By Taylor | July 9, 2013
I’m finally getting to go to the place I’ve always dreamed of going. And for something that I’ve always dreamed of doing …. Los Angeles. And I’m going to my very own film screening.
Now it’s not MY film. I didn’t write the short, like I wish I did, but I did work on it. My second short film I’ve ever made is called “Fin Del Ano,” and a group and I filmed it back in May for the 168 Film Contest.
If you are unfamiliar with the 168 Film Contest or speed-filmmaking in general, it’s very simple. There are many of these contests around Columbus and around the world for that matter. It’s a very easy way to start making short films. Basically, you have an allotted number of hours – 48 hours, 72 hours, 168 hours – to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Seems tough? Well it is. And to make sure you don’t cheat, the contest rules give you a theme that you have to focus your screenplay on. And they don’t give it to you until the day you get to start. It’s an incredibly stressful yet even more incredibly fun experience, especially when you love what you do.
SO, the 168 Film Contest is an international Christian-filmmaking contest. On the day you are allowed to begin writing/filming, they give you a Bible verse. And your screenplay must present that Bible verse in a unique and powerful way. Over 150 films are entered all over the world, from Australia, to the U.S., to Africa. The contest is based out of Los Angeles, so all of the films are sent to them and judges pick the top 22.
Well our group, Team #103, from little old Columbus, Ohio MADE IT into that top 22. We MADE it! Our team is going to the final round of screenings and judging, held in Los Angeles…I lost my breath for a good hour after I found out.
Oh what’s the prize, you ask?
A one million dollar film budget.
… Let me repeat that.
A $1 Million Feature Film Production Budget.
To be able to work on a feature film of that magnitude would be unbelievable to me.
I’m more than elated for the upcoming screening in L.A. It’s not until August 8th, so more information and results later on ;)