After jumping back and forth on whether or not I should do it, to being super nervous of the outcome, sleepless nights, and creating a film- I got to be a part of the 48-hour film project in New Mexico. And it was amazing.

The 48 Hour Film Project, according to the website is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and families. This is a perfect description of how the event is.

After the films are made, there is a deliberation process in order to pick a winner. It goes as follows:

Considerations For Best Film

  • Artistic Merit (story, creativity, entertainment, etc.) – 45%
  • Technical Merit – 30%
  • Adherence to the Assignment – 25%

Audience Award

All films, on-time and late, are eligible for the Audience Award, which is determined by audience ballot at the premiere screenings in each city.

Winners could receive a $1000 prize OR MORE. We even had to pay money to enter this event.


So, my group of pals -there’s about 4-5 of us- thought about how we were going to get a crew together. We could just do it, but having more of a crew would make the film more professional and easy. I was super scared about this, I don’t know a lot of diverse filmmakers (sound, lighting, etc). However, I did know two awesome photographers, and I decided to ask them to join. They did! 2 helpers ready to do anything I need them to. Then, my friend Francisco got a bunch of film people to join in, and even they knew people. We ended up with 25 people altogether. That’s insane! But awesome. We had a “full” crew!

We then proceeded to have meetings with our film groups. There, we discussed potential outcomes for whatever genre we got. They gave us two random genres and we had to pick which ever one we wanted. We were all so nervous. We definitely didn’t want Western because of props, and we definitely didn’t want road movie because of driving and filming.

So then, it began.

Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Not the entire crew, but a group of us came to a warehouse filled with our competition. 40 other groups, in fact. It was a packed, angsty room as everyone awaited our genre. Boy, our hearts were racing! When people began lining up, our group leader grabbing our genre, we all stood up. He walked up to us, our genres to choose were between Buddy Film or Mockumentary. I was ecstatic. I love mockumentaries. I was ready, and the team gave me the director. I now had 48 hours to create a 4-7 minute mockumentary.


Part 2 coming soon!