Another Miami 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) comes to a close. Last night was the screening of Group C’s films and the 48HFP Awards Ceremony at the Hollywood Performing Arts Center. It was the final result of all the hard work these amateur filmmakers and returning participants had waited for. A time to see if all of their hard work and sleepless nights had resulted in an awarding winning film.
The prizes that were up for grabs for the Best Film grand prize were $500 cash from Budget Video Rentals, a motion editing package and DVD copies from Hollywood Video Duplication Services and a camera package from Arri/CSC. The other individual category award winners received recognition and an awards certificate for their hard work.
The big winner of the night was Bon Voyage! by Lonely Avocado. They took home Best Film, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Writing and the Audience Award for Group B. However only one team member was in the audience. It was the team leader, Christopher Sopher
Not far behind was Full Circle by Kino Seven, which took home Best Film runner up and Best Actor for Carlos Monino and Don Narvaez, who was quick to give the credit to his team, which was lead by Simon Muchnik. He said that his character, Larry Linton, was “a combination of — all 4,” which surely was a humble remark and probably much appreciated by his fellow teammates.
The Light in Lori’s Closet, a sci-fi by Proud Puppy Productions won Best Costume and deservedly so. Costume Designer, Tatiana Enriquez used duct tape to create the look of the alien played by team leader Robert Arbelo.
“We weren’t really sure how to go with an alien without it looking too over the top and cheesy but then we’re like, ‘Oh, this is a comedy. It doesn’t matter if it’s too over the top and cheesy.’ But it really didn’t end up being as cheesy because Tatiana designed — it was crazy cause it was duct tape and when you think of duct tape your like, ‘uh well, I don’t know how that’s gonna turn out.’ It was amazing! It was sparkly. It was very alien-like and the prosthetics she used and the color blending on the face was just amazing so she did a fantastic job,”says team member Deleena Segui.
There were a few other notable films or in the case of Unclean, a horror film, a few notable people. Robert T. Smith was the team leader, director and cinematographer for the horror film and upon meeting him, the first thing you notice is that he had a lot of bravado and was clearly well-liked. His film had the largest and loudest supporters in the audience. Smith made it known to all that he would not only win Best Film but also that he was being interview by this writer. Smith is Mr. Marketing, so if taken into account, his boasting isn’t all that surprising. He had a sketch artist do several scene renderings of his film and framed each one to give to the actors as gifts. He also announced to the audience that he had created a book called the omnibus, which organized all of the production work he had done prior to and during production and he was willing to share copies with the other filmmakers so that they would know how to organize for the 48HFP a month in advance. By the end of the awards show, Smith was fielding offers from other filmmakers to be apart of their next project. He didn’t win Best Film but his team, The Society for Extraterrestrial Communication & Diplomacy, did take home the Audience Award for Group C.
“I went to school for interpersonal communications at the University of Central Florida and I like to believe that charisma–there’s more you can gain by sugar than with salt or something along those lines so I try to be extra nice to people and I promised myself when I came into this that I would try to become something else, a different person and I know what that person is and that’s who I am now,” said Smith.
To see the other winners of the night, view the list below.
Best Use of Character – There’s Something About Larry by Bigfoot Productions
Best Special Effects – Within The Flesh by HD Cinema
Best Use of Line – Orange Slice by Persistent Productions
Best Costume – The Light in Lori’s Closet by Proud Puppy Productions
Best Cinematography – Hitman Jimmy: Origin by Lowe Morale
Best Actress – The Art of Terror by , acted by Mary Jo Cortada
Best Actor, Best Film Runner Up – Full Circle by Kino Seven, acted by Don Narvaez and Carlos Monino
Best Film, Directing, Editing, Sound, Writing – Bon Voyage! by Lonely Avocado
Audience Award (Group A) – Hitman Jimmy: Origin by Lowe Morale
Audience Award (Group B) – Bon Voyage! by Lonely Avocado
Audience Award (Group C) – Unclean by The Society for Extraterrestial Communication & Diplomacy
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