Thursday, August 2, 2007, August 1, 2007

48-Hour Film Project
Local filmmakers work with little time and resources to complete a film in two days

The crew filmed one last shot under the pergola in Maymont Park's Italian Gardens before quickly packing up and moving on to the day's next location at Virginia Commonwealth University. The clock was ticking loudly, and there were more scenes to get on film, and still another day full of editing yet to be done. Such is the pace of the 48 Hour Film Project, coming to Richmond -- and a theater near you -- for the first time in its history.

Last weekend, Richmond area filmmakers teamed up to take part in the 48 Hour Film Project, created in 2001 as a challenge to those across the country to get out there and make films instead of just daydreaming about it. The mission: write, shoot, edit, and score a short film in two days.

"So many film projects linger and get drawn out or don't ever get finished," said Ellie St. John, the local coordinator of Richmond's 48 Hour Film Project. "This is something that you know -- boom -- you are going to get it done."

The 37 teams who signed up for the Richmond 48 Hour Film Project will vie for "Best of…" and audience awards this Saturday, Aug. 4 when their finished products will be screened to the public at the Byrd Theater. By comparison, more than 100 teams participated in Washington, D.C.'s event.

"They told me initially that my goal was to get 24 teams, and I thought they were crazy," St. John said. "Well, I got the 24 the first two weeks of registration." The screening schedule was soon expanded to accommodate an overflowing waiting list of additional teams.

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