The following article was written by Julia Brown, and can be found here.
(Feb 8, 2018) This past weekend marked the 16th annual 48-Hour Shootout, an event conducted by the School of Media Arts & Studies. As the name suggests, the Shootout challenges teams of students to write, film and edit a short film in under 48 hours. To add a layer of difficulty, team leaders met Friday afternoon to receive an assigned genre, prop and line of dialogue to incorporate into their film.
Assigned lines of dialogue typically follow a theme, and this year was no different, with dialogue coming from superhero movies. Lindsey Cira, a sophomore studying integrated media, worked on the team of student leaders who helped organize the event. “We try to make the quotes as obscure as possible to ensure the teams have a somewhat painless time trying to incorporate them into their scripts,” Cira said.
After the initial meeting of leaders, teams are left to their own devices. It is entirely up to the participants to write the script, scout locations and find actors. Sophomore screenwriting and producing major Kevin Kunz wrote the script for his team’s film, “Kings of Hearts.”
“It was my job to figure out how to utilize our genre, prop and line to create the best script for our film,” Kunz said. “The most difficult part of the shootout for me was writing under such a short time limit. We wrote the script in about an hour to give the rest of our team plenty of time to focus on other parts of the shoot.”
Cira agreed. “It’s always important to crack down on when you’re doing what, especially when there’s a strict time limit,” she said. Her team had developed a schedule: Friday for pre-production, Saturday for production, and Sunday for post-production. They hadn’t considered, however, how much time post-production can take.
“Underestimating our workload for editing, post-production and final touches almost caused us some grief for sure,” Cira said.
Despite the stress it can cause, both students highly-recommend taking on the challenge that 48-Hour Shootout provides. “You’re in close quarters with each other for 48 hours straight, but by the end everyone becomes a family,” Cira said. “Shootout is also a great way to add to your portfolio, and it’s exciting to be able to show people a piece you’re proud of with your name attached to it.”
“Being surrounded by people who are just as passionate about creating films as you are is really inspiring,” Kunz said.
This year’s Shootout also represented a shift in leadership: this was the first year that Andie Walla, a lecturer of video production, took on the role of faculty adviser. Walla inherited her role from Frederick Lewis, associate professor and the event’s founder.
“We are extremely satisfied with the quality and creativity of this year’s shootout projects,” Walla said. “All teams gave it 110 percent this past weekend and should be proud of their work.”
48-Hour Shootout culminated in a free screening of all the completed films at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 4, with the winners announced after the premiere.
Winners List Open Division:First Place: Third Place ProductionsSecond Place: Son of a Glitch ProductionsThird Place: Team "Get out of my room mom and let me eat my dunk-a-roos in peace!"
Winners List Freshman and Sophomore Division:First Place: Film Flamingos
Best Behind the Scenes Social Media: Last Productions
For more information about the School of Media Arts & Studies, click here. To learn more about 48-Hour Shootout and see some behind the scenes photos from this year’s competition, please visit its Facebook page.
Photos from this year’s Shootout are available on our flickr album.