The 48 Hour Film Project is here in Detroit this weekend, and with the competition only a few days away, we sat down with an experienced professional in weekend film challenges. Shane Sevo is a local Detroit film producer and he truly loves the weekend film challenge format. He’s competed for 10 consecutive years in the National Weekend Film Challenge, which has a very similar set of rules to the 48 Hour Film Project, and has won multiple awards over the years.
Michigan might not have the infamous Hollywood sign, but we have had some impressive Hollywood movies filmed here…and with good reason, too. Firstly, there is Detroit, with a gritty, industrial vibe, Gothic-looking churches, a crystal-clear view of Canada over the river, The Detroit People Mover, and a unique skyline backdrop. Michigan also boasts the history-rich college town of Ann Arbor, white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan along the west side of the state, and a little island right at the tip of the mitten that we like to call Mackinac. With that remarkable list of locations, it’s no wonder why more and more movies are being filmed here.
So you missed the Sundance Film Festival in Utah or the Cannes are just too far away? Don’t fret, Cinetopia International Film Festival has got you covered! Cinetopia International Film Festival, created by the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor brings the world-class presentations of indie films to our very own backyard.
It’s almost a decade in the making. It captures the heart, the grit, the passion, and the talent – that fills Detroit. As we all know, Detroit has long been recognized as one of the pillars in the “rock and roll” movement and It Came From Detroit proves that the city’s legendary musical influences are still alive and beating today.
We recently sat down with Marc Zakalik, a Farmington Hills native and 2008 Screen Arts & Cultures graduate of the University of Michigan. Since graduating, Marc has kept busy working on productions both in and out of Michigan (with many of them right here in the Detroit area), with an impressive resume of feature films.
The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film ‘Parts Per Billion’ has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film tells the interwoven stories of three couples forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. The project will shoot in metro Detroit this December.
Elliot Gray Van Orman is a Rochester, Michigan native who studied film at Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Detroit, and in addition to some commercial work, he shoots and edits videos featuring the city of Detroit.
The Michigan Film Office announced two Michigan films, Landlord and Papou, have been approved for film incentives from the state.
Finally, a big-budget movie is coming to Michigan under the state’s shrunken film incentive program. The Michigan Film Office announced Wednesday the feature film Transformers 4 has been approved for a film incentive from the state.
Calling all local filmmakers! Are you looking for a way to get your work and name recognized around the world, brush up on your creativity, or simply have a fun and challenging weekend filled with only filmmaking? The 48 Hour Film Project will come to Detroit the weekend of July 19–21 and gives you just that – your chance to shine!