Last Wednesday, Channelside Cinemas played host to the Tampa/St. Petersburg leg of the international 48 Hour Film Project. Due to the number of teams participating this year, organizers split entries over two screenings, one at 6:30 pm and one at 9:30 pm. Both shows played to packed houses.
So how did our Bay area filmmakers fare against the world?
I'll be honest there were a lot of plastic guns in these films. There's just something about amateur filmmaking that brings out the shoot-em-up lust in us all.
However, considering the time constraints, it's clear that these filmmakers kept their noses to the grindstone. Surprisingly high-quality editing and image correction, well-rounded and performed stories, and even the occasional successful special effect were peppered generously throughout the film selection.
Hopefully our semi-finalists will end up giving the filmmakers of the world a run for their money this year at Cannes.