One of Us Films sponsors 48-Hour team

Posted by Lauren Thompson

Producer, Lauren Thompson
Producer, Lauren Thompson

The 48 Hour Film Festival is an international film competition where teams compete to write, edit, score and submit a film in the given 48-hour time limit.  Each team of filmmakers blindly dive into this competition not knowing the assigned prop, line of dialogue, character or genre.  I knew this would be tough, but I was ready for the challenge.

Cast members from "Next Year Will be Different"
Cast members from "Next Year Will be Different"

We finally scored a location a few days before the shoot, which really eliminated a lot of the pressure of working without a budget. The writing team had been discussing ideas for months prior to the competition, so we were hoping to pull a great genre from the hat!  The moment arrived…holiday film!  I was thankful to not have pulled musical or western!

Kate Mazzara, writer, Mark Mazzara, music, Lauren Thompson, Producer, Erin Thompson, writer
Kate Mazzara, Writer; Mark Mazzara, Music; Lauren Thompson, Producer, Erin Thompson, Writer

Our volunteer production crew pre-lit the location and our art department (my specialty) got to work on decorating for our New Year’s Eve-themed script.  The place looked great and we were ready to shoot the next day.

We all pulled together as a team and made an awesome finished product. Although this project presented many challenges, it was a great learning experience for everyone involved.  We met a lot of great people and, to top it all off, we walked away with the award for Best Holiday Film!