Several members of Team Chiaroscuro and I attended the “Best of the 48-Hour Film Festival” last night. Like most awards ceremonies, some got what they deserved, and some did not. I was sad to hear that one of the films I really liked was disqualified for using footage that was shot prior to the start of the contest. That is cheating, but I know of other teams who used ideas and plots that were developed prior to the start of the contest. The same kind of cheating, but more difficult to get caught at.
There will be people whose goal is to ‘win’ the contest – to get the vote or award, or to get on the DVD no matter what, and cheating is OK (they believe) as long as they don’t get caught. Too bad really, because there are other festivals those people could go to, (other planets
Limiting the resources of time, format and movie length levels the playing field a bit, making it easier for a hobbyist to compete against professionals. You don’t need to be a wizard at Premiere or Final Cut to make a respectable movie in 48 hours. I should know, because Team Chiaroscuro did it. The video will be posted to the web soon, check back here for the link.
I was glad to see that Central Services “Dangerous Proximity” won the Best Cinematography and Best Picture awards at the 48. They deserved it. Their movie was in our group, and I voted for them, so it was nice to know we lost out against one of the best films at the whole festival.