DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Make a film in 48 hours! That’s what 25 teams of movie makers were tasked with this week and the results of the 48 Hour Film Project-Dallas will be shown tonight at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.
Approximately 100 participants gathered last Friday at the Parker Brothers Trail Dust Steakhouse in Denton.
“The rules are very specific,” says project co-producer Gary Underwood of Exact Communication. “You sign up as a team. We give the teams an envelope, which they open in a very dramatic fashion. That’s how they find the genre for the film they are going to be making. Some found comedy, some found drama, and some found musical.”
The teams were also given three elements they had to use in the film: a prop, a bit of dialogue and a character name.
“They have exactly 48 hours to write, cast, direct, produce, edit and deliver a 4-7 minute long film,” says Underwood.
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The competition officially started at 7:00 pm. on Friday and ended at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Oddfellow’s in the Bishop Arts District.
The 48 Hour Film Project was launched in 2001 in Washington, DC. Since that time the yearly competition has grown to include nearly 60,000 filmmakers in 96 cities on six continents.
While some of the Dallas competition participants work in the film and television industries in North Texas, many do not. We spoke to a bakery owner, a dental equipment rep, an employee at a plastics factory and a notary.
“It’s just really exciting to get something together – to just do something creative, as creative as you can be in 48 hours,” says Ernesto who co-owns a uniform store with his brother in Dallas. “Hopefully we can make something that will be interesting enough for people to go ‘wow’.”
In order to help the participants out, event sponsor MLD Equipment Rental offered big discounts to the 25 film crews.
“Hopefully they’re going to be ‘bumped up’ from the cameras they may have around the house,” says MLD’s Logan Hess. “Plus we have everything from lights to microphones, lenses to shoulder rigs, you name it.”
The scrambling for the 2-day-long competition started about two weeks ago when co-producer and Youtoo Media VP Danny Ohman says that the competition was in danger of being cancelled. The original longtime producer had to drop out for personal reasons.
“My post producer Bubba Willis came in and said ‘Danny, you gotta throw your name in the hat’,” says Ohman. “I saw it as a great way to give back to the community.”
Ohman pitched himself to the 48-Hour Film Project organization and they immediately took him up on his offer. Ohman brought in Underwood and over the course of two weeks, the pair organized the competition and won the support of a host of sponsors, including MLD Equipment Rental, TXU Energy, Patel Law Group and Time Warner Cable.
In addition to the screening Wednesday night at the Texas Theater the 25 films will also showcased on Youtoo Media’s television network. Youtoo TV producer, writer and host Doug Goodrich followed three of the film crews around as part of a documentary about the competition – sort of an amazing race for film makers. Goodrich was able to get the behind-the-scenes look on the sets of a romance, a mockumentary and a time travel flick.
“My camera guy and I feel like we’ve been doing the actual festival,” says Goodrich. “Luckily, we don’t have to edit it by the finish time.”
An award ceremony will be held on Friday night at The Studios at Las Colinas.
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