(Re-posted from The Reminder)
by Chris Maza
May 28, 2012
If you had only 48 hours to make an award-winning movie, could you do it?
Dan Quiterio thinks he has what it takes.
The Ludlow native now located in the Big Apple is taking part in an international filmmaking contest called the 48 Hour Film Project taking place in New York City from June 1 to 3.
The objective of the contest is for a team to create a short film from start to finish in two days’ time. Teams randomly pick a genre and must create a four- to seven-minute film using the same common character, line of dialogue, and prop given to all contestants in a certain city.
Once they have those elements, they must devise a story, write a script, shoot the film, edit it, and submit the final product before the clock runs out. The winning films are screened in a theater and go on to well-known film festivals, such as the Cannes International Film Festival in France.
“It’s kind of like one of those cooking shows on TV in which chefs are given some random ingredients and have to turn them into a gourmet meal in 30 minutes,” Quiterio said. “The only real planning we’re allowed to do in advance is securing potential locations, actors, crew, and equipment. Of course, we won’t know what our needs will be until we have some vital questions answered once the competition begins, so you really have to be flexible.”