What is the 48 Hour Film Project?
It's your chance to stop talking and start filming! The premise? Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. All creativity—writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 48 hour window beginning Thursday at 12:00pm and ending Saturday at 12:00pm. Okay so let's get a few other questions out of the way.
48 Hour Film FAQ
1. How much does it cost?
$50 per person
The team registration fee is for the entire team and includes one free ticket to the screenings (which are given to the team leader).
2. If I have to drop out, can I get a refund?
Crashlanded will not refund entry Fee
CrashLanded does not waive entry fees. CrashLanded believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, CrashLanded does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.
3. What are the films about?
Each team selects the genre for its movie in a random drawing 15 minutes before the start of the competition. In addition, teams are given a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film.
4. Who sees the films?
The films screen to the Crashlanded audiences and Online. Of course the filmmakers, actors, family and friends are there to enthusiastically support the premiere of the weekend's work. But also supporters of the local film community, and discriminating viewers who want to see something new—something raw and alive—are there to feel the creative energy.
5. Who are the filmmakers?
The Crashlanded Film Project is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike. Rules state that all team members (crew and cast) must be volunteers. Most teams consist of film and video professionals. And teams have attracted some top talent on both sides of the camera.
6. Is there a limit to the number of people on a team?
No. But all Volunteers to the Film Must be Listed in Closing credits for their contribution.
7. Am I allowed to be on more than one team?
Yes, you're allowed. We hope you can make the scheduling work out!
8. How long are the films?
The films are short; they must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes long. Short is good. Not only are shorter films tighter and usually more interesting, they are more marketable.
9. Where and when are they shown?
Films Will be shown at Crashlanded event. Films will also be shown on the Roku Channel 62 as well as Crashlanded Youtube page. The Highest ranking entries will also be shown at next years Crashlanded.
10. How is the event advertised?
The event is advertised by word of mouth, on the web, and via local press. Local filmmakers and organizations are our most vocal supporters and do a great job spreading the word. In each city, the CrashlandedFilm Project has generated considerable interest from local media.
11. What should I do with my film after the competition?
Get it out there! Enter it into festivals, play it in public screenings, upload it to websites, get it on television, and show it to anyone you can. Be sure you abide by any restrictions in the Team Leaders's Agreement.
12. May I show a modified version of my film?
Yes, presuming that the showing adheres to the Team Leader's Agreement that you signed when entering the Crashlanded Film Project. If it is a modified version of a Crashlanded Film Project film, please include a title card and a mention in the end credits that say:
The concept for this film developed during the Crashlanded Film Project. [http://crash-landed.com]
13. Will I win?
Depends on what you mean by winning. So if winning means getting that grand prize, you've got your work cut out for you. But don't let that discourage you—you can do it!
14. Will I get rich?
Probably not. As far as we know, no one has made much money selling a 48 hour CrashlandedFilm Project film....yet.
15. Who judges the films?
We gather a group of film and video professionals to serve as our judges. These judges generally have extensive experience within the field. We require these judges to be fair and impartial. Our judges donate their time and talent to rate the films. In addition to determining the winner they also select a number of other awards.
16. Can I or my organization be a sponsor?
Of course! Please go to Crash-Landed.com for Sponsorship information
17. Does the maximum length of the film include credits?
No. Your film may be 7 minutes long plus 1 minute of credits.
19. Are credits in the beginning permissible?
Opening credits are allowed. They do not count against the credit time limit. However, they do count against the 7 minutes of film. Remember, the audience is here to watch, not read.
20. Are we allowed to have footage under our closing credits?
Yes, however, the narrative must end before the closing credits begin. So outtakes, Ferris-Bueller-like antics, or bonus scenes are allowed. But if we removed the credits, the movie should still feel complete.
21. Can I film outside of my city?
Absolutely! The only requirements are that you have a representative from your team at the Kickoff and that you deliver your film to the Dropoff. Other than that, it's up to you.
22. Are stock footage and photos allowed?
Stock film and video footage is prohibited, except as part of a special effects filter. However, if you have the rights to them, then stock photos are permitted. In other words, you may use photos not taken during the Crashlanded time period. Note that photos cannot be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.
23. Is animation allowed?
Yes. However—while you may use still drawings created before the Project—you may not use sequences of drawings created before the Project to create the illusion of motion. Using existing images and 3D objects is permissible, provided that you have full and permanent rights to them. Again, only animation created during the 48 hour period is allowed. And, as with a live action film, you must have all rights to the animation you submit.
24. What about special effects? What's allowed?
You may use special effects that involve any of the allowed elements that you have rights to: still photographs, footage shot during the 48 hours, or footage rendered during the 48 hours. You may also use stock footage if it is part of a post-production effect or on a background screen or television and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the 48 hours. Stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.
25. May we include our logo that was made before the filmmaking weekend?
Yes, provided that it begins the film and is shorter than five seconds long. Note that the logo does count against the 7 minute running time of the film.
26. Should we shoot in HD? Should we shoot in widescreen? Should we use surround sound?
Unless you are otherwise notified, your film will be shown in Standard Definition in stereo or mono. So you may shoot in HD or use surround sound, but the film will generally not be projected that way. Please make sure that you adhere to the format requirements found on the Crashlanded page.
27. Do I need to subtitle my film?
No. However, if the judges cannot understand your film, they are less likely to give it awards.
28. My file doesn't fit on my flash drive. What do I do?
It might be that you've got the drive formatted for the wrong file system. Generally drives come formatted with the FAT32 file system, which cannot store files larger than 2GB. If you're on a Mac, format your drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled). If you're on a PC, format your drive to NTFS.
29. Does every team member have to sign the Team Leader's Agreement?
No, only the team leader needs to sign it. However, everyone who works on the film must sign the Liability Waiver form. See the production documents page for more details.
30. What's a logline?
A logline is a very short, catchy summary of the story, usually not longer than one sentence. We ask you to provide a logline for your film on the Wrap Up Form. EXAMPLE: Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl seeks a way home to Kansas, befriending along the way a scarecrow without a brain, a tin woodsman without a heart, and a lion without courage.
31. Can we submit a emailed release form?
Yes, if you are working with someone out of town, they can email you the release form? Please include a paper copy of the emailed release form with the rest of your paperwork.
32. How do we document public domain or royalty-free music and photos?
Have the person who has the rights to the music or materials sign the release form. In the case of royalty-free materials, this is the person who purchased them. In the case of public domain materials, this could be anyone on the team. Please also include documentation that shows your rights to the music or materials, such as a license, a purchase receipt, or a statement by the author.
33. Is music or materials from Creative Commons allowed?
You may use Creative Commons music or materials that are Attribution Only. If the Creative Commons license is either Non-Commercial or Sharealike, it is not compatible with the Crashlanded Film Project's Team Leader's Agreement and therefore cannot be used.
34. Do I need a Location Release to shoot on public property?
No, but you may need a permit. We do not require you to prove to us that you received a permit, but you may be stopped from shooting or even fined if you do not have one. Please check with your local film commissioner.
35. Can I get a copy of my submitted film and/or paperwork?
Yes, copies of the release forms and/or film may be requested by the team leader—or an individual release form by a team participant. To request a copy, please send a letter with your name, team name, the film name, the year, and a check made out to the Dynamite coventions (to cover our costs). The check should be for $75 if you want just the paperwork, $100 if you want just the film, or $150 if you want both the film and the paperwork. Send these to: Crashlanded: Archive Request 2318 W New Orleans Broken Arrow, OK 74011
36. Can the required character be heard instead of seen?
No, we must actually see the required character in some way on the screen. Just being audible off screen - like on the other end of a phone conversation - does not count. Remember, he/she need not be the star of the film, just make an appearance.
37. Didn't you miss number18?
Actually wanted to see if you were paying attention. Good catch!
Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY
Selected Films and Winners
RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.
Character, Prop & Line Requirements
The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.
The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.
The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.
Adherence to Assignment
Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.
Elements in Credits Do Not Count
The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.
If You're Going To Be A Successful Filmmaker, You've Got To Have The Right Paperwork!!
Film Releases are an important part of the filmmaking process. Without all of the releases your brilliant movie could run into legal issues and/or not be screened. We've got all of the forms that you need. Start by reviewing the rules and FAQs.
The Team Leader Agreement must be brought to the Kickoff Event. The rest are all due at the Dropoff Event, along with your film.
All creative work must be done during the official filmmaking period; however, you can get some of the tedious paperwork done ahead of time.
Waiver and Release Forms
Get your team members to sign releases ahead of time - then you don't have to worry with it during crunch time.
This helps Protects everyone involved
Some local musicians, bands & composers may be willing to let you use their work in your film because it creates additional exposure for their talents.
You may use music or materials that fall under the Attribution license. This is the only CC lisense that meets the Crashlanded conditions.
Note: Creative Commons licenses that are either Non-Commercial or Sharealike are NOT compatible with the Crashlanded Team Leader's Agreement and therefore can NOT be used.
You are allowed to scout possible locations in advance. This will also come in handy for creating your storyline. It's easier to write the script when you know what you have available.
The Crashlanded does not require you obtain permits for filming; however, it's possible your city may require permits for certain locations.
Hint: Your local film commission is a good resource to learn what is and isn't permitted in your city.