ACTING IN A 48 HOUR HORROR MOVIE

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Class 179586: ACTING IN A HORROR MOVIE
• There are two 2-hour class meetings, then one full day of filming.
• Meeting 1 (class): Saturday Oct. 1, 1 pm-3 pm (Phinney Neighborhood Center)
• Meeting 2 (class): Saturday Oct. 8, 1 pm-3pm (Phinney Neighborhood Center)
• Meeting 3 (Film Day!): Saturday Oct. 15, 9 a.m-7 p.m. (Location TBA)

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Instructor: Nils Osmar


In this class, we’ll make a short HORROR film for a 48 hour film festival – then it will play down in a Seattle theater along with several short films from other teams participating in the same festival.

  • Our first two meetings are a bunch of acting and improv exercises, getting to know each other, and gearing up to make a short film. 
  • We get our assignment (our movie’s exact genre, line of dialogue, prop, and a character and occupation) on Friday, October 14th at 7 pm. The instructor will write the script on that night and email it to the class by midnight.
  • We’ll film the movie the next day (Saturday 10/15)
  • It’ll be edited on Sunday 10/20 (and turned in by the 7 pm deadline). 
  • About two weeks later, our movie will play on a movie screen in a major Seattle theater (along with several other movies made in the fest.)
  • And a few weeks after that, there will be an awards ceremony at the theater for the winning films (which everyone can attend). Fun times!

What will the movie be about?

  • We won’t know till the Friday before we film it.
  • We do know that it’s horror.  But horror has lots of sub-genres. 
  • Whatever sub-genre we’re assigned, we’ll roll with it and have fun.

Will we write the movie in class?

  • No, that would be a violation of the contest rules. 
  • Our focus in the class will be on honing and sharpening our acting skills so that on the day of filming, we’ll be ready to hit the ground running and make a great little film.

Will we all write it as a group?

  • No, we’ve found that to be impossible for a project on such a tight timeline. The instructor will write it.

Can students suggest script ideas?

Yes. There will be opportunities on the Friday night before filming, once we know our horror genre, for everyone who has ideas, to email them in to Nils.  All suggestions must be received by 7:30 pm on Friday. Nils will then turn off his email and write the script. The script will be finished and emailed out to the class by midnight on Friday. We film it the next day.

Do I have to take a class like this, in order to participate in 48 hour film competitions?

No. 48 Hour Film festivals are open to anyone who pays the entry fee, finds or rents a location, sets up a team, finds a director, cinematographer, composer, and editor, and can write and film and edit a movie and get it turned in by the deadline.

If I sign up for the class, will I have a speaking role in the movie?

  • Everyone in the class who wants to be in the movie, and shows up ready to be filmed, will be in it. A role will be written for everyone. Unless we get a sub-genre such as “silent movie” which can’t have dialogue, everyone will have a speaking role.

Will there be dialogue to learn?

  • 48 hour movies are short (they are limited to 7 minutes plus credits), so there will be some dialogue to learn, but not a huge amount.