Make the song the compulsory element for next year's 48 Hrs? :)
Posts by clang
I think stock footage would be a great compulsory element one year - i.e. teams must use at least x seconds of a supplied clip (from a small selection of choices) somewhere in their film, either straight, as a compositing element (e.g. as a background) or as secondary footage (e.g. seen on a TV).
However the footage would need to be very generic, e.g. landscapes, skies, cities.
Back on topic, 'footage' isn't that well defined in the current rules. In years past, rules explicitly stated that photos didn't count as 'footage', e.g. you could do a Ken Burns-style film using nothing but 50-year-old photographs. But now? Am I technically breaking the rules if I use a public domain pic of a sky as a background in my film?
Really hoping it will be streamed online again this year...
Funnier and better than I'd expected - well worth a watch: http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/find-me-maori-bride/S01E001/find-me-maori-bride-series-1-episode-1
Syncing can indeed be a time suck, and may be more trouble than it's worth in the 48 Hrs situation. Ditto for lav mics and other fancy stuff. Especially if you don't have an experienced sound techy.
I presume you're using a Canon 600D - that does at least have a external mic socket, so the simplest solution is a decent mic that will plug into that, and a long cable so you can use a boom pole or mic stand. For most DSLRs, there's nothing wrong with the sound recording, just the terrible onboard mic.
The point about good casting is well made, but in the 48 Hrs situation, we usually have little choice about our acting pool. So I recommend going in the opposite direction: as part of prep, make a summary of all your significant acting talent, with photos, lists of interesting things they can do (speak French, play the ukulele, tap dance, juggle babies, whatever) or can't do (ride a bike, sing or dance (vital to know if you get 'musical'), whatever). Have that list available to the writers on Friday night, so they can potentially write characters to suit those actors' abilities.
The same is true of locations: if you have a farm available, or an office, or a kindergarten, or whatever, the writers need to know that. Again, photos are a big help.
Small Blurry Films has crashed and burned the last two years running, not completing anything. Am considering an unofficial entry, i.e. jumping on the web site at 7 pm and randomly allocating myself a genre and making a film, just for the practice, while saving the entry fee. (Yeah, I'm poor. And cheap.)
But if I do so, Poetic Justice will then intervene, and I'll have a brilliant idea, write a fantastic script, film everything perfectly on the first take, edit in a couple of hours, end up with my best film ever, and realise I'm unable to enter it :(