Southern teams win big at inaugural TROY film competition

The first YellowHammer 48-hour Race named 10 winners over multiple categories.

The first YellowHammer 48-hour Race named 10 winners over multiple categories.

Four years after its inception, the YellowHammer Film Festival launched its first ever 48-hour film race as a spring counterpart to its fall festival. Nicknamed YH48HR, the festival was created to encourage students and educators alike to get involved with making a four-minute film in less than two days.

“We didn’t invent the format of the 48-hour film race,” said Associate Professor of Design Chris Stagl. “I have personally been a filmmaker in many film challenges just like this throughout the years—we’re just attempting to keep the focus on student and educator filmmakers throughout the country, and the results were amazing.”

Teams joined a live Zoom call on March 15 where three common prompts were put in place to regulate filmmaking prior to kick-off: a character name (Greg and/or Greta Anderson), a prop (a stapler), a line of dialogue (“try this on for size”) and one genre variable. Teams were then given 48 hours to get their films written, shot, edited and uploaded. Approximately 75 creatives attended live-streams and awards ceremonies on Zoom on March 21.

“This 48-hour film race was a challenge, especially the planning stages,” said David Saner, TROY student and winner of Best Cinematography. “But once I finished shooting and started editing, the vision all came together.”

“This competition was a great way to force you into making a film without all the excuses we sometimes make before starting a project,” said Griffin Hood, Daphne High film teacher and Winner of Best in Show Pro Division. “It really makes you think quickly and be resourceful.”

The judges for this year’s film race were two previous YellowHammer Film Festival winners, Phynley Joel and David Maire, and Creative Director of Sidewalk Rachel Morgan.

“YellowHammer has an atmosphere of support and encouragement that pulls out the best in everyone involved,” Joel said. “Forty-eight’s are an insanely hard and exhilarating undertaking, and getting to be a judge this year both inspired me and made me more grateful for this platform that gives people a chance to create in an uplifting and competitive space.” 

A list of winners can be found below:

  • “Timescapes” by One-Man Band: Best Pro Film, Best Use of Genre (Tie), Best Editing
  • “Happy Birthday, Greg” by Studio 207: Best Student Film, Best Line of Dialogue, Best Acting, Best in Bama, Best Directing (Tie)
  • “Blunders in the Badlands” by The Daphne 48ers: Best Use of Prop, Best Costumes
  • “Silver Joy” by Sandman: Best Cinematography
  • “Supercrush” by USA Animation Team 1: Best Animation, Best Use of Genre (Tie)
  • “Professors Secret” by KNLP: Best Use of Genre (Tie), Best Effects
  • “The Expiration Trials” by Iridescent Tales: Best Concept Development, Best Writing
  • “The Assassin” by Rubber Duckies: Best Directing
  • “Eyes on Us” by Santa Fe Mavs: Best Location
  • “W.Y.M.M.” by A Texas-Made Film: Honorable Mention—Concept Development

The YellowHammer Film Festival will return in October for its full festival.