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The Real Scare: Making a Short Film in 48 Hours

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PITTSBURGH- During October, the third annual 48 Hour Horror Film Project took place in southwest Pennsylvania. The 48 Hour Project is an event where teams script, film, edit, and produce a four to seven minute film in just two days. The October competition focuses on making horror movies.

Twenty-three teams participated and four of those were Westminster College student led groups. Each team diligently worked from Friday at seven p.m. till Sunday at seven p.m. to finish their films.

Why would anyone want to participate in a weekend of work and stress? The Westminster College teams participated as a requirement for their Video Production class. Other regional contesters including: Production crews, film enthusiasts, and newbies compete in the 48 Hour Horror Film Project to experience the project’s slogan,

“Because we had a cooler weekend than you.”         -48HHP

A week later, organizers held a screening at Pittsburgh’s Hollywood Theater in the Dormont neighorhood. A lively crowd of filmmakers, family and friends packed the venue.

Three judges then took the weekend to review the contestants’ films, and on Monday, Kahmeela Adams, the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Project producer, announced the award winners via Facebook Live. Kahmeela was impressed by the entries.

“I am consistently amazed. Every year these filmmakers get better and better and better.”                  -Kahmeela Adams

The team Gaff Tape and A Prayer’s film Unfinished won the title of Best Horror Film 2016. One reason filmmakers compete in the 48 Hour Project is to go to Filmapalooza, and Gaff Tape and A Prayer will be doing just that. Their film will be screened among other regional winners throughout the world next year in Seattle, Washington. The winner at Filmapalooza receives $50,000 and major bragging rights.

Two Westminster teams received awards for their films. Haunted Hillside Productions, led by Elisabetta Pontillo, received an award for Best Editing. Dunndo Studios, led by Troy Jackson and Doltyn Snedden, received three awards for their film Fever: Best Actor (Doltyn Snedden), Best Musical Score (Dan Swank), and Best Sound Design.

You can view a full list of award winners here: Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project


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