On the set of "An Inevitable Mess."
48 Hour Film contest winners take a different direction
Published on August 19th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
The 48 Hour Film Project announced its 2013 prizes, including the Best of City winner, “An Inevitable Mess,” a crime/gangster short by 19 to the 4th Power plus Y. That team won $1,000, a trophy and will compete in the 48 Hour Film Project international competition next spring on Los Angeles.
“I think it was an overall polished production from start to finish,” said Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project producer Sam Pace Tuomi. “It was nice to see that team win, because they’ve been entering films since they were 15 and it shows that teams that keep doing it sooner or later win an award. Maybe the biggest award.”
Movies in the 48 Hour Film contest are often heavy on humor, which is easier to connect with an audience in a short time (films have to be less than eight minutes). On “An Inevitable Mess,” the filmmakers took a different approach: action. Team leader David Keninger described himself as “the Michael Bay of 48 Hour Films.”
“We try to make films that are different from the usual 48 Hour format,” Keninger said. “Even before I was making films I was making special effects. I’m just using things I already liked to do.”
Keninger, 19, is heading off to school at Columbia in New York this month to study film.
Pace Tuomi said the great work being done on local 48 Hour films is indicative of the film talent present around Des Moines.
“With technology being what it is, there’s a lot more opportunity for filmmakers to create year round and not have to have the huge budgets they would have needed even just a few years ago,” Pace Tuomi said. “I think there’s a lot of film work going around in Des Moines, even though it’s not on the huge scale like when the Hollywood films were here.
“Independent film culture is very alive in Des Moines.”
48 Hour Film Project winners:
2013 Best of City – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
1st runner up -Talkie Pictures, “Visitor”, Sci-Fi
2nd runner up – One Genome Short Productions,”S.T.U.F.F.E.D.”, Vaction/Holiday
Producer’s Award -Scavo Productions, “The Punch Line”, Drama
Overall Audience Choice – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
Audience Choice Group A – One Genome Short Productions,”S.T.U.F.F.E.D.”, Vaction/Holiday
Audience Choice Group B – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
Audience Choice Group C – Shrieking Tree, “Rise of Wuffins”, Vacation/Holiday Film
Audience Choice Group D -19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
Best Directing – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
Best Editing – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
Best Writing – Baseball Team, “1-800-CATALOG”, Mistaken Identity
Talkie Pictures, “Visitor”, Sci-Fi
Best Actress – Baseball Team, “1-800-CATALOG”, Mistaken Identity
Best Actor – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
Best Sound Design – Slater Maxwell Productions,”Life Coach”, Horror
Best Use of Character Phreaks And Geeks, “Mrs. Robinson”, Suspense
Best Use of Line of Dialogue (“Let’s call it a day”) -SouthSiderStudios, “Kill Her”, Mistaken Identity
Best Use of Prop (A stuffed animal) – Shrieking Tree, “Rise of Wuffins”, Vacation/Holiday Film
Best Use of Genre Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy
Best Graphics -Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy
Best Musical Score – SouthSiderStudios, “Kill Her”, Mistaken Identity
Best Costumes – White Poison Industries, “Somewhere”, Fantasy
Best Original Song – Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy
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