Oklahoma 24-Hour Video Race forces filmmaking on the fly

To make a five-minute film, 24 hours might sound like plenty of time. But anyone who's attempted it knows it's a challenge.
The annual 24-Hour Video Race to do just that has served as a handy excuse for filmmakers to test their speed and dexterity, based upon a set theme. February's Race sponsors were Individual Artists of Oklahoma and Living Arts of Tulsa.

Last year, contest winners Team Awesome turned in its film right at the zero hour. Like other contestants, the Oklahoma City-based team had misjudged the time, specifically after shooting had wrapped.

"Yeah, we started panicking because we had a lot to do, and when we turned it in at 11:59, we realized we might have been a bit too cocky earlier," Beau Leland of Team Awesome said.

Explained teammate Kevin Ely, "We had all these theories about the nature of time and that was just "¦ dumb. When we'd wasted half of our time and had nothing, that's when we actually started to do it. Good or bad, that's the best way: just to do it."

The more you talk, Leland explained, the more you give yourself or someone else the chance to talk you out of it.

"Now when we have an idea, let's just do it, let's not even talk about it," Ely said. "The appeal was we could go in with a blank slate, and 24 hours later, we'll have a film." "Charles Martin

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