Filmmakers unite


Schoolcraft hosts 48-Hour Film Challenge

by Cody Yarbrough, Staff Writer

On Nov. 9-11 creative minds of aspiring filmmakers will descend upon Schoolcraft College to be put to the test at the 2018 Schoolcraft Film Challenge. Over course of 48 hours participants must write, film, edit and upload a film that is no more than seven minutes including credits. Participants can either get a group of friends together or do it all by themselves. There is no limit to the amount of people on a team. This is an excellent networking event for aspiring filmmakers to connect with industry professionals and show their films to the public.
At the start of the 48 hours on Nov. 9, a representative of each participating team must be present at the challenge briefing on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in VisTaTech room VT550. At this time all the required elements such as a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in the film will be announced. To qualify for awards at the Schoolcraft Film Challenge, each film must contain all required elements and adhere to the rules stated.
Groups will be given a prop and a line that must be used in the film (this makes sure that no one tries to submit a film they’ve already started working on). After that, groups are free to let their imagination run wild to create the best films. Films can be written in any genre like a drama, comedy, an action, even sci-fi or fantasy. Animation and stop-motion films are accepted as well. Whatever participants create, it must be done within 48 hours exactly and not a minute more, so make sure to consider upload time while working on the film.
Screening of films and awards ceremony will take place on Nov. 11 starting at 7 p.m. in
VisTaTech 550. The screening is free and open to the public. Schoolcraft will be giving out prizes to the winners including hundreds of dollars in gift cards, books on directing and filmmaking to help hone the film craft, and certificates for each category. While participants may not win the main category “Best of show”, there are several subcategories that to succeed in like “Best use of prop”, “Best use of line” and “Audience choice” up for grabs. A panel of judges will screen and make decisions during the event. Judges will decide on the films to receive the awards and how to distribute the prizes. Generous sponsors of the event include Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH, Your Entourage Agency, CLV Productions, Aquatic Adventures of Michigan, Michigan Production Alliance, Schoolcraft College and Schoolcraft Computer Graphics Technology Department.
“The Schoolcraft Film Challenge is a great opportunity for anybody to experience what it’s like to be a filmmaker. We have had Elementary School students, high school students, college level and even professionals that are already in the industry all participate in the challenge. Having a live audience watch your film on a large screen is an amazing feeling that everybody should experience,” said Schoolcraft Computer Graphics Technology instructor and producer of the Schoolcraft Film Challenge, Jeremy Salo.
The entry fee is $15, but a $5 discount is applied for filmmakers who sign up before Nov. 2. Teams must register and be accepted in order to participate. Filmmakers must message name, email, and phone number through the 48 Challenge Facebook page at to sign up.
For participants that want to be part of a team but don’t have anyone to join in a group, Schoolcraft’s Video Production club is participating in the contest, and looking for new members. To join, visit the Student Activities office located in the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech Center and ask for club president, Eryn Hutchins.