48 Hour Film Project: Charlotte shorts screen Aug. 21

Filmmaking teams throughout the Charlotte area scrambled to complete a short film over the course of a weekend for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project: Charlotte. Films were due on Sunday, August 17 and the last few minutes before the deadline official saw filmmakers operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline, rushing to get their films in on time.

All of the films that were submitted on Sunday will screen at 6:50 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Aug. 21) at the McClohon Theater, 345 N College St., Charlotte. Tickets are $10 each or you can get a discount by purchasing a group of 10 tickets. For group sales call 704-348-5752.

During the 48 hours at filmmakers had to make their movies, they had to do so with the confines of a randomly selected genre. At the kickoff event, each team drew one of these genres out of a hat:

  • Comedy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Drama
  • Film Noir
  • Film de Femme
  • Fish Out of Water
  • Horror
  • Musical or Western
  • Road Movie
  • Romance
  • Sci Fi
  • Silent Film
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Time Travel

Crews also had to work within the confines of using a specific character, a prop and a line.

The required elements for each short film created in 48 hours was the team had to have a character who was a journalist named Chris or Christina and they had to use a sleeping bag as a prop and use the line, “Can you tell me what this is?”

You can learn about the filmmakers and the behind the scenes stories of their films by visiting Charlotte 48HFP filmmaker blog, where Charlotte 48HFP participants tell their stories of a wild weekend of filmmaking.