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48 hours to make a film

So, once again, the team here at MotionBlurr along with our friends and fellow film makers have signed ourselves up for Sci-Fi London’s 48 Hour Film Competition. For those of you who don’t know this is basically a weekend of questionable fun in which you are given, as the name suggests, 48 earth hours to plan, script, shoot, edit and finalise a film a 5 minute film. You are given: a title, a prop, a line of dialogue and (since last year) a theme.

Now I don’t really think the whole format is particularly conducive to great quality film making, given the short space of time things tend to get rushed. But every time I’ve undergone this energy-drink-fuelled-madness I’ve learnt a hell of a lot.

Even if we had had any trepidation about signing up, the organisers only went and got director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil’s Backbone) on the judging panel this year. And it didn’t stop there, the whole judging panel makes me shake in my metaphorical film maker’s boots.

Looking Back

Now, this is technically our third year of entry. But the last two years we were registered under different names, and this marks the first year that we will come together under the newly formed “MotionBlurr Film”. Oh yes, dear reader, I know you feel the excitement too. The first year was an interesting effort that exists somewhere in the dev null of the internet, but last year we learnt from our mistakes and put something a bit more coherent together. We were given the following specifications:

Title – This Dead Planet
Prop – We see a character put two pieces from the same jigsaw into two different envelopes, seal them, and write a symbol on each.
Dialogue – Speculate all you like, we need hard facts… now get me online.
Theme – What if people could reproduce asexually?

As outrageous as the ‘Prop’ was we later discovered that lots of other people were given the same ridiculously complicated action to somehow shoe-horn into a plot. We tried to do something a bit different with it in the end, in our accidentally Matrix styled piece:

Ok, so it’s not going to win any awards (and in fact it didn’t), but if you were to look back at our first entry back in 2011 we’ve come leaps and bounds. And since this entry the whole team has come a long way. We’re putting the gloves back on, and getting pumped up for Round 3.

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