48 Hour Film Project Newsletter
Editor: Brian Bowers
Filmapalooza 2018: Paris, France!
Filmapalooza is our annual global festival that features all of the city-winning films from our 48HFP tour. Previous Filmapalooza locations have included Hollywood, Seattle, Miami, and several other U.S. locations. Paris marks the first time that Filmapaloza takes place in a different country, and we're very excited to be going! The four day event includes film screenings, workshops, networking opportunities, and plenty of parties! All of the Best Film winners from our 2017 tour will be awarded their official 48HFP trophies, and we will also announce the global award-winning films.
Mark your calendars now, to join us at Filmapalooza next year from March 6 - 9, 2018. The France 48HFP Producer, Olivier Dussausse, and his team are putting together a schedule that will not only celebrate all of the Best 48 Hour Films from around the world, but will give you a visit to Paris that you will never forget.
The Team Leader of each Best Film of the City Winner will receive a free Filmapalooza pass. Official registration for Filmapalooza will open in a few months. In the meantime, check out some of the pics from Filmapalooza 2017. We've just received confirmation that our Awards Ceremony and Party will take place in the beautiful Paris Hotel de Ville.
48HFP Welcomes Manfrotto
We are happy to announce that Manfrotto is a new 48 Hour Film Project US Tour partner. 48HFP Executive Producers Liz Langston and Mark Ruppert announced the news this week. "Manfrotto has a great reputation as the name in tripods and other accessories for filmmakers," said Mark. "We're happy to welcome them as a partner." "Our filmmakers deserve the best," added Liz, stating that "we are excited to be partnered with a company with such a quality reputation."
As part of the promotion, Manfrotto will be offering equipment as prizes in select cities. Manfrotto may be best known for tripods, but they offer much more including lights, light kits and equipment bags. You can view all of their products here: https://www.manfrotto.us/
Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fueling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, 360Rize, Shoulderpod and National Geographic.
Upcoming Tour Dates
In our final July weekend, the 48HFP hops across the U.S. from Columbus, New Haven, to Albuquerque. Heading into our first weekend in August we kick off competitions from Los Angeles all the way to Tokyo, with plenty of stops in between! September and October we continue our international tour. That is also the time of year for most of our special 48HFP genre competitions--be on the lookout for these special Horror, Sci-Fi, Holiday, and competitions in select cities around the world. We'll add these special genre competition dates along with our regular tour dates to our always updated schedule at http://48hourfilm.com/locations.
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Kong: Skull Island Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Talks About The 48 Hour Film Project
In this short video from Tuổi Trẻ TV, Vogt-Roberts shares a powerful message to 48 hour filmmakers. Even though he's now working on feature films with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, that wasn't always the case. Ten years ago, when he was starting out, he had "no budget, no resources, no actors, no anything." He made low budget films exactly like many of our 48HFP filmmakers. Vogt-Roberts wants 48HFP filmmakers to know that it is totally achievable for them to get where he is today, and the 48HFP is a great training ground for making that happen. Vogt-Roberts is one of the judges for this year's Vietnam 48HFP.
City Winning Films
We are pleased to announce the city-winning films below! Each of these films was awarded Best Film and will go on to represent its city at next year's Filmapalooza, and also have a shot at screening in next year's Cannes Film Festival. Will your film be on this list? You've got to register and make a film of your own for a chance to win. Congratulations to all of our winning teams!
"Stooges of War" by Team UNCA - Asheville
"Desmond Lewis Presents: Fists of Clay" by Extra Medium - Boston
"Get Bent" by The Magic Shop - Greensboro
"His Last Wish" by Story Teller Productions - Houston
"Sync or Swim" by Buffoonery Films - Indianapolis
"The Fourth One" by Haddington Road - Jacksonville
"The Nightshade Chronicles" by Nice Melons Films - Madison
"Sudden Title..." by Nice Melons Films - Milwaukee
"Contractions" by Feathered Hat Productions - Minneapolis
"Obits" by Giant Cookie Films - New York
Alumni Achievements: 48HFP'er Plays Real Life Gang Informant On Gangland Undercover
Actors often go "undercover" to learn more about the characters they portray, but for Damon Runyon, this meant literally going undercover. Runyon plays the role of real life undercover biker gang informant Charles Falco on the History Channel's TV series Gangland Undercover.
The real Charles Falco spent three years as an undercover informant working in one of America's most dangerous biker gangs, the Vagos. Gangland Undercover is based largely on Falco's memoir "Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws."
To prepare for the role, Runyan was able to go straight to the source--Falco himself. While Falco's memoir was able to provide a solid road map, it was the conversations with the man himself that provided Runyan the fodder he needed to really connect with the role. "The beauty of playing a real character is the access to the details of their lives; the more specific you can be with the sensory of the world and the greater you can inhabit it," Runyan states. "When playing a fictional character this canvas is unlimited; your imagination provides the colours, whereas the real person has experienced and lived it already."