The coronavirus is upsetting daily life and presenting new challenges. For filmmakers who are looking for a creative outlet in these uncertain times, we have the Stuck at Home 48HFP.
This is a filmmaking competition open to any filmmaker around the world. On Friday night, you will receive the secret challenge. You and those in your home will have 48 hours to brainstorm, write and shoot a simple scene or scenes and upload them to the 48HFP Facebook Page.
How to participate? Simple! There’s no cost. Register to receive the official challenge assignment and uploading instructions. One registration signs you up for all three challenges.
Remember, our utmost concern is to ensure the health and safety of our filmmakers. You must decide if you’re able to participate at this time. The Stuck at Home 48 is an optional Project that provides filmmakers a creative outlet and a way to prepare for the regular 48.
Our regular 48 Hour Film Project cities will be starting in the summer.
Who is eligible?
Everyone is eligible – whether a 48 veteran or someone coming to the 48 for the first time. The most important consideration is that you and your team practice safe social distancing and that your participation does not jeopardize anyone’s health.
How is it different?
COVID-19 has us stuck at home, right? Therefore, you’ll need all your creativity and ingenuity to overcome these limitations:
All footage must be shot at home
You may collaborate remotely
Electronic Kickoff & Dropoff
How do we collaborate?
It’s a challenge that will test your creativity. Of course, you can simply collaborate with the people in your home – in the spirit of the Stuck at Home 48HFP. Or you can collaborate remotely. Your script can be written by someone halfway around the world, or co-written by you and a teammate connected online. Scenes can be shot in different homes and files shared electronically. And remote musical collaboration is a staple of the regular 48.
When is the competition?
There will be (3) filmmaking weekends – participate in any one you want… or do them all! There will be a different secret challenge each weekend.
March 27 – 29, 2020
April 3 – 5, 2020
April 17 – 19, 2020
How does it work?
The challenge will be short and allow for maximum creativity. It will be announced online on Friday at 7:00 pm local time. You will have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short video. Your entry must be uploaded by Sunday evening.
April 3 – 5, 2020
Weekend II: Film Mashup
After reading these instructions, scroll down the page to find your Time Zone where you will see two sets of films.
Your mission is to choose two films from the lists provided for your Time Zone. Select one from Film Set A and one from Film Set B.
Now imagine what a mashup of these two films would look like. For this imagined mashup, you have 48 hours to create:
The trailer should be at least 90 seconds long, but no more than 3 minutes. This does not include the 60 seconds you’re allowed for end credits.
Note: The footage in your trailer should be original and shot during the weekend. You should not use actual footage from either of the original films.
Remember: You’re making a trailer for the imagined film this mashup would result in. You are not being asked to mashup the footage of these films.
What’s a Mashup?
This is when you combine elements from two or more sources (films in this case).
Film Mashup Example
Films: Peter Pan & Silence of the Lambs
Title: Silence of the Pan
Logline: The story of Wendy and Tinkerbell, two detectives determined to bring a young, flying serial killer to justice.
The “Stuck at Home 48” Guidelines
The “Stuck at Home 48” film challenges scheduled for March 27-29, April 3-5, and April 17-19, 2020 are intended to be fun, creative challenges. It is a test of each team’s creativity and ingenuity in responding to a creative challenge. The film challenges are not a contest. There is no entry review. There are no prizes. It is an optional event that participants may participate in at their own expense and risk. There is no entry fee to participate.
The guidelines are very simple and are loosely based on the regular 48 Hour Film Project rules.
A. The Stuck At Home 48 Film Challenges will happen on the weekends of March 27-29, April 3-5, and April 17-19. Participants are welcome to enter one, two or all three challenges.
B. The official time period each weekend is 7 pm on Friday evening (filmmaker local time) to 7:30 pm Sunday evening (filmmaker local time).
C. The participating filmmaker/team will receive its secret film challenge on Friday night and must complete its film/video entry in time to upload it to an online location (to be announced), on Sunday by 7:30pm.
D. All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Costume/Set Design, Shooting, Editing, Sound Design, Rendering, Uploading entry to official online location.
E. The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is: Organizing Crew, Organizing Cast, Securing Equipment.
F. Cast and Crew limited to ONLY those people in your home and the homes of teammates who you connect with remotely. During this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic, all teams are expected to respect local rules and regulations prohibiting meetings, and must follow all social distancing and health and cleanliness protocols. Team members may be added at any time throughout the project.
G. All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project.
H. All footage must be shot at home. This means it must be in the home or on the home property of any member of your team. Footage shot in public space or common space is not permitted.
I. Animation and special effects are permitted but must be created during the Official Time Period.
J. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.
K. The secret film challenge will include a creative challenge for the filmmaker/team to respond to. It may include, but is not limited to: Genre, Character, Prop, Line of Dialogue or other film related element.
L. Filmmaker/team must have authorization if copyrighted material is used. This includes music, video, and any other materials that someone else has created. (e.g., filmmaker may not use a popular song as the film’s soundtrack unless filmmaker has written permission.)
M. Minimum and Maximum Film Length:
a. March 27-29: minimum TRT of 2 minutes, and a maximum TRT of 5 minutes.
b. April 3-5: minimum TRT of 90 seconds, and a maximum TRT of 3 minutes.
c. April 17-19: minimum TRT of 2 minutes, and a maximum TRT of 5 minutes.
These are the length of the entry—not including end credits. Credits must be less than 60 seconds.
N. Unlike the 48HFP, filmmaker/team is not required to submit production documents or Certification Statement. It is the responsibility of each Team Leader to ensure that each team member has agreed to participate.
O. Teams will receive instructions with the challenge telling them:
a. Where to upload/post their entry
b. What information to include when uploading/posting their entry
P. All teams should include the following opening slates:
a. Slate one:
i. Team Name
ii. Team Leader Name
iii. 48HFP City (or your own city if you don’t have a 48HFP City)
iv. Film Name
b. Slate two:
i. This film created for the Stuck at Home 48 (challenge dates)
Q. Films may be in any language and subtitles are optional. Films have a broader appeal if they are subtitled.
R. All entries must be suitable for publication and meet the standards of the sites where uploaded. In general, the entries must not be indecent, obscene or contain pornographic materials.
S. Mature Content. If your film contains mature content, please indicate when posting. Mature content may include: violence, sex, drug use, nudity and language. (Hey, there may be kids watching these films, so let’s give the parents a warning.)
T. By submitting an Entry into this Stuck At Home 48, each Entrant warrants and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the video or digital recording, and the performance contained in each Entry. Each Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the Entry to grant the rights
to the Project Parties described in these Official Rules. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold the 48HFP and AT-HOME, Project Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the Project Indemnitees), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnitees due to or arising out of the Entrant’s Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of
privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless “48HFP” and “AT-HOME” and the Project Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of “48HFP” or the Project Parties infringes on the rights
of Entrant’s work as contained in any Entry.
SAG/AFTRA: The 48HFP SAG Agreement does not cover performances in the Stuck At Home 48. These are filmmaking challenges and not a competition. Please note: SAG has restrictions on posting films with SAG actors on the web. SAG members may wish to check with SAG.
LATE FILMS: The purpose of the Stuck At Home 48 is to challenge yourself as a filmmaker and to learn from the experience. If you miss the deadline, keep working and upload/post as soon as you can.
JUDGING: These challenges are not reviewed by judges. There are no prizes. Everyone who participates wins by learning something from the challenge that improves his/her filmmaking skills.
Where may I film?
At home only.
“Stuck at Home” 48 Hour Film Challenge April 17-19, 2020
We are looking for talent and crew to participate on our team. You must be able to do everything from home, thus the challenge. We need you to possibly but available Friday night, Saturday and night and possibly Sunday morning.
All footage must be shot during the project weekend and in the home or on the home property of any member of your team. Footage shot in public space or common space is not permitted.