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Class 177241: Acting in a 48 Hour Movie
Meeting 1: Friday July 1, 6 pm-9 pm
Meeting 2: Friday July 8, 6 pm-9 pm
Meeting 3 (Filming Day): Saturday July 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (You must be available for this full time on filming day)

Location for Friday meetings: Phinney Neighborhood Center (north Seattle, near Green Lake)
Location for Meeting 3: Somewhere in Seattle (TBA)
Instructor: Nils Osmar

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How the class works

  • In the First two meetings, we’ll do some fun acting exercises, and come up with a list of available props, costumes, and possible locations for filming (so we can be ready for whatever genre we end up with).
  • In the Saturday meeting, we’ll spend the entire day filming the movie. You must be available for filming for the entire day (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) on 7/15.
  • The instructor will then spend all day Sunday editing the movie.
  • A week or two later, the class will screen at a Seattle theater, as part of the 48 Hour Film Project festival.  (Dozens of teams participate in the event.) Everyone is welcome to come down and watch our movie, along with a bunch of other movies made in the same weekend, along with a huge crowd  

  • 48 Hour Movies are fun.  We get our assignment on a Friday night; film the movie on Saturday; the instructor will edit it on Sunday, then it will be turned in on Sunday night.
  • Teams are not allowed to write, edit or film 48 hour movies in advance. So all filming will take place in the final (Saturday) meeting.
  • A week or two after the class, the movie will play in a major Seattle theater, along with a bunch of other movies made in the 48.  
  • This class is open to everyone who has taken Acting 101, 102, 103 or 104 through Rekindle, or who has the instructor’s permission
  • This class can either be taken by itself just for fun, or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


  • QUESTION: What will we be doing in the class?
    ANSWER:  We’ll do improv exercises, and “quick filming” exercises to fine-tune and hone our acting skills and get the group working together as a team. 
  • QUESTION: What will our genre be? (What will the film be about?)
    ANSWER: There’s no way to know our genre, or what the movie will be about, till we receive our assignment on Friday night. We could be assigned any genre. (This is to keep scripts from being written in advance.) In previous fests, we’ve filmed action movies; romances; road trip movies; zombie movies; thrillers; science fiction movies; black comedies; and fantasies.
  • QUESTION: What theater will the movie play in?
    ANSWER: All of the movies made in the festival will play in the SIFF Uptown Theater on Queen Anne Hill.
  • QUESTION: Will we all edit the movie together?
    ANSWER: No, that would be impossible. (Most editing for 48 hour films ends up being done in the middle of the night!) The focus of the class is on training and upgrading students’ acting skills as preparation to give a great acting performance in a 48 hour film.
  • QUESTION: Do I have to take a class like this, in order to participate in the 48 hour project?
    ANSWER: No, not at all. The 48 Hour Project is open to anyone who pays the entry fee, sets up a team, and can write and film and edit a movie and get it turned in by the deadline. 
  • QUESTION: What’s the difference between this class and Let’s Make a Movie? ANSWER: In Let’s Make a Movie, we have several weeks to make a movie, including three full days of filming. Then it’s edited over a two or three week period, after which we have a wrap party for family and friends.
  • The finished film made in a Let’s Make a Movie class can be up to 15 minutes long, but movies made in 48 hour films can only be 7 minutes long.
  • Doing a Let’s Make a Movie film is a good way to get something you can use in your actor reel. In 48 hour projects movies, we just have a weekend. So we have to hit the ground running, and rush like made to make the deadline.
  • Making a 48 hour experience movie is a wild experience and a great challenge for the actors. It’s like nothing else in the world. And when it’s done, the movie screens in a theater in front of hundreds of people and can go on to win audience awards, actor awards and other prizes, at an awards ceremony after all of the movies are screened. It’s a great way to connect with the larger acting and filmmaking community in Seattle. It’s total fun.