Boys Cannot Resist…

We’re told that there are some things that boys naturally cannot resist. Trying to fix something that no one asked them to fix. Trying to find a route through the mountains using only dead-reckoning. (Maybe using a map in a pinch.) And stomping in a puddle if it’s close enough to reach with their feet.

And then there’s this.

We have to confess, there was some clapping in our offices just prior to the end of this video.

Top Beer! Really?

Our friends at Top Beer TV released this little gem earlier this week.

Would you think to make whiskey from a pretty decent beer (Racer 5 IPA)?

Only the finest minds would dream of trying this out. You decide whether it’s a successful experiment.

In case you don’t recognize his voice, the narrator is Erik Braa, winner of the Best Acting award in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project for 2011.

Also, starring in this clip is Dan Sullivan, host of the new TV series, The Variety Society. You can get a taste online to get you ready for their debut on Bay Area television later this year.

The Actors’ Sandbox – Bay Area Edition

The folks at San Jose 48 Hour Film Project have created a special opportunity for Bay Area independent media producers to meet talented local actors and other producers. It’s called The Actors’ Sandbox. It is for actors, producers, directors, and especially for 48HFP team leaders.

On Saturday, July 30th, in partnership with Schoolhouse Earth, and Meets The Eye Studio in San Carlos, be there for a workshop designed to allow local actors to show off their skills, and to allow independent media producers to see who’s available and ready to go.

There is no charge for admission to this event, but there are a limited number of slots available for both actors and observers, so be sure to RSVP by emailing sanjose@48hourfilm.com to reserve your seat. Here are the details:

The Actors’ Sandbox
Saturday, July 30
2:30-5:00pm
Meets The Eye Studio
939 Terminal Way, San Carlos 94070

SF 48 Hour Film Project 2011 Awards Nominees

The judges have deliberated, the scratching and clawing is over. What remains are mostly flesh wounds.

These are the nominees for awards (presented in alphabetical order) for the 2011 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project.

Best Use of Prop: Compulsion, Killin’ It In Reno, Mum
Best Use of Genre: How the Spot Was Won, Roomies, True North
Best Sound Design: Compulsion, How the Spot Was Won, Paranoid Passion
Production Design: How the Spot Was Won, Paranoid Passion, Repo Session
Best Original Song: Into the Sea, Jeb, Just the Way You Are
Best Score: Compulsion, Ezekiel, How the Spot Was Won
Best Editing: How the Spot Was Won, Paranoid Passion, Repo Session
Best Cinematography: Ezekiel, How the Spot Was Won, Repo Session
Best Writing: How the Spot Was Won, Killin’ It In Reno, Roomies
Best Ensemble Acting: Just the Way You Are, Paid In Full, Paranoid Passion
Best Acting: Erik Braa (Roomies), Kevin Kuczek (Ezekiel), Stevan Anaker (Just the Way You Are)
Best Direction: How the Spot Was Won, Paranoid Passion, Roomies
Best Film: How the Spot Was Won, Paranoid Passion, Roomies

The awards will be presented and top films screened on Sunday night, July 10 in San Francisco. Details are available here (or for you Facebook fans, they can be found here). Tickets are available in online in advance (recommended) or you can get them at the door until the house is full.

Award winning films will be screened and judges will share notes with the studio audience. The full roster of films to be screened will be announced on Saturday.

San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project: Audience Choice Group D

The ballots are counted and the top finishers in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project Audience Choice Award for Screening Group D are here.

On June 10, teams set out to make a short film in just two days. All of the films submitted were screened at the Lumiere Theater in San Francisco. Over the 4-day run of the screenings, ballots were cast by the audience on each night to determine the winner of the coveted Audience Choice Award.

The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Just The Way You Are – Truth Be Told
Mum – Luna Park Productions
Roomies – burntwire.tv

To find out who won the award, be sure and join us on Sunday night, July 10 for the Awards and Highlights Night. Tickets are $10 available online or at the door.

A Man Alone

Most participating teams in the 48 Hour Film Project are comprised of somewhere between 8 and 24 team members. The largest team consisted of 120 people and 29 horses. The smallest team consists of 1 person.

Perhaps the most noteworthy one-man team is Bill Dyzel from Cinema Solo. He has competed 29 times in 10 different cities. Over the course of that run, he’s created each film entirely by himself, writing, shooting, performing, and editing the entire movie each time.

Here’s a retrospective he put together.

In San Jose, registration is open for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project season. The competition weekend is August 12-14.

If Bill Dyzel can do this all by himself, think about what you can do if you get 4 of your friends together to tell a story in just a weekend. Register now and you will be surprised about who steps up to help you!

San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project: Audience Choice Group C

The ballots are counted and the top finishers in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project Audience Choice Award for Screening Group C are here.

On June 21, audiences at San Francisco’s Lumiere Theater saw a dozen of the films created by competitors in the world’s oldest and largest time-based filmmaking competition. They voted for their favorites and their final decision will be announced on Sunday night (July 10).

For Screening Group C, here are the names of the 3 finalists (in alphabetical order).

The Love Drug – The Red Eye Jedis
Paranoid Passion – Stabbing My Jelly!
Repo Session – It Donned On Me

To find out who won the coveted award, be sure and join us on Sunday night, July 10 for the Awards and Highlights Night. Tickets are $10 online or at the door.