La Jollan Duane Trammell to produce 48 Hour Film Project

La Jollan Duane Trammell has been named producer for the San Diego 48 Hour Film Project, a competitive filmmaking experience in which participants must write, shoot, edit and score a movie in just two days.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 14, teams will assemble to receive the project requirements. They pull from a hat to receive one of 12 genres and will also be given a line of dialogue, a character and a prop.

“All three elements are given to every team,” Trammell said. “Regardless of which genre they draw, all three of those elements have to be in their film.”

All movies submitted by 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 will be eligible for competition. Movies turned in after the deadline will not be judged but will be shown during the premiere screenings on Aug. 19 and 20 at the Hazard UltraStar Theater in San Diego.

The competition is open to all, but Trammell said generally 40 percent are professional film and video creators, 30 to 40 percent are amateur adults and 20 to 30 percent are high school and college students.

Founded by Mark Ruppert in 2001, the 48 Hour Film Project strives to “advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers” by giving participants a chance to flex their creativity and work with a production team. In 2008, more than 30,000 filmmakers in 70 cities around the world participated; 2009 marks the sixth competition to be held in San Diego, which will be one of more than 80 cities taking part in the mad dash from concept to screen.

Trammell participated in 2005 and 2007, serving as director, writer, producer and co-producer.

“For me, the draw as a contestant is just the challenge of making the best possible film you can make in 48 hours,” Trammell said.

The San Diego 48 Hour Film Project differs from other cities in two ways.

Cineform, a company based in Del Mar that created the editing software used for “Slumdog Millionaire,” allows participants to use its product to create films that can be broadcast in high definition. No other filmmakers are allowed to project their movies in this format.

The second difference is a series of workshops developed and implemented by Trammel. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1, individuals can attend five seminars and a discussion panel to learn about filmmaking.

“These seminars will help them create better films.” Trammel said. “What I’m trying to do is create the best films possible in San Diego.”

An engineer by day, Trammell, 45, also owns and operates a film and video production company called Atomic Toast and is partner in Atomic Phizz Productions. He produced his first movie while in high school and continued to experiment with film and animation during a stint in the U.S. Navy. He went on to graduate from San Diego State University’s Television, Film and New Media production program. When not working, Trammell volunteers at the USS Midway museum designing custom electronics and videos.

Trammell said the 48 Hour Film Project provides an opportunity not only for aspiring writers/directors/cinematographers to try their hand at movie-making, but also to network with industry professionals through screenings, mixers, workshops and meet-and-greet events.

“It’s another way of also binding and cementing the San Diego film community together, creating more solidarity with that group,” he said.

His advice to newcomers echoes the Nike slogan: Just do it.

“I’ve learned probably as much or more about the process of filmmaking doing my first 48-hour film as I did when I was in school doing film projects,” Trammel said. “The only thing you have to lose is 48 hours of your weekend.”

Calendar of events for the 48 Hour Film Project

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25:

Filmmaker Seminars, San Diego City College

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1:

Filmmaker Seminars, San Diego City College

5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14:

48HFP Kick-off Event

6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16:

48HFP Drop-off Event

5:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 19:

Premiere Screenings and After Parties

5:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 20:

Premiere Screenings and After Parties

8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22:

Best of San Diego Screenings and Wrap Party

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