Several months ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Columbus installment of the 48 Hour Film Project. In a nutshell, the 48 Hour Film Project is a challenge for aspiring movie makers in which an aproximately five minute film is written, shot, and produced entirely within a 48 hour period of time. Content entrants meet up on a Friday night to pick their genre and find out what character, prop, and line of dialog must be included in their film, after which the teams work furiously to get their film done by the deadline on Sunday.
This year, every team's entry had to include a head of lettuce, the character "Lucas or Linda Bailey, Promotional Products Salesperson," and the line "Can you lend me some money?" Almost every entry I watched was at least entertaining to a degree, and most were surprisingly good. I was impressed with the level of quality and creativity that people were able to come up with under such pressure. A good friend of mine, Ben Brown, did the illustration -- yes, Illustration -- for one entry that was phenominal. "Aidan 5" went on to win Best Graphics and Visual Effects, Best Sound Design, honorable mention for Best Director and Music Score, and ultimately Best Film of the competition. I've been nagging Ben to get this up on the Internet for months, and I'm glad I can finally share it here. It's a fantastic piece of work.