and Filmmaking in 48 Hours
48 Hours of Movie Making
Write, make and edit a ten-minute movie in 48 hours for the chance of
winning $1000. Youll need a team of ten, video and sound equipment,
a G4, enthusiasm and talent. Impossible?
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On August 16th 58 teams of filmmakers hit the streets of Vancouver to
make their movies in a race against time. Each film was screened at the
Anza Club to capacity crowds and the best ten were premiered at The
Commodore Ballroom at a huge 1000 capacity party. This event is
building a new community of filmmakers. The ReelFast 48Hour festival is
run by Derick Cobden and Kathleeen Duborg with the aide of Christina Duborg,
now in its fourth year, the best yet.
Some films are ambitious. Drew McCreadie drove up to Squamish and hired
horses to make a Western called Thrown, a big hit at the screenings.
Andy Thompson stands out as the down on his luck gambler. Rob Wenzek with
'Milk' made a horror thriller in his own home with Mike Northey, whilst
the Michael Jackson team put together a fully blown 10 minute musical,
Frequency Zero. The result was brilliant, with great singing
perfomances from Sam Dulmage, Peter New, Laura Jaszcz, Anna Cummer.
Other notables were the scary Shiver directed by Naill MacNiel-
Richardson complete with special effects and Feel Like Jumping
a hilarious Hal Hartley style flick on suicide directed by Michael Howlett.
Last year Al Silverman won Best Picture for My Face and CTV
ZED bought the rights. This year he won Best Director for his funny film
Tennis with Dale Bradley starring Bro Gilbert. Best Editor
ws Frerick Thorsen for 'Look' . Best Film was the wonderful 1920s
German silent pastiche Tierheim written and directed by Jason
Margolis starring Sara Hattingh, Shawn Bordoff, Ari Solomon, Johnny Caniveros
and Stanley Katz. Best actor award went to Geoff Gustafson for 'Empire
of Peasure' a funny movie about 'sex toy' parties. The Audience Choice
award was of course Frequency Zero with 'Thrown' a near tie.
it in on time
It was a great event, both at the Anza Club in Vancouver that hosted the
film screenings - everyone was supposed to leave after their film played
but everyone wanted to see each others films and it was amazing to see
such quality and ambition on screen hour after hour for two days.
The final screening in the Commodore Ballroom were just amazing with three
big screens, big sound and a huge appreciative crowd. Some like' Feel
Like Jumpin' didn't make the final ten, but all were agreed the choice
was really hard and the winners well deserved.
Two stands outs?
Dickstein Knows directed by Bart Simpson and Silverback - a funny, but
artful 'action' movie.
directed by Shane Geddes
A truly wonderful filmmaking event. Thanks Vancouver.
Next August it begins all over again.
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