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Man's mission: Complete film in 48 hours

July 28, 2013


July 28--ENID, Okla. -- An Enid filmmaker will enter the 48-Hour Film Project competition in Oklahoma City in August.

Christopher Sneed already has three feature-length films and four short films to his credit. One film, "Dark Mister," recently was shown on PEGASYS. The 48-Hour film event is Aug. 9-11, and Sneed must turn in his finished product on Aug. 11.

"Frank Baker sent me an email thinking I might be interested, and I was," Sneed said. All of the films will be shown Aug. 17. Awards will be presented for film, acting and writing.

The 48-Hour Film Project is an international organization that sponsors an event for aspiring filmmakers to produce a film in a 48-hour period. Sneed is allowed to take a team to Oklahoma City with him. He will draw a genre of film and will be given a character, a prop and a piece of dialogue that must be used. He is allowed to scout for locations ahead of time and must make a four- to seven-minute film in the 48-hour period. The 48-hours includes writing the script and making the film.

Sneed and co-writer Chandler Jackson will go to Oklahoma City Aug. 9 to begin writing the script. He has selected a cast of 10 people: Courtney Skaggs, Tricia Loucks, Daniel Johnson, Hogan Stevens, Jill Patterson Phillips, Christy Dillmon, Claud Reese, Tyler Bowen, Jean Renee White and Jackson. Location scouts are Rick Arliss and Katie Pearce.

Sneed said he is attending because there are not enough opportunities in Enid for creative people.

"We have some good outlets, such as the Gaslight Theatre, but we need more," Sneed said. "It's a nice creative springboard to get creative people thinking."

Sneed will share the copyright for the film with the 48-Hour Film organization for a year, then will be able to file his own. The winning film will compete against all state winners in a national competition, and the winner of that competition receives a $5,000 grand prize. Sneed's team is named Burning Clowns in honor of his production company Burning Clown Productions. The top 10 national films will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sneed said the contest is challenging, and he is entering new territory. For that reason, he selected a cast of people he knows will have good chemistry and strong local talent.

The 48-Hour Film Project calls itself a "wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie." This year, the project will visit 120 cities and expect more than 60,000 people to make short films. Projects are expected from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

The mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers, and the tight deadline puts the focus on the filmmaker, emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. The organization is 10 years old.


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