Love, Adventure, Excellence…

The San Jose 48 Hour Film Project audience loved this film and chose it as the favorite for its screening group.

It later became an official selection at the Asian American Film Festival in Los Angeles.  We expect great things from these young filmmakers at Thinking Stone Productions.  Their entry for the San Francisco 2010 48HFP will screen tonight at the Lumiere Theater on California St. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

Produce and Romance

We don’t always want to show our talent to the world. But sometimes we do small things that make it easy for the Universe to find us anyway.

We really enjoyed this charming little romance and apparently, so did the judges.  They awarded this 2009 San Francisco 48HFP film the distinction of Best Direction.

The team that submitted this (Barewitness Films) will have their 2010 entry screened tonight with Screening Group C at the Lumiere Theater. Showings begin at 7:00 and 9:30 pm. You can get tickets online, or purchase them directly at the box office.

Other teams and screening dates can be found at the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project website.

Life as a Game

Today’s film was submitted in the 2009 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project. The team (Thinking Stone Productions) drew the Thriller/Suspense genre and create a dark story to match. We were pleased to recognize area filmmakers among the cast and crew who seem to turn up all over.

Three nights of screenings remain in the 2010 event. Shows begin tomorrow and run through July 1 with two showings each night. If you want to see how Thinking Stone did this year, their screening night is Wed, June 30.

You can get tickets online or at the Lumiere Theater box office.

Notes for 48HFP Filmmakers

We put this into an update for filmmakers in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project. Then we realized that it’s good advice for 48HFP folks all over.

Putting your Films Online

We want you to get the most out of your film, so we’ve requested that teams not “leak” their films online prior to the screening night. BUT, we do think you should put your new property in play on YouTube or Vimeo. So plan to make the most of your big premiere, and then have a version ready to upload soon afterward. If you want to get maximum exposure, we recommend that you title your film in a way that will make it easy for others to find. The pattern we find that is most common and effective is:

Your Title – 48 Hour Film Project San Francisco 2010

This allows your movie to show up in search results more often, and it allows other filmmakers to link to you readily. It will also have your film appear in the “related content’ section on YouTube when people are watching other 48HFP films.

Also take the opportunity to give credit to the people who worked hard to make the movie with you. Be sure to put full credits in the “Description” field so that people searching for your talented team members can find this example of their work.

Last thing on this matter. Don’t dismiss YouTube because of the amount of junk it contains, or simply because the knowledgeable filmmaker knows about many other snazzier, more advanced platforms for online placement. YouTube is where the people are at — it’s where the search engines catalog and index your film, and it’s a good place to connect to other filmmakers who may be interesting to you in your next project.

Joining the Buzz

The social media platform is allowing all of us in every walk of life to connect to more people than ever before. This year in San Francisco and San Jose, we’re using Facebook and Twitter very heavily to get the word out about your films. You can help by doing a couple of things. On Facebook, be sure to join our community at this page, and feel free to post updates, or comment on the updates that appear on the page. We especially like to see your production stills, or video from your outtakes reel or your movie’s trailer. Be sure and invite all of your team members to join the page and engage with the conversation. The more actively you engage with the community, the more value you bring back in the form of new connections and resources.

On Twitter, we’ve been tracking the #48hfp hash tag and it allows us to keep an eye on 48HFP filmmakers around the world. If you’re not using an advanced Twitter stream reader like Tweetdeck or Seesmic, we recommend that you check one of them out right away. Then be sure you follow us (San Francisco 48HFP, and San Jose 48HFP) so that you can keep an eye on your colleagues and competitors in the Bay Area. Remember that when you post on Twitter, adding a hashtag like #film, #48hfp, #indieMM, or #movie will allow your post to be seen by people other than your direct followers.

On YouTube, it’s a good idea to become a friend of our sanjose48hfp account. We maintain playlists of all the 48 Hour Films we can find. There is a collection from each of the past 4 years in San Francisco, every single year of the San Jose event, and playlists for each previous year for films made outside of our cities. When you’re interested in studying what other 48HFP filmmakers are doing, this is a great place to get started.

Oh, Those Swedish!

Reaching far back into the archives of the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project, we find this entry from South Bay filmmakers at Beyond Forever Studios.

While many teams fear the dreaded “Musical or Western” genre during the random drawing at the kickoff of the competition, this team seemed to embrace the challenge. During the 2006 season in San Francisco, the required prop was a pillow. We love the ingenuity with which these competitors found a way to put a pillow into the story when their entire film was shot in a single location in the woods.

One of the directors of this film (Christian Pizzirani) was the winning filmmaker in the 2010 Silicon Valley ArtShots competition. The other director (Jason Salazar) won the 2008 Community Player Award  in the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project.

You can see how other teams handled the challenge of the Musical or Western genre if you come out for the last three nights of screenings for the San Francisco 2009 event. Screenings are June 29, 30, and July 1 at the Lumiere Theater. You can get tickets online or at the box office.

Key Change made in heaven

This 2008 musical was entered in San Francisco by veteran 48HFP team, Barkada Inc.  Over the years they’ve participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, this team has drawn a variety of genres that include Science Fiction, Drama, Suspense, and the dreaded “Musical or Western.” They’ve fearlessly delivered each time.

Here’s the Musical.

They picked Drama again in the drawing for the SF 2010 competition, but opted to trade that for the wildcard genre. Their wildcard gave them the newly included “Heist Movie.”

You can see how they did by attending the 48HFP screenings tonight at the Lumiere Theater. Tickets are on sale at: All movies from their screening group will be seen at 7:00pm and at 9:30pm.

Third Time? Maybe…

This entry from the 2009 SF 48 Hour Film Project was shot in a variety of locations. Their required line, “We believe anyone can change,” gave them a theme for this tale of morality.

Screenings begin tonight for the films submitted in the 2010 competition. You can see how the teams did by attending the screenings at the Lumiere Theater between June 23 and July 1.

Tonight the films from Screening Group A will be exhibited with shows beginning at 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

Tickets are available online or at the box office.