The Stupidly Fun 48 Hour Film Project

Each year, Dirt Dog Productions participates in the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. If you're a filmmaker, and have never participated in this event, we can't recommend it enough! This will truly put your creative skills to the test as you must make a complete film in 48 hours or less.

How about a brief overview of the process to give you an idea as to how it works? All teams gather for a kick-off meeting on the Friday the event starts. This kick-off event starts at 6:00pm, then ends at 7:00pm. At this event, each team draws a genre out of a hat. After that, all teams get the same three required elements (these must be in the film):

  1. Character Name and Occupation
  2. Prop
  3. Line of dialogue

At 7:00 the teams are released. From that point on, you'll need to conceive your story, write, rehearse, film, edit, compose music, color grade, add special effects, export, and whatever else you may need to do in order to have a completed film turned in by Sunday, at 7:30pm (you're given an extra half hour for drive time).

Why do we do it?

If your film wins the "Best of" award for whatever city, then your film goes to Filmapalooza. If your film wins Filmapalooza, then it goes to Cannes. Pretty cool, right? But that's not why we do it. We do it because it's incredibly fun and the big reward is the fact you get to see your film on the big screen!

Every film is screened at the screening events. Since films have a minimum required time of four minutes, and a maximum time of seven minutes, you'll get to see between 12 to 15 films at each screening. How many screenings there are will, of course, depend on how many teams participate.

It's a great way to connect with the local talent in your home town. Make new connections, new friends, and maybe work on future projects together. If you've never participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, you owe it to yourself to do it at least once!