Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project
What happens when you give teams of filmmakers exactly 48 hours to make a movie? One team set fire to a house in the country. Another made a suit of aluminum foil. Another staged a fight on a roof, so real that the police responded. This July, the 48 Hour Film Project returns to the city that epitomizes independent filmmaking, Baltimore, MD.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild, sleepless weekend of filmmaking, where filmmaking teams must make a movie -- write, shoot, edit and score original music --from scratch-all in 48 hours.
On Friday, July 14, twenty-six teams of local filmmakers hit the streets of Charm City in their race against the clock.
The teams draw from a hat to determine the genre of their films. The genres include Comedy, Film Noir, Horror, Fantasy, Western or Musical and Super Hero. A second drawing determines a single character, prop and line of dialogue that each team must use somewhere in its film. Each film must be less than 7 minutes, and team members must all be volunteers. Forty-eight hours later, exhausted filmmakers will race to make the drop-off deadline!
See the results of their wild weekend of filmmaking at the Baltimore Museum of Art!
The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers, emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on "doing" instead of "talking."
Back in May 2001, Mark Ruppert came up with a crazy idea to try to make a film in 48 hours. The big question back then was: "Would films made in only 48 hours even be watchable?"
The answer was a resounding yes, and now 5 years later and with more than 66 competitions having taken place around the world, it is amazing to consider the success of the Project. This year marks the 5th time we've visited Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Austin, and the 7th time for DC.
Our smallest team has consisted of one person who sets up the camera then runs around to be "on-camera". Our largest team to date was an Atlanta based team with 70 people. We've had about 2000 teams in the Project over the years, and at 15 people per team, that translates to roughly 30,000 people who have answered the call to come on out and make a movie.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
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