The 168 Hour Film Project is a Christian-based competition from Los Angeles seeking “to illuminate the Word of God through short film.” They “encourage fair treatment of subjects, with emphasis on story and subtlety. But, more importantly, filmmakers are advised to honestly portray the tale that God inspires.”
The concept is simple enough. Each team has 168 hours (one week) to shoot and edit an 11-minute film written about a specific scripture revolving around a pre-determined theme. But, while the concept may be simple, its production is anything but that.
This year’s contest began on February 1, 2010 with an overall theme of “Hearing God” and each team’s specific verse was assigned through random drawing. Each team will have until Thursday, February 11th to write a script telling the story of their respective verse (in a subtle, non-preachy way), cast the roles, find locations, locate props, and get everything set. Then, at 2pm on that fateful Thursday, the cameras start to roll.
Producer/Writer Lynda Stein led the way for a short film entitled “Lela” that was created as part of last year’s 168 project and she is back at it again this year with a crew compiled of Christians from multiple denominations and backgrounds. Her team’s verse is Psalm 81:8-9, which says “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me! Let there be no strange god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god.”
With filming scheduled for less than a week away, Lynda is feverishly writing a script as her crew is already in motion searching for locations and key props. The Director, Toy Spears, (who was also the Director for “Lela” is lining up equipment and professional talent while the Production Manager, Bruce Haase, is pulling it all together and lining up a casting call.
The team is working hard and they are in good company.
Previous participants in the 168 project include Ralph Winter, Producer of the “X-Men” Films, “Fantastic Four,” “Planet of the Apes.” Gary Hall, VP of Post Production at 20th Century Fox TV, and Luke Schelhaas, Writer & Co-Producer on the TV series, “Smallville.”
Stay tuned for more exclusive content as this Orlando team completes the seemingly impossible task of creating a fully developed Christian short film in only 168 hours!
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