48 Hour Film Project Newsletter
Editor: Brian Bowers
Filmapalooza Seattle: What You Missed
If you didn't make it to Seattle earlier this month for this year's Filmapalooza, you definitely missed out on one of our best events yet! Over 350 filmmakers representing 97 different cities around the world traveled to Seattle to the 48HFP's annual global film competition and festival.
Two screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown were showing 48HFP films practically non-stop, with all 134 city-winning films from our 2016 tour, 12 special genre competition films, two 48 Day Feature films, and a special Seattle 48HFP & Grand Champion retrospective screening all showing over the four days of Filmapalooza. The nearby SIFF Film Center hosted our workshops, which were extremely popular with Filmapalooza attendees. Adobe was on hand to show filmmakers how best to make a professional-looking film with very little budget, and also donated some Creative Cloud licenses that were given away as door prizes to some lucky Filmapalooza attendees. Other workshop topics included screenwriting, creating a web series, going from short to feature film, and a special women in filmmaking panel that featured Seattle-area directors, writers, actors and producers.
And the parties--there were some great ones this year! We kicked off Filmapalooza with an opening night mixer sponsored by the Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival. This was an awesome event, with Filmapalooza attendees from all over the world meeting each other for the first time in Seattle. This year also featured the return of our annual karaoke party, and once again our filmmakers did not disappoint! There were some energetic performances throughout the night as people sang their favorite tunes while mixing it up with other filmmakers. Our Filmmaker Lounge was also open at various points throughout the weekend, giving filmmakers yet another opportunity to connect and network with each other.
Early Tour Dates
April showers bring...our first U.S. cities of the 2017 48HFP World Tour! We officially kick off in the U.S. on April 7th as we visit San Jose, followed later on in the month by Orlando. But the next month will also be busy for the 48HFP aboard, as we travel to Tours, Nijmegen, Clermont-Ferrand, and Singapore within the next four weeks. We are updating our tour schedule nearly every day--make sure you visit http://48hourfilm.com/locations to find out when the 48HFP is coming to your city, or check out http://48hourfilm.com/weekends to find out which cities are kicking off on any given weekend. Keep checking the schedule so you can make plans to enter the 48HFP in the city nearest to you!
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How To Get IMDb Credit For Your Film
If it's not on the internet it didn't happen! While that modern adage might not be entirely true, there's no denying that the internet is usually the first place most people go to get more information about whatever subject they're interested in. It's definitely true for films, and just about the biggest resource on the web for learning more about your favorite films is IMDb.
IMDb (Internet Movie Database) is the world's largest free directory of information about films, TV shows, actors, and crew. Since its launch in 1990, IMDb has become the go-to resource for anyone that needs to know "who was that actor?" or "what was the name of that film?". As of this year, IMDb has over 70 million registered users looking up information on any of the approximately 4.1 million titles or 7.7 million actors or crew listed in the database.
Because of its popularity and reliability as a source of information on everything film & television related, it's become pretty essential to get your film project listed with IMDb, and to make sure that you get IMDb credit for films you've worked on or acted in. Studios, producers, and investors often use IMDb before hiring a director or investing in a film project. It's used to verify that you've actually worked on the different film & TV projects listed on your resume, which is why it's important to keep your own IMDb listing up to date.
Alumni Achievements: Greensboro Student Filmmaker Uses 48HFP Skills To Win Filmmaking Contest
College filmmaker and 48HFP alumn Brendan Malone won a national college-level filmmaking contest with his award-winning short film "Foodie", and filmmaking skills he picked up from the 48HFP helped get him there.
Malone, a second year Media Studies major at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, leveraged his experience working on 48HFP films to help make another short film, "Foodie", as a part of a national filmmaking competition.
At the top level of the competition his film "Foodie" won a Silver Tripod Award for Editing, along with a Jury Award. This was Malone's first crack at this particular competition, and he attributes much of his success there to lessons he's learned from competing previously in the Greensboro 48HFP. “I've participated in the 48HFP twice, and through the program I've gotten experience I don't think I would be able to get anywhere else,“ Malone stated. After the 48HFP, the week of production for "Foodie" probably felt like a month.