The 48 Hour Film Project – Dallas will soon be looking for a new City Producer. I’ve had the immense pleasure of being the CP for the past three years and have met lots of wonderful established and aspiring filmmakers along the way. While I would love to continue the role of CP, a new gig that I began in July led me to some serious thinking as to whether it was best if I remain with 48HFP — simply put, for about three months a year, 48HFP Dallas needs some serious coddling and unfortunately my new schedule will not allow me to continue with that TLC approach.
48HFP is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year and they have made great strides in fostering filmmaking around the world; they are currently in more than 90 cities on six continents.
As I understand it, 48HFP will assign a new CP to Dallas sometime in November and for those of you that are entertaining thoughts of being involved, I will give you some suggestions:
- Network. I cannot stress this enough because by networking and letting people from all walks of the industry know who you are will allow you to tap into those resources during 48HFP. The two main networking groups are Women in Film.Dallas and Dallas Producers Association.
- Marketing / Social Media. Know how to use the social media tools at your disposal and include everything from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn.
- Dates for the Event. I did receive a couple complaints about not holding 48HFP during the summertime when the colleges were out of session. But, at heart, I am a producer and some of the components I take into consideration include the wear and tear by the summer heat on cast, crew, and equipment. The past two years, I’ve held the event weekend in April which afforded the teams gorgeous weather.
- Judges. Avoid the temptation of selecting friends as the judges. Give strong consideration to those that have solid reputations and skill sets within the industry. Past judges for Dallas include Stacy Cunningham (President Women in Film.Dallas / Producer / Writer / Actress), Lisa Stabler (Past President Women in Film.Dallas / Dallas International Film Festival), Tisha Blood (Casting Agent / Buffalo Casting), Jeff Liles (Artistic Director of Kessler Theater / Independent Filmmaker: “The Last Record Store“), Hal Samples (Independent Filmmaker), Barak Epstein (Independent Filmmaker / Texas Theater), and LeeAnne Locken (Actress / Host / “She’s Got The Look“) to name a few.
Whomever 48HFP selects for the CP role, I will do my best to work with to ensure an easy transition just as my predecessor, Libby Mitchell, did when I was new to the role.
I’m looking foward to 48HFP Dallas growing stronger and more dynamic each and every year!