You don't have to be a serious filmmaker to make movies and have them featured in a screening event. In fact, if you think you can put together a three- to seven-minute film in one weekend, the 48 Hour Film Project may be a great way to get your creative juices flowing, spend quality time with friends and family and experience the thrill of seeing your handiwork on a big screen.
“I think the challenge of doing everything in two days is what makes it most fun,” said Cort Smith, an Oklahoma City firefighter at Station 8 in Stockyard City. Smith, along with most of the guys at his station, plan to join in the fun again this year.
For the project, participants form teams and have exactly 48 hours to write, shoot and edit their films. The 48 Hour Film Project is the largest film competition of its kind, said Oklahoma City producer Carol Lowe. The project is held in 120 cities on six continents.
“You get your friends together and pile whatever equipment you have together, you know, and kind of pool things. And then you just do it,” Lowe said.
This year's Oklahoma City leg of the project kicks off Saturday when all local teams will meet for instructions.
At the initial meeting on Friday, teams will draw a movie genre from a hat. Each team from Oklahoma must incorporate the same prop, character and line of dialogue into their films. These items are also revealed at the project kickoff meeting.
“Last year, we got hosed. My friend Jeff and I were trying to think of ideas for all these different genres,” Smith said. The two came up with several ideas but when Smith drew out of the hat, he ended up with fantasy, a genre he hadn't considered. “As you can imagine, fantasy was really difficult.”
That's part of the beauty of the project — trying your hand at a genre you've never thought of attempting.