Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Online Voting Starts

The Films are posted, and online voting has begun. Due to the delay in my getting these films encoded, we have pushed back the deadline. All films will be available for online voting until Sunday, November 12th, so get everyone you know to watch and VOTE!


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Judging Begins

Now that we've had time to recover, the judging of the films is beginning. I've set up for us to have a judging panel in San Antonio, one in LA with some West Coast industry folks, and an audience award that will be determined by votes on the web.

I'm compressing all the films and will have them up for public voting by the end of this week on this site. Thanks to CityNAP and Neopolitan Networks for hosting the films. All judging will be complete by Sunday, November 5th. The online voting will end at midnight, Sunday November 5th.

Awards are as follows:
Grand Jury Award
Jury Honarable Mention
Audience Award Winner

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Shout Out to Erik Bosse

...for helping this year with the SA48HR Experience. Erik was on hand Saturday to help out, bringing, I swear, 100 lbs of burritos from Chipotle. He also landed a great lunch deal with The Cove restaurant for teams that finished shooting early (and thanks Nikki - you're support and emails helped get the word out).

Erik also was the creative brains behind our creative scenarios (characters and dialogue choices). I've had a chance to review some of the films, and man, some of those lines of dialogue were difficult, but everyone made them fit in seamlessly.

I also learned that he drove back from a gig in Dallas just to get us fed - thanks Erik for your help. There wouldn't have been a SA48HR Experience without your help.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Eighth Team In: FLATLINE

Team FLATLINE arrived at 8:47 PM.

Description: Karl, the bad guy, meets his demise when an unknown man comes to town.
Length: 6 min 51 sec

Genre: Western
Character: Karl, the introverted drill sergeant.
Dialogue: "He struck it rich in other people's misery."


Team THIRD WORLD PICTURES arrived at 8:14 PM.

Description: After a near death experience, a boxer decides to turn his life around.
Length: n/a

Genre: Comedy
Character: Donald, the over-educated boxer..
Dialogue: "That's no cure for hiccups."

Sixth Team In: HUMAN FORM

Team HUMAN FORM arrived at 8:03 PM.

Description: In a final letter to the love of her life, lab assistant Trixie reveals her plan for saving the world - which will cost her everything she loves.
Length: 6 min 30 sec

Genre: Soap Opera
Character: Trixi, the clumsy trapeze artist.
Dialogue: "I'll wait for the drum roll."

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Fifth Team In: DARK DESIGN

Team DARK DESIGN arrived at 8:02 PM.

Name of Film: DON'T GO BACK TO RAY'S
Description: none
Length: 7 min 30 sec

Genre: Drama
Character: Sylvia, the cop who's trying to hide her hearing loss.
Dialogue: "He went to jail for killing a botanist ... no, wait -- what's the guy who studies fish?"

Fourth Team In: GAMMARAY

Team GAMMARAY arrived at 7:59 PM - the fourth team to deliver their film.

Description: Two friends are taken back in time to help a cowboy save his town.
Length: 6min 0 sec

Genre: Fantasy
Character: Sergio, the terminally ill agnostic priest.
Dialogue: "I picked it up on the beach."


Team HELLDORADO arrived at 7:39 PM - the third team to deliver their film.

Name of Film: Goodbye, Juliet
Description: Tormented by the memory of failed love, Gabriel sets out on a journey to deliver justice.
Length: 7 min 59 sec

Genre: Crime/Noir

Second Team In: CINEVELIZ

Team CINEVELIZ arrived at 7:24 PM - the second team to deliver their film.

Name of Film: LA LEGENDA
Description: Ramon, a goat farmer, attempts to solve the mystery of the disappearing goats at his ranch.
Length: 5 min 57 sec

Genre: Sci Fi
Character: Franklin, the overly sensitive undertaker.
Dialogue: "That's the biggest bald spot I've ever seen."

First Team In: MACHINA

Team MACHINA arrived at 6:32 PM - the first team to deliver their film.

Name of Film: HANDS ON
Description: HANDS ON is a mockumentary about an over zealous film director.
Length: 7 min 59 sec

Genre: Mockumentary
Character: Helen, the conspiracy-obsessed newspaper reporter.
Dialogue: "Hasta nunca!"

...and the rain stopped

All the teams made it through their shooting schedule at the ranch, and they're off to edit, shoot additional scenes, in order to make the 8:00 PM deadline at Ruta Maya Sunday night.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Neither Rain....

nothing has slowed down our teams....

Friday, October 13, 2006

Here We GO

The teams are off and running. The first scheduled shooting is at 6:00 AM at Enchanted Springs Ranch (map).

Anyone need to reach me? Call my mobile 210-394-6117.

We're off!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

It All Starts Friday Night

The 2nd SA48HR Experience is about to begin! Teams will meet Friday the 13th, at 7:00 PM at Ruta Maya Coffee, 107 E. Martin, in downtown San Antonio, to draw for genres, locations, characters and lines of dialogue.

We'll have a short video walk-thru of Enchanted Springs Ranch before drawing for variables, and we invite unaffiliated actors and crew people to come to meet the teams and get involved. We have the ranch location from 6:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday the 14th, and each team will be drawing for a 3 hour time block and location within the ranch. And remember, only one scene in your film must be filmed at the ranch.

Then, on Sunday, October 15th, we will be at Ruta Maya from 6-8:00 PM to accept your final films - REMEMBER, all films must be turned in with all paperwork (you'll get this at the kick-off meeting on Friday night) BEFORE 8:00 PM.

See you all at Ruta Maya!

Friday, October 06, 2006

We've Got 10 TEAMS

If you are still planning on entering, please send in you team entry form, and you will be put on a wait list. We did have a team pull out last year, so you never know!

1 Spot LEFT!

Deadline to enter is today!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

FAQ 2006 SA48HR Experience

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Enchanted Springs Ranch is a big place. How do I know where to film?

A. You will draw for your ranch location, just as you would draw for a prop at any other 48 Hour film event. The difference is that you will receive a specific area of the ranch to film in, AND you will receive a 4 Hour TIME BLOCK in which to film that part of your movie.

Photos of the assigned LOCATIONS will be available on this website next week for you to review.

Remember, only ONE SCENE of your film needs to be filmed in the location that you draw. The rest of the film can be in your own backyard, or wherever your script takes you.

Q. But I want to film my entire movie in the Enchanted Springs Ranch – how do I do that in one 4 Hour TIME BLOCK?

A. This location will only allow us to have the assigned 4 Hour TIME BLOCK for each team.

Q. I have a full grip and lighting package I want to use. Where can I plug in my equipment in the ranch?

A. Because this is a working ranch, very little AC power exists. We will have approximately 15 AMPS of 110 AC available in each of the 10 areas used for shooting. This will not be enough to power lights, only small camera equipment, monitors, etc. If you need to power large lights, you will need to provide your own blimped generator.

Q. The team across the street is really making a lot of noise and disturbing our shoot. Can you make them be quiet?

A. Unfortunately, due to the unique nature of this film experience, we can‘t control what other teams do. We have made efforts to schedule the LOCATIONS far enough away that we hope that isn’t a problem. And we will rely on the good judgement of each of the teams to help this experience run smoothly.

Q. Can we submit our final film on DVD or VHS?

A. No, all final films are due on mini-DV tapes, NTSC standard.

Q. How much of a script should we/can we have completed prior to the date?

A. Most 48 hour film events require that no script be written prior to the Friday night drawing. We will follow this protocol, and when you submit your film, you will sign a FILM COMPLETION form stating that you did NO pre-scripting for the film.

Q. We are to bring our own camera, but will there be any other equipment to use (lights, mics, etc)?

A. You will need to bring any equipment required by your script to make your film. We will have some electricity available, but only for recharging batteries, etc.

Q. What will be the ownership status when we finish our project?

A. You will own the film, but the SA48HR Film Experience will have rights to duplicate it and distribute it, but not sell it. (we want to be able to use it for promotional purposes)

Q. Is there a minimum time, or just the maximum of 8 minutes?

A. No, just a maximum of 8 minutes.

Q. What do we need to consider when scoring the film--i.e. music rights, etc?

A.You will need to have all rights secured for all the elements of your film, including music. Most producers use original music.

2 Spots Left

There are only two available slots for teams left for this year's event, so grab a pen and get that team entry form in today!

We'll be meeting in town on Friday the 13th (our location is yet to be determined), and we'll draw for all the film variables at that time, and also have a short video walk-thru tour of the Enchanted Springs Ranch.

See you soon - check back here for news about where to meet on the 13th.