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48 Hour Film Project - Boston

I participated in 2012 and it was one of the best 48 hours I have spent in a long time.. Wondering if any of our members want to form a team and give this a shot this year?

Contest dates: 05/02/2014 to 05/04/2014 
Registration Fee: $140
www.48hourfilm.com/en/boston

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  • Bill C.

    DO NOT ATTEND THIS! It's not a meetup, just a placeholder on our group calendar. In fact, it would be quite reasonable if you deleted the event, Alan.

    May 1, 2014

  • Jim R.

    This meeting is an unusual meeting related to the 48-hour film project. Since that project is in Boston, the meeting is also in Boston. Actually, each team only needs to send one person to this meeting to find out the genre, character, and prop required for the contest.

    May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just to clarify for the newbies, don't everyone show up at that address tomorrow!

      May 1, 2014

  • Marianna

    I love the 48hr film project. I in a different group for the competition but will still be attending the meet up. I would love to meet some people from the group while I am there!

    April 28, 2014

  • Rob G.

    how does that work, they give you a script or assign you something specific? you come up with something on the spot or ahead of time?

    March 24, 2014

    • Diane S

      Great doing some acting with you tonight!

      April 9, 2014

    • Jim R.

      Yes, that was fun.

      April 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actors are the most important asset. You can have shit for equipment, but if you don't have good improvisational actors, you are screwed. They can enhance any skeletal script you put together. Your best bet is to put together some script outlines, let them improvise, shooting them while they rehearse, and go with the best material. I would suggest that whoever steps forward, ask for a reel or list of roles, then have them do a quick audition. Four actors, two men and two women of various ages would be a good team, and let them get to know each other. Ask them if they can put their costumes together. Go with minimal makeup. You can shoot with two cameras, but they have to each stay off-camera. You want to shoot documentary style run-and-gun. Separate sound is going to slow you down, but might be better for two cameras. If you can, edit as you go. If you want me to find you actors, I will, but be prepared to handle a possible deluge of applicants.

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Diane S

      My favorite part of any production is acting.

      April 9, 2014

  • Diane S

    Did I pass the audition? :) PS: Jim! Put down that seat cover.... lol!

    April 9, 2014

  • Jim R.

    I've been out of town, in Mexico. Just got back. Sorry I missed the meeting. I guess my key question is this: do we have enough people to field more than one team? For example, how many people are highly skilled in editing? (Always a big deal). And how many actors have stepped forward at this time? We probably have enough cameras and lighting equipment. Has fielding more than one team been discussed?

    April 5, 2014

    • Bill C.

      The question has been raised, but we're a little short on acting talent at the moment to take that proposal very seriously, in my opinion. However, we're actively reaching out to actors through several channels to try to bolster the roster there. I know that some people are worried about "too many cooks in the kitchen", but I don't think splitting the team is the only way to address that concern.

      April 5, 2014

  • Dan

    hey all. I would love to help out with the project, if there is a need for more help. I dont want to overly bloat the crew though, as that is usually bad news bears in such a quick turnaround project.
    Is this meetup going to be happening on 4/3 at newTV, or 5/2 in boston?

    April 2, 2014

    • Rob G.

      May 2nd is the start of the project, we're meeting up tomorrow Thur, Apr 3rd at New TV to get organized. Should have been a separate project event page for that, but we're they're trying to keep the discussion in continuity.

      April 2, 2014

    • Rob G.

      If we get too many people we can always split into 2 groups.

      April 2, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Date is this Thursday, April 3 at 7pm. Location is NewTV (www.newtv.org) conference room. I don't have privileges to change this event in meetup.com, maybe Alan will fix it?

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It would be of great benefit to the meetup if you were to win and we got publicity as a result.

      April 1, 2014

    • Bill C.

      Unless someone objects strongly and has good reason, our team will be MetroWest Media Productions. We'll use the production logo in the final submission.

      April 2, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Ok, I got confused, I think, with one of my comments below. THIS meetup is the actual contest.

    April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the meetup notice for the contest or the
    organizing meeting? If it is for the latter, once
    you hold the meeting the meetup notice will will
    end and you will have to post another notice for
    the actual event if that is what you want. Jasi posted the original notice so I would have to hear from him to
    have some sort of chain of command.

    April 1, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Despite a little uncertainty over my new job (which starts tomorrow), I'm planning to chip in on this. Probably not as Director or DP, but maybe as Producer, Line Producer or PM. I agree with what Alan has posted here. We should probably establish clear divisions of responsibilities early. I have printed all the forms and information from the web site, but haven't read through it all. I don't agree, philosophically, with the idea that getting your team organized ahead of time constitutes "cheating". Having script skeletons for as many of the 15 possible genres as we can before the start is just good planning, in my book.

    March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have to come up with a plan. We should list of few locations like who's house we will using, where we will spending our friday night, what are the public locations near to that house we can use, if we can have any bar or cafe locked for those days that will be helpful.If we have locations list we may write/modify script based on that too. I know we don't have script and actors ready but a plan would be really helpful.

      March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Other than production planing it will be good to plan post prod also. Like which editing software we will be using. Can we have few color corrections presets ready. How many memory card's hard drives we have so that we can transfer footage fast. We will be needed to burn DVD's so we will need DVDs and dvd writer. So if these tasks can be planned ahead of time we can save lot of time and concentrate on getting better footage.

      March 30, 2014

  • Rob G.

    Can we set a date and location for this event page? I hope we're still planing on meeting up on this ahead of time to discuss roles, equipment and the process.

    March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rob we are meeting on April 3rd. We are just waiting for confirmation from NewTV whether they will be able to provide us location or not.

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been monitoring this discussion and have reviewed the 48 hour premise. It would seem that the honor system of not cheating is not enforceable so I would suspect that a lot of cheating takes place. Whatever you can have in place going in is going to give you a leg up. Anyone with prior experience and an existing network is going to have an advantage. Given that I subscribe to Jim's theory of the "nimble production team", If you have too many people involved on set, you will suffer the law of diminishing returns. A conflict may result between the older members and the younger members about how to operate. So choose your leader with an eye towards accomplishment and follow him to the letter. The equipment should be hand held but stabilized. Plan to shoot indoors to avoid weather variables. Use existing light with kickers. Get good actors ASAP. Let writers right, filmmakers film, and editors edit. Don't get in each others way. Think relay race. Recruit members by group email.

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys we have register our team :)

    March 24, 2014

    • Bill C.

      I can chip in $ if that's an issue.

      March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bill we can talk about this on April 3rd after meeting.

      March 29, 2014

  • Vikram J.

    Hi All,

    The 'Boston 48 hour film festival meet & greet' is on April 10th. The meet & greet is where we can recruit team members & actors.

    I think it'd be a good idea for us to meet & greet before that.. I say April 3, 07:00 PM, somewhere near Newton

    Date, time & location can be changed as per suggestions. We also need a team name?

    -Vikram

    March 27, 2014

    • Bill C.

      Ok, I'm back from the west coast. I can meet 4/3 at 7pm. I'm pretty sure we can meet at NewTV, in the conference room or in the theatre (instruction room will be in use). I'll confirm and post back here.

      March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bill, Welcome back! Could please confirm and let me know. As i mentioned there are few other who want to join so we can be 10-15 member. Hope that won't be problem.

      March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the film which won best film award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHmvOR_J4yk

    March 25, 2014

    • Rob G.

      wow that's not even in English

      March 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      yeah rob, we can make in alien's language too :D

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Here is typically what happens on the weekend. On Friday night around seven o'clock you're assigned your genre, a character, and an object. This is so you can't prepare in advance. Then as a team you scramble like crazy to decide what you want your film to be. Some teams have one or two people writing until early in the morning. Because time is so short, it helps to have a finished script. Some teams do a lot of improvisation, but I find this slows you down considerably. On Saturday you actually shoot the short. Ideally you have someone with a computer close by who starts editing even as you're shooting. You try to finish all your shooting on Saturday, and then finish up your editing on Sunday.The final film is due 7 PM on Sunday. There are a number of possible prizes you can win (Best film, etc.).

    A lot of you in this group may be thinking "when is something actually going to happen?" Well, this is happening. I highly recommend that you get involved. It's a lot of fun.

    2 · March 25, 2014

    • Rob G.

      thanks for elaborating.

      March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys there are 4-5 more persons who aren't part of group but i have worked them before, so they will also be joining us. I have asked them RSVP on meetup. So we are already a team of 8-9. Two days commitment, we will be writing, filming,editing, eating,drinking, taking naps all together day and night. It will be lot of fun and lot of learning. Can't wait for this.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Jim R.

    I've done this too, and it's an amazing experience. Search online for 48 Hour Film Project, then select Boston. From their website: "Early Bird Registration is $140. Teams must register on or before Monday, April 8th, to get this special rate."

    Note that this is the registration fee for the team, not per individual person.

    Since we're all about making films, it seems to me that we might be able to field several teams. Unless you're already done a lot, you will learn more about filmmaking in two days than you've learned in the rest of your life.

    Note that although we haven't scheduled a date or location, there will be an initial meeting to get organized and have people select roles.
    Having been a team leader before, I can say this about the process: you need a small crew, one or more writers, some camera and audio equipment, and some actors. You're allowed to research and acquire locations in advance. Nobody is paid anything.

    (Continued)

    March 25, 2014

  • Rob G.

    hell yah

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, everyone what do you say about this? Any comments feedback will be appreciated. I think it will good to participate as it will bring team more close.

    March 21, 2014

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