Posted at 6:12 PM on June 7, 2007
by Euan Kerr
When I talked with Ira Livingston the Minneapolis producer of the 48 Hour Film Project today, he seemed a little distracted. After all he already has some 84 teams signed up to hurl themselves into the cinematic abyss at around 7 pm tomorrow evening with the aim of producing a 4-7 minute film by 7pm Sunday.
He did the math for me, and said it's somewhere between 800 and 1600 film makers who will be acting, shooting, and editing. The contestants range from amateurs to professionals (although he points out when he did this event in Fargo last year none of the pro teams turned their films in on time.)
To block too much pre-planning the competition not only requires contestants to use a specified character, prop, and line of dialog, it also requires them to draw a genre out of a hat to which they are then committed.
Must be a bit of a bummer to be planning that sci-fi masterpiece and then be told it has to be a western or a musical. Or maybe not!
All the films will be screened next week at the Riverview. In fact there are already so many teams the screenings will spill over onto the following Monday too. The Best of Minneapolis will then be judged and the winners screened on the 28th.
You can hear my chat with Ira Livingston here. He says he'll take registrations all the way up to the launch around 6pm at the Global Market on Lake Street tomorrow evening.