Eighth annual 48 hour film festival comes to a close

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For the eighth straight year at Missouri Western, the cinema department has hosted the 48-hour film festival with multiple teams made up of students.

This year, the festival began on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. and ended on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

Angel Edwards, sophomore theater major, speaks about what the festival consisted of.  

“48-hour Film Festival is an event where multiple teams disperse and create a film within 48 hours,” Edwards said. “This includes pre and post production. The films are later shown in a public screening and multiple positions are up for awards.”

Every team must create a film with the same requirements: one specific character and their job, a certain prop and a specific line of dialogue. Thomas Brecheisen, ast. prof. of cinema, explains why students should participate in the festival.

“It’s an awesome opportunity for filmmakers or people who just like to have fun in film to take two days – literally 48 hours – to write, shoot, edit and produce a film,” Brecheisen said.

There were multiple mixers that occured before the festival began where students gathered and created their own teams. There were three mixers this year: Oct. 4, Oct. 19 and Nov. 1.

The 48-hour Film Festival is a great opportunity in creating a student film according to Griffon Film Society President Nathan Gonder.

“This is really great because it’s a really good experience to make a film on campus that is nonacademic with all the harsh requirements and regulations of a normal film put into just two days. This isn’t just for cinema majors,” Gonder said. “This is open to the entire school, so as long as you are a student or an alumni, you may participate in the festival”

There were seven teams that participated this year. These teams consisted of major and nonmajor students, alumni and members of the community.  

Ben Smith, junior theater major, speaks about the positives that he took out of the festival.

“It has given me a chance to branch out as an actor into a type of acting that I’m not very experienced with yet,” Smith said. “It has also given me a great appreciation for the amount of work that goes into films that don’t have the time crunch of 48 hours. It really is a great way to learn how to use your time effectively in filming.”

There is a lot of work to do in a shorter amount of time. Sophomore Dalyn LeGrand gives advice to future participants.

“To people doing 48 in the future, get a lot of sleep the night before, take small power naps when you can and don’t talk to people outside of your group as much as possible because drama or anything like it needs to be far from your mind. This weekend requires a lot of focus,” LeGrand said.

The films that were created will undergo judging before a panel before being screened at an award ceremony. There are multiple awards that people can win including: best visual/special effects, best writing, best editing, best acting, audience choices, etc.

The award ceremony will take place on Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

’48-Hour Film Festival’ Winners

Directing — Beau Hill (“Rising Star”)

Writer — Russell Lee Gummelt (“All the Queens Men”)

Cinematography — Abbi Mason (“Sincerely Ezra”)

Actor — Russell Gummelt (Crowley/Chuck, “”All the Queen’s Men”_

Actress — Bonnie Bouc (“Rising Star”)

Editing — NT Films (“Always Together”)

Sound — Jon Bogart (“Rising Star”)

Effects — Natalie Lombardi (Costume/Makeup “All the Queens Men”)

Character — “Rising Star”

Prop — “Rising Star”

Dialogue — “Always Together”

Genre — Fantasy (“All the Queens Men”)

Best Overall — “Rising Star”