A unique opportunity for filmmakers is coming to Carl Albert State College on Friday and Saturday.
The inaugural Midnight Oil Film Race will begin on Friday at 11:30 p.m. and end on Saturday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Marcus Blair, CASC film studies instructor, said teams will have 24 hours to complete a film. There can be up to five filmmakers plus as many actors as needed per team to produce a five minute short film. Just prior to the beginning of the 24 hour time period, a theme, item, and action will be revealed to teams that must be incorporated in the films.
Blair stated, â€śThis is open to the public and we invite anyone high school age or older to participate. You donâ€™t need a background in film, you just need to come try this out and have fun.â€ť Blair continued, â€śThis is a way for people to stretch their creativity.Â Â As an artist or filmmaker, it is a good way to challenge oneself. We have attended a similar event for several years and decided it would be great to have one in Poteau.Â Â If we have a good response this year, we hope to make this an annual event.â€ť
Each team will deliver a flash drive with their film to Blair by the April 20 deadline. Then on Tuesday, May 7 a screening of all films will take place at the Hamilton Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This will be free for everyone to attend, and winners will be announced at that time.
For entry forms and rules call Marcus Blair at 918-647-1452, email him atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org, or like The Midnight Oil Film Race on Facebook. There will be a $15 entry fee per team and the money will be put toward cash prizes. Awards will be given for best picture, best acting, best editing, and best cinematography.Â Â Â