Last Weekend Sci-Fi London (UK) held an event called the National 48 Hour Film Challenge where participant filmmakers were given obviously 48 hours to produce a 5 minute science fiction film. On top of that, they were given:
- A title
- A prop
- A line of dialogue
And expected to work with them as part of their films. These will all be coming online on the above site over the next week or so, but I just watched one called 6am Starter on a filmmaker’s blog and was rather impressed with it. I’ve seen other “48 Hour” challenges before, but doing it with film is a new one, especially in a genre like Sci-Fi which normally has a lot of pre-production and post-production time. It’s also impressive to see how good digital cameras have become, and how well they can shoot stuff that can look almost professional- almost.
If it wasn’t so logistically tricky, I’d suggest trying a 48 Hour Audio Drama competition. The only problem there would be that in Satellite Audio Drama it takes so long to get lines back you’d need teams of actors prepped and ready to go from the moment they receive their lines, otherwise you’d never finish assembling them in time. The only other way to do it would be for the cast to meet on Skype and record that call, but god help you with the line and microphone noise you’d need to remove to make that sound good.