Soon there will be intense groups of people running around the city pointing cameras at one another for the San Antonio 48-Hour Film Experience, and here’s how it works:
Filmmakers gather and pull parameters like subject, genre and character names, out of a hat.
"We’re given a few constraints, and then we go out and make a film in a weekend," said Pete Barnstrom, a 48-hour filmmaker here in San Antonio.
Is it more fun...or abusive?
"It’s fun," Barnstrom said. "I like to do it with my 10-year-old son, my 11-year-old son now."
It is interesting to imagine their challenge: From absolutely nothing to a finished product in 48 hours. It’s a weird process, for which a filmmaker really can’t effectively prepare himself.
"You might get hit with something you weren’t expecting," Barnstrom said. "You’re all geared up for a horror film and you get hit with romantic comedy, but that’s half the fun."
Barnstrom said the number of teams producing films varies.
The San Antonio 48-Hour Film Experience is the weekend of November 22-24 and all submitted films will be viewed on December 5 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
- Click here for information on how to participate and more.
- There is also information available at: www.filmsanantonio.com
"Voodoo Daddy," which was done by Pete Barnstrom for the 48-Hour Film Experience in 2009:
"Love After," which was part of the San Antonio 48-Hour Film Experience in December 2011: