I’m forming a local (South Orange County) team to participate in the 2019 48-Hour Film Race sponsored by the Christian Worldview Film Festival (CWVFF). Together, we’ll have just 48 hours to produce an awesome 3- to 7-minute film for entry into the competition.
This is a low-budget, all-volunteer production and requires a two-day commitment in January. Positions still open include producer, production assistant, DP/camera operator, editor, actors and—optionally-- lighting, electrical, grip, sets, props, costume, hair and makeup. We are also in need of equipment, though specific requirements for actors and equipment won’t be known until the competition begins and a script is written. Prior filmmaking experience is desired, but not mandatory.
Our team must be finalized by Thursday, January 3, 2019. I’d like to have at least one team meeting between December 26th and January 2nd, with individual meetings mixed in when appropriate.
The competition begins Thursday, January 10th at 5:00 pm PT. At that time, teams will receive an email with a link to the Announcement Livestream and the Livestream start time. The end of the Livestream marks the beginning of the 48-hour time period to write, film, edit, finish and submit films.
Announcement of this year’s 3 required elements takes place during the Livestream. These include:
Films are not allowed to quote the verse, but stories should be clearly centered around the theme. The goal is not just to mention Scripture, but to make each story fully centered around the truth of God’s Word.
Mystery Filmmaking Element/Restriction
One specific element of filmmaking (type of shot, technique, etc.) will either be required or prohibited. The goal of this requirement is to stretch filmmakers creatively and encourage greater technical excellence without the use of specialized equipment.
Mystery Story Requirement/Restriction
One specific element in the writing of the script (scene requirement, dialogue restriction, etc.) will either be required or prohibited. The goal of this restriction is to improve filmmakers’ storytelling skills without increasing the budget or complexity of the production.
Finalists will be announced on January 31, 2019. The finalists will be screened at the 2019 Christian Worldview Film Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, with the competition winner being announced at the same event. The festival runs from March 14th thru 16th.
More details, including the competition rules, are available at http://cwvff.org/48
If forming Christ-honoring friendships through a fun filmmaking project sounds good to you, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing your experience and/or what role you are interested in filling on the team. For actor candidates, please provide current photos.
Michael W. Hogan