It is Really French?

When competitors in the 48 Hour Film Project assemble on the Friday night of their weekend, the excitement centers around their selection of a genre. They draw from a hat that has genres from a list known to them in advance.  One of the possible choices that most teams fear is “Foreign Film.” The team that made this movie had no such fear — in fact, they hoped for this.

They are a group of talented students from International High School in San Francisco. Because they study multiple languages and cultures (in fact, their teachers are from a variety of cultures,) they were easily able to speak French in this film. But do they really know what they’re saying?  Who cares?!

We don’t think their French teachers gave them high marks for this film, but we sure did.

This year, they’ll be competing in the San Francisco event independently of their school, now that they’ve graduated. You can see what they produced on July 1st, 2010 at the screenings for Group E. Join them and the other competitors at the Lumiere Theater for a rocking evening of good fun.

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The Cost of Duty

We were impressed with the ambition of the team that produced this film for the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. They lined up a spectacular location, an amazing array of authentic military hardware, and wrote a beautiful score to back this tragic story of a woman faced with an imperative of her duty.

Vernichter was produced to compete as a Foreign Film and the team was fully prepared to do it.

This film achieved acclaim beyond the 48 Hour Film Project and could be the basis for a longer work based on the story.

What’s Really Important?

Most of the teams who participate in the 48 Hour Film Project come back with great stories to tell about snafus and adventures they have during filming or production. The team that made this film tells us that they had scheduled a location shoot in a bar that turned out to be open for business and filled with soccer fans during a major tournament.

They found another bar to get their scenes and it worked out for them in the end. We found this tale to be chilling, and one that demanded our consideration of the question: What’s really important to you right now?

We think that making the movies is important. What’s your answer?

When Good Containers Go Bag

Another audience favorite in the 2009 San Jose 48 Hour Film Project brought screams of laughter and groans of respect for the atrocious puns. The writing was over the top, and the stories that these filmmakers brought back from their weekend adventure are the stuff we’ve become accustomed to hearing at 48HFP.

Enjoy now, as this brother and sister team takes on the plague of disgruntled paper bags whose livelihood is threatened in this near future cautionary tale.

We thought this was an epic that couldn’t have been bagger!

A film with some gravity

I love films and music made with sounds of nature. Although this may not be entirely natural, the concept is a great one. Reminds me of the days when I annoyed my roommates by playing Animusic every morning for about a month. Maybe you’ll do that to your friends with this short film.

Extra credit if you can guess which moment made me cheer the loudest, which moment had me cry out.

Who’s the Quitter Now?

For Fans of Mr. Deity, it’s a great time because there’s a new episode. This is the final episode of Season 3 (awwwww), but also contains a message about what’s in store for Season 4 (yeah!).

If you haven’t seen Mr. Deity before, this is an excellent time to get caught up on the legend. Maybe you’d like to visit our earlier post here to learn about some of the pivotal early chapters in this saga.

I thirst — for more. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!