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Competing With A Camera

An open call to find 48-hour filmmakers on campus

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: Ohio Union Television and Film, one of Ohio State’s student-run film clubs, is hosting a university-wide 48-hour film competition from April 12th to April 14th! This is the competition’s first year, and the club hopes that it will become a tradition every spring for film and non-film students alike to do something creative with a medium that is more accessible every year. If you’re interested, but unfamiliar with 48-hour film competitions, or looking for more deets, here’s how it’s all going to work…

The kickoff is on Friday, April 12th at 6pm in Enarson 222. Groups who enter will randomly draw for a given genre, prop, and dialogue line. (A quick note about this part— randomizing everyone’s genre and having mandatory props and dialogue lines are standard rules for 48-hour film competitions because it ensures that every team creates something truly original in the 48 hours instead of turning in something they’ve already put a lot of work into). 

Expect the kickoff to last about an hour. Afterwards, teams will have 48 hours—or until 7pm on Sunday April 14th—to write, shoot, edit, and turn in their films at Enarson 222. Films will then be judged over the course of the next week, and awards will be announced the following weekend on Sunday April 21st. 

Thinking about competing amongst the creators? Here are some tips and advice before jumping in headfirst from OUTVF’s President, graduating Film Studies major, and 48-hour veteran, Quinn Wright.


What if I want to be a part but I don’t have the fanciest equipment available?

“You can shoot on your phone if you don’t have a camera! There was even an entry at Sundance this past year that was shot entirely on an iPhone and it looked amazing.”

How can my team prepare beforehand when there’s so much we won’t know until kickoff?“Planning is everything. 48 hours isn’t a long time, so do as much coordinating as possible of who will do what before the kickoff.”

What should we tackle first?

“Write your story the night of the kickoff. Try not to go to sleep until you have something close to a final draft of your script.”

What factors besides the script itself should we anticipate while writing?

“Know or have an idea of where you can shoot while you’re writing. Again, there’s a lot of limits on you in 48 hours, so be smart and practical, and focus on making the best movie you can out of what you have to work with.” 

Any advice for intimidated newcomers to the 48-hour festivity?

“Have fun! The films are all going to be short; and while it’s not a lot of time to write, shoot, and edit, 48 hours is plenty of time to enjoy doing something creative with your friends!”

For more information on the event, stop by Enarson 259 any Thursday at 7pm or email ohiouniontelevision@gmail.com. 

Kevin Keaton

Kevin Keaton


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