24-Hour Film Royal tasks filmmakers to produce on a deadline
Community filmmakers took part this weekend in the fifth 24-Hour Film Royal, which challenges teams to produce a film in a day.
Each film has to follow a few rules included in prompts that were announced noon Saturday at SteamDot Coffee Co. in the Midtown Mall.
For 2019, each film must include:
- A $5 bill
- The line, "Take five, you work too hard."
- A single point perspective shot, most common in Stanley Kubrick films.
One of the organizers, Matt Jardin said the best way to motivate someone to make a film is to give them a deadline.
"We created this event to get filmmakers just to force themselves to make a movie in a weekend," Jardin said. "For a lot of these filmmakers, this will be one of the only things they make all year."
The competition gives Alaskans a creative outlet in film after the state eliminated a program that offered film tax credits. The Alaska Film Production Tax Credit Program ran from 2008 through June 2015, when Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation officially ending the program. During that time, about $40 million was spent on subsidies, which filmmakers could get for hiring Alaskans to work on their movies. Many lawmakers viewed the program as too expensive after the drop in oil and Alaska's economic crisis.
While the 20-plus teams worked for a day on their films, organizers worked on one of their own: a behind-the-scenes documentary about the Film Royal, which will air during a screening of the other films.
Quinton Smith, an organizer, says he looks forward to how all the teams work to complete the end goal.
"It's amazing what you can do with an iPhone, as well as some professional film equipment, you know it's a wide variety from the competition," Smith said.
Each team paid a $20 entry fee to take part. The winning team will take home a plaque plus the combined entry fees of all teams.
Winners will be announced during a screening of all the short films May 4 at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.
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