Filmakers to burn the midnight oil during CASC race

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, “This is open to the public and we invite anyone high school age or older to participate. You don’t need a background in film, you just need to come try this out and have fun.” Blair continued, “This is a way for people to stretch their creativity.   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.   If we have a good response this year, we hope to make this an annual event.”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 at, 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.