Movie Maniac: 24-hour filmmaking race isn’t for wimps

08/09/2013 10:34 AM

08/08/2014 10:18 AM

I hope to be asleep by the time you read this, because I will have participated in “Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race,” presented by the Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush, that started Friday night and concluded Saturday night.

Teams had 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film no longer than six minutes. Each film had to include an assigned prop, line of dialogue, theme and location.

It’s no small feat, believe me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Filmmaking is not for wimps. And to make a film in just 24 hours is an astounding feat. So congrats to me and my peers. Yes, I just congratulated myself. That’s how big a feat it is.

After we turned in our films on DVD, a group of Tallgrass programmers and CreativeRush representatives screened them and narrowed the field to 10.

Those top 10 films will be screened at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. The event is open to the public and tickets are $8 (it’s free for all registered team members). A panel of judges will critique the films and pick first-, second- and third-place winners as well as a student award winner. Attendees will vote on an audience choice award.

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“Kick” stand – I am a fan of “Kick-Ass,” the irreverent comedy about a teen boy who decides to take it upon himself to become a superhero. It was creative, engaging, funny and, yes, very violent.

So I’m expecting that the sequel, “Kick-Ass 2,” opening Friday, wil be more of the same, including the violence.

So Jim Carrey should have known what he was getting himself into.

He plays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the sequel, and has recently made headlines for saying that he won’t do any publicity for the film due to its violent nature.

Carrey took to Twitter and tweeted: “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”

Then followed that up with: “I meant to say my apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

Writer Mark Millar (who wrote the comics that the films are based on) rebutted with a blog post that said, “Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin.”

True, I think real-life violence is horrific, but I don’t understand how not promoting a film you were paid to be in as a protest actually says anything. I mean, just by his actions, saying he won’t promote the film is actually promoting it.

Nothing like free publicity, huh?

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