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San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

Actor David Raines, producer and team leader Christine Gatlin, and director John Freeman were among the San Diego team members submitting a finished film on Aug. 21 for the 2016 48 Hour Film Project.
Duane Trammell
Actor David Raines, producer and team leader Christine Gatlin, and director John Freeman were among the San Diego team members submitting a finished film on Aug. 21 for the 2016 48 Hour Film Project.

Winners from 48-hour film competition will be announced Sept. 15

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week
On Aug. 21, San Diego production teams submitted the results from their 48 Hour Film Project competition. Now you can see the finished films.

On Aug. 21, San Diego production teams submitted the results from their 48 Hour Film Project competition. Now you can see the finished films.

The 48 Hour Film Project — which takes place all over the globe — requires teams to write, shoot, and edit a four- to seven-minute movie in a frantic 48-hour time frame.

On a designated Friday night (it was Aug. 19 in San Diego), teams draw a genre from a hat. Genres include comedy, musical, romance, western, silent film, coming of age, film de femme, horror and more. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. The website includes a helpful music video to prepare entrants for the ordeal, which includes no sleep and frustration over rendering times as you try to deliver the finished film by 7 p.m. Sunday.

The website for the festival states its mission as:

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. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on doing instead of talking.

This year marks the 13th year for the San Diego festival. For 2016, San Diego teams needed to have a millionaire character named Herman or Henrietta Hill, a surgical or dust mask and use the line “What’s wrong with you?”

Teams could be professionals working in the industry or students just beginning to learn their craft, people who have worked together for years or total strangers.

The final submitted films began screening in groups Monday night at Reading Grossmont Cinemas and continue screening through Thursday. Best of San Diego, where the films voted best in a number of categories will be announced and screened, will take place at 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at Reading Grossmont Cinema. The red carpet will open at 6 p.m.

You can find more information on the San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Facebook page.

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