The recent 48 Hour Film Project: Tampa – St. Petersburg marked the second year that Elan Event Studio has been involved with the global competition. Monica (owner and lead planner of Elan) co-produced the local weekend-long competition with Bryan Coward of Lucky Lemon Films (formerly Tampa Wonderworks). Kyle helped again with public and media relations, and also Alexandria and Kat, the new interns, helped with office duties, spreading the word, and also with the kick-off, submission and screening events.
Just to catch you up, if you’ve never heard of the 48HFP before, it’s a worldwide competition where local groups compete to write, shoot and edit a short film in just 48-hours. If you think that’s an easy task , you’re probably not a filmmaker (or married to one).
The first meet and greet took place on June 5th at The Buzz on Harbour Island. A group of about 30 turned out to get a background on the project and to meet other groups and potential team mates. On July 10th, another meet and greet was held at the Tavern at Bayboro on the downtown USF St. Pete campus. Despite a decent turnout (especially with the weather being uncooperative), a final group of about 26 teams were signed up and registered to compete.
On the evening of July 20th, all the teams met at Bay Stage Lighting’s warehouse in Tampa. Each team leader received their own individual genre, and all teams (and films) had to include the same prop, character and line of dialogue (to ensure that all writing and filming couldn’t have occurred prior to the official start of the competition). The teams then had 48-hours to start and finish their film, with a deadline of Sunday evening back at Bay Stage.
After all of the films were dubbed to one reel, the audience screenings were held on July 24th and 25th at Muvico Ybor. The quality of locally-produced films ranged from pretty good to utterly amazing. Some were sad, some were happy, some were raunchy, and some were downright hilarious. Audiences were pleased with the creativity and local talent that was showcased, as were the judges and organizers of the event.
The final task was the awards ceremony, which counted audience votes as well as recommendations from the local judging panel. On Friday, August 17th, the acclaims were handed out, and following the ceremony, all guests were invited downstairs to GameTime to enjoy complimentary games, appetizers and beverages.
Tampa competed alongside cities like New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Hong Kong, and so on… The winner of Tampa will go on to compete against the winner of another city, and another, and then eventually has the chance to screen at Cannes Film Festival.
After all said and done, the winners were named and another year of the 48HFP Tampa – St. Petersburg had wrapped. Be sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page and stay up-to-date on the 2013 competition!
Event: The 48 Hour Film Project: Tampa – St. Petersburg
Event Producers: Elan Event Studio & Lucky Lemon Films
Public Relations: RAGE MEDIA/PR
Venues: The Buzz, the Tavern at Bayboro, Bay Stage Lighting, Muvico Ybor 20, GameTime Ybor
Photography: Marissa Moss Photography