48Hour Film Project readies for July 29-31 shoot-out

THE 48 HOUR PROJECT is gearing up for the July 29-31 Chicago challenge to see who can make the best short film, from script to screen, in 48 hours.  Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate. 

Some 60 teams have already registered says Amanda Peters, executive director of FOUR Productions, the three-month old production/post house of partners/executive producers John Urban, J. Trevi Albin and Humberto Reynaga, and Peters.  

The partners previously were with Lime Green Entertainment Group, which produced the 2010 48HFP shoot-out.

“This year should prove quite exciting,” says Peters.  “We have one of the nation’s largest pools of filmmaking talent and the 48 Hour Film Project provides a tremendous stage to showcase that talent.”

The film challenge kicks off Friday, July 29 when all participants gather July 29 at newly opened Firehouse Studios, 1545 W. Rosemont from 6-7 p.m., to receive a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that they must incorporate into their films.

Team leaders are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, obtaining equipment and everything else necessary to produce a finished film in 48 hours.  

The completed film has to be delivered back at Firehouse Studio  between 5 and 8:30 p.m. 

A panel of local filmmaking experts will judge the final works.  Submitted films will be screened for the public twice, at 7 pm. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 2-3 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee.  “The Best Of …” films will be showcased Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Logan.

A dozen prizes — including a screening at Filmapalooza, the official 48HFP Awards Weekend, Movie Magic screenwriting software and a handsome trophy — will be awarded for the best directing, script, cinematography, editing, acting, music, sound design, effects, best use of genre, use of character, prop and line.

Celebrating its tenth year, 87 countries are participating in the 48HFJ this year; last year a record 89 cities took part. 

For more information on the event and how to join a Chicago team, click here