According to an equal mixture of reliable and not-so reliable sources, it takes anywhere from 9 days to 15 months to shoot the average 2 hour film, and 6 days to 3 weeks to shoot the average 7 minute short film/video. The main differences between a frantic, clipboard-throwing schedule and a leisurely, get-me-another-cocktail schedule is, of course, budget and the artistic flip-floppin' skills of the director.
But we know that real filmmakers don't need no stinkin' 6 days to shoot an awesome short film, don't we? Hell, they don't even need 3 days! All they need is 48 hours, and that includes shooting, editing, special effects, ADR--that's Additional Dialogue Recording or Automated Dialogue Replacement, depending on who you ask--and several trips to the liquor store. Am I right? Right on!
Well, for those of you who'd like to prove you/me/us correct to whole wide world, your chance has come in the form of the annual--surprise!--48 Hour Film Project, slated to take place June 14-16, 2013, right here in Milwaukee. Sweet short film/video gods be praised!
Early Bird Registration is now open for the fiscally responsible moving picture makers among us, saving them a precious $20, which they can squirrel away until the inevitable equipment failure happens at either the very convenient time of 3:27AM on Saturday morn or 7:16PM on Sunday night--psst, all films are due by 7:30PM Sunday.
So get on over to the website and register now for 48 Hours of Filmmaking Madness! And remember, kids, always check to see that your equipment is plugged in before ya think it's broken and ya freak out. If it is, freak away!