Those looking for a good scare this Halloween season may want to stop by the historic, and possibly haunted, Carolina Theatre of Greensboro. On October 21st, they will (g)host the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Horror Project.
Teams of filmmakers from all over the Piedmont region were given a character, a prop, and a single line of dialogue. They are challenged to use these elements to write, shoot, score and edit an entire short horror film over the span of 48 hours.
This year the props and dialogue were released on October 14. Rules specify that all listed elements must be present, no work outside those dates can be submitted, and the film must run between four to seven minutes in length.
To put the difficulty into perspective, a four page script can take hours to write, setting up equipment takes an hour or more per location and shooting can take days for just a few shots. Editing takes hours upon hours, so to confine the process to two days forces the filmmakers to use their time efficiently, culminating into an impressive feat.
Two screenings will be held at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Each screening will contain a separate set of films, and the audience and a set of judges will vote for their favorites from each screening, and tickets for each will be ten dollars.
Originally started by Mark Ruppert out of Washington DC, the 48 Hour Film Project has hosted events in Greensboro since 2004. Over 130 cities in six of the seven continents have hosted the festival, Asheville and Charlotte also hosted the event earlier this summer. Nearly 400,000 people have participated to make over 30,000 short films.
Awards for the festival include: Best Acting, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Design, Best Special Effects, Best Use of Character, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line, Best Writing and of course Best Film.
The Best Film winners of the Greensboro festival will be sent off to the Filmapalooza festival in Seattle, Washington from March 1 to 4 to compete against the winners of every other city. The winners will receive a $5000 grand prize and ten slots at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Notable winners include Kent Nichols, creator of Ask a Ninja, and François Goetghebeur, who’s worked as a photographer and documentarian on French musicians. Martin Freeman has even acted in a 48 Hour Film in the past.
The Carolina Theatre hosts many film showings throughout the year. Ranging from classics to modern films, cinema has been a mainstay at the theater since it’s opening on Halloween, 1927. It has a rich history of live theater performances, as well as hosting music concerts and speakers. It’s also North Carolina’s only remaining historic theater.
Upcoming events at the Carolina Theatre include David Sedaris on October 19, Dance From Above Halloween on October 27, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 28.