Imagine writing a film script, acting it out, and directing and producing it in only 48 hours. It sounds almost impossible, but Western students didn’t seem to think so.
The Department of Theatre, Cinema, and Dance presented their 7th Annual 48 Hour Film Festival Screenings on Thursday, Nov. 2. The presentation was held at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Theatre, where students put their visions onto the big screen to showcase their talents in short filmmaking.
Cinema Major, Cameron Price, said, “Each team I have been on has been very different. What I have learned is that everyone needs to have a cool level head and have one goal in mind: to finish the film. Everyone on the team needs to be on the same page and know exactly what is going on, where to be and when to be there.”
Students were divided into teams and each team had 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film from 7:00 p.m. Friday night until 7:00 p.m. Sunday night. The festival started off with a kick off ceremony which took place at 6:00 p.m. that Friday night, in which teams received a genre, a line to use in the film, a prop, a character name and occupation.
Director, James Theriac, said, “This is my third year doing the 48 Hour Film Festival. I directed last year and the nice thing is we basically have the same kind of crew as last year. We have a very tightened group which make things go a lot easier. Compared to other 48 hour film festivals this one went incredibly smoothly.”
The final projects were shown in front of family, friends, judges and faculty, and the award ceremony followed after. Students were awarded with best makeup, best use of a line, best sound design, best use of a character, best production design/costume design, best actor, and best actress just to name a few. Fifteen awards were given out in total and afterwards winners were able to walk the red carpet to take pictures and share their successes.
“All in all this year was the most fun I have ever had on a shoot. I would love to keep this same crew for the rest of my life if at all possible. We were all on the same page and really clicked on set. There were no issues or weaknesses on the team. Everyone really grasped their roles and ran with it,” Price said.
The competition is open to students who have a passion for filmmaking and is presented every year. Students gain a lot of exposure of their work and can network with their short films. So if you have passion for filmmaking, don’t be afraid to check out the program.