Registration is open for the 2015 Machinima 48 Hour Film Project!

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Compete with Machinima filmmakers from all over the world to write, shoot, and edit a virtual short only 48 hours!

The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) invites filmmakers from all over the world to compete in an exciting, fast-paced, virtual reality film-making contest to be held November 13-15, 2015. Films must be captured within a real-time motion capture environment (e.g., Open Sim, Second Life, iClone, World of Warcraft, Halo, Minecraft, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto, Moviestorm, Muvizu, etc.)

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Up to twenty-four teams will compete to write, shoot, and edit a 3-5 minute "virtual reality" film... all in only 48 hours. Teams will be challenged to film entirely within motion capture environment. This evolving art form is known as Machinima and enables filmmakers of all levels to showcase their talents in a low-cost, high-creativity environment. The challenges will abound as traditional filmmakers learn new, computerized filmmaking techniques and experienced Machinima artists stretch creatively to help showcase this relatively new art form.

Competing teams prepare hard by gathering cast and crew, equipment, and anything else needed to make a virtual movie in just a weekend. Then, on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 14:00 US Eastern Standard Time , the competition kicks off. The 48HFP Machinima competition will conduct the kick-off in Second Life as well as using one of the global, universally available social media networks. Via Second Life, social media channels and email, teams will receive a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue to be worked into their film. Teams have till Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 14:00 US Eastern Standard Time to submit (upload) a completed entry.

After the competition, artists, family, friends, sponsors, local celebrities, and the media will be invited to an online screening of entries. A screening may also be held "virtually" in Second Life, a popular virtual world. Teams are entering an international competition where their film could not only win the Machinima competition, but, if it does, could go to Filmapalooza, and could win the entire 48HFP and go to Cannes. Cities competing in the 2015 tour can be found here:

"People in every city tell us, 'This was the most exciting thing I've ever done'", says co-executive producer Liz Langston.

"Filmmakers are rushing to get into [each competition]," says co-executive producer Mark Ruppert. "It's a weekend of stress, adrenaline, creativity, and fun. And at the end of it, you have a movie."

"This relatively new genre has an amazing creative pool of independent filmmakers who are eager to showcase their talents to the mainstream filmmaker crowd.", says 48HFP Machinima producer Melissa Robison.

Back in May 2001, co-executive producer Mark Ruppert came up with a crazy idea to try to make a film in 48 hours. He quickly enlisted his filmmaking partner, Liz Langston, and several other DC filmmakers to form their own teams and join him in this experiment. The big question back then was: "Would films made in only 48 hours even be watchable?" The answer was a resounding yes! Now, 14 years later, it is amazing to consider the success of the Project.

The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers of all kinds. This Machinima competition opens the definition of filmmakers to include machinima artists. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages machinima artists and would-be machinima artists to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the machinima artists--emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the participants, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on doing instead of talking.

Melissa Robison has produced films and videos since 1994. She was the City Producer for the 48HFP Machinima Competition in 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2014. She is returning for the 2015 competition. She is also a professional photographer. Participants with questions can contact her at

The AviewTV Project, is a Social Media Network. This community site is primarily a 3D based Machinima site, made up of Producers & Directors of Virtual world games. Aview TV is generously providing support for the 48HFP Machinima Project. Website:

Pond5 is a vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, and more. Each team leader gets a $25 gift certificate at kickoff. They will also give a $100 certificate to the winner of best film and two runner ups.

Write Brothers:
Since 1982, Write Brothers® Inc. (formerly called Screenplay Systems™) has been the world leader in film and television production software. Write Brothers Software will provide Movie Magic Screenwriter software to the winner of Best Film.
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