A Test of Character

Each summer in San Jose and San Francisco, the 48 Hour Film Project provides an opportunity for independent filmmakers to stretch their craft and to find out what they’re really made of.

Teams that participate regularly, such as “It Donned On Me,” “Square Marden,” and “Film Antics” have shown considerable stamina, creativity, and commitment to craft. Each of these teams has delivered over half a dozen films to the competition and each has taken home multiple awards.

This latest entry from Film Antics is quite possibly their best ever. Take a look and see if you can agree.

You can read more about the making of the film at Raymond Arunda’s blog, The Debonair Rogue.

What wonders…

48 Hour Film Project
Write, Direct, Shoot, and Edit your short film in just 48 hours! You can do it.

Each year now in August, independent filmmakers who have planned for this (sometimes all year) set out to create a short film in just 48 Hours. They begin with a prop, line of dialog, and a character. They draw their genre randomly from our cruel film tin! Then they set out to bring in a film of 4-7 minutes in length that can delight an audience and amaze our judges.

Two years ago on this exact day (turn in day for the competition), we watched Jake Rangel stride in and declare that he thought he might have a winner. We sneered privately (and invisibly) because we knew what fierce competition he’d face. (Evan Donn, Patrick Crowley, Richie Lopez, Christian Pizzirani and Jason Salazar, Gus and Melissa Guillen, the list goes on…)

We looked very different after we’d seen this entry, which went on to win Best of City.

You can be there Thursday night to make your prediction about which films will be chosen by the judges as Best in San Jose this year. You’ll get to cast your own vote for the winner of the much prized Audience Choice award.

Mixed-Reality: Just a Glimpse

When we talk about mixed-reality, we often see the listener’s face go numb as if we’ve just spoken words from another language. And perhaps we have.

Usually we mean media content that is produced partly in the traditional fashion — with actors and cameras and lights that burn out, and partly animated in a virtual world such as Second Life, or Sims 2, or Halo.

Here’s an example in the form of a trailer for an upcoming film: My Avatar

It’s just a glimpse, but you begin to see what it might look like.