December 3, 2015 On the weekend of November 13 through 16, Byram Hills film students participated in the Four Points Film Project (4PFP). In this online film challenge, worldwide filmmakers competed to see who could make the best short film in a single weekend.
Team leader Mike Chuney, Byram Hills film teacher, led the Byram Varsity Film team among 200 worldwide teams that committed to the 77-hour challenge to write, shoot, edit, score and submit a short film.
For the daunting challenge, the rules were surprisingly simple: • No creative work was permitted to begin before the event started • At exactly 7:00 pm EST, Byram Varsity Film team was assigned two genres to select from for its movie.
The team was given requirements for their film which included a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that must appear in the film. The minimum time of the short film is four minutes and the maximum time is seven minutes, plus one minute of credits.
Other than that all team members must be volunteers, everything else was fair game. The average team submitting the short films was about 15 people. The largest team was from Albuquerque with 116 people and 30 horses.
On Friday, Byram Hills students worked from 7:00 p.m. until midnight to create a script, prepare all the actors, set the locations and props needed to shoot their movie.
After the Saturday shoot on location in Armonk, the student filmmakers spent Sunday editing the movie which was uploaded on Monday afternoon.
The submitted films are to be judged by a panel of entertainment industry professionals and the top 25 films will be made available online in late December. One film will be chosen as the Best Four Point Film Project Film.