48 Hour Film Festival

This weekend, I participated in Jacksonville’s second annual 48 Hour Film Festivalhttp://www.48hourfilm.com/jacksonville/
As the name implies, teams have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film based on a character, prop, line of dialogue and genre given at the kickoff time.  26 teams participated this year, and all films will be screened this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Prior to kick-off, teams are formed, and several “meet-n-greet” events are planned to help teams find additional members (editors, musicians, actors, etc.).  In addition, during check-in, teams continue to develop their plan-of-action and find additional talent.
At 7:00 PM on Friday, team captains draw their genre, and they can then begin to flesh-out a concept for their story, but they cannot begin writing or shootiing until they receive the other components, which are announced to all teams after each has drawn their genre.
I had the privilege to work with Marion Scott of Hi Definition Memories, who selected the Suspense/Thriller genre.  After about five hours of shooting Saturday and an additional hour Sunday on Jacksonville’s Southside, Marion put together an eerie series of chase scenes, confrontations, and murder.
The movie will be screened Wednesday night 6:30 PM at the Florida Theatre.  Tickets are available at the Florida Theatre or Ticketmaster.  If you have performed on stage or on camera in Northeast Florida, or have attended a play or locally filmed movie in the last several years, you likely will recognize characters in some of the other films as well.  More movies will be screened Tuesday night at 6:30 PM.Scott J. Smith

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