RMIT students recently competed in the 48 Hour Film Project where they were challenged to make a short film in only two days.
It was a wild and sleepless weekend as teams wrote, shot, and edited an entire short film.
On the Friday night, teams drew a genre from a hat. They were then given a character, props and lines to include in their films. On the Sunday night, in a mad dash to the drop off event, the film was turned in and only then could teams celebrate. The films were then screened at a local theatre in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and family.
The project was first came to Vietnam in 2010, and this year it was launched on 9 June in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with significant support from RMIT Vietnam.
Associate Lecturer David Moore from the School of Communication & Design said: “We want our students to have more chances to make films. I’m teaching an introduction to film course for advertising students and I keep telling my students the best way to get better at making films is to make more films.”
“Also, for my own agenda, I want to let the community know that RMIT will be teaching film here [in Hanoi] in the next two years.”
There were more than ten teams from RMIT Vietnam, including some alumni teams, who competed in this year’s project.
“My team’s genre was ‘silent movie’ although we preferred ‘thriller.’ But within that 48 hours, I think we did our best and we worked the hardest ever in our student life,” said Tran Trong Nghia, a Professional Communication student and a team leader in the competition.
“It was an unforgettable experience for me and our team, especially for me because I only started making films during my first semester at RMIT and I fell in love with it.”
“In only one semester I learned a lot from Lecturer David Moore about how to make a good film. I learned that the more concise the film is, the better. I want to say thanks to our lecturers for teaching and coaching us,” Nghia added.
For Nguyen Viet Hung, another RMIT Vietnam student who led a team in the competition, results were not everything.
“The competition was the first time I and some of my team members made a film. It was hard but fun,” he said.
“We didn’t think we could do anything great but as a team we made it. And what I learned the most after the competition was that you should learn how to execute an idea, but it’s not as easy as you might think.
For the time being, participants are looking forward to the results being announced later in July.
“We had a couple of good film makers who made good projects in class so I’m hoping they have made something good,” said Mr Moore.
This year’s Jury Board members included ‘Kong: Skull Island’ director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who spoke to RMIT Vietnam students in Hanoi earlier in June.
Story: Pham Kieu Trang