The 47-Hour Film Challenge, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Filmmakers Club, will present a weekend-long event for students interested in fun learning opportunities in the media field.
Matthew Faltz, president of UWSP Filmmakers Club, said the event is not just for experienced filmmakers.
“If you have no film-making skills, if you have a lot of film-making skills, if you just want to act, we don’t care,” Faltz said. “We want everyone to be involved. It can be a lot of fun and it’s a good learning experience.”
Participants will gather at the Communication Arts Center in Room 333 at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6. They will have 47 hours to write a script, film, edit and have final projects ready for screening on Sunday, March 8, where awards will be given to select projects.
Traditionally, time limits for similar challenges are 48 hours, but due to daylight savings, one hour is taken out of the equation.
Each film must include a specific action, line of dialogue and object, which will present another challenge to participants. These specifications will be determined through a drawing at the initial meeting.
“I know it sounds super cliché, but having fun is the main goal,” said Eva Lee, Filmmakers Club treasurer. “It is a challenge, so there is a competitive aspect to it, and there will be pretty fun prizes, but mostly we just want to provide a fun atmosphere in which people can express their creativity.”
Six award categories will be announced at the final meeting. Awards given will be based on criteria formed by a designated panel of judges.
“Even if people haven’t been trained to make a video or a movie, doesn’t mean that their ideas are bad or that their movie-making skills are bad,” Lee said. “In fact, a lot of times they are really good. This challenge is an opportunity for people in the community to explore a different aspect of creativity that they may not have tried before.”