It began in the United States in 2001, and reached Edinburgh and Glasgow some years ago, but this weekend the 48 Hour Film Festival comes to Dundee!
Filmmaker Colin McQuillen, who runs Glenrothes-based video production company Two Thumbs Fresh, isn’t regretting deciding to run the competition. He’s one of those people that likes to be busy.
This was just minutes after the final filmmaker entrant fled the coffee shop, instructions in hand, and head already buzzing with story ideas.
This is such an exciting project. Look at the stats from the project website:
In 2012, over 50,000 filmmakers will make almost 4,000 films in 120 cities on 6 continents around the world. Over the 11 years of 48 Hour Film Project over 19,000 films have been made by 278,000 people.
Filmmakers pay £50 to enter a team of as many participants as they like in a city’s 48 Hour Film Project. Each team has a mystery genre drawn from a hat which is the style within which they must make their film.
They are then all given the same character, line of dialogue and same prop, around which they must make this film.
* Character: Jack or Jacqueline Robertson, Life Coach
* Prop: A mirror
* Line: “Who was that?”
Colin has been supported by sponsors Henrys Coffee House and Tayscreen, the screen office for the councils of Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross. Tayscreen has been particularly helpful with location issues.
Find out more about the 48 Hour Film Project by visiting its website: http://www.48hourfilm.com/ Colin says there’s loads of useful resources on this site, so don’t miss it.
The Dundee project finishes at 7.30pm on Sunday 5th August, 2012. If you’re in Dundee city centre around that time watch out for people sprinting through the streets as they try to reach Henry’s Coffee House before Colin shouts ‘TIME UP!!!!!
A panel of three industry judges will select the overall winner – best film in city, and then there are another 10 or so categories. The panel has not been announced yet.
The film selections should be made this coming week and you will be able to see the films at the 48 Hour Film Project Première Screening, at the Steps Theatre, Dundee, on Thursday 9th August. Buy tickets from EventBrite..