contact him and let him know as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What happens after?
If we get our film into Boston by 7:30pm on Sunday, we qualify to compete with all the other teams’ films. These films will be screened in the following weeks (1 to 3 weeks as there will be over 100 teams competing) This is really one of the coolest parts of this challenge – our film will SCREEN in BOSTON and it’s amazingly fun to go and view our screening. (there is a charge for admission to the theater however, just so you’re aware of that) If we don’t get the film in on time, our film still screens, but it cannot compete for prizes.
At stake is making “best of” – a group of Boston’s best films this year which will be screened together at least a few more times after the initial screenings. If we were to achieve “best of” status we would then be eligible to “take the city” at Boston’s 2012 48 Hour Film Project WINNER! (VERY touch to do, as you can well imagine)
What about the Youth Members?
The “48” (as it’s called) does not attempt to censor films’, so in the past there have been some films with mature content. Thankfully, many teams requested Family Friendly screening nights where films of a “risqué” nature are omitted, and we will certainly request to be screened one of those nights to allow our younger members to also take part in this exciting competition.
I’ve already chatted via email with Ben Guaraldi (the Boston 48′s Producer) about this and he said they may not do a Family Friendly night unless there is more interest, but if that happens WE are IN for sure. Also, he said he would try to program our night with Family Friendly films (including us) at the beginning of the night which would allow us to go and view our screening safely by leaving before a certain film starts in the second half of the screening. I will certainly keep everyone informed about this as we get closer to the 48 weekend.
Who can I contact with specific Questions?
Erik Swanson is very happy to answer any questions you may have about this competition. Please DO email him at email@example.com or call him at 617-391-7183 if you need a question or two (or more) answered.
Here are the most pertinent “blurbs” right from the 48 site
Who We Are
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.
On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.
The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on “doing” instead of “talking.”
This page also tells the History of how the 48 got started in Washington, DC (Founder Mark Ruppert’s home) As an interesting point, the 48 was inspired by the 24 Hour Play Competition in NY. (http://www.24hourplays.com/) Mark thought with more time digital filmmakers could also compete and create.
As I mentioned to the Board Members, for Most Folks this would mean a BIG SATURDAY! Folks interested in Brainstorming/Writing would gather on Friday evening (7pm) to create our story and then contact the needed folks – cast, crew, props, costumes, locations – all folks who’ve expressed interest in participating and sort of “on call” for Saturday’s shooting. The shooting MUST complete on Saturday from a time standpoint, so the editing would occur Saturday (ongoing with the shoot) as well as Sunday.
Here is the 48’s Main Website…
Here is the local Boston Section of their site…
See for yourself!
Lastly, here is a “smattering” of 48 Hour Films I HIGHLY recommend checking out. They are from earlier years, but are still great examples of the 48. STORY is king in this competition, and I’ve seen story win over tech MANY times, so this is really something to consider by our Brainstormer/Writers.
Sneaker Double Feature (Boston, Comedy)(Local Beverly Producer – Playomatic – he split his time and made a Double Feature)
Room 17 (Boston, Silent Film, VERY NICE FILM HERE! This is what we’re competing with.)
(Prop: Bicycle Pump, Character: G. Goforth – Competitive Eating Champion, Line: “That’s why I don’t trust her anymore”.)
Reflectress IV (DC, Superhero – this Genre almost writes itself! – SOME VIOLENCE DEPICTED in this film!)
Mumsie (DC, Science Fiction, One of Erik Swanson’s teams – Please forgive the harsh YouTube compression – the original was gorgeous – this is also a nice example of diverse age groups in the cast. MANY teams are exclusively “20 somethings…”)
Just to let folks know…
…these photos are very “Courtroom Scene Heavy” as these were the days we all got most of our photos. In the future, the more photos I can get of any show, the better a PhotoStream of the show can ultimately be in terms of covering EVERYTHING wonderful that happens during the production.
YES, the DVD’s are ready and in Marc’s hands as I type. If you’ve pre-ordered you’ll be receiving it quite soon I’m sure. If you haven’t pre-ordered and would like a copy, please drop Marc a line and he’ll “hook you up.”
Once the folks who pre-ordered have had a (quick) first look, I’m planning to post the Titles here for everyone.
If you’re simply beside yourself and dying to see the titles, simply shoot me an email. I really do not like making folks wait.
I hope everyone’s New Year is Wonderful!
Well, if you happen to be still checking out this site, my best guess is that I may be done after this weekend, with discs going out next week!
Marc got a chance to see some stuff yesterday, and his reaction was VERY nice, so I’m hoping folk will like it.