Have you ever wanted to experience the rush of filmmaking, but felt daunted by the time and resources required? The 48 Hour Film Project is your answer.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a global filmmaking competition where teams have just 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a short film. The twist? Each team is given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue, which must be incorporated into their film. The result is a frenzied weekend of filmmaking that tests the limits of creativity, teamwork, and endurance.
Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or a complete newcomer, the 48 Hour Film Project is a unique opportunity to stretch your skills and express your creativity on a tight deadline. The atmosphere is electric, with teams racing against the clock and striving to outdo each other with their films.
The making of Powerless
Powerless came about when we tried to answer the question: How can we make a superhero film, without any superheroes in it?
Our answer: In a world where everybody has powers, some people don’t.
Now we had our concept that ticked off genre. Next up was working the character Poppy (a food blogger), a prop (postcard) and a line of dialogue (Her name was Margaret, wasn’t it?) into the film.
Once we had a rough script and a location ready to go, all we had to do was Shoot, Edit, Colour Grade and Score the thing!
In our opinion, all good 48 Hour Film Project shorts end with a twist… so make sure you watch till the end.
A bit about the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project was founded in 2001 and has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with cities all over the world hosting their own local competitions. Each city’s winning film is then eligible to compete in the annual Filmapalooza, where the best films from around the world are screened and awards are handed out.
So, what does it take to succeed in the 48 Hour Film Project? The key is to have a clear vision and a solid plan, but also to be flexible and ready to adapt as the process unfolds. Teams must be able to work together seamlessly, divvying up tasks and supporting each other as you race to finish their film. And above all, you must be willing to take risks and push the boundaries of what’s possible in just 48 hours.
10 tips from Braw
- Start with a solid plan: Before the 48 hours begin, spend some time outlining what locations you have, who can act in it, who will fill what role and create a plan of action. Make sure everyone on your team is on the same page and knows what their role is.
- Be flexible: While it’s important to have a plan, it’s also essential to be flexible and open to change. The 48 hours will fly by, and you’ll need to be able to adapt to the situation as it unfolds.
- Use your resources wisely: Whether you have a large team or just a few people, make sure you’re using your resources effectively. Prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, and don’t waste time on unnecessary things.
- Get as much sleep as possible: The 48 hours will be intense, and you’ll need to be well-rested to perform at your best. Make sure to get some sleep before the competition starts and don’t stay up all night editing.
- Keep it simple: Don’t try to do too much in the limited time you have. Focus on creating a simple, well-executed film that will stand out from the crowd.
- Collaborate with your team: The 48 Hour Film Project is a team effort, and the more you collaborate with your teammates, the better your film will be. Encourage everyone to contribute their ideas and support each other throughout the process.
- Don’t forget the genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue: These elements are the cornerstone of the 48 Hour Film Project and must be incorporated into your film. Make sure they are incorporated in a meaningful way that adds to the story.
- Be creative: The 48 Hour Film Project is an opportunity to be as creative as you can. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and try something new.
- Stay organized: Keep track of your progress, time, and resources. Make sure everyone knows what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.
- Have fun: The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. The 48 Hour Film Project is a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and create something amazing, so make the most of it!