Last night the first screening of films made in this year’s London 48 Hour Film Project took place at the Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square.
After an exhausting 48 hours filming and editing, 23 teams submitted their short films, all of which had to contain the following elements – Character: Sam or Samantha Harris; Role: a jogger; Prop: a bone; Line of Dialogue: “I was expecting something bigger.”
And if that wasn’t enough, they had to work in a randomly selected genre, ranging from Buddy film to Time Travel. I showed up at the screening slightly apprehensive about what I would find, so imagine my delight when discovered a collection of short films showcasing some serious talent.
Out of the 14 films I saw, well over half of them were really enjoyable and left me pretty dumbfounded that they could have been created in such a short amount of time.
Credit also has to go to the organisers of such an event, in particular London producer Sophie Hodgkins, who put all the selections together and presented them last night and will do so again tonight.
The audience were given a ballot paper on arrival at the cinema and the opportunity to select their favourite three films. These results would then go to the judges to help them pick their winner.
Judging by the impressive selection on show last night, the judges are in for a tough time picking a winner. It was hard enough for me just selecting my top three. Anyway here are my highlights from the first screening of London 48 Hour Film Project.
Clever Feather, by Fill in Later. Genre: Road Movie
Unlike every other film in this group, the protagonist was an elderly man. It tells the story of him trying to win the hardest pub quiz in his area. As he cycles around the streets, he hatches plans to ensure he beats all the younger contestants who use their mobiles to find the answers.
The concept of the film is clever, and the central topic – a pub quiz – which is seemingly boring, becomes exciting. The viewer instantly becomes attached to the old man and root for him to succeed in the quiz. At times it is both moving and laugh-out-loud funny and holds the attention throughout.
The Brothers, by B2/B8. Genre: Fantasy
Although in the Q&A afterwards we discovered that a team of 36 had worked on the film and the script was pretty much developed beforehand it didn’t totally spoil the magic.
Fantasy could be a tricky theme, but the team made it look easy and natural for this story of a man mourning the death of his brother. With romantic illustrations popping up in various scenes and touching moments of imaginary play between the pair, it made the audience smile but also feel the pain the man in mourning.
Time Runners, by The Night Crawlers (Pura Vida Media). Genre: Time Travel.
The creativity that oozed from this film was unparalleled. In the style of a documentary, it followed a delivery company who travel through time to get products to customers in literally no time at all.
The concept is silly but somehow, possibly due to the documentary style, it worked really well. The actors carried off their lines believably, particularly in an excellently portrayed break down of an ex-employee, and you could almost begin to believe the delivery service was real. Speckled with some genuinely witty moments, Time Runners is bound to do well in the competition.
Tickets are still available if you want to attend tonight’s screening of films from the London 48 Hour Film Project.
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